I've got low motivation these days, but as frequency of posting is a key driver of traffic, and blog traffic is pretty much the only thing that can improve my self-esteem, I need to get busy. This seems like an easy way to do so.
Country facts (cribbed from the spooks):
- Natural resources include bauxite, gypsum and limestone ... ganja?
- Population: 2,804,332 (if you don't include the other millions or so living in Toronto).
- Government is a constitutional parliamentary democracy (holla!)
- GDP per capita: $7,700
- Canada is #2 buyer of Jamaican exports.
History against Canada
I can't be certain of the results. I consulted two sources: the excellent RSSSF archives page (which unfortunately cuts out after 1999) and the CSA match archives, which conflicted on the date of the April 1997 match (my table sides with the CSA).
|03/13/85||Montego Bay, Jamaica||draw||1||1||Friendly|
|04/07/88||Montego Bay, Jamaica||draw||0||0||Friendly|
|07/03/91||Los Angeles, USA||win||3||2||Gold Cup|
If you're scoring at home, stop! It breaks down thusly: in 13 matches, Canada has a record of 5-5-3 (win-draw-loss). In official competition (WCQ/regional championships), it is 3-1-1, 2-1-1 in WCQ.
The stat that jumps out for me is the record in the T-dot: a solid 3-0 record, with only a single goal conceded over the three matches. In fact, Canada has never lost to Jamaica outside of that country, but their record on the island is not so good (0-4-3). It really speaks to how important it is to put one in the win column when Canada visits Kingston on November 19th.
Jamaica in the World Cup
All of the teams in Canada's group have qualified at least once for the World Cup finals, something that is not true of the other groups. Group C, in fact, includes only one team that has previously played on the biggest of stages: Costa Rica.
Jamaica's history is unremarkable save for their surprise qualification for France '98:
- 1930 to 1962 - Did not enter (as until 1962, named British Jamaica)
- 1966 - Did not qualify
- 1970 - Did not qualify
- 1974 - Withdrew from qualification
- 1978 - Did not qualify
- 1982 - Did not enter
- 1986 - Withdrew in qualification semi finals
- 1990 - Did not qualify
- 1994 - Did not qualify
- 1998 - Round 1
- 2002 - Did not qualify
- 2006 - Did not qualify
This far-from-exhaustive list of famous Jamaicans contains only three names I recognize, and two of them are sprinters that went on to compete for other countries (Ben Johnson and Linford Christie). The other is our favourite pot-smoking reggae icon, Bob Marley.