Sunday, December 1, 2013
November 15, 2013 - Czech Republic 2 Canada 0
November 15, 2013 (in Olomouc)
Czech Republic 2 Canada 0
Attendance - 9500
When this game was announced in mid-October, I couldn't have really believed my good fortune. I am Canadian and I was once a huge Canadian soccer supporter. I still am, but following them over the past few years has taken a back seat to many other things. Since 2002, I have seen Canada play in Scotland (2002), Costa Rica (2004), Luxembourg (2005), Austria (2006), Hungary (2006), and Macedonia (2009). I have spent a lot of money following Canada, and now they were playing only 15km from my new home.
I didn't expect there to be many Canadian supporters at the game, and I was correct. There were some random Canadian fans scattered around the stadium and quite a few Czech people who seemed to have been supporting Canada. All in all, there were probably only 5-10 fans at the game. The atmosphere was beyond horrendous, but that was kind of expected as the game didn't mean much to the Czech Republic, and it was just a friendly. Canada has a new coach, Benito Floro, and he used the game to try out a few new players. They were a little unlucky not to score a goal (missed PK), and had a decent run of play in the second half. However, it was the Czech Republic that managed to capitalize on their chances.
In the end, I wasn't too disappointed because I probably now support the Czech Republic as much as I do Canada.