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JANUARY 2002

VOLUME 12 / NUMBER 1

CONFEDERATION OF NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
17-21 January 2002
Womens U-19 Qualifying
Caribbean Group B (Antigua & Barbuda)
Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Guyana, Suriname
18 January 2002
FC Gold Cup (Miami)
Martinique Costa Rica (19:00); Haiti Canada (21:00)
19 January 2002
FC Gold Cup (Pasadena)
El Salvador Mexico (13:00); USA Korea Republic (15:00)
20 January 2002
FC Gold Cup (Miami)
Costa Rica Trinidad & Tobago (15:00); Ecuador Haiti (17:00)
21 January 2002
FC Gold Cup (Pasadena)
Cuba USA (15:00); Mexico Guatemala (21:00)

FC President Jack A. Warner and FIFA President Sepp Blatter present 2000 Gold Cup winner
Canada with the trophy - who will claim this years version? (Photo C Tony Quinn, SoccerPixUSA)

PRESIDENT JACK WARNERS MESSAGE


The challenges which face the teams of this Confederation in
the next six months are many, varied and not to be taken lightly.
We are now on the brink of the "jewel in the crown" of our FC
competitions, the Gold Cup of 2002, with the pride and prestige
of being champions of our region at stake; that alone ensuring
good football and great competition.
But for five of our Gold Cup competitors there is dual importance in the event - victory in Miami and Los Angeles and readiness for the biggest tournament of all, the FIFA World Cup in Japan and Korea just a few
months away.
The five include one of the host nations, South Korea, and, from South America,
Ecuador, playing in their first-ever World Cup. They will be sizing up their own players
and the competition to see where they stand in this, our own World Cup in microcosm.
It is our own three, however - Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA - whom we, and the
media and fans, will be watching most closely in the hope that they go from strength to
strength through the Gold Cup and on to represent us all successfully in Asia.
Every team will be trying its utmost; every player trying to ensure his place in the
final rosters for the trip across the Pacific. We wish them well.
We shall also see, between the Gold Cup and the World Cup, the first stages of the
Champions Cup in its new format of home and away games; a format designed to give
fans the chance to see this ultimate club tournament of the FC in their home stadia and
not in a far away final grouping.
It is difficult to conceive of a more crowded, more competitive few months for the
best teams this Confederation can find - and it does not end there.
While most of the attention and excitement will be focused on these noted and publicized tournaments, we are also seeing the early groups of the new women's Under 19
championship; part of the ongoing development of the women's game and as important
to the participants as any of the other events.
Off the field, too, there is much activity - from the increasing number of courses and
seminars in the FC development program at the Centre of Excellence in Trinidad to the
Congress of the Confederation in Miami in April.
There is hardly a dull day in our immediate future. So, let us draw breath before the
rush begins. On with the games!

22 January 2002
FC Gold Cup (Miami)
Canada Ecuador (19:00); Trinidad & Tobago Martinique
(21:00)
23 January 2002
FC Gold Cup (Pasadena)
Guatemala El Salvador (19:00); Korea Republic Cuba (21:00)
26 January 2002
FC Gold Cup (Miami)
Quarterfinal matches
27 January 2002
FC Gold Cup (Pasadena)
Quarterfinal matches
30 January 2002
FC Gold Cup (Pasadena)
Semifinal matches
2 February 2002
FC Gold Cup (Pasadena)
Final (12:00)
13 February - 13 March 2002
2002 FC Champions Cup
First-round matches
(to be arranged by clubs)
19-21 April 2002
XXIII Ordinary Congress
The Football Confederation
Miami, Florida USA
5-12 May 2002
FC Womens U-19 Championship
Trinidad & Tobago
31 May 2002
Opening match, 2002 FIFA World Cup
Seoul, Korea Republic

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GOLD CUP PREVIEW

When the sixth


edition of the
championship of
the Football
Confederation, FC
Gold Cup 2002,
kicks off Friday 18
January at the
Orange Bowl in Miami, its not a stretch to
say the strongest-ever field in the history of
the event will be taking part.
The timing of the event less than six
months prior to the finals of the FIFA
World Cup already makes the tournament
very attractive for those teams looking to
refine their squads prior to the greatest
show in sports.
But this years Gold Cup is further
brightened by having no fewer than five
participants in Korea/Japan 2002 three
from the Football Confederation in Costa
Rica, Mexico and the USA, as well as both
guest teams in the competition: Ecuador
and co-host South Korea.
Yet the depth of the competition doesnt
end there. Guatemala and El Salvador qualified from the UNCAF Copa de Naciones
ahead of Honduras which barely missed
out on a World Cup finals berth to go with
a third-place finish in last summers Copa
America.
Trinidad & Tobago again won the Copa
Caribe while competing in the final hexagonal of FC World Cup qualifying while
Haiti and Martinique reached their second
Gold Cup by finishing ahead of Jamaica.
And one cant forget defending champion
Canada, who captured their first-ever
major international honor in 2000. Their

CONFEDERATION NEWS - JANUARY 2002


victory was the fifth in five tries for countries from the North Zone a record that
Central American and Caribbean countries
are especially keen to smash this year.
Two of the three-team groups will battle
it out in Miami: Group C, consisting of
Costa Rica, Martinique and Trinidad &
Tobago, and Group D, with Canada,
Ecuador and Haiti. The other two groups
will play in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena,
California: Group A, with El Salvador,
Guatemala and Mexico, and Group B, with
Cuba, Korea Republic and the USA.
Group-phase matches and a pair of
quarterfinals will be played in each stadium, with the semifinals and finals set for
the Rose Bowl.
GOLD CUP HONOR ROLL
1991
FINAL: USA HONDURAS 0:0 (4:3 pen)
GOLDEN BOOT: Benjamin GALINDO (Mexico, 4)
MVP: Tony MEOLA (USA)
1993
FINAL: MEXICO USA 4:0
GOLDEN BOOT: Luis Roberto ALVES ZAGUE (Mexico, 12)
MVP: Ramon RAMIREZ (Mexico)
1996
FINAL: MEXICO BRAZIL 2:0
GOLDEN BOOT: Eric WYNALDA (USA, 4)
MVP: Ral Rodrigo LARA (Mexico)
1998
FINAL: MEXICO USA 1:0
GOLDEN BOOT: Luis HERNANDEZ (Mexico, 4)
MVP: Kasey KELLER (USA)

GROUP A
Three-time Gold Cup champion Mexico
leads Group A comprised of three opponents quite familiar with each other.
Mexico will be looking to continue their fine
second half of 2001, which saw them finally
secure qualification for the 2002 FIFA
World Cup on the final day. Two Central
American rivals round out the group in
Guatemala and El Salvador. They finished
1-2 respectively in the UNCAF Copa de
Naciones in May Guatemalas first major
honor with rejuvenated squads after elimination from World Cup qualifying.
EL SALVADOR: Returned to the Gold
Cup after missing the 2000 event following
their second-place finish in the UNCAF
Copa de Naciones. They have yet to advance
beyond the group stage in two appearances
in the competition. Also dumped out of
qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup at
the semifinal round stage.
GUATEMALA: Won the 2001 UNCAF
Copa de Naciones, their first Central
American championship. In their fourth
Gold Cup, having missed only 1993. 1996
was the only qualification out of the group
stage, losing to Mexico 1:0 in the semifinals
as the best second-place team. Came so
close to eliminating Costa Rica from the
World Cup, but lost 5:2 in a playoff match
after the two finished level in their semifinal round group.

2000
FINAL: CANADA COLOMBIA 2:0
GOLDEN BOOT: Carlo CORAZZIN (Canada, 4)
MVP: Craig FORREST (Canada)

Group A - El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico


Group B - Cuba, Korea Republic, USA
Group C - Costa Rica, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago
Group D - Canada, Ecuador, Haiti
January 18
Friday
Miami
19:00
Martinique (C3) v Costa Rica (C1)
21:00
Haiti (D3) v Canada (D1)
January 19
Saturday
Pasadena
13:00
El Salvador (A3) v Mexico (A1)
15:00
USA (B1) v Korea Republic (B2)
January 20
Sunday
Miami
15:00
Costa Rica (C1) v Trinidad & Tobago (C2)
17:00
Ecuador (D2) v Haiti (D3)
January 21
Monday
Pasadena
15:00
Cuba (B3) v USA (B1)
17:00
Mexico (A1) v Guatemala (A2)
January 22
Tuesday
Miami
19:00
Trinidad & Tobago (C2) v Martinique (C3)
21:00
Canada (D1) v Ecuador (D2)
January 23
Wednesday
Pasadena
19:00
Guatemala (A2) v El Salvador (A3)
21:00
Korea Republic (B2) v Cuba (B3)
January 26
Saturday
Miami
15:00
Quarterfinal 1: Winner Group C vs Runner up Group D
17:30
Quarterfinal 2 Winner Group D vs Runner up Group C
January 27
Sunday
Pasadena
12:00
Quarterfinal 3 Winner Group A vs Runner up Group B
14:30
Quarterfinal 4 Winner Group B vs Runner up Group A
January 30
Wednesday
Pasadena
18:00
Semifinal 1 Winner Quarterfinal 1 vs Winner Quarterfinal 3
20:30
Semifinal 2 Winner Quarterfinal 2 vs Winner Quarterfinal 4
February 2
Saturday
Pasadena
10:00
Third Place Loser Semifinal 1 vs Loser Semifinal 2
12:00
Final Winner Semifinal 1 vs Winner Semifinal 2

KEY MAN: Fredy GARCIA (Guatemala): One of the


best players in Guatemala. Plays either as a left-sided
midfielder or in behind the front two. Terrific on the
ball as well as a fine passer.

MEXICO: The top side historically in


the Gold Cup, with three titles in five
appearances thus far. After losing to the
USA in semifinals in 1991, defeated the USA
in 1993 and 1998, and Brazil in 1996.
Stunningly dumped out on a golden goal by
Canada in the quarterfinals in 2000.
Endured a rocky World Cup qualifying
campaign, finally securing qualification
with a 3:0 victory against Honduras in the
final match.

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GROUP B

GROUP C

GROUP D

Group B is the only group featuring two


teams which will play in the 2002 FIFA
World Cup finals. The USA are looking to
win their second Gold Cup, their first championship coming in the inaugural event in
1991. South Korea, competing in their
fourth World Cup this summer as host, are
hoping to have better luck in their second
Gold Cup after losing out on a coin toss to
eventual champion Canada last time
around. Cuba is in their second Gold Cup,
again drawn against the USA, as they were
in 1998 when they lost 3:0 in Oakland.
CUBA: Fourth-place finisher in Copa
Caribe, they defeated Panama (fourth place
in UNCAF Copa de Naciones) in a two-leg
playoff to reach their second Gold Cup. Also
appeared in the 1998 tournament, losing
both matches (to USA and Costa Rica).
Reached the Interzone Round of World Cup
qualifying, only to lose to Canada by the
only goal scored in the two-leg series.
KOREA REPUBLIC: One of two
guest teams, in their second Gold Cup after
unluckily going out of the 2000 event
through a coin flip after they finished tied
with Canada. Will appear in their fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup finals next summer, this time as co-hosts. Looking to
record their first-ever win in the finals
they have four draws and 10 losses in 14
matches total.
USA: Winners of the first Gold Cup in
1991, theyve appeared in two finals since,
losing both to Mexico (4:0 in 1993, 1:0 in
1998). One of three countries to appear in
all five Gold Cups, along with Mexico and
Honduras, gaining entry this year as past
champion. Lost on penalties to Colombia in
the 2000 quarterfinals, their poorest showing. Qualified for the FIFA World Cup for
the fourth consecutive time this year.

Costa Rica face a pair of Caribbean


opponents as they begin their buildup to the
FIFA World Cup finals in Group C.
Alexandre Guimaraes side returns to
Miami, where their World Cup qualification
took flight a year ago, winning a special
playoff before racing away in the final
hexagonal. Fellow final round contestants
Trinidad & Tobago are in the group, though
the Soca Warriors finished bottom of the
six-team group despite winning yet another
Caribbean championship. Filling out the
group is surprise side Martinique, thirdplace finisher in the Copa Caribe to reach
the Gold Cup for the second time.
COSTA RICA: Their fourth Gold Cup
appearance, missing only 1996. Semifinalist
in both 1991 and 1993 (losing to Honduras
and USA respectively), lost to Trinidad &
Tobago on a golden goal in the quarterfinals
in 2000. Rebounded from the near elimination at the semifinal round to be the first FC
country to seal a berth for Korea/Japan
2002, their second World Cup finals.

Defending champion Canada lead a very


balanced Group D. The Maple Leafs won
their first-ever honor in more than a century in winning the 2000 Gold Cup, advancing out of group play thanks to a coin flip.
This time, the group features guest team
Ecuador, which qualified for the FIFA
World Cup finals for the first time this year.
Rounding out the group is 2001 Copa
Caribe runner-up Haiti, which has shown
real improvement under new coach Jorge
Castelli.
CANADA: Captured their first international honor in 115 years of football in winning the 2000 Gold Cup. Finished atop the
four-team playoff to gain entry to the finals,
then survived a coin flip with South Korea
to advance out of group play. World Cup
2002 qualifying ended at the semifinal
round, while the 2001 FIFA Confederations
Cup ended without a victory or a goal
scored but a draw with Brazil.

KEY MAN: Landon DONOVAN (USA): His arrival


from Germany spurred San Jose to MLS title. Terrific
attacker, either wide on the left or as forward. Most
outstanding player in New Zealand 99 at the FIFA U-17
World Championship.

KEY MAN: Paulo Cesar WANCHOPE: Gangly, natural


scorer who has spent five seasons in England. Has
scored 45 goals in the Premier League entering this season. Also has more than 30 goals at international level.
At times invisible, then suddenly unstoppable.

MARTINIQUE: In their second Gold


Cup finals after defeating Cuba for thirdplace in the 2001 Copa Caribe. Also appeared
in 1993 after winning that years Caribbean
Cup on penalties v Jamaica; suffered the
worst defeat in Gold Cup history as well (0:9
to Mexico). Not a full FIFA member, they
are an associate member of the FC and full
member of the CFU, along with three other
French territories and Sint-Maarten.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Won their
eighth Caribbean Cup (Copa Caribe) since
the tournament began in 1989 to gain passage to their fourth Gold Cup. Missed only
the 1993 Gold Cup. Lost to Canada in the
semifinals in 2000 after knocking off Costa
Rica with a golden goal. Reached the final
round of World Cup qualifying, but never
got untracked.

KEY MAN: Jason DeVOS (Canada): Physically imposing and powerful defender who scored the first goal of
the 2000 Gold Cup final and was named to the Best XI.
Moved to Wigan for 500,000 pounds after three years
at Dundee United where he was club captain.

ECUADOR: Invited to participate in


their first Gold Cup after qualifying for the
FIFA World Cup finals for the first time in
history for Korea/Japan 2002. It was a
remarkable achievement for a country
which has advanced out of the first round of
Copa America just twice, ironically losing to
Mexico on both occasions (1993 in the semifinals, 1997 in the quarterfinals).
HAITI: In the Gold Cup for the second
time, after surprisingly reaching the 2000
event through the playoff. There, gained a
historic 1:1 draw with Peru, failing to
advance only on goal difference. Lost to
Trinidad & Tobago 3:0 in the final of the
2001 Copa Caribe, their best-ever finish in
the Caribbean championship since the
Confederation was formed.
(All Photos Tony Quinn, SoccerPixUSA)

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CONFEDERATION NEWS - JANUARY 2002

FC XXIII ORDINARY CONGRESS


SET FOR 20 APRIL IN MIAMI BEACH
The XXIII Ordinary Congress of
the Confederation of North, Central
American and Caribbean Association
Football will be held Saturday 20 April
at the Loews Hotel in Miami Beach,
Florida.
The following positions on the
Executive Committee of the
Confederation and the FIFA Executive
Committee will be elected for the term
from 2002-2006:
President (Incumbent: Jack Warner)
Vice-President, North Zone (Incumbent: Alan Rothenberg)
Vice-President, Caribbean Zone (Incumbent: Lisle Austin)
Member, Central American Zone (Incumbent: Alfredo Hawit)
FIFA Executive Committee (Central Zone)
(Incumbent: Isaac Sasso Sasso)
Article 27 of the Statutes of the Football Confederation
provides that nominations of candidates must be made at least
sixty (60) days in advance of the Congress. Any nomination that
National Associations wish to present must be sent to the General
Secretariat by Monday 18 February 2002. Nominations may only
be made for candidates within the same geographic zone.
In addition, the Caribbean Football Union will hold its XXIV
Ordinary Congress on Friday 19 April 2002, also at the Loews
Hotel in Miami Beach.

FOR THE RECORD


FC WOMENS U-19 CHAMPIONSHIP

JOHNSON 32, 55, 71; Shadeeka MENDEZ 69,


Mauricia NICHOLSON 74, 84, 88.
R: Raymond PINE (JAM)
18.12.2001
JAMAICA - GRENADA 21:0 (9:0)
Kaena-Shae THOMAS 1; Jodie-Ann MCGREGOR 8, 49, 55, 62, 66, 72, 89; Iesha
MOWATT 13, Kim DUNN 18, 43, 87; Denese
DUNCAN 30, 38, 39, 70; Sherika EVANS 35;
Tashana VINCENT 58; Fern MAXWELL 63, 90;
Hishamer FALCONER 65
R: Diana JAMES (GUY)

CARIBBEAN ZONE GROUP A


Spanish Town, Jamaica, Prisons Oval
22.12.2001:
GRENADA BAHAMAS 3:1 (0:1)
Deslyn LANGAIGNE 49; Rubie FRAZIER 61;
Kelisha WILLIAMS 71 Marquella MOXEY 33
R: Raymond PINE (JAM)
JAMAICA TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0:0
R: Diana JAMES (GUY)
Sent off: Maylee Atting-Johnson (T&T) 11
20.12.2001
JAMAICA - BAHAMAS 11:0 (7:0)
Sheree MARROW 4, 13, 45; Hishamer FALCONER 27; Kim DUNN 29, Denese DUNCAN
41, 66; Jodie-Ann MCGREGOR 42, Kaena Shae
THOMAS 85, 88; Fern MAXWELL 90.
R: Diana JAMES (GUY)
GRENADA TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0:17 (0:5)
Tasha ST. LOUIS 20; Akhela MOLLAN 28,35,
45, 58, 63, 66, 75, 81, 89; Maylee ATTING-

BAHAMAS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0:13 (0:6)


Tasha ST. LOUIS 3, 59, 65, 81; Maylee ATTINGJOHNSON 7, 54, 56; Kesiann FRANCIS 15,
40; Mauricia NICHOLSON 29, 35 47; Alania
BURGIN 68.
R: Raymond PINE (JAM)
CARIBBEAN ZONE GROUP B
St. Johns, Antigua (17-21.02.2002)
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA, DOMINICA,
GUYANA, SURINAME
CARIBBEAN ZONE GROUP C
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Stade Sylvio Cator
08.01.2002:
PUERTO RICO REP. DOMINICANA (16:00);
HAITI US VIRGIN ISLANDS (18:00)
10.01.2002:
US VIRGIN ISLANDS REP. DOMINICANA
(16:00); HAITI PUERTO RICO (18:00)
08.01.2002:
PUERTO RICO US VIRGIN ISLANDS (16:00);
HAITI REP. DOMINICANA (18:00)