Sam Lenarduzzi

19 December 1948
Udine, ITA
178 cm
Where they grew up
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
International "A" - CAN MNT
27 Appearances
26 Starts
0 Goals
0 Assists


Sam Lenarduzzi

Silvano Lenarduzzi... soccer family (brothers Vanni, Bob and Danny)... both his father Giovanni and mother Clelia were born in Italy... he was two years old when his family moved from Italy to Vancouver... favourites have included Franz Beckenbauer, Liverpool... worked for North West Industries in Vancouver before moving to Toronto in 1974 to join Canada Soccer’s national team “in being”... worked for Labatt’s Breweries...

honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as a player (one of the first 11 former players honoured as part of The Soccer Hall of Fame’s inaugural Class of 2000)... honoured by the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia and Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre Hall of Fame... his brother Bobby Lenarduzzi is also an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame...

represented Canada in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, two cycles of Olympic Qualifiers and two editions of the Pan American Games... was part of the first Canadian team to feature in Olympic Qualifiers in 1967... career 48 international appearances across 15 years from 1967 to 1981 with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team, including 29 international "A" appearances... when he left international football in 1981, he ranked first all-time with 48 international appearances, in fact holding the Canadian record from 1972 (when he surpassed Peter Greco) until 1985 (when Bruce Wilson surpassed him)...

a two-time Canada Soccer Football Championship winner (Challenge Trophy in 1966 and 1969) and three-time Pacific Coast League winner (1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71)... with British Columbia, a Canada Games gold medal winner in 1969...

wrote Frank Pike in 1971, Lenarduzzi “has developed a fantastic work rate for a fullback and he has been inspiring the younger players with his overlapping runs reminiscent of Cohen of England or Fatchette of Italy”... as noted in a 1976 program, Lenarduzzi was “a natural leader in the backfield”... wrote Sam Lenarduzzi in 1985, “anytime you put on a Canadian shirt you are an Ambassador for Canada. You have to remember that whatever you do and wherever you travel, you are carrying the name of Canada, a name (for which) to be proud”... wrote Jim Fleming in 1985, “Sam was one of the most popular players on the National Team. He played everywhere in the back four and was particularly effective during the 1980 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers”...

said Gary Thompson in 2018, “Sam Lenarduzzi was always difficult (as an opponent). He was the kind of player that wasn’t going to make too many mistakes. He was just a solid player. He was defensive minded, a very skillful player, and very good at his position”... said Glen Johnson in 2018, “Sam Lenarduzzi was a great leader. He had good skill level and really cared”...

said Sam Lenarduzzi in 2018, “at Callister Park for a lot of the immigrant families, just like our family, that was their Sundays, especially the men and they would go in their shirts and ties. It was an interesting mix, the games were very spirited and there was a passionate crowd”... said Sam Lenarduzzi in 2018, “the Pacific Coast League was the epitomy of soccer at that time because it was the highest level to which you could get. It was a fun time. When the league moved to Empire Stadium, it lost a little bit because it was a vast stadium, whereas at Callister Park you could fill it with three or four thousand and the place was rocking and the fans were close”...

said Sam Lenarduzzi in 2018, “everyone knew that Columbus was a good, quality club. The club always prided itself on trying to play, they weren’t a kick and run team. We had some good players that helped that along. I think for me, coming through at that young age, there wasn’t any higher league in which to play. I think it helped me a lot”...

For Country

finished fourth with Canada at the V Pan American Games Winnipeg 1967... he was 19 years old when he made his debut for Canada at the national A level (6 October 1968)... represented Canada in 1968 CONCACAF / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Mexico 1970... represented Canada at VI Pan American Games Cali 1971... represented Canada in 1971 Olympic Qualifying for München 1972... represented Canada in 1972 CONCACAF / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Germany 1974... represented Canada in 1976-77 CONCACAF / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Argentina 1978 (helped Canada finish fourth in the 1977 CONCACAF Championship)... played in a career-high 17 consecutive Canada matches from 1968 to 1975 (Canada “A” matches), at the time a national record (later surpassed by Robert Iarusci)... made 28 appearances for Canada at the international “A” level (he played in 28 of 29 Canada “A” matches from 1968 to 1980... made 43 combined appearances (”A” and “B”) for the national team, at the time a Canadian record... 

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