Brett Holman

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Brett Holman
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Holman in 2011
Personal information
Full name Brett Trevor Holman
Date of birth (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Bankstown, Australia
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Second striker / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Al Nasr
Number 8
Youth career
Northern Spirit
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Parramatta Power 13 (5)
2002–2006 Feyenoord 0 (0)
2002–2006 Excelsior (loan) 134 (39)
2006–2008 N.E.C. 59 (13)
2008–2012 AZ 92 (16)
2012–2013 Aston Villa 27 (1)
2013– Al Nasr 23 (3)
National team
2000–2001 Australia U17 10 (3)
2003–2004 Australia U23 16 (6)
2006– Australia 63 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:40, 12 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 September 2013

Brett Trevor Holman (born 27 March 1984) is an Australian professional football (soccer) player who currently plays as a second striker for Al Nasr in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. His 2010 FIFA World Cup profile describes as displaying "[h]igh energy, mobility, and a willingness to look for short passes."[1]

Early life[edit]

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.

Club career[edit]

Holman played for Northern Spirit and Parramatta Power in Australia before moving to Dutch football club Feyenoord in 2002.[2] Once in the Netherlands he played for SBV Excelsior on loan before NEC Nijmegen signed him in 2006.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.

Aston Villa[edit]

In March 2012, Holman signed a pre-contract agreement with Aston Villa, to join the club when his AZ contract expired that summer.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] On 1 December 2012, Holman scored his first league goal away at QPR.[8][9] 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.[10][11]

On 21 June 2013, he was released by mutual consent at the end of the 2012-13 season.[12] He then joined Al Nasr in Dubai, signing a two-year contract.[13]

International career[edit]

Holman made his international debut for Australia in 2006 against Bahrain.[14]

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.[15] On 24 June 2010, he then scored the second goal in the final group stage match against Serbia with a swerving 25-yard drive.[16] 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 March 26, 2013 in a World Cup Qualifier.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Holman training with Australia in March 2009.
Statistics accurate as of 11 December 2012
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Parramatta Power 2000–01 NSL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2001–02 12 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 5 2
Parramatta total 13 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 5 2
SBV Excelsior (loan) 2002–03 Eredivisie 30 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 32 6 4
2003–04 34 6 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 35 7 3
2004–05 Eerste Divisie 33 13 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 35 14 7
2005–06 37 14 9 3 1 1 0 0 0 40 15 10
Excelsior total 134 39 23 8 3 1 0 0 0 142 42 24
NEC Nijmegen 2006–07 Eredivisie 32 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 7 4
2007–08 27 6 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 29 8 2
NEC total 59 13 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 61 15 6
AZ Alkmaar 2008–09 Eredivisie 16 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 18 1 3
2009–10 24 5 1 2 1 0 6 0 2 32 6 3
2010–11 26 4 6 2 0 0 8 2 3 36 6 9
2011–12 25 4 10 4 0 1 13 3 4 42 7 15
AZ total 91 14 19 10 1 2 27 5 9 128 20 30
Aston Villa 2012–13 Premier League 27 1 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 29 2 4
Villa total 27 1 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 29 2 4
Career total 324 72 51 22 7 4 27 5 9 373 84 64

Honours[edit]

AZ

Individual[edit]

  • Ryan Tkalcevic Medal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile". fifa.com. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Holman, Brett". Australian Player Database. OzFootball. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Football : Dutch First Division transfers in 2008/2009 season
  4. ^ : AZ Set To Part Company With Holman, goal.com, 14 May 2009
  5. ^ "Holman agrees to Villa in the summer". avfc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Match report: Burton Albion 1–2 Villa". AVFC. 14 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pre-season match report: Peterborough 0–2 Villa". AVFC. 14 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "QPR 1-1 Villa match report: Holman goal earns solid point". avfc.co.uk (Aston Villa Football Club). 1 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "QPR 1-1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 1 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Norwich 1-4 Villa match report: Weimann brace earns semi-final place". avfc.co.uk (Aston Villa Football Club). 11 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Norwich 1–4 Aston Villa". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 11 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Holman leaves Villa". Aston Villa F.C. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Brett Holman signs for Al Nasr as Asian player". Pro League Committee. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Player Profile – Brett Holman". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  15. ^ Sheringham, Sam (19 June 2010). "Ghana 1–1 Australia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  16. ^ Fletcher, Paul (23 June 2010). "Australia 2–0 Serbia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 

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