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Tag Archive | Canada

When Canada played a fixed match

There have been recriminations lately surrounding the match-fixing scandal engulfing the CSL, with critics pointing to the league and the CSA’s inaction on a story that first emerged last year.  It’s easy to forget that Canada’s men’s national team has been involved in match-fixing scandals of it’s own — both willing and unwilling.

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The kids are alright: 2007 U-20 World Cup revisited

In 2007, football fans in Canada got to witness some of the rising stars of world football at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.  A local soccer magazine asked me to compile a tournament Best XI, and in the absence of an official all-star team, my list stands as one of the few of its kind.

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From the archives: de Guzman, Nsaliwa and Haber in 2008

Back in 2008, I wrote for “Canucks Abroad” with North American football guru Al Clark profiling Canadian talent playing overseas.  At the time, I set out to get to the bottom of the international situations of two potential Canadian national team players, Jonathan de Guzman and forgotten man Tam Nsaliwa.

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When Canadian soccer results are too good to be true

When I first saw CSL fixtures available for betting online, I was a little surprised.  It all seemed too real.  No longer were the available bets restricted to top-level European football half a world away, but I could put large amounts of money on matches happening just a short drive away at places like Centennial Park and Lamport Stadium in Toronto.

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Doom and gloom in Central America

Canada’s 2-0 loss in Panama last night, while hardly a surprise, has put the men’s national team’s hopes of advancing to the next stage of World Cup qualifying in serious doubt.  If this were a soccer-mad country, some of the more reactionary newspapers might be questioning head coach Stephen Hart‘s credentials.  It’s not.

Canada’s head coach pictured in front of his last two employers

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