Canada names Gazzola new U-20 head coach
Posted on 4 May 2010 in Men's U-20 TeamThe Canadian Soccer Association has named Valerio Gazzola as Canada’s new national men’s U-20 head coach. Mr. Gazzola will assume his responsibilities immediately as the team begins preparations for the 2011 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship. Mr. Gazzola assumes the role previously served by Tony Fonseca, who is now the full-time assistant coach to the Canadian national team and head coach of the men’s U-23 / Olympic team.
"It is an honour to be involved with the national program," said Valerio Gazzola. "I look forward to the challenge of helping this team qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup."
Mr. Gazzola most recently served as technical director of ARS Laval, a position he held since 2007. The former McGill player and coach has also coached with Dollard, Monteuil and Lac St-Louis this past decade. In the past, he also coached numerous provincial all-star teams at the BMO National Championships.
Most notably, Mr. Gazzola was head coach of Impact Montréal from 1994 to 1997 and 2000 to 2001. In his first year as head coach, he led the Impact to a North American Cup championship, winning the A-League playoff title with a 1:0 victory over the Colorado Foxes at Stade Claude-Robillard. From 1995 to 1997, he led the Impact to three straight first-place finishes.
At the international level, he recently served as an assistant coach with Canada’s men’s U-20 team, helping Canada finish fourth at the VIes Jeux de la Francophonie Lebanon 2009. He previously served as an assistant coach to Bert Goldberger with Canada’s U-17 team (1991-1993) and to Ray Clark with Canada’s U-18 team (1998-2000). He helped Canada qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Japan 1993.
Canada’s men’s U-20 team will participate in the 2011 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in the first quarter of the new year, with the schedule and location yet to be announced. The confederation championship will serve as the qualification phase before the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The men’s U-20 program features players born 1991 or later.