Ante Covic

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This article is about the Australian football (soccer) player. For the Croatian football player, see Ante Čović (Croatian footballer).
Ante Čović
Ante Covic WSW.jpg
Ante Čović, goalkeeper for the Wanderers
Personal information
Full name Ante Čović
Date of birth (1975-06-13) 13 June 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Western Sydney Wanderers
Number 1
Youth career
1995 Hurstville Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 APIA Leichhardt Tigers 23 (0)
1997–1999 Marconi Stallions 46 (0)
1999–2001 PAOK 8 (0)
2000 AO Kavala (loan) 15 (0)
2001–2002 Dinamo Zagreb 0 (0)
2002–2006 Hammarby IF 121 (0)
2007–2009 Newcastle Jets 54 (0)
2009–2011 IF Elfsborg 59 (0)
2011–2012 Melbourne Victory 24 (0)
2012– Western Sydney Wanderers 60 (0)
National team
2006–2010 Australia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2008

Ante Čović (Croatian: Ante Čović; [ˈaːntɛ ˈtʃɔːʋitɕ]; born 13 June 1975) is an Australian football (soccer) goalkeeper who plays for Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League. Covic was a member of the Australian national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

Personal life[edit]

Ante Čović is of Croatian heritage.

Club career[edit]

He formerly played for Hammarby IF in Sweden, as well as Marconi Stallions and Sydney Olympic in Australia's National Soccer League, PAOK Salonika and AO Kavala in Greece and Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

Newcastle Jets[edit]

Ante Covic training with Newcastle in 2008.

Čović made his A-League debut in a 3–2 loss to Adelaide United in December 2006 at Hindmarsh Stadium. Čović was the starting goalkeeper for Newcastle Jets in the 2007 season which he won the A-League championship. On 17 March 2009, it was announced that Covic was leaving the Jets for a three-year deal with Swedish club IF Elfsborg.

Melbourne Victory[edit]

On 4 October 2011, Čović signed a one-year deal with Melbourne Victory as an injury replacement for Tando Velaphi who was ruled out for 12 weeks. Čović debuted in the opening game for the A-League season against Sydney FC at Etihad Stadium in front of 40,000 in attendance. Čović achieved instant hero status with the home fans when he thwarted Emerton from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute, he was named man of the match in the 0–0 draw. He was again named man of the match after the Melbourne Derby two weeks later.

In the A-League round 5 match between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory in 2011, Covic, along with fellow Victory defender Matthew Foschini, were controversially sent off by referee Ben Williams for challenges against Roar defenders, reducing the Victory to playing with nine men throughout the match.[1]

On 1 May 2012, it was announced new Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou would not resign the veteran goalkeeper, opting to stay with younger goalkeepers Lawrence Thomas and Tando Velaphi. The shock decision came after Covic was awarded the Player's Player of the Year award at the Melbourne Victory Awards Dinner.

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

On 2 July 2012, Čović joined A-League expansion club Western Sydney Wanderers on a free transfer.[2] The Wanderers performed above expectations and won the Premier's Plate in their maiden season,[3] with Čović being named in the inaugural A-League All-Star team.[4] He helped his side to win 2014 AFC Champions League, with keeping 8 clean sheets in 12 matches. At the end of the final which they defeated Al-Hilal, he was named as MVP of the tournament.

International career[edit]

He was part of the Australian squad for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and was Australia's third choice goalkeeper behind Mark Schwarzer and Željko Kalac for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

He made his debut for Australia against Bahrain on 22 February 2006 in an Asian Cup qualifier. On 22 March 2008 he earned his second cap against Singapore in an international friendly and was captain for part of the second half after Harry Kewell and Jade North left the field. As of 2014, Čović has two international caps with Australia.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 7 November 2014

CS = Clean Sheets

Club Season Division League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS
Marconi Stallions 1997–98[5] National Soccer League 25 14 0 0 0 0 25 14
1998–99[5] 21 7 0 0 0 0 21 7
Total 46 21 0 0 0 0 46 21
PAOK 1999–2000[5][6] Alpha Ethniki 4 ? 0 0 3 1 7 1
2000–01[6] 4 ? 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 8 ? 0 0 3 1 11 1
AO Kavala (loan) 2000–01 Beta Ethniki 15 ? 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total 15 ? 0 0 0 0 15 0
Dinamo Zagreb 2001–02 Prva HNL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hammarby IF 2002[5][6] Allsvenskan 20 0 0 0 2 0 22 0
2003[6] 26 12 0 0 0 0 26 12
2004[5][6] 26 9 0 0 4 1 30 10
2005[6] 26 8 0 0 0 0 26 8
2006[6] 23 9 0 0 0 0 23 9
Total 121 38 0 0 6 1 127 39
Newcastle Jets 2006–07[7] A-League 8 3 0 0 0 0 8 3
2007–08[5][7] 25 8 5 2 0 0 30 10
2008–09[5][7][8] 21 3 3 1 2 1 26 5
Total 54 14 8 3 2 1 64 18
IF Elfsborg 2009[8] Allsvenskan 29 10 2 0 6 4 37 14
2010[8] 17 5 0 0 4 2 21 7
2011[8] 13 6 2 1 3 1 18 8
Total 59 21 4 1 13 7 76 29
Melbourne Victory 2011–12[7] A-League 24 3 0 0 0 0 24 3
Total 24 3 0 0 0 0 24 3
Western Sydney Wanderers 2012–13[7] A-League 29 11 29 11
2013–14[7] 28 10 12 8 40 18
2014–15[7] 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 60 21 1 0 12 8 73 29
Career Total 387 118 13 4 36 19 436 140

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2AFC Champions League statistics are included in season ending during group stages (i.e. ACL 2014 and A-League season 2013–14 etc.)

National team statistics[edit]

As of 23 January 2014

CS = Clean Sheets [8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

PAOK
Newcastle Jets
Western Sydney Wanderers

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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