Mile Jedinak

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Mile Jedinak
Mile Jedinak Antalyaspor.JPG
Personal information
Full nameMichael John Jedinak[1]
Date of birth(1984-08-03) 3 August 1984 (age 29)
Place of birthSydney, Australia
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubCrystal Palace
Number15
Youth career
000Sydney United
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2001–2006Sydney United82(12)
2003–2004Varteks (loan)0(0)
2005South Coast United (loan)18(7)
2006–2009Central Coast Mariners45(8)
2009–2011Gençlerbirliği38(4)
2009–2010Antalyaspor (loan)28(5)
2011–Crystal Palace97(4)
National team
2003Australia U-209(0)
2008–Australia42(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 January 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013
 
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Mile Jedinak
Mile Jedinak Antalyaspor.JPG
Personal information
Full nameMichael John Jedinak[1]
Date of birth(1984-08-03) 3 August 1984 (age 29)
Place of birthSydney, Australia
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubCrystal Palace
Number15
Youth career
000Sydney United
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2001–2006Sydney United82(12)
2003–2004Varteks (loan)0(0)
2005South Coast United (loan)18(7)
2006–2009Central Coast Mariners45(8)
2009–2011Gençlerbirliği38(4)
2009–2010Antalyaspor (loan)28(5)
2011–Crystal Palace97(4)
National team
2003Australia U-209(0)
2008–Australia42(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 January 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Michael John "Mile" Jedinak (born 3 August 1984) is an Australian footballer who plays for Crystal Palace of the Premier League. He plays for the Australia national team, having earned over 40 caps for his country. Jedinak is a defensive midfielder and is known for his aerial ability, strong tackling and leadership on the pitch.

Club career[edit]

Jedinak began playing when he was chosen to be part of the PDSSSC – a competition between Catholic schools within the Parramatta Diocesan – where he played for St Agnes Catholic High, the same school compatriot Željko Kalac attended.[citation needed] He began his career at Sydney United, and spent some time in the early years of his career at Croatian club Varteks, making one competitive appearance for the Croatian side in a 2003–04 UEFA Cup qualifier against Levadia Maardu.[2][3] He was part of the Sydney United side that won the NSW Premier League title for 2006, playing a role in midfield that earned him a trial with the Mariners.

Jedinak was first added to the Mariners' squad in the week leading up to their 2006 Pre-Season Cup play-off against Newcastle Jets, and subsequently was called into the squad for the last ten games of the 2006–07 where he made eight appearances.

Jedinak achieved success at the Central Coast Mariners, helping them to a Premiers' Plate in the 2007–08 season of the Hyundai A-League and scoring some spectacular goals along the way including a 25-metre free-kick in the 5–4 loss in Round 15 to Sydney FC. He was the club's second highest goalscorer in the 2008–09 season, with 6 goals.

On 25 December 2008, Jedinak signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Turkish club Gençlerbirliği that was effective of January 2009. [4] On 24 January 2009, he made his competitive debut for Gençlerbirliği in their 3–1 victory over Kayserispor, playing the full match. Jedinak's first goal for Gençlerbirliği was scored in a 1–0 win over Fenerbahce.[5]

With one year remaining on his contract at Gençlerbirliği, Jedinak announced he was leaving the club in June 2011, with the hopes of finding a new club in a different country.[6] A month later he signed for Crystal Palace in England.[7] Jedinak became a fans' favourite at Selhurst Park during the 2012–2013 season. In light of regular club captain Paddy McCarthy's injury spell this season, Jedinak was handed the captain's armband first by Dougie Freedman and later Ian Holloway. Jedinak scored an 89th minute winner on the final day of the 2012–13 season in a 3–2 win against Peterborough United at Selhurst Park to secure a playoff place for Palace. Jedinak then captained Palace to win the playoffs in 2012–13 to gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League. Jedinak was voted Crystal Palace's player of the season 2012–13. On 3 December 2013, Jedinak signed a new three-and-a-half year contract which will run out in summer 2017.

International career[edit]

Jedinak made his international debut in a friendly against Singapore in early 2008 and was an integral squad member of Pim Verbeek's Socceroos in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup. He also played at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates, making appearances against the Czech Republic, Canada and the host nation.

Jedinak was included in Australia's 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup and made his first appearance in Australia's opening match against Germany on 13 June. This however, would be Jedinak's only involvement in the competition.

Jedinak scored a header goal against Korea Republic at 2011 AFC Asian Cup. This goal was Jedinak's first international goal.[8] Jedinak continued to score his second international goal in the following match of the tournament against Bahrain.[9]

International goals[edit]

No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.15 January 2011Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar South Korea1–1Draw2011 AFC Asian Cup
2.18 January 2011Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar Bahrain1–0Win2011 AFC Asian Cup
3.11 October 2011ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia Oman3–2Win2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

(correct as of 18 January 2014)
ClubSeasonDivisionLeagueCup[10]EuropeTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Sydney United2000–01NSL3030
2001–027171
2002–03182182
Varteks2003–04Prva HNL00001010
Sydney United2004–05NSWPL243243
2005–06306306
Sydney total821200008212
Central Coast Mariners2006–07A-League8080
2007–0822240222
2008–0915642156
Central Coast total45882004910
Gençlerbirliği2008–09Süper Lig15100151
2009–10200020
Antalyaspor2009–1028582367
Gençlerbirliği2010–1121331244
Gençlerbirliği total3843100415
Crystal Palace2011–12Championship31140351
2012–1344320463
2013–14Premier League22000220
Crystal Palace total97460001034
Career total291332551031238

International[edit]

Australia national team
YearAppsGoals
200830
200950
201090
2011153
201250
201310
Total383

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sydney United
Central Coast Mariners
Crystal Palace

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Paraskevas, Chris (21 March 2010). "Lessons Learned in Croatia". Goal.com. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "2003/04 UEFA Cup: Varaždin-Lev. Maardu". UEFA.com. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jedinak confirms Turkey move". The World Game (SBS). 25 December 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jedinak scores first goal for new club". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Club search for Jedinak". The World Game. SBS. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Australian International Jedinak Joins Palace". Crystal Palace F.C. 11 July 11. Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Australia 1 – 1 South Korea". ESPN Soccernet. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  9. ^ "Australia 1 – 0 Bahrain". ESPN Soccernet. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  10. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield

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