Canadian soccer captain Paul Stalteri received an early Christmas present this year… a release from Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend. He then promptly signed with German club Borussia Monchengladbach of the Germany’s Bundesliga.
Stalteri was seeing regular action when he first joined Tottenham from Werder Bremen under the Martin Jol campaign. After a loan stint with Fulham last season, the Toronto native saw his playing time decrease and ultimately without a number and a chance to play under new manager Jaunde Ramos’ regime.
Things improved when Harry Redknapp succeeded Jaunde Ramos, but after picking up an ankle ligament injury sustained November 19th while on international duty for Canada against Jamaica, Paul started to become frustrated.
Stalteri made 35 appearances in his debut season at White Hart Lane in 2005-06, but that number was trimmed to just 14 the next season. In 2007-08, he only made six appearances for Spurs before being loaned out to Fulham where he played weekly. He hasn’t featured at all for Tottenham this season.
Although his play decreased each year, Stalteri feel his England experience wasn’t all bad.
Borussia Monchengladbach has won just three games this season and is last in the 18-team Bundesliga, but after talking with countryman Rob Friend, the squads forward, Stalteri says the decision was an easy one.
Stalteri will join the club on January 3rd to begin training and hopes to be in the squad for Borussia’s first game back after the winter break against VfB Stuttgart on January 31st, 2009.
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