Ivan Vicelich

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Ivan Vicelich
Personal information
Full name Ivan Robert Vicelich
Date of birth (1976-09-03) 3 September 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back, Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Auckland City FC
Number 15
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Waitakere City F.C. 64 (4)
1996–1999 Central United 100 (18)
1999–2001 Football Kingz 46 (6)
2001–2006 Roda JC 129 (14)
2006–2008 RKC Waalwijk 21 (0)
2008–2010 Auckland City FC 49 (9)
2010 Shenzhen Ruby F.C. 15 (0)
2010–- Auckland City FC 71 (5)
National team
New Zealand U-17
New Zealand U-20
New Zealand U-23
1995–2013 New Zealand 88 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 June 2010 NZST.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09 September 2013

Ivan Robert Vicelich (born 3 September 1976) is a New Zealand professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Auckland City FC in the ASB Premiership. He is his country's most-capped international.

Club career[edit]

Vicelich played for Waitakere City FC and Central United in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier before establishing himself as one of the best players for the Football Kingz, when the Auckland based club joined the Australian National Soccer League in 1999.

Thanks to the contacts he made through his Football Kingz colleague, John Lammers, he was able to impress Roda JC Kerkrade,[citation needed] with whom he signed in 2001. He was a regular player for Roda JC until May 2006 when he signed a 2-year contract with fellow Dutch Eredivisie club side, RKC Waalwijk.

He returned to New Zealand and signed with Auckland City FC in The New Zealand Football Championship before the start of the 2008/2009 season and was a key member of the Auckland squad that contested the 2009 Club World Cup in United Arab Emirates in 2009.[1]

In July 2010, following the 2010 FIFA World Cup in which Vicelich started every one of New Zealand's three games, he signed a short term deal to play for Chinese Super League club Shenzhen Ruby F.C. for four months.[2] He returned to former club Auckland City FC in December 2010, following a 30-day stand-down period.

International career[edit]

Vicelich made his full New Zealand debut with a substitute appearance in a 0–7 loss against Uruguay on 25 June 1995

He was included in the New Zealand side for the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup finals tournament in Mexico where he featured in all three group games,[3] and again for the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup finals tournament in France, playing in just 2 matches.[4]

On 16 August 2008 Vicelich announced his retirement from international football,[5] however on 22 May 2009 he answered an SOS by All Whites head coach Ricki Herbert and was recalled to the national team for the Confederations Cup tournament in South Africa, as a replacement for injured captain Ryan Nelsen.[6][7]

Vicelich continued to make himself available for selection for the crucial 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bahrain as New Zealand vied for the right to join football's most prestigious tournament for the second time in their history.[8]

Vicelich has played 96 times for the All Whites including a record 86 official full internationals in which he scored 7 goals, his appearance in the first leg against Bahrain equalling Vaughan Coveny's then record of 64 official international caps.[9][10] He went one better in the second leg in Wellington as he helped his country reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

On 10 May 2010, Vicelich was named in New Zealand's final 23-man squad to compete at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[11] He went on to play in New Zealand's three games there.

On 25 March 2011 Vicelich captained New Zealand in their 1–1 draw with China in Wuhan.

Personal life[edit]

Vicelich is of Croatian descent.[12]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Oceania Footballer of the Year: 2009
  • New Zealand Young Player of the Year: 1994[13]
  • New Zealand International Player of the Year: 2002
  • Oceania All Stars XI 2008
  • Auckland Sportsman of the Year 2010
  • Auckland Overall Sporting Excellence Award 2010[14]

Club[edit]

With Waitakere City

  • Chatham Cup: 1994
  • Jack Batty Memerorial Trophy: 1994
  • New Zealand Football Championship: 1995

With Central United

  • Chatham Cup: 1997, 1998, 2012
  • Jack Batty Memerorial Trophy: 1997
  • New Zealand Football Championship: 1999

With Auckland City FC

International[edit]

FIFA World Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup

OFC Nations Cup

Club career statistics[edit]

All-Time Club Performances
Club Season Australia NSL - - - Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Football Kingz
(NSL)
1999–00 34 3 34 3
2000–01 12 3 12 3
Club Total 46 6 46 6
Club Season Netherlands Eredivisie KNVB Cup Super Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Roda JC
(Eredivisie)
2000–01 1 0 1 0
2001–02 12 2 1 0 13 2
2002–03 28 3 3 0 31 3
2003–04 33 6 2 1 35 7
2004–05 28 1 2 0 2 0 32 1
2005–06 27 2 4 1 3 0 34 3
Club Total 129 14 14 2 6 0 149 16
Club Season Netherlands Eredivisie KNVB Cup Super Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
RKC Waalwijk
(Eredivisie)
2006–07 19 0 3 0 22 0
2007–08 2 0 2 0
Club Total 21 0 3 0 24 0
Club Season New Zealand NZFC Chatham Cup Club World Cup Oceania Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Auckland City
(NZFC)
2008–09 17 4 8 2 25 6
2009–10 16 2 3 0 5 1 24 3
Club Total 33 6 3 0 13 3 49 9
Club Season China CSL Chinese FA Cup - AFC Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Shenzhen Ruby F.C.
(CSL)
2010 14 0 14 0
-
Club Total 14 0 14 0
Club Season New Zealand NZFC Chatham Cup Club World Cup Oceania Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Auckland City
(NZFC)
2010–11 10 0 5 1 15 1
2011–12 20 1 1 0 7 1 28 2
2012–13 22 1 1 0 6 1 28 2
Club Total 52 2 2 0 18 3 71 5
Career totals
Last updated 18 April 2010

International goals and caps[edit]

New Zealand's goal tally first.

International career statistics[edit]

[18]

New Zealand national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 1 0
1996 0 0
1997 7 0
1998 4 0
1999 11 1
2000 5 0
2001 5 1
2002 6 3
2003 4 0
2004 4 0
2005 0 0
2006 4 0
2007 5 1
2008 0 0
2009 9 0
2010 6 0
2011 2 0
2012 11 0
2013 3 0
Total 88 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 FIFA Club World Cup – Auckland City FC squad
  2. ^ Brown, Michael (18 July 2010). "Vicelich on fast boat to China". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Federations Cup Mexico 1999 – New Zealand squad". FIFA. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Federations Cup France 2003 – New Zealand squad". FIFA. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Soccer: Vicelich calls time on international career". New Zealand Herald. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Vicelich answers All Whites SOS". NZ Football. 22 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "2009 Confederations Cup – New Zealand squad". FIFA.com. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Stage set for crucial qualifier". NZ Football. 10 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "A-International Appearances – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  10. ^ "A-International Scorers – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  11. ^ "All Whites World Cup squad named". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "All Whites | Ivan Vicelich". Onsport.co.nz. 1976-09-30. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  13. ^ "Honours List". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  14. ^ Landrigan, John. "Big year for Vicelich and football". The Aucklander. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c d as 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
  16. ^ a b c as 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
  17. ^ a b as 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
  18. ^ Ivan Vicelich at National-Football-Teams.com

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