The principal sports in Haiti is soccer. However, many Haitian play basketball, volley ball as well as many other sports.
Do not let yourself fouled by the recent performance of the Haitian Soccer team, the days of great Haitian soccer seem to be well behind us. Haiti is unable to give birth to people like Emmanuel Sanon, Phillippe Vorbe, Ernst Jean-Joseph, Henry Francillon, Arsene Auguste, Pierre Bayonne, Roger Saint-Vil, just to name a few.
You may think that I am dreaming but the reality is that what we were so good at doing in the past just stays in the past.
We were the number one in soccer for the Caribbean
With sadness, I am announcing that this will never happen again. This position of being king in the Caribbean as far as soccer is concerned has slipped away from our hands.
Five of Haiti's most determined runners are gearing up to travel to the United States where they will take part in the New York City Marathon and make history just for their participation. The team will have their names remembered as being the first representatives for the country of Haiti in the New York City Marathon.
While the slow and steady style race is to be run on Sunday, November 3rd, the group of three men and two women will journey to New York early, set to arrive on October 29, to acclimatize themselves and, no doubt, also get acquainted with the city.
Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson, is a jewel in the Haitian belt as he hails from the country's capital, Port-au-Prince. Born on the 22nd of September, 1977, the nearly 36 year old boxer has spent his career with the nickname of 'Superman', a moniker adopted because of his dominance in the super-middleweight category he began in. Though he now fights more often in the light-heavyweight category, Stevenson continues to make his name popular, holding a 33-5 record in amateur contests.
The current light heavyweight champion of WBC, Lineal and The Ring, Stevenson made the change to his new category in June of this year, when he took on the former champion of the titles, Chad Dawson. After missing the chance at a super middle-weight title, Stevenson faced off with Dawson and took him down very quickly in the first round with a left hook. Stevenson was awarded his eight consecutive victory, since his one and only defeat, by knockout, though Dawson made it off the mat before the referee's count to eight.
September 6th, 2013 saw a first in football history as the Grenadiers took on South Korea, a new frontier for the world's favorite sport. Played in Seoul, the match saw coach Antonio Israel Blake Cantero replaced by interim coach Pierre Roland Saint-Jean. Saint-Jean will coach until a newly appointed coach is selected by the FHF (Haitian Football Federation).
Recently placing 74th on the most current ranking from FIFA, the Haitian team looked to best their rivals, coming in at 56 on the same list, in a friendly match to honor their first meet on the green of the Incheon Football Stadium. The game was made possible by the pulling out of the team from Iran, which dropped their scheduled game with South Korea early in the month of August.
At only 17 years old, Victoria Duval, the Haitian American professional player of tennis is off to an impressive start after winning her First-Round Match at the US Open. Her recent victory is a testament to the difference a year can make in a dedicated athlete's life. Just last year, the youngster was disappointed by the loss to Kim Clijsters in straight sets during her first try at the US Open. This time around, she saw her first triumph, over Samantha Stosur of Australia, Champion of The Open in 2011, and Top 15 player, with scores of 5-7, 6-4, and 6-3.
Born in Miami, Victoria Duval lived for years as a child in Haiti, and trained in Port-au-Prince at the JOTAC Tennis Academy. At eight she returned to the States and resumed training at Atlanta's RCS Tennis Academy. With her trainer, Nick Bollettieri, Duval took her right-handed, two-handed backhand technique to her career highs of no. 717 for doubles, achieved in October of 2012, and a ranking of no. 285 for singles in May of 2013.
Tire Machèt is a Créole martial arts hybrid. It synthesizes elements of fencing, stick, and machèt art forms. Its genesis occurred prior to the Haitian Slave Revolt, as a solution to rebels not having standard weapons to fight the enemy. Machèt fighting then became a valued skill, and part of the Haitian Army's basic training. Down through the history of military training, Tire Machèt has acquired a sacred symbolism owing to the Haitian Slave Revolt.
Haitian Machete Fighting ~ January 2012
Stick fighting, as well as Tire Machèt, is grounded in African practices that were imported along with Congolese slaves to Haiti in colonial times. Stick fighting and Tire Machèt have gained strength as martial arts disciplines, due to Haiti's isolation from the world. Although Haiti endured unimaginable poverty by being cut off from the rest of the world, it enabled important primitive traditions to flourish, among them Tire Machèt.
The U.S. has been chosen for the fifth time to hold the 12th annual Gold Cup. Thirteen soccer fields will be filled with roaring fans over the three-week tournament in July. Soldier Field in Chicago will hold the final game.
Twelve teams will vie for the Gold Cup in the CONCACAF play-offs to challenge the 2015 Gold Cup winner in a one-match game. The winner will then play in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
The twelve teams are divided into three groups of four teams each, groups A, B, and C. Mexico heads group A, playing to retain the trophy. Its top player, Raúl Jiménez, in striker position, will play alongside Alfredo Talavera and six other teammates from the 2012 Olympics team: Darvin Chavez, Javier Cortes, Israel Jiménez, Marco Fabian, Miguel Ponce, and Jorge Enriquez. The Mexico team will be coached by Raúl Gutierrez.
Haitian-American basketball player, Nerlens Noel, is a rising star in the National Basketball Association. Born in 1994 of expatriate parents in New Hampshire, he attended Tilton High School, where he first attracted attention as a talented player.
Realizing he had better odds of being drafted by college-recruiting scouts in the class of 2012, instead of 2013, he persuaded Tilton High sports director to let him jump a grade, promising he would study hard to catch up. For his efforts, he became the top-rated player of 2012 class. This achievement made him eligible to perform at two high-profile exposition games, the Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic.
Sixty-third ranked Haiti's Les Grenadiers managed a tie-score game against soccer-world champions, Italy, at an exhibition game in Rio de Janeiro. The final score was 2-2. Italy took an early lead, scoring the first goal 19 seconds after the game had started. Made by mid-fielder, Emanuele Giaccherini, it set a record for the quickest goal in Italian soccer records. Italy's second goal was scored by Claudio Marchisio 18 minutes before half-time.
Italy vs Haiti 2-2 All Goals and Highlights Friendly - 11/06/2013
During the third and fourth quarters, Haiti's Les Grenadiers managed to keep Italy from scoring any more points. It was expected that at best Les Grenadiers would lose by a small point-lead to Italy's Azzurris.
Jean Philippe Peguero gives Haitian Soccer team a draw with the powerful Italian team
On Haiti side, it was pride, hope and a memory of the 1974 soccer team. On Italy side, shock, surprise, embarrassment are the feeling that best describe them on June 11, 2013 after Haiti soccer team has made a draw with the powerful Italian team.
Emanuele Giaccherini scored for Italy after only 19 seconds and substitute Claudio Marchisio added a second in the 72nd minute.
Italy vs Haiti 2-2 All Goals and Highlights:
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