Archive for World Cup
I was catching up on some reading Sunday afternoon.
I was very surprised to see in the Globe and Mail that Carolina Morace (and her entire coaching staff) had quit as coach of Canada’s Women’s National Soccer Team.
With Morace’s departure, the CSA will now have to work quickly to find a successor. Qualifying for London 2012 takes place in Vancouver in January. Two teams from the CONCACAF region which includes the United States and Mexico will advance to the Olympics.
From Richard Starnes of the Ottawa Citizen.
Because of the failure, Wednesday’s debriefing was bound to get a little tough.
Although none of those at Wednesday’s day-long Ottawa meeting was prepared to discuss what happened, it appeared clear that aspects of training, tournament preparation, performances and how to refine the program to avoid a repeat of what had happened in Germany were under close scrutiny.
“It is normal after major competitions we would review and debrief,” CSA general secretary Peter Montopoli said Friday. “In this case, it was a little more formal than usual since we have partners in the program.
The Canadian Women were in Group A of the FIFA 2011 World Cup.
Hosts and defending Champions Germany, along with France and Nigeria were the other teams in the group.
Would it be fair to say that not many folks would have picked France to be the last team standing from this group?
Canada’s World Cup was a massive disaster! Germany had three wins and then got knocked out by Japan in the quarter finals.
France had two wins and a loss in round play before beating England in the quarter finals. Of the four quarter finals, I enjoyed the France/England game the most.
One of the reasons was the play of Gaëtane Thiney.
Gaetane is an impressive player…and mighty cute to boot.
The France/USA semi final should be quite interesting.
The 2011 Women’s World Cup has turned into a disaster for Canada.
The must win game on Thursday June 30th ended up turning into a brutal 4-0 loss to France.
Here are three links on the story.
I’ll start with the CBC.
Here’s George Johnson’s latest writeup.
Richard Starnes from the Ottawa Citizen has a good read on the topic.
We need big business to recognize that this is the most played women’s game in the country — by far.
More than 400,000 females are registered players, which represents an extremely attractive demographic.
The English Premier League is sponsored by Barclay’s Bank.
So where is a Canadian bank ready to pump in a few million of its marketing dollars?
And as Starnes concludes…..
Remember, Canada is the host for the next World Cup finals.
We need to make absolutely certain that we are not an international embarrassment in 2015.
We have the participation and we almost certainly have the talent.
So let Morace lead the way in unearthing it.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup begins Sunday June 26th.
Stephen Brunt has a good read leading up to the next weekend’s opening matches, Canada plays host Germany, Sunday June 26th at 10am Calgary time.
Brunt interviews one of the top players in the world, Canada’s Christine Sinclair and the impact that coach Carolina Morace has had on the players.
Morace, who played internationally for Italy, decided to start from scratch, breaking down the players’ skills, making them relearn the basics, teaching them a possession-oriented, short-passing style, all of which is easier said than done given that the team is together only occasionally, and then not at home, but at their training base in Italy.
Both Morace and the game she has brought with her have been a revelation for Sinclair.
Carolina Morace is the coach of Canada’s Women’s Soccer Team.
She has been doing a very good job in succeeding Evan Pellerud’s 2000-2008 stint as coach.
The article is from Saturday, May 7th Globe and Mail.
The Women’s World Cup starts June 26th in Germany. Canada’s opening game is against the host Germans in Berlin.
I’m very pleased that Canada will host the Women’s World Cup in 2015.
Here’s a link to an article last November just after Canada won the CONCACAF tournament to qualify for the 2011 World Cup to be held in Germany starting June 26th.
Jeff Blair writes in Saturday’s Globe and Mail about soccer finally coming of age in Canada.
First FIFA made the odd choice of Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
It now occurs to FIFA that it’s hot, very, very hot in Qatar.
I would like to attend a World Cup.
What are my choices? Brazil in 2014
And Qatar in 2022.
Yikes! I’m not sure any of these locations is a good choice for a Canadian tourist.