24-31 December: Happy Birthday to our Canadian Footballers!
Posted on 23 December 2012 in Around the Soccer World
25 December 1959 - Mike Sweeney (Squamish, BC)
CONCACAF champion Mike Sweeney was one of four players that helped Canada qualify for its first FIFA youth tournament in 1979 and then its first FIFA World Cup in 1986. An Olympian in 1984, he retired in 1993 as Canada’s all-time leader with 61 international “A” appearances. He became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002.
25 December 1971 - Carlo Corazzin (Coquitlam, BC)
Carlo Corazzin became a CONCACAF champion in 2000, the same year he led all tournament scorers with four goals. In all, he participated in three editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and four cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He also played in the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. In 2012, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
27 December 1981 - Melissa Tancredi (Ancaster, ON)
CONCACAF champion Melissa Tancredi is in her ninth season with Canada's national team, having made her debut at age 22 on 26 February 2004. She has represented Canada at two FIFA Women's World Cups and two Women's Olympic Football Tournaments. She helped Canada win CONCACAF gold in 2010. In 2008, she scored the winning goal that booked Canada's spot in the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Tibor Vigh 24-Dec-1941
Johnny Sulentic 24-Dec-1979 (Richmond, BC)
Carl Fletcher 26-Dec-1971 (Scarborough, ON)
Patrick Leduc 26-Dec-1977 (St-Lambert, QC)
Martin Nash 27-Dec-1975 (Victoria, BC)
Roderick Scott 27-Dec-1965
Maycoll Canizalez 28-Dec-1982 (Toronto, ON)
Sita-Taty Matondo 28-Dec-1984 (St-Laurent, QC)
Peter Gilfillan 29-Dec-1965 (Guelph, ON)
Sharolta Nonen 30-Dec-1977 (Vancouver, BC)
HOF – Dr. Rudy Gittens 30-Dec-1932
Mike Bakic 30-Dec-1952