Ivan Franjic

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Ivan Franjic
Personal information
Full name Ivan Frankie Franjic[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-10) 10 September 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back, Winger
Club information
Current team
Torpedo Moscow
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 St Albans Saints 39 (5)
2007–2008 Melbourne Knights 50 (9)
2009 Oakleigh Cannons 17 (2)
2009–2014 Brisbane Roar 113 (11)
2014 – Torpedo Moscow 0 (0)
National team
2012– Australia 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2014

Ivan Frankie Franjic (born 10 September 1987) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Russian Football Premier League club Torpedo Moscow.

Club career[edit]

Victorian Premier League[edit]

Ivan played at Junior level for Meadow Park Eagles, Melbourne Knights, and St Albans Saints. During the 2005 season he made his senior debut for the Saints, playing 39 times for a reward of five goals. He then moved back to his former Youth club Melbourne Knights where he played 50 times, scoring nine goals. After the 2008 season he moved to Oakleigh Cannons where his performances would soon earn him a move to the A-League with Brisbane Roar.[2] Due to the Victorian Premier League being a semi-professional league, Franjic also was employed as a Carpenter.[3]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

On 31 August 2009, he was signed as a short-term injury replacement for Andrew Packer.[4] After being signed on loan to Brisbane he was signed on a long term contract.[citation needed] During his first season in the A-League he made a combined 20 appearances for the club.

Franjic scored his first goal for Brisbane in a pre-season friendly against the Newcastle Jets on 2 July 2010. His 85th minute penalty was the match-winning goal, with the Roar winning 1–0. His first A-League goal for Brisbane came in the Round 10, midweek clash with Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium with a powerful volley from outside of the box. His goal was made famous for his team's "human kayak" celebration.[citation needed] Brisbane won the game 2–0.[5] Playing as a wingback, Franjic has impressed at the Roar.[6]

In Round 17, Franjic scored an equalising goal against the North Queensland Fury in the 85th minute. The game ended 1–1. This goal meant that the Roar continued their undefeated run, extending it to 12 matches. Franjic played at right-back for the Brisbane Roar in the 2011 A-League Grand Final. The Roar were down 2–0 in extra time against the Central Coast Mariners before scoring two goals in under four minutes to send the match to a penalty shoot-out. Franjic scored the first penalty for the Roar who ended up winning 4–2 in the shootout after two saves from Michael Theoklitos.

Franjic was one of six Brisbane Roar players to be selected in the All-Star Team for the 2010–11 season.[7] Goal.com named Franjic as one of five Australian defenders in the A-League who are ready to play in Europe.[8]

In 2012, Franjic played in the 2012 A-League Grand Final against Perth Glory, where he scored an own goal to give Perth an unlikely lead. Brisbane managed to claw back and take the lead courtesy of two late goals from Besart Berisha, becoming the first A-League side to win the championship two years in succession.

Torpedo Moscow[edit]

In August 2014, Franjic moved to newly promoted Russian Premier League side FC Torpedo Moscow, signing a three-year contract at the club.[9][10]

International career[edit]

In December 2012, Franjic made his international debut for the Socceroos under Holger Osieck.[11]

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil he started at right back in Australia's 3-1 loss to Chile. At the 35th minute he crossed to Tim Cahill who scored Australia's only goal in the game. Franjic later succumbed to a hamstring injury and was substituted in the second half. He was later ruled out of the remainder of the tournament to his bitter disappointment.

Honours[edit]

Brisbane Roar

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