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A dismal start at the qualifiers could not stop the team to find a place in the World Cup finals. Beating Mexico 2-1, and Bahrain in a play-off they confirmed their ticket to Germany. New coach Leo Beenhakker has a lot to his credit.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 19:17 IST

FIFA world ranking 47
Coach Leo Beenhakker
Group B England, Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden, Paraguay
Previous appearances N/A
Key player Dwight Yorke
Odds 750/1

A country famous for producing great cricketers has become eligible to send its footballers to take part in the world's great sporting spectacle.

Trinidad & Tobago's success in reaching Germany has shocked many a soccer pundit.

They were able to come back strongly after a poor start to their qualifying campaign. The appointment of Dutch coach Leo Beenhakkerdid a world of good to their team.

In their last qualifying match, they needed to win against a team as accomplished as Mexico. But Trinidad & Tobago defied the odds to beat Mexico 2-1, which secured them a play-off against Bahrain.

Their ticket to Germany was confirmed when Bahrain failed to stop their run.

Placed in Group B with England, Paraguay and Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago will do well to earn a point from three matches. But don't write them off. After all, they have come this far in the hardest possible way.


Goalkeepers: Hislop Shaka, Jack Kelvin, Ince Clayton

Defenders: Cox Ian, John Avery, Andrews Marvin, Sancho Brent, Lawrence Dennis, Gray Cyd, Charles Atiba

Midfielders: Birchall Christopher, Whitley Aurtis, Edwards Carlos, Spann Silvio, Theobald Densill, Wolfe Anthony

Forwards: Latapy Russell, Samuel Collin, Glen Cornell, John Stern, Jones Kenwyne, Yorke Dwight, Scotland Jason.

First Published: May 25, 2006 19:17 IST