Atiba Hutchinson

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Atiba Hutchinson
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Hutchinson with Besiktas in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-02-08) February 8, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive Midfielder/ Right Back
Club information
Current team
Number 13
Youth career
Brampton Braves
North Scarborough Soccer Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 York Region Shooters 2 (0)
2002–2003 Toronto Lynx 4 (0)
2003–2004 Öster 24 (6)
2004–2006 Helsingborg 49 (6)
2006–2010 Copenhagen 139 (22)
2010–2013 PSV 80 (4)
2013– Beşiktaş 94 (5)
National team
2001–2003 Canada U20 19 (0)
2002–2004 Canada U23 10 (0)
2003– Canada 75 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2016

Atiba Hutchinson (born February 8, 1983) is a Canadian professional football player who is currently playing for Beşiktaş and the Canadian national team.[2] While playing in Denmark he won the Danish Super Liga Player of the Year becoming the first North American player to receive the award. That same season Hutchinson won Canadian Player of the Year for the first time in his career. Between 2010 and 2013, he played for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie.

In 2012 as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's centennial celebration, he was named to the all-time Canada XI men's team.[3]

Club career[edit]

Born in Brampton, Ontario to Trinidadian parents,[4] Hutchinson began his professional career in the 2002 summer season, playing briefly with the York Region Shooters of the Canadian Professional Soccer League before signing with the Toronto Lynx of the then A-League in mid-season, on July 26, and playing in the team's final four games.


In January 2003 he signed with Östers IF, newly promoted to the Swedish Allsvenskan. Hutchinson scored six times for Öster during the 2003 season. With the club relegated out of the Allsvenskan, Hutchinson was granted a transfer for an estimated £1.32 million and signed with Helsingborgs IF in January 2004.

Expectations were high for him the first season in Helsingborg, but they were ultimately unsatisfied.[5] However, in the 2005 season he was consistently the team's best player, scoring six goals from a primarily defensive midfield position.


Hutchinson moved to Danish F.C. Copenhagen, where, for the first half of the year, he played alongside Swedish international Tobias Linderoth in central midfield, latterly being used around the midfield and as a striker. Manager Ståle Solbakken said in an interview with the football paper TIPS-bladet, that he saw Hutchinson's attacking talents as being too impressive for a central midfielder, saying that he would be used more often as winger.[6] He has been linked with Premier League clubs several times.

After Hutchinson had left Denmark for his new team in the Eredivisie he was awarded Danish Super Liga Player of the Year for his last season with Copenhagen.[7] This award was given on November 15, 2010 by Franz Beckenbauer at the annual Danish Football Association award show. This was the first time a Canadian had won this award in the Danish League.

In 2014, 32,000 fans participated in a fan vote selecting their 11 all-time favourite Copenhagen players, selecting Hutchinson in the midfield.[8]


On April 22, 2010, Hutchinson signed a 3-year contract with PSV Eindhoven joining them on a free transfer.[9] Atiba made his PSV debut in a 6-0 home victory against De Graafschap on August 14, 2010.[10] Four days later he made his European debut for the team in a surprising 1-0 first leg defeat to FC Sibir Novosibirsk in the Europa League, however PSV won the second leg 5-0 making it to the next stage of the competition. Atiba scored his first goal with the Dutch side on January 23, 2011, his goal came in the 46th minute of a 3-0 away victory against VVV-Venlo.[11] Hutchinson started the 2010 season playing a defensive role as a right back, however with the mid-season transfer of Ibrahim Afellay to Barcelona allowed Hutchinson to move into his more natural position of the central midfield. Atiba continued to impress through the winter scoring his second goal of the season in a 3-2 away victory against Excelsior on March 5, 2011.[12] Atiba also help lead PSV to the Quarter Finals of the Europa League before being knocked out by Benfica in Mid-April losing 6-3 on aggregate.[13]

Hutchinson was forced to miss the beginning of the 2011–12 Eredivisie due to his knee injury sustained with Canada at the Gold Cup that summer.[14] After missing the first two games of the season Hutchinson made his return on August 21, 2011 as a second-half substitute for Zakaria Labyad against ADO Den Haag, the game ended in a 3-0 away victory for PSV.[15] Weeks later Hutchinson sustained yet another knee injury during a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification against Saint Lucia forcing him to have his third knee operation in 18 months.[16]

With PSV's summer addition of Mark van Bommel Hutchinson was moved back to defense playing right back.[17] On August 26, 2012 Atiba scored his first goal of the new season courtesy of a Dries Mertens through ball in the 38th minute, the game ended in a 3-1 away victory over FC Groningen.[18]


With a desire to sign for a Premier League team Hutchinson let his contract run out with PSV and went into the summer of 2013 looking for a new team, on 30 July it was announced that he had joined Beşiktaş J.K. in the Süper Lig.[19] Hutchinson scored his first goal for the club on 23 March 2014 in a 3-0 victory over Akhisar Belediyespor.[20] After missing the first leg in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League play-off round Hutchinson had a standout performance against Arsenal in which Arsène Wenger said Hutchinson was the most impressive Besiktas player, the game ended in a 1-0 away defeat for the Turkish side.[21]

International career[edit]

Hutchinson playing against Peru at BMO Field on September 4, 2010

Hutchinson played at the 2001 and 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships.[citation needed]

He made his senior debut for Canada in a January 2003 friendly match against the United States and, by December 2009, has earned a total of 47 caps, scoring 3 goals.[22] He has represented Canada in 12 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[23] and at the 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cups.

December 17, 2010 Atiba was awarded the Canadian Men's Player of the Year by the CSA for the first time of his career.[24] Hutchinson was heavily favored for this award in 2010 for his play with the national team, joining a well known European club and becoming the first Canadian to win the Danish Superliga Player of the year. Atiba won with 31.4% of the vote with Dwayne De Rosario in second place, Simeon Jackson was the award winner in 2009. December 12, 2012 Hutchinson was once again awarded the Canadian Player of the year from the CSA for the second time in his career.[25]

Hutchinson went into the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad. However following the 2-0 loss to the Americans at Ford Field Hutchinson sustained a knee injury forcing him to miss the rest of the tournament.[26]


As of 18 May 2016.
Club Season League Cup Other Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Beşiktaş 2013–14 30 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 33 1
2014–15 30 2 3 0 0 0 10 0 43 2
2015–16 34 2 3 0 0 0 6 0 43 2
Total 94 5 7 1 0 0 18 0 119 5
Career total 94 5 7 1 0 0 18 0 119 5

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 October 2004 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Honduras
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 12 July 2005 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Cuba
2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3 25 March 2007 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Bermuda
4 8 October 2010 Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine
5 23 May 2014 Sonnenseestadion, Ritzing, Austria  Bulgaria
6 4 September 2015 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  Belize
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification



FC Copenhagen
Beşiktaş J.K.



  1. ^ "Atiba Hutchinson". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Exports: Atiba Hutchinson, PSV Eindhoven fall short of Dutch Eredivisie title". Yahoo. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Association announces All Time Canada Men's XI
  4. ^ Player Profile Archived June 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Canadian claims Blues interest
  6. ^ Pyndt, Thomas (2007-02-23), "Kampen om midtbanen", TIPS-bladet, p. 14 
  7. ^ Hutchinson wins league MVP
  8. ^ F.C. København - Det officielle website - Nyhedsvisning
  9. ^ PSV verpflichtet Hutchinson auf
  10. ^ PSV vs. De Graadschap match stats auf
  11. ^ PSV vs. VVV-Venlo match stats auf
  12. ^ PSV vs. Excelsior match stats auf
  13. ^ Benfica find form at right time
  14. ^ Canada's Hutchinson questionable for World Cup qualifiers
  15. ^ Match: ADO Den Haag v PSV
  16. ^ Injured Hutchinson shooting for January return
  17. ^ Scholten, Berend (14 May 2012). "Van Bommel back at PSV after leaving Milan". Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Soccer Unbeaten Twente remain top triple delight at Twente Yahoo Sports[dead link]
  19. ^ Atiba Hutchinson joins Besiktas
  20. ^ Besiktas climbs to second spot in Turkish League
  21. ^ Canadian Atiba Hutchinson turns heads as he climbs the ladder in world soccer[dead link]
  22. ^ Appearances for Canada National Team – RSSSF
  23. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  24. ^ Atiba Hutchinson is the male selection for 2010 award Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. – Canadian Soccer Association
  25. ^ Hutchinson is male selection for 2012 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award– Canadian Soccer Association
  26. ^ XI out of 10: CAN vs. Guadeloupe
  27. ^ Atiba Hutchinson named Canadian soccer player of the year - The Globe and Mail

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Denmark Hjalte Nørregaard
F.C. Copenhagen Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Senegal Dame N'Doye