The World Cup continues to come closer for the Canadian men’s national team. Wednesday’s announcement of the team for two Nations League games and a now-discarded friendly match versus Iran, provided some insight on which way men’s team head coach John Herdman is prediction in determining who will represent Canada at their first World Cup since 1986.
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Taking what we have learned about Herdman’s choice as well as each player’s run through qualification, their recent club form and their status on the Nations League line up, Players has put together their first FIFA World Cup team prediction for the Canadian men’s national team. It’s possible other players could break into the team between now and November, of course.
Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade), Fresh off winning his fifth Serbian Süper Liga title in a row with Red Star Belgrade, the 34-year-old Borjan remains the emotional heart of the men’s team. Having been with the men’s program for 11 years, he is an essential part of their leadership group, leading every post-game huddle.
He’s not only a strong shot-stopper, but his disposal might trump Borjan’s capabilities as well. I would not have a lot of concerns going to Crepeau should an injury occur to Borjan in Qatar or beforehand. There are a few other goalkeepers who have been in the conversation for the third spot on the record. To know more about Canada vs Morocco Teams Tickets click here.
Richie Laryea, Alistair Johnston, Sam Adekugbe
There are only three fullbacks on this list, yes, but they’re all locks and all will factor heavily in Qatar World Cup. A 3-4-3 formation feels likely for some games, which would depend heavily on the team’s centre-backs and cut down how many of these three play in a game.
Johnston is Herdman’s rock at right back. The combine of physicality and tactical know-how not only make him dependable to Canada’s Football World Cup squad, but could catapult him to a European league after the World Cup itself.
Steven Vitoria, Kamal Miller, Scott Kennedy (Jahn Regensburg), Derek Cornelius, Doneil Henry
If this list has too many defenders. I am hopeful Canada to have to play their first two matches against Belgium and Croatia physically, which ramps up the threat of yellow card accession. Cornelius is one of the few players that are not in the Nations League team who should get the call to Qatar World Cup with extended rosters. He only played 90 minutes for Canada team during World Cup qualifying.
Miller is putting together an admirable MLS season as a centre back who can find his way out of danger with his skills on the ball and Canada soccer team needs more of a solid defender in the back with Doneil Henry’s form falling. Henry’s involvement on the Nations League line up came as a surprise, but could end up being a vote of confidence in his support.
Stephen Eustaquio, Tajon Buchanan, Atiba Hutchinson, Jonathan Osorio, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Junior Hoilett
Eustaquio is as crucial a player as there is on this squad and one who should play every single minute possible in the FIFA World Cup. His capability to spray passes will come in handy if teams will try to trouble Canada, his physicality while defending will be needed against a technically competent Belgian side. Buchanan again won the Belgian First Division A title in his first season in Belgium and that means he’ll be yet another Canadian likely playing Champions League player in the lead-up to the World Cup.
Kaye might not see the pitch in Qatar as much as some of the other central midfielders on this list, but he’s a strong player who can command the tempo of play with his passing. Herdman trusts Kaye, and he’ll be on the list. While there is a strong debate to be made that every player Herdman take to Qatar should be able to be used in a game.
Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Cyle Larin
Davies will definitely be the face of the team in World Cup, and their true international talent. Close behind him is David, and a summer move up the global soccer could only encourage David’s confidence heading towards the World Cup. Forward Larin, the men’s national squad all-time leading goal scorer, is not only as safe a bet as there is to be on the line to Qatar, but also score Canada’s soccer first ever goal at a men’s World Cup.
Predicted 26-man Canada squad
Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, Maxime Crepeau, Dayne St. Clair Defenders (8): Richie Laryea, Sam Adekugbe, Steven Vitoria, Kamal Miller, Scott Kennedy, Derek Cornelius, Alistair Johnston, Doneil Henry.
Midfielders: Stephen Eustaquio, Atiba Hutchinson, Jonathan Osorio, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Samuel Piette, Liam Fraser, Ismael Kone, Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilett Forwards (6): Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Cyle Larin, Ike Ugbo, Lucas Cavallini, Luca Koleosho.
Morocco to send group of cyber security experts to Qatar ahead of FIFA World Cup
Morocco will set up to Qatar, ahead of the FIFA World Cup, a team of cyber security experts at the request of the Gulf country for the international event taking place across November and December. The news circulates after the visit Abdellatif Hammouchi, the head of General Directorate for National Security for Morocco and Territorial Surveillance.
During his tour, Hammouchi held meeting with Qatari PM and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani and Qatar’s Director of Public Security, Saad bin Jassem Khalifi as well as with the country’s security officials in charge of the coming Football World Cup event.
The Moroccan official also visited the Lusail Stadium, where the final of the FIFA World Cup is assigned to take place. Hammouchi, the first official from a friendly country to check in this sports center, toured the different facilities of the stadium.
Hammouchi also visited the cyber security command center, where he had a working session with senior Qatari officials. At the end of this visit, it was stated that Morocco will send a team of experts in the fight against cyber threats to enhance the effectiveness of the center. The Moroccan official also toured the operations room in charge of security arrangements for the Qatar World Cup.
Other local media reported that as part of securing the Football World Cup, Morocco and Qatar have settled to send more than 6,000 agents of the Moroccan National Security and Gendarmerie, to assure the security of the world Football event.
Qatar will become the first Arab and Middle Eastern country to host the FIFA world Cup event. Morocco in 2020 already scheduled to assist Qatar in successfully organizing the World Cup by offering to provide the Gulf country with human and logistical assistance for the event. Aside from Morocco, many other countries including Turkey, France, the USA and UK will assist the gas-rich country in security matters related to the world cup.
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