In the latest episode of CanPL.ca Newsroom’s Beyond the Pitch, CanPL.ca and OneSoccer’s Kristian Jack sits down for a mesmerizing chat with Bobby Smyrniotis, head coach of Forge FC. The pair speak as Smyrniotis prepares to win a third Canadian Premier League title Sunday when Hamilton hosts Pacific FC at Tim Hortons Field (4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT, live on OneSoccer).
1:27 – Bobby’s first soccer memory? Canada’s 1986 World Cup campaign: “I still have the VHS somewhere.”
4:24 – How a couple of simple pushups changed Smyrniotis’ outlook on coaching forever.
7:38 – “Ajax is the idea,” Bobby on bringing Dutch football back to Ontario
10:23 – “You bring that back here and you start getting these very good young players like Richie Laryea, Cyle Larin, Chris Nanco, Kyle Bekker… You start seeing all this natural talent.”
11:39 – How has Smyrniotis has cultivated Forge’s culture?
12:40 – “The biggest thing I’m proud of is we’ve created an identity [with Forge].”
14:35 – Smyrniotis on taking on football’s “global food chain” and what his future holds.
17:23 – “I have two modes – it’s football, football, football, and then family and my kids.”
18:29 – Smyrniotis’ thoughts on Sunday’s massive final at Tim Hortons Field and the chance to lift a third North Star Shield: “It’s a fantastic time to be part of Canadian soccer.”