C is for Corazzin
In two seasons at Northampton, Carlo Corazzin netted 30 times in 78 league appearances, continuing the goalscoring form that had established his formidable reputation at Cambridge United and Plymouth Argyle after moving to England halfway through the 1993/94 campaign.
Born in Canada, the forward’s talents blossomed in his parents’ homeland of Italy, where he spent his late youth before moving back to start his professional career with Winnipeg Fury and Vancouver 86ers.
Corazzin joined the Cobblers in 1998 and experienced relegation in his first season, but was an instrumental figure in the following year that saw an immediate return to the third tier, also scooping the Cobblers’ top scorer accolade for a successive season.
His time at Sixfields became a hotbed for success on the international stage, as the British Columbia-native quickly followed promotion by lifting the Concacaf Gold Cup as part of the Canadian national team.
It was the first time that his country had ever won the competition, with Corazzin collecting the Golden Boot award and a place in the tournament’s All-Star team, adding further gloss to an outstanding season. But the honours did not end there.
With 59 international appearances to his name, Corazzin found pride of place in his country’s Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012. He had returned home for his club career in 2003 with his son set to start school – ending a fruitful three-year stay at Oldham Athletic where he took his goal tally in the English game past the 100-mark.
Corazzin played three further seasons for the Vancouver Whitecaps before hanging up his boots in 2006 to begin his broadcasting career.