The Ligue de Football de la Martinique (English: Martinique Football League), a provincial division of the French Football Federation, manages the squad (French: Federation Francaise de Football). On August 7, 2010, the national squad acquired the moniker "Les Matinino," which refers to the island's heritage. The word "matin" means "dawn" in French.
Martinique is a department in the West Indies archipelago that has been a French territory since April 4, 1874. It was previously known as "Le Martyre" after its main city until it was renamed in honor of Charles de Gaulle on October 5, 1945. The original population of Martinique were enslaved Africans who were sold across the Atlantic Ocean and used as labor on sugar plantations. Today, most Martiniquais are of mixed race with contributions from both African and European ancestors. The island's culture reflects this mixture of cultures with contributions from France and Africa.
A football club was founded in Martinique in 1892 and named Le Racing Club de Fort-de-France. They have won one title since 2000 when they beat AS Saint-Etienne 2-1 in the Coupe de France. The team was relegated to Division d'Honneur (then the second tier) at the end of the 2004-05 season but was promoted back to Ligue 1 at the first attempt. They currently play in the Championnat National (National Championship).
Football and volleyball are two team sports popular in Martinique. Snorkeling, scuba diving, yachting, and deep sea fishing are all popular water sports. Religious festivals, such as Saints' Days, are observed. The 14th of July is Bastille Day (1789)... Sections of Martinique
Haiti is governed by the Federation Haitienne de Football (FHF), the country's regulatory organization for football. They have been FIFA members since 1934, CONCACAF members since 1961, and the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) members since 1978. Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince is Haiti's home stadium...
Haiti national football team results on Worldfootball.com.
Haiti has a relatively small population compared with other countries in the region, so attendance at games tends to be high. The country's most famous player is probably Wilfried Zaha, who plays for English club AFC Bournemouth. He came to England when he was eight years old.
Zaha first caught attention while playing for VAFA in his native Haiti. Under the guidance of French coach Philippe Hinschberger, he helped the team win the 2010 Caribbean Cup, scoring in the opening match before leaving the tournament with injury. Later that year, he moved to France and joined AS Monaco, where he played until 2016. In 2017, he went back to England and signed with AFC Bournemouth.
During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, many people knew him as one of the young players to watch out for. Zaha played only three matches for Haiti, all in 2014, but they were enough to earn him worldwide recognition. His goal against the United States is currently his only international strike.
Because the island is considered part of France, Martinique and other French overseas departments such as French Guiana and Guadeloupe are not FIFA members and hence are unable to participate in qualification for the World Cup or other FIFA tournaments.
However, both countries have applied to join FIFA and are currently awaiting approval. If they were to join then Martinique would be eligible to compete against international teams again.
The national team is known as "Le Sele," and it has competed in four World Cups. The Costa Rican Football Federation administers it, and it is a member of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and the Central American Football Union (UNCAF).
They have never won a match, and they have lost every game they have played. Their sole victory came against Nicaragua in 1985 when both teams were trying to avoid being ranked last by reaching the final round of qualification for the 1986 World Cup.
Costa Rica's most famous player is Juan Carlos "El Puma" Perez, who played for Chelsea and San Jose Earthquakes in the United States. He is considered one of the best strikers in Costa Rican history.
Perez is not the only high-profile player on his country's squad. There are several other international stars such as Bryan Ruiz, Marco Estrada, Joel Campbell, and Giancarlo Gonzalez. However, none of them have been able to help their team win any matches.
In fact, the only time Le Sele has come close to winning a match was in its first ever game when it defeated Nicaragua by a score of 1-0 back in 1934. The game was held in Nicaragua because Mexico refused to play due to tensions between those two countries over control of Central America.
Azurri is the plural of Azurro (Blue), hence Azurri translates as "The Blues." The team is also known as "la Nazionale" in Italian ("the National Team"). In Swahili, "Harambee" means "We shall work together," and it is also the country's slogan.
Les Tricolores (The Tricolors)-La Selection (The Selection) France is frequently referred to as Les Bleus (The Blues) by the media and supporters due to the blue jerseys worn by all of France's international sporting teams.
In international football, France is represented by the French national football team (French: Equipe de France de football). The team's colors are blue, white, and red, and its emblem is a coq gaulois. They are informally known as Les Bleus in France (The Blues).
In international football, France is represented by the French national football team (French: Equipe de France de football). The team's colors are blue, white, and red, and its emblem is a coq gaulois. They are informally known as Les Bleus in France (The Blues). France's home games are held at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris.