Netherlands Antilles national football team

Netherlands Antilles
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)De Antilopen
AssociationNederlands Antilliaanse
Voetbal Unie
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Home stadiumStadion Ergilio Hato
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Highest118 (July 1995)
Lowest188 (December 2003)
Elo ranking
Highest41 (March 1963)
Lowest174 (October 2009, October 2010)
First international
Netherlands Antilles Neth. Antilles 3–1 Panama Panama
(Ciudad de Guatemala; 4 March 1948)
Last International
Netherlands Antilles Neth. Antilles 2–2 Suriname 
(Willemstad, 31 October 2010)
Biggest win
Netherlands Antilles Neth. Antilles 15–0 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
(Venezuela; 15 January 1959)
Biggest defeat
Netherlands Netherlands 8–0 Neth. Antilles Netherlands Antilles
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 5 September 1962)
Mexico Mexico 8–0 Neth. Antilles Netherlands Antilles
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 8 December 1973)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1963)
Best resultThird, 1963, 1969

The Netherlands Antilles national football team (Dutch, "Nederlands-Antilliaans voetbalelftal"; Papiamentu, "Selekshon Antiano di futbòl") was the national team of the former Netherlands Antilles and was controlled by the Nederlands Antilliaanse Voetbal Unie. The NAVU consisted of Curaçao and Bonaire. Aruba split in 1986 and has its own team.

The Netherlands Antilles team never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. The country managed to come third in the CONCACAF championships of 1963 and 1969.


Under the name Curaçao, the team played its first international game in 1934 (against Suriname, which was then still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as well) and continued to use the name Curaçao until the qualifications for the World Championships of 1958,[1] although the name of the area had changed from "Territory of Curaçao" to "Netherlands Antilles" in 1948.

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