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JULIAN DE GUZMAN
GENERAL MANAGER

 

Julian de Guzman was appointed General Manager of Ottawa Fury FC on December 21, 2017.

After announcing his retirement from professional action on January 30, 2017 following a remarkable 17-year career, de Guzman took the next step in his career forging a path into coaching and signing on as the Assistant Coach and Assistant GM of Ottawa Fury FC. Partway through his first season as an assistant, de Guzman was named interim Head Coach and GM on August 15, 2017 becoming the third head coach in the club’s history.

A former Canadian Player of the Year, de Guzman retired as his country’s all-time appearance leader earning 89 caps in his 15-year international career. He was named captain of the Canada’s Men’s National Team in 2013 and wore the captain’s armband in 25 matches. He took part in four cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and a Canadian record six CONCACAF Gold Cups, earning tournament MVP honours in 2007 when Canada reached the semi-final phase. He was a tournament all-star in 2007, 2009, and 2013.

At the professional level, his remarkable career took him to France, Germany, Spain, USA, Greece and of course his native Canada, where he fittingly concluded his career. He was most notably the first Canadian to star in Spain’s La Liga, starring as a midfielder for Deportivo La Coruña. It was during that stint that de Guzman won Canadian Player of the Year honours (2008) for his play at both the club and international levels. That same year he was also named Player of the Year for Deportivo La Coruña.

In his first foray playing in Canada, de Guzman became the first-ever Canadian Designated Player in MLS history and helped Toronto FC come within a win of reaching the 2009 playoffs. He then helped the club win three consecutive Canadian Championships from 2010 to 2012. The midfielder from Scarborough concluded his professional career in Ottawa where he helped Fury FC claim the NASL Fall Season Championship in 2015 and was named the second captain in club history for the 2016 season.

He retired from active play having played 513 games and 38,221 minutes for club and country in a 17-year career that in addition to representing his country saw de Guzman feature in Germany (FC Saarbrücken II, FC Saarbrücken, Hannover 96, Jahn Regensburg), Spain (Deportivo La Coruña), Greece (Skoda Xanthi), United States (FC Dallas) and Canada (Toronto FC and Ottawa Fury FC). His international career spanned 15 years from 2002 to 2016. Initially a youth player with Wexford SC in Scarborough, he was 18 years old when he joined the national youth program in 1999. Before making his international "A" debut in 2002 at age 20, he represented Canada at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina, in 2001.