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.
As the United States launches criminal proceedings against officials of world football's governing body and after Seven officials and associates were arrested in Zurich earlier this week, new we have Haiti emerging as one of Fifa's most extravagant expenses claims within the past several years.
It was reported that after the Haiti earthquake of 2010, the president of FIFA, pledged some money to Haiti. However, former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner did not think all that money should go to Haiti.
But Yves Jean-Bart, head of the Haitian Football Association, claimed only to have seen a fraction of that money reach his country. According to the head of Haitian Football Association, Yves Jean-Bart, only a small portion of that money ever reached Haiti. Among many expanses that could not be traced, Jack Warner contracted with a company in his native country of Trinidad to produce emergency supplies for Haiti in the amount of $229,000. There is one problem: that particular company never existed.
Ex-FIFA Official Embezzled $750,000 intended for Haiti Earthquake Relief
Ex-FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, is under fire for misappropriation of funds he raised from FIFA and the Korean Football Association, a sum of $750,000.
U.S. prosecutors have been investigating him, and want him extradited from Trinidad and Tobago to answer charges of corruption and bribery in court.
He is alleged to have redirected $750,000, earmarked to help survivors from Haiti's 2010 earthquake, into his personal accounts. He claims he is innocent of all charges.
Haiti has been qualified and included in the Group B at the Copa America. Haiti's first match of the tournament was with Peru on Saturday, June 4th. Peru earned a 1-0 win over Haiti in the Group B opener at Century Link Field. The other three teams in the Group B are Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. In the second match, on June 8th, Brazil defeated Haiti by 7-1. Haiti will meet Ecuador on June 12th.
In last January, Jozy Altidore (his parents are from Haiti), hosted an evening of celebration with legendary supermodel Adriana Lima and fashion icon Kenneth Cole in New York and that raised more than $165,000 for St. Luke. Wynn Walent, the Assistant National Director of the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti said, "Jozy's idea to show these matches resonated with us from the start. It is a great opportunity to bring people together and celebrate what is possible in Haiti. The St. Luke Foundation is grateful to partner with Jozy in this effort,"
Olivier Martelly plan to build 10 soccer stadiums in Haiti, one for each Department.
The Government Commissioner Jean Danton Leger has issued a travel ban on Olivier Martelly, the son of former President Michel Martelly, until he can account for the money, hundreds of thousands of dollars, he has received from the State on various projects including the construction of parks and 10 football stadiums in 10 departments of the country. Camille Edward Junior, the present Minister of Justice, has said Government Commissioner Jean Danton Leger is an experienced lawyer. He knows the depth and limits of his power. We might remember that back in April 2012, Oliver and the former Second Lady Sophia Martelly were accused of embezzling money from the public treasury through unauthorized management of a budget of $40 million. Enold Florestal, a courageous man, who filed a legal action asking that Haitian President Martelly's wife, Sophia, and son, Olivier, be investigated for possible corruption, was imprisoned. Serge Joseph, the judge who was investing the corruption charges was threatened and died a suspicious death. The Lower House ordered an inquiry of his death, but revealed nothing.
Here is a picture of the Emmanuel Sanon Soccer Park located in Little Haiti in Miami Florida.
This Soccer Pasrk was created by the late Miami Commissioner Arthur E. Teele before his death. Commissioner Teele wanted to establish a recreational area in Little Haiti for children to play. He also understood the importance that soccer plays in the lives of Haitians.
The Emmanuel Sanon Soccer Park in Little Haiti offers an open spaces for the youth in the community to exercise and play their favorite sport.
Here is a picture of Red Bulls central defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste.
Soccer Player Andrew Jean-Baptiste gets call from Haiti National Team
Haitian-American Andrew Jean-Baptiste has yet to play a single game as central defender for the Red Bulls in New York. In his fourth year in Major League Soccer (MLS), he hasn't been a starter. Standing in his way are two seasoned central defenders, Damien Perrinelle and Ronald Zubar. But a big break is coming his way. Haiti National Team (HNT) is competing for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and they have called Jean-Baptiste to be on the provisional roster.
At age 22, he can still play on youth national teams, but the camps haven't called him up. They showed interest in the young player, but because he lacked a passport he lost out on that opportunity. HNT has been patient in waiting for his birth certificate, finally found eight months ago in Haiti. But there is still the issue of his passport, yet to be processed. He says it is not problem, the national team will accept him. Once that happens, the passport will be on a fast track to get to him as soon as possible.
Jean-Baptiste is excited about joining the HNT. Ever since the end of his rookie year he has wanted to be with HNT. He understands that "Haiti would be a good opportunity for me, it'd open up a lot more doors . . ." He is talking about getting on the playing field and clocking more minutes. He says it will bring him international opportunities.
Here is a picture of Haitian Soccer pl;ayer Derrick Etienne, member of the New York Red Bull Academy team
Derrick Etienne is an 18-year old footballer, a member of the New York Red Bull Academy team. He has represented Haiti under-20 CONCACAF tournament earlier this season. Derrick is a recipient of a scholarship to the University of Virginia, which has a storied soccer program. If his name sounds familiar to you, it is because his family has a strong background in sports. Football runs in the blood of Derrick Etienne. His father Derrick Etienne (1974) and his twin brother Darrell Etienne (1974) were members of the Haitian national team, and they both represented FC Richmond. This year is certainly a memorable year for Derrick Etienne. On Saturday, March 27, 2015, Derrick donned the uniform of Red Bulls II in the team's USL debut against Seton Hall under-23 standout.
Here is a picture of the Haitian midfielder that plays for the Haitian Men's National Team. James Marcelin was signed by Sporting Kansas City
The Sporting Kansas City, is a Kansas City based American professional soccer club, founded in 1995. The club has signed James Marcelin who is a Haitian midfielder player, plays for Haitian Men's National Team. Marcelin (born June 13, 1986 in Saint-Marc, Haiti) began his soccer career with Roulado (2002-2006), and that was followed by Racing Club Haïtien (2007), Puerto Rico Islanders (2008-2009), Portland Timbers USL (2010), Portland Timbers (2011-2012), FC Dallas (2012), Antigua Barracuda FC (2013) and Fort Lauderdale Strikers (2014). The Sporting Kansas City is a member of the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer that won the championship in 2013. For the first 15 years of its existence, the club was also known as the Kansas City Wizards.
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.