FIFA World Cup™ finals history
The proudest moment in Trinidad and Tobago’s footballing history came in 2006, when the Soca Warriors qualified for the World Cup finals in Germany. It remains the Caribbean nation’s only visit to the global stage, but they did flirt with qualifying previously. They were only just edged by Haiti to the finals in 1974 in West Germany. And history repeated itself again in a painful way ahead of the 1990 finals in Italy when T&T were denied a place when Paul Caligiuri’s so-called ‘shot heard round the world’ sent USA through and forced the home side to a frustrating wait.
It is a time of transition for Trinidad and Tobago’s national team as they make a bid to recapture their glory days. Their brightest star remains No9 and captain Kenwyne Jones, who plays his club football with Cardiff City after a dip in fortunes saw him step away from the bigger stages of the English Premier League. Speedy wide man Kevin Molino, of Major League Soccer’s Orlando City, is another potential difference maker provided he can fully recover from torn knee ligaments suffered while playing in the States. Carlos Edwards, 36, is a steadying influence in a side still looking for the right balance of old heads and young legs.
Stephen Hart is a former Trinidad and Tobago national team player of limited ability. As a coach, however, he is proven himself a wily tactician with big ambitions. Hart has held the reins since 2013, after a three-year stint in charge of Canada’s national team. He has an intimate knowledge of the vagaries and vicissitudes of the game in Trinidad and Tobago and has shown signs of integrating more modern concepts, like high-pressing and ball possession, into the occasionally over-tough Caribbean landscape.
1 – the number of points the Soca Warriors have earned at the FIFA World Cup finals. It is not many to keep track of, but it came the hard way, 0-0, against a Swedish side that included a young Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Dortmund at Germany 2006.
The former stars
Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy, Stern John, Shaka Hislop