Trinidad and Tobago at the FIFA World Cup

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The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.

Trinidad and Tobago have qualified for the final stages of the FIFA World Cup on one occasion, in 2006, when they qualified for the tournament in Germany, but were eliminated at the group stage.[1] Trinidad & Tobago was the Smallest and least populated Country to participate in a FIFA World Cup but the population record was broken by Iceland in 2018.

World Cup Record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006 Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 0 4
South Africa 2010 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined
Total Group Stage 1/21 3 0 1 2 0 4

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Shaka Hislop 22 February 1969 26 England West Ham United
2 2DF Ian Cox 25 March 1971 16 England Gillingham
3 2DF Avery John 18 June 1975 58 United States New England Revolution
4 2DF Marvin Andrews 22 December 1975 98 Scotland Rangers
5 2DF Brent Sancho 13 March 1977 42 England Gillingham
6 2DF Dennis Lawrence 1 August 1974 65 Wales Wrexham
7 3MF Chris Birchall 5 May 1984 21 England Port Vale
8 2DF Cyd Gray 21 November 1976 41 Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh
9 3MF Aurtis Whitley 1 May 1977 26 Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh
10 4FW Russell Latapy 2 August 1968 66 Scotland Falkirk
11 3MF Carlos Edwards 24 October 1978 53 England Luton Town
12 4FW Collin Samuel 27 August 1981 19 Scotland Dundee United
13 4FW Cornell Glen 21 October 1980 37 United States Los Angeles Galaxy
14 4FW Stern John 30 October 1976 97 England Coventry City
15 4FW Kenwyne Jones 5 October 1984 30 England Southampton
16 3MF Evans Wise 23 November 1973 17 Germany Waldhof Mannheim
17 2DF Atiba Charles 29 September 1977 19 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
18 3MF Densill Theobald 27 June 1982 40 Scotland Falkirk
19 4FW Dwight Yorke (c) 3 November 1971 56 Australia Sydney FC
20 4FW Jason Scotland 18 February 1979 25 Scotland St Johnstone
21 1GK Kelvin Jack 29 April 1976 32 Scotland Dundee
22 1GK Clayton Ince 13 July 1972 63 England Coventry City
23 3MF Anthony Wolfe 23 December 1983 4 Trinidad and Tobago San Juan Jabloteh

Silvio Spann was originally in the squad, but had to drop-out after sustaining a hamstring injury in the run-up to the tournament. He was replaced by Evans Wise.
Head coach of Trinidad and Tobago's 2006 World Cup squad was Leo Beenhakker.

Finals Matches[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago were drawn in Group B along with England, Sweden, and Paraguay.

In their first match, Trinidad and Tobago held a strong Swedish side to a 0–0 draw, despite having Avery John sent off less than 30 seconds into the second half. Team captain Dwight Yorke won Man of the Match honours.[2]

Trinidad and Tobago lost their second game of the group stage to England 2–0. Late goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard secured England a place in the second round.[3] Trinidad had hoped for a draw between Paraguay and Sweden for their best chances of getting second place but Sweden defeated Paraguay 1–0.[4]

Trinidad and Tobago lost their third and final game of Group B to Paraguay 2–0. An own goal from Brent Sancho put them behind early in the game, and Paraguay scored a second goal late in the match from Nelson Cuevas.[5]

Trinidad and Tobago finished last in Group B with one point, and were eliminated from the 2006 World Cup. They were the only team in the 2006 World Cup not to score a goal.[6]

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Sweden 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
 Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
 Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
Team #1   Score   Team #2
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 0–0 Sweden Sweden
England England 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
Paraguay Paraguay 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago vs Sweden[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago 0–0 Sweden
Report
Trinidad and Tobago
Sweden
GK 1 Shaka Hislop
RB 8 Cyd Gray
CB 5 Brent Sancho
CB 6 Dennis Lawrence
LB 3 Avery John Yellow card 15' Yellow-red card 46'
RM 11 Carlos Edwards
CM 7 Chris Birchall
CM 19 Dwight Yorke (c) Yellow card 74'
LM 18 Densill Theobald Substituted off 66'
CF 14 Stern John
CF 12 Collin Samuel Substituted off 52'
Substitutions:
FW 13 Cornell Glen Substituted in 52'
MF 9 Aurtis Whitley Substituted in 66'
Manager:
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker
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GK 23 Rami Shaaban
RB 7 Niclas Alexandersson
CB 3 Olof Mellberg (c)
CB 4 Teddy Lučić
LB 5 Erik Edman
RM 21 Christian Wilhelmsson Substituted off 78'
CM 6 Tobias Linderoth Substituted off 78'
CM 8 Anders Svensson Substituted off 62'
LM 9 Freddie Ljungberg
CF 10 Zlatan Ibrahimović
CF 11 Henrik Larsson Yellow card 90'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Marcus Allbäck Substituted in 62'
FW 18 Mattias Jonson Substituted in 78'
MF 16 Kim Källström Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Lars Lagerbäck

Man of the Match:
Dwight Yorke (Trinidad and Tobago)

Assistant referees:
Prachya Permpanich (Thailand)
Eisa Gholoum (United Arab Emirates)
Fourth official:
Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)
Fifth official:
Fernando Tamayo (Ecuador)

England vs Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

England 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago
Report
England
Trinidad and Tobago
GK 1 Paul Robinson
RB 15 Jamie Carragher Substituted off 58'
CB 5 Rio Ferdinand
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 David Beckham (c)
CM 4 Steven Gerrard
CM 8 Frank Lampard Yellow card 64'
LM 11 Joe Cole Substituted off 74'
CF 10 Michael Owen Substituted off 58'
CF 21 Peter Crouch
Substitutions:
FW 9 Wayne Rooney Substituted in 58'
MF 19 Aaron Lennon Substituted in 58'
MF 20 Stewart Downing Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson
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GK 1 Shaka Hislop Yellow card 47'
RB 11 Carlos Edwards
CB 5 Brent Sancho
CB 6 Dennis Lawrence
LB 8 Cyd Gray Yellow card 55'
RM 7 Chris Birchall
CM 9 Aurtis Whitley Yellow card 19'
CM 19 Dwight Yorke (c)
LM 18 Densill Theobald Yellow card 18' Substituted off 85'
CF 15 Kenwyne Jones Yellow card 45+1' Substituted off 70'
CF 14 Stern John
Substitutions:
FW 13 Cornell Glen Substituted in 70'
FW 16 Evans Wise Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker

Man of the Match:
David Beckham (England)

Assistant referees:
Yoshikazu Hiroshima (Japan)
Kim Dae-young (South Korea)
Fourth official:
Kevin Stott (United States)
Fifth official:
Chris Strickland (United States)

Paraguay vs Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

Paraguay 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago
Report
Paraguay
Trinidad and Tobago
GK 22 Aldo Bobadilla
RB 21 Denis Caniza Substituted off 89'
CB 5 Julio César Cáceres Substituted off 77'
CB 4 Carlos Gamarra (c)
LB 2 Jorge Núñez
RM 8 Edgar Barreto
CM 10 Roberto Acuña
CM 13 Carlos Paredes Yellow card 30'
LM 19 Julio dos Santos Yellow card 54'
CF 18 Nelson Valdez Substituted off 66'
CF 9 Roque Santa Cruz
Substitutions:
FW 23 Nelson Cuevas Substituted in 66'
DF 15 Julio Manzur Substituted in 77'
DF 14 Paulo da Silva Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Uruguay Aníbal Ruiz
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GK 21 Kelvin Jack
RB 11 Carlos Edwards
CB 5 Brent Sancho Yellow card 45'
CB 6 Dennis Lawrence
LB 3 Avery John Substituted off 31'
RM 7 Chris Birchall
CM 9 Aurtis Whitley Yellow card 48' Substituted off 67'
CM 19 Dwight Yorke (c)
LM 18 Densill Theobald
CF 13 Cornell Glen Substituted off 41'
CF 14 Stern John
Substitutions:
DF 15 Kenwyne Jones Substituted in 31'
MF 16 Evans Wise Substituted in 41'
MF 10 Russell Latapy Substituted in 67'
Manager:
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker

Man of the Match:
Julio dos Santos (Paraguay)

Assistant referees:
Cristiano Copelli (Italy)
Alessandro Stagnelli (Italy)
Fourth official:
Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Fifth official:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)

Record players[edit]

Nine players have been fielded in all three of Trinidad and Tobago's World Cup matches in 2006, making them record World Cup players for their country.

No. Name Matches
1 Chris Birchall 3
Carlos Edwards 3
Cornell Glen 3
Stern John 3
Dennis Lawrence 3
Brent Sancho 3
Densill Theobald 3
Aurtis Whitley 3
Dwight Yorke 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup™ Statistics for Trinidad and Tobago - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT - Football - World Cup 2006 - Sweden 0-0 Trinidad & Tobago". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT - Football - World Cup 2006 - England 2-0 Trinidad & Tobago". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ "BBC SPORT - Football - World Cup 2006 - Sweden 1-0 Paraguay". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT - Football - World Cup 2006 - Paraguay 2-0 Trinidad". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ "BBC SPORT - Football - World Cup 2006 - Teams - Trinidad & Tobago - Beenhakker admits defeat was fair". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2015.

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