Lee Kormish is prepared for the journey of a lifetime.
Not solely is the Saskatchewan superfan in a position to lastly see Canada compete within the World Cup, he is additionally chasing his personal Guinness World Report.
“It is not simple and it is work, however I adore it,” Kormish, 44, stated from the airport in Doha, Qatar, the place he was ready for a workforce of Canadian followers. to lift
As Canada’s males’s soccer workforce celebrates its first look on the world stage since 1986, Kormish is trying the document for essentially the most attended video games at a single FIFA World Cup to interrupt
The title is at present held by South African winger Thulani Ngcobo, who went to 31 video games in 2010. Kormish, if all goes in accordance with plan, is ready to attend 41 video games.
“The logistics are actually loopy to attempt to break this document,” Kormish stated.
Kormish has been planning the summit try for greater than a 12 months from his residence in Saskatoon. He has even been in touch with Ngcobo, who has given him assist and recommendation.
Kormish wants time to get to every recreation unfold over eight stadiums. He additionally wants two witnesses at each recreation to log off that he sat for the whole recreation, which suggests there can be no lavatory whereas gamers are on the sector.
The toughest half was getting tickets, Kormish stated. However he had a behavior.
Kormish has been to 4 earlier World Cups, in addition to the UEFA European Championships and the Arab Cup in Qatar final 12 months.
Soccer fandom has been coursing by way of his veins since he dropped his baseball glove to kick a ball as an adolescent, he stated. He has watched the Canadian workforce battle time after time, however he has at all times been optimistic.
“I have been ready for this my entire life and I have been so passionate,” Kormish stated. “We have had so many darkish occasions.”
Canada was one win away from qualifying in 1994 earlier than a long time of downward spirals. Canada has not even made it to the ultimate spherical for 5 World Cup rounds.
Kormish stated he confirmed as much as earlier World Cups with a Canadian flag and different followers from around the globe informed him: “Canada, are you taking part in hockey proper? “
However that has all modified, Kormish stated, particularly since John Herdman has been teaching the Canadian males’s workforce.
“This man does not take something frivolously,” Kormish stated. “Canada got here to play.”
Kormish was in a position to watch Canada win 2-1 towards Japan in a global pleasant on Thursday in Dubai. Many Canadians had been already excited within the stands, and Kormish stated his feelings took over.
“Phrases cannot clarify,” he stated. “The vibrations go down the backbone, simply the vibrations take over the entire physique.”
Doha has reworked right into a soccer fan’s dream, with flags, posters, soccer balls and light-weight projections of the event’s largest gamers in all places within the capital, Kormish stated. Followers from all around the world have began to strive it out and the thrill is palpable, he stated.
Whereas Kormish plans to attend a number of video games, he stated those that imply essentially the most are when Canada performs. The workforce faces Belgium on Wednesday.
These video games are his “coronary heart and soul,” Kormish stated.
“How cool is that? That Canada is right here on the time Canada goes to interrupt the Guinness document.”