Cuba & Dominican Republic Overtake Leadership in Soccer

As per latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings on 17 November 2013, Cuba has topped the Caribbean football squad table leaving behind Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica. Cuba ranked 74th among the world football playing nations, followed by Dominican Republic 78th, Haiti 80th and Jamaica 82nd. Under the current ranking, Cuba gained by 10 points over the earlier FIFA Ranking but Haiti and Jamaica lose (-2) and (-4) points respectively.

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Soccer in Haiti

Haiti is one among the oldest football playing nations in the Caribbean and one of the early participants in the World Cup qualifying tournament. Its present rank as per FIFA/Coca-Cola Zonal Ranking is 8th; the other countries in the same zonal ranking table include USA (1), Mexico (2), Costa Rica (3), Honduras (4), Panama (5), Cuba (6), Dominican Republic (7), Trinidad and Tobago (9) and Jamaica (10).

In 1974, Haiti qualified in the final round and made debut in the World Cup football tournament. They surprised the football world in their debut game when their star forward Emmanuel Sanon scored opening goal against stronger opponent Italy. However, they eventually lost the game by (1-- 3) and later lose to Poland and Argentina by (0-- 7) and (1-- 4) respectively. The country has produced many football talents and maintained a good footballing status throughout the 1960s and 1970s. This period is considered as the golden age in Haitian football. Under the guidance of Coach Antoine Tassy for much of this period, Haiti emerged as one of the toughest teams in the CONCACAF zone.

Their most recent achievement happened in 2007, when the Haitian national team won the 2007 Caribbean Nations Cup.

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