Eugene Galekovic

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Eugene Galeković
Eugene Galeković.jpg
Galekovic with Adelaide United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Eugen-Josip Galeković
Date of birth (1981-06-12) 12 June 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Adelaide United
Number 1
Youth career
1993–1997 Chelsea Hajduk
1997–1998 Bulleen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Melbourne Knights
2000–2001 Eastern Pride 11 (0)
2002–2004 South Melbourne 37 (0)
2004–2005 S.C. Beira-Mar 2 (0)
2005–2007 Melbourne Victory 15 (0)
2007– Adelaide United 203 (0)
National team
2003–2004 Australia U-23 4 (0)
2009– Australia 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 July 2013

Eugen-Josip "Eugene" Galekovic (Croatian: Eugen-Josip Galeković; Croatian pronunciation: [êuːd͡ʒin ɡalêːkoːʋit͡ɕ]; born 12 June 1981) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a goalkeeper for Adelaide United in the A-League and internationally for Australia.

Biography[edit]

Club career[edit]

Galekovic's junior soccer was mostly played at Chelsea Hajduk in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.

Galekovic played school soccer for St Bede's College.

Galekovic started his career with Morwell based National Soccer League (NSL) side Gippsland Falcons as a 19-year-old in December 2000 before signing with South Melbourne the following season. He stayed with South Melbourne until the NSL's closure in 2003–04 where at season's end he secured a place on the list of Beira Mar in Portugal on the back of holding the number one spot for Australia's Olympic soccer campaign in Athens in 2004.

The period at Beira Mar was generally unsuccessful for Galekovic, with him seeing little first team action and thus, he returned to Melbourne to sign for the city's inaugural A-League side Melbourne Victory for season 2005–06, debuting in the opening match against Sydney FC.

Galekovic played 11 matches for the season in an unusual goalkeeper rotation policy employed by Melbourne manager Ernie Merrick in which the other 10 matches saw teammate Michael Theoklitos in goal. Galekovic has been second choice keeper for the Victory in the 2006–07 season but an injury to Theoklitos gave Galekovic his first start of the season in the round 13 clash against Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

Adelaide United[edit]

On 30 October, Eugene signed for Melbourne Victory rivals Adelaide United as a replacement for injured keeper Daniel Beltrame and made his debut against the Queensland Roar at Hindmarsh Stadium.[2] On 20 January 2008, Galekovic kept his first clean sheet for Adelaide in a 2–0 win over Brisbane at Hindmarsh Stadium. On 27 December 2008 Galekovic made a string of impressive saves to ensure Adelaide kept its 1–0 advantage over Perth Glory[3] and in the process giving him his fifth clean sheet of the league season.

In February 2010, Galekovic capped off another brilliant year by winning the Adelaide United Life FM Player of the Year Award sponsored by Payneham Road Chemplus Compounding Pharmacy.

In the middle of the 2011–12 A-League Jon McKain resigned his role as captain at Adelaide United. It was then announced that Eugene Galekovic became captain.

International[edit]

Galekovic has been called up for Australia in a preliminary squad with teammates Scott Jamieson and Paul Reid after impressive performances in the A-League and the Asian Champions League. He made his first senior international soccer debut for the Socceroos on 28 January 2009 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Indonesia. He was disappointing in his last outing against Kuwait, by letting in two poor goals after Australia conceded a 2–0 advantage. After Brad Jones left the 2010 World Cup 23-man squad to help his son battle leukaemia, he was called in as a replacement, after missing selection in the 23-man squad first time around. Eugene was selected by Holger Osieck for a 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup qualifying tournament. He started the first match against hosts Hong Kong and came up with audacious stops to save Australia from humiliation as they won 1–0 with a solo effort from Brett Emerton. The other game that Galekovic was a part of a 9–0 thrashing of Guam. After a string good performances for Adelaide United, Holger Osieck selected Eugene Galekovic as part of his 23-man squad for the decisive 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) match against Oman.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 October 2014

CS = Clean sheets

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS
Eastern Pride 2000–01 11 1 11 1
Total 11 1 11 1
South Melbourne 2001–02 0 0 0 0
2002–03 15 7 15 7
2003–04 22 10 22 10
Total 37 17 37 17
Beira-Mar 2004–05 2 0 2 0
Total 2 0 2 0
Melbourne Victory 2005–06 11 4 2 1 13 5
2006–07 4 1 4 1 8 2
2007–08 1 0 1 0
Total 15 5 7 2 22 7
Adelaide United 2007–08 11 1 11 1
2008–09 22 10 3 2 14 7 39 19
2009–10 27 6 7 3 34 9
2010–11 29 9 29 9
2011–12 25 3 10 6 35 9
2012–13 25 8 25 8
2013–14 28 8 28 8
2014–15 2 0 2 1 4 1
Total 169 45 5 3 31 16 205 64
Career Total 234 67 12 5 31 16 277 90

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. 2008 ACL in 2008–09 A-League season etc.)

Honours[edit]

With Melbourne Victory:

Personal Honours:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eugene Galeković". socceroos.com.au. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Roar bore Adelaide". Football News. 11 February 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  3. ^ "Reds take glory in tough Boxing Day clash". Adelaide United FC. 27 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Cássio
Adelaide United Club Champion Award
2008–09, 2009–10
Succeeded by
Cássio