Soccer fans will have the opportunity to celebrate one of Canada’s all-time great strikers at the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday 16 October at BMO Field. Honoured member Tomasz Radzinski will officially be inducted in his hometown of Toronto at Canada Soccer’s upcoming home international soccer match.
Radzinski will be inducted at half time of the Canada home match.
Radzinski is one of two former National Team Players honoured as part of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Candace Chapman was inducted earlier this year at a Women’s National Team home match in Hamilton.
Tomasz Radzinski was a star forward with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team who made more than 500 appearances at the professional level including UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League. He represented Canada at one Concacaf Gold Cup and in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He was Canada Soccer’s 1998 Canadian Player of the Year and the first Canadian to reach the Round of 16 in UEFA Champions League in 2000-01.
“I am deeply humbled to be inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018 alongside Candace Chapman,” said Tomasz Radzinski. “I would like to thank my teammates and coaches as well as everyone who along the way contributed to making me the best player that I could be.”
At the professional level, he won back-to-back Belgium championships with RSC Anderlecht in 2000 and 2001, also featuring in both UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League during that run. He was also the Top Scorer in Belgium in 2000-01. He then moved to England on a then-Canadian record transfer fee where he made close to 200 appearances in the Premier League with Everton and Fulham.
Radzinski played his youth football in Poland, Germany, and Canada, joining the North York Rockets as a teenager in the Canadian Soccer League. After playing for St. Catharines Wolves, he played in Belgium with Germinal Ekeren and RSC Anderlecht, in England with Everton and Fulham, in Greece with Skoda Xanthi, and again in Belgium with Lierse SK and then Waasland-Beveren in 2012. For Canada, he made 46 international “A” appearances from 1995 to 2009, scoring 10 goals and recording eight assists.
“Playing professional soccer was a dream come true for me. Playing my favourite sport enabled me to discover the world with my clubs and, most notably, with the Men’s National Team. I am sure most players would agree that representing one’s country at the highest level always feels like an incomparable honour.”