New Caledonia national football team

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New Caledonia
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Nickname(s) Les Cagous (The Kagus)
Association Fédération Calédonienne de Football
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Dominique Wacalie
Captain Emile Béaruné
Most caps Bertrand Kaï (43)
Top scorer Bertrand Kaï (23)
Home stadium Stade Numa-Daly Magenta
FIFA code NCL
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 160 Steady2.svg (23 June 2022) [1]
Highest93 (August 2013)
Lowest191 (April–May 2016)
First international
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  New Caledonia 2–0 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 19 September 1951)
Biggest win
Flag of France.svg  New Caledonia 18–0 Guam  Flag of Guam.svg
(Lae, Papua New Guinea; 3 September 1991)
Flag of France.svg  New Caledonia 18–0 Micronesia  Flag of Federated States of Micronesia.svg
(Suva, Fiji; 1 July 2003)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 11–0 New Caledonia  Flag of France.svg
(Auckland, New Zealand; 8 July 2002)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1973 )
Best resultRunners-up, 2008 and 2012

The New Caledonia national football team is the national team of New Caledonia and is controlled by the Fédération Calédonienne de Football. Although they were only admitted to FIFA in 2004, they have been participating in the OFC Nations Cup since its inception. They have been one of this relatively small region's strongest teams, finishing second in 2008 and 2012, and third in 1973 and 1980. They were the top ranked OFC nation at number 95 in September 2008, [2] making them only the fourth country from the confederation to have reached the global top 100.

History

The New Caledonian Football Federation, although created in 1928, [3] did not join FIFA or the OFC until 2004, becoming the 205th member of the former.

Previously the New Caledonian selection, due to the attachment of local institutions to the French Football Federation, could only line up during friendly matches or regional competitions, such as the Pacific Games, as well as the Oceania Football Cup, but only as a guest.

The Cagous distinguished themselves during these competitions, winning the Pacific Games on several occasions, and finishing in third place, during the first two editions of the Oceania Cup.

After failing to qualify for the 2004 OFC Nations Cup, the New Caledonian Football Federation hired Didier Chambaron as the team's new coach. During the 2007 South Pacific Games in Apia, the Cagous were placed in group A and won over their great rival Tahiti (1–0), this meeting was the first of the playoffs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They then won against Tuvalu and the Cook Islands (1–0) and (3–0). For their last group match, they draw against Fiji (1–1). The New Caledonians finished second in their group, and then beat the Solomon Islands (3–2), then in the final won the trophy against Fiji (1–0).

The Pacific Games football tournament serving as the first qualifying round for the World Cup in South Africa, the team found themselves qualified for the second round, where New Zealand blocked their way by taking first place. The Cagous however finish second in front of Fiji and Vanuatu.

In May 2011, the selection faced Reunion twice in Nouméa, matches counting for the preparation of the games of the islands of the Indian Ocean in the Seychelles of the Reunionese. The New Caledonians lost both matches. However, a few months later, during the 2011 Pacific Games, New Caledonia won in the final against the Solomon Islands, with the score of (2–0), after a victory against Tahiti (3–1).

In June 2012, on the occasion of the Oceania Nations Cup, the Cagous succeeded in beating New Zealand in the semi-finals, with a score of 2–0 (goals from Bertrand Kai and Georges Gope-Fenepej), but failed in the final against their Tahitian rivals (1–0). Nevertheless, the competition serving as a second qualifying round for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, New Caledonia found itself, along with Tahiti and the semi-finalists New Zealand and the Solomon Islands qualified for the next round.

Rivalries

A historical sporting rivalry exists between the two French Pacific colonies, New Caledonia and Tahiti. They compete regularly in regional and, since 2006, international competitions. In 2012, Tahiti led the number of titles won (1 Oceania Nations Cup, 5 gold medals at the South Pacific Games, 2 at the South Pacific mini-games, against 6 gold at the South Pacific Games for New Caledonia. As of their last match in 2018, out of the 62 matches played since 1953, the New Caledonia has 28 wins against 25 for Tahiti and 9 draws. [4]

Kit

Givova are the current kit provider for the national team since 2022. As of 2012, the national team's home kit is a grey jersey with red shorts and red socks. The away kit is a red jersey with red shorts and white socks.

Kit supplierPeriod
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 2004–2006 [5]
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2010–2012
Flag of Italy.svg Erreà 2013–2017
Flag of Italy.svg Kappa 2017–2019
Flag of Denmark.svg Select 2020–2021
Flag of Italy.svg Givova 2022–

Results and fixtures

For all past match results of the national team, see the team's 1951–99 and 2000–present results pages.

In March 2022, New Caledonia played their first matches since they took part in the 2019 Pacific Games.

2022

18 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification New Caledonia  New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg1–2Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Doha, Qatar
20:00  UTC+3
  • Jordan Wetria Soccerball shade.svg78'
Report (FIFA)
Report (OFC)
Stadium: Qatar SC Stadium
Referee: Mohammed Al-Shammari (Qatar)
24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg7–1New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia Doha, Qatar
20:00  UTC+3
Stadium: Qatar SC Stadium

Coaching history

Current squad

The following players were called up for the FIFA World Cup qualification matches in March 2022. [6]

Caps and goals updated as of 24 March 2022 after the game against New Zealand.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Mickaël Ulile (1997-07-16) 16 July 1997 (age 25)100 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Magenta
1 GK Jean-Gilles Hnamuko (1996-03-02) 2 March 1996 (age 26)20 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Alisontia Steinsel
1 GK Rocky Nyikeine (1992-05-26) 26 May 1992 (age 30)220 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Hienghène Sport

2 DF Emile Béaruné (captain) (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 (age 32)410 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Hienghène Sport
2 DF Jean-Brice Wadriako (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 29)111 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Tiga Sport
2 DF Pierre Kauma (1995-08-04) 4 August 1995 (age 27)60 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Trio Kedeigne
2 DF Jean-Luc Decoire (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 26)20 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Hienghène Sport
2 DF William Rokaud (2001-10-03) 3 October 2001 (age 20)10 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg AS Magenta
2 DF Vincent Vakié (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 29)10 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg AS Kunié
2 DF Wesley Lautoa (1987-08-25) 25 August 1987 (age 34)00 Unattached
2 DF Rodrigue Waloné (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 30)00 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg AS Wetr

3 MF Joël Wakanumuné (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 35)401 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Tiga Sport
3 MF Joseph Athale (1995-07-11) 11 July 1995 (age 27)150 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Hienghène Sport
3 MF César Zeoula (1989-08-29) 29 August 1989 (age 32)3510 Flag of France.svg Cognac
3 MF Cédric Sansot (1989-04-13) 13 April 1989 (age 33)210 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Hienghène Sport
3 MF Richard Sele (1989-08-31) 31 August 1989 (age 32)183 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Tiga Sport
3 MF Cédric Decoire (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 28)93 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg CA Sant-Louis
3 MF Joris Kenon (1998-01-29) 29 January 1998 (age 24)30 Flag of France.svg Cognac
4 FW Titouan Richard (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 21)10 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Tiga Sport
3 MF Pierre Bako (2001-08-09) 9 August 2001 (age 21)10 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Tiga Sport
3 MF Christopher Wacalie 10 Unattached
3 MF Robert Neoere (1996-04-18) 18 April 1996 (age 26)10 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg AS Kunié
3 MF Louis Piaa (1994-09-23) 23 September 1994 (age 27)10 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg AS Wetr

4 FW Bertrand Kaï (1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 39)4323 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Hienghène Sport
4 FW Georges Gope-Fenepej (1988-10-23) 23 October 1988 (age 33)2115 Flag of France.svg US Concarneau
4 FW Jean-Philippe Saïko (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 31)1012 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg AS Lössi
4 FW Morgan Mathelon (1991-09-12) 12 September 1991 (age 30)30 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Tiga Sport
4 FW Jordan Wetria (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 28)21 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg SC Ne Drehu
4 FW Germain Haewegene (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 26)20 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg AS Wetr
4 FW Lues Waya (2001-08-01) 1 August 2001 (age 21)10 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg Tiga Sport

Player records

As of 24 March 2022 [7]
Players in bold are still active with New Caledonia.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 to Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 IneligibleIneligible
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Did not qualify6211162
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 127322213
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 5302197
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 412193
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 3003210
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determinedTo be determined
Total0/223013696935

OFC Nations Cup

OFC Nations Cup recordQualification record
YearHostRoundPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
1973 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Third place5302106No qualification
1980 Flag of France.svg  New Caledonia Third place43011412Qualified as host
1996 Multiple countriesDid not qualify410359
1998 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 4004410
2000 Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 42021111
2002 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Group stage30031144301254
2004 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Did not qualify4211162
2008 Multiple countriesRunners-up622212106510103
2012 Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands Runners-up5302197Qualified automatically
2016 Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea Third place412193
2020 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand CancelledCancelled
TotalRunners-up2712411655226132117139

Pacific Games

Pacific Games record
YearHostRoundPldWD*LGFGA
1963 Flag of Fiji (1924-1970).svg  Fiji Champions2200103
1966 Flag of France.svg  New Caledonia Runners-up4301172
1969 Flag of Papua New Guinea (1965-1970).svg  Papua New Guinea Champions5410203
1971 Flag of France.svg  Tahiti Champions4310122
1975 Flag of Guam.svg  Guam Runners-up5401164
1979 Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Fourth place5302268
1983 Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa Third place64021611
1987 Flag of France.svg  New Caledonia Champions6501264
1991 Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea Third place5302138
1995 Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti Group stage4202193
2003 Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Runners-up6411293
2007 Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa Champions6510103
2011 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia Champions7601363
2015 Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea See New Caledonia national under-23 football team
2019 Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa Runners-up6501232
Total7 Titles654841325057

Coupe de l'Outre Mer

Head-to-head record

Up to matches played on 20 July 2019.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDWPCT
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 4400330+33100.00
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 4004123220.00
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 10013520.00
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 4400320+32100.00
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 10101100.00
Flag of Federated States of Micronesia.svg  Micronesia 1100180+18100.00
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 36125196772533.33
Flag of Guadeloupe (local).svg  Guadeloupe 20111540.00
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam 3300371+36100.00
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 10011210.00
Flag of the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique.svg  Martinique 30121760.00
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius 10011320.00
Flag of Mayotte (Local).svg  Mayotte 210134150.00
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 321121945641934.38
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 1712234915+3470.59
Proposed flag of Reunion (VAR).svg  Réunion 20023740.00
Flag of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.svg  Saint Pierre and Miquelon 1100161+15100.00
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa [lower-alpha 1] 4400290+29100.00
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 2514295329+2456.00
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 6226142210576+2941.94
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 5500362+34100.00
Flag of Tuvalu.svg  Tuvalu 5401322+3080.00
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu [lower-alpha 2] 3823789745+5260.53
Flag of Wallis and Futuna.svg  Wallis and Futuna 3300191+18100.00
Total 2571283594683365+31849.81
Source: 1951–99 results and 2000–present results
Notes:
  1. Includes results as Western Samoa.
  2. Includes results as New Hebrides.

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