You've heard it said that you should 'know thine enemy'. Old English personal pronouns notwithstanding, we catch the drift. From around the web, some info you should, or shouldn't know, about St. Lucia and the players called for the upcoming friendly.
There's the map. All the rest of the details about this little slice of Caribbean paradise are in the CIA World Factbook. The island is home to some 170,000 residents, larger than Kelowna, BC, but smaller than Barrie, ON.
We all know that the St. Lucia national squad is nothing to get worked up about. Their most illustrious player, judging by the fact that he is the only one to have a Wikipedia entry, is forward Earl Jean, who has played in England and elsewhere, but is currently plying his trade in Trinidad.
Now, for our Canadian players . . .
Issey Nakajima-Farran's club side, FC Nordsjaelland, is currently running a poll on their main page, with the question: "Hvem bliver FCN topscorer i saesonen 2007/2008?" We're not 100% sure, but dollars to donuts this means "Who will be FCN's topscorer in the 2007/2008 season?". Issey is currently 2nd on the team with 5 goals, 2 behind the leader, and predictably perhaps, he sits 2nd in the poll. We don't condone ballot stuffing, but we really haven't anything against it either. Here are the results.
We're sure you were just as surprised as we were by Rob Friend's inclusion in the squad, given that his side, Borussia Moenchengladbach, play on the same weekend. It explains here (it's German, but trust us) that he's suspended on accumulated yellows, and wouldn't be able to participate. He trades a training camp in southern Spain for a training camp in Florida and a trip to St. Lucia.
Dejan Jakovic's profile on the official UAB athletics site. A bit tacky, but after reading it, we know about 100% more about him than we did before.
Two Montreal Impact players (Gbeke, Ribeiro) got the call for the St. Lucia friendly. The rest of the team is off to Italy for pre-season training, and that group now includes Adam Braz, back with the team after a year of getting jerked around by Mo Johston with Toronto FC.
Sam over at the Canada World Cup blog recently had the poor taste to offer this reminder of last summer. Needing a perk-up, we found this video that puts a better spin on the Gold Cup tournament.
Perhaps we had expected there to be more going on in the world of Canadian soccer that was deserving of attention. Sadly not. News out of the Canada training camp is sure to be minimal, and television coverage non-existent. Until then, we'll be enjoying other pursuits...