Soccer World Cup 2010

 

Jamaica football

Nickname: Reggae Boyz

Coach: Bora Mulitinovic

Coach

Nov 2006

"Mexico and the USA are clearly ahead of the rest, and so are almost guaranteed their places at the finals. After them you have countries like Honduras, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Cuba and Panama, all of whom have quality within their ranks. Between them, those sides will have to battle it out for the region's other one-and-a-half berths (one automatic, one play-off). It's sure to be a fierce struggle, as Panama now have Alexandre Guimaraes (at the helm), Costa Rica have Hernan Medford, Mexico Hugo Sanchez and El Salvador Carlos de los Cobos. I coached all of them in my time, and now they are highly regarded coaches." Bora Mulitinovic

17 Oct 2006

Bora Mulitinovic confirmed that he agreed to coach Jamaica and that his primary aim is qualification for the 2010 World Cup finals. Milutinovic led China to their only Soccer World Cup finals in 2002 tournament (co-hosted by Japan and South Korea).

5 May 2006

Jamaica coach Wendell Downswell said that he plans to use the June friendly against England as preparation for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. "We are in a rebuilding process and everything is looking to South Africa. This is a grand opportunity and we will grab it with both hands."

The Jamaica team has a policy of rotating players to allow them to gain exposure in preparation for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In line with this there are two new faces in Jamaica's senior squad to take on the USA in a football friendly in North Carolina on April 11th, 2006. They are Portmore United defender Demar Stewart and striker Ryan Johnson - a new college draft at US Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake City.

"Ryan Johnson, from all indications, is doing exceptionally well at the college level and now he has been drafted into the squad of Real Salt Lake and the club is quite excited that he will make a healthy contribution..," national technical director Wendell Downswell said.

Stewart (a defender), has represented Jamaica at Under-23 level and will be making his senior debut.
"We've been looking at him... in the Premier League which has done a lot for him, and like Demar, there are other players in the league that are also on the fringe of breaking into the senior squad," Downswell said at Monday's press conference.

Soccer World Cup track record
2010

 

2006

Did not qualify

2002

Did not qualify

1998

Qualified, becoming the first English speaking country from the Caribbean to ever qualify for the soccer world cup finals. Lost 1-3 to Croatia, lost 0-5 to Argentina and beat Japan 2-1 (eliminated in the first round).

1994

Did not qualify

1990

Did not qualify

1986

Did not enter (Jamaica did not participate in the 1986 World Cup because suspension for affiliation fees that was due to FIFA.)

1982

Did not enter

1978

Did not qualify

1974

Did not qualify (Jamaica's participation in the 1974 World Cup elimination saw the suspension of 17 players on the team because of poor behavior on a tour to Bermuda. Jamaica withdrew from the elimination in order to restructure their team).

1970

Did not qualify

1966

Attempted to qualify for the first time, but didn't.

1930 - 1962

Did not enter

Sponsorship

In September 2006, the Jamaica Football Federation renewed a 4-year contract worth J$40 million with Air Jamaica.

Links

Jamaica Football Federation

Wikipedia: Jamaican National Premier League

Wikipedia: Jamaica national football team

Fifa: Jamaica

References

18 October 2006

Mulitinovic to coach Jamaica

20 September 2006

JFF lands $40-m deal with Air J

 


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