Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Friendly announcement

The word that is making its way around the internet is that Canada has lined up another June friendly opponent: Haiti, in Florida, on June 1st.

Haiti may well be Canada's most impoverished friendly opponent ever. Here are the countries ranked lower than Haiti on the United Nations Human Development Index:
    1. Haiti
    2. Sudan
    3. Kenya
    4. Djibouti
    5. Timor-Leste
    6. Zimbabwe
    7. Togo
    8. Yemen
    9. Uganda
    10. Gambia
    1. Senegal
    2. Eritrea
    3. Nigeria
    4. Tanzania, U. Rep. of
    5. Guinea
    6. Rwanda
    7. Angola
    8. Benin
    9. Malawi
    10. Zambia
    11. Côte d'Ivoire
    12. Burundi
    13. Congo, Dem. Rep.
    14. Ethiopia
    15. Chad
    16. Central African Republic
    17. Mozambique
    18. Mali
    19. Niger
    20. Guinea-Bissau
    21. Burkina Faso
    22. Sierra Leone
    My glance was cursory, but I don't remember Canada playing any of these (all African, save for Timor Leste) opponents. Canada has played Haiti recently, of course, a 2-0 victory in the 2007 Gold Cup (see the game in 55 minutes).

    Here's the sched leading up to WCQ against St. VAG (a rather unfortunate ingredient in our alphabet soup of acronyms):
    26.03.08
    estoniaEstonia
    CanadaCanada
    01.06.08
    canadaCanada
    HaitiHaiti
    06.06.08
    panamaPanama
    CanadaCanada
    Good preparation and, most importantly, it looks like the team should be together from the end of May until the weekend of June 21st/22nd, which is the date of the second leg match against St. VAG. Familiarity breeds contempt, but in soccer it bodes well for future WCQ matches (knock wood.)


    Qualifying for the U-23 Olympic tournament is starting in a week, with Canada's first match March 12th against Mexico. Canada has friendlies against college sides, a 4-0 win against Westmount College (?) yesterday, and a Friday appointment with the University of California Santa Barbara (Rob Friend's alma mater and likely party school).


    Speaking of the Friendly Giant, OOT's favourite striker was at it again this weekend, with a goal and an assist, a week after tallying a brace for his club side. The goal is a tap in from nice buildup, but the assist is sublime:


    And... I just won a cool €0.65 with FC Schalke beating Porto on penalties. And Real is out! Yes, folks, its a good day.

    2 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Almost correct! Or completely correct, depending on whether this match was official or not:

    Apparently, a Canada XI played Nigeria on 23rd June 1984 in the Great Wall tournament in Guangzhou, China. This match is counted as a FIFA A-international. But apart from this match, yes Haiti would seem to be the most impoverished nation Canada has ever faced.

    J said...

    That must certainly be one of the better researched comments that has appeared on this blog. My hats off to your knowledge of Canadian soccer and the politics of international development.