1974 National Soccer League

League president: Joe Piccininni
League secretary: Ivan Habus

Clubs and players

Canadian-Hungarians
Formed:
Head Coach: Tom Boljkovac
Key players: Imre Kily. Tibor Molnar, Dave Thomson, John Fahy

Toronto Hungaria used the name Canadian-Hungarians this season. They were coached by Tom Boljkovac. Hungarian-born players Imre Kily and Tibor Molnar were key players, as was veteran NSL-player Dave Thomson. John Fahy did much of the goalscoring before he was sold to Toronto Italia.

First Portuguese
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Hamilton City
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Hamilton Croatia
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Hamilton Italo-Canadians
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Homer
Formed:
Head Coach:
Key players: Nick Christidis, Themis Rigas, Athaniasos Intzoglou

Homer was a largely Greek team, featuring three national team players from Greece. Goalkeeper Nikos Christidis was signed from Aris. From 1964 to 1978 he played in 29 international games for Greece. Themis Rigas was signed from A.O. Kavalas. They also signed Athanasios Intzoglou, formerly of Ethnikos and Panionios, who had just been banned for life after having taken a bribe not to play well in a cup game in Greece.

Kitchener Srbija
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London City
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Macedonia
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Melita
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Montreal Cantalia
Formed: 1973
Head Coach: Ottavio Cucuraghi replaced by Salvatore Italiano
Key players: Felix Angel

Before the season started Montreal Cantalia failed to come to terms with 1974 coach Franco Gallina. Instead they hired Ottavio Cucuraghi as player-coach. After a disastrous start to the season, with just five points from 11 matches, Cucuraghi was replaced by Salvatore Italiano. Italiano had been coaching local Montreal teams for the past years. The directors also brought in four players from an Italian third-division team. In addition, they signed former Toronto Metros player Felix Angel. Returning players included Aldo DeSimone and Paolo Ferrante.

Ottawa Tigers
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Polonia
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Quebec Selects
Formed: January 1974
Head Coach: Graham Adams
Key players: Guy Lefebvre, Jim Corsi, Zach Bregansky and Chris Horrocks

In January 1974 the Quebec Soccer Federation decided to field a team in the NSL for the 1974 season. The team was called the Quebec Football Club but was commonly known as the Quebec Selects. The team was made up the best amateur players in Quebec and was coached by former Montreal Olympique (NASL) coach Graham Adams. Adams had previously also coached in South Korea and Bermuda. The team was supposed to play at Marquette Stadium but due to the poor facilities there ended up playing at Jarry Park. The players were borrowed from their parent clubs and played for both, meaning they often played two games a day. Key players were Guy Lefebvre, Jim Corsi, Zach Bregansky and Chris Horrocks. Late in August they were strengthened by the addition of Gordon Wallace who had been playing for the Toronto Metros in the NASL.

St. Catharines Heidelberg
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Serbian White Eagles
Formed:
Head Coach:
Key players: Momcilo Stojanovic

Toronto Croatia
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With the suspension of Zeljko Bilecki for the whole season Toronto Croatia added two new goalkeepers in Zeljko Poleto and Darko Grisbaher. Poleto was a former Dinamo Zagreb youth player. Croatia also signed Miralem Fazlic and Alberto Altarac from the Sloboda club in Yugoslavia. Ibrahim Arslanovic returned to boss the midfield and Goran Peric again led the attack.      

Toronto Italia
Formed:
Head Coach: Franco Gallina
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Toronto Italia hired Franco Gallina, formerly of Montreal Cantalia, as player-coach before the start of the season. In addition they signed experienced players like Pedro Kozak from Serbian White Eagles and Francisco Montero from Toronto Croatia. They also had young Canadian players like Robert Iarusci, Carmine Marcontonio and 18-year old Carmilo Barbieri.

Ukraina
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Review of the season

Serbian White Eagles won the league championship.

Toronto Croatia won the league playoff final.

Toronto Italia won the league cup.

Results and standings

                            GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  Pts
 Serbian White Eagles       36  28   1   7  118   16   63
 Homer                      36  26   5   5   89   41   57
 Toronto Croatia            36  23   8   5   78   32   54
 Toronto Italia             36  21   6   9   99   36   51
 Macedonia                  36  22   7   7  102   42   51
 Hamilton Croatia           36  20   7   9   84   43   49
 First Portuguese           36  23  11   2   78   39   48
 London City                36  20   7   9   89   45   47
 Hamilton City              36  17  11   8   67   58   42
 Hamilton Italo-Canadians   36  16  12   8   39   38   40
 Quebec Selects             36  13  19   4   44   78   30
 Canadian-Hungarians        36  12  19   5   70   83   29
 Montreal Cantalia          36   9  20   7   42   65   25
 St. Catharines Heidelberg  36   9  20   7   39   67   25
 Melita                     36   7  20   9   41   80   23
 Ukraina                    36   6  25   5   43   94   17
 Polonia                    36   4  28   4   27   96   12
 Srbija Kitchener           36   4  28   4   49  150   12
 Ottawa Tigers              36   4  31   1   31  126    9 
 Leading goalscorer                        Gls Ass Pts
 1. Momcilo Stojanovic (White Eagles)        54  12 120 
 Top goalkeeper                      Min. Svs GA SO GAA.
 1. Blajoe Tamindzic (White Eagles)              28 

Playoffs quarter-finals
October 6, 1974
Serbian White Eagles 3 (Momcilo Stojanovic 2, John Fahy)
Macedonia 0

October 7, 1974 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Homer 6 (Gus Hatoupis 4, ????)
Hamilton Croatia 0

October 8, 1974 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Croatia 1 (Marijan Bilic)
First Portuguese 0
after overtime

October 9, 1974
Toronto Italia

Playoffs semi-finals
October 10, 1974 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Croatia 1 (Alija Solak)
Serbian White Eagles 0

October 15, 1974 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 1
Homer 2

Playoff final
October 20, 1974 C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto (att: 2,149)
Toronto Croatia 1 (Boris Psaker)
Homer 0

NSL Cup Final
October 4, 1974
CNE Stadium
First Portuguese 1 (Jorge Felix)
Toronto Italia 0

October 6, 1974
C.N.E. Stadium, Toronto
Toronto Italia 2 (Carmelo Barbieri, Saban Romanovic)
First Portuguese 0

Italia won the two-game total-points series 3-1.