You are currently viewing Get to Know Our Canadian Soccer Heroes

Get to Know Our Canadian Soccer Heroes

The names of the legendary Canadian players who have made it onto our list of the most significant Canadian soccer players of all time are about to be revealed, so get ready to take a trip back in time with us as we reveal these names.

Let’s look at some of the most accomplished soccer players in Canadian history.

Fernando Aguiar

  • Role: Defensive midfielder
  • Birthdate: March 18, 1972
  • Origin: Portuguese

He was born and raised in Canada, where he began his professional career with the Toronto Blizzard in 1991. He played for several other teams before announcing his retirement from football in 2014. These included Maritimo, Nacional, Maia, Benfica, Gondomar, and Pedrouços, to name just a few.

From 1995 to 1999, he represented Canada on the international stage, making his debut in a match against Portugal in January 1995. In July 1999, he made his final appearance for the United States against Saudi Arabia.

Atiba Hutchinson

  • Role: Midfielder
  • Birthdate: February 8, 1983
  • Origin: Canadian

On January 18, 2003, he made his senior debut for Canada in a match against the United States and has since made 84 appearances for the team. Hutchinson has played for Canada in 12 World Cup qualification games and four CONCACAF Gold Cups. Atiba was named Canadian Men’s Player of the Year in December 2010, and he is the first Canadian to be named Danish Superliga Player of the Year.

Patrice Bernier

  • Role: Midfielder
  • Birthdate: September 23, 1979
  • Origin: Canadian

Montreal Impact was where he began his professional career in 2000. Still, he went on to play for other teams, including Moss FK, Tromfjord, Kaisersburg, FC Nordsjaelland (twice), Lyngby BK, and another stint with Montreal Impact. In 2017, he made an official announcement of his retirement.

 Julian de Guzman

  • Role: Midfielder
  • Birthdate:25 October 1981, 1981
  • Origin: Canadian

In 2007 and 2008, the Canadian Star won Deportivo La Corua Player of the Year honours for the second time. Saarbrücken II, Hannover 96, and Jahn Regensburg were some of the clubs he played for in Germany during his career. In de Guzman’s second spell with the Toronto FC, he captained the team to their first-ever playoff berth. 

Alphonso Davies

  • Role: Winger/Left-back
  • Birthdate: November 2, 2000
  • Origin: Canadian

Many sources, including TSN Soccer, have ranked him as one of the greatest Canadian soccer players and one of the greatest Canadian football players of all time. He is the first Canadian to play in the Bundesliga and the youngest player to score a goal for the Canadian national team.

>> YOU MAY ALSO LIKE : Defining Moments in Canadian Soccer History <<

Alex Bunbury

  • Role: Striker
  • Birthdate: June 18, 1967
  • Origin: Canadian

In his 66 national appearances, he scored 16 goals, making him one of the top four Canadian goal scorers of all time. When he played for maritime Portugal in 1994, he was named the best foreign player in the world.

Daniel Fernandes

  • Role: Goalkeeper
  • Birthdate: September 25, 1983
  • Origin: Canadian

Daniel Márcio Fernandes began his professional football career in 2001 with Porto B, where he plays goalkeeper for the Tarxien Rainbows. Former clubs include PAOK, Panthrakikos, San Antonio Scorpions, Rayo Oklahoma City, Lillestrm, and Farense. Before choosing to represent his father’s native country of origin, Canada’s under-20 team.

Owen Hargreaves

  • Role: Midfielder
  • Birthdate: January 20, 1981
  • Origin: Canadian

He is the only player on the list born outside Canada, in Calgary, Alberta. Hargreaves began his career with Bayern Munich and played for England from 2001-2010. In 2005 he was named the best English player in the Bundesliga, and in 2008 he won the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United. Hargreaves is widely considered to be one of the best midfielders of his generation.

 Junior Hoilett

  • Role: Left Winger
  • Birthdate: June 6, 1990
  • Origin: Canadian

The left-winger has previously played for Blackboned Rovers, Queens Park Rangers, and Cardiff City, where he is currently on loan from the Premier League club. He was instrumental in Cardiff’s promotion to the top flight.

 Craig Forrest

  • Role: Goalkeeper
  • Birthdate: September 20, 1967
  • Origin: Canadian

Throughout his career, this goalkeeper only played for English teams like Ipswich and West Ham United. It was only for a short period that the native player was allowed to play for Chelsea. The now-retired Forrest helped the Canadians win the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup by blocking two penalties in his final years of competition.

These are the best Canadian soccer players of all time. We hope you enjoyed reading and learned something new about some of Canada’s greatest players. Which one of the athletes mentioned above is your all-time personal favorite?

Leave a Reply