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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old January 18th, 2012, 15:37 Thread Starter
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Canada to face Armenia in February friendly (confirmed)

Canada to face Armenia in February friendly
Men's National Team 17 January 2012

Canada (FIFA 74/ELO 59) has announced it will face Armenia (FIFA 45/ELO 81) in an away Men's International Friendly match in Cyprus on 29 February. The match - a first-ever international meeting between the two nations - falls on the first FIFA International Date of the 2012 calendar year.

As this FIFA International Date provides just a short 72-hour window, head coach Hart expects to rely heavily on European-based players for the match in Europe. Some players may also not be available due to their in-season or off-season training schedules via club commitments.

Armenia recently posted five wins, two draws and three losses in Euro 2012 Qualifying, just falling short of a place in the final competition scheduled for later this year.

"Armenia had a very good run before the team was eliminated." said Head Coach Stephen Hart.

Canada is in preparation for CONCACAF Round 3 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Brazil. Last year in CONCACAF Round 2, Canada advanced after posting an unbeaten record of four wins and two draws. Canada's 2012 opponents from June to September are Cuba, Honduras and Panama. The top-two teams from the four-team group will advance to the CONCACAF Final Round in 2013.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old January 24th, 2012, 03:21
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old February 23rd, 2012, 21:19 Thread Starter
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Armenia roster announced for Canada friendly
Men's National Team 22 February 2012

Armenia head coach Vardan Minasyan has announced his roster for his national camp in Cyprus that includes the Men's International Friendly match against Canada on 29 February 2012. Minasyan has called in 31 players for the camp which includes both the match against Canada as well as another match against Serbia on 28 February. Minasyan hopes to feature as many players as possible over the two matches.

Canada head coach Stephen Hart will announce his roster on Thursday 23 February. The Canadian roster for the international match will be posted on at 14.00 ET / 11.00 PT. Players are scheduled to join the national team in Limassol, Cyprus over the weekend in advance of the mid-week 29 February match.

The 29 February match will mark the first-ever meeting between Canada and Armenia. In the last two years, Canada has posted a record of one win, one draw and one loss against European opponents. Canada's last match in Cyprus was nearly three years ago on 30 May 2009, a 1:0 win over Cyprus with debutant Simeon Jackson scoring the lone goal of the match.

In 2011, Armenia posted an international record of three wins, one draw and four losses. The team scored 14 goals and conceded just 11 goals against.

Canada's 29 February Men's International Friendly match falls on the first FIFA International Date of the 2012 calendar season. It will kick off a busy summer for Canada, which continues with a special centennial match against USA on 3 June and then six FIFA World Cup Qualifiers from 8 June to 16 October. The 29 February 2012 match will be televised in Canada on Sportsnet.


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GK- Roman Berezovsky | RUS / Dinamo Moscow
GK- Stepan Ghazaryan | ARM / FC Banants
GK- Arsen Petrosyan | ARM / FC Pyunik
GK- Grigor Meliksetyan | IRN / Paykan FC
FB- Sargis Hovsepyan | ARM / FC Pyunik
CB- Hrayr Mkoyan | RUS / PFC Spartak Nalchik
FB- Valeri Aleksanyan | IRN / Sanat Naft Abadan FC
D- Levon Hayrapetyan | POL / Lechia Gdańsk
CB- Robert Arzumanyan | POL / Jagiellonia Białystok
D- Artak Edigaryan | ARM / FC Pyunik
D/M- Arthur Yuspashyan | ARM / FC Pyunik
CB- Varazdat Haroyan | ARM / FC Pyunik
D/M- Hovhannes Hambardzumyan | ARM / FC Banants
D/M- Andranik Voskanyan | ARM / FC Mika
D- Gagik Daghbashyan | ARM / FC Banants
DM- Arthur Yedigaryan | ARM / FC Banants
DM- Karlen Mkrtchyan | UKR / FC Metalurh Donetsk
AM- Gevorg Ghazaryan | UKR / FC Metalurh Donetsk
AM- Marcos Pizzelli | RUS / FC Kuban
CM- Henrikh Mkhitaryan | UKR / FC Shakhtar Donetsk
W- Zaven Badoyan | BLR / FC BATE Borisov
M- Edgar Malakyan | ARM / FC Pyunik
M- David Manoyan | ARM / FC Pyunik
M- Kamo Hovhannisyan | ARM / FC Pyunik
M- Valter Poghosyan | ARM / FC Banants
M- Masis Voskanyan | BEL / KSV Roeselare
W- Aras Özbiliz | NED / Ajax
F- Yura Movsisyan | RUS / FC Krasnodar
F- Artur Sarkisov | RUS / FC Shinnik Yaroslavl
F- Norair Mamedov | NED / FC Zwolle
F- Hovhannes Hovhannisyan | ARM / FC Pyunik
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Head coach Hart selects roster for Canada-Armenia match
Men's National Team 23 February 2012

Canada’s head coach Stephen Hart has announced his roster for the upcoming Men’s International Friendly match against Armenia on 29 February 2012. Hart has selected 17 players for the match, which falls on the first FIFA International Date of the 2012 calendar year. The Canada-Armenia match will be played in Limassol, Cyprus.

With only a short training window before the 29 February match, Hart has selected 15 players currently in season with professional clubs in Europe. Kevin McKenna and Atiba Hutchinson are the two most experienced players in the group, with the latter having only recently made his return to the first team following recovery from an injury. The third-most experienced player on the team is Julian de Guzman from Canadian club Toronto FC.

The one newcomer to the club is 17-year old midfielder Samuel Piette, who plays his professional soccer with FC Metz in France. Piette already has more than 100 days in Canadian national youth camps over the last two seasons, but this is his first call up to a national "A" camp with head coach Hart. Last year, Piette represented Canada at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011.

Canada’s international match against Armenia will be broadcast live on Sportsnet on 29 February. While the match kicks off at 19.00 local / 12.00 ET / 09.00 PT, the Sportsnet broadcast will start 30 minutes earlier with a pre-match show commencing at 11.30 ET / 08.30 PT.

The 29 February match will also feature the debut of Canada's new 2012 Umbro kits, the same ones previewed earlier this month at the Umbro Canada Kit launch on 2 February in Toronto.

Fans will also be able to track the progress of the Canadian team in Cyprus via, as well as social media platforms on Twitter @CanadaSoccerEN, Facebook, Flickr and CanadaSoccerTV.


1- GK- Milan Borjan | TUR / Sivasspor (edit: now ROM FC Vaslui)
2- FB- Nik Ledgerwood | GER / SV Wehen Wiesbaden
3- FB- Mike Klukowski | TUR / Manisaspor
4- CB- Kevin McKenna | GER / FC Köln
5- CB- Adam Straith | GER / FC Energie Cottbus
6- M- Julian de Guzman | CAN / Toronto FC
7- F- Iain Hume | ENG / Preston North End FC
8- M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / CD Santa Clara
9- F- Tosaint Ricketts | ROM / FC Politehnica Timişoara
10- F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC
11- M- Josh Simpson | SUI / Berne Sport Club Young Boys
12- CB- Nana Attakora | USA / San Jose Earthquakes (edit: unattached)
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | NED / PSV Eindhoven
14- M/RB- Samuel Piette | FRA / FC Metz
15- CB- David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC
17- F- Marcus Haber | SCO / St. Johnstone FC
22- GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol
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De Guzman named to Canadian roster
John Molinaro February 23, 2012

Spare a thought for Stephen Hart.

The Canadian national men's team coach was forced to scramble to put together his roster for next Wednesday's international friendly against Armenia in Limassol, Cyprus.

The game takes place on Feb. 29, the first FIFA International Date of the 2012 calendar year. The neutral site match will be the first meeting between the two nations.

Programming alert: Watch Canada vs Armenia live on Sportsnet, starting with our pre-game show at 11:30 am ET on February 29.

Hart announced his 17-man roster Thursday, a squad that features 15 European-based players and one from Major League Soccer: Toronto FC midfielder Julian de Guzman.

Ideally, Hart would not have picked de Guzman, as he previously stated he was trying to avoid selecting MLS players because they are in the middle of their pre-season training camps. But Hart's hand was forced due to injuries and because several European clubs refused to allow their players to play in the exhibition match. By contrast, Armenia has 31 players in camp ahead of the game against Canada.

"Putting this team together was extremely difficult. Injuries are one thing and having to deal with some clubs, because they are involved in promotion fight -- it's been very difficult," Hart told reporters during a Thursday conference call.

"There were one or two players that received a lot of pressure from their club and it made it very difficult for them."

Hart received so much resistance that the European teams badgered him to find out the exact time of the Canada-Armenia match -- FIFA rules stipulate that clubs are required to release their players for international duty 48 hours before the match kicks off.

With forward Olivier Occean (foot) and defender Marcel de Jong (ankle) sidelined with serious injuries, combined with the hard time he was getting from European teams, Hart had to get a little creative in building his squad for the Armenia game.

Hardly a surprise then that he selected de Guzman, and defender Nana Attakora, who is currently out of contract with the San Jose Earthquakes and who recently trained with Scottish club Hibs.

"It's a situation where I needed somebody that can play centre back or right back. Nana was in Scotland training on a daily basis and from all reports was doing quite well. So it was a situation where I felt I could bring him in and once again give him the opportunity to show himself," Hart said.

Like Attakora, Samuel Piette also benefitted from the current player shortage.

The 17-year-old midfielder, who plays for FC Metz in France's second division, received his first call-up to the national team after previously playing for Canada's under-17 team, including at last summer's FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

Hart was impressed with Piette's work when he recently participated in a training camp with Canada's under-20 side.

"At the time I said to myself if I do get the opportunity I'd like to bring him in with the senior players and see how he settles into the midfield. This seems to be a good opportunity to bring him in. … It will give me a good gauge for him," Hart explained.

On a positive note, returning to the national team fold is star midfielder Atiba Hutchinson, widely regarded as Canada's best player.

Hutchinson hasn't played for Canada since aggravating a knee injury during a World Cup qualifier against St. Lucia last September. He had surgery on the knee and underwent a demanding physical rehabilitation regime before recently returning to action for his pro club, Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven.

Hart said that PSV did not put up any kind of resistance with regards to allowing Hutchinson to make the trip to Cyprus. On the contrary.

"The club was actually pleased that I decided to bring him in because he needs some games. Of course, we're going to monitor how well he does and be sensible about this, but (PSV was) very supportive," Hart stated.

Although it failed to earn a tournament berth, Armenia posted an impressive 5-2-3 record in Euro 2012 qualifying, finishing third in its group behind Russia and Ireland. Armenia currently sits 41st in the FIFA world rankings, compared to 71st-place Canada

Armenia plays Serbia, ranked 25th in the world, the day before its encounter with Canada in Cyprus. Serbia also plays Cyprus on Feb 29.

With Serbia already in the country for a pair of games, the Canadian Soccer Association looked into the possibility of setting up a friendly for Canada against the Serbs. But Hart said that idea was quickly put to rest when European teams denied his request to release their players a bit earlier.

"There was no way we were going to get the players for an extra day or two," Hart admitted.


Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, Kenny Stamatopoulos

Defenders: Nana Attakora, David Edgar, Mike Klukowski, Nik Ledgerwood, Kevin McKenna, Adam Straith

Midfielders: Julian de Guzman, Atiba Hutchinson, Pedro Pacheco, Samuel Piette, Josh Simpson

Forwards: Marcus Haber, Iain Hume, Simeon Jackson, Tosaint Ricketts
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