After making history, Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies opens up at World Cup

It appears that Alphonso Davies’ goal against Croatia, the first for Canada at the men’s World Cup, left a mark in more than the Canada Soccer record book.

after making history, canadian soccer star alphonso davies opens up at world cup

Mayhem ensued in Sunday’s goal celebration.

“When I headed it down and I ran to the corner flag, I looked to my left and I just saw all my teammates running towards me,” Davies said Tuesday. “Yeah, it was a great feeling. We’ve waited for this moment for a long time and it finally came and we were happy.”

after making history, canadian soccer star alphonso davies opens up at world cup
View image in full screen

Canada forward Alphonso Davies speaks to the media after practice at the World Cup in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

“When they all came around me, a lot of players were grabbing my jersey, pushing me, shoving me,” he added. “I had Liam Millar head-butt me at one point, he was so excited. We both looked at each other and started laughing. The moment was truly amazing with these guys.”

Also back home. Not to mention in the stands.

after making history, canadian soccer star alphonso davies opens up at world cup
1:38 Alphonso Davies’ former school in Edmonton hosts World Cup watch party

Davies had his parents watching at Khalifa International Stadium, the latest stop on a well-documented journey that saw them flee the civil war in Liberia to Ghana, where Davies was born in a refugee camp, before finding safe haven in Canada.

“After the first game (against Belgium) they told me how proud they are of me and when I scored the goal, my mother teared up a bit, seeing her son coming from a refugee camp, coming to Canada and being able to score in the world’s biggest stage,” said Davies.

“My parents are people of few words, they don’t really say too much. But it really showed on their face,” he added.

The 41st-ranked Canadians turned heads in a narrow 1-0 loss to No. 2 Belgium before Davies scored 68 seconds in against No. 12 Croatia, only to see the 2018 tournament runner-up rally with four straight goals for a 4-1 win that knocked the Canadians out of contention for the knockout round.

Now they wrap up tournament play Thursday against No. 22 Morocco.

Tuesday marked the first time Davies has spoken to media at the Canadian training facility since arriving in Doha on Nov. 18. He did an interview with TSN, the Canadian rights-holder, the next day but otherwise has limited his availability to brief post-match chats with rights-holders in the post-game mixed zone.

Davies explained that he didn’t speak after the Croatia game because, while happy with his goal, he didn’t want to be front and centre after a loss.

“I wanted to talk about the team, the team play. I’m happy to be able to score but at the end of the day we lost the game. And that was really what was on my mind.”

Davies started off slowly Tuesday, choosing his words carefully. But he began to open up when he was asked if he was enjoying himself at the tournament.

“Yes, yes, I’m having fun,” he said after a brief pause, his voice rising with enthusiasm. “You dream about this ever since you’re young. And being on this stage, each and every time, I look back and I think to myself ‘I’m at the World Cup.’ It puts a smile on my face.

“And every time I play the game, it’s truly amazing. Each and every time I come to training, I’m living the dream and I’m happy about it.”

Tweet This Click to share quote on Twitter: “And every time I play the game, it's truly amazing. Each and every time I come to training, I'm living the dream and I'm happy about it.”

The 22-year-old from Edmonton was then asked if he felt pressure in having 6.6 million followers on TikTok, 5.1 million on Instagram and 491,900 on Twitter watching him.

“For me l always try to be myself,” he said. “Each and every day how you see me is how I am, in public or in private. I’m the same guy who just wants to have fun, laugh at my friends, be a kid. I tend not to think about how many people are watching me too much. I just try to be myself.”

A kid perhaps, but one with a manager and his assistant watching from the back of the room. And a mega-bucks future.

Still, Davies was savvy enough to consult some of his more experienced teammates at Bayern Munich on how to handle the World Cup experience.

“The advice I got was a World Cup is a different beast,” he said. “You’re playing against the best players in each country. What I was told was just go out and play the game. Change nothing. Don’t let the moment get to you. Go out and play how you know how to play. Keep your head down. Work as hard as possible. And for me, it really worked.

“Each and every time I step on the pitch, I try to give my all for this country.”

Tweet This Click to share quote on Twitter: “Each and every time I step on the pitch, I try to give my all for this country.”

With purpose at the World Cup.

“We gained a lot of new supporters around the world,” Davies said. “A lot of people thought that Canada wasn’t really a footballing country. Hopefully after this tournament, we’ve changed a lot of minds.”

While Davies has done most of his talking on the pitch, he has been a topic of conversation here.

Croatian forward Ivan Perisic, who spent the 2019-20 season with Bayern Munich on loan from Inter Milan, was asked about Davies prior to Sunday’s game against Canada.

“It was really a pleasure playing with him,” he said through an interpreter. “He is a miracle. He’s fast — the sky’s the limit. He can only get better.”

after making history, canadian soccer star alphonso davies opens up at world cup
1:39 Soccer fans in Edmonton gather to cheer on Canada in team’s World Cup opener

News Related

OTHER NEWS

2 Florida police officers charged with kidnapping, beating handcuffed homeless man, Jose Ortega Gutierrez

2 Florida police officers charged with kidnapping, beating handcuffed homeless man, Jose Ortega Gutierrez Both officers have since been fired. Two former south Florida police officers handcuffed a homeless man ... Read more »

Ahoy Senor back in business as Cotswold Chase success puts him in Cheltenham Gold Cup contention

Ahoy Senor put himself in the Cheltenham Gold Cup picture when securing an emotional success for Lucinda Russell in the Paddy Power Cotswold Chase. Read more »

Winnipeg police car crashes into building after collision on Friday

A Winnipeg police car crashed into a building after a collision on Friday, police say. A Winnipeg police car crashed into a building after a collision on Friday. At 11:23 ... Read more »

Kingston, Ont. residents enjoying mild winter day

On a snowy Saturday in Kingston, Ont., where the temperature hovered around 1 degree Celsius, many people were out and about enjoying the winter weather. The skating rink at Springer ... Read more »

TV Shows That Were Saved By Fan Petitions

Murray Close/Netflix It’s probably happened to the best of us — you get sucked into a show only for the network to unceremoniously cancel it. It’s a betrayal at the ... Read more »

Son Heung-min bags brace to send Tottenham into fifth round of the FA Cup

Son Heung-min led the charge for Tottenham, in Harry Kane's absence, to help Spurs into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over Preston. Read more »

Nuclear strike chief seeks cancer review of missile crews

WASHINGTON —  The top Air Force general in charge of the nation’s air- and ground-launched nuclear missiles has requested an official investigation into the number of airmen who are reporting blood ... Read more »

Two teens arrested in connection to Long Beach homicide

Two Long Beach teenagers were arrested Friday and each booked on one count of murder and robbery in connection to the fatal shooting earlier this month of a man who ... Read more »

Gregory Allen Howard Who Wrote ‘Remember the Titans' Dies

Howard was the first Black screenwriter to write a drama that passed $100 million at the box office when “Titans” crossed that milestone in 2000 Read more »

Epatante cruises to confidence-boosting victory at Doncaster

Nicky Henderson’s hurdler Epatante had no problems in getting back to winning ways in the Sky Bet Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle. Read more »

Second suspect charged in deadly shooting at Iowa school

A pair of teenagers have been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of two other teens at a school in Des Moines, Iowa. Bravon Michael Tukes, 19, and Preston ... Read more »

Law & Order's Benjamin Bratt Talks About The Influence Of Co-Star Jerry Orbach

Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images Benjamin Bratt enjoys an eclectic television and film career spanning 35 years. He’s rubbed elbows with some of Hollywood’s finest talent over that time, including Sylvester Stallone ... Read more »

Bill Maher admits using private jet, calls out ‘hypocrite’ environmentalists like John Kerry

Bill Maher told his viewers that he flies private while addressing the urgent need to combat climate change. ABC via Getty Images “Real Time” host Bill Maher came clean on Friday night ... Read more »

Shakira Shares Cryptic Post After Gerard Piqué & Girlfriend Go Insta Official

Shakira is moving on, literally, after her ex Gerard Piqué shared a first Instagram photo of himself with girlfriend Clara Chia Marti Read more »

CFD: Person Wounded in Shooting at Ford City Mall

A person was wounded in a shooting at Ford City Mall on Chicago’s Southwest Side Saturday afternoon, according to fire officials. Officials said firefighters responded to reports of a person ... Read more »

Editeur Du Gite beats Edwardstone in Clarence House thriller

Editeur Du Gite announced himself as a Champion Chase contender with a heroic performance in the Albert Bartlett Clarence House Chase. Read more »

London, Ont. group raises awareness for city’s climate action plan

A London, Ont., environmental group has launched an initiative to promote the City’s climate action plan. Climate Action London’s new campaign, called Connect with the London Climate Plan, invites Londoners ... Read more »

Three shot dead at party at luxury home near Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Three people were shot dead on Saturday and four others injured at a luxury home near Beverly Hills, at what US police described as a gathering at a short-term rental ... Read more »

Here's Where You Can Stream Tár At Home

Focus Features/YouTube Everyone’s talking about “Tár”! The heavily memed “Tár” was recently nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Todd Field, and Best Actress for Cate ... Read more »

High-level U.S. diplomatic mission to Middle East overshadowed by violence

WASHINGTON —  America’s top diplomat heads out on a trip to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank on Saturday as a spiral of deadly violence grips the Middle East, with any ... Read more »

NFC title game: Eagles-49ers winner will be the team that holds the line

PHILADELPHIA —  With four NFL teams vying Sunday for two spots in the Super Bowl, most everyone is focused on the quartet of young quarterbacks. That’s fair. They touch the football ... Read more »

NYPD cold case detective closes decades-old investigation into Harlem double-murder with DNA

NYPD Detective Ryan Glas was a 10-year-old kid when a sickly Harlem mom and her special needs daughter were strangled inside their home in 1994. The cold case investigator, now ... Read more »

Why Is Netflix's You People Getting Roasted By Critics?

“You People,” the new romantic comedy from director and co-writer Kenya Barris and star and co-writer Jonah Hill, has a tremendous comedic pedigree among its cast and crew. In addition ... Read more »

Donald Trump opens 2024 White House bid, says he is ‘more committed’ than ever

Former US president Donald Trump kicked off his 2024 White House bid with a stop on Saturday in New Hampshire before heading to South Carolina, appearances in early-voting states marking ... Read more »

The Most Tragic Superhero Deaths Of The 21st Century

20th Century Fox Superheroes are some of the most popular fictional characters in this day and age. In a post-9/11 world, everyone’s looking for a hero, and with the success ... Read more »

Afghan soldier seeking U.S. asylum hopes for ‘American dream’

HOUSTON —  In the months he was held in detention in Texas during his legal fight to remain in the U.S., Afghan soldier Abdul Wasi Safi thought he would eventually be ... Read more »

No rockin’ on the river: Merritt, B.C. music festival cancelled

British Columbians can say goodbye to another major B.C. music festival for 2023, as organizers for the Rockin’ River Music Festival in Merritt, B.C., announced it will not be having ... Read more »

‘Giant street party’: Dartmouth hosts artists in ice sculpting festival

The biggest ice carving event in Atlantic Canada is taking place in Dartmouth on Saturday. Visitors can see sculptures take shape right before their eyes. Tim Rissesco, CEO of the ... Read more »

Sons Of Anarchy's Ron Perlman Wasn't Confident That He Could Pull Off Playing Clay

FX Having accumulated several years of experience in the realm of acting, Ron Perlman has been fortunate enough to be attached to some pretty well-received TV and movie projects over ... Read more »

Bo Horvat puts up four points as Vancouver Canucks top Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2

Despite a rough season, the Vancouver Canucks are heading into the all-star break on a high. Elias Pettersson scored twice as the Canucks (20-26-3) took a decisive 5-2 victory over ... Read more »

Video of Tyre Nichols beating leaves unanswered questions

Video of Tyre Nichols beating leaves unanswered questions The nation and the city of Memphis are struggling to come to grips with video showing five disgraced police officers pummeling Tyre ... Read more »

Winter Storm Warning Now in Effect Lake, McHenry Counties

A winter storm warning is now in effect for Lake and McHenry counties until 3 a.m. Sunday, as confidence as increased that snow totals may approach six inches. Additionally, snow ... Read more »

AHS renews partnership with Alberta Native Friendship Centres

Alberta Health Services has renewed its long-standing partnership with the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association (ANFCA) for another three years. The agreements allows the two organizations to work collaboratively together ... Read more »

‘Unbearable distress’: families rally in Paris for French citizens held in Iran

Families of the French citizens jailed in Iran held a rally on Saturday to urge their release, warning that their loved ones were enduring a sometimes years-long “inhuman” psychological and ... Read more »

JUSTICE STORY: Famed firefighter killed over steamy session

No one ever expected Ward Augustus Thornton to die in bed. Given his chosen profession, it was much more likely that Thornton, who went by the nickname “Tex,” would be ... Read more »

How COVID continues to impact training of surgeons in Canada: ‘Not business as usual’

Training of surgeons in Canada has taken a heavy knock from the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some doctors say their clinical education has been delayed again in recent ... Read more »

FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried and US Justice Department tussle over his communications

Federal prosecutors are trying to prohibit FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried from privately contacting current and former employees of the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange to prevent potential witness tampering in a criminal ... Read more »

‘It’s just outrageous’: Flybe passengers on the frustration of cancelled flights

Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA “I got an email asking me to check in, and 10 minutes later they had gone into administration.” Andrew Gibbins was one of hundreds of passengers across ... Read more »

Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis fired from a previous job in Atlanta after botched sex crimes investigation

The chief of police in Memphis in charge of the five officers who fatally beat and tasered motorist Tyre Nichols was fired from a previous law enforcement job after a botched ... Read more »

Donald Trump hits New Hampshire in first campaign stop of 2024 race

Former President Trump is stopping in New Hampshire for his first appearance for the 2024 presidential election. AP/ Andrew Harnik Former President Donald Trump plunged back into campaign mode Saturday, ... Read more »
Kênh kiến thức kỹ năng, phát triển bản thân, hướng nghiệp, blog nhân sự