Italy National Team Goalkeeper In NASL


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The MONTREAL OLYMPIQUE of the North America Soccer League pose for the traditional team photograph just prior to the start of the season in the spring of 1973. Standing second from right in the back row is Bermuda international goalkeeper SAM NUSUM, who would later move to the New York Cosmos and was first choice when Brazil World Cup megastar Pele signed on to play in the NASL in the summer of 1975. Seated on the far right in the first row is future Italy national team netminder JIM CORSI.
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Striker JIM CORSI was just 17 years old when he made his professional soccer debut and drew an assist in his only match of the 1971 North American Soccer League season for the Montreal Olympique. Two years later, the Montreal native made four more appearances for his hometown club and would score what proved to be the only goal of his brief NASL career. By the time the 1976 Summer Olympic Games had come to the iconic French-Canadian city of Montreal, the versatile Corsi was preparing to sign his first professional contract to play ice hockey for the Quebec Nordiques in the World Hockey Association.

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JIM CORSI, Edmonton Oilers circa 79/80 NHL season
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Eight years later, at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games hosted by Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, the one-time NASL striker found himself at the center of a historic controversy revolving around the age-old ‘amateur versus professional’ question. The 29-year-old Corsi was, by now, the first-string netminder for the national team of Italy but appeared to be ineligible for the Olympics on the basis of his prior service with the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League. However, in the wake of a protest formally filed by Finland, the International Olympic Committee issued a most curious and clearly inequitable ruling which would allow Corsi to go ahead and compete for Italy in Sarajevo, anyway.

The full story of that whole Olympic-sized fiasco is told at the brother blog of this one, “WORLD HOCKEY : Keeping Pace With The Fastest Game”, in a comprehensive, seven-part series entitled “THE DEATH OF SHAMATEURISM”.

http://www.goironpigs.com

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Italy goaltender JIM CORSI (25) of HC Bolzano looks back behind the net as Czechoslovakia winger PAVEL RICHTER (12) of Sparta Prague, who later spent four seasons in West Germany with ESV Kaufbeuren and EHC Nuremberg, loses his balance during the 1983 IIHF World Championships round-robin match played at the Olympiahalle in Munich.

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