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SPORTS AND CULTURE ON CARIBBEAN ISLANDS

In this article, we continue to come Caribbean Islands and explore sports at there. As discussed from the last article, the people in Caribbean Islands are close and popular with sports in their daily life. Through development and history of sport, we can see a part of picture about the life of this nation.

If you also are interesting in discovery the life and custom of Carribean Islands, following our article. We have ever discussed culture and cricket, baseball and culture. Now, we will share information about soccer and horse racing.

Soccer and culture

Football is one of the most favorite sports at most of countries in Caribbean lands. They own a wide range of crazy fan in this game.

There are also many nations to be members in the FIFA CONCACAF. They also organize a CONCACAF Champion League annually and are welcomed by many fans all over the world. some well-known teams including the Soca Warriors of Trinidad and Tobago, the Reggae Boyz of Jamaica have good achievements and high ranking at this nation.

Horse Races and culture

Horse race has also a rich history at this area since the long time ago. Almost it has been focused and developed at the Barbados, the Dominican Republic or Jamaica. As a good result, many racecourses have already been built at there. Then they invest to organize many international horse races.

Some decades ago when the internet has been not yet developed, people like to go the racecourses and place on betting. So, many bettors choose the Carribean islands as good destination for discovery and experience.

Above all, the Barbados Turf Club located on the outskirts in Bridgetown is the most famous racecourse in this area. It is held three competitions in a year with warming welcome of fans. In addition, there are many activities token place around the horse races festival.

Football Curacao – tulips from the Caribbean Islands

CONCACAF is an acronym for the North Central American Football Association and the Caribbean, which is made up of three regions, and the weight of football is also different. In Central America, football is the breath of the people with traditional sport backgrounds like Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica.

In North America, baseball and basketball dominate, while the influence of British culture makes cricket a symbol of the Caribbean Islands. And in Curacao, baseball is considered the national soul, the national spirit of sports lovers, when they are proud to witness many legends once famous at the American professional baseball tournament.

Bacuna - từng nổi danh trong màu áo Aston Villa - là cái tên sáng giá nhất của tuyển Curacao hiện tại. 

Amidst the windy beaches of the Caribbean, few people pay attention to the football of this land until one day in 2014, when the legendary Patrick Kluivert returned to his motherland with the goal of heading to the World Cup.

With a population of about 159,000 people, Curacao is tiny in the Atlantic. They are not a nation, but a Dutch territory that was created in 2010 after Antilles, the autonomous nation was abolished. Geographically and politically, Curacao has many similarities to Surinam, another Dutch territory, and is influenced by every aspect of life and culture of this country.

Football is influenced the same way. Surinam’s children like Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard or Virgil van Dijk have been helping the team create a foothold. The Curacao bloodline also has an impact on Dutch football, though to a lesser extent with Leroy Fer, Vurnon Anita or Tahith Chong. With such a young formation history, Curacao football is still strange to fans.

“See everything as a party for fun and comfort,” Leandro Bacuna – the brightest talent of Curacao – said before the stage of the competition with Jamaica in the 2017 Gold Cup, the first major tournament of football. Curacao in history.

Like most of the squad that year, Bacuna was born and absorbed the football culture from the Netherlands. If you regularly follow the Premier League, it will not be difficult to realize that Bacuna has played for Aston Villa. Similarly, Cuco Martina, the other big name in the squad, played for Cardiff City in the second half of last season.

Top 3 Team Sports of the Caribbean

Caribbean people are well-known as friendly and relaxing characteristic, but when it comes to sports, they are as serious as any European. There are a wide range of different sports across the region from individual to team sports.

If you are a sport fan and about to travel to Caribbean area, you might wonder which sports are in trendy in this sunny Caribbean areas. Look no further, we have the answer you need.

These are top 3 most popular team sports in Caribbean culture:

Soccer

The king sport is well-received by Caribbean as the rest of the world. It unites people across the islands. Everywhere you go – a resort, a restaurant or even a beach bar, you can find enthusiastic football fan cheering and shouting. You would not miss a match of Premier League, UEFA Europa League, let alone World cup or European Cup.

In fact, almost all Caribbean island has been registered by FIFA and many football players are qualify for playing in World cup like Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz. Team from this island is also qualify to compete in major European League such as Trinidad and Tobago’s Socca Warriors

Cricket

Cricket is one of the most popular sports of the islands, which was first introduced by colonists in the 15th Century. There are hundreds of games throughout the year, especially on cricket season, which runs from May to December. The national team call West Indies has been received warm support from both locals and travelers alike. This sport truly breaks the national barriers of language, race, income, and religion.

Some of the most famous cricketers in the world come from the Caribbean. Children grow up with cricket as they play on the street throughout their childhoods.

Rugby

Ruby was brought to the Caribbean islands by the British which influences still remain partial to a game of rugby. The sport is widely popular in Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, ….  The rugby club of each island will compete to win a place to join the international league. If you travel to these countries during the rugby season, you definitely have to check out a game to witness the drama of rugby unfold against an exotic and beautiful sunlight.

HOW FOOTBALL IS FAVORED IN THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS? (PART 2)

Like most of the team that year, Bacuna was born and absorbed the football culture from the Netherlands. If you regularly watch the Premier League, it won’t be hard to see Bacuna ever playing for Aston Villa. Similar to Cuco Martina, the big-name remaining in the squad, playing for Cardiff City in the second half of last season.

However, Curacao’s biggest move to football came only when Patrick Kluivert suddenly confirmed, he would steer the team in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. Although not successful for six months in position, Kluivert, thanks to His reputation and prestige, has created a great influence, helping the Curacao-born juniors to change their view of the country. As big as Kluivert does not deny, Bacuna or Martina have to be hesitant. It is also the shortest way for Curacao to gather a quality team, instead of relying on the weak internal force from their league.

“I always daydream about orange colors. But they have sad eyes on me, though I have scored 29 goals in 26 games in Trencin. Then, a call in Curacao came and I immediately agreed, “Gino van Kassel recounted the opportunity to come to Curacao. Van Kassel is just one of many cases of Curacao finding that there is no longer a chance to wear Holland, which is an abundance of talent.

13 of the 23 Curacao players to King’s Cup this time are wearing Dutch clubs. In addition to those of Dutch footballers like Bacuna, Curacao members present in Thailand are now directly affected by Dutch football of up to 20 people. That statistic creates a Curacao feeling like a Dutch B or C team, meaning it’s not a dream like the way most people think of the tiny Caribbean boys who just play cricket.

In 2017, Curacao team attended the Gold Cup – the CONCACAF national football championship but lost all three matches. Restrictions on battle experience have dissipated the unexpected hope of teachers and students Remko Bicentini, Kluivert’s successor.

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