23-29 April: Happy Birthday to our Canadian Footballers!
Posted on 22 April 2012 in Around the Soccer World
26 April 1918 - Lou Moro (deceased 2009)
Canadian athletic trainer / physiotherapist is an honoured member of both The Soccer Hall of Fame and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He worked on numerous Canadian national soccer projects from 1960 through to the early 1990s, including FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He also worked for North Shore United SC, Vancouver Whitecaps (from the old NASL days) and Vancouver 86ers. Already a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame (1975) and British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame (1995), Moro was part of the inaugural class honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.
Lou Moro is pictured in the back row, far right, of this 1970s Canadian team photograph.
24 April 1970 - Janine Helland
Former Canadian women's footballer Janine Helland (née Wood) has served on the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. A two-time runner-up for Canadian Player of the Year honours (1996 and 1998), Helland made 47 appearances for Canada from 1990 to 1999, including participation in two FIFA Women's World Cups (Sweden 1995 and USA 1999). Only 19 years old when she made her debut on 20 April 1990 (four days before her 20th birthday), Helland won silver medals with Canada at the 1991 and 1994 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifiers. She played in a career-high 17 consecutive Canada matches from 1995 to 1998.
Brian Gant 23-April-1952 (Vancouver, BC)
Brad Parker 23-April-1980 (Scarborough, ON)
Marie-Claude Dion 25-April-1974 (Québec, QC)
Chris Franks 27-April-1974 (Richmond, BC)
Zeljko Bilecki 28-April-1950
Lexi Marton 28-April-1990 (Aurora, ON)
Diamond Simpson 28-April-1993 (Mississauga, ON)
Chelsea Stewart 28-April-1990 (The Pas, MB)
Tony Pignatiello 29-April-1968 (Toronto, ON)
Tibor Gemeri 29-April-1951