Strong selection for Canada at World Cup

The last country to come out of the abacus, Canada is therefore the last available group. He will kick off his tournament against Belgium on November 23. His second game, four days later, is against Croatia. It closes the group stage against Morocco on December 1.

The Croats lost to the French in the 2018 World Cup final in Russia. The Belgians took 3rd place by winning the small final against the English.

The Moroccans had taken fourth and last place in their group, behind the Spaniards, the Portuguese and the Iranians.

Bruyne.”,”text”:”Ils ne sont pas mal, n’est-ce pas? a dit à la blague sur les ondes de TSN le sélectionneur canadien, John Herdman, au sujet des Belges. Je pense que je vais mettre sept joueurs sur [Kevin] DeBruyne.”}}”>They’re not bad, are they? Canadian coach John Herdman joked about the Belgians on TSN. I think I’ll put seven players on it [Kevin] debruyne.

Seriously, we are going to enjoy this game. We are going to do the necessary work to be ready for this competition and we are going to take advantage of everything they are going to give us. We will play without fear.

A quote from John Herdman, Canada Coach

It’s not an easy group for us, said Croatian coach Zlatko Dalic. We know our goal, to get out of the group and fight Belgium. But in Canada and Morocco we have to be careful. They are very strong.

It’s a very demanding group, different styles, different ingredients, but probably what it takes to be ready for this World Cupfor his part launched Roberto Martinez, coach of Belgium. We only have three games, but we are being challenged by three very different teams and we need to find the answers quickly.

The maple leaf dominated the CONCACAF zone (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) zone qualifiers to win the second ticket in its history at the World Cup, after that in 1986.

Canada is in Group F with Belgium, Morocco and Croatia.

Photo: Getty Images/David Ramos

A late loss to Panama dropped them from 33rd to 38th in the FIFA rankings and moved them from third to fourth in the draw, with the lowest ranked countries.

In the world ranking, Belgium is in 2nd place, Croatia in 16th and Morocco in 24th.

The final phase of the World Cup will be played from November 21 to December 18, to avoid the heat of the Qatari summer.

Thirty-two countries are participating. The top two from each group advance to the round of 16.

In the only World Cup, Canada had lost all its matches without scoring a goal. France, the Soviet Union and Hungary were his group opponents.

John Herdman assured his players that this World Cup will be happier for Canada.

When I first met them, I told them that we would be the first team from Canada to score a goal in the World Cup. That we would be the first Canadian team to score a shutout at the World Cup. And that we would be the first team from Canada to come out of the group stage […] We discussed this with them from the start. It’s on their mind nowhe declared.

: nous n’allons pas fouler le terrain et faire ce que l’on veut contre la Belgique. Mais nous n’aurons pas peur […] Les joueurs de cette équipe ont maintenant tout un travail de préparation à faire afin de disputer la compétition la plus importante de leur vie.”,”text”:”Nous ne serons toutefois pas naïfs: nous n’allons pas fouler le terrain et faire ce que l’on veut contre la Belgique. Mais nous n’aurons pas peur […] Les joueurs de cette équipe ont maintenant tout un travail de préparation à faire afin de disputer la compétition la plus importante de leur vie.”}}”>However, we will not be naive: we will not enter the field and do what we want against Belgium. But we won’t be afraid […] The players of this team now have a lot of preparation work to do to compete in the most important competition of their lives.

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France, reigning world champions, is in Group D with opponents Denmark, Tunisia and a play-off (Peru, United Arab Emirates or Australia).

The Danes have often been the lucky charms of the Blues in major leagues. At each of their major trophies, they crossed paths in the group stage, without ever losing (1-0 at Euro 1984, 2-1 at the 1998 World Cup, 3-0 at Euro 2000, 0-0 at the 2018 World Cup).

France is one of the big favourites, with so much talent, and they are the defending champions. So he is clearly one of the toughest opponents, exclaimed Danish coach Kasper Hjulmand. We are preparing for the teams we will encounter. I recommend that you also prepare because we have a very good team and we will be ready to fight.

nation [au classement de la FIFA], demi-finaliste de l’Euro, si elle est devant l’Allemagne et les Pays-Bas, cela prouve la qualité de cette équipe.”,”text”:”Il faut avoir beaucoup de respect, a insisté Didier Deschamps, sélectionneur français, au sujet du Danemark. C’est la 11enation [au classement de la FIFA], demi-finaliste de l’Euro, si elle est devant l’Allemagne et les Pays-Bas, cela prouve la qualité de cette équipe.”}}”>You have to have a lot of respect, Didier Deschamps, the French coach, insisted about Denmark. It’s the 11th nation [au classement de la FIFA]semi-finalist of the European Championship, if it is ahead of Germany and the Netherlands, it proves the quality of this team.

Germany, which was placed in pot 2 despite four titles, was the opponent who did not want seed. It was Spain that inherited it, for one of the flagship posters of the first round. The two ogres will largely leave the favorites to leave Group E, supplemented by Japan and a barrage (Costa Rica or New Zealand).

Brazil, with their record of five trophies, fell into a balanced and tricky group. Neymar and his company will have to be on the lookout for Dusan Vlahovic’s Serbia, which beat Portugal in qualifiers, Switzerland, France’s loser in the last European Championship, and Cameroon, winner of Algeria in the play-offs.

Nor will it be easy for Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Group C, with Robert Lewandowski’s Poland and Mexico facing them.

Iran and the United States, which have horrendous diplomatic relations, are in Group B, that of England. The two countries have already faced each other at the World Cup, in France in 1998, and Iran won 2-1. During this meeting, the two teams had posed together for a historic photo.

Host country Qatar will face Ecuador in the opening game on November 21.


FIFA WORLD CUP GROUPS

group A

  • Qatar
  • Ecuador
  • Senegal
  • The Netherlands

Group B

  • England
  • Iran
  • United States
  • Scotland, Ukraine or Wales (to be determined in the play-offs)

Group C

  • Argentina
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Mexico
  • Poland

Group D

  • France
  • Peru, United Arab Emirates or Australia (to be determined in play-offs)
  • Denmark
  • Tunisia

Group E

  • Spain
  • New Zealand or Costa Rica (to be determined in play-offs)
  • Germany
  • Japan

Group F

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Morocco
  • Croatia

Group G

  • Brazil
  • Serbia
  • Swiss
  • Cameroon

Group H

  • Portugal
  • Ghana
  • Uruguay
  • South Korea

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