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WC Qualification CONCACAF

  • June 8, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Estadio Pedro Marrero, Ciudad de La Habana
  • Referee: C. Campbell
  • • Attendance: 7000

World Cup Qualifying Preview: Cuba vs. Canada

World Cup Qualifying Preview: Cuba vs. Canada


Canada continues its World Cup Qualifying campaign with a trip to face an unknown Cuban side on a reportedly substandard pitch.

Canada (4-2-3-1): Borjan; Klukowski, McKenna, Edgar, Jazic; de Guzman, Hutchinson; Ricketts, De Rosario, Johnson; Jackson.


Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, Lars Hirschfeld and Kenny Stamatopoulos.

Defenders: David Edgar, André Hainault, Dejan Jaković, Ante Jazić, Mike Klukowski, Nik Ledgerwood, Kevin McKenna, and Ashtone Morgan

Midfielders/Forwards: Julian de Guzman, Dwayne De Rosario, Iain Hume, Atiba Hutchinson, Simeon Jackson, Will Johnson, Issey Nakajima-Farran, Olivier Occean, Pedro Pacheco, Samuel Piette and Tosaint Ricketts

Cuba (4-4-2): Pichardo;Serrano, Zalazar, Rondon, Joseph; Juara, Ramirez, Lugo, Dominguez; Saez, Gonzalez.

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The Cuban side is a bit of a mystery. Canada sent scouts to watch the "senior team" in a friendly recently, only to see the U-23 team sent in its place.

  • Cuba and Canada played each other four times previously during qualifying for the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. Canada won three, with the fourth ending in a draw.
  • Both nations have a solitary World Cup experience: Canada in 1986 and Cuba in 1938.
  • Canada has enjoyed recent success against CONCACAF opposition in the previous Wordl Cup qualifying round, winning 3-0 over Puerto Rico, 7-0 against St. Lucia and 4-0 versus St. Kitts and Nevis.
  • The 145th-ranked Cubans are at the bottom of the CONCACAF's Group C in terms of ranking. Canada is 77th in the FIFA rankings. These two teams are the lowest ranked in Group C.
  • Panama and Honduras round out Group C. The top two teams advance to the final CONCACAF qualifying round for the World Cup, known as "The Hex."


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