December 6, 2021

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Incredible year for the Canadian national team

From a football standpoint, Canada has always been one of the lowest nations: the Canucks national team has only qualified for the World Cup once (in 1986) and won two editions of the Gold Cup (since 1985). , Second in 2000) and did not go beyond 40th in the FIFA rankings, peaking in the December 1996 set. Now it is ranked 48th, and it will already be enough to identify the present moment as a potential goldmine. Period. But there is more: the team, led by English coach John Hertmann – the former selector of the women’s delegation, meanwhile won Olympic gold in Tokyo – is third in the rankings and undefeated in the final. In the North and Central American World Qualifiers, they are seven points ahead of the fifth (Costa Rica) and two points over the fourth (Panama); There are still seven games left until the end of the group, but this is already a remarkable result considering the negative trend in recent years. For the record: the first three places will go to Qatar and the fourth will play the Continental play-off.

However, Canada’s best 2021, goes even further: considering the full calendar year, Canada is actually the best national team in the world with 53 goals played in 18 games. In this particular ranking, Canucks are ahead of Germany (50 goals in 16 games), Denmark (45 goals in 17 games) and the Netherlands (44 goals in 15 games). Of course, some games are often won against moderate teams (in the first qualifying round for the World Cup, the challenges against the Cayman Islands and Aruba ended 11-0 and 7-0, respectively) with a lot of weight, but that was not the case. Canada is unbeaten against Mexico and the United States in the qualifying round for Qatar 2022. At the Gold Cup in July, Alfonso Davis and his team-mates were only knocked out by Mexico in the semifinals, only in the eighth minute. Recovery of the second half at the end of a very balanced game. Canada has not reached the semifinals of a major subcontinent since 2007.

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We have already created the most important name in the Canadian list, of course it is the name of Alfonso Davis. However, with the exception of Bayern Munich’s strong full-back, there is a whole team of players with good opportunities not only for North American football but also for European football: 21-year-old Jonathan David has been selected as Ozim Hens. Lilin’s successor and has already scored nine goals between League 1 and the Champions League this season; Chail Lorin, 26, has been playing with Besiktas in Turkey for a year; The 22-year-old Tajon Buchanan is one of MLS ‘best midfielders and has already announced that his club – the New England Revolutions – will move to Brooks from January 1, 2022. Stephen Eustachio (24-year-old Paso Ferreira midfielder) and Alastair Johnston (23-year-old Nashville SC full-back) have shown good qualities within many races, including Alfonso Davis – a number of players who were not born in Canada and later acquired. Nationality and qualification to be called up on the Conax team. With the 2026 World Cup to be hosted by Canada in conjunction with the United States and Mexico, all intentions are to continue along this path.