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Atiba Hutchinson
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Personal information
Date of birth February 8, 1983 (1983-02-08) (age 27)
Place of birth    Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder, second striker
Club information
Current club F.C. Copenhagen
Number 13
Youth career
–2002 Brampton Braves
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2002
2002
2003
2004–2005
2006–present
York Region Shooters
Toronto Lynx
Östers IF
Helsingborgs IF
F.C. Copenhagen

004 0(0)
024 0(6)
049 0(6)
128 (22)   
National team2
2001–2003
2002–2004
2003–
Canada U-20
Canada U-23
Canada
019 0(0)
010 0(0)
047 0(3)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 14 March 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 20 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Atiba Hutchinson (born on February 8, 1983, in Brampton, Ontario) is a professional Canadian soccer player who plays for F.C. Copenhagen in the Danish Superliga.

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Club career

Born in Brampton, Ontario to Trinidadian parents, Hutchinson began his professional career in the 2002 summer season, playing briefly with the York Region Shooters of the Canadian Professional Soccer League before signing with the Toronto Lynx of the then A-League in mid-season, on July 26, and playing in the teams final four games.

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Sweden

In January 2003 he signed with Östers IF, newly promoted to the Swedish Allsvenskan. Hutchinson scored six times for Öster during the 2003 season. With the club relegated out of the Allsvenskan, Hutchinson was granted a transfer and signed with Helsingborgs IF in January 2004.

Expectations were high for him the first season in Helsingborg, but they were ultimately unsatisfied. However, in the 2005 season he was consistently the team's best player, scoring six goals from a primarily defensive midfield position.

Denmark

Hutchinson moved to Danish F.C. Copenhagen, where, for the first half of the year, he played alongside Swedish international Tobias Linderoth in central midfield, latterly being used around the midfield and as a striker. Manager Ståle Solbakken said in an interview with the football paper TIPS-bladet, that he saw Hutchinson's attacking talents as being too impressive for a central midfielder, saying that he would be used more often as winger.[1] He has been linked with Premier League clubs several times.

International career

Hutchinson played at the 2001 and 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships.

He made his senior debut for Canada in a January 2003 friendly match against the United States and, by December 2009, has earned a total of 47 caps, scoring 3 goals. [2] He has represented Canada in 12 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[3] and at the 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cups.

On June 21, 2007, Hutchison appeared to have scored a vital equalizer against the United States in a 2007 Gold Cup semi-final. However, he was controversially ruled off-side.

Position

Hutchinson can play all positions on the midfield and as supporting striker.

Background

In February 2007, Hutchinson was named CanadaSoccer.com Fan’s Choice winner. Hutchinson received more votes than any other player in the online voting portion conducted by fans. But in the end, it was not enough to win over Dwayne De Rosario in the "Player of the year" award.

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 October 2004 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Honduras 1–0 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 12 July 2005 Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, USA  Cuba 2–0 2–1 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3 25 March 2007 Hamilton, Bermuda  Bermuda 1–0 3–0 Friendly match

Honours

Individual

Club

F.C. Copenhagen

Country

Canada

References

  1. ^ Pyndt, Thomas (2007-02-23), "Kampen om midtbanen", TIPS-bladet: 14 
  2. ^ Appearances for Canada National Team - RSSSF
  3. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA

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