Canada is not a global soccer power.
But, during his reign as president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter has made the Canadian Soccer Association one of his favourite federations.
Blatter has been an enthusiastic Canada backer. Canada has earned the right to host many prestigious tournaments over the past 13 years. The Women’s U-19s. The Men’s U-20s. The Women’s U20s and, starting in just two weeks, the Women’s World Cup. A cynic will point out that Canada was acclaimed as the Women’s World Cup host; but remember that FIFA sent out a strong message that no other nation need apply.
And, with the blessing of FIFA, Canada is the first one in the pool with a 2026 World Cup bid.
This is what makes the CSA’s decision to back Blatter’s presidential-race opponent, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, one of the most significant public declarations made by any national association ahead of Friday’s FIFA vote.
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