Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Guadeloupe: Supplying the French National Team for Decades
Boston Globe, June 20th, 2007 4:15PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The Boston Globe's Frank Dell'Apa has a great story about Guadeloupe, the Gold Cup's surprise package this year. However, if you take a look at the tiny French Caribbean nation's past, then perhaps it's not so surprising to see Guadeloupe in the Cold Cup semifinals. The following French national team players have Guadeloupe heritage: Pascal Chimbonda (Tottenham), William Gallas (Arsenal), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Sylvain Wiltord (Lyon), Louis Saha (Man United) and Mikael Silvestre (Man United). Jocelyn Angloma (retired) and Lilian Thuram (Barcelona) were both born there; the former has come out of retirement to lead Guadeloupe to Thursday night's semifinal against Mexico.
 
Guadeloupe, like so many of the Caribbean islands, is a relic of colonialism. As such, the tiny French territory may not enter World Cup qualifying, although for a competition like the Gold Cup it can use anyone born on the island. Meanwhile, it's been supplying the French league with talent for decades, with a population of just 472,000.
 
Angloma, at 41, is the team's spiritual leader. He played for France in the mid-to late '90s, while he played his club soccer in France, Italy and Spain. Since his retirement, Angloma has been playing with Etoile de Morne-a-l'Eau in Guadeloupe. He came out of retirement to play in the Gold Cup, scoring the crucial first goal in the quarterfinal against Honduras. Thuram, meanwhile, is player who considers Guadeloupe his home and may yet suit up for the next Gold Cup.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Five Lessons to Prepare for College Soccer    
Ed McLaughlin, the Athletic Director at Virginia Commonwealth who has been involved in college athletics for ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Chivas USA Youth Players Face Murky Future    
Chivas USA, which folded after the 2014 season, had one of the MLS's most ambitious youth ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Mourinho Questions Man City's Transfer Policy     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho suggested that rival Manchester City is not adhering to UEFA's Financial Fair ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives