Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sorry Canada - this is not your group


In a just few days it will be x-mas for Floorball as WFC2012 starts in Switzerland. Many online outlets has already speculated in the outcome... so let us now try to do the same.

OH Canada - OH Canada it seems like you ended up in a though group with Finland, Germany and Russia, Hmm.
Against Finland, well Canada should be happy if they get away with less than that 10 goals difference - in favor to Finland, but we think it might be more.. and there is not much more to add here.

Canada - Germany would most likely have been a good game just a few months or a year ago - but several reports indicate that Germany has improved seriously lately, they have a fast and strong young team and let us also remember that Switzerland is almost as close as one might come to... well Germany.

Canada - Russia could become the closest game for Canada this year in the group round. German press has speculated that the Russian team is too old and that Germany might beat up Russia. Other sources from eastern Europe say that Russia could be better than ever. And something tells us that what you might lack in age and speed is sometimes exchanged into experience and that is a very good value too. But no we think Russia will win this game - but in case Canada keeps up with scoring into the third period - well maybe baby...

We think this group's black horse is Russia. If they get their act together they will not only beat Germany but also end up second in the group since we think they will defeat Canada too.
We further think that the only team able to shake up Finland is Germany. What? Yes, with a strong German "home-crowd", some serious luck, a Finland that just takes for granted that they will beat Germany and a game that stays balanced in scoring deep into the third period and a few penalties,,,it could turn interesting.. But all this is somewhat rather unlikely.

A recent tweet indicated that Canada just lost a practice game against a local Swiss team and as much as we say Go Canada Go we are afraid that this will not be enough. Canada needs a much larger base of Floorball players to seriously take on some of the true big wigs. And we are not there - yet.
Here you find more stuff on Canada's adventure http://www.floorballcanada.org/mens.html

But the momentum is mounting http://www.hwdsb.on.ca/media/news/details.aspx?id=1591&Page=0&year=&profiling=

The IFF has already posted live web tv links from the placement games after the group play. Let us figure out what we can do with that here...

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
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