Alphonso Davies and Shelina Zadorsky were named Player of the Month for Canadian Football in February 2021. Davies from Edmonton, Alberta became the first Canadian to win the men’s FIFA Club World Cup with FC Bayern Munich, while Zadorsky from London, Ontario played every minute of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team for the first international competition in 2021 Preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.
Davies played every minute of the FC Bayern FIFA Club World Cup in Al Rayyan, Qatar. In the semifinals, Davies and the UEFA Champions League winners beat CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly SC 2-0. In the final of the FIFA Club World Cup, Davies and FC Bayern won 1-0 against Concacaf Champions League winner Tigres UANL.
Also in February, Davies and FC Bayern took first place in the German Bundesliga. Davies equalized 3: 3 against Arminia Bielefeld on February 15. In the UEFA Champions League, Davies helped Bayern to a 4-1 win against Lazio in the first leg of the round of 16.
Across Europe, Scott Arfield and Rangers FC made it to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League and finished first in the Scottish Premier League. David Wotherspoon helped St. Johnstone FC win the 2020-21 Scottish League Cup. In France, Jonathan David scored three goals when Lille OSC finished first in French Ligue 1. In Serbia, goalkeeper Milan Borjan set a club record with his 51st appearance for Red Star Belgrade in UEFA club competitions and kept Red Star in first place in the SuperLiga standings.
At the international level, Zadorsky played every minute in the central defender in the first games of the Canadian women’s national soccer team since the global break last year. Tottenham Hotspur FC captain Zadorsky came from England and immediately anchored the backline for three SheBelieves Cup games against the US, Argentina and Brazil, including head coach Bev Priestman’s maiden win with a 1-0 win over Argentina. Zadorsky also hit the goalkeeper but hit the post in the last game against Brazil.
While Priestman celebrated her first win, Sophie Schmidt’s 200th international, Stephanie Labbé’s 75th and Deanne Rose’s 50th were other milestones in February. Sarah Stratigakis scored her first international goal while Samantha Chang, Jordyn Listro, Jade Rose and Evelyne Viens made their international A debuts.
Looking ahead to March, six women will take part in the UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16, including Kadeisha Buchanan from FCF Olympique Lyonnais, Jordyn Huitema and Ashley Lawrence from FC Paris Saint-Germain, and Janine Beckie from Manchester City FC. Jessie Fleming at FC Chelsea and Stephanie Labbé at FC Rosengård.
In international competition, the Canadian men’s national soccer team starts on March 25th in Orland, FL, USA, with the FIFA World Cup qualification against Bermuda, while the men’s U-23 team starts on March 19th in the Concacaf men’s Olympic qualifying tournament occurs.
PLAYER of the MONTH:
February 2021 – Alphonso Davies & Shelina Zadorsky
January 2021 – Cyle Larin & Ashley Lawrence