Soccer fever has gripped Trinidad and
Tobago, the smallest country to qualify for the World Cup
tournament in Germany since the World Cup began in 1930.
The event marks
the first time that the countrys
team will compete on soccers grandest stage in front of a worldwide
The Soca Warriors
(the name comes from the countrys native soca music, a
blend of calypso and reggae) arrived in Germany June 4 and will
play their first match in the preliminary round in the 2006 World
Cup on June 10 in Dortmund against Sweden. The teams next two
matches will pit them against teams from England (June 15) and
Paraguay (June 20).
Sales of large
screen television sets have skyrocketed in Trinidad and Tobago, and
many stores reported selling out of TVs and red commemorative Soca
Officials at the
Airports Authority said 50-inch plasma TV sets have been installed
at the departure lounges at both Piarco Airport in Trinidad and
Crown Point Airport in Tobago.
To keep up with the
Soca Warriors (or any of the 32 teams still involved), log onto http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].