Moscow, 3 days before the kick-off of the World Cup Football Russia 2018 (June 14 to July 15), the former glory of Haitian football Philippe Vorbe entered the world football hall of fame on June 11, 2018, in Moscow (Russia), at the congress of the Confederation of North America, Central and Caribbean Football (Concacaf).
Recently, on July 26, 2018, at a grand gala at the Hotel El Rancho, Régine Lamur, the resigning Minister of Youth and Sports paid a special tribute to the Dean of the Haitian Football Clubs, the "Violette Athletic Club". During the occasion, he honored the former captain of the national team, the legendary Philippe Vorbe. In an atmosphere full of emotions, many important personalities like former players, coaches, club leaders and those who have rubbed shoulders with this extraordinary former captain and footballer were present.
Philippe Vorbe (born September 14, 1947) played for the Haiti national football team in the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He provided Emmanuel Sanon the pass that resulted in the famous goal that put an end to Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff's no-goal streak. In February 1974, Hugh McIlvanney in 'Observer' described Vorbe as a "tall, handsome white man of French extraction" and a "graceful midfield player" with "impressive skills".
On June 11, 2018, at the congress of the Confederation of North America, Central and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF) during the World Cup tournament in Russia, Philippe Vorbe entered the World Football Hall of Fame. It is one of the greatest tributes to a football personality, a great first for any Haitian footballer.
Minister Lamur introduced Philippe Vorbe as a model of success; he is a role model for aspiring Haitians-- Vorbe dedicated own career without any restraint for his passion, his dreams and everything for his love for country. On the plaque of honor awarded to Vorbe, there is an inscription: "President from the CONCACAF Victor Montagiliani, CONCACAF to Mr. Philippe Vorbe in recognition of your commitment and your exceptional dedication to the growth of football in the CONCACAF region ". Victor Montagiliani also assured of a rejuvenation of the club, the 'Violette', who had just celebrated his 100th birthday on May 15th.
We are officially on the road to reach Russia in 2018 as they were selected to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Haiti will face Granada for CONCACAF Russia 2018.
The coming 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup; it is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. The Haitians were attempting to qualify for the game's biggest spectacle as far back as 1934, but managed only once in 1974 in the final games in West Germany. On Saturday, July 25, the organizing committee has selected the 141 teams for the playoffs of the competition. The dramatic, star-studded preliminary draw program was witnessed by an approximate 94.8 million global audience. The final tournament will involve 32 national teams. Haiti will take part in the CONCACAF zone in the third phase of the playoff on September 4 and 8, 2015 to face Granada in Group B match. The Haitian coach Marc Collat was born in Martinique, but developed his football expertise in France, having played as a defender in the old French first division.
Henri Françillon was born on May 26, 1946. He was a soccer player who was part of the Haitian team at the World Cup in Germany in 1974. Henri Françillon played as a goalkeeper. He played for the Haitian Victory Sportif Club and was the only player from the team who came from Victory club the other players came mainly from Racing Club, Aigle Noir and Violette Athletic Club.
Here is a picture of Haiti National team in 1974.
This is what many would call Haiti Dream Team, the 1974 World Cup team. Haiti's coach was Antoine Tassy. He was also the team's trainer as well as being the country's Director of Sport. The main teams who made the National team were: Racing Club, Aigle Noir and Violette Athletic Club. The goalkeeper, Henri Francillon, was the only player in Haiti team who came from Port-au-Prince's Victory club.
Although they the team did not win, the 1974 Haiti soccer team made a good representation for the nation in the Worlf C
Here is the list of players:
Henry Francillon, Goalkeeper
Wilner Piquant, Goalkeeper
Gerard Joseph, Goalkeeper
Fritz Andre, Defender
Serge Ducoste, Defender
Arsene Auguste, Defender
Pierre Bayonne, Defender
Wilfred Louis, Defender
Phillippe Vorbe, Midfielder
Jean-Claude Desir, Midfielder
Eddy Antoine, Midfielder
Guy François, Midfielder
Serge Racine, Midfielder
Jean-Hubert Austin, Midfielder
Guy Saint-Vil, Forward
Roger Saint-Vil, Forward
Fritz Leandre, Forward
Claude Barthelemy, Forward
Emmanuel Sanon, Forward
Here is a picture of Pierre Bayonne, Haitian Soccer Team World player at the Cup 1974 FIFA World Cup.
Pierre Bayonne was born on June 11, 1949 and played for the Violette Athlete Club in Port-au-Prince.
The 1974 FIFA World Cup was held in West Germany. Some of the games at the CONCACAF level for qualification for the World Cup were played in Haiti, at Sylvio Cayor Stadium
Guy Saint-Vil was born October 21, 1942. He was a Haitian football who played forward position. A Member of the Recine club Haitien. Guy Saint-Vil played for Haiti in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. The Haitian soccer team that represented Haiti at the World Cup was comprised of: Oriol, Serge Ducoste, Henri Françillon, Ernst Jn. Joseph, Arsène Auguste (Pelao), Philip Vorbes, Wilner Nazaire (Captain), Jn. Claude Désir (Tom Pouce), Emmanuel Sanon (Manno). Yacinthe, Claudel Legros, Guy St. Vil, Roger ST.Vil, Eddy Antoine, Fito Léandre, Claude Barthelmy, Guy François, Fito Plantin, René Vertus. Wilner Piquant, Bobby, Pierre Bayonne, Formose Giles, Mario Léandre, Masson.
Here is a picture of Ernst Jean-Joseph who is also known as Ti Nes and Grimo. Ernst Jean-Joseph was born on June 11, 1948. His position in the Haitian football team was midfielder. he was one of the players who represented Haiti at the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Haiti was one of the few countries qualified to take part of this prestigious game