Tottenham signs Canadian international Paul Stalteri on Monday
Canadian Press - May 17, 2005
Canadian international Paul Stalteri is headed to the English Premier League. The native of Brampton, Ont., signed with Tottenham on Monday, ending an eight-year stint with Germany's Werder Bremen. According to Stalteri's website
, the deal with Spurs is for four years.
A fullback who can also play in midfield, Stalteri won the German Cup with Bremen and was the first Canadian to score in the Bundesliga - on his debut Aug. 12, 2000.
Stalteri joined the club in November 1997 from the Toronto Lynx, playing for Bremen's reserves until 2000. His contract expires at the end of the Bundesliga season, which has one round remaining.
"I am pleased to be joining Tottenham," Stalteri said on his website. "Coach Martin Jol and sporting director Frank Arnesen are working hard to build a strong squad, and from the moment they expressed interest I realized that the club is dedicated to building a winning team.
Stalteri said he is excited about moving to London. "I look forward to the challenge of joining a top club such as Tottenham," he added. "I think they have a great young team with a lot of potential and I am confident that we have a bright future together."
Stalteri, 27, has won 50 caps for Canada, scoring six goals, and featured in all eight of his club's Champions League games this season.
"He has come from a tough environment at Werder Bremen and their players are very well known for their mentality," Arnesen said. "I am delighted to get him in. There were a lot of clubs chasing him, including some from England."