Canada Football World Cup 2022 team preview

Posted by Xchange Tickets on November 8th, 2022

The North American losers will hope to score some points during their first Football World Cup arrival in 36 years.

Preceding World Cup appearances: 1986
Titles: 0
Best finish: Group stage (1986)
World Cup record: W0 D0 L3
Goals: 0
Leading win: No wins
Player to watch: Alphonso Davies
Ranking: 41
Fixtures: Belgium (November 23), Croatia (November 27), Morocco (December 1)

Canada’s arrival at the 2022 Qatar World Cup will mark an end to 36 years in the wilderness. The team is expected to fight to make it out of a problematic group that includes Croatia and Belgium but a strong qualifying movement has raised hopes they could yet spring a surprise or two and spread the knockout phase for the first time.

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Canada Football World Cup

Canada has before featured at only one Football World Cup, the 1986 tournament in Mexico. Their historic appearance was marred by three overthrows in the group stages to France, Hungary, and the then-Soviet Union. Participation in the 1986 rivalry marked the high point for Canadian football that would remain unmatched for several periods, until now.

But it also proved a chastening knowledge for the players, with the side unable to score a single goal and yielding five across 270 minutes of action. They were one of only two squads at the tournament not to score a single point, alongside Iraq, who enjoyed a superior goal change to the Canadians.

Canada will hope to recall their qualifying form when they begin their World Cup adventure on November 23 against Belgium, The side topped the Association of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) succeeding group, winning eight of their 14 games and recording shock conquests against the higher-ranked United States and Mexico.

Everything eyes on Davis

Canadians will be looking to the enormously talented Alphonso Davies, 22, for inspiration in Qatar Football World Cup. Typically organized as a left wing-back for his club side, German giants Bayer Munich, Davies is renowned for his sweltering pace, dribbling, and shooting. For Canada, he often plays further forward, allowing him to occupy spaces behind prolific frontman Jonathan David and giving him better chance to dictate attacks.

Already widely stared as the finest player in the CONCACAF grouping of countries, Davies will now have the opportunity to prove his talent on the global stage. His career to date has been ornamented with an array of trophies, including four Bundesliga titles, several national cups, a UEFA Champions League winner’s medal, and, a FIFA Club World Cup victory.

Tough road ahead

Despite the enthusiasm building around Davies and David, also 22, the Canadians are not expected to make it out of Group F given the excellence of Croatia and Belgium. But manager John Herman has called on his players to relish the knowledge of playing in the tournament and urged them to push themselves to their limits against the likes of Croatian star Luka Modric and Belgium’s array of world-class players.

He has said the team has a chance to create a “generational shift” in Canada – where football has often been crowded out by ice hockey and other more popular sports – and “create reminiscences that will last incessantly” for the country’s 38 million people.

While a run to the knockout phase is unlikely, a good showing in the group stage would still herald significant progress for Canadian football as the country makes it to host the 2026 Football World Cup, alongside the US and Mexico. For Davies and David, this year’s tournament will deliver a platform from which they can launch their already well-established careers to even greater heights yet.To know more about Croatia Vs Canada Tickets click here.

From refugee camp to Football World Cup: Davies enjoying Canada mission

When Alphonso Davies runs out onto the turf of the Al Rayyan Stadium to face a star-studded Belgium on 23 November, it will mark the latest step of an extraordinary trip that has taken him from a refugee camp to the World Cup. The fleet-footed Canada and Bayern Munich winger has overcrowded so much into his record-breaking career that it is informal to forget he is still only 22.

At an age when many authorities are still feeling their way into the upper echelons of the sport, Davies is already a seasoned veteran. Four Bundesliga titles, a Winners League winners' medal, and, a Fifa Club World Cup crown are just some gathered in an expert career that began as a 15-year-old in Major League Soccer.

It's all a far cry from how the buccaneering wing-back ongoing life. Davies was born at the turn of the century in an immigrant camp in Ghana, where he spent the first four years of his life after his parents fled the civil war in Liberia. "When we went to get our food, we had to step over bodies," according to Davies' mother, Victoria, in a grim orientation to life in the camp.

Qatar Football World Cup

To escape the squalor, his parents traveled to Canada, first to Windsor, Ontario, then to Edmonton, Alberta. In a republic where ice hockey is king, Davies started to show huge possibilities with a fall in after-school games at primary school, and his talent was rapidly spotted.

"The child was a gift to the game," recalled Tim Adams, founder of the after-school league 'Free Footie' where Davies first stood out. He joined a football academy in Edmonton and as a 14-year-old he was awe-struck on trial in Vancouver, where he joined the Whitecaps youth scheme.

Then the records started plummeting.

Aged 15 years and eight months, he became the newest Canadian to play in the MLS.

'ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE

Aged 16, seven months, he became the newest Canadian international, named to the team days after becoming a citizen. In July 2017, Davies over up as the joint top-scorer with three goals at the Concacaf Gold Cup as Canada lost in the circles to Jamaica, who in turn went down 2-1 to the USA in the final.

Craig Dalrymple, his previous coach in Vancouver, compares Davies to France's teen star Kylian Mbappe "for his power and speed", but the child admits Lionel Messi is his idol. In 2018, Davies was employed by Bayern Munich in a then-record deal for an MLS player worth up to million.

After a trickle of arrivals in the 2018-2019 season, Davies' career took off in the 2019-2020 campaign, notably with a typically electrifying recital in a 3-0 Champions League away win over Chelsea. That pandemic-interrupted season over with Davies winning the Champions League in a 1-0 Bayern victory over Paris Saint-Germain, making him the first Canadian international to win the designation.

Football World Cup

Although an integral part of the Canada squad that fit for the Football World Cup for the first time in 36 years, Davies was shelved for several months this year after developing the inflammatory heart condition myocarditis following a Covid-19 infection. Having fought back to fitness, he limped off with a thigh wound in Bayern's 3-2 win against Hertha Berlin on 5 November, but the club rapidly said his World Cup participation was not in danger.

Davies is enjoying being one of Canada's team leaders in Qatar even though he admits to nerves about finally playing in a World Cup. "I'm gonna be a little bit anxious (at the World Cup)," Davies said in a recent interview. "But for me, it's just: We made it to this point for a reason and each one of us has to be confident in ourselves and go out there and show what we have."

Canada coach John Herdman jokes however that Davies is perhaps secretly thinking of winning the World Cup.

"He exemplifies what this team is about, what this country is about – the confidence, the swagger, the anything's possible," Herdman said. "This kid is an immigrant from West Africa, who's got Champions League trophies, all these Bundesliga titles, and he's 22 years old. So, I'm sure he's rational he's charming this Football World Cup. "And that's the new Canadian mindset."

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