Beyond The Pitch: Forge FC head coach Bobby Smyrniotis

In the latest episode of Newsroom’s Beyond the Pitch, 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.”

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