The Indonesian national team under Shin Tae Yong prepare for their first game against Curacao at the Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium (GBLA), Bandung on Saturday (24/9). This is the first meeting of the two teams.
The name of the Curaçao national team seems foreign to football fans in Indonesia. But make no mistake, Remko Bicentini’s side have the quality of a world team.
According to the FIFA rankings, Curacao currently occupies the 84th place in the world in the FIFA rankings as of August 25, 2022. This Caribbean island country has collected 1293.35 points. Curacao’s position is still better than a number of Asian countries that often trouble Indonesia, such as Bahrain, Jordan and Syria.
The difference between the position of the Indonesian national team and that of Curaçao is very big. Garuda’s team currently sits in the 155th position in the FIFA rankings with 1019.19 points, which is 71 positions adrift of Curacao.
Throughout 2022, Curaçao could only win one and swallow three defeats. But those three defeats came at the hands of Ajax Amsterdam, Honduras, a team that has appeared in the World Cup several times, and the Canadian national team, which qualified for the 2022 World Cup. The only victory went to Curaçao also against Honduras.
As a CONCACAF team, the Curaçao national team often plays against major World Cup subscription teams such as the Mexico national team and the United States national team. Even at the 2019 Gold Cup, Curacao successfully qualified for the quarter-finals before narrowly losing 0-1 to the United States.
Curaçao has even been coached by world class coaches Guus Hiddink as well as Patrick Kluivert.
The composition of Curacao national team players who were brought to Indonesia also cannot be underestimated. Of the 23 names of players in the Curacao national team, Remko Bicentini, Indonesia, five players are Premier League graduates: Juninho Bacuna, Leandro Bacuna, Cuco Martina, Vurnon Anita and Kenji Gorre.
Most Curaçao national team players currently play in the Dutch League. There are also those who play in the Premier League, Portugal and Romania.
All the facts above show that the Curacao national team is a world-class team that Indonesia cannot underestimate. It is not wrong that Curaçao is currently ranked 84th in the world.
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