Dominican Republic

República Dominicana / Dominican Republic

  • Capital: Santo Domingo
  • Official Languages: Spanish
  • Nicknames: Los Quisqueyanos
  • Association: Federación Dominicana de Fútbol
  • FIFA Code: DOM

Records

  • Best World Cup Result (Men): Not Qualified
  • Best World Cup Result (Women): Not Qualified
  • Best Gold Cup Result (Men): Not Qualified
  • Best Gold Cup Result (Women): Not Qualified
  • Best Caribbean Cup Result (Men): Group Stages Twice – (1991 and 2012)
  • Best Caribbean Cup Result (Women): N/A
  • Highest FIFA Ranking (Men): 78th (October 2013)
  • Highest FIFA Ranking (Women): 81st (March 2009)
  • Lowest FIFA Ranking (Men): 190th (December 2009)
  • Lowest FIFA Ranking (Women): 125th (April 2014)
  • Most Capped Player: Jonathan Faña – 45 caps [as of March 2021]
  • Top Scorer: Jonathan Faña – 24 goals [as of March 2021]

The Dominican Republic (República Dominicana) is a country located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region. It occupies the eastern five eighths of Hispaniola which it shares with Haiti. Interestingly this makes Hispaniola one of only two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two sovereign states.

The Federación Dominicana de Fútbol was founded in 1953 but didn’t join FIFA until 1959, it was a further eight years until the national team played their first game. This resulted in a 8-0 home defeat against their island neighbours, Haiti. There was a further three year wait until the team played their next fixture, this came by way of them entering the 1970 Central America and Caribbean Games held in Panama. In this tournament the team made history by recording their first ever win, a 5-0 triumph over Puerto Rico. Sadly however, this was not enough to help them advance out of the group stages. Two games followed in 1971 which were played at the 1971 Pan American Games in Colombia – both games ended in defeats, 0-4 against the Bahamas and 2-4 against Canada.

In terms of more recent history, the Dominican Republic qualified for their second Caribbean Cup in 2012 where they were placed in Group A alongside Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago and Antigua & Barbuda. Los Quisqueyanos recorded a draw and two defeats from their three games leaving them in third place in the group, meaning elimination from the competition.

At the time of writing, the national team’s head coach is the Mexican, Jacques Passy who has been the man in charge since 2020. Recent results are rather encouraging for the Dominican Republic as they look towards their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, especially their recent friendly match goalless draw against Serbia.

To find out more about Los Quisqueyanos we spoke too the brilliant people at FútbolDominicano.Net, who run the excellent website of the same name, which talks about everything football related to the Dominican Republic. You can find the links to their website, YouTube channel and social media accounts as follows:

Q. Who would you say is your country’s best player and coach/manager of all-time, and the reasonings behind the choices?

Jonathan Faña

Without a doubt, Jonathan Faña [striker currently at Dominican side Atlético San Francisco] is our best player of all time, his records speak for themselves and is considered to be the ‘Messi of the Caribbean‘.

Manager is harder to say because neither our national team nor the league have had any outstanding managers.

Q. Who could be regarded as a ‘cult hero’ in terms of the national team both in the past and present?

Jonathan Faña is definitely our ‘Cult Hero’.

Q. Of the current team, who would you say is the best player in the Dominican Republic national side currently?

Carlos Martínez

Besides Jonathan Faña, one of our very talented players currently is Carlos Martínez [also known as Carlos Julio in Spain, he is a 27 year old right-back/midfielder who is currently playing for CD Mirandés is the Spanish Segunda División].

Q. How would you describe the current state/performance of the national team?

The performance of the national team has been tested currently but recently they lost 0-1 to Puerto Rico and tied 0-0 with Serbia. This last game has been the most important result in our international history. Nevertheless, in the past three years, the team have improved a lot. They have had positive results against the Central American nations.

Q. Are there any players from the Dominican Republic 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?

Edison Azcona

There are lots, for example – Edison Azcona [17 year old midfielder currently with Inter Miami], Rafael Nuñez [19 year old forward with Atlético Madrid], Gerard Lavergne [22 year old central midfielder at FC Tucson], Edarlyn Reyes [23 year old left-back/left winger at Real Santa Cruz], among others.

Q. Looking at Dominican Republic’s international history, what would you say has been the best game, result or performance for the national team in your opinion?

As previously mentioned – the 0-0 draw with Serbia

Q. Likewise, is there a performance or result which is regarded as the team’s lowest point?

The lowest point for our team was losing to Bermuda 3-1 at home in March 2019 and losing the opportunity to qualify for our first ever Gold Cup.

Q. What are the best and worst things about being a fan of the Dominican Republic national team?

The best thing about being a fan of our national team is that we have the hope that the players with Dominican origin in Europe will represent our team.

The worst part of that is most of the best of those players don’t do, even if they don’t have any opportunity to play with the team of the country where they were born.

Q. Have the fans adopted some kind of unofficial anthem to sing along to before/during/after matches?

No, not yet.

Q. Do you have a favourite or iconic shirt from the whole time of the national team?

Yes, the 2018 shirt [made by Macron].

Q. Finally, what are your hopes for the future of the Dominican Republic national team?

I hope that we can make a good structure to produce payers that combined with the ones who have Dominican origin and play in Europe, will take our national team to the next level.

A massive gracias to FútbolDominicano.Net for answering our questions on the Los Quisqueyanos. Remember you can find their excellent account in the links at the top of the blogpage.

If you have any comments, suggestions, reactions, or even your own answers to the above questions, please write them in the comments box below. Likewise, you can either email us at the94thmin@gmail.com or send a message to the author @Gareth19801 or the editor @The94thMin on Twitter.

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