Atiba Hutchinson

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Atiba Hutchinson
Atiba Hutchinson PSV.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-02-08) February 8, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder / Right back
Club information
Current club Beşiktaş
Number 13
Youth career
Brampton Braves
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 York Region Shooters
2002 Toronto Lynx 4 (0)
2003 Öster 24 (6)
2004–2006 Helsingborg 49 (6)
2006–2010 Copenhagen 139 (22)
2010–2013 PSV 80 (4)
2013– Beşiktaş 25 (1)
National team
2001–2003 Canada U20 19 (0)
2002–2004 Canada U23 10 (0)
2003– Canada 65 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 September 2013

Atiba Hutchinson (born February 8, 1983) is a Canadian professional football player who is currently playing for Beşiktaş.[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 on 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 teams final four games.

Sweden[edit]

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.

Denmark[edit]

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.

Netherlands[edit]

On April 22, 2010, Hutchinson signed a 3-year contract with PSV Eindhoven joining them on a free transfer.[8] Atiba made his PSV debut in a 6-0 home victory against De Graafschap on August 14, 2010.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

With PSV's summer addition of Mark van Bommel Hutchinson was moved back to defense playing right back.[16] 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.[17]

Turkey[edit]

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.[18] Hutchinson scored his first goal for the club on 23 March 2014 in a 3-0 victory over Akhisar Belediyespor.[19]

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.

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.[20] He has represented Canada in 12 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[21] and at the 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cups.

On June 21, 2007, Hutchison appeared to have scored a vital equalizer against the United States in a 2007 Gold Cup semi-final. However, he was controversially ruled off-side.

On October 8, 2010 FIFA.com named Hutchinson FIFA player of the day after his man of the match performance vs. Ukraine.

December 17, 2010 Atiba was awarded the Canadian Men's Player of the Year by the CSA for the first time of his career.[22] 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.[23]

Hutchinson went into the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup as one of the most integral members of the Canadian squad, he was able to partake in the pre-tournament friendly against Ecuador and the first game of the group stage against United States. 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.[24]

Position[edit]

Hutchinson can play all positions on the midfield and defense as well as supporting striker. Hutchinson has played at right back for Canada and PSV, center back for Canada and central midfield for Beşiktaş.

Background[edit]

In February 2007, Hutchinson was named 2006 CanadaSoccer.com Fans' Choice winner (most popular player).

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 October 9, 2004 Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Honduras 1-1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 July 12, 2005 Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, United States  Cuba 2-1 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3 March 25, 2007 Hamilton, Bermuda  Bermuda 0-3 Friendly
4 October 8, 2010 Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine 2-2 Friendly

International Stats[edit]

Canada national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 4 0
2004 7 1
2005 7 1
2006 4 0
2007 9 1
2008 9 0
2009 7 0
2010 3 1
2011 5 0
2012 7 0
2013 3 0
Total 65 4

Statistics as of September 8, 2013

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club[edit]

Denmark F.C. Copenhagen

Netherlands PSV Eindhoven

Country[edit]

CanadaCanada

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atiba Hutchinson". canadasoccer.com. Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Exports: Atiba Hutchinson, PSV Eindhoven fall short of Dutch Eredivisie title". Yahoo. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Association announces All Time Canada Mens XI Canadasoccer.com
  4. ^ http://www.canadasoccer.com/players-profile.php?playerid=15 Player Profile
  5. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11694/2338797/ Canadian claims Blues interest
  6. ^ Pyndt, Thomas (2007-02-23), "Kampen om midtbanen", TIPS-bladet: 14 
  7. ^ http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/sports/2010-11/16/c_13608686.htm Hutchinson wins league MVP
  8. ^ PSV verpflichtet Hutchinson auf UEFA.com
  9. ^ PSV vs. De Graadschap match stats auf ESPN.com
  10. ^ PSV vs. VVV-Venlo match stats auf ESPN.com
  11. ^ PSV vs. Excelsior match stats auf ESPN.com
  12. ^ Benfica find form at right time UEFA.com
  13. ^ Canada's Hutchinson questionable for World Cup qualifiers CBC.ca
  14. ^ Match: ADO Den Haag v PSV Soccernet.Espn.com
  15. ^ Injured Hutchinson shooting for January return Sportsnet.ca
  16. ^ Scholten, Berend (14 May 2012). "Van Bommel back at PSV after leaving Milan". UEFA.com. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Soccer Unbeaten Twente remain top triple delight at Twente Yahoo Sports
  18. ^ Atiba Hutchinson joins Besiktas goal.com
  19. ^ http://www.aa.com.tr/en/football/305146--besiktas-climb-to-second-spot-in-turkish-league Besiktas climbs to second spot in Turkish League aa.com]
  20. ^ Appearances for Canada National Team – RSSSF
  21. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  22. ^ Atiba Hutchinson is the male selection for 2010 award – Canadian Soccer Association
  23. ^ Hutchinson is male selection for 2012 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award– Canadian Soccer Association
  24. ^ XI out of 10: CAN vs. Guadeloupe RedNationonline.ca

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Denmark Hjalte Nørregaard
F.C. Copenhagen Player of the Year
2010
Succeeded by
Senegal Dame N'Doye