- Capital: Willemstad
- Official Languages: Papiamento, Dutch, English
- Nicknames: None at present
- Association: Curaçao Football Federation / Federashon Futbòl Kòrsou (FFK)
- FIFA Code: CUW
- Best World Cup Result (Men): Not qualified
- Best World Cup Result (Women): Not qualified
- Best Gold Cup Result (Men): Quarter Finals (2019)
- Best Gold Cup Result (Women): Not qualified
- Highest FIFA Ranking (Men): 68th (July 2017)
- Highest FIFA Ranking (Women): 127th (March 2011)
- Lowest FIFA Ranking (Men): 183rd (April 2013, July 2014)
- Lowest FIFA Ranking (Women): 156th (September 2019)
- Most Capped Player: Cuco Martina – 46 caps [as of Jan 2021]
- Top Scorer: Leandro Bacuna – 11 goals [as of Jan 2021]
Curaçao is a constituent country of The Kingdom of the Netherlands situated in the southern Caribbean Sea approximately 40 miles north of Venezuela.
The first ever international football team to bear the name Curaçao was ‘The Territory of Curaçao’ national football team. The team made their debut in international football in 1924 in an away fixture at near neighbours Aruba, winning the game by 4 goals to 0. Thirty years later The Territory of Curaçao became the Netherlands Antilles. Following this change the Netherland Antilles became a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, including the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten. The name of the national team subsequently changed to Netherlands Antilles representing all six of the islands.
On 10th October 2010, the Netherlands Antilles were dissolved and Curaçao became a separate entity in it’s own right. Although not a sovereign national, Curaçao became affiliated to FIFA in 2011 as the successor of the Netherlands Antilles. Curaçao played their first international in August 2011 which resulted in a 1-0 away defeat against Dominican Republic. Since 2011 they have powered there way upwards through the FIFA rankings with a definite high point occurring in 2019 when they reached the quarter finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
To find out more about one of the strongest football nations in the Caribbean region we spoke to Frank, a Netherlands based supporter of the Curaçao national team. Frank also runs the fantastic Twitter account @CuracaoFootball tweeting in both Dutch and English.
Q. Who would you say is your country’s best player and coach/manager of all-time, and the reasonings behind the choices?
Remko Bicentini. He led Curaçao to winning the Caribean Cup in 2017 and also guided to qualify Curacao for multiple Gold Cup’s. Before winning the Caribbean Cup, he convinced a lot of players of Curaçaoan descent from the Netherlands to play for Curacao, this gave the team a real boost!
Q. Who could be regarded as a ‘cult hero’ in terms of the national team both in the past and present?
I cannot really think over anyone at the moment to be honest.
Q. Of the current team, who would you say is the best player in the Curaçao national side currently?
I don’t know if he is the best player because a goalkeeper is hard to compare with other players but I think that Eloy Room is very important for the team. He is a very experienced goalkeeper and is currently playing in the MLS.
Q. How would you describe the current state/performance of the national team?
It’s hard to say at the moment because they have not played a match in the last few months. But I think it’s ok.
Q. Are there any Curaçao players who you think we should be focusing on for the future – who would you say is the most exciting up & coming talent from the country?
There are always some talented players from Curaçao in the Dutch Eredivisie or Eerste Divisie. The problem is that most of them want to wait to see if they can manage to get into the Dutch national team. I hope Ajax player Sontje Hansen will choose to play for Curaçao, he is really talented in my opinion. Another talented player is Manchester United’s Tahith Chong.
Q. Looking at Curaçao’s international history, what would you say has been the best game, result or performance for the national team in your opinion?
I think winning the Caribbean Cup because it’s the first prize that they ever won. Reaching the quarter finals of the 2019 Gold Cup where they lost with only one goal difference against team USA was also a good performance.
Q. Likewise, is there a performance or result which is regarded as the team’s lowest point?
Curaçao played really badly in the 2012 Caribean Cup, but that was a completely different situation to now. At that time a lot of Dutch-Curaçaoan players did not play for Curaçao.
Q. What are the best and worst things about being a fan of the Curaçao national team?
For me personally it’s the difference in time between Curaçao and the Netherlands. Mostly when they play I am asleep so I cannot watch them very often.
Q. Have the fans adopted some kind of unofficial anthem to sing along to before/during/after matches?
I don’t really know to be honest.
Q. Do you have a favourite or iconic shirt from the whole time of the national team?
Personally I really like the new Curaçao shirt.
Q. Finally, what are your hopes for the future of the Curaçao national team?
I hope the new manager, Guus Hiddink, can convince some more class players like Jürgen Locadia to play for Curaçao. My hope is that Curaçao will qualify for the World Cup one day. I also hope that Curaçao will play a game in and against the Netherlands one day too.
A massive danki to Frank for answering our questions on the Curaçao national team. Remember you can find their excellent accounts in the links at the top of the blog page.
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