Now a country in its own right following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao has inherited the footballing legacy of its predecessor. That legacy is relatively rich and long by Caribbean standards, with Netherlands Antilles enjoying their finest hour in the 1970s and 80s. Their bid to reach South Africa 2010 ended in Round 2, when an own goal condemned them to a 1-0 aggregate defeat against Haiti. They reached the first group stage in qualifying for Brazil 2014, only to come up short in a third-place finish in Group F.

Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former star: Ergilio Hato