How they qualified

Curacao entered the CONCACAF Nations League Qualification and secured their qualification for the Gold Cup with a game to spare. They won those first three games scoring 21 goals, including a 10-0 win over Grenada. The only blot on their record was a 2-1 defeat in Antigua and Barbuda, but the goal difference was enough for them to finish 4th overall

 

Tournament record

As the Netherlands Antilles and as the successor nation Curacao, the team failed to qualify for the Gold on all but one previous occasion. After Patrick Kluivert kick-started the development of football on the island in his year in charge, the team went on to qualify for their first Gold Cup in 2017 after winning the final Caribbean Cup. Their first Gold Cup ended in three 2-0 defeats to Jamaica, El Salvador and Mexico, but they gained a lot of credit for their performances in 2017.

 

Star Men

A lot of players in the Curacao squad hail from and play their club football in the Netherlands, owing to Curacao’s position as a constituent country of the Netherlands. This has helped the development of the game on the island and Elson Hooi has been a beneficiary of that development. He scored the two goals that won Curacao the 2017 Caribbean Cup, then added three in qualifying for the Nations League.

He isn’t the top scorer in the Curacao squad either, as Leandro Bacuna has nine goals in his 21 appearances for his country and will be part of a midfield full of creative, attacking players.

 

Manager

Remko Bicentini took over from Patrick Kluivert in 2016 and has continued the development work that Kluivert started, blooding a lot of new players and creating a mix of Dutch-Curacaoan players with local talent. It has brought them two qualifications for the Gold Cup and the final Caribbean Cup in 2017 and there is the potential to do more with Bicentini in charge.

What can we expect?

2017 was a learning experience for Curacao as they saw the level they were at and what they needed to do to progress. This time around, they come in as dangerous dark-horses who could spring a surprise. The first game against El Salvador will be key to their future plans, but they could get to the Quarter-finals if conditions are right.

 

Schedule

17 June – Curacao v El Salvador

Venue: Independence Park, Kingston

21 June – Curacao v Honduras

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston

25 June – Curacao v Jamaica

Venue: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles


SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS

Eloy Room                              06-02-1989         PSV Eindhoven

Jarzinho Pieter                     11-11-1987         Vesta

Zeus de la Paz                        11-03-1995         Oldham Athletic

 

DEFENDERS

Cuco Martina                        25-09-1989         Feyenoord

Shermar Martina                14-04-1996         MVV

Darryl Lachman                   11-11-1989         PEC Zwolle

Jurich Carolina                    15-07-1998         NAC Breda

Jurien Gaari                           23-12-1993         RKC Waalwijk

 

MIDFIELDERS

Michael Maria                      31-01-1995         Charlotte Independence

Roly Bonevacia                    08-10-1991         Western Sydney Wanderers

Leandro Bacuna                                    21-08-1991         Cardiff City

Shanon Carmelia                20-03-1989         Ijsselmeervogels

Shermaine Martina           14-04-1996         MVV

Zinjo Constansia                 06-04-1990         Jong Holland

Jimbertson Vapor              10-02-1996         Scherpenheuvel

Ayrton Statie                         22-07-1994         Lienden

 

STRIKERS

Jarchinio Antonia              27-12-1990         AEL Limassol

Charlison Benschop          21-08-1989         Ingolstadt

Gevero Nepomuceno       10-11-1992         Oldham Athletic

Gervane Kastaneer             09-06-1996         NAC Breda

Gino van Kessel                    09-03-1993         Roeselare

Elson Hooi                              01-10-1991         ADO Den Haag

Jafar Arias                                16-06-1995         Emmen

Grp AWDLFAPts
Mexico3001339
Canada2011236
Martinique102573
Cuba0030170
Grp BWDLFAPts
Haiti300629
Costa Rica201536
Bermuda102443
Nicaragua003080
Grp CWDLFAPts
Jamaica120435
Curaçao111224
El Salvador111174
Honduras102643
Grp DWDLFAPts
United States2001006
Panama200626
Guyana002280
Trinidad and Tobago002080

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