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Mr. Soccer, Francis Millien, talks FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada

They call him Mr. Soccer, and for very good reason. Francis Millien has had a hand – or perhaps a foot, rather – in the promotion of soccer in Montréal and Québec at virtually every level for over 30 years. As Venue General Manager at Montréal’s Olympic Stadium for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 (taking place in Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Moncton and Montréal from June 6 to July 5), Millien once again finds himself in service of the beautiful game. An assistant coach for the Montréal’s professional soccer team, the Montréal Impact, for five years, Millien played an active role in the organization of the U20 2014 and the U20 FIFA World Cup in 2007. A member of Montréal’s Comité Excellence Sportive since 2011 (responsible for supporting high performance sport in Montréal and showcasing the city’s sport scene), Millien’s duties at the FIFA Women’s World Cup also relate to upholding standards of excellence. “[My job] is to make sure that everything is prepared in good order and that everything follows the rules and criteria of FIFA ,” Millien explains. “There are very strict regulations we have to follow to make sure that the best service is given… / Read More →

Montréal pro-sports season round-up

It’s no accident that Montréal is home to one of the most legendary professional sports franchises in the history of pro-sports, the Montréal Canadiens. Montréalers are passionate about being, well, Montréalers, and love for the city’s sports teams and annual competitive events – the Canadiens, Alouettes, Impact, Rogers Cup and more – is DNA-deep in the identity of the city’s inhabitants. It’s a love that’s going to see its full expression over an action-packed pro sports schedule in 2015. The National Hockey League’s Montréal Canadiens (or “Habs,” from the French word “habitants”) are always the biggest sports story in town at this time of the year simply because we’re in the final stretch of the regular season. In decades past, now is when the Habs Nation would normally break out in a rash of collective anxiety. Not this year. Against pre-season expectations, The Habs are currently alternating for top spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, in large part due to the next-level net minding efforts of Carey Price, who’s spent a good part of the season writing the book on Zen and the Art of Goaltending Greatness. And despite a recent lapse in scoring, and a Western Conference road trip… / Read More →

Sports in Montreal: NBA, UFC, Lacrosse and more

While it’s that time of the year when most Montreal hockey and football fans are focused, laser-like, on the fortunes of the just-getting-started Montreal Canadiens and the coming-down-the-home-stretch Montreal Alouettes respectively, there’s a lot more sports life out there than just the big tickets…