Archive for the International Category

Long balls: Canadians abroad (November 7)

Posted in Canada, International with tags on November 10, 2010 by Grant

Welcome to another edition of Long Balls: Canadians Abroad. It’s a service for those without time to wade through multi-page forum threads to keep tabs on Canadian footballers. We won’t list all of the Canadians abroad, just the weekly performances we feel are most relevant to our readers. Or in the case of Isidro Sanchez, relevant to no one.

So let’s see… American politics mired in deadlock, China conducting a census and Tomasz Radzinski slamming in goal after goal in Belgium. Is this November 2000 or November 2010?

(Yep, there’s a reason this site is free.)

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Long balls: Canadians abroad (October 31)

Posted in Canada, International with tags , on November 1, 2010 by Grant

Welcome to another edition of Long Balls: Canadians Abroad. It’s a service for those without time to wade through multi-page forum threads to keep tabs on Canadian footballers. We won’t list all of the Canadians abroad, just the weekly performances we feel are most relevant to our readers. Or in the case of Isidro Sanchez, relevant to no one.

I haven’t been rolling the Long Balls for very long, and already this is the second weekend where the most notable performance is a goal by Tomasz Radzinski. The 36-year-old striker scored for Lierse in a 2-2 draw with Eupen to bring his season’s tally to… well it brings it to two. I don’t know how two goals in the Belgian top flight compares to Josh Simpson’s six goals in the Turkish Super Lig (well actually I do, it compares poorly), to Olivier Occean’s nine goals in 3. Liga or Simeon Jackson’s four goals in the Championship, but would it be absolutely batshit insane to sweet talk Radzinski out of international retirement? Please tell me that it would be.

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Check Out Our Ladies

Posted in Canada, Gold Cup, International, Women's with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by Jamie

Yes that shameful headline is intended to maximize hits by luring in some possibly pervy Google searchers. Sadly, such is the lot of Canadian soccer: we have to garner interest any way we can. No slight at all is intended to the wonderful gals of our Women’s national team. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Tonight marks the kickoff, literally, of the Canadian women’s quest for simultaneous Gold Cup glory and a berth in the 2011 Women’s World Cup. And it’s our duty as soccer-loving Canucks to support them, if not by shooting on down to Cancun (as if we actually needed more reason to go to Cancun on a blustery October day), then at least by watching them play. Continue reading

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.

Long Balls: Canadians abroad (October 17)

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

Welcome to another edition of Long Balls: Canadians Abroad. It’s a service for those without time to wade through multi-page forum threads to keep tabs on Canadian footballers. We won’t list all of the Canadians abroad, just the weekly performances we feel are most relevant to our readers. Or in the case of Isidro Sanchez, relevant to no one really.

The only notable thing about this weekend’s performances by Canadians abroad is that there really weren’t any notable performances. Well, Tomasz Radzinski scored, but since he’s 36 years old and technically retired from international football, his prowess in front of the net doesn’t really do Canada much good.

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Long Balls: Canadians abroad (October 3)

Posted in Canada, Coca-Cola Championship, International with tags , , , on October 5, 2010 by Grant

Welcome to another edition of Long Balls: Canadians Abroad. It’s a service for those without time to wade through multi-page forum threads to keep tabs on Canadian footballers abroad. We won’t list all of the Canadians abroad, just the weekly performances we feel are most relevant to our readers. Or in the case of Isidro Sanchez, relevant to no one really.

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Canada callups for Ukraine friendly

Posted in Canada, International with tags , on October 3, 2010 by Grant

As previously announced, Stephen Hart will take 18 players into battle against the Ukraine on October 8. Two are getting their first senior Canada call: forwards Julian Uccello and Marcus Haber.* That makes 47 players Canada has capped in the eight (including Ukraine) friendlies played since the ’09 Gold Cup. Here are some thoughts on that roster on a sluggish Sunday night…

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