Ben Kantarovski

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Ben Kantarovski
Ben Kantarovski-2010.jpg
Kantarovski playing for Newcastle Jets in 2010
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Kantarovski
Date of birth (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Newcastle, Australia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Newcastle Jets
Number 5
Youth career
0000–2006 Broadmeadow Magic
2006–2007 NSWIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– Newcastle Jets 91 (1)
National team
2007–2008 Australia U-17 12 (3)
2008–2011 Australia U-20 25 (2)
2012 Australia U-23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Ben Kantarovski (born 20 January 1992 in Newcastle, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for the Newcastle Jets in the A-League.

Club career[edit]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

Kantarovski was signed to a four-year contract by the Newcastle Jets in January 2008 while attending Lambton High School at only 15 years of age, making him the youngest player in A-League history to sign a full-time A-League contract, and one of the youngest players in world football to do so.[1] He made his A-League debut in Round 1 of the 2008-09 season against the Central Coast Mariners playing as a defender. He was only 16 years and 208 days old making him at the time, the youngest player in A-League history. Kantarovski has since played in many different positions for the Newcastle Jets, including all positions across the defence, and all positions across the midfield, most commonly his preferred holding midfielder role.[2] Kantarovski was named the Newcastle Jets Player of the Season in his debut year, despite only playing a handful of games.[3]

Kantarovski has already attracted the interest of one of the powerhouses of German, European and world football, Bayern Munich. Kantarovksi spent a week trialling with the Bundesliga giants in April, 2009. At the conclusion of this trial, it appeared Bayern's interest in Kantarovski only grew, making it increasingly likely that Kantarovksi would depart the A-League for Bayern once he reached the age of 18, FIFA's minimum age for a football player to play for a foreign club.[4] After turning 18, Kantarovski opted to turn down an offer to join Bayern Munich's youth system. He did so after receiving the Kimon Taliadoros scholarship for his educational achievements.

On 12 November 2010, Kantarovski signed a 3-year contract extension keeping him at the Jets until the end of the 2013.[5] He scored his first goal for the club with a header against Brisbane Roar in a 1-1 at EnergyAustralia Stadium on 17 November 2010.

International career[edit]

Kantarovski has represented Australia's U-17 team on 12 occasions, scoring 3 times.[6] In 2009, he represented the U-20 team at the U-20's World Cup as the youngest player in the squad, being a mere 17 years of age, starting in all of their group games, playing as a midfielder in the first game, before being shifted in to the heart of defence. Despite suffering from a knee injury that would eventually sideline him for 6 months, Kantarovski played for Young Socceroos throughout their World Cup campaign, and was a clear standout, named by many as the Socceroo's top player.

Kantarovski was called up by Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek into the Socceroos squad to play Kuwait in the AFC Asian Cup qualifying game against Kuwait, as well as inviting Ben to a training camp with the Socceroos squad.

Kantarovksi was selected by Young Socceroos coach Jan Verslejen to captain the Young Socceroos despite being one of the youngest players in the squad. Verslejen cited Kantarovski's Hyundai A-League and AFC Champions League experience, as well as being a member of the Young Socceroos U-20 World Cup campaign as three big reasons for his appointment as captain. He also captained the Young Socceroos to victory in the 2010 Asean Football Federation Under-19 Championship, after their 1-0 win in the final against Thailand.

On 27 January 2012 he was selected to play for the Australia Olympic football team against Uzbekistan national under-23 football team and United Arab Emirates national under-23 football team.[7] Kantarovski made his debut for the Australia Olympic football team in the London 2012 Olympic Qualifier against the United Arab Emirates at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on 22 February 2012.

Career Statistics[edit]

As of 18 November 2014
Club Season League1 Cup Asia2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle Jets 2008–09 13 0 3 0 6 0 22 0
2009–10 16 0 16 0
2010–11 15 1 15 1
2011–12 22 0 22 0
2012–13 4 0 4 0
2013–14 18 0 18 0
2014–15 3 0 1 0 4 0
Total 91 1 4 0 6 0 101 1

1 - includes A-League final series statistics
2 - AFC Champions League statistics are included in season ending during group stages (i.e. ACL 2009 and A-League season 2008–09 etc.)

Honours[edit]

With Australia:

Personal Honours:

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