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Last Updated: Monday, 22 May 2006, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
Trinidad & Tobago team guide

A one-stop guide to all you need to know about Trinidad & Tobago ahead of the 2006 World Cup.

Fixtures (Group B):

  • v Sweden - 10 June, 1700 BST, Dortmund
  • v England - 15 June, 1700 BST, Nuremberg
  • v Paraguay - 20 June, 2000 BST, Kaiserslautern

    How did they get to Germany: Beat the likes of St Kitts & Nevis to get into a group of six with the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama. Came fourth, then beat Bahrain 2-1 over a two-legged play-off.

    Qualifying star: The Wrexham defender Dennis Lawrence became a legend the moment his powerful header hit the Bahrain net in Manama to book Trinidad a finals place.

    Manager: Dutch coach Leo Beenhakker took over after a poor start to the group and organised and moulded an inexperienced squad into World Cup finalists.

    Captain: Dwight Yorke. The country's greatest ever footballer came out of international retirement in 2005 to inspire his team from a central-midfield role.

    World Cup pedigree: Non-existent. First time qualifiers.

    Trinidad captain Dwight Yorke

    Present star man: Can only be Yorke. The 33-year-old ended his career in England with a whimper but he has genuine top-level experience and when his heart is in it is still a class performer.

    Strengths: The tactically astute Beenhakker gets the best out of a limited group of players and Yorke and Stern John both know where the back of the net is.

    Weaknesses: Most of the players play at a low standard for their clubs and the leap to performing on the biggest stage of all could prove difficult to bridge.

    Did you know: Trinidad is the smallest country at the 2006 World Cup finals, with a population of just 1.3 million.

    World ranking: 47

    Odds: 1000/1

    Local view: "Trinidad & Tobago will light up Germany like no country ever has or ever will. We shall make Fifa and this nation proud." Jack Warner, Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation special adviser.

    Our verdict: A fine achievement just to be there. If the Soca Warriors could emulate Jamaica's 1998 effort and win one of their games the country would go into meltdown.

    Ranking and odds correct at 22 May. Odds supplied by William Hill.


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    27 Apr 06 |  Squad selectors
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