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Alexander "Alex" Bunbury (born 18 June 1967) is a Canadian retired soccer player who played as a striker.

Alex Bunbury
Personal information
Full name Alexander Bunbury
Date of birth (1967-06-18) 18 June 1967 (age 52)
Place of birth Plaisance, Guyana
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Minnesota Twin Stars (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 Hamilton Steelers 76 (28)
1990 Toronto Blizzard ? (12)
1991 Montreal Supra ? (7)
1992–1993 West Ham United 4 (0)
1993–1999 Marítimo 165 (59)
1999–2000 Kansas City Wizards 24 (4)
Total 269 (110)
National team
1984–1985 Canada U20 9 (3)
1986–1997 Canada 65 (16)
Teams managed
2000–2008 Bangu FC
2008–2012 Minnesota Thunder (academy)
2014– Minnesota Twin Stars
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played mainly for Marítimo in Portugal during a 13-year professional career, and represented the Canadian national team during 11 years. He self-proclaimed that one of the world's best players, Cristiano Ronaldo looked up to him and considered him a hero during his time at the club.

In 2000, Bunbury became a manager.

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Club careerEdit

Born in Plaisance, Guyana, Bunbury started playing professionally with the Hamilton Steelers where he was managed by John Charles, also having one-year spells in the Canadian Soccer League with the Toronto Blizzard and Montreal Supra.

In 1993, after an unassuming season for West Ham United (only six appearances overall), he moved to Portugal's C.S. Marítimo, going on to become the club's all-time leading goalscorer in the Primeira Liga with 59 goals. In his second season, he won the Foreign Player of the Year award,[1] and he scored a career-best 15 goals in the 1998–99 campaign, helping his team to the tenth position in what was his final year in Madeira.

In early 1999, after requesting a move to play closer to his hometown of Montreal, Bunbury returned to North America, and retired after two seasons with the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer. Subsequently, he took up coaching, first with Bangu FC then at the Minnesota Thunder Academy.

Bunbury was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in April 2006.[2] In 2012, as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's centennial celebration, he was named to the all-time Canada XI men's team.[3]

International careerEdit

Bunbury played in all three of Canada's games at the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Soviet Union. He made his debut with the senior side in an August 1986 Merlion Cup match against Singapore, and went on to earn 65 caps and score 16 goals during 11 years.

Bunbury ranked fourth in the all-time scorer's list in June 2008, and eighth in appearances.[4] He represented the nation in 30 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and played at the inaugural 1989 FIFA Futsal World Championship.[5]

Bunbury's final international was a November 1997 World Cup qualification match against Costa Rica, a game after which Paul Dolan, Geoff Aunger, Frank Yallop and Colin Miller also said farewell to the national team.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 30 August 1986 Singapore, Singapore   Indonesia 4–0 Merlion Cup
2 6 September 1986 Singapore, Singapore   Singapore 1–0 1–0 Merlion Cup
3 30 September 1987 Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador   El Salvador 1–2 Friendly
4 15 November 1992 Swangard, Burnaby, Canada   Bermuda 1–0 4–2 1994 World Cup qualification
5 15 November 1992 Swangard, Burnaby, Canada   Bermuda 2–0 4–2 1994 World Cup qualification
6 15 November 1992 Swangard, Burnaby, Canada   Bermuda 3–0 4–2 1994 World Cup qualification
7 4 April 1993 Estadio Nacional, Tegucigalpa, Honduras   Honduras 2–1 2–2 1994 World Cup qualification
8 11 April 1993 Swangard, Burnaby, Canada   El Salvador 1–0 2–0 1994 World Cup qualification
9 9 May 1993 Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada   Mexico 1–0 1–2 1994 World Cup qualification
10 15 July 1993 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Martinique 2–0 2–2 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup
11 26 January 1995 Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada   Portugal 1–1 1–1 SkyDome Cup
12 10 October 1996 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada   Cuba 1–0 2–0 1998 World Cup qualification
13 3 November 1996 Swangard, Burnaby, Canada   El Salvador 1–0 1–0 1998 World Cup qualification
14 15 December 1996 Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador   El Salvador 2–0 2–0 1998 World Cup qualification
15 14 September 1997 Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador   El Salvador 1–1 1–4 1998 World Cup qualification
16 12 October 1997 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada   Mexico 1–1 2–2 1998 World Cup qualification

Personal lifeEdit

After his retirement, Bunbury made Prior Lake, Minnesota his home, where he worked as a youth soccer coach and trainer. He is the father of Teal Bunbury, a 2010 Hermann Award winner for soccer who also played for Sporting Kansas City in MLS.

With wife Kristi, he also has another son, Logan, an aspiring rapper, and one daughter, Kylie, an actress.[6]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Marítimo

Kansas City Wizards

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rapids rise into top spot for first time ever" Archived 6 May 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Soccer Hall of Fame – Alex Bunbury". Soccer.on.ca. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  3. ^ Association announces All-Time Canada XI – men's team Archived 19 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine; at Canada Soccer
  4. ^ Canada – Record International Players Archived 3 February 2013 at WebCite; at RSSSF
  5. ^ Alex BunburyFIFA competition record
  6. ^ Bunbury follows in father's footsteps Archived 8 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN, 5 May 2011

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