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Gwada Boys make do without stars
by Paul Kennedy, March 8th, 2011 7:26PM

TAGS:  france, gold cup, men's national team


[SCOUTING REPORT] A who's who of stars have roots in Guadeloupe. Thierry Henry, Nicholas Anelka, Louis Saha, Sylvain Wiltord, Lillian Thuram, William Gallas, Eric Abidal and Gael Clichy all played for France, so you won't find them playing for the Gwada Boys at the 2011 Concacaf Gold Cup. Still, Guadeloupe, which will close out group play at the Gold Cup against the USA, is the strongest of the French departments that play in Concacaf.

The Gwada Boys, who are ineligible for FIFA competitions, have reached the knockout stage of the last two Gold Cups and qualified for the 2011 tournament as the Caribbean runner-up.

Guadeloupe made its first appearance in the 2007 Gold Cup, where it upset Honduras, 2-1, before falling to Mexico, 1-0, in the semifinals. Two years later, the Gwada Boys won their first two games against Panama and Nicaragua to advance to the quarterfinals, where they lost to Costa Rica, 5-1.

Guadeloupe's squad for the Digicel Caribbean Cup, where it fell to Jamaica on penalty kicks in the final, included players based in France, Belgium, Portugal, Germany and Scotland as well as players from the local amateur championship.

Former French internationals are eligible to play for Guadeloupe after a five-year waiting period.

That makes Queens Park Rangers' Pascal Chimbonda eligible to represent Guadeloupe in May.

COACH. Roger Salnot has been in charge of the national team program since 2001. He has worked closely with former French national team star Jocelyn Angloma, who played on Guadeloupe's 2007 Gold Cup team.

STAR. Stephane Auvray parlayed a strong 2009 tournament into an MLS contract. After 10 years bouncing around the French minor leagues, Auvray joined Kansas City in 2010 and was one of the key players for the Wizards until he went down with a knee injury. He should captain Guadeloupe at the Gold Cup from his position in the middle of the backline. He'll be at home when the Gwada Boys face the USA. The game will be played at the new Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City.

HISTORY. The USA and Guadeloupe have never met.


Guadeloupe 1 Jamaica 1 (Jamaica wins 5-4 on penalties), Dec. 5, 2010, Digicel Caribbean Cup final
Guadeloupe -- Yohann Bus, Eddy Viator, Ulick Lupede, Stephane Auvray,  Cedric Collet, Larry Clavier, Jean-Luc Lambourde, Julien Ictoi, Lerry Hanany (Fabien Bolson, 78), Ludovic Gotin (Mickael Antoine-Currier, 105), Gregory Gendrey.

  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: March 9, 2011 at 10:50 a.m.
    This will not be a walkover for the USA' I can see BB losing his job afer this tournament.

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