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Asmir Begovic makes charitable move… in Canada?


Asmir Begovic is back on the radar of Canadian soccer fans. The former Canadian U-20 keeper, who in 2009 elected to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina, is now sponsoring a program to send disadvantaged kids to pro soccer games in his adopted hometown of Edmonton.

FC Edmonton announced a program sponsored by the Stoke City keeper called “Kicks for Kids,” where disadvantaged local youths will get tickets to NASL home games this season.

“I come from a bit of a tough background,” said Begovic in a release. “My family and I came to Canada with not a lot as part of a refugee family so my parents had to work really hard in order to give me anything I had. I do some work with kids here in England so when I was presented with this opportunity, I thought about it a little and it made a lot of sense because I think I can do some good over there as well.”

Hmm. Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently banned from FIFA and UEFA due to the structure of its football federation. Begovic was recently hammered in the Bosnian media for not playing in his national team’s recent fixtures. And, the national team has lodged an official complaint against him for skipping a recent friendly. Begovic claimed he did not want to anger Stoke City management and lose his spot in the pecking order with the EPL side. If not for two rather meaningless appearances for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Begovic could still switch back to Canada.

He came on for one minute of stoppage time play in a 2-0 win over Estonia in a World Cup qualifier — a move clearly made to get him into a senior A game, and played 44 minutes in a 1-1 Euro 2012 qualifying draw draw with Albania. But those qualifiers, those meaningless minutes, count as an appearances in an “A” internationals, and preclude him from making the move back — even with the relaxed eligibility rules FIFA introduced in 2009.

But it looks as if this effort to put money back into the Edmonton soccer community is way for Begovic to reach out to fans in Canada.

Right now, Begovic is a man without a country. He came to Canada to escape war, and left the national team. Now, fans in his homeland want his head.

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  1. Kahkakew Yawassanay

    May 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

    After all he is Bosnian… Canadian is not an ethnicity… it is merely citizenship for immigrants from other lands, the only real Canadians are First Nations.

  2. Kahkakew Yawassanay

    May 17, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Bosnia football will get straightened out…. and if never plays for them… so be it… he has the English game… he is showing his appreciation for EDMONTON… not Canada, he made the right choice to play for his land and people of origin, Bosnia… Canada has no future in world football… maybe in a few years he will come back to play in MLS… but anyone else with half a brain would have done the same thing… he has options and should be congratulated.

  3. Arlo

    April 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Watch him change his mind about that, too!

  4. james

    April 5, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Begovic is a punk. A two-faced punk.

  5. oppressed_mass

    April 5, 2011 at 3:05 am

    “If not for two rather meaningless appearances for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Begovic could still switch back to Canada.”

    There is an old saying in Bosnia, it fits your theory perfectly: if only grandma had any balls, she’d be a cab driver.

    And the rest of the article is simply rubbish and sloppy journalism. Who wants his head, are you insane? Bosnia isn’t exactly a ray of f***in’ sunshine, but, still, I don’t see any angry mob with pitchforks and torches.

    He didn’t show up for some stupid friendly game, so coach and the rest of the team got a bit mad at him, and he was “grounded” for the Romania (Euro 2012 qualifier) clash. The rest of the story was blown out of proportion thanks to media and “journalists” like yourself and their petty interests. Last time I checked, he was still Bosnian goalie (probably the best we ever had), most certainly not a “man without country.”

    Plus, we still do not know for a fact what’s the deal with the suspension, nor how long it’s gonna last, since it’s political, and not a sports issue.

    Doing a charity in Canada…what was he thinking…Next time he should know better and push some minorities down the stairs when he sees them.

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