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2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« on: December 21, 2013, 07:12:47 PM »
The dates are on the CFU calendar.

http://www.cfufootball.org/index.php/latest-news/9296-caribbean-football-union-calendar-of-events-2014

Sep 1-9   CFU Men's Caribbean Cup Qualification Round 1(24 Teams)   Various Locations
Oct 6-14   CFU Men's Caribbean Cup Qualification Round 2(16 Teams)   Various Locations
Nov 10-18   CFU Caribbean Cup Final Round (8 Teams)   TBD

« Last Edit: December 23, 2013, 08:16:29 AM by Flex »

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 07:09:52 PM »
Cayman Islands are hosting one round.

Guyana are considering not entering due to financial problems.


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The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) says that they are unsure whether the national football team known as the Golden Jaguars will participate in the upcoming Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup qualification tournament in May in the Cayman Islands.

http://www.stabroeknews.com/2014/sports/01/15/gff-uncertain-caribbean-cup-participation/

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2014, 07:38:40 PM »

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2014, 08:06:10 PM »
Good move by concacaf to have the two 5th place teams play each other.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2014, 01:22:53 AM »
Very interesting - but they should already have rights to players overseas as this is an official tournament that officially qualifies teams for the Gold Cup, an official tournament, so convenience or respect for footballing calendars is probably the reason.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2014, 07:52:20 AM »
Very interesting - but they should already have rights to players overseas as this is an official tournament that officially qualifies teams for the Gold Cup, an official tournament, so convenience or respect for footballing calendars is probably the reason.

Breds, how long you into this football business. Them clubs not releasing players for CFU tournament. Gold Cup, WC and Olympics(maybe).  The tournament is in May, that is after the season, most of them should be available. WC is in June.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2014, 09:04:35 AM »
November 10th-18th is the FIFA window.

The most important games in the CFU cup is the group stage because the top 2 Qualify for the GC

The foreign based boys will have games on the weekend of the 8th Nov.

It would be best If the CFU tournament can start on the Wednesday 12th so you can have group games with the best quality. It makes no sense having a game from the Monday or Tuesday with reserves then having the full compliment from Wednesday

Fixture Schedule should be :
Wed 12th- Group A matchday 1 (2 games)
Thursday 13th- Group B matchday 1 (2games)
Friday 14th- Group A matchday 2 (2 games)
Saturday 15th- Group B matchday 2 (2 games)
Sunday 16th- Group A matchday 3 ( 2 games)
Monday 17th- Group B matchday 3 (2 games)
Tuesday 18th- Off
Wednesday 19th- Semis
Thursday 20th- Off
Friday 21st- Final


The Gold Cup qualification is so valuable to teams because it offers you a chance to be in competitive competition with Concacaf's best at top class facilities while giving the coach a chance to work with his best group of players for 2-3 weeks.

Priceless importance.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2014, 09:51:53 AM »
Very interesting - but they should already have rights to players overseas as this is an official tournament that officially qualifies teams for the Gold Cup, an official tournament, so convenience or respect for footballing calendars is probably the reason.

Breds, how long you into this football business. Them clubs not releasing players for CFU tournament. Gold Cup, WC and Olympics(maybe).  The tournament is in May, that is after the season, most of them should be available. WC is in June.

I know they're not already, but they should do.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2014, 07:17:29 PM »
The foreign based boys will have games on the weekend of the 8th Nov.

The way it's arranged at the moment isn't ideal, but it's better than nothing.

There are problems as it stands as FIFA's international calendar only allows for 2 match dates between 10 and 18 November. Perhaps this means that the 'big guns' as it were can only play in 2 games of the final tournament, unless the player's club says it's ok.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2014, 09:54:10 PM »
Is always a conflict.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2014, 08:53:11 AM »
It does seem strange that a national qualifying competition cannot be considered important enough to release players, you'd think the Caribbean nations can use their stranglehold of CONCACAF to demand some action really.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2014, 09:04:04 AM »
The foreign based boys will have games on the weekend of the 8th Nov.

The way it's arranged at the moment isn't ideal, but it's better than nothing.

There are problems as it stands as FIFA's international calendar only allows for 2 match dates between 10 and 18 November. Perhaps this means that the 'big guns' as it were can only play in 2 games of the final tournament, unless the player's club says it's ok.

Do you work for CFU ?


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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2014, 09:09:42 AM »
It does seem strange that a national qualifying competition cannot be considered important enough to release players, you'd think the Caribbean nations can use their stranglehold of CONCACAF to demand some action really.

After 20 something years of Jack, CFU has to thread carefully with their votes. And most of the members, for now, will go along with Concacaf. We will see how they do in the future.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2014, 05:38:11 PM »
The Antigua Observer claim that Antigua are hosting Group 5

Group 5 will consist of:

  • Antigua
  • Dominican Republic
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Anguilla

http://www.antiguaobserver.com/antigua-to-host-caribbean-cup/

Why don't CFU release the whole draw instead of drip feeding us like this?

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2014, 09:14:44 PM »
2nd place is not good enough this time, the winner of this tournament gets a ticket to the 2016 Copa America.

http://www.beinsports.tv/soccer/article/1wdpcaova76ty1kxaaei63w820/title/copa-america-centenario-coming-to-usa

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2014, 02:25:32 AM »
2nd place is not good enough this time, the winner of this tournament gets a ticket to the 2016 Copa America.

http://www.beinsports.tv/soccer/article/1wdpcaova76ty1kxaaei63w820/title/copa-america-centenario-coming-to-usa

Well not good enough for the Centenario, but top 4 good enough for Gold Cup and 5th place play in a playoff against a Centroamerican nation

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2014, 04:03:02 PM »
So Mr TTFA what are your plans. This is plenty football. Hopefully our U23 will be in Brazil for the Olympics. Also WC qualifying starts at the end of the Olympics. So Mr. TTFA, no friggin excuses.
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Men's CFU Caribbean Cup 2014 Group Draw
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2014, 10:08:24 AM »
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2014, 11:56:27 AM »
Interesting, Aruba and Bonaire should qualify from those preliminary groups, especially with home advantage.

For the other groups, I'll stick my neck out and say - Suriname (good showings in Club champs), Saint Vincent (maybe Dom rep on the slide), Guyana (this is the closest group imho), and Curacao (probably the group with the weakest teams)

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2014, 08:10:41 AM »
Why have Martinique not been seeded to the second round? Their performance in 2012 (fourth place) should've been enough to put them in the second round instead of Guadeloupe.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2014, 07:29:48 PM »
French Guiana will easily win their group not Aruba. French Guiana has a lot of second division players from France in their team. In the last CFU, they surprised and beat team like Jamaica, Haiti, St Kitts  who under estimated them,
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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2014, 04:53:10 AM »
French Guiana will easily win their group not Aruba. French Guiana has a lot of second division players from France in their team. In the last CFU, they surprised and beat team like Jamaica, Haiti, St Kitts  who under estimated them,

Yea you could be right about that - I might have underestimated French Guiana

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2014, 10:58:13 AM »
The Caribbean Cup....this should be our time to get back on top

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2014, 03:29:26 PM »
French Guiana will easily win their group not Aruba. French Guiana has a lot of second division players from France in their team. In the last CFU, they surprised and beat team like Jamaica, Haiti, St Kitts  who under estimated them,

Yea you could be right about that - I might have underestimated French Guiana

All the French overseas department have players in the lower French leagues. Clubs from the French department play in the French Cup.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2014, 10:57:01 PM »
We better win our group! Definitely don't want to see Jamaica and possibly Haiti in that next round. 

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2014, 12:08:26 AM »
French Guiana will easily win their group not Aruba. French Guiana has a lot of second division players from France in their team. In the last CFU, they surprised and beat team like Jamaica, Haiti, St Kitts  who under estimated them,

Yea you could be right about that - I might have underestimated French Guiana

All the French overseas department have players in the lower French leagues. Clubs from the French department play in the French Cup.

Yup, those French Antilles nations keep pretty tight with the overlords :p

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Caribbean Cup Preview from @Caribbeanftbl
« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2014, 09:42:12 AM »
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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2014, 09:57:38 AM »
"Jamaica have to be favourites for the Tournament"

"Can't write off Trinidad and Tobago... They're a top quality team... They too fancy themselves as favourites... Joevin Jones is the intriguing one and it could be important for him... Heard rumours that MLS teams are interested in him - he's too good for the Pro League, so could be good tournament for him. Daniel Cyrus too... Kevin Molino is in form too - could be a breakout player... A lot of young players looking to prove themselves in contrast to Jamaica... They might be in a better mental state of mind, able to discover players they might not have otherwise had they been in the final round of the WC Qualification"

"Kenwyne Jones seems lazy, hopefully this will bring out the best in him.... Doesn't seem to turn up, doesn't track back or put the effort in - is he the right captain for T&T? IT'll be the last competition for him to make a big impact so it'll be interesting to see if he can make something and put the effort in - he's an enigma"

"Will Plaza - got quite a few goals for T&T and could be heir to Jones... "waiting in the wings"]

"Haiti in transitional period... Showed decently in the Gold Cup..."

Both us and Jamaica have a bunch of juicy friendlies set up, basically of the opinion that it's Jamaica, T&T and Cuba who have a shot.
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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #28 on: May 19, 2014, 02:14:54 AM »
Montserrat to host major regional football tournament
Caribbean News Now


BRADES, Montserrat -- Montserrat has stepped into the breach to host one of the tournaments in the pre-qualifying round of matches in the 2014 Caribbean Football Union Men’s Caribbean Cup.

From May 30 to June 3, teams representing Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean, the US Virgin Islands and Montserrat will battle it out for a qualifying place in round two of the regional tournament.

The games to be played in Montserrat at the new football complex were previously planned for Dutch St Maarten.

Montserrat’s new football complex was funded by the International Football Federation (FIFA) through its FIFA Goals Project.

Over 100 visiting players and officials are expected for the tournament, which locally will feature some of the region’s best up and coming footballers, including the UK-based young Montserratians, one of whom has been selected for the England Under-21 squad.

In making the announcement, president of the Montserrat Football Association Vincent Cassell said there is high anticipation in many respects for the games to be played here.

“It suggests confidence in the Montserrat Football Association,” he said, adding that they are “working feverishly” to put the finishing touches to the local FIFA-sponsored stadium, which can seat around 500 spectators with additional capacity around the grounds.

Cassell also stated that the local facility, built to international standards, will be one of the few purpose-built football stadiums of its kind in the area with all of the features that teams, officials and fans could expect.

Montserrat is in an extensive rebuilding phase in the northern part of the island, after the Soufriere Hills volcano destroyed the capital Plymouth and rendered about two-thirds of the island uninhabitable.

About 5,000 people now live in the northern safe zone after more than the half the population were forced to flee the island due to the volcanic eruptions.

In recent years, the volcano has quietened down and the northern area, which has not been affected by the eruptions, has seen a rapid spate of ongoing residential and commercial redevelopment.

Cassell said that hosting the games also brings huge bonuses to the local economy as well as to the development of football in Montserrat, which already has a large number of Montserrat-born or connected players in the English Premier League and other levels of UK football.

“Three properties joined together to host the teams and officials... and one hotelier has described as a shot in the arm during this ‘hard guava crop time’ as she described it,” he said.

Spin-off business benefits are also in store for restaurants, taxis and car rental companies.

But it’s in the benefits to local football that the MFA president sees the biggest advantage.

“Well, you can’t measure the sort of effect a tournament like this would have on football in Montserrat,” Cassell declared.

The MFA has what Cassell described as “a vibrant youth program for boys and girls” who will now be exposed to top level regional football and will get the opportunity to interact with, especially players on the Montserrat team, some of whom are flying in from England where they are playing in national level teams. One of them, Donovan Daniel, has been selected for the England Under-21 squad.

Workshops are also planned for local football players and officials.

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Re: 2014 Caribbean Cup Thread
« Reply #29 on: May 19, 2014, 02:16:11 AM »
Fantastic news imo, lets hope they can get their football league up-and-running again :)