Ex-Bundesliga striker Rob Friend is enthusiastic about the performance of his Canadian compatriot Alphonso Davies. The Bayern defender is already an icon for the 41-year-old.
“Phonso has access to Prime Minister Trudeau and the rapper Drake, he has long been more than a great athlete. Davies is an icon. And he carries young and old fans alike with his positive nature anyway,” said Friend in an interview with the kicker.
Above all, the recent successes of the national team would send a wave of football enthusiasm through the country. “Anyone who thinks that Canada is just an ice hockey nation has missed the last few years here. The World Cup qualification was one of the main topics everywhere, thousands celebrated in the big cities.”
After ice hockey and basketball, football is now the number three sport in Canada. “We’ve had our Premier League since 2019, and it’s getting better and better. A lot of kids play football, also because ice hockey, for example, is very expensive. And now they finally have role models, that’s incredibly important.” Players like Davies would have an incredible influence on that.
Friend has played 29 times for the Canadian national team. He got two hits there. In Germany, the 41-year-old is known for his engagements with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha BSC, Eintracht Frankfurt and 1860 Munich.