Many, while talking about the exciting 2021 experienced by the Canadian national football team, have reduced everything to a superficial analysis: the best Canada for over thirty years – the last and only qualification for the World Cup comes from the 1986 edition. – This is the result of Alfonso Davis’ talent and some other elements of good quality – Jonathan David, Dajon Buchanan and other players playing in Europe. Well, the historic 2-0 win over the United States said many more things: first, the Canucks were able to beat the Americans without being able to field Davis, and were stopped by a heart attack following Covit’s positivity; Another revelator of the past few months, namely Stephen Eustachio, a midfielder who went to Porto, has not been on the field due to problems with the corona virus; However, Hamilton’s most important message was about the progress of the game: Canada wins at the end of a game in which the United States may have proved to be the best. Clean, But ultimately the tactical identity – solid but not speculative – and the emotional strength of a national team as it is structured and trained like a club. Not surprisingly, many Canadian players highlighted these features precisely: In post-match interviews, goalkeeper Porgen said, “We provided an excellent defensive performance.”
Chail Lorin’s opening goal – the 26 – year – old Besiktas striker, who, with his 23 goals, is already the all – time leading scorer for the senior national team – effectively putting the game on the preferred tracks of players led by John. Hertman, New English Manager from 2011 and 2017 with a long and fruitful experience with the Women’s Representative: Canada wants to be perfect and implement its fast and forward without dominating possession. This is obviously a choice because of the characteristics and identity of the athletes available: Porgen, in the same interview already mentioned above (more report New York Times), “In the past when we went to play in the United States, 50 or 60 thousand people mocked us and humiliated our country. Now, or in the last few matches, things have changed: now they are afraid of us.
It is clear that today Canada is trying to recover from years of subjugation. To do that, he bets everything in one game system, which is probably the beginning but the most profitable, as well as the deepest synchronicity between everyone who is a part of this project. The coach himself explained it: “This great moment of ours was formed based on the best team spirit we found to have. We will never stop fighting, and now even the fans have noticed it: unlike in the past, there is a country that supports us because it has learned to live from football.
In short, the results dragged the fans, and vice versa. This is how Canada returned to its highest point in many, many years: Canucks did not beat the United States in World Cup qualifiers for 42 years; Moreover, they have not qualified for the finals of the World Cup qualifiers since 1998, while teams such as Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala and El Salvador have reached it. Canada now tops the so-called League Group, an eight-team team that offers two places to qualify directly for Qatar 2022 and one place in the inter-regional play-offs. But that’s not all: Connach is the best attacker, the best defender and undefeated in the four games he has played against Mexico and the United States, who have always been the two dominant souls of North American football. Here, now this historic duplicity may have come to an end: the third wheel enters between Mexico and the United States, a national team that may not yet be full of original skills, but have learned to build quality players, export and insert them. They are in a functional game environment. In Hertmann’s words: Learned to live from football. The time has come.
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