Sunday, July 08, 2007

National Embarrassment

It is time to call a spade a spade. Canada’s men soccer program is a national embarrassment. In soccer, you get want you pay for. Canada puts very little money into developing its soccer programs, and at least as far as the men are concerned, it gets even less out. We are consistently the worst ranked team in the developed world. This is unacceptable.

To add insult to injury, the men’s under 20 team continued a woeful Canadian tradition of failing miserably in a competition hosted on Canadian soil. Not only is Canada the only host country to fail to win a gold medal at the Olympics, it is also the only host country of the men’s under 20 world cup to fail to score. We also lost every game.


Anonymous said...

Of course the best players that came for Canada are playing for other countries.

Owen Hargreaves for the Three Lions of England.

Jonathan de Guzman may be good enough to play for the Beautiful Oranje of the Netherlands.

Good on them. Talented players need to play for the best national teams that would accept their athletic endeavours. This does not diminish their Canadian identity significantly in my books.

Of course, I am using Justin Trudeau's concept that nationhood is an "old idea" :)

Koby said...

"Of course the best players that came for Canada are playing for other countries."

Yes and this adds further weight to what I am saying. After all who would you play for? 1) A poorly funded, poorly coached team with a long history of loosing or 2) a well funded, well coached side with a proud history.