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The Curious Case of Andy Najar

Posted in CONCACAF with tags , , on November 11, 2010 by Grant

No. Sadly this post is not a sensational exposé about how MLS rookie of the year Andy Najar was in fact born with the physical appearance of a 70-year-old man and subsequently began to age backward. But it might serve as future reference material for migrant footballers around the globe wishing to dodge the awkward question of which country they’ll represent internationally.

We’ve written about Najar previously. And as his stock continues to rise, so does the ambiguity of his statements about whether he will eventually don a Honduran or an American shirt for international play.

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Canada nudges up in FIFA rankings

Posted in Canada, CONCACAF, International with tags on October 20, 2010 by Grant

Canada boinked up five spots in the FIFA rankings released earlier today to number 83. Right in between Cape Verde Islands and Malawi.

I don’t really understand the FIFA rankings. How they are calculated or what the ranking itself actually means. As far as I understand, the really important thing to watch is where Canada sits relative to its Concacaf rivals. It’s crucial Canada holds onto that top-8 spot. If Concacaf changes its qualifying format, Canada would desperately want to avoid a group of death scenario in the second round of four seeded groups of four.

I know this site has a few readers well-versed in the intricacies of Fifa rankings and what they mean for Canada, so please pipe into the comments section and fill us all in on what’s important and what isn’t.

In the meantime, here’s a brief summary written by a person with the handle rdroze on the Voyageurs board about how Fifa rankings are calculated:

…basically it comes down to this: for each game played a team gets a certain number of points which is affected by:

1) Result: 0 points for a loss, and three times as many points for a win as for a draw
2) Opponent: the higher-ranked your opponent, the more points you get
3) Confederation: certain confederations (UEFA and CONMEBOL) get more points than others
4) Importance: World Cup games and continental championships are worth more than qualifiers, which are worth more than friendlies

Then the points you get for each game are essentially weighted-averaged over four years, with more recent games being worth more.

And if you’ve really got some spare time on your hands read through the entire thread to see Canadian soccer supporters in all their glory. It’s the cyber-spat equivalent of bald men arguing over a comb.

More speculation Concacaf to change World Cup qualifying

Posted in CONCACAF on October 19, 2010 by Grant

Concacaf wants to change its qualification format for the 2014 World Cup. This is not news. We wrote about it. Other blogs wrote about it. Even the Concacaf website wrote about it.

Still, this being a blog about Canadian soccer and all things that concern it, I’m highlighting this Honduran article reporting that the secretary general of the Mexican soccer federation, Decio de María, confirmed Monday that Concacaf will change its qualifying format.

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Concacaf Jack going for reelection!

Posted in CONCACAF with tags , on September 25, 2010 by Grant

It’s kind of old news by now, but for those of you that didn’t catch this week’s CONCACAF Extraordinary Wankfest Congress, here are the highlights.

  • Everyone’s favourite football administrator, the honorable and principled Jack “ask your mother” Warner will seek reelection for another term as Concacaf president. A position he’s held since 1990.
  • Concacaf is definitely going to request a fourth spot at the 2014 World Cup. The federation currently gets 3 and a half – three teams go through automatically while the fourth has to qualify via a playoff. I’m sure the South Americas would be thrilled about four spots for their northern neighbours. Especially since — with Brazil getting a free ticket as host — CONMEBOL could possibly be left with just four guaranteed spots too.
  • Concacaf Jack reassured his buddy, FIFA presidend Sepp Blatter, that the Swill will continue to have “the complete support of CONCACAF and its member as he seeks reelection to FIFA’s highest office.”
  • And Jack also declared his personal commitment (personal commitment!) to help the United States host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.

Squizz vs. Rollins: Where should Canada play?

Posted in Canada, CONCACAF with tags , on September 24, 2010 by Grant

Later today, Some Canadian Guys writer Squizz will be debating Duane Rollins from The 24th Minute about whether or not it is a good idea for the Canadian men’s national soccer team to play a game in Moncton, New Brunswick. Squizz says yes, but for Duane, not so much. Yep, two guys from southern Ontario yelling at each other about what’s good for the rest of the country. It’ll be just like watching CPAC!

They’ll agree on nothing, but you’re going to listen for entertainment, not consensus. And there’s a cheeky catch, it’s only available through our iTunes feed.

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Canada beats Honduras…. in shirt sales

Posted in Canada, CONCACAF, CSA incompetence, Honduras, International with tags on September 21, 2010 by Grant

I came across this article last week while surfing mindlessly through the various soccer websites I check on a daily basis. It is in Spanish, but the numbers are universal. The head of the Honduran national football program lays out some figures – revenue streams, expenses, etc. – and they make for an interesting comparison with what’s happening at the CSA.

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Time for a friendly against the USA?

Posted in Canada, CONCACAF, International with tags , , on September 17, 2010 by Grant

Thanks for this one goes to Jeremy of OnzeMontreal. In the Voyageurs’ forum he recently suggested a possible opponent for a Canada friendly next year. It’s kind of neat, because while Squizz’s Mission Moncton looks at where Canada should play in order to ensure a passionate, full house lusting for the home side, there’s one possible opponent that would guarantee that atmosphere no matter which city Canada plays in.

The U.S.A.

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