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Football / Keston Julien Thread
« on: February 18, 2017, 01:38:18 AM »
Looks like Julien has joined Peltier's old team in Slovakia. Did not see an announcement but he is listed on their official site. I guess this is why he will miss the U20s. All the best.

Football / Carr wants to be a Soca Warrior.
« on: April 08, 2015, 10:03:43 PM »
T&T Football: Carr wants to be a Soca Warrior

Daniel Carr, a 21-year-old Dagenham & Redbridge striker, has expressed an interest in representing the Trinidad and Tobago national football team.

The England-born player qualifies to play for the twin-island republic through his parentage.

“I have trained with the Trinidad and Tobago U-20 team in the past, but now I feel ready to represent the senior team. I am playing professional football in League Two and I have been getting good experiences.

I want to play in a World Cup and playing for Trinidad gives me the best opportunity to do so,” said Carr.

The former Reading F.C. youth player believes he has the qualities required to impact the team in a positive way.

“Many coaches don’t give younger players an opportunity to express their talent, but I believe I have the qualities to shine. All I need is the chance.

The season ends in May, so my goal is to get some goals and hopefully I will be a Soca Warrior soon.”

Football / Kevin Molino on Trial with AS Trencin
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:39:44 PM »
Looks like Peltier's success has opened doors for others.

Football / Trinis In Asia
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:08:50 PM »
Hughton Hector played 90mins in a 0-1 AFC Cup loss

Song Lam Nghe An 0-1 Terengganu     
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 18:29
Vinh: Abdul Manaf converted Terengganu's sole shot on target as the Malaysian FA Cup winners Terengganu kicked off their AFC Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Vietnam champions Song Lam Nghe An in Group F on Tuesday.

Song Lam, who reached the Round of 16 last year after winning their group before losing to Indonesia's Persipura Jayapura, dominated for the majority of the contest but failed to convert five clear cut chances at an atmospheric Vinh Stadium.

And six minutes after the hour mark Manaf picked the ball up outside of the Song Lam area and beat goalkeeper Tran Nguyen Manh with the visitors' first effort on target.

Song Lam, who have made a solid start to the defence of their Vietnamese Super League title and are unbeaten in their last five games after sharing a 2-2 draw with Kien Giang on Friday, were unable to find a response in the closing stages.

Terengganu currently sit just three points off the pace at the start of the new Malaysia Super League season after last season's runners-up beat Kuala Lumpur 1-0 on Saturday.

Jlloyd Samuel played 90 mins in a 1-0 Champions League win

Al Rayyan 0-1 Esteghlal     
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 19:03

Doha: Substitute Goran Jerkovic scored in stoppage time as Iranian giants Esteghlal followed up their back-to-back play-offs wins with a dramatic 1-0 victory over Qatar's Al Rayyan at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

The match appeared to be headed for a goalless draw until French striker Jerkovic, who had come on for Milad Midavoodi with nine minutes left, turned the ball in from close range after it had been deflected fortuitously into his path.

It was enough to give Esteghlal, who beat fellow Iran Pro League side Zob Ahan and Saudi Arabia's Al Ettifaq in the play-offs last month to earn a place in Group A, only their third away win in the AFC Champions League and their first victory in Qatar in the competition.

The win also sent the Iran Pro League side three points clear at the top of the group after the match between Nasaf and Al Jazira had been postponed to Wednesday following heavy snowfall in Karshi.

Prior to Jerkovic's late heroics, the match had been a largely scrappy affair with few real scoring opportunities.

Esteghlal defender Ali Hamoudi was lucky to stay on the pitch in the 30th minute after he was only shown a yellow card for a shocking late challenge on Younes Ali.

And the visitors had a big claim for a penalty five minutes later when Esmaeil Sharifat went down in the box after he tried to get around the challenge of Abdulla Afifa, but all that the Esteghlal player got for his troubles was a yellow card for diving.

Al Rayyan should have taken the lead just before the hour as a swift counter-attack caught the Esteghlal defence cold and as they scrambled to get back in numbers, Rodrigo Tabata's pass found Leandro all alone inside the box but the Brazilian striker could only fire his shot over the crossbar.

With 12 minutes left, Afonso Alves nearly broke the deadlock for the hosts with a shot from just outside the area which took a big deflection off a defender before being magnificently saved by goalkeeper Mahdi Rahmati, who twisted in the air to palm the ball away as it threatened to dip over his head.

But as the match went into stoppage time, it was the visitors who finally struck after a quickly taken free-kick by Hanif Omranzadeh caught out the Al Rayyan defence and Jerkovic turned home from close range after a shot from the edge of the area deflected off an Al Rayyan defender and fell invitingly into the Frenchman's path.

Football / Peltier and Co light new dawn
« on: November 04, 2011, 10:46:04 AM »
Peltier and Co light new dawn

Rising Trinidad and Tobago star Lester Peltier begins his first telephone interview with with a slip, speaking in Slovakian instead of English. He stops, corrects himself, noticing the confusion with a laugh, and continues on. One can forgive the 23-year-old winger his muddled brain, the last few months a whirlwind of club trials on multiple continents and countries.

“It all happened pretty quickly,” the free-speaking Peltier said of the busy stretch that saw him finally land in western Slovakia, a long way away from his Caribbean roots. A young prospect with local Trinidadian giants San Juan Jabloteh, Peltier has had recent trials with Bruges in Belgium, Houston Dynamo in the USA, as well as English outfits Arsenal, Millwall, Portsmouth, Birmingham City and Cardiff City in Wales.

“My agent is a Dutch guy and my club in Slovakia now," he said. "FK AS Trencin is owned by a Dutch guy [former Dutch international and Ajax cult hero Tscheu La Ling], so they had a chat, brought me in and offered me a contract after a week of training.”

It’s a tough moment for us right now, but when we get through it, I can see this team going all the way back to the World Cup.Trinidad and Tobago's Lester Peltier

The town of Trencin is just a few miles from the Czech border, but a long way from Carenage, the small village where Peltier grew up playing on the white sand of northern Trinidad’s coastline and idolising such Soca Warriors as Stern John, Dwight Yorke and Cornell Glen. But it didn’t take Peltier long to settle into the fast-paced world of European football, scoring in his first appearance for the club and going on to become top scorer.

“The weather is a bit colder over here,” Peltier said with a laugh, “but the biggest difference is the football. It’s faster, better and it makes you develop fast as a player.”

The developments did not go unnoticed by new Trinidad national team coach Otto Pfister, who called Peltier in to replace Premier League standout and team captain Kenwyne Jones, who suffered a recent injury. “It was amazing getting into the starting 11, as up to that point I was just struggling to get myself in the squad,” said Peltier, who played 90 minutes of the shock loss to Bermuda before putting in a stunning three-goal showing in a 4-0 win over Barbados.

“Scoring a hat trick for your country is one of those truly special things,” added Peltier (aka ‘Corn Curls’), who possesses bags of pace and a layered ability to read the game. “Just a few short months in Slovakia made me ready to step it up in the national team, and we needed that with [Kenwyne] Jones and Carlos Edwards [another veteran Trinidad stalwart] out injured.”

While Peltier is basking in the afterglow of his breakout, fans of the Soca Warriors who appeared at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ are facing nervous times, with the team’s failure to reach this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup sparking talk of a genuine crisis. With two games to go in the first round of group-stage qualifying in the North, Central American and Caribbean zone, Trinidad are in second place of Group B and need to beat section leaders Guyana, a team they already beat earlier in the competition, next week to stay alive.

“It’s do-or-die for us,” said Peltier, hoping to keep his position in the starting set-up with the return to fitness and form of the talismanic Jones. “Guyana is a good team that has had a bit of luck,” he added. “Our status in the region means that we must win, and the talent we have in the team should take us over the line.”

Bringing the style back
It’s not just talent and reputation that should see Trinidad and Tobago through to the next stage, according to young Peltier. A gifted younger generation and a return to the country’s technical, free-wheeling roots could well make a difference too. Peltier, Kevin Molino (21) and Khaleem Hyland (22), who is taking part the UEFA Champions League with Belgian side Genk, form the core of a new group of ultra-talented islanders.

“Me and other young boys are looking to step it up and show the way,” enthused Peltier. He, Molino and Hyland all hail from the same area of the larger island of Trinidad and have a chemistry and understanding that can change the current style of the national team. “We know everything there is to know about each other and we’re young and hungry,” he said. “When you put this together with the experience of guys like Kenwyne [Jones] and Edwards, we have a serious team.”

Facing elimination with the wrong kind of result on Tuesday in Georgetown doesn’t dampen Peltier’s youthful spirit. “Sure, it’s a tough moment for us right now, but when we get through it, I can see this team going all the way back to the World Cup. It’s been a long time since you’ve seen a Trinidad and Tobago team playing the game we’re playing – putting the ball on the ground and passing it around,” he added, an enthusiasm and conviction entering into his voice. “We’re bringing the style back to Trinidad and Tobago.”

Football / Soca Warriors in 2015 Copa America?
« on: July 21, 2011, 02:14:11 PM »
This article was tweeted by Grant Wahl.

Under this format the international schedule would be:
2015-Copa Americas
2016-Gold Cup
2017-Confed Cup

Would love to see this happen, more games vs better opposition. Of course we'd have to qualify.

Football / Jake Thomson on trial with Southend United
« on: July 11, 2011, 11:45:32 AM »
After a day of activity at the Shrimpers training ground Saturday that had some of the faithful with their cameras snapping away, (see below on how to see them), the word seems to be that former Southampton and Exeter City midfielder Jake Thompson did enough to be included in the Dartford friendly Monday evening.
This was backed up by a tweet from Echo journalist Chris Phillips: 'Just been told midfielder Jake Thomson may figure as a trialist for Blues in friendlies at Dartford and Wakering this week.'

Football / West Ham target released Bolton wing-back Samuel
« on: July 04, 2011, 12:58:42 PM »
West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce hopes to snap up Bolton Wanderers wing-back Jlloyd Samuel.

The Mirror says Allardyce wants to agree a deal for 30-year-old Samuel – who is a free agent after being released by Wanderers boss Owen Coyle – and he could join the ex-Reebok colony at Upton Park.

Trinidad and Tobago international Samuel signed for Bolton under Gary Megson’s management.

But Allardyce knows him from his time at his former club and also when the ­ defender started at Aston Villa.

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