FIFA U-20 Bloggers
- A turning point in Canadian soccer
- Saturday, July 14, 2007
The response to my last blog has been fantastic. A lot of ideas, criticism, and questions. Since my involvement in football in Canada, I knew that the soccer community's voice was just a quiet one
- Don't blame Dale Mitchell for Canada's woes
- Saturday, July 7, 2007
The tournament so far has been a massive success.
Talking to FIFA officials, not much could be better. Attendance figures over a million, well-behaved fans, that's no surprise to me. Howev
- A lot of pressure on Team Canada
- Saturday, June 30, 2007
So much rests on the shoulders of Team Canada on the eve of its opening game of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The game of soccer has evolved in Canada. It has been slow, however, it is growing a
- Subscribe to Craig Forrest FIFA U-20
Craig Forrest joins CBC’sbroadcast team for the FIFA U-20 World Cup as an analyst, bringing impressive credentials from both the pitch and the broadcast booth. One of the most recognizable and successful soccer players ever to come out of Canada, Forrest was inducted into Canada’s Soccer Hall of Fame in May 2007.
Forrest draws on his extensive experience as a Canadian national team and professional soccer goaltender to bring a player’s perspective to the broadcast. Forrest’s work as an analyst for the FIFA World Cup, Euro Championships and Canadian national team matches, as well as on Rogers Sportsnet’s Soccer Central earned him accolades as the most impressive soccer voice in the country.
As the first Canadian to play in the English Premier League, Forrest is a favourite with fans at home and in England, backstopping teams in the Premiership, including Ipswich Town and West Ham United from 1985 to 2002.
- And then there were two
- Friday, July 20, 2007
Argentina will be strong favourites to win their fifth title in the last seven years when they face the surprising team from the Czech Republic in Sunday's final.
It will not be an easy tas
- Don't blame the ref
- Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The accusations of racism made by the Nigerian coach following the enthralling quarter-final game against Chile Sunday in Montreal should not detract from some fine officiating in the tournament. <
- Canadian deja vu at U-20
- Wednesday, July 11, 2007
"As the host country... Canada had not been required to contest any qualifying matches and therefore had little to go on to assess its strength. The games they played in the preparatory stage did n
- Subscribe to Dick Howard FIFA U-20
Dick Howard joins CBC's broadcast team as a studio analyst for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. A former Canadian national team member and coach, a former professional soccer player, and a member of the FIFA Technical and Development Committee, Howard brings exceptional knowledge to the team.
Howard is also revered as a seasoned World Cup soccer journalist and broadcaster. An in-depth knowledge of the global game led to his involvement as an on-site colour commentator on CBC Radio for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, and his broadcast career has continued to the present day. At the conclusion of the 2006 World Cup, he had covered more than 300 games in five World Cups as a studio analyst for The Sports Network (TSN) and was an on-site reporter for EURO 1996 and 2000 as well as a studio analyst for EURO 2004. Additionally, Howard hosted a popular series on classic FA Cup Finals on ESPN Classic Canada and continues to work as a colour commentator on the Fox Soccer Channel.
Howard's professional playing career started with Chester FC in England in 1965 and concluded in 1976 with the Boston Minutemen of the North American Soccer League. In his 11 years as a goalkeeper, he played for the Hamilton Primos, Detroit Cougars, Rochester Lancers and Toronto Metros. He was selected for the All-Star teams of all the leagues in which he played in North America and represented Canada in the qualifying rounds of the 1974 World Cup.
Howard has had an extensive coaching career at all levels of the game, including being a member of the coaching staff of the CanadianU-16 andU-20 national teams as well as the World Cup Team in 1981 when Canada came within one goal of qualifying for the World Cup Finals in Spain. He was also Canada's first evernational goalkeeping coach.
In his role as CSA Technical Director from 1986-92, Howard was instrumental in developing the mini-soccer manual and for the implementation of the unique Soccer 2000 concept across Canada. He has since written several coaching manuals, co-authored a book on soccer with the late Ben Wicks, and was a soccer columnist for the Toronto Sun during the 1990's.
Howard is the most experienced FIFA Coaching instructor in North America and has conducted more than 50 FIFA projects in 30 countries around the world since 1988. He has also been a member of the prestigious FIFA Technical Study Group at three U-20 World Championships in Portugal, Nigeria and Argentina, as well as at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. In addition he was a member of the FIFA planning group for the unique FUTURO world wide education program.
Howard was appointed to the FIFA Technical and Development Committee in 1998 and is also currently Chairman of the CONCACAF Coaching Committee. He was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002.
- There's no stopping Argentina
- Friday, July 13, 2007
Any doubts as to who the best team is competing at the FIFA U-20 World Cup were erased Thursday night.
Argentina put on a master-class performance in Toronto, counting on two sensational go
- Portugal and Mexico put on a show
- Friday, July 6, 2007
Early candidate for match of the tournament has to go to the Portugal-Mexico contest in Toronto Thursday night.
Here it is a day later and I'm still trying to catch my breath from all the a
- Brazil deserved to lose
- Sunday, July 1, 2007
Well, that didn't take long.
The first upset at the FIFA U-20 World Cup came on the opening day of the tournament - and in the opening match - as Poland stunned four-time world champions Br
- Subscribe to John F. Molinaro FIFA U-20
John F. Molinaro is a reporter for CBC Sport Online whose chief love is international soccer. John served as senior editor of Sports Online's Euro 2004 website, which helped him win a CBC.ca Award of Excellence, and was the driving force behind our coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He holds an honours BA in sociology from York University and a print journalism diploma from Sheridan College, and is also the author of The Top 100 Pro Wrestlers of All Time (Stewart House, 2002).
- Winning Czechs continue great run, losing Austrian
- Thursday, July 19, 2007
The Czech Republic struck twice for the fourth time in the tournament Wednesday night against Austria Edmonton - goals in the fourth and 15th minute were more than enough to take one surprise side
- Tough to argue against Czech success
- Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday's Spain-Czech Republic quarter-final in Edmonton is stirring up a lot of emotion.
Not from the 26,000 fans in attendance as much as from some of those covering the match and from
- Canadian Soccer Association needs to review and re
- Wednesday, July 11, 2007
As the knockout stages begin without the host team for the first time in the last five FIFA U-20 World Cups, it's safe to say Canada's performance was disappointing.
Disappointing to those
- Subscribe to Mitch Peacock FIFA U-20
Mitch Peacock joins CBC’s broadcast team for the FIFA U-20 World Cup as a sideline reporter. A feature host and sideline reporter for CBC’s Major League Soccer broadcasts, Mitch is also an anchor on theFox Soccer Report and host of MLS Pulse.
Peacock’s career as a sports broadcaster began in 1995 when he first took to the radio airwaves doing Junior ‘A’ hockey play-by-play. After several years calling games at the Major Junior and Minor Pro level, Mitch graduated to the NHL in 2000 as host of Calgary Flames radio.
In May of 2003, Peacock moved to television as a sports anchor for Global TV Regina. In autumn of that year he joined what is now known as the Fox Soccer Report as an anchor and reporter.
Experienced in the booth and studio as well as on the pitch, Mitch is a former soccer defender and goalkeeper and played one season of collegiate soccer as a fullback at SAIT(Southern Alberta Institute of Technology).
Holder of a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, Peacock also combined education and athletics while taking graduate courses at Queen’s University where he played a season of Varsity Hockey for the Golden Gaels.
- A stark choice
- Saturday, July 21, 2007
Hockey and motorbikes are among the hobbies enjoyed by FIFA U-20 World Cup referee Wolfgang Stark. Perhaps he should add card-dealing to that list.
The 37-year-old German official was ruthl
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- Saturday, July 14, 2007
Competitive knock-out soccer is always going to contain at least two ingredients - winners and losers. Every moment of unconfined joy is counterbalanced by tears of despair.
It's the nature
- Getting down to business at the U-20 World Cup
- Monday, July 9, 2007
The phony war is finally over - let the real battle commence.
The initial skirmishes and general jockeying for position of the group stages are behind us. From now on every match counts.
- Subscribe to Nigel Reed FIFA U-20
Nigel Reed will lend his extensive experience, passion and knowledge of the game of soccer to his role as play-by-play announcer for CBC’s coverage of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Also known as the voice of CBC’s Major League Soccer broadcasts, Reed has more than 20 years experience covering soccer, most notably a five-year stint from 1999 to 2004 where he was a host and producer for the English Premier League for BBC. He also covered English Premier League giants Liverpool and Everton for BBC Radio and provided analysis for both BBC TV and the BBC web site.
More recently, Reed was an analyst and reporter covering the 2006 FIFA World Cup for Toronto sports radio station the Fan 590, where he also hosts The Soccer Show, a weekly platform he has used to become one of the country’s most noted commentators and promoters of the sport. Reed is also the English-language voice for Italian Serie A Championship Soccer on TLN.
Covering Blackburn’s Premiership winning season in 1995 and his involvement in Liverpool’s triple winning campaign in 2001 are among his career highlights. Reed firmly believes that professional soccer in Canada can both survive and thrive.