5 Facts : Reggae Boyz

Five Facts Friday is here again.

The Reggae Boyz are in the spotlight again.  Jamaica and Panama will meet tonight in a CONCACAF final round World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) football match at the National Stadium, beginning at 8:30. See World Cup Showdown – Jamaica Tackle Panama At National Stadium.

The anticipation is building. The field is prepared. The Boyz are ready. Are you?

Five Facts Friday is here to give you 5 facts about our Boyz in the black, green and gold: the Reggae Boyz

  1. Jamaica’s first international appearance was against their Caribbean neighbors Haiti in 1925.
  2. Jamaica made its first attempt at World Cup qualifying in 1965 under the leadership of Brazilian coach Jorge Penna for the 1966 World Cup finals in England.
  3. Jamaica was the first English speaking country from the Caribbean to ever qualify for the FIFA World Cup , 1998 in France.
  4. The Reggae Boyz have won the Caribbean Cup five times (1991, 1998, 2005, 2008, and 2010), finished second twice, and came third twice.
  5. Jamaican footballers are playing in pro or semi-pro for clubs around the world in countries such as Russia, England, the United States, Scotland, Sweden and China.

For more about Jamaica and Sports, check our our Jamaican Sports Icons slideshow. To read more about the Reggae Boyz, visit their website.