Frank Jurić

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Frank Jurić
Personal information
Full name Frank Jurić
Date of birth (1973-10-28) 28 October 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Knights (Assistant Coach)
Youth career
Melbourne Knights
1990–1991 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Melbourne Knights 56 (0)
1996–1997 Collingwood Warriors 25 (0)
1997–1999 Fortuna Düsseldorf 36 (0)
1999–2004 Bayer Leverkusen 11 (0)
2004–2008 Hannover 96 1 (0)
2008–2009 Perth Glory 4 (0)
National team
1993 Australia U-20
1996 Australia U-23
1995–2001 Australia 2 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Perth Glory (Goalkeeping Coach)
2012– Melbourne Knights (Assistant Coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Frank Jurić (born 28 October 1973 in Melbourne) is an Australian former goalkeeper and the goalkeeping coach of Victorian Premier League club Melbourne Knights.

Club career[edit]

Jurić began his professional career in the former Australian national league with Melbourne Knights, where he won two league titles, before moving to the newly formed Collingwood Warriors (also based in Melbourne). The club struggled financially though and was unable to go on beyond this solitary season, in which they finished second bottom.

The goalkeeper took this as his cue to move to Europe, although the transfer was a protracted affair, as Collingwood Warriors – no longer technically in existence – still demanded a fee from Fortuna Düsseldorf. Eventually, this was resolved by the German club paying $30,000 and Jurić was free to move for the 1997–98 season.

His first season in Germany was relatively successful as Fortuna Düsseldorf finished seventh in the 2. Bundesliga. However, the following year they suffered relegation to the Regionalliga-West. Fortunately for him, Jurić had been spotted by Bundesliga team Bayer 04 Leverkusen and he signed for the high-flying club in summer 1999.

Jurić was used as a backup keeper here, behind the likes of Adam Matysek and Hans-Jörg Butt but still managed 11 Bundesliga appearances as the club enjoyed a series of strong performances both domestically, and notably in the 2002 Champions League, where they reached the final. Jurić himself appeared twice in the UEFA Champions League in 2002–03, against Olympiacos and Manchester United.

In June 2004, he joined fellow Bundesliga side Hannover 96 as second choice keeper behind Robert Enke. His time with the Reds has been blighted by persistent knee problems, limiting to just a single appearance in his first three seasons there, playing in a 2–2 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach on 6 May 2006.

In May 2008, it was announced that Jurić was to return to his native Australia for the 2008–09 A-League season, with Perth Glory. He competed for the number one jersey alongside Olyroo Tando Velaphi, while Jason Petkovic was retained as a backup and advisor to the youth team. Jurić's poor run of form led to the goalkeeping position given to Tando Velaphi.

On May 2009, Jurić retired as a player and joined Glory as goalkeeping coach, when they signed Aleks Vrteski as the club's second goalkeeper.[1]

International career[edit]

Jurić has made two full appearances for the Australian national team, making his debut on 10 November 1995 in an 1996 OFC Nations Cup match against New Zealand which finished goalless, and also appearing on 10 February 1996 in a 1–4 friendly defeat to Japan.

He also competed in the 1996 Olympics in the football competition and was an unused squad member in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, where they achieved 3rd place. However, the likes of Mark Schwarzer, Zeljko Kalac and Mark Bosnich had severely limited his hopes of international football.

A-League career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 22 October 2008)

Club Season League Finals Asia Total
Apps Goals CS Apps Goals CS Apps Goals CS Apps Goals CS
Perth Glory 2008–09 4 0 0 - - - - - - 4 0 0
Total 4 0 0 - - - - - - 4 0 0

Honours[edit]

With Bayer Leverkusen

  • Runner-up in the Bundesliga: 2000 and 2002
  • Runner-up in the DFB-Pokal: 2002
  • Runner-up in the Champions League: 2002

With Australia:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hope, Shayne (25 May 2009). "Vrteski back in Glory fold". thewest.com.au. Retrieved 25 May 2009. [dead link]

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