Paul Stalteri has officially announced his retirement from professional football. After a career that lasted nearly 15 years in European Football, Paul has made the decision to move on from playing.

“I have had the opportunity to play on some fantastic club teams in my time.  At Werder Bremen, I won trophies and played in the Champions League. To be a part of European football in that capacity is certainly something I am proud of.  I am also exceptionally proud of joining two clubs who were both in a relegation battle and sitting at the bottom of the league at my arrival.  Helping both clubs avoid relegation on the final day of the season is something that I am proud to have been a part of. The pressure was intense and the reaction and relief of the fans after the final whistles proves just what this great game means to them.”

“I was fortunate enough to play alongside some world class players and coaches.  I took every opportunity possible to learn from their experience and knowledge. I am looking forward to bring that knowledge and experience in some capacity back to Canada.” here for full announcement


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About Paul Stalteri....

Paul Stalteri played his first international match for Canada with the Under-17 youth team on August 22, 1993.  He has remained a fixture with the National team ever since.  His fondest memories with the Canadian soccer program remain the success he and his U-20 teammates experienced in 1997 when they advanced to the second round in the U-20 World Cup, and of course winning the Gold Cup in 2000.  He currently holds the record for the most caps for the Canadian Men's National Team.

In Paul Stalteri's professional career, he has proved to be a precedent setting Canadian.  On August 12th 2000 Paul made his debut in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.  He went on to score in this game, making him the first Canadian International to score in the Bundesliga.  His success continued on in the Bundesliga when Werder Bremen was crowned Bundesliga Champions and German Cup winners in 2003/2004. 

During his professional career in Europe he has played for Werder Bremen, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham FC and Borrussia Mönchengladbach.  Paul made 56 appearances for Tottenham and scored three goals.  While on loan to Fulham FC, he played an additional 13 Premiership matches.  He has played 170 Bundesliga games for both Werder Bremen and Borrussia Mönchengladbach. 



Copyright:  Paul Stalteri 2012