Jason Culina

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Jason Culina
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Personal information
Full name Jason Culina
Date of birth (1980-08-05) 5 August 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
St Albans
Melbourne Knights
1994–1996 Sydney United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Sydney United 32 (1)
1998–1999 Sydney Olympic 21 (1)
2000–2004 Ajax 3 (0)
2001 Germinal Beerschot (loan) 12 (1)
2002–2003 De Graafschap (loan) 24 (1)
2004–2005 FC Twente 38 (12)
2005–2009 PSV 98 (3)
2009–2011 Gold Coast United 44 (8)
2011 Newcastle Jets 0 (0)
2012–2013 Sydney FC 8 (2)
Total 280 (29)
National team
1996–1997 Australia U-17 5 (6)
1999 Australia U-20 4 (1)
1998–2000 Australia U-23 16 (1)
2005–2011 Australia 58 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 June 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2013

Jason Culina (Croatian: Jason Čulina, pronounced [t͡ʃǔlina]; born 5 August 1980) is a former Australian football (soccer) player.

Club career[edit]

Culina at a training session with PSV.

Culina 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 Culina 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 Culina played more in a disciplined defensive role for the club with immediate success. In his final year at PSV, Culina was mainly deployed at right back with further success thus attributing to Culina's versatility and utility value.

On 9 January 2009 Culina 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."[1]

On 14 January 2009 he was signed by Gold Coast United on a three year deal becoming the club's first marquee player.[2][3][4] 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.[5] On 22 February 2011 it was revealed Culina would join his father Branko Culina at the Newcastle Jets.[6] Culina was injured long term and missed the 2011/2012 season.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] Culina announced his retirement on 18 June 2013, at an FFA function.[10]

International career[edit]

Culina playing for the Socceroos

Culina made his debut for the Australian national team against South Africa in 2005.[11] He became a regular starter for the Socceroos under coach Guus Hiddink, who was also his club coach at PSV Eindhoven.[12][13] His first international goal came in September 2005, against the Solomon Islands in Sydney.[14] Culina 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.[15] On 3 March 2010, Culina was named captain of Australia for the first time, in an AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia,[16] a game which Australia won 1–0. On 18 June 2013 Culina announced his official international retirement, at a function held before Australia's World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

Personal life[edit]

Culina is the youngest son of coach and former Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets manager Branko Culina and is of Croatian descent.[17][18]

On 5 February 2007, Culina and his wife, Terri, welcomed their first child, a boy named Roman.[19]

Career stats[edit]

All-time club performance
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Sydney United 1996–97 6 0 - - - - 6 0
1997–98 26 1 - - - - 26 1
Total 32 1 - - - - 32 1
Sydney Olympic 1998–99 20 1 - - - - 20 1
Total 20 1 - - - - 20 1
Ajax 1999-00 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2001–02 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
2003–04 3 0 2 0 2 0 7 0
Total 3 0 6 0 2 0 11 0
Germinal Beerschot (loan) 2000–01 12 1 4 2 - - 16 3
Total 12 1 4 2 0 0 16 3
De Graafschap (loan) 2002–03 24 1 4 2 - - 28 3
Total 24 1 4 2 - - 28 3
Twente 2004–05 32 11 2 0 - - 34 11
2005–06 6 1 0 0 - - 6 1
Total 38 12 2 0 - - 40 12
PSV 2005–06 23 0 4 2 2 0 29 2
2006–07 28 1 5 1 8 0 41 2
2007–08 18 1 3 0 4 0 25 1
2008–09 29 1 4 0 6 0 39 1
Total 98 3 16 3 20 0 134 6
Gold Coast United FC 2009–10 26 3 - - 0 0 26 3
2010–11 18 5 - - 0 0 18 5
Total 44 8 - - 0 0 44 8
Newcastle United Jets FC 2011–12 0 0 - - 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 - - 0 0 0 0
Sydney FC 2012–13 8 2 - - 0 0 8 2
Total 8 2 - - 0 0 8 2
Career totals 279 29 32 7 22 0 333 36
As of 25 June 2013

International goals

Date Venue Opponent Result Result Competition Scored
3 September 2005 Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney  Solomon Islands 7–0 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification 1 (1)

Honours[edit]

Ajax
PSV Eindhoven
Personal honours

References[edit]

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