Craig Moore

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Craig Moore
Craig Moore.jpg
Moore in 2008 playing for Queensland Roar
Personal information
Full name Craig Andrew Moore
Date of birth (1975-12-12) 12 December 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Youth career
1991 North Star
1992–1993 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Rangers 73 (4)
1998–1999 Crystal Palace 23 (3)
1999–2005 Rangers 102 (10)
2005 Borussia Mönchengladbach 13 (1)
2005–2007 Newcastle United 31 (0)
2007–2009 Brisbane Roar 62 (3)
2010 Kavala 10 (1)
2010–2011 Sydney United FC
Total 314 (22)
National team
1991 Australia U17 8 (0)
1992–1993 Australia U20 24 (0)
1996–2004 Australia U23 11 (1)
1995–2010 Australia 52 (3)
Teams managed
2013- Coomera Colts Soccer Club
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Craig Andrew Moore[1] (born 12 December 1975) is an Australian former footballer who played as a defender. His 2006 FIFA World Cup profile describes him as being "[t]ough-tackling and uncompromising but also calm and composed under pressure."[2]

Moore is best known for his two spells with Scottish Premier Division / Scottish Premier League club Rangers. Having graduated through their youth system, he made 252 appearances for the Glasgow based club from 1993 to 2005, punctuated with a season in England with Crystal Palace in the 1998–99 First Division. In his time at Rangers he became team captain and won numerous domestic league and cup honours, including making 44 appearances and scoring four goals in their 2002–03 Treble-winning season.

After leaving Rangers on a free transfer in January 2005, Moore spent a half-season at German Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, before moving to English Premier League club Newcastle United. Released by Newcastle after an injury hit two seasons, Moore moved to his hometown club Queensland Roar (later renamed Brisbane Roar) in the Australian A-League, as their captain and Marquee player. After three seasons with the Roar, in January 2010 Moore moved to Greek Super League side AO Kavala, only to leave in March.

In international football, Moore has made over 50 appearances for the Australia national team, including at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups in Germany and South Africa. Having made his debut in 1995, he has been Australian team captain a number of times.

Club career[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Moore was born in Canterbury, New South Wales. Upon leaving the Australian Institute of Sport, Moore joined Rangers youth system and went on to became an important player at the centre of Rangers defence up until 2004 over two spells.

Moore spent most of the 1998–99 season at Crystal Palace; despite being regarded as a success in London as the Eagles' fought relegation, he returned to Rangers after the South London club defaulted on transfer payments.

Moore was the captain of the "Olyroos", the Australian Olympic Football Team at the 2004 Olympics at Athens, Greece, when they managed to reach the quarter-finals. However, his involvement angered Rangers manager Alex McLeish as it forced him to miss the start of the Scottish league season. As a result Moore was stripped of the club captaincy and was forced to the fringes of the team.

Moore won twelve major honours with Rangers including five league championships and a domestic treble in 2003.

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

Moore was given a free transfer and joined Borussia Mönchengladbach on 3 January 2005, where he teamed up with former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat. When Advocaat was sacked after a short time in charge, Moore left the German club after falling out with the club management.[3]

Newcastle United[edit]

On 30 July 2005, he signed a two-year deal at Newcastle United to play for the first time in the Premier League.

Moore made his competitive Newcastle United debut on 22 March 2006 against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final, becoming the first Australian to play for the Magpies. His actual first game came at home to Yeading in which he scored one of five goals. Injuries ruined Moore's Newcastle career, and he only made eight premiership appearances in the 2005–06 season.

Moore was then injured in November 2006 and was ruled out for several months. He returned but struggled to get back into the team, with Peter Ramage, Steven Taylor, and Titus Bramble keeping him out. After Titus Bramble's dip in form, Moore returned to the first team. Moore made 17 premiership appearances in the 2006–07 season.

On 16 May 2007, it was announced that Moore's contract would not be renewed, and he was released by the club. He made 31 appearances for Newcastle.

Brisbane Roar[edit]

It was rumoured on 25 July 2007 that Moore had signed with Queensland Roar (now Brisbane Roar) in his native home state of Queensland, Australia, to become the Roar's Marquee signing for the 2007–08 Hyundai A-League Season and the 2008–2009 season.[4][5] This was confirmed with an announcement by Queensland and Moore on 25 July 2007 with Moore signing to be Queensland's marquee player for two years.

Moore's career with the Roar did not start well. He was sent off in the 69th minute in the first game of the season against Adelaide United for a second yellow card. Although Queensland were trailing 2–1 at the time, they came back to level the score at 2–2 and hold on for a draw.[6][7] He scored his first goal for the Roar in their 2008–09 season round four clash with Perth Glory. Queensland went on to win 3–0.

In December 2008, Craig was fined for lodging bets totalling $600 on two matches involving A-League teams with betting exchange Betfair. These matches did not include his own side, and because of this, it was deemed a fine was a satisfactory punishment, with the Roar labelling it as an 'honest mistake'.[8]

Moore left the Roar in December 2009, after falling out with the coach Ange Postecoglou and wanting a move to Europe to increase his chances of 2010 World Cup selection.[9]

Kavala[edit]

In January 2010, he moved to Greek side AO Kavala on an eighteen month contract.[10] He debuted for Kavala on 10 January 2010 in a 1–0 loss against Asteras Tripolis.[11][12][13]

It was reported on 31 March 2010 that his contract with Kavala had been terminated after an off-field incident.[14] Moore later denied there had been an off-field incident, stating he had left over fears that he could experience burnout or serious injury, endangering his 2010 World Cup place, had he stayed at the Greek side, having played 15 games in all, 13 of those in just five weeks, on top of his games at the Roar earlier in the season.[15]

Sydney United[edit]

Moore put on the red jersey of Sydney United in a farewell testimonial for former Socceroos and AC Milan goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac in July 2010 against Newcastle Jets.

International career[edit]

Moore represented the Socceroos in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He scored a penalty kick against Croatia in the 39th minute of the game, enabling Australia to progress to the second round. As of 2008, he has made 40 appearances for Australia, scoring three goals. Moore announced his international retirement on 6 February 2008 after Australia's 3–0 win over Qatar in their first FIFA World Cup Qualifier at Telstra Dome. Craig has recently put his hand up for International call ups in September 2008. On 1 October 2008, Australian coach Pim Verbeek announced that Moore was part of the 35-man squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

Moore retired from international football after the 2010 World Cup.[16]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 February 2000 Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 3–0 Won Friendly
2. 13 November 2001 Melbourne, Australia  France 1–1 Draw Friendly
3. 22 June 2006 Stuttgart, Germany  Croatia 2–2 Draw 2006 FIFA World Cup

Personal life[edit]

In November 2008, Moore was diagnosed with, and underwent surgery for, testicular cancer.[17] Six weeks later, he was given the all-clear to resume his playing career.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993–94 Rangers Premier Division 1 0
1994–95 21 2 2 0 1 1 4 0 27 3
1995–96 11 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 15 1
1996–97 23 1 2 0 3 0 4 0 32 1
1997–98 10 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 15 1
1998–99 Premier League 8 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 11 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Crystal Palace First Division 23 3 1 0 24 3
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–00 Rangers Premier League 22 1 3 1 2 0 6 0 35 2
2000–01 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
2001–02 18 3 2 0 1 0 5 1 28 4
2002–03 35 3 4 1 3 0 7 0 49 4
2003–04 17 2 4 0 1 0 5 0 27 2
2004–05 3 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 9 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2004–05 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 13 1 1 0 14 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Newcastle United Premier League 8 0 1 0 9 0
2006–07 17 0 1 0 4 0 22 0
Australia League Cup League Cup Oceania/Asia Total
2007–08 Queensland Roar A-League 21 0 2 0 23 0
2008–09 21 2 3 1 24 3
2009–10 15 1 - - 15 1
Total Scotland 174 14 20 0 16 0 42 0 252 14
England 48 3 2 0 1 0 4 0 55 3
Germany 13 1 1 0 14 1
Australia 57 3 5 1 62 4
Career total 293 21 28 1 17 0 46 0 424 22

International[edit]

[19]

Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 1 0
1996 1 0
1997 6 0
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 1 1
2001 11 1
2002 0 0
2003 1 0
2004 2 0
2005 7 0
2006 8 1
2007 0 0
2008 2 0
2009 6 0
2010 6 0
Total 52 3

Honours[edit]

Rangers F.C.
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scottish Football League (October 2004). The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2004/05. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile". fifa.com. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Moore completes Borussia switch". BBC Sport. 3 January 2005. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Moore tipped to join Roar". SBS The World Game website. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2007. 
  5. ^ Jon Ritson (25 July 2007). "Moore signs up with Roar". Four-Four-Two Magazine Website. Retrieved 25 July 2007. 
  6. ^ Sankey, Daniel (25 July 2007). "Moore signs for Roar". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 25 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "Moore is Roar marquee". SBS The World Game website. 25 July 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2007. 
  8. ^ "Moore bets, Muscat fined, Brebner banned". theage.com.au. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Media reports claim defender Craig Moore has quit Brisbane Roar". foxsports.com.au. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Craig Moore makes Kavala move". ESPN. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Asteras Tripolis vs. Kavala". soccerway.com. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "AO Kavala". soccerway.com. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Craig Moore". soccerway.com. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Verbeek headache as Moore is 'sacked'". The World Game. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "Clubless Moore sets record straight". The World Game. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  16. ^ Hall, Matthew (25 June 2010). "Bresciano vows to kick on". theworldgame.sbs.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Craig Moore has surgery for testicular cancer". Times Online. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  18. ^ "Craig Moore to resume playing career after cancer surgery". Times Online. 22 December 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  19. ^ "Craig Moore". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 

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