Ex-Bundesliga striker Rob Friend comes in the achievements of his Canadian compatriot Alphonso Davies into swarming. For the 41-year-old, the Bayern defender is already an icon.
“Phonso has access to Prime Minister Trudeau and Rapper Drake, he has long been more than a great athlete. Davies is an icon. And the boys like the older fans he tears with his positive kind anyway,” Friend said in the interview with the Kicker.
Especially through the new successes of the national team, a wave of football enthusiasm would go through the country. “Who thinks that Canada is just an ice hockey nation, which has missed the last few years here. The World Cup qualifier was one of the main topics everywhere, in the big cities thousands celebrated.”
After ice hockey and basketball, football in Canada is meanwhile sport number three. “Since 2019, our Premier League, which is always better developed. Many kids play football, also because, for example, ice hockey is very expensive. And now they finally have role models, that’s scary important.” Players like Davies also have an incredible influence.
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Friend was even 29 times for the Canadian national team on the grass. There he gets two goals. In Germany, the 41-year-old is known today by his engagements at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha BSC, Eintracht Frankfurt and 1860 Munich.