World Cup: Meet Atiba Hutchinson The Oldest Outfield Player in Qatar

World Cup: Meet Atiba Hutchinson The Oldest Outfield Player in Qatar

  • Atiba Hutchinson is the captain of the Canadian national football team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
  • The 39-year-old Besiktas midfielder is now the oldest outfield footballer at the Qatar 2022 tournament
  • Hutchinson and his teammates will face Belgium on Wednesday night, 23 November, in their opening game

39-year-old Canada international Atiba Hutchinson has emerged as the oldest outfield player at the 2022 World Cup going on in Qatar.

The Besiktas star is the only member of the Canadian squad that had been born when they made their tournament debut in 1986.

Interestingly, Hutchinson is now the captain of the Canadian national team in what is only their second World Cup campaign in their history according to Squawka.

Atiba Hutchinson, Canada, World Cup 2022, oldest player
World Cup: Meet Atiba Hutchinson who is the oldest outfield player in Qatar. Photo by Mohamed Farag
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While playing in Denmark, Hutchinson won the Danish Super Liga Player of the Year, becoming the first North American player to receive the award.

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When did he begin his career?

He began playing youth soccer at age four for Brampton Youth SC and later played youth for North Scarborough SC and Woodbridge Strikers.

Hutchinson has been playing for Besiktas since 2013 joining from PSV and has so far featured in 265 games netting 23 goals.

In the Canadian national team, he has played 98 games netting nine goals.

Meanwhile, Canada will face Belgium in their first match at the 2022 World Cup on Wednesday night, 23 November.

This encounter will be a tough one for Hutchinson and his teammates facing the European giants. They will also face Croatia and Morocco in group F.

Belgium have respect for Canada

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said his side have huge respect for Canada who will be playing their first World Cup game in 36 years when the teams meet in Qatar.

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Martinez's side finished third in Russia four years ago and will be heavy favourites against Canada, playing at the finals for the first time since 1986, on Wednesday.

Belgium were in a similar proposition in 2018 when they beat tournament debutants Panama 3-0 in their opening game with three second-half goals.

Belgium, ranked second in the world behind Brazil, played a warm-up friendly against Egypt last week in Kuwait but lost 2-1.

Their record goalscorer Romelu Lukaku is set to miss their first two matches as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.