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Para Soccer set for action in Spain

Posted on 26 July 2013 in Para Soccer

Canada’s Para Soccer Team is set to kick-off the 2013 CP-ISRA Intercontinental Cup in Barcelona, Spain with a marquee opening-day match-up against the host Spaniards on Saturday.

A large pro-Spanish crowd is expected in Barcelona for the match that will immediately follow the tournament’s opening ceremony and Head Coach Drew Ferguson is urging his Canadian players to be on top of their game right from the opening whistle.

“We know that with this type of crowd and environment, that we may be on the back foot early,” said Ferguson from the team’s training camp in Barcelona.

“There might be moments where we are under pressure early but we know we need to take control of the game and try silence the fans as best as possible.

“Temperatures here have been in the mid 30’s, so we are expecting the heat to play a factor as well.”

The Intercontinental Cup serves as one of two possible qualifying routes for the 2015 CP-ISRA World Championship for the Canada; and if Ferguson’s para side can lock-up a top-eight finish in Barcelona – they will qualify directly for the 2015 World Championship.

To qualify directly for 2015, Canada will have to achieve a top-two finish in a difficult group that also features Spain, Netherlands and Scotland.

Following the opening-day clash with Spain, Canada will take on Netherlands on 30 July and then Scotland on 1 August to close-out group play.

Scores and news from the matches will be posted on Twitter: @CanadaSoccerEN.

CanadaSoccer.com will have a wrap-up of Canada’s group-stage play following the final match of the opening round on 1 August.
 

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