Canada to face Belgium in opening group stage match at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will be competing against Belgium in their opening group stage match at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ on Wednesday 23 November at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium at 22.00 local (14.00 ET / 11.00 PT). Canada have only played Belgium once in 1989 and lost in a 2:0 friendly. This will mark the first time in 36 years that Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will be competing at the FIFA World Cup.
“It’s a dream come true,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach “[We] enjoy knowing that there are people back home surrounding the TVs, filling bars and restaurants. It’s a great feeling.”
“We believe in what we can do as a team,” said Atiba Hutchinson, captain of Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team. “We’ve played against a lot of good squads and good players, but we trust in ourselves. We trust in each and every one on this team.”
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Canadian residents will be able to watch all of Canada’s group stage matches throughout the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 through TSN, CTV and RDS. Their opening Group F match against Belgium will be broadcast at 22.00 local (14.00 ET / 11.00 PT) on Wednesday 23 November. Their second match against Croatia will be at 19.00 local (11.00 ET / 8.00 PT) on Sunday 27 November. And their final group stage match against Morocco will be at 18.00 local (10.00 ET /7.00 PT) on Thursday 1 December. All FIFA World Cup Qatar matches will be broadcasted live on TSN, online at tsn.ca, and through the TSN app. Fans will enjoy increased coverage of Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team on Canada Soccer’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, using the #CANMNT keyword.
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CANADA SOCCER’S MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team are the reigning Kings of Concacaf, having finished first overall in the Concacaf Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers from September 2021 to March 2022. It marked the third time that Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team won a Concacaf title, having previously won the 1985 Concacaf Championship and the 2000 Concacaf Gold Cup. Canada now look forward to their second participation at the men’s FIFA World Cup with group matches against Belgium on 23 November, Croatia on 27 November, and Morocco on 1 December.
This marks Canada’s first participation at the men’s FIFA World Cup since Mexico 1986. Canada qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ after winning the Concacaf Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, also leading the eight-nation table with 23 goals scored and only seven goals conceded. Across 20 matches from all three rounds of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Canada posted 14 wins and two draws with 54 goals scored, 12 clean sheets, and just eight goals conceded.
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