Writer: Peverell Green
Date:Monday October 1 2012
Peverell Green takes a look back at the career of former Argyle striker Carlo Corazzin in the next chapter of his 'Where Are They Now' series.
Last week's feature on Wilf Carter stirred up a lot of interest and this time the focus is on a striker from the modern era.
CARLO CORAZZIN - Born 25th December 1971 New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
As befits a Christmas day baby of Italian descent Carlo was christened with the grand name of Giancarlo Michele Corazzin.
His professional football career began in 1992 with Winnipeg Fury in the Canadian Soccer League, scoring 10 goals in 24 games to help the team to win the CSL Championship.
His goalscoring ability didn't go unnoticed and the following season he was transferred to the Vancouver Whitecaps of the A-League, now known as the USL First Division.
He made 24 appearances and scored seven goals, finishing the team's second highest goalscorer.
A move to England came the following season when in December 1993 Carlo was signed by Cambridge United.
A successful two and a half seasons followed where he scored an impressive 43 goals in 117 games. His time at Cambridge came to an end after they were relegated.
Once again his goalscoring talents were noticed and in March 1996 the then Argyle manager, Neil Warnock paid £150,000 to bring Carlo to Home Park.
At the time some fans thought it a bit of a luxury as we already had an established strike duo in Adrian Littlejohn and Mickey Evans, as a result his first team opportunities were limited, however, he did come on as a substitute against Mansfield and scored the winning goal from the penalty spot with his first kick of the match.
He continued to have limited opportunities the following season until Mickey Evans was sold to Southampton.
The 1997-98 season saw a new manager at Home Park, Mick Jones had now taken over and Carlo was given an extended run in the first team, he justified his managers faith in him by scoring 17 goals, a tremendous tally given it was a relegation season, he ended up not only leading scorer but also winning the Player of the Season award.
Relegation meant the clubs most sellable asset would soon be leaving Home Park and when Northampton started to show an interest he was sold.
While at Argyle he made 86 appearances and scored 24 goals.
He joined Northampton in June 1998 spending two contrasting seasons at the club, in his first season they were relegated and in his second he helped the club to get promoted to the division they left the previous year.
While at Northampton he made 89 appearances scoring 32 goals.
Goals for both his club and country once again made him a target for other clubs and in July 2000 he signed for Oldham Athletic, his most notable highlights for the club were scoring four goals in a 5-1 win over Wrexham, scoring the winning goal in the League Cup against Premiership team West Ham and reaching the 2002-03 play-offs.
In total he made 129 appearances for the club scoring 22 goals.
In 2003 he returned to Canada to re-sign for Vancouver Whitecaps staying at the club for three seasons before final hanging up his boots when he was released in 2006.
In his second spell at the club he made 53 appearances and scored 14 goals.
In addition to a successful club career, Carlo also had a successful international career playing a total of 59 times for his country, scoring 11 goals.
In 2000 he won the Golden Boot as top scorer of the CONCACAF Gold Cup with four goals, with Canada winning the competition for the first time. He also represented his country in thirteen FIFA World Cup qualification matches.
As well as full internationals he also represented Canada at U-16, U-20, U-23 and B levels, playing in the U-23 team that attempted to qualify for the 1992 Olympics.
Unfortunately when Carlo retired from playing football there were no further reports of what he did since 2006, at least I couldn't find any, so that's the end of his story unless anyone can add to it.
If you have any more information on Carlo we would be interested in hearing from you by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date:Monday October 1 2012
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