Theo Corbeanu

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Theo Corbeanu
Personal information
Full name Theodor Alexander Corbeanu
Date of birth (2002-05-17) May 17, 2002 (age 20)
Place of birth Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Youth career
Quinndale Youth Soccer
Mount Hamilton SC
Hamilton Sparta SC
Saltfleet SC
Givona Academy
2016–2018 Toronto FC
2018–2021 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018 Toronto FC III 5 (2)
2021– Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 (0)
2021–2022Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 13 (2)
2022Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 16 (1)
National team
2018 Romania U16 5 (2)
2018–2019 Romania U17 8 (0)
2021– Canada 6 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:18, 23 April 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of July 29, 2021

Theodor Alexander Corbeanu (born May 17, 2002) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Canada national team.

Early life[edit]

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Corbeanu began playing house league soccer at the age of five with local club Quinndale Youth Soccer[2] as a goalkeeper, but soon switched to forward role.[3] At youth level, he later played for local clubs Mount Hamilton SC, Hamilton Sparta SC, Saltfleet SC and Givova Academy.[4]

Club career[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

In late 2016, after a successful trial Corbeanu joined the academy of Toronto FC.[5] In 2018, he played for the club's senior academy side, Toronto FC III in League1 Ontario, scoring two goals in a 6–1 victory over Toronto Skillz FC on May 21, 2018.[6]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Having left Toronto FC in August 2018, Corbeanu was unsuccessful in a trial for English club Leicester City,[7] but was later offered a scholarship with the academy of Wolverhampton Wanderers, in which he represented the club's U16 and U18 sides.[4] In the summer of 2019, he joined the first-team on their pre-season trip in China,[8] before joining the club's U23 development squad in 2020.[4]

After playing only nine games for the Wolves U23 team, in which he scored four goals, Corbeanu signed a professional contract with the senior team in October 2020. He subsequently became a regular fixture on the Wolves bench,[7][9][10] eventually making his Premier League debut appearance for the club on May 16, 2021, coming on as a second-half substitute in their game away to Tottenham Hotspur, which ended with a 2–0 defeat.[11][12]

Loan to Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

On August 2, 2021, Corbeanu joined EFL League One club Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan.[13] He made his Owls debut in a 1–0 defeat away to Morecambe on August 28.[14] On November 2 Corbeanu scored his first senior professional goal, scoring the opener in a 3–0 victory over Sunderland.[15]

Loan to Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On January 6, 2022, Corbeanu was recalled from his loan early by Wolves and sent back out on loan to another League One club, Milton Keynes Dons, for the remainder of the 2021–22 season.[16] He made his debut on January 11 in a 1–0 home win over rivals AFC Wimbledon,[17] and four days later scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 away win over Portsmouth.[18] Corbeanu went on to make 17 appearances for MK Dons as the club secured a third-placed play-off finish.[19]

International career[edit]

After not being selected for the Canadian U15 team, he contacted the Romanian federation, who were aware of his progress. He began playing for Romania at U16 and U17 level, scoring twice in his first match with the U16 side against the Republic of Ireland.[3][20] After two years with the Romanian youth teams, he left in 2019, wanting to remain eligible for Canada at senior level.[4]

He was called up to the Canadian senior team for the first time in December 2020, for a January training camp,[21] but later withdrew due to club commitments with Wolves.[22] He officially joined the senior squad for the first time in March 2021 when he was called up ahead of Canada's 2022 World Cup qualification matches against Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.[23] He made his debut as a 77th-minute substitute against Bermuda on March 25, 2021, scoring four minutes into his debut with Canada's fifth goal in a 5–1 victory.[24][25][26]

In June 2021, Corbeanu was named in Canada's preliminary squad for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[27] On July 1, 2021 he was named in the final squad that would participate at the tournament.[28] In December 2021, Corbeanu was named the 2021 Canada Soccer Youth Player of the Year.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of May 8, 2022
Club Season League Domestic Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Toronto FC III 2018[30] League1 Ontario 5 2 2[a] 1 7 3
Wolverhampton Wanderers U21s 2020–21 EFL Trophy[31] 4[b] 0 4 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2020–21[31] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2021–22[32] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2021–22[32] League One 13 2 2 0 0 0 3[b] 0 18 2
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2021–22[32] League One 16 1 1[c] 0 17 1
Career total 35 5 2 0 2 1 8 0 47 6
  1. ^ Appearances in League1 Ontario League Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearances in EFL Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance in 2021–22 EFL League One play-offs

International[edit]

As of July 29, 2021[33]
Canada
Year Apps Goals
2021 6 2
Total 6 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. March 25, 2021 Exploria Stadium, Orlando, United States  Bermuda 5–1 5–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. July 11, 2021 Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, United States  Martinique 4–1 4–1 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile - Canada Soccer". canadasoccer.com. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "Theo Corbeanu Soccer Canada profile". Canadian Soccer Association.
  3. ^ a b "Get to Know Theo Corbeanu". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. June 17, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Milton, Steve (January 2, 2021). "Theo Corbeanu, just 18, has streaked from Hamilton soccer pitches onto historic Wolverhampton Wanderers' first team". Hamilton Spectator.
  5. ^ Bogos, Vlad (November 13, 2018). "Theodor Corbeanu: "Visez să câștig Cupa Mondială pentru țara mea"" [Theodor Corbeanu: “I dream to win the World Cup for my country”]. Tackle (in Romanian).
  6. ^ "TFC III Remain Undefeated With 6-1 Win Over Toronto Skillz". League1 Ontario. May 21, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  7. ^ a b Reid, Brady (January 4, 2021). "Getting to know the young guns abroad: Dissecting the CanMNT January Camp". Waking the Red.
  8. ^ McClurg, Ian (December 6, 2019). "How to Succeed Playing in Europe – A Profile of Theo Corbeanu". Ian McClurg Learn Perform Coaching.
  9. ^ Dicken, Alex (December 7, 2020). "Who is Theo Corbeanu? The 'outstanding' wonderkid in the Wolves squad for Burnley". Birmingham Mail.
  10. ^ "Corbeanu signs new Wolves contract". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. October 14, 2020.
  11. ^ Sutcliffe, Steve (May 16, 2021). "Tottenham v Wolves: Hosts boost Europa League hopes after comfortable win". BBC Sport.
  12. ^ "Theo Corbeanu, românul care a ales să joace pentru Canada, a debutat în Premier League împotriva lui Bale, Kane & Co" [Theo Corbeanu, the Romanian who chose to play for Canada, made his debut in the Premier League against Bale, Kane & Co.]. Digi Sport (in Romanian). May 16, 2021.
  13. ^ "Owls sign international forward Corbeanu". Sheffield Wednesday FC. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  14. ^ "Report: Morecambe 1-0 Wednesday". Sheffield Wednesday FC. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  15. ^ Howson, Dom (November 2, 2021). "Sheffield Wednesday player ratings: Theo Corbeanu and Florian Kamberi superb in Sunderland win".
  16. ^ "Corbeanu's loan switches to MK Dons". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Development Squad and Academy. January 6, 2022. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  17. ^ "Report: MK Dons 1-0 AFC Wimbledon". January 11, 2022.
  18. ^ "Portsmouth 1-2 Milton Keynes Dons". BBC. January 15, 2022. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  19. ^ "Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers (agg 1-2)". BBC. May 8, 2022. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  20. ^ "Theo Corbeanu, juniorul român care a ales să joace pentru altă țară! Ce l-a împins să renunțe la "tricolor"" [Theo Corbeanu, the Romanian junior who chose to play for another country! What pushed him to give up the "tricolor"]. Digi Sport (in Romanian). November 19, 2020.
  21. ^ Galindo, Peter (December 23, 2020). "Herdman unveils young Canada roster with 11 debutants for January camp". Sportsnet.
  22. ^ "Player tests positive for COVID-19 at Canada Soccer men's camp". Sportsnet. January 12, 2021.
  23. ^ Edwards, Joe (March 23, 2021). "Wolves' Theo Corbeanu called up by Canada". Express & Star.
  24. ^ Molinaro, John (March 25, 2021). "Davies, Larin lift CanMNT to big win over Bermuda in World Cup qualifying". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  25. ^ Edwards, Joe (March 26, 2021). "Wolves' Theo Corbeanu scores minutes into Canada bow". Express & Star.
  26. ^ "Internationals: Corbeanu Scores Four Minutes into Canada Debut". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. March 26, 2021.
  27. ^ "Davies, David highlight Canada's preliminary roster for Gold Cup". June 18, 2021.
  28. ^ "CANADA SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2021 CONCACAF GOLD CUP ROSTER". July 1, 2021.
  29. ^ "Theo Corbeanu and Jade Rose Named Canada Soccer Youth Players of the Year". Canadian Soccer Association. December 14, 2021.
  30. ^ "2018 Statistics". League 1 Ontario.
  31. ^ a b "Games played by Theo Corbeanu in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  32. ^ a b c "Games played by Theo Corbeanu in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  33. ^ Theo Corbeanu at National-Football-Teams.com

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