Soccer team – Tom Cosgrave http://tomcosgrave.com/ Wed, 11 May 2022 02:11:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tomcosgrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T165924.844-150x150.png Soccer team – Tom Cosgrave http://tomcosgrave.com/ 32 32 Motivated Pioneers open playoffs with rout | High School Football – QCVarsity.com https://tomcosgrave.com/motivated-pioneers-open-playoffs-with-rout-high-school-football-qcvarsity-com/ Wed, 11 May 2022 01:45:00 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/motivated-pioneers-open-playoffs-with-rout-high-school-football-qcvarsity-com/ Following recent injuries, the Alleman women’s soccer team had extra motivation as the playoffs kicked off on Tuesday night. Alleman senior Regan Bowling scored twice as the Pioneers opened their Regional Class 1A with a 12-0 rout of DePue-Hall on Tuesday night. The top-seeded Pioneers (14-2-1) had 11 different players scoring to advance to Friday’s […]]]>

Following recent injuries, the Alleman women’s soccer team had extra motivation as the playoffs kicked off on Tuesday night.

Alleman senior Regan Bowling scored twice as the Pioneers opened their Regional Class 1A with a 12-0 rout of DePue-Hall on Tuesday night.

The top-seeded Pioneers (14-2-1) had 11 different players scoring to advance to Friday’s regional final at Augustana College’s Thorsen-Lucken Field at 5 p.m. Alleman will face third-seeded Indian Creek, a 2-1 winner. on Mendota on Tuesday night.

Eighth-seeded DePue-Hall (0-11) was limited to just one shot on net.

In addition to Bowling’s two scores, Audrey Erickson, Abby Glackin, Kristina Johannes, Isabella Pena, Ava Brinkman, Gretchen Ellis, Meredith Maynard, Emma Kramer, Emma Shrake and Sofia Sanchez found the net in a contest that was shortened to 60 minutes.

Bowling had senior defender Chassity Colburn – whose season ended with an injury in training this week – in mind after the win.

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“We all work together, we all do it for her. I think that’s our motivation right now, it’s for the girls who are hurt,” she said. “Win, score for them. It’s something very tragic, but it definitely opens our eyes and allows us to work better as a team. We have new players filling new spots and I think it’s really good before the playoffs.

Freshman forward Carson Wendt also left the game in pain with a swollen ankle and had to be helped off the field.

Quick adjustment isn’t easy, but Bowling said the team is ready. There was a lot of production from a large sophomore class with several freshmen stepping up as well.

Bowling, a member of Black Hawk College football, said the recent injuries are scary and put things into perspective.

“You just have to get those nerves out on the pitch and play like we normally do,” she said. “You just can’t think it’s over after one game.”

Alleman coach Chad Hollmer said it hurt to lose Colburn, a senior leader and captain committed to play at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

“It’s awful, to be honest. We’ve all felt that and wish we could do something now,” he said. “We just have to support her. … We’re playing pretty well honestly and she’s one of those.” main reasons. It’s hard.”

Alleman crashed in the regional final last year in class 2A. Back in 1A, the Pioneers can win their first regional title since their two consecutive victories in 2018 and 2019.

“I really think we’re prepared for whatever comes our way,” Bowling said, “just going into every game being strong, coming in hard and hoping for the best result.”

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NBA star Kevin Durant buys stake in women’s soccer team https://tomcosgrave.com/nba-star-kevin-durant-buys-stake-in-womens-soccer-team/ Sun, 08 May 2022 17:11:58 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/nba-star-kevin-durant-buys-stake-in-womens-soccer-team/ NOTBA player Kevin Durant expands its portfolio of sports franchise owners. According to Sports Illustratedthe Brooklyn Nets forward has acquired a stake in the National Women’s Soccer League team Gotham FC. The investment was made through Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures brand; a venture capital firm he co-founded with Rich Kleiman which merges investment, media and […]]]>

NOTBA player Kevin Durant expands its portfolio of sports franchise owners. According to Sports Illustratedthe Brooklyn Nets forward has acquired a stake in the National Women’s Soccer League team Gotham FC.

The investment was made through Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures brand; a venture capital firm he co-founded with Rich Kleiman which merges investment, media and philanthropy. The New Jersey-based team has been part of the NWSL since the league’s inception in 2012. Gotham FC have become one of the top contenders in women’s professional soccer, winning their first playoff game in seven years in 2020 The team triumphed in their regular season opener this year and are set to make their home debut at Red Bull Arena in Harrison on May 14. They will face NC Courage.

Durant and Kleiman’s investment is exemplary of their dedication to supporting and amplifying women’s sport. Through their company, they have cultivated a partnership with the Just Women’s Sports platform, and they are also on the board of Athletes Unlimited.

“In order to grow women’s sports, fans need to see how great the games are, and they shouldn’t have to look hard to do that,” the two-time NBA champion explained in an interview. “Just Women’s Sports creates an indispensable platform centered around game and player highlights and analysis that shows fans exactly how good these players are and why they are worth watching.”

News of the investment comes two years after Kleiman and Durant became co-owners of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union team.

There has been a surge of athletes blazing trails in the sports property space. Retired NFL running back Marshawn Lynch recently became co-owner of the Seattle Kraken NHL team. NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo invested in the Milwaukee Brewers of MLB. retired basketball star Dwyane Wade bought a stake in the Utah Jazz.

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Peoria Soccer supports Tessa Sutton of Dunlap in her fight against cancer https://tomcosgrave.com/peoria-soccer-supports-tessa-sutton-of-dunlap-in-her-fight-against-cancer/ Fri, 06 May 2022 09:59:22 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/peoria-soccer-supports-tessa-sutton-of-dunlap-in-her-fight-against-cancer/ Tessa Sutton showed her fighting spirit last year when the Dunlap footballer was diagnosed with cancer in late May as the high school season drew to a close. The 16-year-old second exploits that determination again. Sutton missed the end of last season but was trying to return to the field in March when she finished […]]]>

Tessa Sutton showed her fighting spirit last year when the Dunlap footballer was diagnosed with cancer in late May as the high school season drew to a close.

The 16-year-old second exploits that determination again.

Sutton missed the end of last season but was trying to return to the field in March when she finished her treatment. She was back in school this year, attending practices and even hoping to play in a game for the Eagles, who are 14-2-2 as the regular season draws to a close.

But a few weeks ago, Sutton’s cancer was rediscovered and she continues to battle a malignant chest wall tumour. She is recovering from surgery and continues to receive care at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and Peoria.

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ROUNDUP: Stratford claims its share of the 7-AAAAA region’s football title | Preparation sports https://tomcosgrave.com/roundup-stratford-claims-its-share-of-the-7-aaaaa-regions-football-title-preparation-sports/ Sun, 01 May 2022 20:11:00 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/roundup-stratford-claims-its-share-of-the-7-aaaaa-regions-football-title-preparation-sports/ The Stratford High School boys’ football team outscored Wando High School, 5-2, to earn a share of the 7-AAAAA region title on April 29. region by virtue of a tiebreaker. Stratford is the second seed. Bryan Diaz found the back of the net three times for Stratford while Josue Dasilva and Terrence Seals added the […]]]>

The Stratford High School boys’ football team outscored Wando High School, 5-2, to earn a share of the 7-AAAAA region title on April 29. region by virtue of a tiebreaker. Stratford is the second seed.

Bryan Diaz found the back of the net three times for Stratford while Josue Dasilva and Terrence Seals added the other goals. The Knights (11-6) scored four second-half goals to break a 1-1 tie.

“It’s still a little unreal how well this game went,” said Stratford coach Jessie Stament. “It was mostly in the second half. We just started to put our chances away. It was great. Just seeing the joy on the kids’ faces is a moment I will never forget.

The statement said he believed it was the Knights’ first win over Wando since the mid-1990s and the first time they had won or shared a regional title in men’s football.

The Stament club were due to host West Ashley on May 2 in the first round of the AAAAA class playoffs (after press time). A second-round game would take place May 4 at top-seeded Chapin High School or at home against fourth-seeded Sumter High School.

The win was the eighth in a row for Stratford.

“Getting a win like this on the road against one of the top class teams in the state gives us a boost of confidence,” Stament said. “Even though we want to celebrate, our goals are not yet achieved.”

The other men’s soccer teams in the 7-AAAAA region in the playoffs are third-seeded Cane Bay and fourth-seeded Goose Creek. The Cobras travel to Fort Dorchester on May 2 while the Gators travel to top-seeded Ashley Ridge.

In women’s soccer, second-seeded Cane Bay hosts third-seeded Fort Dorchester on May 3, while fourth-seeded Stratford will go to number-one seed Ashley Ridge. Third-seeded Berkeley travels to West Ashley.

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Junior Aedan Bowers scored twice as the Cane Bay Men’s Soccer Team defeated Berkeley, 5-2, in a Region 7-AAAAA game on April 27.

The Cobras then fell to Wando, 3-0, on April 28.

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Kara Perkins scored twice and the Cane Bay Women’s Soccer Team edged out Berkeley on April 27 in a Region 7-AAAAA game. Natalya Hahn and Mia Cook added goals for Cane Bay.

Cane Bay fell to Wando, 9-0, on April 28.

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Jonathan Anderson, Brady Hurd, William Agostinelli and Reed Tetor won in singles to propel Stratford past Fort Dorchester in the first round of the Class AAAAA tennis playoffs on April 26.

Anderson and Salters won the No. 1 double for Stratford.

The Knights ended the season April 28 at top-seeded River Bluff with a 6-0 second-round loss.

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Afghan women’s football team finds new hope in Australia https://tomcosgrave.com/afghan-womens-football-team-finds-new-hope-in-australia/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/afghan-womens-football-team-finds-new-hope-in-australia/ On a sports ground in Melbourne’s west, a football team warms up in the autumn sun. After a last-minute pep talk from their coach, the players take their places and the referee whistles. Similar scenes play out every weekend in Australian cities, but the banality of the suburbs masks the anticipation surrounding this game. This […]]]>

On a sports ground in Melbourne’s west, a football team warms up in the autumn sun. After a last-minute pep talk from their coach, the players take their places and the referee whistles.

Similar scenes play out every weekend in Australian cities, but the banality of the suburbs masks the anticipation surrounding this game. This is the first match of a new season for members of the Afghanistan women’s national team, who fled to Australia after the Taliban took control of their country last August.

The team competes in a Victorian state league after gaining support from A-League club Melbourne Victory.

“It’s a new start, it’s a new start,” said 20-year-old team captain Fati*. “We are lucky to be what we dream of.”

Eight months ago football was the last thing on their minds. Just days after the fall of the capital, Kabul, the players learned that two Taliban members had come to the Afghan Football Federation office to ask for their names and whereabouts.

“Our coach told us that the Taliban came and asked them, ‘Where is the Afghan women’s national team?’ “, says Mursal *, a 19-year-old defender. “They told them, ‘We know you have a girl team, you have to show us.’ ”

Officials refused, she said, but even so one of the players began to receive death threats via text message.

Fearing that he was in imminent danger, Fati contacted a former captain of the Afghan team, Khalida Popal, who now lives in Denmark.

It sparked a chain of events that eventually led them to Australia, after former Socceroos captain Craig Foster became a refugee advocate, and human rights lawyers lobbied the government to help evacuate them.

But first, players had to pass Taliban checkpoints to the airport.

Fati buried his football shirts and medals in his family’s yard, packed a backpack and left with his family and teammates. “I left everything that says football behind me,” she says.

For two days they fought through the crowds outside the airport, struggling to overtake thousands of other Afghans desperate to board the last flights before foreign troops departed. They sat for hours in a sewer filled with dirty water.

“The Taliban were in front of us with a gun,” says Mursal. “If they know you’re a football player, it’s so dangerous. Even when I say that, my heart beats so fast.

Fati walked through one of the airport gates, then coordinated with Australian soldiers to usher in her teammates and three of her siblings.

But her parents, from whom she had separated, did not board the plane. Beaten by the Taliban and fearing for their lives, she says, they decided to return home with her youngest sister.

“That’s when I broke into pieces,” says Fati. “Because of me, they were in this situation.”

Over the following weeks, 38 Afghan women and girls, a mix of current and former national players as well as club players, arrived in Australia, most settling in Melbourne. The youngest is 15 years old.

Many teammates live together and have become each other’s surrogate families. They often laugh and make fun of each other, but in quieter moments they talk about the massive upheaval they’ve been through and the lives they’ve left behind.

“We lost our youth,” Mursal says. “We wasted our days with our families.”

Just before her country fell into chaos, she found out that she had been accepted to study graphic design at Kabul University. Now she works in a popcorn packaging factory and is learning English.

Fati was studying economics at university in Afghanistan and worked as a volunteer English teacher and trained three times a week. She now works in a restaurant in Melbourne, has just completed a leadership course and helps coordinate the team.

The players have chained a series of firsts since their arrival in Australia. Visits to the beach and seeing a woman driving a tram were some of the highlights.

Many older players want to learn to drive and some have already obtained their learner’s license. But these new experiences are marred by fears for their families back home.

A series of bomb attacks have rocked Afghanistan in recent weeks and the lives of women and girls are increasingly restricted by the Taliban.

The new government reneged on its promise to allow girls to return to secondary schools and banned women from traveling abroad without a male companion.

Shortly after taking power, a Taliban leader told SBS News that women would not be allowed to play sports.

Fati and her teammates seem painfully aware of the chasm between their daily lives and those of the sisters, mothers and friends they left behind.

She says her friend who couldn’t evacuate now stays home all day, unable to go to college or play sports.

Even before the Taliban takeover, Fati says, being a soccer player in Afghanistan came with many restrictions. Women had to train on a field with armed guards posted around the perimeter and wearing the hijab was mandatory.

On Sunday, dressed in white jerseys and shorts over long black tights, some players wore black headbands while others played in a ponytail.

“It’s a good thing in my life to have this opportunity, to be able to play as I want, without any restrictions,” says Fati, who is also the team’s goalkeeper.

The federal government’s announcement in the March budget that it would provide 16,500 additional humanitarian places over the next four years to Afghans sparked a flurry of enthusiastic phone messages between players, hoping their loved ones might be among them.

Mursal, whose family fled to Iran after his brother, a former soldier, escaped kidnapping by the Taliban, finds separation from loved ones the hardest thing to deal with.

“Now we have a missing part of our life,” she says. “I hope that as soon as possible we will have recovered this missing part and we can have a normal life.”

On Sunday, the players returned to the football pitch, guided by Melbourne Victory Women’s Head Coach Jeff Hopkins.

The club also provides equipment, clothing and logistical support to the team, whose official name is Melbourne Victory Afghan Women’s Team. For home games, they will wear the red and white they wore as Afghan national players.

Craig Foster says it’s essential to ensure players have the opportunity to continue their footballing career.

“They are an incredible symbol of women’s rights,” he says. “Every time they step onto a pitch, every time they kick a ball and demonstrate the love they have for the game, it is a blow to the Taliban ideology.”

For 90 minutes, the young women are once again focused on the sport they love, their perseverance earning them numerous penalty kicks that come heartbreakingly close. Finally, five minutes from time, the team’s tallest striker sends the ball into the net.

The girls sprint to kiss but the referee calls the striker offside, disrupting the players’ elated celebrations. The final whistle sounds. There is no fairy tale ending. It’s a draw.

After three cheers from their opponents, the ETA Buffalo Sports Club of Victoria, a team founded by refugees from Timor-Leste four decades ago, the Afghan players leave the field discouraged.

Jeff Hopkins tries to cheer them up, telling them he doesn’t want ‘no sad faces’ and today’s game is just the start. He is impressed by their desire not only to play but also to win.

“They are quite combative,” he says. “They have a very strong will to win.”

On the bus ride home, Mursal remains deflated. “I expected better than that,” she says, explaining that the girls have been too busy finding new homes and jobs and studying English to devote a lot of time to training. “We will work on our weaknesses.

Fati’s disappointment with the result is tempered by the realization of what she and her teammates have achieved after their traumatic journey. She says being back on the pitch has made her feel “fresh and powerful”.

“It was amazing to reunite with my teammates,” she said. “I felt like I lost something but I found something today.”

* Nicknames have been used for security purposes.

This article first appeared in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on April 30, 2022 under the headline “Target Target”.

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Grand Forks women’s soccer preview: Center captains balance dual athlete role – Grand Forks Herald https://tomcosgrave.com/grand-forks-womens-soccer-preview-center-captains-balance-dual-athlete-role-grand-forks-herald/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 14:04:00 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/grand-forks-womens-soccer-preview-center-captains-balance-dual-athlete-role-grand-forks-herald/ GRAND FORKS — The captains of the Grand Forks Central women’s soccer team sometimes have unique two-day practices this spring. Senior Hannah Hynek, her sophomore sister Claire Hynek and junior Annika Presteng lead the Knights in soccer, but all three also run in track at Central. With the wintery spring in Grand Forks this year, […]]]>

GRAND FORKS — The captains of the Grand Forks Central women’s soccer team sometimes have unique two-day practices this spring.

Senior Hannah Hynek, her sophomore sister Claire Hynek and junior Annika Presteng lead the Knights in soccer, but all three also run in track at Central.

With the wintery spring in Grand Forks this year, the soccer team practices from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the central gymnasium, while the track and field team practices indoors at the Fritz Pollard Jr. Athletic UND Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For Hannah Hynek, Grand Forks’ only all-state selection from 2021, she’s used to the grind. She has been acting as the Spring Double Athlete since she was in seventh grade.

“It’s been really fun but stressful,” she said. “If you have to miss a practice, you miss a whole day to keep improving and you can’t be with your teammates all the time. You have to try to find the balance. »

Hannah Hynek, who has signed a letter of intent to compete in women’s soccer at Jamestown University, says central women’s soccer coach George DuBois and central athletics coach Sean Allan have been supportive .

“They both really embrace it, and I’m so grateful for that,” Hynek said. “Communication is what is essential and what makes it work. If I’m tired or need a break they are more than willing to give me time. I’m super grateful for that.

Grand Forks Central’s Hannah Hynek tries to intercept a pass from Fargo forward Shanley Lindsey Astrup (left) during a women’s soccer game at Cushman Field on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Nick Nelson/Grand Forks Herald

For central football, the Hynek sisters are a key part of the attack. Both sisters scored seven goals last year for the Knights, who finished 5-8-1 in 2021.

“(The Hynek sisters) offer a combination of athleticism and football ability that gives us a pretty bold offensive presence,” DuBois said. “They have a good understanding of how to play against each other and against their teammates. This gives defenses two things to think about.

The captains, along with a few others, attempt the dual role of spring athlete for DuBois.

“It’s a lot on their plates, but something we’re willing to work with to expose our kids to different experiences,” DuBois said. “The three leadership roles mean they have very good heads on their shoulders and are able to perform these two complex tasks in a pretty impressive way.”

When track games and competitions begin to resume more often at the start of the regular season, dual athletes need to be more selective about their options.

“If there’s a track meet on Friday, I might do two or three events at the start and then go to soccer afterwards,” Hynek said. “I did it last Friday. I try to touch both as much as possible.

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Hannah Hynek (929) of Grand Forks Central sprints straight through Lincoln Park during the Grand Forks Invite Women’s 5k Race on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Nick Nelson/Grand Forks Herald

The Knights finished fifth in the East Region last season, narrowly missing out on a state tournament berth.

“(Getting to the state tournament) is always the underlying goal,” DuBois said. “As far as realistic expectations this year, I think they are in place. We need to be able to put together complete games. Technically and tactically we are there, but we have a bit of work to do with a sustained mental and building trust, something this group seeks to advance.

Grand Forks Women’s Football at a Glance

Coach: Jason Heidt.

Record 2021: 2-11-1.

Key returners: Sophia. MF Maggie Barker; jr. F Lucy Halvorson; jr. Mr. F. Cassidy O’Halloran; jr. F Annick Lawson-Body; Fr. MF Brenna shock absorber; Fr. Dr. Addison Fargo; sr. Dr. Lily Costello, Jr. Mr. F. Grace Schindler; jr. Dr. Sydney Jennings; jr. MF Kiran Lee.

Top new arrivals: Sophia. G Eden Parkinson; jr. MF Brooklyn Bergeron; soph. M F Morgan Hartze.

Coach Heydt says: “I’m excited for the year. We are 0-2-1, but we have a lot of talent. We’ve improved every game and now we just have to clean up a few things. If we do that I see goals scored and we will start winning games. »

Coach: George DuBois.

Record 2021: 5-8-1.

Key returners: Sr. F Hannah Hynek (7 goals, 7 assists last year, all conferences, all states); soph. MF Claire Hynek (7 goals, 2 assists, all conferences); Fr. D Madisyn McLaughlin (1 assist); Fr. M. F. Lauren Reardon; jr. MF Annika Presteng (1 goal); Fr. MF/D Emily Common; Fr. Dr Makynli Dickelman; sr. G Rylee Gallagher; Fr. MF Aubriell Kraemer.

Top new arrivals: MF Jacie Reardon, eighth grade; MF Rowan Olmstead, eighth year.

Coach DuBois says: “I think our strengths are in the makeup of our comebacks in the sense that a lot came back from last year, so instead of relearning and rebuilding, we were able to tactically pick up where we left off last year. We have a good base in place.

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The Afghan women’s football team plays its first match in Australia https://tomcosgrave.com/the-afghan-womens-football-team-plays-its-first-match-in-australia/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 07:53:00 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/the-afghan-womens-football-team-plays-its-first-match-in-australia/ The team played their opening game on Sunday just months after 30 players and coaches were rescued in an evacuation operation led by the Australian government. The team played their opening game on Sunday just months after 30 players and coaches were rescued in an evacuation operation led by the Australian government. Afghanistan’s women’s soccer […]]]>

The team played their opening game on Sunday just months after 30 players and coaches were rescued in an evacuation operation led by the Australian government.

The team played their opening game on Sunday just months after 30 players and coaches were rescued in an evacuation operation led by the Australian government.

Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team played their first match since being evacuated from the Taliban-ruled country last year, aided by A-League side Melbourne Victory.

Afghan women’s team Melbourne Victory played out a 0-0 draw in their Sunday opener in Victoria’s senior women’s competition, just months after 30 players and coaches were rescued as part of a evacuation operation by the Australian government, as the Taliban regained control. of the country after 20 years and once again jeopardizes women’s sport.

The Victorys are supporting the team members who have moved to Melbourne. The team held its first practice in February and will play under the Victory banner this year.

But instead of wearing Victory’s traditional navy blue with a white ‘V’, the team will wear a shirt that pays homage to their homeland, a red home shirt and a white away shirt with the Afghanistan flag on the back. .

The shirts do not have the players’ surnames on the back, which the players say is to protect family members still in Afghanistan and potentially under threat from the Taliban. Instead, players have their first names or nicknames on their shirts.

The Afghan team was established in 2007, played their first official international in 2010 against Nepal and won their first match 2-0 against Qatar in 2012.

The rise of the Taliban and subsequent flight of players also led to the team withdrawing from the Asian Women’s Cup qualifiers in India in February, which also served as a Women’s World Cup qualifier in India. next year in Australia and New Zealand.

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Soccer fans and the Canadian team head to the World Cup in Qatar https://tomcosgrave.com/soccer-fans-and-the-canadian-team-head-to-the-world-cup-in-qatar/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/soccer-fans-and-the-canadian-team-head-to-the-world-cup-in-qatar/ Brent Loewen will take his two sons to the games. He describes himself as a “lifetime fan of the Canadian men’s soccer team since 1986”. Vancouver lawyer Brent Loewen has been slow to come, who will travel with his sons to attend the World Cup in Qatar this fall. Loewen describes himself as a “longtime […]]]>

Brent Loewen will take his two sons to the games. He describes himself as a “lifetime fan of the Canadian men’s soccer team since 1986”.

Vancouver lawyer Brent Loewen has been slow to come, who will travel with his sons to attend the World Cup in Qatar this fall.

Loewen describes himself as a “longtime supporter of the Canadian men’s soccer team since 1986.”

He still remembers qualifying in 1986 when Canada played Mexico at the World Cup and lost.

“Since then it’s been disappointment after disappointment after disappointment.”

Loewen recalls a recent disappointing moment for Canadian soccer fans: the 2012 qualifier, in which Canada faced Honduras and lost 8-1.

“My friends from the football team I was playing on at the time, we were all excited for the game. And Canada lost. Huge disappointment. I legitimately thought they had a chance this time around.

So, as a huge soccer fan, Loewen says it was a no-brainer to go to Qatar and see the Canadian team play. This game is a big problem for the country.

“It’s the first time in 36 years that they’ve returned to the World Cup,” he said. “At the start of the game, when I hear the national anthem, I will probably cry because Canada has made such a long journey to get to a World Cup again.”

And regardless of the result Team Canada faces, Loewen says he thinks Canada has already won.

“If they lose the game, it won’t have any effect. I’ll be happy. If they win, I’ll be absolutely jubilant. And maybe I’ll look to stay longer in Qatar to watch more games.

World Cup in Qatar: a “multitude of matches” in one day

The World Cup is due to start in November and Qatar is about 11,700 kilometers from Vancouver.

For those who wish to attend in person, this trip is a commitment.

At present, Faris Al-Mudaffer plans to be in the area with his father, but he is unsure about going to see the matches.

“We plan to go to the region, not necessarily to Qatar. I know I can get tickets. I have a lot of friends who work in sports who can get tickets,” says Al-Mudaffer, who works in sports management and runs the 5 Aside Club in Metro Vancouver.

Like Loewen, Al-Mudaffer has been a football enthusiast and player since childhood.

“My parents don’t care. Being in Britain, the country is passionate about the game. That’s really how it started. I remember watching games on TV by myself when I was six years old.

His passion for the sport, in addition to coaching and playing it, extends to his commitment to watching the big games unfold overseas as early as 4.30am.

“Weekends, not every weekend, but some games start at that time. If it’s on at 4:30 a.m., I wake up at 4:20 a.m. It happens, I would say, at least once a month, It’s certain.

Al-Mudaffer hasn’t played in a World Cup so that’s something he would like to do while he’s in the area.

“I would really like to go there. Qatar is going to be the most unique World Cup because you can go and see so many games in one day. Because the proximity to all the venues. It would be a rewarding experience because you can go from one game to another, compared to the North American one that comes four years later,” he said.

If he does attend the World Cup, Al-Mudaffer says he will be cheering on England, the country that fueled his love for the sport.

“Canada will be there to try to do their best, and I think they will do well. They have a very, very good team. But I think they’re going to say, ‘Hey, we’re happy to be here.'”

Football culture creates lifelong friends

Even though there are Canadians who love soccer, it doesn’t compare to other communities around the world.

“Even though Vancouver is a great soccer city compared to other cities, I live in Montreal and Toronto. I don’t think cities are really hooked on the World Cup,” says Vladimir Beciez, senior planning analyst for the BC government.

Beciez has already participated in a World Cup. But due to time and expense, he’s unsure if he’ll make it to this year’s event.

Beciez, who is originally from Mexico, recalls once going to a sports bar when the Seattle Seahawks were playing, while a soccer game between Canada and Mexico was in progress.

“They didn’t want to change the Seahawks game for the Canada vs. Mexico game. I ended up leaving the bar and watching the game on my phone,” he recalled.

In contrast, Beciez says places like Mexico, Brazil and Argentina are “paralyzed” when a match is in progress.

“Nobody is in the street. It’s a day off. People are not going to work. I ask for the day off when Mexico plays. I lose part of my vacation when Mexico plays, even if I don’t go to the World Cup. I don’t want any interruptions during this day.

And like Loewen and Al-Mudaffer, Beciez says football has made important connections in his life.

“The friends I made playing soccer have been my best friends throughout my life. And I’m 37. I think, overall, football is a great opportunity to get to know new people and hang out with your old friends,” he says.

When it comes to the team he will be supporting, Beciez is loyal to his home country.

“(Canada) are direct rivals to Mexico in qualifying, so we wouldn’t encourage each other. Not because I have anything against the country, it’s just that we are direct rivals. The United States does not want Mexico to be better than the United States. I think the same for Canada.

It’s not uncommon for fans to shed a few tears too, whether they win or lose. That’s because a lot of them have seen the players grow up, Beciez told Glacier Media.

“As fans most of us play the sport, we understand the frustration, but also the amount of effort and time the players put into it is enormous. We follow them every week. We watch interviews with them,” he says. “So that makes it very emotional.”

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former Miami Marlins president David Samson has joined forces with Miami activist and filmmaker Billy Corben in the ongoing Inter Miami CF stadium controversy.

“This is a billion dollar heist that is happening in broad daylight,” Samson says in a 2-minute video posted by Corben.

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The duo slams Inter Miami CF’s proposed football stadium deal at Freedom Park with the City of Miami, and Samson uses his own security experience for the Marlins baseball stadium as ammunition.

(Source: Billy Corben)

“The City of Miami wants to give billionaire Jorge Mas, David Beckham and their Inter Miami football team a 99-year, no-bid lease, below market value, on 131 acres of parkland in Melreese,” Samson says in the statement. video.

“It’s a real estate game,” he told CBS4 News. “And as long as people know that’s what it is, you can decide whether you want to support it or not,” he said.

You may remember Samson years ago when he struck a deal to build a LoanDepot park for the Miami Marlins.

The county sold $500 million in bonds to build the park. It will take decades to pay off the bonds and the interest.

In the case of Inter Miami CF, it would be a lease without tender, negotiated between the city and the football club.

“This is the biggest mess in Miami history. Melreese’s donation is so bad it would paint a good picture of the Marlin’s Stadium deal,” Samson says in the video.

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(Courtesy of the City of Miami)

Miami Commissioner Manolo Reyes is against the deal as it stands, saying three law firms hired by the city have found 28 issues with it.

“My position from the start was that we should have opened this offer if we wanted to do anything with this land,” Reyes said.

He said if many issues were resolved and it was put out to tender, the city might get more money. “The more money that comes into our coffers, into the general fund, the less we need to raise taxes. The more money we will have to improve the quality of life of our residents,” he said.

Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla slammed Samson and Corben, saying in a statement, “Billy Corben and David Samson are the first to lie and deceive our residents. One of them is profiting from defamation and defamation and the other is a thief who is profiting from stealing our residents’ tax dollars to line his own pockets. Everyone knows who these bad actors are, and no one believes a word they say. I have always negotiated and will always negotiate what is best for Miamians and my history proves it,” he said.

David Samson in a video slamming the Inter Miami CF stadium deal (Courtesy Billy Corben)

Samson said he does this to make sure residents know what’s at stake.

“My take on the Inter Miami deal, if you want to be in favor of it, at least understand what it is,” Samson said.

CBS4 News has reached out to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. She’s a big project cheerleader. He declined our interview request. CBS4 News has also reached out to Inter Miami CF for comment and has not heard back.

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The Miami City Commission is due to debate and vote on the issue on April 28.

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