Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Forge FC Bobby Smyrniotis Named Forge FC Technical Director and Head Coach

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Forge FC Bobby Smyrniotis Named Forge FC Technical Director and Head Coach

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Bobby Smyrniotis named Forge FC head coach

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Bobby Smyrniotis, unveiled as technical director and head coach of Forge FC, says his Hamilton-based Canadian Premier League team will combine attacking flair with hard work.

Smyrniotis (pronounced Smeer-neo-tiss) is known for his work with Toronto-area soccer academy Sigma FC, which has produced the likes of Canadian internationals Cyle Larin, Kyle Bekker and Manjrekar James.

"From a football aspect I like all the beautiful things of the game," Smyrniotis said in an interview Monday. "I like possession, I like attacking, I like a lot of movement. But at the same time, that's all done through a code of working hard, that 11 players attack and 11 players defend. I think that's where you get the best aspects out of football.

"We want to put a team on the field that first and foremost our crowd, our supporters, everyone in Hamilton is proud of. So we'll do a lot of very good and football-purist things in the game, but we'll do it through a lot of hard work."

Smyrniotis brings a lot of knowledge of local talent through his time at Sigma. But the Sigma co-founder says while the academy will be "under the Forge umbrella," he won't be involved with Sigma on a daily basis.

"Bobby and his team at Sigma have created one of the best soccer development institutions in North America," Forge FC co-founder Bob Young said in a statement. "They have done it by developing talented Canadians from southern Ontario into outstanding national-calibre soccer players, many of whom are now professionals playing here and in Europe.

"We have great aspirations for Forge FC. The success of Bobby's work with Sigma is a perfect fit for the vision of the Canadian Premier League, and specifically with our goals for Forge FC."

The 39-year-old Smyrniotis wasted little time jumping into the fray with some 220 would-be CPL players attending Hamilton's open tryouts Monday. …

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