The Maple Leaf return to a World Cup 36 years after they last participated. The generation of Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David and Cyle Larin is already shining in Europe and has reigned supreme in CONCACAF, beating the United States and Mexico. They have been climbing up the FIFA rankings under the guidance of John Herdman, who, since his arrival in 2018, has transferred the successes of the women’s team (bronze at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and gold in 2020) to the men’s team.
Canada have reached the World Cup for the first time since 1986, and head coach John Herdman has tasked his team with writing their own chapter of history.
Rising young talents in Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David have led Les Rouges to new heights, but Herdman’s leadership is what has really built a squad that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Canada has been drawn for the finals into a group with a European giant, a recent World Cup finalist, and an African side that went unbeaten through World Cup qualifying. It will be a stiff test, but opportunities are there for the taking as well.
Can Canada shock a group with holes and reach the knockout stage?
Canada 2022 World Cup schedule
Drawn into Group F, Canada will get thrown right into the fire against Belgium on the fourth day of play at the tournament.
The Red Devils have traditionally failed to fire at major tournaments, despite being blessed with some stunning individual talent, but this game will be a huge test of just how far Canada have come under Herdman.
That opener is followed by critical games against Croatia and Morocco that will decide Les Rogues’ potential knockout-stage fate.
Group F match schedule
|Wed, Nov. 23||Belgium vs. Canada||2 p.m.||Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium|
|Sun, Nov. 27||Croatia vs. Canada||11 a.m.||Khalifa Int’l Stadium|
|Thurs, Dec. 1||Canada vs. Morocco||10 a.m.||Al Thumama Stadium|