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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.

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.

how football is favored in the Caribbean islands? (part 1)

CONCACAF, short for the North Central American and Caribbean Football Federation, which is made up of three regions, and the weight of football is also different. In Central America, football is the breath of people with traditional football backgrounds like Mexico, Panama, and 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 to be the national soul, the national love of sports lovers, when they are proud to witness a lot of legends that have been established in the US professional baseball league – MLB. Between the sunny 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 mother’s hometown with the goal towards the World Cup. We are talking about Curacao, the football background that is still a new name to many lepeop.

With a population of about 159,000, the Curacao is small in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. They are not a country but are Dutch territories that were born in 2010 (along with Aruba and Sint Maarten) after the Antilles, the autonomous nation was removed. In terms of geopolitics, Curacao has many similarities with Surinam, another Dutch territory, and is influenced by all aspects of life from the “national model” culture.

Football is similarly affected. Surinam’s children like Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard or Virgil van Dijk have been helping the “orange whirlwind” to create a foothold. Curacao blood is also influential in Dutch football, though to a lesser degree with Leroy Fer, Vurnon Anita or Tahith Chong. With such a young history, Curacao football is still unfamiliar to fans.

“Look at everything as a party for fun and comfort,” Leandro Bacuna – Curacao’s brightest talent – says ahead of the competition against Jamaica in the Gold Cup 2017, the first major football tournament.

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