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David Smith

David Smith  is a long time soccer (football) goalkeeper. He began playing soccer in 1966, when he moved to England. His first real experience with soccer was staying in an inn in Colchester, England watching England, (led by West Ham United’s Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters),  win its first and only World Cup. That experience has made him (often to his embarrassment) a lifelong England and West Ham United fan. As a player, the highlight of his career was to tryout as a goalkeeper for the Canadian under 18 team. At 52, he is still playing, despite a hip replacement operation, and aspires to play in the World Masters Games. He is currently the VP of Boys soccer for Point Grey Soccer Club.

 In his non soccer lives David is married to Ann Rowan and is the father of two great children. He has been involved in the non profit community for most of his life, particularly in environmental and peace movement advocacy organizations. He is a supporter of Vision Vancouver and the Director of Operations at the consulting and fundraising company Strategic Communications.

FIFA World Cup Day 5: the 'group of death' begins with Cote d'Ivoire and Portugal

The highlight of this day is the "group of death" match between Cote d'Ivoire and Portugal that could become one of the highlights of the tournament. Two great teams. Winner likely to advance, loser l

World Cup Day 4 Preview

Samuel Eto'o should lead Cameroon to a third good start for an African team. Will Italy have a slow start against Paraguay?

The World Cup and the goalkeeper's nightmare

The goalkeeper's greatest fear is not the penalty kick, but the "howler" that costs his team the game.

FIFA World Cup Day 3 Preview

Without Michael Essien Ghana will be hard pressed to overcome Serbia. Robert Green's howler that allowed the US to draw with England gives more significance to the Algeria v Slovenia. Germany should p

The World Cup: Questions facing the world's game

As the second day of competition ends its interesting to consider the future of the game. One of soccer's main challenges remains: How can the game maintain or increase the level of entertainment

Making the Homeless disappear at the World Cup

Will South Africa benefit from the world up in the long run?

World Cup Overview: The group of death

If Drogba is healthy, even first place is possible for Cote D'Ivoire in the "Group of Death."

World Cup Overview: Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia

Italy will get out of the group, but Cannavero is unlikely to hoist the cup again

World Cup: Injuries to top players make game poorer

The World Cup will be a poorer player without stars like David Beckham, who are out with injuries...

World Cup Overview: Australia, Germany, Ghana and Serbia

Germany should win the group...