The FIFA World Cup – Seven One Cup Wonders

The FIFA World Cup – Seven One Cup Wonders
2nd May 2018 administrator

2006 (Germany)

Trinidad and Tobago

Eight years after Jamaica played in France ’98, the Soca Warriors from Trinidad and Tobago repeated the feat and in doing so replaced their Caribbean neighbours as the smallest country (by population) ever to play in the finals of the FIFA World Cup. Having finished fourth in the CONCACAF qualifying group, T and T only managed a 1-1 draw in the home leg of their playoff tie with Bahrain. However a 1-0 away victory in Manama four days later sealed their place at Deutschland ’06. They started their Group B schedule with a spirited draw against Sweden before successive 2-0 defeats to England and then Paraguay saw them return to Port of Spain early, but with their heads held high. In 2018 Iceland will take over their position as the smallest nation at the greatest sporting event on the planet

Honourable mentions go to Angola, Togo and Ukraine for their debuts