Alex Cisak

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Alex Cisak
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Cisak playing for Accrington Stanley in 2011
Personal information
Full name Aleksander Cisak[1]
Date of birth (1989-05-19) 19 May 1989 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Kraków, Poland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Burnley
Number 12
Youth career
2004–2007 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Leicester City 0 (0)
2007 Oxford United (loan) 0 (0)
2008 Tamworth (loan) 16 (0)
2010–2011 Accrington Stanley 21 (0)
2011–2013 Oldham Athletic 48 (0)
2012 Portsmouth (loan) 1 (0)
2013– Burnley 1 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Australia U20 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:29, 24 August 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Aleksander "Alex" Cisak (born 19 May 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for Burnley as a goalkeeper. Born in Poland, he has represented the Australia national under-20 team.

Early life[edit]

Cisak was born in Kraków, Poland and moved to Hobart, Australia at the age of two.[3]

Club career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Cisak is a product of the Leicester City Youth Academy, where he played alongside the likes of Joe Mattock, Andy King, Max Gradel, Ashley Chambers, Eric Odhiambo and fellow keeper Carl Pentney, where he was a key member of the side that won the 2006–07 Premier Academy League winning side.

Cisak signed his first professional contract on 5 May 2007, signing a one year deal alongside Andy King, Max Gradel, Carl Pentney and Eric Odhiambo.[4] He joined Oxford United on 25 September 2007, as a replacement to Chris Tardif.[5][6] However on 22 October he returned to Leicester having failed to make a first team appearance for Oxford.[7]

On 10 January 2008 he moved on loan again joining Tamworth on loan until the end of the season.[8]

Cisak was named in the match squad for the first time as Leicester beat Crewe Alexandra 2–1 at the Walkers Stadium, however he was an unused substitute.[9]

On 8 June 2009 Cisak signed a six-month contract extension at Leicester keeping him at the club until December 2009.[10] At the end of the 2009–10 season, Cisak was released by Leicester, along with seven other players[11]

Accrington Stanley[edit]

Cisak joined Accrington Stanley in July 2010 on a two-year deal after being released by Leicester at the end of the 2009–10 season. He made his debut for the club in a League Cup match on 10 August against Doncaster Rovers.[12] His Football League debut came on 23 October when he played the full match against Hereford United.[13] While at Accrington Stanley, Cisak battled it out with Ian Dunbavin over a first choice goalkeeper throughout the season and at first, he was the second choice goalkeeper, but eventually regained his place in the second half of the season. He would quickly became a fans' favourite. He won the ESPN PFA Fans' League Two Player of the Month Award for March 2011.[14] In the League Two Play offs, Cisak played twice in the match against Stevenage but lost in both matches. After the matches, Cisak believes the club can bounced back from the play-offs defeat.[15] His good performance at the club, led Cisak's future at doubt and was offered a new deal.[16][17]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

On 6 July 2011, Cisak signed a two-year contract at Oldham Athletic. Oldham agreed a compensation package with Accrington because, though Cisak was out of contract, they were entitled to some recompense as he was under the age of 24.[18] He made his club debut on the first day of the 2011–12 season, starting the Football League match against Sheffield United.[19] Since then, Cisak established himself in the first team and made 43 appearance in the first team. On 5 November 2011, Cisak received his first straight red card of his career in a 2–0 loss against Bury after he bring down Andy Bishop in early minutes.[20] After the match, Manager Paul Dickov felt his position has got to be better.[21] Despite his sending off, he played in the next match against Rochdale. In the third of the FA Cup, he played against Liverpool in a 5–1 loss.[22] In a 2–1 win over Walsall on 14 February 2012, Cisak was the hero when he saved a penalty in injury time from Alex Nicholls.[23] In late March, Cisak suffered a shoulder injury in a match against Leyton Orient after he collied on the post and was out for a month.[24] Even though injured, Dickov refused to call up Cisak and James Wesolowski before the end of the season because he risked another injury.[25] After playing five games in the early of the season, Cisak was replaced by Dean Bouzanis due to a breakdown in his contract. Cisak spoke of his disappointment in Oldham's handling of the saga shortly after having been recalled from his loan at Portsmouth.[26] Cisak finished his second season with Oldham Athletic as very much the second - choice goalkeeper with Dean Bouzanis established as first - choice goalkeeper for the club, with Cisak only making 11 appearances for the club by the end of the season. On 6 June 2013 after 2 years at Oldham Athletic, Cisak's contract at Latics was terminated as the club chose not to take up the option to extend his deal for a further year. He left the club having played 59 matches.[27]

Portsmouth (loan)[edit]

On 22 November 2012, Cisak joined fellow League One side Portsmouth on a one-month loan, along with Jake Jervis[28] He made several key saves in his debut in a 1–1 draw against Coventry City, giving the club their first point in eight matches.[29] After the match Cisak stated that he couldn't have asked for a better start in his time at Portsmouth and that he had hopes to replicate the form of his Pompey predecessors such as David James and Asmir Begović.[30] However after just one appearance, Cisak was recalled by Oldham after Dean Bouzanis was sent off for violent conduct in a 1–0 loss against Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday and leading Paul Dickov to invoke a 24-hour recall clause, leaving back-up goalkeeper Simon Eastwood as their only goalkeeper at Portsmouth.[31] After being recalled, Cisak spoke of his loan spell, expressing his disappointment of the loan deal being cut early, but that he had hopes for a return to Portsmouth in the future.[26]

Burnley[edit]

Following his release by Oldham, Cisak signed for Championship side Burnley, joining fellow new keepers Tom Heaton and Nick Liversedge. Cisak was allocated the number 12 shirt. He made his Burnley debut in a 2–0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on 24 August 2013, replacing Keith Treacy in the 57th minute following Tom Heaton's red card. He made his first start for Burnley three days later, keeping a clean sheet in their 2–0 League Cup win against Lancashire rivals Preston North End.

International career[edit]

Cisak was eligible to play for either Poland or Australia due to holding dual citizenship.

On Monday 6 October 2008 Cisak made his debut for Australia U20 in their 3–1 victory over China playing the full 90 minutes.[32] On 21 July 2009, Cisak was again called into the Australia U20 squad by manager Jan Versleijen for the game against Argentina U20.[33] He has since gone on to make an additional three appearances for the Under 20s and was named in the squad for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 October 2013.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tamworth (loan) 2007–08[34] Conference North 16 0 0 0 4[a] 0 20 0
Accrington Stanley 2010–11[35] League Two 21 0 0 0 1 0 3[b] 0 25 0
Oldham Athletic 2011–12[36] League One 38 0 4 0 1 0 4[c] 0 47 0
2012–13[37] League One 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Total 48 0 5 0 2 0 4 0 59 0
Portsmouth (loan) 2012–13[37] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Burnley 2013–14[38] Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Career totals 87 0 5 0 4 0 11 0 107 0
  1. ^ Appearances in FA Trophy
  2. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, two in Football League Two play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Australia
  • 2008 ASEAN Champion
  • 2009 U/20 World Cup, Egypt
Accrington Stanley
  • League Two, Player of the Month Award, March 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 40. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 508. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ a b "Alex aims to turn miles into smiles". Manchester Evening News. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Young Stars Make The Grade". Leicester City F.C. 5 May 2007. Archived from the original on 13 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Oxford loan Robinson to Cambridge". BBC Sport. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  6. ^ "Cisak signs". Oxford United F.C. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  7. ^ "Foxes Keeper returns". BBC Sport. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  8. ^ "Young Keeper Joins The Lambs". Leicester City F.C. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  9. ^ "Leicester 2-1 Crewe". BBC Sport. 25 November 2008. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  10. ^ "Keeper Signs Contract Extension". Leicester City F.C. 8 June 2009. Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  11. ^ "Solano signs new Foxes deal". Sky Sports. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Doncaster 1 - 2 Accrington Stanley". BBC Sport. 10 August 2010. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hereford 1-1 Accrington Stanley". BBC Sport. 23 October 2010. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Accrington Stanley goalkeeper nets award". Lancashire Telegraph. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Cisak: Reds will return strong". Sky Sports. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Cisak bides time over contract". Sky Sports. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "Accrington Stanley wait for news on duo". Lancashire Telegraph. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "Oldham Athletic sign Australian keeper Alex Cisak". BBC Sport. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "Oldham - Sheffield Utd". BBC Sport. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Oldham 0 - 2 Bury". BBC Sport. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Defence switched off twice, admits Dickov". Oldham Chronicle. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Bolt from the blue". Oldham Chronicle. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  23. ^ "Cisak saves the day". Oldham Chronicle. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  24. ^ "Cisak out with shoulder injury". Sky Sports. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  25. ^ "Dickov delaying duo's return". Sky Sports. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  26. ^ a b "Keeper hopes for Pompey return". Portsmouth News. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  27. ^ http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/news/article/20130606-cisak-goes-857323.aspx
  28. ^ "Pompey sign Cisak and Jervis". Portsmouth News. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  29. ^ "Coventry 1 - 1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  30. ^ "Cisak wants to be a Pompey 'great'". Chichester. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  31. ^ "Cisak returns to Oldham". Portsmouth News. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  32. ^ "Lujic and Nichols see off China in Bangkok". Football Australia. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  33. ^ "Cisak Call Up". Leicester City F.C. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Alex Cisak for Tamworth in 2007/2008". Tamworth Heritage. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Alex Cisak in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Alex Cisak in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Alex Cisak in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Alex Cisak in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 

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