Curacao joined the FIFA family in 2011, following the dissolution of Netherlands Antilles, and made their FIFA World Cup™ qualifying debut in the Brazil 2014 campaign, going out in the second round.
The Caribbean islanders have put their faith in group of players who also have Dutch nationality, most of whom play their club football in Europe, among them talismanic captain Rhuendly Martina. Backing him up are able lieutenants such as Felitciano Zschusschen, Charlton Vicento, Darryl Lachman and Gianluca Maria. Curacao kicked off their Russia 2018 qualifying campaign with a 4-3 aggregate defeat of Montserrat in the first round.
Patrick Kluivert is a big name in world football. The former Ajax, Milan and Barcelona striker, whose mother hails from Curacao, was a key figure in the Netherlands side that finished fourth at the 1998 FIFA World Cup France and was an assistant to Louis Van Gaal as the Dutch took third place at Brazil 2014.
2 - The number of matches Curacao won in the Brazil 2014 prelims, both of those victories coming against US Virgin Islands.
The former stars
Ergilio Hato, Wilhelm Canword