Gianluca Zavarise

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Gianluca Zavarise
Personal information
Full name Gianluca Zavarise
Date of birth (1986-07-28) July 28, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2001–2003 Roman Tulis
2004–2005 Vancouver Olympics
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Montebelluna 13 (4)
2007 Belluno 9 (1)
2008–2010 VfL Bochum II 31 (2)
2010–2011 Iraklis 0 (0)
2011 Toronto FC 14 (0)
Total 67 (7)
National team
2010 Canada 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 22, 2011.

Gianluca Zavarise (born July 28, 1986) is a retired Canadian soccer player.


Club career[edit]

Zavarise began his career in Canada with Roman Tulis European Soccer School of Excellence and won the 2003 School Boy Award for the player of the season.[1] In 2004, he left the Roman Tulis European Soccer School of Excellence to sign for Vancouver Olympics.

After one year with Vancouver Olympics he was signed in July 2005 by Italian side Calcio Montebelluna.[2] He played for half a year for Calcio Montebelluna and was signed in February 2007 by Italian Serie D club AC Belluno 1905.[3] He made his first senior appearances for AC Belluno 1905 in the 2007-2008 Serie D season.[4] He left Italy and his club AC Belluno 1905 after a half season on January 30, 2008, to sign with German club VfL Bochum II.[5] On May 1, 2010 VfL Bochum confirmed that Zavarise had left the team at the end of the season.[6] After the end of his contract with VfL Bochum II he joined Greek club Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C..[7]

On January 28, 2011 Toronto FC of Major League Soccer verified that Zavarise was one of three Canadian National team trialists that were traveling to Turkey for preseason.[8] On March 11, 2011 Toronto officially announced the signing of Zavarise.[9] Zavarise made his debut for the team as a second half sub on March 19, 2011 against Vancouver Whitecaps, in which was the first all Canadian match-up in the league. Gianluca assisted Maicon Santos in the 74th minute, the game ended as a 4-2 away defeat for Toronto.[10]

Zavarise was waived by Toronto on November 23, 2011.[11]

International career[edit]

Zavarise earned his first call-up for Canada on May 14, 2010 for the friendlies against Argentina on May 24, 2010 and Venezuela on May 29, 2010.[12] He did not make an appearance against Argentina but did start in the 1–1 draw versus Venezuela.[13]


Toronto FC[edit]


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