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The Voyageurs by Joshua Kloke

A book about Canada's men's soccer's team journey to the 2022 World Cup.

A book about Canada's men's soccer's team journey to the 2022 World Cup

Three cut-out photos of male soccer players in red uniforms mid-run are in the centre of the red book cover.

The last time Canada qualified for a men's World Cup was in 1986. For a generation afterwards, the Canadian national men's soccer team struggled in obscurity, an afterthought in a country that was not yet soccer-mad. The twenty-first century brought a wave of soccer passion and expertise to this frozen country — and a crop of new superstar players who lifted the forgotten team into the international spotlight.

Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David are now internationally known names, and soccer a national obsession. Through interviews with players and coaches, Joshua Kloke tracks the rise of men's soccer in Canada from darkness to the world stage in 2022. (From Dundurn Press)

Joshua Kloke is a sports and music journalist. He previously wrote Come on You Reds and he is currently a staff writer at The Athletic

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