The past 12 months or so have been undeniably difficult for almost everybody, for reasons we need not rehash. Thankfully, the world of Canadian soccer has been a bright spot: in the earlier days of the pandemic, Alphonso Davies treated us to some real heroics at Bayern Munich. Later that summer, the CPL's Island Games were a smash hit. In the year 2020, with matches hard to come by for quite a while, the ones we did get were very special. The Canadian game has been growing at a remarkable clip the past few years, with players – both at home and abroad – making a name for themselves wherever they go.
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The 2020-21 European football season has been a completely new level, though. In fact, on the whole, one thing has become clear in the past week: this current campaign is the best ever for Canadian men's players in Europe. Davies' 2019-20, on its own, might've held that title before. But add his continued brilliance, including yet another Bundesliga title, to the pot with (inhale):
- The ageless Atiba Hutchinson and a resurgent Cyle Larin winning the Turkish league with Besiktas
- Scott Arfield helping Rangers FC to their first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years
- Milan Borjan and Red Star Belgrade winning the Serbian Superliga for the fourth straight time
- Theo Corbeanu finally making his English Premier League debut with Wolverhampton Wanderers... which happened Sunday
- Oakville native (and CanMNT-eligible) Daniel Jebbison scoring for Sheffield United in his first-ever Premier League start... which also happened Sunday