Key factors behind Canada’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup – Competing at BMO Field on Monday (3/28), Canada’s national team coached by John Herdman made history against Jamaica in Game 13 of the Qatar Concacaf Zone 2022 World Cup qualifier.

Canada dominated the game with 54% possession, then launched a flurry of attacks with a total of 20 kicks (nine on target). Jamaica simply absorbs every Canadian attack.

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Of the nine shots on target, four were scored (one against his side), namely Cyle Larin (13′), Tajon Buchanan (44′), Junior Hoilett (82′) and Adrian Mariappa’s own goal ( 88′). Three points for Canada, which is more than points.

Canada’s national team against Jamaica in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Photo: Twitter/@CanadaSoccerFR

This allowed Canada to finish in the top three of the Concacaf Zone group. In other words, Canada qualified for the first time in 36 years for the World Cup. The whole stadium rejoiced to welcome him and the players celebrated with joy.

Alphonso Davies, the star of the Canadian national team who was not on the squad due to an injury celebrated at home and broke down in tears of joy and expression.

36 years ago. Around this time, Canada played in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and finished bottom of the group without scoring a goal. The same year, Argentina won the title with the legendary figure of Diego Maradona.

“We just qualified for the World Cup, it’s a legitimate football nation,” Herdman said after the game.

“When I first took over and said, ‘We’re going to qualify for the World Cup’, I didn’t think they believed us. I’m happy for them because all those fans have waited and waited, and united with us – and we will.”

“I think this country never believed in us because we gave them nothing to believe in. They believe now.”

“Now is the time for everyone to support football and unite because we can be a strong team,” Herdman said.

Securing a place in the first World Cup with strong contenders like the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica is definitely special for Canada. Here are the key success factors for the Canadian National Team:

1. John Herman

John Herdman
John Herman. Photo: Twitter/@CanadaSoccerEN

On January 30, when Canada defeated a strong team from the United States, veteran Canadian goaltender Milan Borjan spoke briefly about what had changed Canadian football. “I can only say two words: John Herdman.

The public could be skeptical when the 46-year-old British coach arrived in 2018, becoming the coach of the Canadian men’s national team after seven years coaching the Canadian women’s national team after coaching the neo-women’s national team. zeelandic.

But Herdman has the “ability” to prove when in doubt. With Canada’s National Women’s Team, Herdman competed frequently at the World Cup and won bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

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Herdman also worked at the academy of Sunderland, which is incidentally the great rival of his favorite team, Newcastle United. Herdman came to the Canadian Men’s National Team and changed the mentality of the team.

“Right when I arrived (the team at the start of 2021), we played in Mexico or we played in the United States, you would play (America) Christian Pulisic, you would play (the Mexican)” Chucky “Lozano; but he’s got one with words and instilled in me a belief that (lead me to believe): ‘Yeah, you can take on those guys; there’s no reason why you shouldn’t fit in here. You are going to dominate this game.”

“If you really look at my background, I played two years in MLS – actually, actually, around that time – I dropped out of college football, I got (with) a degree in economics, why is- I deserve to be in the same field as them? But he never let you get to that point.

Herdman changed his mentality and built a strong team of talented young players and experienced seniors.

2. Young players leading a new generation

Alfonso Davies and Jonathan David
Alfonso Davies and Jonathan David. Photo: Special/

Two names that deserve to be highlighted in this category are Jonathan David (Lille) and Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich). The surname didn’t play during the March 2022 international break, but he’s clearly a young star for the Canadian squad.

At only 21 years old, Davies already has 30 caps and 10 goals with the Canadian national team. He plays as a left-back who can also play as a wing-back forward.

Davies’ strength lies in his speed when combing the flanks, his ability to play offensively and defend well. At that age, Davies also had plenty of experience of success and playing with European giants Bayern Munich.

No less with Davies is Jonathan David. The 22-year-old striker is a hot commodity in Europe at the moment and last season won Ligue 1 with Lille. Packer of 28 caps and 20 goals with Lille has the advantage in finishing.

David and Davies are leaders of young talent and a new generation in the current Canadian team. Their success in Europe’s top five leagues can serve as an example and most importantly, helped Canada end the wait to play in the World Cup.

3. Senior players in each line

Junior Hoilet
Junior Hillet. Photo: Twitter/

Whether we realize it or not, Herdman still places senior players in every line in Canada. As goalkeeper, Milan Borjan, 34, already has 63 caps and plays in Serbia with Red Star Belgrade.

Then at the back there is Steven Vitoria, a 35-year-old defender with 30 caps and three goals and for Portuguese club Moreirense. In the middle are Jonathan Osorio (29 – Toronto FC) and Atiba Hutchinson (39 – Besiktas).

Finally on the front line we find a former Blackburn Rovers and Queen Park Rangers striker, Junior Hoilett (31) who is currently defending Reading. Their experience can help the young players in the team.

Also, Herdman hasn’t turned a blind eye to players who play in the local league (MLS). There are currently 10 players playing in the Montreal, Los Angeles, Minnesota United, Colorado Rapis, Toronto and Vancouver Whitecaps.

They are Maxime Crépeau, Dayne St. Clair, Doneil Henry, Alistair Johnston, Kamal Miller, Cristian Guiterrez, Jonathan Osorio, Ismael Kone and Lucas Cavallini.

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