Canada’s World Cup sword explained: ‘A symbol of brotherhood on a significant international quest’

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When Canada started the 2022 World Cup, they did so by driving the sword into the ground.

Yes, this Canadian team carried the sword intended by coach John Herdman to boost the team’s fighting spirit and did just as it did before the game in the final round the night before Wednesday’s loss to Belgium. World Cup Qualifiers and Sword Pushed into Midfield.

Why do you do it?

The Sword is most memorable for John Herdman’s unusual team-building methods and personal initiative. It played with other medieval images, from shields to forward-looking helmets to show the importance of defending with purpose and sticking to the task at hand.

But it’s the sword that resonates because, as Herdman said after Canada qualified for the World Cup, it represents “the tension we want to play.”

Canada’s ritual for the final round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers was as follows: The night before the game, the team would gather in a circle in the stadium where the match was to be played. Herdman wanted the team to believe they would “hold their ground,” as he said after qualifying, and for most of the qualifiers, Canada did just that.

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Where did the sword come from? what does he say

Before the final qualifying round, Toronto-based swordsmith Steve Karakostas received a vague email asking him to create a sword “as a symbol of brotherhood for a larger global mission.”

Karakostas was skeptical that the sword was for the Canadian men’s national team until he visited their hotel room during the competition and convinced him, and he got to work.

The sword is emblazoned with the words “Qatar 2022” and more importantly, the Latin phrase “Nihil timendum est” or “Fear nothing”.

That’s a phrase that symbolizes the team’s all-around, attack-heavy approach and the newfound bravado that’s long been missing from the psyche of Canadian men’s soccer.

Midfielder Jonathan Osorio said: “It’s our symbol all this journey. The athletics In the mixed zone after the defeat in Belgium. “We really had to bring it here. It represents the warrior (spirit) of our team. It’s our weapon. It represents our ambition.”

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How did they get through customs?! And who carried it on board?

It is not clear how the group got it through customs, but they were successful in getting it through to other Central American countries.

“It’s over,” Osorio said with a smile.

If the sword isn’t being used in pre-game talks, it stays in the team’s hotel meeting room.

What happened in Costa Rica?

Canada has suffered only two defeats in the last World Cup qualifier. The second Canada went to Panama after qualifying. But the first came in Costa Rica. Canada had a chance to advance, but as we learned the day after they lost 1-0, Costa Rican customs did not allow the sword to enter the country.

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A Costa Rican news agency published a story the next morning that alerted the world to Team Spirit’s latest pursuit of Herdman.

You can definitely call Canada’s loss to Costa Rica a fluke because there is no sword against them.

“I’m not a superstitious person, but I might be after this,” Karakostas told the Toronto Star after the loss.

How did you get into Qatar?

Importing the sword was probably an overnight process. We know Herdman is meticulous in his planning and to get the sword through customs, he and the rest of the Canadian outfit have been planning for it for some time after qualifying.

Nor have we seen the last sword in Qatar.

“He goes into every stadium to signal that we are their place and that we are going to be the new Canada,” Herdman said in March.

(Photo: Getty Images)


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