Canada prepare for their first World Cup since 1986 when they jet out to Qatar with a band of talented stars.
John Herdman’s men surprised many with how easily they handled the qualification period, finishing top of the Concacaf table to secure their place in Qatar. Their only losses came when qualification had already been secured and players were rested. Canada could spring a similar surprise this month, and them making it out of Group F isn’t out of the realms of possibility.
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|Canada to reach semi-final odds||20/1|
|Canada to reach quarter-final odds||9/1|
|Canada odds to win Group F||12/1|
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This is a tough return to the World Cup for Canada and they open against Belgium. But the Reds may fancy their chances a bit more in their next two matches, particularly against Morocco.
Canada route to the World Cup 2022 final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|vs Belgium||Al Rayyan Stadium||19:00, 23/11|
|vs Croatia||Khalifa International Stadium||16:00, 27/11|
|vs Morocco||Al Thumama Stadium||15:00, 01/12|
*All times GMT
Canada have a tough, but not impossible, group to contend with in Qatar. Their opening match against Belgium is probably their most difficult, although a bad day for the Belgians could see Canada take something from the game. It’s a similar story in their second game, against Croatia. A win could be possible and would provide the squad with some confidence heading into a tie with Morocco that could prove to be vital.
Who could Canada meet in the knockout rounds?
Whether they win the group or come second, Canada have one of the toughest routes to the final possible. A Round of 16 game against Spain is likely if they were able to claim Group F but things wouldn’t get any easier for them with potential matches against Portugal, France and Brazil standing in the way of them lifting the World Cup.
|If Canada win Group F||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||vs Spain|
If Canada weren’t able to win the group but still qualified, they would set up a likely Round of 16 game with Germany. The latter stages wouldn’t get any easier for the side though and it’s likely they’d have to face both Brazil and Argentina before facing off against France in the final.
|If Canada come runners up in Group F||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||vs Germany|
Confirmed Canada World Cup 2022 squad
|Dayne St. Clair||GK||25||Minnesota United|
|James Pantemis||GK||25||CF Montreal|
|Milan Borjan||GK||35||Red Star Belgrade|
|Alistair Johnston||DF||24||CF Montreal|
|Kamal Miller||DF||25||CF Montreal|
|Richie Laryea||DF||27||Toronto FC|
|Joel Waterman||DF||26||CF Montreal|
|Alphonso Davies||MF||22||Bayern Munich|
|Jonathan Osorio||MF||30||Toronto FC|
|Mark-Anthony Kaye||MF||27||Toronto FC|
|David Wotherspoon||MF||32||St Johnstone|
|Samuel Piette||MF||28||CF Montreal|
|Ismael Kone||MF||20||CF Montreal|
|Cyle Larin||FW||27||Club Brugge|
|Tajon Buchanan||FW||23||Club Brugge|
|Lucas Cavallini||FW||29||Vancouver Whitecaps|
Canada players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Canada top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Cyle Larin
It didn’t take long for Larin long to make the transition from MLS to European football, with his move from Orlando City to Besiktas being a big success. The forward scored 43 times in 87 games for the Turkish side, earning himself a loan move to Zulte Waregem before moving to Club Brugge on a permanent deal in the summer. His record for Canada is also top notch with 54 appearances and 25 goals, making him one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Canada player to watch – Alphonso Davies
‘Phonzie’ is probably the most well known of the Canadian squad, with his 133 appearances for Bayern Munich since his move in 2019, thrusting him into the conversation as one of the best attacking full backs in Europe. He was superb for Vancouver Whitecaps prior to this move and the finals in Qatar could be a true breakout tournament for the left sided player, seeing him going from one of the best to the very best in his position.
Canada emerging player to look out for – Ismael Kone
Born in the Ivory Coast, Ismael Kone made his debut for Canada this year and has already racked up five caps, hoping to expand on that this month. Having only turned 20 in June, the Montreal midfielder heads to Qatar as Canada’s youngest player, but his inclusion is well merited. An MLS regular, Herdman will be hoping that his faith in youth pays dividends, with Kone showcasing a tenacity and talent that belies his years. His precocious energy could give Canada a serious leg up later this month.
Canada tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Canada are likely to set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation for the World Cup, allowing plenty of defensive protection, especially when Davies and Hoilett drop deeper to make the shape more of a 4-4-1-1. Davies, whilst normally a left back for Bayern Munich, is likely to play higher up the pitch for his nation in order to give them more impetus in attacking positions. The central positions are likely be filled by Hutchinson and Eustaquio who, despite their vastly different ages, formed a very effective partnership in qualifying.
Larin should lead the line but Canada have some decent options in attack with Cavallini, in particular, having a good record for the North American side. Jonathan David is the man likely deployed to link the midfield and attack and, after some good performances for Lille in Ligue 1, should use this World Cup as a way to jump to the next stage in his career.
Where are Canada in the Fifa World Rankings?
Canada are currently 41st in the Fifa World Rankings, whilst their highest ever ranking was 33rd in February 2022.
Who is the Canada manager?
John Herdman was appointed as head coach in 2018 transitioning from managing the Canada Women’s National Team. Prior to that, Herdman had been in charge of the New Zealand Women’s National Team. Since being appointed he’s won 31 of the 46 matches he’s taken charge of and his time in charge has been heralded as a huge success, with the 47 year old being the first man to take both the men’s and women’s national teams to the World Cup.
Who is the current Canada captain?
Atiba Hutchinson is the captain of the Canadian National Team. The 39 year old has 97 caps for his country and has enjoyed a career that has seen him play in Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands and, most recently, Turkey with Besiktas. He is hugely experienced and these will be his last games for Canada before he retires.
How many times have Canada won the World Cup?
Canada have never won the World Cup but their best finish came in 1986 when they were knocked out of the group stages, having lost all three of their matches without scoring a goal.
How many times have Canada competed in the World Cup?
Canada have competed in the World Cup just once before, their trip to Mexico for the 1986 edition of the competition.
Who has scored Canada most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Canada have never scored a goal at the World Cup, with all three of their matches previously seeing them draw a blank.
Which player from Canada has the most World Cup appearances?
Seven players have three appearances at the World Cup for Canada. Bob Lenarduzzi, Bruce Wilson, Randy Ragan, Ian Bridge, Carl Valentine, Randy Samuel and Paul James are the players who have their name in the history books for the Canadians.