A change of the guard is taking place with the men soccer team of Canada with Scott Arfield who would take over as a captain permanently from Atiba Hutchinson. Arfield would lead the Canadians who are ranked 17th against No 177 Dominica at BMO Field. Arfield had left practicing early Sunday and won around 13 caps for Canada after he made his first appearance in 2016. The 35 year old Atiba Hutchinson is undoubtedly the best soccer player and is a key figure in Canada’s camp. Hutchinson has seen a lot be in 78 caps, Europa League and or Champions play under his belt. However, when it comes to his career he is into the twilight and may consider international game post 2019 Gold Cup.
The coach John Herdman handed over the armband to the 29 year old Arfield but post talking to Hutchinson as his participation was last seen with the national team in 2017. As far as Arfield and Hutchinson is concerned, they really know how to balance each other off well. Atiba is quiet and reflective although he is focused into everything whereas Scott has a lot of positive energy in him and is also vocal at the same time. Herdman feels that he has got a good balance. Dejan Jakovic, the Los Angeles FC defender was appointed as a captain for the first game of Herdman at the men’s helm in 1-0 win against New Zealand in Spain in the month of March.
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In the recent record-setting transfer deal, Alphonso Davies was the target in a Nike ad. He plays the biggest role to help Canada make it to the FIFA World Cup 2022. Nike recently released an ad and the narration was done by Colin Kaepernick, the activist and football player. The prime focus here was on the determination. Kaepernick said in the ad that if you are born as a refugee, it should not come in the way of playing soccer nationally at the age of 16. This was in reference to the young player Davies.
Davies is in Florida for training for the Concacaf Nations League with Canada against US Virgin Islands. The head coach of the Canada soccer Men National team, John Herdman has only heard about the ad during the training sessions. Herdman said he is proud of Davies and feels that their good time is coming back. He was quite happy with the way Davies spoke at the FIFA congress. The coach has played with several players, but they get paralyzed through weak performances or through mistakes. As far as Davies is concerned, he just looks forward to playing and has confidence. Herdman also said that his pace while on the pitch is amazing.
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Bev Priestman decides to leave Canada Soccer as she is all set to join the English women’s team as an assistant coach. He played a significant role to help from soccer talent of young women in Canada. As per Football Association of England, Priestman who is a native of England has been working with John Herdman, the Canadian men’s coach with head coach Phil Neville. The multiple roles of Priestman in Canada Soccer also include being the director of the EXCEL development program for people from 15 to 23 of age groups., the head coach under-20 women’s team and assistant coach for senior women.
In recent times, she assisted as a coach to a berth in the Canadian FIFA under-17 World Cup for Women through a 3rd
place finish at CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship. She would be leaving Canada after 5 and half years and will certainly go with special memories. She said that this is right time that she moves on and wished the staff and players’ great success. Priestman also said that she would be grateful for life for her involvement. She was working with Everton as well as FA prior to her movement in New Zealand. There she was with Herdman and now the English women are in 4th
place which one place ahead of Canada. She is overjoyed as she moves to her new post to assist her teammates. Priestman is hopeful that they will soon be in the top position considering the caliber of women. She looks forward to support Phil as well as the team to help assist them as a better coach through her experiences.
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Canada soccer official Peter Montopoli has just one more visit to make as he promotes the joint North America World Cup bid. Montopoli is headed to Gibraltar to continue garnering support for the combined Canadian, Mexican and US joint bid for the FIFA 2026 World Cup.
The joint effort is leaving no stone unturned in its bid to outdo Morocco, its rival in the process. Both sides have the capacity to ensure a hitch free World Cup after Qatar 2022. Both sides make an equally convincing argument as to why they should get the nod. However, the FIFA Congress will decide the winner next week, ahead of the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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The Canadian national football team is a squad that is significantly struggling and it has become evident as they are ranked at the 117th by the FIFA standings which is one of their lowest placing’s ever.
This is not a recent thing either as the Canadian national side has historically struggled trying to even qualify for the big tournaments in the world of football including the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup.
When it comes to competing in the FIFA World Cup, Canada has only managed to reach the group stages during the 1986 edition of the competition and they have failed to qualify or have simply not entered in any other World Cup.
Things might be changing for the good of Canada soon as they have recently announced a new head coach and this tactician is an experienced tactician who appears to be eager and optimistic about the challenges that are lying ahead. …
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A solo goal from James Rodriguez was enough for Colombia to capture the victory when playing against Colombia in an international friendly match.
The match was played at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey and the Real Madrid player James Rodriguez scored the only goal of the entire match with a powerful shot at the 75th minute which edged the victory for the Colombian squad.
Colombia pressured their opponents from start of the match until the last few minutes but the Canadian squad managed to hold their ground in the first half and thanks to sublime goalkeeping skills from Milan Borjan, the scoreboard remained goal-less after 45 minutes had passed.
The best opportunities that Canada had on actually scoring in the first half arrived through set-pieces but they just could never pull it off and failed on finding the back of the net.
Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez scored the winning goal after having received a pass from the substitute Juan Quintero and slotting it home.
In the dying minutes of the match Canada worked hard in search for a late equalizer with the substitute player Luca Gasparatto who tried to tie the game at the 90th minute but it just never arrived as Colombia maintained their lead and was the winning team.
“We played mostly defensively today, not the way we would have liked,” he said through a translator following the match. “We wanted to play a little bit more offensive, but we actually played with them, that was good for us.”
“We discussed this with the players and we told them Colombia was very smart, very quick, and a lot of the set-pieces they work on played the ball quick. Our players got distracted and (the goal by Rodriguez) was what happened.” Canada’s coach Benito Floro said.
Even with the defeat of Canada, the coach of the squad was proud of what his players accomplished.
Canada are still searching for their first victory in any match since 2012. In search of this elusive first victory, Canada manager Benito Floro has decided to go for an experienced squad for the upcoming friendly match against Jamaica. Canada’s last when came in a World Cup qualifying match against Cuba in 2012. Since then, there have been a string of draws and several defeats along the way. Benito Floro will be in charge of his first match at home since taking over the national team job in 2013. The Spaniard has decided to call up a number of experienced players in the 23 man squad.
It is understood that the team will be preparing for this match from August 31. The training will be taking place north of Toronto, and it will not be before September 6 that the team will be making the trip down south in order to take part in the match. The friendly is set to take place on September 9 at the BMO Field in Toronto. The squad has a number of players playing in the MLS and this is likely to help Canada given that the MLS is in the middle of the campaign. Players are likely to be much fitter and this was a huge advantage during the World Cup 2014 for the US national team.
“As you can imagine for me, this is a very special game because it’s a chance to correspond with the supporters. So I would like a very good game—not only to pick up a win but to also get a good performance. We’ve seen several Jamaican games and we consider them to be a physically good team. This means that technically and tactically it is a very good test for us,” said the former Real Madrid head coach.
A few days ago Luis Enrique directed his first training session as the manager of Barcelona as the summer transfer window for the Spanish club is believed to be reaching its end after having signed a number of players that will be strengthening the squad from all sectors of the pitch.
Marc- Andre ter Stegen, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Deulofeu, Rafinha, Luis Suarez, Alen Halilovic and Jeremy Mathieu are all of the players that have arrived to Camp Nou as the new performers for Barcelona.
There still are a few more targets that Luis Enrique wants to sign before the transfer window reaches it end but the main objectives have been signed which was Luis Suarez, the goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and a defensive reinforcement with Jeremy Mathieu.
The new coach Luis Enrique revealed some details concerning what he is planning to do with the squad in the next season as he focused on saying that he wants his players to play ‘’nice football’’.
“We’ll use all the resources we’ve got, one of which is being unpredictable leaders are created, they appear and have appeared. I want a team that scores goals, defends well, is loyal to its style and wins games playing attractive football. I am a born leader myself, and I lead this team. The challenge is making this have the right impact on the team I don’t just want results, I also want to win playing nice football’’ Luis Enrique told reporters during a media conference
Luis Enrique has a tough debut season ahead of himself as he has to prove that he is the right man to lead the team and be able not only to compete with Real Madrid but against some of the best clubs in Europe as they have to play in the Champions League in the next season. He was given a substantially large transfer budget for him to upgrade the squad and now the world will be able to see if it was spent appropriately with the next season scheduled to being on August 24.
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta says that he is baffled by the decision of Argentine national team manager Alejandro Sabella not to involve Carlos Tevez in the national team squad in the last few years. The former Manchester city man has not played for the national team since 2011. His last appearance in a major competition for Argentina was in the Copa America in 2011. His absence has been classified as due to non-football reasons, which is even more surprising for Marotta since he finds Tevez as one of the professional players he has worked with.
Tevez moved to Juventus in an £ 10 million deal from Manchester city and he has been one of the regular first-team players for Antonio Conte’s men. Even though the presence of Tevez has failed to inspire them to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League, he is proving to be more than an important player by helping the team reached the semifinals of the Europa league. Tevez has already scored 18 goals in the league this year. It is because of these reasons that Marotta finds it hard to justify that the 30-year-old has been omitted from the national team squad on a regular basis.
Marotta also says that Tevez is one of the few players who aspires to wear the national team jersey. “Clearly Tevez is a man and therefore aspires to wear the jersey of his country, especially at a World Cup. He deserves it for his talents, but the coach makes his decisions. I think it is down to non-football situations we don’t know. As a professional, Tevez accepts this decision with disappointment, but understanding, realising he can gain satisfaction elsewhere in his career,” said Marotta.
Argentina open the World Cup 2014 with a match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.