With the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup kick-off five days away, CONCACAF.com is taking a closer look at each of the 12 participants, one per day until July 7, when the competition kicks off at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Today, we feature Martinique..
Gold Cup Glance: Martinique
Head Coach: Jean-Marc Civault (Martinique)
Qualification Method: Fourth place, 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup
Previous Appearances: 4 (1993, 2002, 2003, 2013)
Best Finish: Quarterfinals-1 (2002)
Record: 2W 2D 7L 7GF 24GA
Current GC All-Time Ranking: 16 out of 24
Biggest Win: 1-0 v Trinidad & Tobago (January 22, 2002), 1-0 v Canada (July 7, 2013)
All-Time Leading GC Scorer: Thierry Fondelot, Georges Gertrude, Kevin Parsemain, Patrick Percin, Fabrice Reuperne, Thierry Tinmar, own-goal in favor of (1 goal each)
Thanks to reaching the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup semifinals -- and eventually finishing in fourth place -- Martinique will be making its fifth appearance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
With a population of only 386,000, Martinique – an overseas department of France – has made a large football impression on the region.
In 1993, it became the Caribbean Cup champion by overcoming Jamaica in the final, 6-5 on penalty kicks, following a scoreless draw. As a result, Les Matinino earned a berth in the 1993 Gold Cup, where it registered an historic 2-2 draw with Canada on goals by Georges Gertrude and Thierry Fondelot.
Nine years later, Martinique posted its first-ever Gold Cup win, topping Trinidad & Tobago, 1-0, on Patrick Percin’s 51st-minute goal. That victory sealed a spot in the quarterfinals, ultimately falling to Canada on on penalty kicks, 6-5, after the sides battled to a 1-1 stalemate.
Martinique went a perfect 6W-0D-0L through the first three rounds of 2016/17 Caribbean play, before dropping decisions to Curacao (1-2 loss, semifinals) and French Guiana (0-1 loss, third place match. Twelve players got their names on the scoresheet, with Steeven Langil (4 goals), Yoann Arquin (3) and Kevin Parsemain (2) combining for nine tallies.