Canada set to qualify for the 2022 World Cup? John Herdman explains how team and country has united
What countries have qualified to the world cup It was the opportunity to co-host the Check out the cutting-edge technology of the World Cup 2022!2026 tournament that was supposed What to know in case you are travelling to Qatar – World Cup 2022 to be the true catalyst for football in Canada. But this exciting new team led by Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies and Lille forward Jonathan David are not prepared to wait that long. How to understand soccer before betting on the World Cup 2022
Their coach, perhaps the one man who has helped pull everything together, is an Englishman. John Herdman, 46, is a former Sunderland academy coach who reinvented himself overseas as a skilled women's coach before transitioning to the men's game in 2018. Discover the most important details of the World Cup 2022
Speaking from his home in Vancouver, looking out over the border with the United States, Herdman admits it was frustrated ambition that drove him to leave English football behind. Why is the World Cup 2022 the event of the year?
"Opportunities were few and far between in England. It was a sarcastic culture. It was made clear that you had not played at the level so you were not really going to progress.
"There were great coaches in the academy at Sunderland who were never given that chance to move to the next level. I could sense there was a ceiling and I could see opportunities closing in the profession that I wanted to stay in. I had a desire to prove people wrong."
He relocated to New Zealand, eventually becoming coach of the women's national team. "Moving there opened my mind. I had to get out of the hamster's wheel of the English system. I was pulled out of that patterned thinking, having the same conversations."
His office in Invercargill allowed him to share ideas with international hockey coaches and former rugby heroes. Robbie Deans, an ex-All Black, became his mentor. "There was this cross-pollination on a daily basis. There were so many opportunities for innovation."