|Full name||Jason Čulina|
|Date of birth||5 August 1980|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|2001||→ Germinal Beerschot (loan)||12||(1)|
|2002–2003||→ De Graafschap (loan)||24||(1)|
|2009–2011||Gold Coast United||44||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 June 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jason Čulina (born 5 August 1980) is a former Australian football (soccer) player.
Čulina started off with Sydney United under his father, Branko, before moving on to Ajax where he struggled in the reserves. Only after moving to FC Twente did Čulina begin to shine at the top level in club football. This was proved by his moving to another top Dutch club, PSV Eindhoven. Whilst originally an attack minded midfielder with Twente, at PSV Čulina played more in a disciplined defensive role for the club with immediate success. In his final year at PSV, Čulina was mainly deployed at Right Back with further success thus attributing to Čulina's versatility and utility value.
On 9 January 2009 Čulina announced his intention to return to Australia after turning down a contract extension from PSV as he sought a new challenge and a fresh start in Australia.
"I want to make a fresh start and I am ready for a new challenge. I am the first international who returns to Australia and I am keen to promote the national competition and raise the standard."
On 14 January 2009 he was signed by Gold Coast United on a three year deal becoming the club's first marquee player. On 1 July 2009 he made his Gold Coast debut in a friendly in Singapore against a Singapore Olympic Selection, coming on as a substitute for Steve Pantelidis and scoring in the 88th minute from 25 yards out. On 22 February 2011 it was revealed Čulina would join his father Branko Čulina at the Newcastle Jets. Čulina has been injured long term and missed the 2011/2012 season. Čulina's contract was set aside, but he continued his rehab and training with the club.
On 12 October 2012 he signed with A-League club Sydney FC. However, he lasted less than a year with the club, parting ways with the club in February 2013, after a disagreement with manager Frank Farina. Čulina announced his retirement on 18 June 2013, at an FFA function.
Čulina made his debut for the Australian national team against South Africa in 2005. He became a regular starter in the Socceroos matches under coach Guus Hiddink, who was also his club coach at PSV Eindhoven. His first international goal came in September 2005, against the Solomon Islands in Sydney. Čulina played in both legs of the World Cup play-off against Uruguay where Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup, following a dramatic penalty shoot-out. He was selected in the Australian squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and started in all four of Australia's games. On 3 March 2010, Čulina was named captain of Australia for the first time, in an AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia, a game which Australia won 1–0. On 18 June 2013 Čulina announced his official international retirement, at a function held before Australia's World Cup Qualifier against Iraq.
On 5 February 2007, Čulina and his wife, Terri, welcomed their first child, a boy named Roman.
|Gold Coast United FC||2009–10||26||3||-||-||0||0||26||3|
|Newcastle United Jets FC||2011–12||0||0||-||-||0||0||0||0|
- As of 25 June 2013
|3/9/2005||Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney||Solomon Islands||7–0||Won||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification||1 (1)|
- PSV Eindhoven
- Personal Honours
- "Socceroo Jason Culina officially accepts Gold Coast deal". Theaustralian.news.com.au. 17 February 2012.
- "Socceroo Jason Culina signs as Gold Coast United’s marquee". Goldcoastunited.com.au.
- "Bleiberg: Ambition was the key to Culina signature". Goldcoastunited.com.au.
- "Right time, right club". Goldcoastunited.com.au.
- "Debut goal for Culina in 4–0 win for United". Goldcoastunited.com.au.
- James Gardiner (22 February 2011). "Jason Culina signs with Newcastle Jets". Theherald.com.au.
- "Culina poised for Socceroo call-up". Theage.com.au. 28 January 2005.
- "Hiddink keeps Culina out of firing line". Smh.com.au.
- "Young Socceroo takes slow boat to success". Theage.com.au. 13 November 2005.
- "Hiddink era starts in style for Socceroos". Smh.com.au. 3 September 2005.
- "From reserve football to Dutch title and World Cup". Smh.com.au.
- "Culina honoured by captaincy nod". Theworldgame.sbs.com.au. 3 March 2010.
- "Family Matters". Smh.com.au.
- "A game to embrace, not divide, our loyalties". Theage.com.au.
- "Culina at home with the pressure". Smh.com.au.
- Official Website
- Gold Coast United profile
- Oz Football profile
- Migration Heritage Centre feature on Culina family