Football Queensland is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Life Member Guido Canale.
Guido first migrated to Far North Queensland from Italy in the 1960s where he worked as a cane cutter. It was here that he was introduced to the Australian version of the game he loved, and he was immediately focused on helping football prosper in Australia as it was in Europe.
Moving to Brisbane, Guido established himself as a property dealer before commencing work in the travel industry. For many years he organised tours to Europe through his travel agency, partially sponsoring talented footballers whose families were experiencing financial hardship.
Guido made a considerable impact at Brisbane City FC, with he and his committee responsible for building the grandstands and corporate facilities that the club’s patrons continue to use today. His determination to see the club compete with and often beat the best saw the club welcome retired European players, and eventually graduate to the National Soccer League.
He was later made a Life Member of Brisbane City FC for his significant efforts in growing the club and establishing it as a powerhouse of Queensland football.
Serving as one of the first Directors on the Queensland Soccer Federation Board and later appointed to the Football Brisbane Board, Guido was a champion representative of football in Queensland and continued to drive the growth of the game at a state and national level.
A true pioneer, Guido’s legacy and contribution to our beautiful game will never be forgotten.
Football Queensland extends its condolences to Guido’s family and loved ones.