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What happened to Everton and Fulham star Tomasz Radzinski?

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Radzinski starred in the Premier League for six seasons with both Everton and Fulham. Where is he now?

The number of Canadians to play their football in the Premier League are few and far between. In fact there have only been nine.

Junior Hoilett is currently flying the Maple Leaf flag at QPR, but his 12 league goals to date - all scored at Blackburn, fall short of compatriot Tomasz Radzinski, who once held the title of the Canadian with the highest transfer fee to his name.

Radzinski signed for Everton in 2001, where he would go onto enjoy a successful three years at the club. But a little more about his journey to get to Goodison first.

He may be Canadian, but he was born in Poland, and he began as a youngster playing in both his country of birth and in Germany. He was then tempted to cross the Atlantic and attempt to make a name for himself playing in Canada's National Soccer League.

Radzinski quickly decided it was Canada he wanted to play international football for, scoring his first goal for Canada in a Gold Cup defeat against Brazil back in 1996.

He did enough over there to earn another shot in Europe with Belgian club Germinal Ekeren, which was where his career really began to take off. He played at the club for four seasons, winning the Belgian Cup in 1997, scoring more than 40 goals for the club.

Anderlecht bought him in 1998, and here the striker's career kicked on further. He won two league titles in 2000 and 2001, and played in the Champions League. It was there he attracted attention in the Premier League, when he scored against Manchester United in their Champions League encounter, where he inspired the Belgians to a memorable victory over the Red Devils.

 

Everton were convinced to pay £4.5 million for his signature the following summer, after a lengthy transfer saga. He left Anderlecht with an impressive record - A prolific 52 goals in 77 games.

At Everton he brought his talents into the Premier League and began showing what he was capable of. He was bought as a replacement for Francis Jeffers who had departed for an ill-fated spell at Arsenal that summer.

Radzinski would play alongside another bright Everton talent, Wayne Rooney. Rooney made his first ever Premier League appearance age just 16 in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham back in 2002. It was the Canadian which ended up stealing the headlines, scoring a late equaliser for the Toffees.

He scored 25 goals for Everton but eventually found himself out of favour and submitted a transfer request in 2004 where he secured a move to Fulham for £1.75 million. He went onto play more than 100 times for the Cottagers, scoring 11 goals. His Premier League career may not have seen him be as prolific as in Belgium, but there were some memorable strikes along the way, and he was a real force in his early years at Everton.

Watch these two late goals against Southampton here which secured a 2-1 win.

 

So what happened next?

After leaving he signed for Greek side Skoda Xanthi on a Bosman, despite scoring at a ratio of higher than one every two games it would become a controversial spell, where he accused teammates of being involved in match fixing and requested a move back to more comfortable surroundings in Belgium, where his career originally prospered.

He signed with Lierse, who were in the second division at the time. At the second time of asking, Radzinski helped them gain promotion in 2009-10, as league champions.

He scored 39 times for the club and would continue there until early this year when he took a step down to play for Waasland-Beveren.

It was a short term contract he signed in January, but he would score seven times for his new side. Right now, he is a free agent, and is 38. He has not formally announced his retirement, so may be tempted for one last hurrah. If not, then he can be satisfied that his career has seen him play and score against the very best.

Watch this compilation of his best goals...

 

image: © Ben Sutherland

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