Wherein Our Heroes celebrate the most recently unveiled Canadian Premier League club, Vancouver Island’s Pacific FC. Calgary Foothills FC are on the cusp of further cementing themselves in Calgary sports lore. We discuss the need for Canada’s player development pathway to expend beyond our borders. Also, Mesut Özil retires from international duty, sadly citing “racism and disrespect”.
Wherein Our Heroes reflect on World Cup 2018 and provide our takeaways. We look at the controversial handball penalty awarded by VAR, praise the current school of tactics that saw certain nations reach the upper echelons, and discuss our favourite moments of the tournament. Also, we look at John Herdman’s blueprint for Team Canada looking ahead to Qatar 2022.
Wherein Our Heroes prepare for the final match in what has been a scintillating World Cup. France’s composure proves too much for Belgium’s Golden Generation. It may have been one game too many for England as their young squad are seen off by Croatia’s experienced midfield. Cristiano Ronaldo attempts to steal the tournament’s thunder with his transfer to The Old Lady, but winds up being a blip on the radar. Also, Hamilton’s Canadian Premier League team is unveiled as Forge FC.
Wherein Our Heroes recount World Cup 2018’s super sweet Round of 16. France and Brazil seem to be finding their next gear, Uruguay capitalize on their chances, and the swashbuckling Japanese meet their match in Belgium’s “Golden Generation”. Russia offer up the biggest shock of the tourney so far, but will they get cut apart by Croatia’s talented midfield? Also, Sweden see off the Swiss, and England finally shake the bogey and win a penalty shootout.