By Gary Eliézer
9 months after the death of Guy François, carried away by a heart attack, another member of the Haitian selection having disputed the World Cup of 1974 died. This is the former right winger of the Haitian Racing Club, Claude Barthélemy who passed away on Monday in New Jersey (USA).
The news was made public yesterday Tuesday by the CEO of radio FM Energy and also member of the Haitian Racing Club committee, Maxime Moussignac on his Facebook page.
Nicknamed Coca (because of its small size) or Bartho for more than one, Claude Barthélemy was part of the fine generation (71-74 ) which led Haiti in Germany to the World Cup after having defeated almost everything in its path between 1972 and 73 during the eliminations which had been disputed in 2 phases of which it was scorer during the great victory of the Grenadiers against Puerto Rico (7- 0) on April 15, 1972 on the occasion of the first leg of this double confrontation.
Born May 9, 1945 in Cap-Haitien, this Grenadier of 1.68m had started his career very early with AS Capoise (1961 -1964) when his parents wanted the mede cine for him after the classical school where he was at the Collège Notre-Dame in Cap-Haïtien, but when leaving the 2nd city in the country it was at the Racing Club Haïtien that he had left his suitcases for a long career before playing a season at the Detroit Cougars (1967-1968) in the United States. He had entered the selection in 1965 playing the qualifiers for the World Cup 70 in which he put 3 goals in 9 games, those of 1974 to finish in 1977.
Then aged 29 , in 1974 he was no longer the first choice in the system of Antoine Tassy participating in only 3 matches falling within the framework of the eliminations of the 1974 world but his extraordinary match disputed against the Racing of Buenos-Aires in 1973 in friendly (2-0) with a goal he had perhaps played in his favor and is however in the group of selects of the World Cup where he played two games with his bib 18: against Italy, and Poland.
His coaching side
After finishing his playing career, Barthélemy had embraced that of coaching by becoming national coach during the 1986 World Cup campaign, an unfortunate experience since he had not been able to take the Guatemala steps. and Canada after the very easy exercise of Antigua and Barbuda. To the great disappointments of this super fast man when he was a player.
Following this failure, he moved away from the country and the United States was to be his land of sporting and social exile Until his death this 6 April at the age of 74. The late is therefore the new missing from the memorable national selection 1974 after other Fito Léandre, Arsène Auguste dit Pelaw, Emmanuel Sanon, Guy François to name a few.
The body of a champion is gone but his works will stay forever.