17-23 December: Happy Birthday to our Canadian Footballers!
Posted on 16 December 2012 in Around the Soccer World
23 December 1963 - Randy Samuel (Richmond, BC)
CONCACAF champion Randy Samuel remains Canada’s all-time leader in appearances in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (36), including those made in 1985 when Canada qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He later helped Canada win both the 1988 Sir Stanley Matthews Cup and 1990 Three Nations Cup. He became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006.
18 December 1891 - Dickie Stobbart
A three-time Dominion Cup champion, Dickie Stobbart was part of the 1924 Canadian team that toured Australia and New Zealand. Said to have been “deadly in front of goal with head or feet,” he was an honourable mention when The Canadian Press built its list of best athletes of the half century. In 2002, he was posthumously honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame.
19 December 1949 - Sam Lenarduzzi (Vancouver, BC)
Two-time Dominion Cup champion Sam Lenarduzzi played in a national record 17-consecutive “A” matches for Canada from 1968 to 1975. A team captain in the 1970s, he was the first Canadian to participate in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. A professional footballer in Vancouver and Toronto, he was part of the inaugural class honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.
20 December 1874 - Fred Steep (St. Catharines, ON) - d. 14 September 1956
Olympic champion Fred Steep helped Canada win a gold medal at the St. Louis Olympics. He played in both Olympic matches, a 7:0 win over Christian Brothers College and a 4:0 win over St. Rose School. He scored a goal for Galt FC in the first match against Christian Brothers College.
Billy Domazetis 18-Dec-1967 (Oakville, ON)
David Monsalve 21-Dec-1988 (Brampton, ON)
Russell Teibert 22-Dec-1992 (Niagara Falls, ON)