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Gift Guide - Bob Lenarduzzi: A Canadian Soccer Story

The holiday season is one full of cheer and generosity, as we look to bring joy to friends and family alike. Trying to find that perfect gift can be a challenge – especially for the sports fans in your life – but not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Each day until December 23, will present a Whitecaps FC gift idea. Make sure to also check the Whitecaps FC Facebook and Twitter pages for daily giveaways.

Looking for that must-have item that every Whitecaps fan should have? Look no further than Bob Lenarduzzi: A Canadian Soccer Story. Co-authored by long-time sports journalist Jim Taylor, this book is the ultimate guide to the long and storied history of Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the intriguing highs and lows of soccer in Canada.

Few Canadians love soccer as much or have done more for the sport than Bob Lenarduzzi. A member of the ‘Caps since the first season in 1974, Lenarduzzi has given his all for the team as a player, coach, general manager, soccer advocate and now as club president.

The book includes full details of Lenarduzzi’s soccer career -- from his beginnings playing pick-up games with his brothers at Callister Park in East Vancouver, to playing professional soccer with Reading FC in England, to his early career with the Vancouver Whitecaps and the team’s heady 1979 victory when they won the North American Soccer League championship. He talks about what it was like to play on the first Canadian team to make it to a FIFA World Cup final and describes his experiences as a coach and player for the Vancouver 86ers.

This instant classic is available at all major bookstores in the Lower Mainland, including: Black Bond Books, Book Warehouse, Coles, Chapters, Hager Books, Indigo, People’s Co-op Bookstore, Smithbooks, UBC Bookstore and BC Ferries gift shops, as well as at additional bookstores outside the Lower Mainland. You can also purchase it online at

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About Vancouver Whitecaps FC
In 1974, Vancouver Whitecaps FC played their inaugural season in the North American Soccer League, and in 1979, the club won the NASL Soccer Bowl championship. From 1987 to 1992, as a member of the Canadian Soccer League, Vancouver won four straight CSL titles. In 2002, Whitecaps FC created a full club model that encompasses professional teams for men and women, extensive youth development and grassroots participation programs, facility development, and the Whitecaps Foundation to support specific initiatives related to health and wellness through soccer. Since 2004, Whitecaps FC have won two United Soccer Leagues First Division championships and two USL W-League championships. In 2012, Whitecaps FC will begin their second season in Major League Soccer on Bell Pitch at BC Place Stadium in downtown Vancouver.


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