Caribbean Cup finals launch Friday
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- The finals of the 2012 Caribbean Cup open on Friday in Antigua and Barbuda with the region's crown and four tickets to next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup on offer for the eight participants.

Group A will get the festivities started with a doubleheader at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St. John's. In the opener, Haiti faces Trinidad & Tobago, followed by an encounter between the host and the Dominican Republic.

On Saturday, Group B kicks-off at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound with another twin bill. First, Martinique takes-on Cuba and, then, two-time defending champion Jamaica meets French Guyana.

This year marks the 18th edition of the Caribbean Cup, a competition that has acted on many occasions as a Gold Cup qualifier, as well as a stand-alone regional championship.

Trinidad & Tobago has captured the trophy eight times, but not since defeating Haiti 3-0 in the 2001 final. Jamaica is a five-time champion, while Martinique and Haiti have tasted glory once each. There was no champion in either 1990 or 2003.

CONCACAF.com will provide Caribbean Cup coverage from the first kick to the final whistle.

For a Caribbean Cup schedule, click here.

Caribbean Cup Finals - A Quick Glance

1989
Host:
Barbados
Champion: Trinidad & Tobago

1990
Host:
Trinidad & Tobago
Champion: no champion

1991
Host:
Jamaica
Champion: Jamaica

1992
Host:
Trinidad & Tobago
Champion: Trinidad & Tobago

1993
Host:
Jamaica
Champion: Martinique

1994
Host:
Trinidad & Tobago
Champion: Trinidad & Tobago

1995
Host: Cayman Islands, Jamaica
Champion: Trinidad & Tobago

1996
Host: Trinidad & Tobago
Champion: Trinidad & Tobago

1997
Host:
Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis
Champion: Trinidad & Tobago

1998
Host:
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago
Champion: Jamaica

1999
Host:
Trinidad & Tobago
Champion: Trinidad & Tobago

2001
Host:
Trinidad & Tobago
Champion: Trinidad & Tobago

2003
Host:
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago
Champion: no champion (two separate final round groups)

2005
Host:
Barbados
Champion: Jamaica

2007
Host:
Trinidad & Tobago
Champion: Haiti

2008
Host:
Jamaica
Champion: Jamaica

2010
Host:
Martinique
Champion: Jamaica