Peter Canero

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Peter Canero
Personal information
Full name Peter Canero
Date of birth (1981-01-18) 18 January 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Kilmarnock 117 (9)
2004–2005 Leicester 13 (0)
2005 Dundee United 11 (2)
2006 New York Red Bulls 9 (0)
Total 150 (11)
National team
2004 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Canero (born 18 January 1981) is a former Scottish footballer who played as a defender and midfielder. He began his career with Kilmarnock, where he made over 100 appearances. He also had brief spells with Leicester City in England, Dundee United back in Scotland and New York Red Bulls in the United States before his career ended due to injury. He made one appearance for the Scotland national team in 2004.

Career[edit]

Canero, who is of Spanish descent, came up through the youth ranks with Kilmarnock. He made his first-team debut in August 1999 as a late substitute in the home league win over Aberdeen. Featuring in nearly a dozen matches that season, Canero began season 2000–01 as a first-team regular, scoring his first goals for the club in February 2001 in the League Cup semi-final win against St Mirren and subsequent league win against St Johnstone to help Kilmarnock qualify for Europe. Canero scored for Scotland under-21 while making over 22 appearances. At the start of the 2002–03 season and between January and March 2003, scored five goals in six league appearances. By December 2003, Canero was establishing himself as one of the most promising players in Scotland and with his contract expiring in June 2004, was offered a new three-year deal in December 2003, which amounted to a "60% pay rise".[1] In mid-January, however, Canero was linked with a move to Premier League side Leicester City[2] and he signed shortly afterwards in a £250,000 deal which would have risen to close to £500,000.[3]

Canero did not make his Leicester debut until mid-March, due to a hip and knee problem, when he appeared as a late substitute in the win at Birmingham City and went on to appear in around half of the remaining fixtures that season in the Premiership most notably against Leeds when missing a glorious chance to win the game. After undergoing a hip operation and missing the last two games of the season,[4] Canero struggled to make an impact in the first team and injury making life difficult, featuring only six times before the New Year. His last appearance came in November 2004 and after being an unused substitute on several occasions, was released by mutual consent in July 2005, despite featuring for the first time in eight months in an earlier pre-season friendly against Inter Milan.[5] He moved to Dundee United on a short-term deal in September, before signing with MetroStars of Major League Soccer in January 2006.[6] He was waived by the team, now known as New York Red Bulls, at the end of an injury-hit season during which he played only 278 minutes for the club. He subsequently retired due to persistent injuries.

Canero was capped for Scotland at all youth levels, and was given his first cap for the senior team in April 2004 as an early substitute in the friendly match against Denmark.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

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Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–00 Kilmarnock Scottish Premier League 11 0 - - - 11 0
2000–01 28 1 4 0 2 1 - 34 2
2001–02 32 0 2 1 1 0 3 0 38 1
2002–03 33 6 - - - 33 6
2003–04 13 2 - 1 0 - 14 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Leicester City FA Premier League 7 0 - - - 7 0
2004–05 Football League Championship 6 0 - - - 6 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Dundee United Scottish Premier League 11 2 - 1 0 - 12 2
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2006 New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer 9 0 - - - 9 0
Total Scotland 128 11 6 1 4 1 3 0 154 14
England 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
USA 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Career total 154 11 6 1 4 1 3 0 17 197

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Killie offer Canero bumper deal". BBC Sport. 31 December 2003. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Canero to join Leicester". BBC Sport. 14 January 2004. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Foxes delight for Canero". BBC Sport. 19 January 2004. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Canero on road to recovery". BBC Sport. 26 May 2004. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Foxes let midfielder Canero leave". BBC Sport. 29 July 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "New York Red Bulls: Roster: Player Bio: Peter Canero". Red Bull New York FC. Retrieved 4 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Denmark v Scotland". Scottish FA. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  8. ^ http://www.world-soccer.org/p-26587.htm

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