Begovic Gets First Start At Pompey

With England and Portsmouth No. 1 David James sidelined due to a shoulder injury, Canadian ‘keeper Asmir Begovic played his first senior match for Pompey yesterday, registering a 3-1 win over a withering Sunderland side. Begovic has spent much of his time at Portsmouth, well, not at Portsmouth, having been loaned out to Yeovil and Bournemouth.

Begovic was beaten by Trinidadian and Tobboganonian (?) striker – and fellow CONCACAFer – Kenwyne Jones, before Portsmouth overturned Sunderland with goals from Utaka, Traore and Bardsley. Given that James’s season is done, it’s likely that we’ll see Asmir in net for Portsmouth next week, in their season finale against Wigan.

While keen to take his chance in the Premiership (and, one game in, he seems to be doing that), Begovic knows that another loan may still await him. “Maybe it is another loan move to get back and prepare to play in this team. I don’t know what the next step is but I just really want to be playing as much as I can and that’s the way I can keep developing and progressing,” he told the BBC, obviously being too intimidated to contact Some Canadian Guys directly.

With a first Premiership game under his belt, all we need to do now is make sure that Begovic soon (i.e. next Saturday, in Cyprus) gets his full senior cap for Canada. I know most people over at the V’s board are tipping Hirschfeld to start for Canada, but can we afford not to lock up a Premiership ‘keeper?*

*No. No we can’t.

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7 Responses to “Begovic Gets First Start At Pompey”

  1. In fairness to Begovic, I don’t think getting him his first cap is a matter of “locking him up” so much as it is getting him experience on the international stage. This isn’t Junior Hoilett we’re talking about. Even though I think Begovic is still technically eligible to play for Bosnia, he did play for our U20 side and has never – to my knowledge – done or said anything to indicate he doesn’t intend to play for Canada.

    Hopefully Begovic actually gets a chance to shine at Portsmouth… I see no reason why he can’t supplant James as the #1 at Pompey next year, mostly because a) James is old, b) James sucks, c) Portsmouth sucks.

  2. Joesoccerfan Says:

    Fully agreed that with one recent live match under his belt, Begovic is probably the most active CMNT keeper and should get the start against Cyprus.

  3. My understanding is that Begovic capped U-20 for Canada, which didn’t tie him but did mean that he had to decide by his twenty-first birthday where he was going, and he picked us.

  4. I’d just like to point out that the CBC managed to report the story that David James will miss the England qualifiers, and somehow NOT MENTION that a Canadian will be taking his place in the Portsmouth goal. Begovic’s name doesn’t even appear in the article.

    So, thanks, CBC, for just slapping up some British wire copy, and entirely missing the most noteworthy part of the story (at least for Canadians, who, y’know, own you).

  5. Ummm just a remainder that Asmir Begovic is not Canadian. He is Bosnian and in recent interview he said that he would rather play for Bosnian national team than Canadian. He did play for Canadian team but for u21 i think which makes him still able to chose where he wants to play.

  6. The issue of Canadian identity is obviously a complicated one for anybody, but to say that someone who lives in Canada and has donned the national colours is “not Canadian” is preposterous.

    Do you have a link to this interview?

  7. Well fifa changed the rules as of 1 June. Asmir still has a choice to play for either Canada or Bosnia, however I believe he is opting for bosnia. In his recent interview:
    he said it was unlikely he’d play for Canada in this summer’s Gold Cup tournament. The Gold Cup is a component of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

    “For me, the next thing is to get ready for next season (with Portsmouth),” he said. “Keep working hard and keep pushing on.”

    Sure just enough time for you to change your sport citizenship.

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