Julian de Guzman
|Full name||Julien Bobby de Guzman|
|Date of birth||March 25, 1981|
|Place of birth||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|Current club||Skoda Xanthi|
|1994–1997||North Scarborough SC|
|2000–2001||1. FC Saarbrücken II||30||(5)|
|2001–2002||1. FC Saarbrücken||21||(0)|
|2005–2009||Deportivo La Coruña||97||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 2, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Previously, he played for Deportivo de La Coruña, and was the first Canadian to play in the Spanish La Liga; his younger brother Jonathan has also played in the league since then. While playing in Spain, De Guzman was voted 2007–08 Deportivo Player of the Year.
De Guzman has played at both the Canadian U-20 and Senior level, he was awarded the Canadian Player of the Year in 2008 and in 2007 became only the second Canadian international to be awarded the CONCACAF Gold Cup Most Valuable Player, the other was Craig Forrest.
Before his career, he attended Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School from 1994 to 1997. His younger brother Jonathan de Guzman also plays professional soccer. but plays internationally for the Netherlands.
De Guzman was discovered by representatives of Olympique Marseille while playing for the North Scarborough youth soccer club in Toronto. After playing with Marseille's reserve side, De Guzman became a first-team regular with 1. FC Saarbrücken in the German Second Bundesliga in the 2001–02 season. In 21 appearances he never scored.
De Guzman's contract with Hannover expired in 2005 allowing his to move to any team with no transfer fee, he was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham where he would have joined Canadian captain Paul Stalteri. He decided against the move to London due to the depth in the centre of mid-field he chose to join Deportivo La Coruña in Spain becoming the first Canadian to play in La Liga. After playing a starring role in the club's remarkable turnaround in the 2007–2008 season to avoid relegation and gain a spot in the UEFA Cup, De Guzman was named the team's player of the season. In 95 appearances he scored one goal. His only goal with Deportivo came in 2005 against the Spanish giants Real Madrid. His contract with Deportivo expired in the summer of 2009.
In September 2009 an agreement was reached with Toronto FC for De Guzman to sign as a designated player, becoming the first ever Canadian Designated Player in league history. His contract was worth $1,910,746 annually. The Canadian midfielder signed a three-year deal to play in MLS. De Guzman made his debut for the club in an away game against the Los Angeles Galaxy on September 19, 2009. De Guzman was able to convince former Deportivo teammate and friend Mista to join Toronto in July 2010. De Guzman was heavily criticized for his inconsistent performances as a designated player in the 2010 season making 36 appearances in all competitions. Much doubt was left over the future of De Guzman and Toronto on November 23 when the club failed to protect him for the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, meaning Vancouver Whitecaps FC or Portland Timbers could select him if they were willing to take on a Designated Players Salary. However he was untouched going through the sixth round when Vancouver selected O'Brian White which allowed Toronto to protect one player for the remaining four rounds in which they protected De Guzman . On January 5, 2011 De Guzman revealed that will be undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus which may have plagued his performance for the last quarter of the season. It's expected he will return to full fitness by mid training camp.
In January 2011, Toronto hired Aron Winter as the head coach of the club to bring in a new style of possession soccer, many pundits believe that this new style will benefit De Guzman's abilities and will allow him to succeed within the MLS. Ten days before the new season kicked off it was revealed that De Guzman would miss this first game against Vancouver and potentially a few more, this was due to Winter not wanting to aggravate the recent successful surgery. De Guzman scored his first goal for Toronto in CONCACAF Champions League play against Tauro FC August 18, 2011, the game end in a 2-0 away victory.
On July 13, 2012 De Guzman was traded to FC Dallas in exchange for forward Andrew Wiedeman. De Guzman made his debut for Dallas against San Jose Earthquakes on July 18, the game ended in a 2-1 away defeat. De Guzman scored his only goal for Dallas on September 15 against Vancouver, a left footed volley more than 20 yards out six minutes into second half stoppage time.
De Guzman remained with FC Dallas through the 2012 season. His contract expired after 2012 and the club made him available for the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft in December 2012. De Guzman became a free agent after he went undrafted in both rounds of the draft.
On the last day of the 2012–13 winter transfer window, De Guzman joined SSV Jahn Regensburg. He made his debut for the team on February 3, playing all 90 minutes in a 1–5 loss against Hertha BSC. At the end of the season Jahn Regensburg was relegated from 2. Bundesliga, when De Guzman signed in January he had a clause that if they were relegated he would automatically become a free agent.
Following the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup in late July De Guzman signed for Skoda Xanthi in the Superleague Greece. His debut came in a third round UEFA Europa League match against Standard Liège on August 1. He would score in the second leg of the series on August 8 but Skoda Xanthi would lose the series 4–2. He made his league debut for the club in a 3–0 loss to P.A.O.K.
He made his senior debut for Canada in a January 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Martinique. By December 2009, he earned a total of 42 caps, scoring 4 goals. He has represented Canada in 11 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.
De Guzman was also chosen in the 23-man roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada won group A with seven points before being knocked out by Honduras in the quarter finals. He was later chosen in the all-tournament team along with fellow Canadian Michael Klukowski, this was the second time in a row he has been selected for this competition.
On June 1, 2011 in a friendly against Ecuador in the last minutes of play Canada was down 2–1 when De Guzman played a clever yet controversial quick free kick just outside the 18 yard box to Tosaint Ricketts who put in the net for his first ever international goal leading the Canadian team to a well earned draw. De Guzman earned his fiftieth cap for Canada's senior men's team on October 7, 2011 in a dominating 7–0 victory over Saint Lucia in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match at Beausejour Stadium.
- As of December 2, 2013.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|1. FC Saarbrücken||2. Bundesliga||2000–01||2||0||0||0||—||—||2||0|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||—||Europe||Total|
|Deportivo La Coruña||La Liga||2005–06||22||1||—||4||0||26||1|
|Canada||League||Canadian Championship||MLS Playoffs||North America||Total|
|United States||League||U.S. Open Cup||MLS Playoffs||North America||Total|
|Jahn Regensburg||2. Bundesliga||2012–13||13||0||0||0||—||—||13||0|
|Greece||League||Greek Football Cup||—||Europe||Total|
|Skoda Xanthi F.C.||Superleague Greece||2013–14||9||0||0||0||—||2||1||11||1|
Updated to games played September 7, 2010.
|1.||June 6, 2007||Miami Orange Bowl, Miami USA||Costa Rica||1–1||2–1||2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|3.||May 31, 2008||Qwest Field, Seattle, USA||Brazil||2–2||2–3||Friendly|
|4.||August 20, 2008||BMO Field, Toronto, Canada||Jamaica||1–0||1–1||2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|Canada national team|
Statistics as of September 12, 2013
- 1. FC Saarbrücken
- Saarland Cup: 2001–02
- Deportivo de La Coruña
- Toronto FC
- Deportivo de La Coruña Player of the Season: 2007–2008
- CONCACAF Gold Cup Most Valuable Player: 2007
- 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI
- 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI
- Canadian Player of the Year: 2008
- Canada Soccer Player of the Month: June 2012
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