Julian de Guzman

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Julian de Guzman
Julien DeGuzman TFC 2010.jpg
De Guzman playing for Toronto FC in 2010
Personal information
Full name Julian Bobby de Guzman
Date of birth (1981-03-25) March 25, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1997 North Scarborough SC
1997–2000 Marseille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 1. FC Saarbrücken II 30 (5)
2001–2002 1. FC Saarbrücken 21 (0)
2002–2005 Hannover 96 78 (2)
2005–2009 Deportivo La Coruña 97 (1)
2009–2012 Toronto FC 65 (2)
2012 FC Dallas 12 (1)
2013 Jahn Regensburg 15 (0)
2013–2014 Skoda Xanthi 26 (0)
2015–2016 Ottawa Fury 26 (0)
Total 370 (11)
National team
1999–2001 Canada U20 13 (4)
2002–2016 Canada 89 (4)
Teams managed
2017 Ottawa Fury (assistant)
2017– Ottawa Fury (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 15, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 30, 2017

Julian Bobby de Guzman (born March 25, 1981) is a Canadian soccer coach and former professional player, who played as a midfielder. He is currently an assistant coach for Ottawa Fury.[2]

De Guzman was the first Canadian to play in the Spanish La Liga. While playing in Spain, he was voted 2007–08 Deportivo La Coruña 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. He is currently the all-time cap leader of the Canadian national team, a record he has held alone since November 2015 when he surpassed Paul Stalteri's previous record of 84 appearances. From 2013–2016, he was captain of the Canadian men's national team.

Playing career[edit]

Europe[edit]

De Guzman was discovered by representatives of Olympique Marseille while playing for the North Scarborough youth soccer club in Toronto.[3] After playing with Marseille's reserve side, De Guzman became a first-team with 1. FC Saarbrücken in the German 2. Bundesliga in the 2000–01 season, where he made two appearances,[4] and in the 2001–02 season, where he made 19 appearances.[5] In 21 appearances he never scored.[6]

In 2002, he joined newly promoted Hannover 96, becoming only the third Canadian to play in the German First Bundesliga. He made 20 appearances during 2002–03 season[7] and 32 appearances in both 2003–04[8] and 2004–05 seasons.[9]

De Guzman's contract with Hannover expired in 2005 allowing him 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, and instead chose to join Deportivo La Coruña in Spain becoming the first Canadian to play in La Liga.[10] 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.

Toronto FC[edit]

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.[11] De Guzman made his debut for the club in an away game against the Los Angeles Galaxy on September 19, 2009. He finished the 2009 season with five appearances.[12] 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.[13] 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 .[14] On January 5, 2011 De Guzman revealed that would be undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus which may have plagued his performance for the last quarter of the season.[15]

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 believed that this new style would benefit De Guzman's abilities and allow him to succeed within the MLS.[16] 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.[17]

FC Dallas[edit]

On July 13, 2012 De Guzman was traded to FC Dallas in exchange for forward Andrew Wiedeman.[18] De Guzman made his debut for Dallas against San Jose Earthquakes on July 18, the game ended in a 2–1 away defeat.[19] 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.[20]

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.

Jahn Regensburg[edit]

On the last day of the 2012–13 winter transfer window, De Guzman joined SSV Jahn Regensburg.[21] He made his debut for the team on February 3, playing all 90 minutes in a 1–5 loss against Hertha BSC.[22] 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.[23] He had made 15 appearances dor the club.[24]

Skoda Xanthi[edit]

Following the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup in late July, De Guzman signed for Skoda Xanthi in the Superleague Greece.[25] His debut came in a third round UEFA Europa League match against Standard Liège on August 1. He scored in the second leg of the series on August 8, but Skoda Xanthi would lose 4–2 on aggregate. He made his league debut for the club on August 17 in a 3–0 loss to P.A.O.K..[26] After his contract expired, he looked for a club in or near Germany to be closer to his family, but he has not found anything as of yet.[27]

Ottawa Fury[edit]

After several months without a club he was rumoured to be signing with Columbus Crew following a training spell with the MLS club, however a week later de Guzman signed with Ottawa Fury of the North American Soccer League on March 27, 2015.[28] He made his debut on April 4 against the Carolina RailHawks.[29]

On December 16, 2015 de Guzman re-signed with Ottawa for the 2016 season.[30] He was subsequently named captain of the club on March 9, 2016.[31]

International career[edit]

De Guzman playing against Ecuador at BMO Field on June 1, 2011

De Guzman played at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina, alongside Atiba Hutchinson and Mike Klukowski among others.

He made his senior debut for Canada in a January 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Martinique. By July 2015, he earned a total of 82 caps, scoring 4 goals.[32] He has represented Canada in 22 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[33]

In Canada's opening match of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, De Guzman scored twice to help defeat Costa Rica 2–1. After the conclusion of the competition, De Guzman was named tournament MVP.[34]

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.[35] 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.[36]

On November 17, 2015, de Guzman started for Canada against El Salvador in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match and overtook Paul Stalteri as Canada's most capped player in history earning his 85th cap.[37]

Coaching career[edit]

On January 30, 2017 de Guzman announced his retirement from soccer and his transition to an assistant coaching position with the Ottawa Fury.[2]

On August 15, 2017 de Guzman was named interim head coach of the Ottawa Fury until the end of the 2017 season after the resignation of head coach Paul Dalglish.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Before his career, he attended Cardinal Newman Catholic High School from 1994 to 1997.[39] His younger brother Jonathan de Guzmán also plays professional soccer for Napoli,[40] but plays internationally for the Netherlands.[41]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Other1 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Saarbrücken II 2000–01 Oberliga Südwest 30 5 30 5
Saarbrücken 2000–01 2. Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 2 0 [4]
2001–02 19 0 1 0 20 0 [5]
Totals 21 0 1 0 22 0
Hannover 2002–03 Bundesliga 18 0 2 0 20 0 [7]
2003–04 30 2 2 0 32 2 [8]
2004–05 30 0 2 0 32 0 [9]
Totals 78 2 6 0 84 2
Deportivo La Coruña 2005–06 La Liga 22 1 4 0 4 0 30 1 [12]
2006–07 20 0 3 0 23 0 [12]
2007–08 35 0 0 0 35 0 [12]
2008–09 20 0 3 0 5 0 28 0 [12]
Totals 97 1 10 0 9 0 116 1
Toronto 2009 MLS 5 0 0 0 5 0 [12][42]
2010 25 0 3 0 6 0 34 0 [12][42]
2011 19 2 3 0 6 1 28 3 [12][42]
2012 16 0 4 0 3 0 23 0 [12][42]
Totals 65 2 10 0 15 1 90 3
Dallas 2012 MLS 12 1 0 0 12 1 [12][42]
Jahn Regensburg 2012–13 2. Bundesliga 15 0 0 0 15 0 [24]
Skoda Xanthi 2013–14 Superleague Greece 26 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 29 1 [12][42]
Ottawa Fury 2015 NASL 15 0 1 0 1 0 17 0 [12][42]
2016 11 0 1 0 12 0 [12][42]
Totals 26 0 2 0 1 0 29 0
Career totals 370 11 29 0 26 2 1 0 426 13
  • 1.^ Includes Soccer bowl match.

International goals[edit]

As of September 7, 2010[43]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. June 6, 2007 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami USA  Costa Rica 1–1 2–1 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2. 2–1
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

International[edit]

As of June 7, 2016
Canada national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 4 0
2003 2 0
2004 7 0
2005 2 0
2006 3 0
2007 10 2
2008 7 2
2009 7 0
2010 2 0
2011 8 0
2012 9 0
2013 8 0
2014 5 0
2015 11 0
2016 4 0
Total 89 4

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