By Robert H. Kelly
HOUSTON, TX (June 18, 2007) Guadeloupe has had a remarkable run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup of 2007.
The “team without a county” has made it to the semifinals to be played in Chicago on June 21.
Guadeloupe beat Canada 2-1, tied Haiti 1-1, and lost to Costa Rica 1-0 to finish in third place in Group A. Then they beat Honduras 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
According to the current FIFA world rankings, Honduras is ranked 55th in the world, followed by Canada in 56th and Haiti in 95th.
When they face Mexico in the semifinals, they will be taking to the field with the 26th ranked team in the world. Should they beat Mexico, they would face either Canada again or the United States, which it ranked number 16.
The interesting thing is that if they indeed win the Gold Cup, they will probably not be allowed to play in the Confederations Cup.
Why, you ask? The reason is FIFA doesn’t recognize Guadeloupe as a country.
The winner of the Gold Cup receives an automatic berth in the Confederations Cup.
If Guadeloupe wins the Gold Cup, they should be allowed to play in the Confederations Cup.
They should be allowed to play just like any other “country.”