Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fifa Article on Canada

Canada's Josh Simpson (L) vies with Greece's Sokratis Papastathopoulos (R) during a friendly footbal
Canda's Josh Smith battles with a Greek international player.
I think Canada is one of the stronger CONCACAF nations. I believe they are as good as the Teir 1 Central American Nations. Those being Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama. I would also throw Jamaica into the Teir to be fair.

Canada does not play in the Central American Cup so we can only gauge them in WCQ and the Gold Cup. The last Gold Cup they beat Jamaica and El Salvador and tied Costa Rica. They won Group A in this Gold Cup. They then lost the Honduras in the quarter finaals.

Gold Cup 2007
The opening game they beat Costa Rica 2-1. Lost to Guadeloupe. Then beat Haiti. They earned enough points to again won Group A. In the quarterfinals they belted Guatemala 3-0 then lost in a controversial game against the USA.

The important ganes were World Cup qualification.
  They pounded St Vincent 7-1 aggregate but then were placed in the most difficult group of Mexico, Honduras and Jamaica. The Canucks did not win a single game.

Another aspect of Canada that I like is they play very good European competition...not other weaker CONCACAF nations like most teams in CONCACAF.

They played Greece in Greece and lost 0-1
Then they played Belarus in Turkey and won 1-0.

They other match in 2010 was against Ukraine which was a draw.

They will play Ecuador (56 Fifa ranking) before the Gold Cup.

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