They may not be a FIFA-accredited international side, but French Guiana's football team is more than a match for most CONCACAF nations. The French overseas territory regularly supplies players for Ligue 1, including ex-France international Florent Malouda, so it's no surprise that their team is always competitive. Check out their flair and style by purchasing French Guiana tickets at StubHub.
Football in French Guiana
Technically part of France, but also a small tropical country in northeastern South America, French Guiana is both a superb holiday destination and an unheralded sporting powerhouse. While the Guyanese next door supply great cricketers to the West Indies, French Guiana specialises in footballers, with plenty of the territory's products filling the rosters in French domestic competitions.
Although French Guiana cannot enter the World Cup or the Copa America (because they aren't a FIFA member), that doesn't stop them from playing high-level matches. Due to their membership of CONCACAF, they are able to participate in the Gold Cup and the Caribbean Cup, and do so with skill and desire, often scoring victories over FIFA members.
If you'd like to buy French Guiana tickets - at StubHub, your preferred source-, the best place to watch them is probably Cayenne, the nation's capital. There, the Stade de Baduel allows 7,000 fans to pack the stands when the players take the field, creating a formidable atmosphere. However, the side also travels abroad for tournaments, and have played in venues like the USA, Jamaica and Haiti in recent years, so there are plenty of places to catch them.
Memorable fixtures in French Guiana's football history
French Guiana's footballers have consistently represented their home territory with distinction. In 1995, they entered the Caribbean Cup and won their qualifying group, but were outclassed by more experienced teams in the finals. In 2014, they finished as the top third placed team in the Caribbean Cup. As a result, they progressed to a playoff against Honduras for a place in the much larger CONCACAF Gold Cup, a match which proved to be absolutely thrilling.
In the first leg, French Guiana surprised their opponents, winning 3-1 in Cayenne but their hopes were dashed in the return leg, when a 3-0 defeat saw them crash out and miss qualification. However, things were put right in 2017's Caribbean Cup, when the team reached the third round. After victories against Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis, they were through to their very first Gold Cup. At every tournament, the team has improved, building their confidence and surprising higher ranked sides, so expect great things when you purchase French Guiana tickets at StubHub.