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      by Published on 03-19-2011 08:52 PM
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      Soccer in Canada.

      Vancouver fans can certainly enjoy their day in the sun, but looking at the greater picture, this is an historic, positive day for Canadian soccer. A national broadcast of an all-Canadian match-up in the top flight of North American soccer has not happened at this level in at least 27 years. With a lot of attention brought to this game to those people that might not otherwise have paid attention (ie. regular viewers of TSN), a high-scoring affair to shut up the cynical, negative, nail-biting "soccer is boring because nobody scores" miserablists is the best thing that could have happened.
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      by Published on 03-07-2011 01:34 PM
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      By: Ed Swain

      I don’t normally have much to say about the Bundesliga unless there’s a Canadian involved, but I saw something this past weekend that wouldn’t go away. Just ten games left in the season, mighty Bayern Munich are sitting in fifth place in the top flight. Bayern have missed an appearance in the Champions League just once in the last eleven years. But on Saturday, the money and prestige that goes with those wonderful mid-week matches that draw world-wide audiences were in jeopardy. They were playing away, against a club in form, two points and one place ahead them in them in the standings.

      And what team was that? Hannover 96.

      Hannover 96. Not the most glorious name in German football and I’d be surprised if many North American fans would be able to name more than one or two players who have ever appeared on their roster. But I followed them for a time; very intently, in fact, starting when Julian de Guzman made his move there over the summer of 2002.
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      by Published on 10-13-2010 04:43 AM
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      It's May, it's Wednesday, and that means another Nutrilite Canadian Championship contest live on the box thanks to the good folks over at Roger's SportsNet. It'll be action from the Left Coast tonight as the Vancouver Whitecaps continue their 2010 "Farewell to Swangard" tribute by hosting divisional rivals Montreal Impact. And for fans of Canadian footie it's their 1st chance to see if there is still any bad blood lingering between the two clubs. The 2009 calender left the Vancouver Whitecaps 2nd best in both the league and cup and their cross-country rivals played a deciding role in both instances.

      Predictions are hard to make at this point into the young season as all three clubs are still trying to find their on-field rhythm and everyone knew that would be the case when the Cup calender was announced but it's doubtful anyone could have predicted the unpredictable silliness would grip this competition so early on when in Match #1 last Wednesday the Impact once again kept with their recent wretched form against Toronto with a far from finest hour display of sport and sportsmanship.
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      by Published on 09-08-2010 08:46 AM
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      Things which can be learnt from the two September friendlies Canada played against Peru and Honduras respectively (outside of the obvious "we still have a long ways to go" bit):
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      by Published on 05-30-2010 08:41 AM
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      That was surreal.

      Imagine if you will Canada trailing by a goal in 2nd half injury time against a South American opponent on their home turf, not having scored in nearly a year, and who do we have out there to end the drought and get an equalizer?
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      by Published on 05-25-2010 08:35 AM
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      Canada's match today against Argentina sadly went as predicted. Argentina's World Cup team against a largely second string Canada squad in Buenos Aires was always going to be about how few goals Canada would concede. Canadian fans can rest easy that had Canada's first string squad played, the scoreline would likely only have been 4-0. The picture accompanying this blog entry was really the turning point in the game.
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      by Published on 05-24-2010 08:37 AM
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      Away up north
      Canadians from coast to coast will be keeping that strangest of holidays, that celebration of both spring and our colonial heritage popularly know as Victoria Day. We're a strange and diverse bunch, no doubt about it, but it says something to the nature of the peoples who live and have lived in this broad land that we can take something we've inherited from abroad and over the years mocked it up into a beloved and uniquely Canadian tradition.
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