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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Forge coach believes Canada’s CONCACAF dominance is 15 years away

Bobby Smirniotis, coach of Canadian Forge Football Club, explained on Wednesday that the dominance the Canadian team has shown in the Koncacafe World Cup qualifiers is the result of the work of the past 15 years.

“The development of Canadian football has been going on for the last 15 years, before I started my job at Forge. Canada is a country rich in football players, it is unique, diverse, it has Central Americans, Europeans, from anywhere in the world, ”he said at a press conference.

Smirniotis, a Greek-Canadian, believes that a number of factors have come together in order for Canada to be close to becoming the first CONCACAF team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including that a generation of talented players have proven their worth. quality on the field. . . .

“It’s a combination of everything going well. Sometimes you need a generation of players to keep up and play like the pros. Now we see how Canadian players play in the top leagues of Europe, that MLS has grown, which led to where it is now, ”added the coach.

Bobby Smirniotis said he was delighted to see the Canadian team in first place in the octagonal Concacafe with Qatar, and acknowledged that not only has his country improved its level, but teams in the region as a whole have stepped up competition.

“As a Canadian, I’m excited to see where Canada is today, but I think what’s happened is that a stronger CONCACAF has been created in all competitions, both for national teams and for club competitions like the CONCACAF Champions League,” he said. he.

The 43-year-old coach and Forge will visit Mexico’s Cruz Azul on Thursday in the second leg of the round of 16 of the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Mexicans have the lead in the series, winning the first leg 1-0 in Hamilton, Canada, and drawing at their Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, over 2,000 meters above sea level.

“Height is height, it gives the home team an advantage, just like in Hamilton we have an advantage because of the cold and wind in February. It will be necessary to see how to counteract this with the help of tactics on the field. and focus on what we can really control,” Smirniotis said.

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