Aloisi signing for Sydney FC in 2008
|Full name||John Aloisi|
|Date of birth||5 February 1976|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, Australia|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|1991–1992||Adelaide City Force||1||(0)|
|2007–2008||Central Coast Mariners||15||(7)|
|2011–2012||Melbourne Heart (youth)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
John Aloisi (born 5 February 1976) is a retired Australian football (soccer) player and the former manager of A-League club Melbourne Heart. In a professional career that spanned 20 seasons, with league totals of 459 games and 127 goals, he was the first Australian ever to play and score in La Liga, the Premier League and Serie A.
He returned to his country in 2007, with four seasons in the A-League. Aloisi was an integral member of the Australia national team for more than one decade, and represented the nation at the 2006 World Cup, being an essential figure in the qualifying stages. He also appeared for the Socceroos in two Confederations Cups. Aloisi was described as a goal poacher who was able to "hold the ball up well and create opportunities for his teammates."
Early years and England
Born in Adelaide, Aloisi arrived in Europe aged only 16, signing with Standard Liège from Adelaide City. He did not appear in any official games for the club, and also played sparingly for his next team, fellow top division outfit Royal Antwerp FC.
In November 1995, Aloisi moved countries and signed for Italian side US Cremonese. On the 25th, only two minutes after being on the pitch, he scored in a 2–1 home win against Calcio Padova, becoming the youngest foreign player to ever score in a Serie A match. Ultimately, the Lombardy team suffered two consecutive relegations, and he left the club.
Aloisi arrived in English football early in the 1997–98 season, signing for Portsmouth in the Division One, under the chairmanship of Australia national football team manager Terry Venables. He scored 12 goals in his first season in England as Pompey narrowly avoided relegation, bettering that total to 13 in the following campaign.
On 18 December 1998, Aloisi moved to the Premier League with Coventry City, who paid £650,000 for his services. He made his Sky Blues debut in a 1–1 home draw against Derby County, appearing as a late substitute; also coming from the bench, he netted in the next match, 1–1 against Tottenham Hotspur.
Aloisi's next notable performance came almost 12 months later, in a historic 4–1 win against Aston Villa at Villa Park. He scored twice in Coventry's first ever away victory in the league against their Midlands rivals. Starting in the next game, against Charlton Athletic, he was sent off for punching Danny Mills, receiving a considerable ban; both Portsmouth and Coventry combined, he finished the season with 18 goals.
Aloisi never really got a proper run at Coventry during his spell, as the team was constantly threatened with relegation, which befell at the end of the 2000–01 season after a 34-year top flight stay, with the player scoring just three times (he did net a hat-trick against Preston North End for the season's Football League Cup – 4–1 home win, 7–2 on aggregate). In June, he was allowed to leave Highfield Road, and came close to signing for Crystal Palace, but nothing came of it.
In 2001, Aloisi moved to Spain, joining Pamplona's CA Osasuna. He scored nine goals in 30 games in his first season in La Liga, being regularly used during his four-year spell in Navarre. On 11 April 2004, he played the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 away win against Real Madrid and, on 11 June of the following year, he netted in the Copa del Rey final, equalising in an eventual 1–2 extra time loss against Real Betis.
After a move to Panathinaikos F.C. collapsed, Aloisi signed for another Spanish outfit, Deportivo Alavés, on a free transfer. Even though he scored a career-best (in Spain) ten goals in 2005–06, the Basque suffered top flight relegation.
Return to Australia
On 20 October 2007, it was announced that Aloisi had signed with the Central Coast Mariners FC for the remainder of the season. The team was able to not include his wages in the salary cap due to a loop hole relating to injured players. He made his debut in the A-League on the 28th against Sydney FC, in a 2–3 defeat.
On 3 March 2008, after failing to re-sign with the Mariners, Aloisi penned a two-year deal with Sydney FC, for an undisclosed fee reported to be $1.4 million a season, making him the highest-paid player based in Australia in any of the four football codes. He made his debut as a second-half substitute against Perth Glory FC at the Sydney Football Stadium, and scored his first goal for Sydney in a 2–0 upset win over archrivals Melbourne Victory FC.
On 18 February 2009, 33-year old Aloisi was linked with a loan move to Shanghai Shenhua F.C. in China. He soon decided against the deal, opting instead to spend the entire pre-season with Sydney FC, under the club's new coach Vítězslav Lavička. He scored twice in a friendly with the Newcastle United Jets FC, and eventually started repaying the faith the team had in him by scoring a double in a 3–2 win against North Queensland Fury FC in Townsville, in the first game of the season; he finished the campaign – winning both the minor and the major championships – as the first Sydney player ever to reach double digits in a single season.
On 29 March 2010, Melbourne Heart FC signed Aloisi on a free transfer. He impressed at the new club and scored eight goals, including three against rivals Melbourne Victory, both the first goal ever in a Melbourne derby, and a brace which equalised the game at 2–2 after the Heart had been 2–0 down. On 12 February 2011, he played the final game of his career against former team Sydney FC, in the last round of the A-League season, scoring and being replaced by in the 83rd minute by Kristian Sarkies, to a standing ovation from the home crowd.
Aloisi made his debut for the Australian national team in 1997. Also in that year, he was selected to the FIFA Confederations Cup, scoring in a 3–1 group stage win against Mexico for the eventual runners-up.
After representing Australia at the 2004 Summer Olympics as one of the three overage players, scoring three goals in an eventual quarterfinal exit, Aloisi finished second in the scoring charts at the 2005 Confederations Cup, netting braces against Germany and Argentina as the Socceroos did not manage one single point in three games.
On 16 November 2005, Aloisi scored the decisive penalty against Uruguay in the 2006 FIFA World Cup playoffs, after a 1–1 aggregate tie. That goal meant Australia qualified to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1974. He was selected in the squad for the final stages in Germany and, on 12 June, came off the bench to score the third goal in a 3–1 group stage victory against Japan, thus becoming only the second Australian in history to score a goal at the World Cup finals, after teammate Tim Cahill.
On 21 July 2007, Aloisi scored in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup's quarterfinal match against Japan (1–1), in an eventual penalty shootout exit in Australia's first ever participation in that tournament. It would be the last of his 27 international goals, second-best behind Damian Mori at the time of his retirement.
After his return to the A-League, Aloisi ceased to be recalled by the national team. In early 2008, his penalty kick against Uruguay which took the Socceroos to the 2006 World Cup was voted by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame as one of three greatest moments in Australian sporting history.
After retiring, Aloisi started his coaching career, being appointed youth manager at Melbourne Heart. On 8 May 2012, it was announced that he had accepted a three-year contract to be the manager of Melbourne Heart. On 5 October 2012, he got his first win as manager as Melbourne Heart beat rivals Melbourne Victory 2–1. Aloisi struggled in his first season as head coach, with Melbourne Heart coming ninth in the 2012–13 season and winning only one away game all season. The 2013-14 season did not start any better with the Heart managing 0 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses from 10 starts. On 28 December 2013, Aloisi was sacked as the manager of Melbourne Heart following the club's seventeenth competitive match without a win.
- Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.
|Adelaide City||1991–92||National Soccer League||20||8||0||0||0||0||20||8|
|Adelaide City Force||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Adelaide City total||21||8||0||0||0||0||21||8|
|Standard Liège||1992–93||Belgian Pro League||0||0||1||0||1||0||2||0|
|Standard Liège total||0||0||1||0||1||0||2||0|
|Antwerp||1993–94||Belgian Pro League||10||1||1||0||0||0||11||1|
|Coventry City||1998–99||Premier League||16||5||2||0||0||0||18||5|
|Coventry City total||41||10||5||3||0||0||46||13|
|CC Mariners total||15||7||0||0||0||0||15||7|
|Melbourne Heart total||20||8||0||0||0||0||20||8|
|Australia national team|
- As of 15 November 2013.
|Melbourne Heart Youth||23 October 2011||4 March 2012||18||7||5||6||38.89|
|Melbourne Heart||8 May 2012||28 December 2013||39||8||7||24||20.51|
- Australia reach World Cup finals; BBC Sport, 16 November 2005
- "Player Profiles". Yahoo!7 Sport. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- Dall' Australia con furore: John Aloisi regala i primi 3 punti alla Cremonese (From Australia with furor: John Aloisi gives Cremonese first three points); Corriere della Sera, 27 November 1995 (Italian)
- Coventry 4–1 Preston; BBC Sport, 27 September 2000
- Coventry City biography; at FootballHeroes
- Real Madrid 0–3 Osasuna; ESPNsoccernet, 11 April 2004
- Small talk: John Aloisi; The Guardian, 16 April 2004
- Aloisi fails Panathinaikos test; BBC Sport, 5 July 2005
- Aloisi's A-League adventure; ESPNsoccernet, 19 November 2007
- Aloisi: Now's the right time; Australian FourFourTwo, 20 October 2007
- Brosque double sinks Mariners; A-League official website, 28 October 2007
- Sydney unveil new signings; Fox Sports, 3 March 2008
- Aloisi wary of Chinese burn-out; Fox Sports, 25 February 2009
- Aloisi double sinks Jets; The World Game, 12 July 2009
- Heart signs John Aloisi; The Age, 29 March 2010
- John Aloisi on target in Melbourne Heart farewell; Herald Sun, 12 February 2011
- John Aloisi – FIFA competition record
- Australia 3–1 Japan; BBC Sport, 12 June 2006
- Japan and Iraq reach semi-finals; BBC Sport, 21 July 2007
- John Aloisi's shot of confidence; Herald Sun, 2 February 2008
- John Aloisi and Josip Skoko look to coaching after ending careers as senior players; The Australian, 14 February 2011
- John Aloisi at National-Football-Teams.com
- Melbourne Heart profile
- FFA – Socceroo profile
- OzFootball profile
- John Aloisi career stats at Soccerbase
- BDFutbol profile
- John Aloisi at National-Football-Teams.com