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Coach: René SIMOES

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vs.CROATIA

14.06.98 Lens

vs.ARGENTINA

21.06.98 Paris

vs.JAPAN

26.06.98 Lyon

Team Colors: Green with Black Gold trims, Black pants.

2nd Uniform: Gold with Black trims, Black pants.

Confederation: CONCACAF

First World Cup

Key players: F Deon Burton (Derby, England),

G Warren Barrett (Defense Force),

M Paul Hall (Portsmouth, England). 

Jamaica vs. Sweden

Keep an Eye on: Theodore Whitmore: A spindly-legged but mesmerising midfield player. Scored 5 goals during qualifying

Deon Burton: A bit-part striker who became national idol in qualifiers.

Walter Boyd: Was the one of the leading scorer in 1998 qualification, but will the island's prolific and indisciplined striker be recalled?...Simoes thinks he's still needed and called him up.

Analysis: Lacks creativity and still in the throes of deciding whether to play Brazilian or British soccer. First efforts during qualifying looked weak and desorganized, but in weak CONCACAF it didn't matter. Coming onto a better display lately. Newspaper people will think it is nice to have the jamaicans around because of the obvious story potential.

Is there any story more gleeful than the unsung Reggae Boyz? Helped by English imports - and more might be on the way - they play attractive soccer. Theodore Whitmore is a force at midfield.

History: Jamaica's arrival in the finals is due mainly to two men: Horace Burrell, the president of the federation who took over the role in 1994 and the team's Brazilian coach Rene Simoes who arrived several months after Burrell took charge. Convinced that Jamaica had the talent to reach the finals, Burrell moved heaven and earth to create a programme that would allow him to see his dream come true. In 1994 Jamaica was 96th in the FIFA rankings. By November 1997 they had climbed to 39th.

Simoes has attempted to wean his players away from the British style and instead play with Brazilian flair. After 140 matches in three years he is almost there.

When the Jamaican team sat down for a hotel meal three years ago, one player suddenly got up from the table and began to serve dinner. "He worked as a waiter in the place when he wasn't playing football," René Simoes, the coach, said. "So he simply couldn't stop himself."

Not that this is a repeat of Jamaica's hopeless but much celebrated bobsleigh team. Hugely ambitious, Simoes will travel with the intention of winning and he believes that they have a decent chance against both Japan and Croatia. A Brazilian, he will also relish combat with Argentina.

The Reggae Boyz have eclipsed the cricketers as the island's sporting heroes and the likes of Robbie Earle are enjoying the last laugh. When he told his Wimbledon team-mates that he was giving up his ambition of playing for England, they did not even try to disguise their mirth. Now, Earle is looking forward to stepping on to the greatest football stage and, with the promise of lucrative bonuses, no wonder a growing number of players in the FA Carling Premiership are rushing to claim allegiance. Frank Sinclair, of Chelsea, is the latest.

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POSITION NAME AGE CAPS

G Warren Barret 26 115

G Aaron Lawrence 27 25  

D Durrant Brown 32 112

D Linval Dixon 25 91

D Ricardo Gardner 18 18

D Ian Goodison 25 37

D Gregory Messam 23 48

D Dean Sewell 25 20  

D Donald Stewart 21 29

M Altimont Butler 28 49

M Peter Cargill 33 60

M Cornel Chin-Sue 21 1

M Christopher Dawes 22 25

M Robbie Earle 32 5

M Stephen Malcolm 27 48

M Garth Peterkin 22 30

M Fitzroy Simpson 27 9

M Theodore Whitmore 24 65

F Walter Boyd 25 58  

F Deon Burton 21 7

F Steve Green 19 2

F Paul Hall 28 9

F Wolde Harris 23 6

F Andrew Williams 19 15

F Paul Young 28 79  

 
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