Carl Valeri

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Carl Valeri
Carl Valeri-Australia.jpg
Valeri playing for Australia in 2010
Personal information
Full name Carl Valeri
Date of birth (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Canberra, Australia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 21
Youth career
2001 AIS
2002–2004 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Internazionale 0 (0)
2004–2005 SPAL (loan) 25 (0)
2005–2010 Grosseto 133 (7)
2010–2014 Sassuolo 70 (4)
2014 Ternana 8 (0)
2014– Melbourne Victory 0 (0)
National team
2000–2001 Australia U17 13 (1)
2001–2003 Australia U20 12 (1)
2004 Australia U23 15 (1)
2007– Australia 52 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2014

Carl Valeri (born 14 August 1984 in Canberra) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for A-League side Melbourne Victory. He is also a member of the Australia national football team.

Early life[edit]

Valeri is the son of former Australian National Soccer League player Walter Valeri. He is married to Whittney Canning from Gisborne, Victoria, and the couple have one daughter. He grew up in Canberra and trained at the Australian Institute of Sport on a football (soccer) scholarship. Attended St Mary McKillop College in Wanniassa, ACT, and later Lake Ginninderra College in Belconnen.

Club career[edit]

Carl Valeri playing a pre-season friendly for Melbourne Victory in 2014

In 2002, Valeri was signed as a teenager by Italian giants Inter Milan. He was loaned out to various clubs in Italy to gain further experience, including Grosseto, and both football clubs owned 50 percent of his contract from summer 2005 until June 2007 (for €20,000), when Grosseto bought all the rights by blind auction between the two clubs, for €15,000.[1][2]

In January 2010 Valeri joined Sassuolo in co-ownership for Euro 250.000 fee. Representing Australia in the starting 11 for the 2010 World Cup is his greatest achievement to date.[3]

In May 2013, Valeri and his club Sassuolo finished as Serie B champions, thus securing automatic promotion to Serie A for the first time in their history.[4]

In January 2014, struggling for game time he opted to return to Serie B with relegation battling Ternana until June 30 in hopes of saving his World Cup place with the Socceroos[5]

In June 2014, Carl Valeri returned to his home country signing a 3 year deal with Melbourne Victory.[6]

International career[edit]

Valeri with Australia in 2007.

Valeri has played for Australia at all international youth levels; Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23.

He captained the Australian Under-17 team, the 'Joeys', at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship and competed with the Under-23 squad, the 'Olyroos', at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

After being an unused substitute in an 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain in 2006, the 22-year old received his second call up to the senior Australian national team in March 2007, as a replacement for the injured defensive midfielder Vince Grella.

He made his international debut on 24 March 2007 in a friendly game against China, which Australia won 2–0. This made him the 501st player to be capped for Australia. He made his home debut in a friendly against Uruguay.[7]

Former Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has described Valeri as a key player of the future, and possible successor to Grella. This led to certain sections of the Australian media dubbing him "Mini Vinnie."

Honours[edit]

Grosseto

Sassuolo

Australia

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Season Club League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004-05 SPAL Serie C1 25 0 2 0 - - 27 0
2005-06 Grosseto 27 1 2 0 - - 29 1
2006-07 30 2 3 0 - - 33 2
2007-08 Serie B 37 2 1 0 - - 38 2
2008-09 28 1 2 0 - - 30 1
2009-10 9 1 1 0 - - 10 1
Grosseto total 133 7 11 0 - - 144 7
2009-10 Sassuolo Serie B 14 0 1 - - - 15 0
2010-11 22 0 1 0 - - 23 0
2011-12 31 3 1 0 - - 32 2
2012-13 3 1 2 0 - - 5 1
2013-14 Serie A - - - - - - 0 0
Sassuolo total 70 3 5 0 - - 75 5
Career total 250 10 16 0 - - 266 10

International[edit]

International caps[edit]

As of 9 September 2014
Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 4 0
2008 10 0
2009 5 0
2010 10 0
2011 16 1
2012 5 0
2014 2 0
Total 52 1

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 January 2011 Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Uzbekistan 6–0 Win 2011 Asian Cup

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