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Canadians with ties to other nations face tough choice on who to cheer for at World Cup

Some B.C. soccer followers who are first- or second-generation Canadians say they’re going through a tough choice when it comes to who to cheer for on this yr’s FIFA World Cup.

For the primary time in 36 years, Canada’s males’s group has made it to the event, which is being held in Qatar. The final time the group appeared was in Mexico in 1986, when Canada completed with zero objectives scored and three losses in three video games.

That means Canadian followers typically discover themselves cheering for one other nation.

That’s the case for West Kelowna actor Matt Riseley Forster, who was born in England and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, about 30 kilometres north of Durham, the birthplace of Team Canada’s coach, John Herdman’s.

Forster says it has been a household custom to cheer on England within the event, and that is not altering this time round.

“We’re going to win it. We’re bringing it [the trophy] house,” he informed CBC’s Joseph Otoo. “Being an Englishman, I’m going to help England.”

English-born West Kelowna actor Matt Forster says he’ll root for England, however as a father of three Canadian-born youngsters, he additionally helps the Canadian group. (Matt Forster/Facebook)

On Monday, England beat Iran 6-2 in its first match within the event, and Canada is about to play its first match on Wednesday with Belgium. 

Forster mentioned regardless of his English loyalties, he’s supportive of the Canadian group, as effectively.

“Canada is doing this for the primary time in 36 years,” he mentioned. “If you possibly can’t get behind a nation for any motive … you are not gonna get behind something once more.”

Getting behind a successful group

Kelowna catering firm proprietor Adam Relvas was born within the Okanagan to immigrant mother and father from Portugal.

Relvas says the FIFA World Cup is a superb alternative for household and associates to get collectively — and he is very sure he’ll cheer for Portugal in its first recreation on Thursday and past.

As a second-generation Canadian, he says he prefers Portugal to Canada, not solely as a result of the previous is his ancestral house but in addition as a result of he believes it has a greater probability of successful video games.

Kelowna catering firm proprietor Adam Relvas, whose mother and father emigrated from Portugal, says he’ll help Team Portugal for positive. (Relvas Catering/Facebook)

Team Portugal was ranked third at the FIFA World Cup hosted by England in 1966 and fourth at the one hosted by Germany in 2006.

“I’m simply excited to have Canada there, however I feel in my coronary heart, I’ll have to go for Portugal right here,” he mentioned.

Kelowna restaurant proprietor Barbara Dumbovic, who immigrated from Petrinja, Croatia, says she’s going to unfold her love equally between Canada and her nation of origin, that are positioned in the identical group and are set to have their first recreation with every other this Sunday.   

“I’m going to cheer for each groups, They’re each my groups, as a result of I stay in Canada now, [and] I used to be born and took my first breath in Croatia.

“Let’s see who wins,” she mentioned.

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