Why can Martinique and Guadeloupe participate in the Gold Cup?

The Gold Cup, which is the equivalent of Euros for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, kicks off this week in the United States and Canada. Two French departments, Guadeloupe and Martinique, participate in this international competition.

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Patrick Berner celebrates his goal in the first match of his team, Martinique, in the Gold Cup against El Salvador (2-1).  (MEGAN BRIGGS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA)

It is the main football competition for North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The Gold Cup kicked off Monday, June 26th in the United States and Canada. We find the big countries like Mexico, Costa Rica or Jamaica but also Guadeloupe And Martinique who managed to qualify for this event.

FIFA only recognizes three legal representatives of France: the national team as well as Tahiti and New Caledonia due to their special status. However, CONCACAF, which governs football in North America and the Caribbean, considers that Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyana can also participate in competitions organized in the region.

We have huge potential in Guadeloupe in terms of our youth in sports“, according to Jocelyn Angloma, coach of the Guada Boys, the title of the players of Guadeloupe. So the Gold Cup will make it possible”Continue to build the infrastructure that will allow us to advanceThe coach continues.

Leave the players free to continue developing

As for selections, the problem remains finding players: it is impossible to select a French international from the island unless he has worn the blue shirt for five years. It is also necessary that the clubs in which you are developing agree to their release. Far from being automatic, Martinique coach Marc Collat ​​laments: “I hope that the clubs, where there are professional players, especially in France and Europe, will participate with us in the development of Martinique football by leaving football players who can join this team.

The Gold Cup remains an opportunity for these islands. In 2007, Guadeloupe reached the semi-finals there. On the night of Monday to Tuesday, June 27, Martinique won Against El Salvador 2-1 to enter the competition.

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