Haiti National Football Team Keeps Hopes Alive for World Cup

Haiti has a national soccer team, the Haiti National Football Team (HNFT). The Fédération Haïtienne de Football is the governing corpus responsible for ensuring HNFT follows CONCACAF rules to compete against other leagues in the Caribbean. The Haiti National Football Team plays all home games at Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, coached by Israel Blake Cantero, an ex-soccer champ.


The HNFT has a history of longevity since the 60s, qualifying for the World Cup (WC) early on, playing in it in 1974. Although they did not win, they played an excellent game against very tough competitors, the Italians. The HNFT reached the qualifying rounds again in '78 and '82 but did not succeed in participating in the WC.

Haiti's instability as a government has affected the HNFT negatively. Several team members left, leaving the team flounding, until 2007. That year Haiti National Football Team played against France in a tie game 1-1. The HNFT experienced another set-back in 2010, when the earthquake smashed Haiti to bits, taking the lives of many HNFT players. Since then the team has fought back, becoming a force to be reckoned with in CONCACAF. HNFT's most gratifying win was in 2001 against the U.S. Virgin Islands, slaughtering them with a 12-1 win.

Last year, 2012, was one of the team's best with three wins against Puerto Rico, Saint-Martin, and Bermuda, in which they won the Caribbean Cup. They can take great pride in these achievements, giving their country renewed hope they will finally win the World Cup.

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