Tomasz Radzinski

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Tomasz Radzinski
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Personal information
Full name Tomasz Radzinski
Date of birth (1973-12-14) 14 December 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth Poznań, Poland
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Cuiavia Inowrocław
1987–1990 VfL Osnabrück
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 North York Rockets (–)
1994 St. Catharines Wolves (–)
1994–1998 Germinal Ekeren 104 (42)
1998–2001 Anderlecht 77 (52)
2001–2004 Everton 91 (25)
2004–2007 Fulham 103 (11)
2007–2008 Skoda Xanthi 25 (14)
2008–2012 Lierse 86 (39)
2012 Waasland-Beveren 14 (7)
Total 500 (190)
National team
1995–2009 Canada 46 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:19, 10 Mar 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:19, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Tomasz Radzinski (born 14 December 1973) is a retired Polish-Canadian association footballer who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Prior to his moving to Canada, Radziński began his playing career as a youth with Cuiavia Inowrocław in his native Poland, and Germany's VfL Osnabrück. He joined the North York Rockets of the Canadian Soccer League in 1990 and remained with the club through the league's demise in 1992 to the club's last year, played in the National Soccer League (NSL), in 1993. He played in the summer of 1994 with the St. Catharines Wolves (of the same league which however was by then renamed to the Canadian National Soccer League).

Radziński returned to Europe, joining Germinal Ekeren in Belgium in 1994. From there he eventually signed for Belgian giants Anderlecht for whom he scored 57 goals in 90 appearances – including five UEFA Champions League strikes in his last season with the Belgian champions – before moving to Everton for around £4.5 million,[1] the highest transfer fee paid for a Canadian up to that time.

At Everton, Radziński scored 25 times in 91 Premiership outings before requesting a transfer, eventually securing a three-year deal with Fulham F.C. worth £1.75 million.[2] Radzinski wasn't as prolific at Fulham as he was in his previous side, but won over the fans with several crucial goals. Radzinski was released at the end of the 2006–07 season by new manager Lawrie Sanchez,[3] totalling 17 goals in 117 appearances.

On 28 August 2007, he signed for Greek team Skoda Xanthi, on a free transfer.

One year later, on 30 August 2008 he signed a one-year contract for Belgian Second Division club Lierse, although his previous contract was valid until 2010. Lierse first had their eye on Peter Utaka, but when he transferred to Odense, they elected to sign Radzinski. Radzinski had disclosed to the press his belief that members of Skoda Xanthi had been involved in match fixing and was seeking a transfer.

On 29 January 2012, Belgian Second Division side Waasland-Beveren announced they had signed Radzinski on a short-term deal until the end of the 2011-2012 season with an option for an additional year.[4]

Tomasz Radzinski is now the Technical Director of Belgian football club K. Lierse S.K.[5]

International career[edit]

Radzinski made his debut for the Canadian national team in a June 1995 friendly match against Turkey. He earned a total of 46 caps, scoring 10 goals.[6]

In October 1999, Radzinski had been called up to the Canada national team by coach Holger Osieck, he promised to attend, failed to turn up and later refused to be interviewed about it. The Canadian Soccer Association approached FIFA to have Radzinski prevented from playing for Anderlecht as a result. Kevan Pipe, the head of the CSA called Radzinski's actions "an insult to his teammates, his coach and the country".[7] In October 2001, he announced that he'd like to play for Canada again as they had a friendly against European opponents, Malta.[8] He has represented Canada in 17 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[9]

He also holds a Belgian passport through his marriage.

International Goals[edit]

# Date City Opponent Result Competition
1. 12 January 1996 United States Los Angeles, USA  Brazil 1–4 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2. 15 May 2002 Switzerland St. Gallen, Switzerland   Switzerland 3–1 Friendly
3. 15 May 2002 Switzerland St. Gallen, Switzerland   Switzerland 3–1 Friendly
4. 11 September 2003 Finland Tampere, Finland  Finland 2–3 Friendly
5. 15 November 2003 Czech Republic Teplice, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 1–5 Friendly
6. 13 June 2004 Canada Kingston, Canada  Belize 4–0 2006 World Cup Qualification
7. 16 June 2004 Canada Kingston, Canada  Belize 4–0 2006 World Cup Qualification
8. 10 October 2006 Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica  Jamaica 1–2 Friendly
9. 25 March 2007 Bermuda Hamilton, Bermuda  Bermuda 3–0 Friendly
10. 10 October 2008 Canada Edmonton, Canada  Mexico 2–2 2010 World Cup Qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Germinal Ekeren
R.S.C. Anderlecht
Lierse S.K.

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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