This current Canadian team is writing history. With a string of fantastic results in CONCACAF qualifying, this young, exciting team are riding a wave of unparalleled excitement in Canada, as they prepare for their first World Cup in 36 years.
Led by the hugely talented young duo, Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies and Lille’s Jonathan David, the Canadian national team have more than enough team spirit and ability to make an impact at this year’s World Cup.
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Canada National Football Team: Tactics, Principles
Undoubtedly the most exciting side in Canada men’s football history, manager John Herdman’s team are an impressive blend of experienced veterans; hard working, skilled up-and-comers; and emerging superstars.
The players have gelled together in a 3-5-2 system that keeps things compact and organised, while allowing the flair players to express themselves. Herdman has instilled confidence and team spirit, creating a team that’s composed on the ball all over the pitch and fights for one another right until the last second.
But while team spirit certainly makes this team tick, it’s the explosive pace of Alphonso Davies and the deadly finishing ability of Jonathan David that makes them really special.
World Cup PREDICTIONS & What to Expect
Canada has only qualified for one World Cup – way back in 1986 – so the excitement in the Great White North is understandable. With the country set to host the World Cup in 2026 – along with the U.S. and Mexico – World Cup fever was steadily building. Now, with a dynamic young team, it’s arriving four years earlier.
Canada are currently 150/1 at Bet365 to win the World Cup outright. These odds have plummeted massively since the Canadians turned on the style to top their qualifying group – just six months ago, you could have had odds of around 3,000/1!
Still, they are definitely one the best outside bets at the Qatar World Cup.
Canada national football team players: Top 5
While their team is full of hard working team players, there are a few stars who could make a massive difference come December.
Currently the best attacking left back in world football, Alphonso Davies is Canada’s main man and, if he performs to the best of his ability, they have a real chance to go far in this competition. For the Canadian team, he plays as a winger or a number 10, operating in areas where he can create maximum damage.
His journey stretches from a refugee camp in Ghana to being Canada’s main hope at the upcoming World Cup. With his searing pace, tight control and excellent decision making, the best defenders in the world will have a job to contain him. Read More.
Canada’s new striking sensation, Jonathan David has earned the nickname ‘the Iceman’ for his cool composure in front of goal. With 20 goals in 22 starts, he’s made an incredible start for the national team, delivering on the national stage as he did previously for his club – David set a single-season record for goals by a Canadian in one of Europe’s top five leagues with 13 goals in Lille’s title winning season.
Excellent off the ball positioning, ice cold composure, strong dribbling skills, high work rate and an intelligence beyond his years make him a potential superstar.
Canada’s captain who leads by example, Atiba Hutchison has clocked up the most appearances for the national team with 92. Tall, elegant on the ball and very reliable, he’ll be crucial to Canada’s success at the upcoming World Cup.
A three-time Turkish Süper Lig winner with Beşiktaş, Hutchison keeps things simple and doesn’t give the ball away often. When the pressure heats up, he’ll be the man who brings calm.
Another one of the bright young talents of the Canadian national team who is plying his trade in Europe, Tajon Buchanan is a tricky, goal scoring winger who is comfortable playing from the left or the right. With a style similar to England’s Jadon Sancho, Buchanan is fast-footed, skillful, composed and has an eye for goal.
At 25 he’s only going to get better, as Club Brugge are finding out – he’s currently impressing in the Belgian First Division. His wizardry from the wing will be crucial for Canada at the Qatar World Cup.
The perfect symbol for Canada’s emergence on the world scene, Cyle Larin is tenacious, strong and disciplined, with plenty of skill. He recently became the all time top scorer for the national side at only 26 years of age with 23 goals.
A childhood Chelsea fan, Larin modelled his game on his hero Didier Drogba. While he may not have Drogba’s sheer power, he has the attributes to lead the line and make an impact at this year’s World Cup.
Who is Canada’s football manager?
Englishman John Herdman is a former Sunderland academy coach who moved to New Zealand and then Canada, reinventing himself as a top coach in the women’s game. After helping Canada’s ladies win a bronze at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, Herdman switched to the men’s team.
A great communicator and motivator, Herdman has brought a special team spirit to this group of players. Canada may well have the most talented group of players in their history, but it will be down to Herdman to get the best out of them. So far, he’s doing an excellent job.