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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Massad

Canada at the World Cup for the FirstTime Since 1986

It's been a very long time since Canada last played in the World Cup. The last time they qualified was 1986 and they have not made it since then, despite having some decent teams over the years. They were close to qualifying in 2014 but did not make it through to the final round of qualification games. It will be interesting to see how this young team does against Belgium and Croatia.

When was Canada last in the World Cup?

Canada has not qualified for the World Cup since 1986. The country has not taken part in any of the last four, and it’s been over 30 years since Canada made it to the tournament.

In fact, Canada hasn’t even won a game at the World Cup since 1986, when former striker and current coach John Herdman led his team to an upset victory over Honduras in Montreal. It was also one of only two times that Canada has ever gotten past its first game at a World Cup (the other being when they reached the quarterfinals in 1986). But this time, they're back.

What is Different this Year?

The Canadian coach is new: John Herdman took over from Octavio Zambrano last year and has made some changes since then, including a couple of players who were part of the previous team but have now been dropped due to poor performance or injury history (like Junior Hoilett). These new faces include Alphonso Davies, who plays midfield or forward depending on need; Jonathan David; Lucas Cavallini; Jonathan Osorio; Cyle Larin; Samuel Piette; Sam Adekugbe; Stephen Eustáquio and Tajon Buchanan.

What to Expect from Canada in 2022?

However, they are entering this year's tournament with high hopes. Their coach is the former Canada women's team manager and their captain is Atiba Hutchinson, who plays professionally for the Turkish club Besiktas.

They also have recalled goalkeeper Milan Borjan of Serbian club Red Star Belgrade Razgrad who has played well in friendlies against Scotland and Uzbekistan, earning him praise from his teammates.

Canada has also been playing together for quite some time now—their most recent match was a friendly against Uruguay on September 27th where they lost 0 - 2 but their young squad has shown promise both on the field and off it (many of them live together when they travel).

Canada has never won a game at the World Cup, which is why soccer fans have been so excited to watch them play in this year’s tournament. Can they finally break their streak? We don't know yet, but it would be exciting if they did!

However, this year's Canadian squad is entering with high hopes after a strong showing during qualifying last year. They finished top of their group above Mexico in the qualifiers to be in the world cup this year. The team will face European powerhouse Belgium on November 23rd at UTC at 3:00 pm, so if you have friends that'll like to see the FIFA World Cup odds, do it now.


In conclusion, Canada is going to be a team to watch out for in this World Cup. They have not been here since 1986, but they have made some big changes over the last few years that will help them improve their chances of making it through the group stage this time around.


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