Ivan Franjic

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Ivan Franjic
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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
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 115 (11)
2014–2015 Torpedo Moscow 4 (0)
National team
2012– Australia 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 April 2015

Ivan Frankie Franjic (Croatian pronunciation: [ǐʋan frǎːɲit͡ɕ]; born 10 September 1987) is an Australian football (soccer) player who last played for Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Victorian Premier League[edit]

Franjic 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] Franjic made his debut for Torpedo on 25 October 2014, in a 0-0 home draw against FC Kuban Krasnodar, coming on as a half-time substitute for Ivan Novoseltsev.[11][12] During January 2015 Torpedo blocked a loan move for Franjic back to the A-League, with Franjic later being linked with a move to Dinamo Zagreb during the summer of 2015.[13]He quit Torpedo Moscow due to unpaid wages on 23 April 2015.[14]

International career[edit]

In December 2012, Franjic made his international debut for the Socceroos under Holger Osieck.[15]

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.

Franjic was named as part of Australia's squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Franjic started in Australia's first match of the tournament against Kuwait, playing the full 90 minutes and providing the assist for Massimo Luongo to score Australia's second goal of the match.

Franjic started for Australia in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final. However, after suffering an injury in the middle of the second half, Franjic was substituted off for Matt McKay as Australia won 2-1.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 April 2015[16]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009–10 Brisbane Roar A-League 19 0 19 0
2010–11 23 2 23 2
2011–12 29 1 6 0 35 1
2012–13 23 3 1 0 24 3
2013–14 21 5 21 5
2014–15 Torpedo Moscow Russian Premier League 3 0 1 0 4 0
Total Australia 115 11 7 0 122 11
Russia 3 0 1 0 4 0
Career total 118 11 1 0 7 0 126 11

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Brisbane Roar

International[edit]

Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 3. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Ivan Franjic on fire at Brisbane Roar[dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/ivan-franjic-says-postecoglous-magic-dust-will-reinvigorate-socceroos-20131111-2xcdn.html
  4. ^ Franjic looks long-term[dead link]
  5. ^ "Brisbane defeat Mariners". A-League. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/a-league-leaders-brisbane-roar-depth-to-be-tested-with-injury/story-e6frf4gl-1225979927088
  7. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/brisbane-roar-players-dominate-fans-all-stars-a-league-team/story-e6frf7jo-1226019008514
  8. ^ http://www.goal.com/en/news/1717/editorial/2011/08/19/2624985/who-is-the-next-lucas-neill-five-australian-defenders-ready
  9. ^ "Ivan Franjic leaves Brisbane Roar for Torpedo Moscow". http://www.theguardian.com. The Guardian. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  10. ^ СОСТАВ «ТОРПЕДО» ПОПОЛНИЛИ ХОРВАТ И АВСТРАЛИЕЦ (in Russian). FC Torpedo Moscow. 4 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Mile Jedinak’s penalty highs and lows, Ivan Franjic returns, Tommy Oar linked to Ajax". www.heraldsun.com.au. Herald Sun. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Torpedo Moscow 0-0 Kuban Krasnodar". uk.soccerway.com. Soccerway. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Socceroo Ivan Franjic linked with move from Torpedo Moscow to Dinamo Zagreb". http://www.foxsports.com.au. Fox Sports (Australia). 18 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Франьич следом за Кокошкой разорвал контракт с «Торпедо»" (in Russian). Championat.com. 27 April 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.socceroos.com.au/player/ivan-franjic/1v4wxmuf0k1tw13xgf4fxs9nsw
  16. ^ "I.Franjić". uk.soccerway.com/. Soccerway. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

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