Bayern Munich’s 18-year-old Canadian winger Alphonso Davies has launched his podcast series The Nerd Files to which he will mainly address his national team’s failures at the World Cup.
Davies finished the group stages in Russia with two assists but Canada’s exits at the last 16 and quarter-finals ensured Brazil and Mexico stole the headlines in a tournament many had taken as the world’s place to finally end its 80-year wait for a South American-hosted World Cup.
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The sport’s players’ union FIFPro said that one in four players had declined to play for their countries following the humiliation by Brazil. FIFPro said in a statement that the World Cup represented the pinnacle of the international game but added that individual stars were to blame for the team’s poor showing.
“FIFPro further condemns the decision to underestimate the growth of football and the extent to which these inequalities have led to a disproportionate level of injuries and injuries prevention; alongside the financial, physical and other physical disparities among clubs.”
Davies has had a breakthrough year, playing 22 first-team games in all competitions for Bayern and scoring in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.