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Oscar Albuquerque

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Place of birth  Lima, Peru
Name  Oscar Albuquerque
Position  Midfielder
Years  Team
Education  Laurentian University
1976–1980  Laurentian University
Height  1.73 m
Playing position  Midfielder
Role  Soccer player

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Date of birth  (1954-09-04) September 4, 1954 (age 61)
1980–1982  Denver Avalanche (indoor)

Renato Óscar Albuquerque (Real Juvencia)


Oscar Albuquerque (born September 4, 1954 in Lima, Peru) is a former Canadian soccer midfielder. He spent most of his professional career playing indoor soccer with U.S. teams. He is currently the president of Pro Soccer International, an ownership group which holds the rights to American Indoor Soccer League teams in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois.

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Youth and college

Albuquerque moved from his native Peru to Toronto, Canada with his family when he was fifteen. At the time, his older brother, Hugo Albuquerque, was playing semi-professionally in Canada. After graduating from high school, Albuquerque attended Laurentian University where he was a member of the men's soccer team from 1976 to 1979. He was All Canadian in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He is a member of the Laurentian University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional

Following graduation from college in 1980, Albuquerque signed with the Denver Avalanche of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He spent two seasons with the Avalanche, before the team folded in 1982. He then moved to the Phoenix Inferno for the 1982–83 season. In 1983, the team was renamed the Phoenix Pride. Albuquerque spent one more season in Phoenix with the Pride before moving to the Las Vegas Americans for the 1984–85 season. The league expelled the Americans in July 1985. In February 1986, the Los Angeles Lazers were hit with numerous injuries. The team signed Albuquerque to a ten-day contract. On February 23d, they signed him for the remainder of the season. That summer, he signed with the expansion New York Express, a team stocked with players from the New York Arrows and New York Cosmos. The Express were unable to match the success of those two teams and folded twenty-six games into the 1986–87 season. Albuquerque moved to the Memphis Storm of the American Indoor Soccer Association for the remainder of the 1986–87 season. He was back in MISL the next season with the Chicago Sting. However, the Sting folded at the end of the season and Albuquerque moved to the Chicago Power of the AISA for the next two seasons, 1988–1990. In 1990, the AISA was renamed the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). Albuquerque finished his career with the Illinois Thunder of the NPSL with whom he played two seasons, 1990–1992.

National team

In 1979, Albuquerque was called into the Canadian Olympic soccer team at it entered qualification for the 1980 Summer Olympics. Canada did not qualify for the tournament.

Coaching

In his two seasons playing with the Illinois Thunder, Albuquerque also served as an assistant coach. On July 4, 2004, Albuquerque became an assistant coach with the expansion Chicago Storm of the Major Indoor Soccer League under head coach Frank Klopas.

Team management

In 2006, Albuquerque became the president of the expansion Rockford Rampage which competes in the Professional Arena Soccer League.

References

Oscar Albuquerque Wikipedia


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