FIFA World Cup 2022: Canada Team Analysis

The Canadian national team will play in the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1986 and they are expected to show exceptional results.

Canada finally discovered a generation with the skill to qualify for the biggest tournament in the world that is the FIFA World Cup, after years of soccer mediocrity. Two players on this squad are immediately recognizable to casual soccer fans: Jonathan David, a forward for Lille and Alphonso Davies, a left-back for Bayern Munich now. Both players formerly played for Belgian club Genk.

This Canadian team, which competes in Group F with Belgium, Croatia and Morocco, is led by these two players. The core strength of this roster is made up of a number of other players, who are lesser known but nonetheless contribute significantly.

Canada enters the World Cup in excellent form right now, despite playing against considerably lesser competition. Canada is 18-5-4 (W-L-D) since the start of 2021 and advanced to the 2021 Gold Cup semifinals before losing to Mexico.

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However, if you only consider games against teams that traveled to Qatar, a different picture of this country emerges. Canada is 5-4-2 in those 11 games, which include two friendly and nine competitive contests (W-L-D). Over the past two calendar years, Canada is 2-2-2 (W-L-D) against the United States and Mexico alone.

Canada’s Group F Fixtures for the FIFA World Cup 

23 November

Belgium vs Canada (22:00 local time, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium)

27 November

Croatia vs Canada (19:00 local time, Khalifa International Stadium)

1 December

Canada vs Morocco (18:00 local time, Al Thumama Stadium)

Herdman’s Strategy and Methods

The 47-year-old has experimented with several formations but appears to have decided on a 3-4-1-2, with Davies playing a free role behind David in Larin, if Canada’s most recent two friendlies are any indication. The defense must be constantly guarded by two holding midfielders in order for the wingbacks to support the front three.

Herdman emphasized that he wants “the players to play with freedom” and that counter-attacking is a crucial part of Canada’s strategy.

Alphonso Davies is a Crucial Player

His nickname is “Road Runner.” He is a human lightning strike who both frightens and intoxicates opponents. Herdman is adamant that “Little Canada” has a player that would “walk into” any of the top teams on the planet, not merely get in.

Davies, who is only 21 years old, is already Canada’s most decorated football player. Thomas Muller, a teammate at Bayern Munich, called him a “phenomenon.” He plays left wingback for the club, but Herdman places him further north “where he can injure people most.”

Watch Out for Jonathan David

The focus shouldn’t be just on Davies. According to Christophe Galtier, the former Lille student is one of the hardest players to mark I have ever seen and is deadly if you can’t keep up with the high-heeled attacker.

The 22-year-old has scored a lot for Les Dogues since joining them in 2020, tallying 22 goals in 34 international matches. Telepathy between David and Davies also aids in breaking down barriers. Can Qatar’s “The Iceman” melt some ancient fault lines?

World Cup History of Canada

The Canucks only World Cup appearance was in Mexico in 1986. The defending European champions France was bravely tested by them in their opening game, but they fell short 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Jean-Pierre Papin. After that, they lost back-to-back matches 2-0 to Hungary and the Soviet Union.

Canada hadn’t even come close to returning to the international championships before John Herdman’s team won the Concacaf Octagonal to progress Qatar 2022 in style.

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