Northern Fútbol Podcast, Episode 60: Canada is going to Qatar!
Well, Canada, it’s official: The men’s national team is going to the World Cup!
Peter and Thomas are joined by Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic in the immediate aftermath of Canada’s 4-0 win over Jamaica at BMO Field that secured their berth at the 2022 World Cup. They go over some big-picture questions from the listeners, including what the moment means, how this team was able to put this run together, the long-term impact of this historic achievement and so much more.
They also dive into some game-specific takeaways from Sam Adekugbe’s return, to Tajon Buchanan getting on the scoresheet and what Canada needs to do to claim Pot 3 for the World Cup draw.
3:28 – What World Cup qualification moment means to us
14:58 – Do Bryan Cristante and others regret their choice now?
20:01 – World Cup squad sizes
22:52 – Most important player in WCQ
29:50 – Should the Ocho winner receive a trophy?
32:26 – Most memorable moment in the Ocho
42:37 – Will Canada be the next Iceland?
50:30 – Long-term impact of qualifying
57:40 – Is Adekugbe ready for a top five league?
1:02:44 – Buchanan bounces back
1:04:50 – Larin-David partnership back in form
1:08:57 – Does Herdman rotate vs. Panama? What does Canada need for Pot 3?
1:17:32 – CSA president Dr. Nick Bontis on World Cup draw, 2026 host cities announcement