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Holman in 2011
|Full name||Brett Trevor Holman|
|Date of birth||27 March 1984|
|Place of birth||Bankstown, Australia|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2002–2006||→ Excelsior (loan)||134||(39)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:40, 12 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Brett Trevor Holman (born 27 March 1984) is an Australian professional footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Al Nasr in the UAE Arabian Gulf League and has represented the Australian national team on 63 occasions.
Brett Holman was born in Bankstown, Sydney. He grew up in the Sydney suburb of Croydon Park. He attended Christian Brothers High School in Lewisham. He played junior football for the Enfield Rovers Soccer Club based in the inner west of Sydney. He left school in late 2000 to pursue his footballing career, signing with the Parramatta Power.
Holman played for Northern Spirit and Parramatta Power in Australia before moving to Dutch football club Feyenoord in 2002. Once in the Netherlands he played for SBV Excelsior on loan before NEC Nijmegen signed him in 2006.
On 7 April 2007 Holman scored two goals for NEC Nijmegen against Eredivisie leaders, PSV Eindhoven. He was named man of the match, as NEC Nijmegen won 2–1. He was signed by AZ Alkmaar manager Louis van Gaal in the European summer of 2008 for €3m.
On 1 November 2008 Holman scored his first goal for AZ Alkmaar in a 3–3 away draw against SC Heerenveen at the Abe Lenstra Stadion in Heerenveen after coming on as a second half replacement for Nick van der Velden.
During most of the AZ Alkmaar's title-winning 2008–2009 Eredivisie season Holman struggled for starting opportunities and at the end of the campaign was rumoured to be on his way out at the club. However he was retained and was given more playing time under the new manager.
Under Dick Advocaat Holman has been given substantially more game time, including a number of appearances in the UEFA Europa League. On matchday 6, Holman impressed in AZ Alkmaar's 1–1 draw against Standard Liege.
On 1 July 2012, Holman officially became an Aston Villa player. On 14 July Holman scored on his debut, in a 2–1 victory against Burton Albion in the first match of pre-season. He then scored his second goal for Villa in another pre-season match, this time against Peterborough United in a 2–0 victory on 1 August 2012. On 1 December 2012, Holman scored his first league goal away at QPR. He then followed this up with his first League Cup goal for Villa, scoring the first of four in a 4–1 victory over Norwich City in the quarter-finals.
On 19 June 2010, Holman scored the opening goal against Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in a 1–1 draw, following up from a Marco Bresciano free kick. On 24 June 2010, he then scored the second goal in the final group stage match against Serbia with a swerving 25-yard drive. On 10 January 2011, Holman scored the third goal in Australia's 4–0 win over India in the Asian Cup. Holman scored a crucial equaliser for Australia against Oman in Sydney on 26 March 2013 in a World Cup Qualifier.
On 30 April 2014, Holman announced his retirement from international football.
- Statistics accurate as of 11 December 2012
|SBV Excelsior (loan)||2002–03||Eredivisie||30||6||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||32||6||4|
|Aston Villa||2012–13||Premier League||27||1||3||2||1||1||0||0||0||29||2||4|
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