Canada has some good players but this will be their first World Cup since 1986. There should therefore be a lack of experience from this team, which should, except for a surprise, leave the competition in the group phase, after having faced Belgium, Croatia and Morocco.
Following its participation in the 2022 edition and also being one of the three host countries of the 2026 World Cup, it will be the first time in its history that Canada will participate in two consecutive World Cups. This World Cup could therefore be the starting point of a long series for the North American nation.
The World Cup Qualification Campaign:
Canada had to go through three rounds to secure a spot at the World Cup in Qatar. In the first round, the Canadians had no problem dominating a group made up of Suriname, Bermuda, Aruba and the Cayman Islands, with four wins in four games, 27 goals scored and only one conceded. Then Canada beat Haiti in a two-legged tie (1-0, 3-0) before finishing top of the last group on equal points with Mexico (8 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses, 23 goals scored and 7 conceded). This will be the second World Cup for the North American team after 1986.
Canada can rely on a new generation of very efficient and spectacular. Indeed, the country of the maple tree has many talents playing in good European clubs, such as Bayern, Lille, Besiktas or Brugge, among others, all of which have recently played in the Champions League. The Canadians are solid defensively and are capable of scoring a lot of goals.
Canada’s Key Players
- Alphonso Davies (21). The Bayern left-back is THE major player of the Canadian selection. Versatile, he can also play as a midfielder. He will be the player to watch closely during the World Cup.
- Jonathan David (22). The LOSC striker is his country’s major offensive weapon. Despite a difficult second half of the season with his club, he is still performing well in the national team, scoring 21 goals in 32 appearances for Canada.
- Cyle Larin (27). The winger is essential to the balance of the team. He has good statistics both with his club Besiktas and with the national team, where a whole country will be counting on his good performances to help Canada get out of a very tough group.