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+Paul Stalteri Q

Posted on 5 September 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

If you could invite three people to join you in a golfing fourball, who would you ask?

Anyone in the world? Probably Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan and Mike Weir. Gretzky is a legend back home, in fact all three are in their own right. But I grew up watching him back in the 80s when he was the star and in fact he’s still a legend - he’s runs the whole show now. I’ve never met him, so he’d definitely be on my list. Mike Weir is the best golfer in Canada, it would be great to join him in a round.

Can England win the World Cup?

Yes I think they can, they definitely have a team of fantastic players who, individually, are some of the best in the world. They have a depth of players in the squad too, real quality throughout, it’s just matter of them playing as a team. In a tournament if you start well, then each game you can get better and better and you never know where that can take you. The tournament is in Europe as well, which normally tends to have a European winner.

When did you last cook dinner?

I think you’ll have to ask my wife that ! Fortunately for us, or for me, she’s a great cook so I don’t get involved too much in the kitchen. I do the barbeque whenever we have one, so that’s my cooking !

What has been your best footballing moment to date?

When I won the championship with Werder Bremen in Germany, for sure. We were up 3-0 against Bayern Munich in Munich after half an hour in a match which would seal the title if we won. They had to win to narrow the gap on us at the top, but we won 3-1 in the end so that clinched it for us with two games to go. We went on to win the double that year too, so it was a real high point. We’d had a good team for a while and were finishing fifth or sixth and then that season, we got off to a great start and held on to it, we were flying that year.

What was your favourite trophy you won as a child?

Probably the Canadian junior club championship that we had back home. I played for a team called Malton Bullets — they were legendary and we won it three times. It was played every two years and I think we won it at 14, 16 and 18-year-old levels.

What is the best stadium you’ve ever played in?

I would say the Azteca Stadium in Mexico, I played there for Canada in a World Cup qualifier and there were 100,000 fanatical supporters there. It was a full house and it’s an unbelievable arena. We lost 2-0 which was unfortunate, but we’ve been known to take a few beatings in that stadium, so that wasn’t too bad ! We gave away two silly goals which ended our qualification hopes and we were disappointed, but the stadium was fantastic. There are others — Dortmund’s ground is a great one, the San Siro in Milan as well, but I’d put the Azteca on top of the pile.

Describe the way you dance?

You don’t want to see me dance, honestly!

How difficult was it to become a professional footballer in Canada?

It was very difficult as you might expect. We have the amateur scene back home and then you go from there into the Canadian programme, but to make it as a professional you really have to come over to Europe, you need to do it at a young age and you have to have a little luck to be successful. There were a lot of players as good as me, if not better, when we were younger, who never had that luck to take their career to the next step.