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Canada Will Face 2022 World Cup Runner-Up France This June

By on April 16, 2024 0 667 Views

Canada Soccer has announced that the Canadian Men’s National Team will face 2022 World Cup Finalists France in a friendly in June.

The match will take place on June 9 in Bordeaux at The Matmut Atlantique, and will be another warm-up for Canada ahead of the Copa America later that month.

β€œIt’s a great achievement by our in-house team to secure a friendly match against a top 5 team in the world,” said Mathieu Chamberland, Chief Operating Officer of Canada Soccer. “It demonstrates the ambitions we have as an organization for our players and supporters as we prepare for major events such as the Copa AmΓ©rica 2024 and the FIFA World Cup 2026.”

“It’s by playing against the best teams, like Les Bleus, that we’ll grow as a soccer nation. France is a nation we want to have strong links with for cultural, historical and sporting reasons.”

This will be Men’s second-ever time facing France, after squaring up against them in the 1986 World Cup in the Group Stage. It’s fitting that Canada will now face the team they faced after qualifying for their first-ever World Cup two years ago.

France will also be a stern test considering they almost won that World Cup two years ago, being denied by Lionel Messi and Argentina in the final.

This is the third arranged friendly for the Men’s team since Kevin Blue came into office, after the friendly against Netherlands earlier in June and the September friendly against Mexico. Canada will now have a busy June period as they have the two friendlies against Netherlands and France in Europe three days apart, before heading down to the US for the Copa America and its opening match against Argentina on June 20th.

The biggest question for Canada now surrounds the position of a permanent Head Coach. With plenty of top quality matches against top quality opposition coming thick and fast, there will need to be decisions made whether they will all be given to interim-Head Coach Mauro Biello, or if a successor will come in to oversee them.

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