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Everything posted by Olympique_de_Marseille

  1. This was the one friendly match he played for Portugal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fERoGd1hss Not a great match for him. This post did not age well! A Liga NOS team, just like a team from any other top league, does not sign a player if they think there is a 0% chance he will play. I think so too. When he was playing for a top tier Liga NOS team, winning titles and playing in Europa league he got to play one friendly with Portugal. That's it. One match (in a camp with two friendlies - Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't even present)! There was likely a sense that he felt he could fight his way into the squad again if he proved himself during that camp; an old generation of centre backs were on their way out. There had been Benfica transfer rumours in the previous year. Now he is playing for a bottom tier Liga Nos team. When you look at other centre-backs: -Rúben Dias got his first call for the camp in March 2018, the camp right after the one Ferreira played in, and has since had several caps: http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rúben_Dias -Even guys like Domingos Duarte and Rúben Semedo are getting calls. Portugal just has too much depth; always more young players coming up through the ranks to pick from. If he gets regular minutes at Belenense he can fight his way into our 23 man squad without too much difficulty. To be able to play for Portugal again would require a comeback of epic and improbable proportions. And would he even get more than a few minutes here and there if he somehow, unlikely as it is, made that comeback? That interview was over a year ago now. I wonder if his perspective has changed. We had some good moments at the Gold Cup and the USA game at home. If we get stadium games with crowds again in the next 3 years he could play at BMO Field in front of friends and family; clearly he had a Portuguese dream but don't underestimate the attraction this could have to him given what he has had to deal with in the last 2½ years.
  2. In terms of players and budget, CPL, I would think, could be better than the Austrian 3rd tier (with it's 48 teams in regions) but the 2nd tier is above CPL. If he gets promoted, that would be something amazing.
  3. The latest rumour is that the tournament will be in Guadalajara in 2021. With fans if possible. Closed door if not. https://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/concacaf-liga-de-campeones/concachampions-en-septiembre-preolimpico-se-jugara-en-guadalajara
  4. He may have missed his chance to win your heart @El Hombre , but (just like Vitória ), he hasn't missed his chance to contribute to the Canadian cause if he files his switch. It's a throw of the dice; if he gets a good run of games he would certainly be considered for the U23 team
  5. I want this to be a chant. ♪doo doo-doo doo doo♪ ♪doo doo-doo doo doo♪ Atiba. ATIBA! ♪doo doo-doo doo doo♪ ♪doo doo-doo doo doo♪ Atiba. ATIBA!
  6. 200th match at Beşiktaş for Atiba. Everyone should watch this video :
  7. I can't find that information either; I'd be curious to know. We shouldn't be that dismissive. If he feels Canadian fans have that attitude towards him, why would he play for us? Let us be more respectful and hope he makes the wise decision to switch to Canada. We have less depth than we think. The recent success of David and Davies has made us collectively cocky.
  8. True, but the goose only lays big eggs due to the crowd sizes. Ironically, we could see more Gold Cup games in Canada if they still need to be played behind closed doors.
  9. Looks like CONCACAF have changed their minds; the tournament might be moved to the USA. https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/universal-deportes/futbol/concacaf-planea-robarle-preolimpico-mexico March 2021 is one of the proposed dates. Other articles mention Bradenton, Florida. The IMG academy fields might indeed be ideal if all the matches have to be played behind closed doors. Another rumour is that CONCACAF will decide something in the next week about dates and location. This is official now: https://www.fifa.com/who-we-are/news/fifa-council-unanimously-approves-covid-19-relief-plan January 1st 1997 and younger. "U24" it is!
  10. Several changes approved for CONCACAF WCQ: https://www.fifa.com/who-we-are/news/fifa-council-unanimously-approves-covid-19-relief-plan -No games in September this year. -The June 2021 window becomes 4 matches. -They postponed the inter-continental playoff to June 2022 (allowing for CONCACAF WCQ matches in March 2022).
  11. Yes, this might happen. He is still involved in their U23 setup. He has a shot at the Tokyo 2020(2021) Olympics. If he is named to the squad, Mo Salah could be one of Egypt's 3 overage players. Assuming the Olympic games go ahead, and he actually is eligible for Canada, there isn't a great deal the CSA should do before roughly March 2021 when we'll know if he makes that Egypt U23 squad for friendlies &/or training camps.
  12. This thread should not be posted in until someone can conclusively state that he aquired Canadian citizenship while he was here.
  13. Unlike the hosting of the men's tournament, where each Federation had a vote, the voting process is done by the FIFA council. There are no "countries" voting for them. Aus/NZ are still the favourite but with the FIFA council, you just never know. Remember, they gave the 2022 World Cup to Qatar! 😂
  14. FIFA wants to make money off of the tournament, now that they know that they can! You can do that in rich developed countries that care about Women's soccer like the USA, Canada and France. You can't do that in Colombia. Colombia as host would leave a greater legacy of interest and development of the woman's game. I think, given the risk of travel issues that could linger on for years due to the COVID-10 pandemic, Colombia might be a better option because FIFA can still make bigger money by hosting it in Australia/New Zealand in 2027. If fans are worried about crowds and travel, and therefore don't, it's not as big a loss.
  15. This isn't the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Thread; this is a rehashing of the same of the same points discussed ad nauseam in the thread "Should Christine Sinclair retire": https://www.canadiansoccernews.com/forums/topic/75892-should-christine-sinclair-retire-from-the-cwnt/ ...a thread you have already posted in btw! Meanwhile, there is actually news about the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup to talk about. The hosting rights will be allocated on June 25th - this Thursday. There were 4 bids still active at the start of the month; Brazil withdrew a few weeks ago. Now Japan just withdrew: https://japan2023bid.com/news/00025033.html https://au.sports.yahoo.com/japan-pull-2023-wwc-race-report-071412368--spt.html So the tournament will be hosted by either Colombia or (most likely) Australia & New Zealand.
  16. Belenenses SAD played a match yesterday. Ferreira was not in the lineup. This article implies that he was on the injury list and therefore unavailable: https://desporto.sapo.pt/futebol/primeira-liga/artigos/covid-19-testes-negativos-no-belenenses-sad-antes-de-jogo-com-o-pacos-de-ferreira I don't think he has gotten any minutes so far this season.
  17. Canadian dual national of Portuguese heritage bouncing back from a very serious injury while playing...at Braga? What could go wrong?!?
  18. Correct. Youth friendlies don't count for anything. You don't even need a passport (think Davies). Youth competitive games or senior friendlies "cap you" to a country. Senior competitive games cap-tie you.
  19. He played competitive games for Romania U17. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_UEFA_European_Under-17_Championship_qualification He needs to file his one time switch to play for us.
  20. No. 99.9% she is not. She has always been more into broadcasting and public relations. She has a very good on-camera presence and has been great in her roles with FIFA/CONCACAF. and now she has a newborn too. My top pics for #CanWNT coach: 1. Norio Sasaki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norio_Sasaki 2. Silvia Neid http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvia_Neid 3. Reynald Pedros https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynald_Pedros 4. Jill Ellis (we probably can't afford her though!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Ellis
  21. Woops! My bad there! Apologies. Here is the one goal he gave up: https://twitter.com/goal/status/1271323848672247808
  22. Well, the game sheet is in the link: I didn't see his name.
  23. First match back since the COVID-19 disruption. A friendly. EDIT: Subbed in at the 72nd minute vs Liverpool. Conceded 1 of Blackburn's 6 goals. Not an easy opponent! https://www.rovers.co.uk/news/2020/june/report-liverpool-6-rovers-0/
  24. The Israeli Premier League is back. He played a full match on June 1st: https://gh.soccerway.com/matches/2020/06/01/israel/ligat-haal/bnei-yehuda-tel-aviv-fc/hapoel-kfar-saba-fc/3242162/ Then got injured. Something minor it seems. Didn't play June 6th. https://gh.soccerway.com/matches/2020/06/06/israel/ligat-haal/hapoel-kfar-saba-fc/hapoel-raanana-fc/3242166/ Likely won't play the next match either but he's doing individual training. http://one.co.il/Article/360666.html
  25. After years (decades?) of many #CanMNT matches in empty stadiums at neutral venues, if the first #CanMNT game back is also in an empty stadium, we need some kind of sad meme about the CSA having prepared for this for decades, or about nothing having actually changed pre vs post COVID-19.
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