Kristian Sarkies

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Kristian Sarkies
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Personal information
Full name Kristian Ronald Sarkies
Date of birth (1986-10-25) 25 October 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bulleen Lions
Youth career
Dingley
Moorabin
2002–2003 VIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 South Melbourne 17 (1)
2005–2007 Melbourne Victory 35 (3)
2007–2010 Adelaide United 33 (2)
2010–2012 Melbourne Heart 12 (2)
2012 Heidelberg United 13 (5)
2013 Port Melbourne Sharks 6 (2)
2013 Bulleen Lions 9 (3)
2014 Goulburn Valley Suns 8 (2)
2014– Bulleen Lions 5 (0)
National team
2003 Australia U-17 13 (4)
2004–2005 Australia U-20 14 (6)
2006–2008 Australia U-23 21 (8)
2006–2008 Australia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Kristian Sarkies (born 25 October 1986 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian footballer who plays for Goulburn Valley Suns. He grew up in Dingley Village, a suburb in Melbourne's South-East.

Club career[edit]

After starting his career with South Melbourne, Sarkies played in the A-league Grand Final with Melbourne Victory, he scored his third goal for the club in his team's 6-0 thrashing of Adelaide in the 90th minute and scoring from long range. However it was upon collecting his championship medal that he made headlines around the country by kissing Australian Prime Minister John Howard on his bald head.[1]

Adelaide United[edit]

On 30 March 2007, Sarkies signed a one year deal with Adelaide United, linking up with his Australian U23 team mates Bruce Djite, Nathan Burns and Robert Cornthwaite. Days after his arrival, captain Ross Aloisi signed with new team Wellington Phoenix, paving the way for Sarkies to become a key player in the Reds midfield brigade. On 28 December after Adelaide's loss to Sydney 3-1 at Adelaide Oval in which Sarkies scored a goal; he complained of a sore arm during the game [2] and was later hospitalized then diagnosed with a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in his arm at the end of December.[3]

Sarkies signed a new deal with United in May 2008 that kept him at the club until the end of the A-League 2009-10 season.[4] Sarkies set up Sasa Ognenovski from a well taken free kick to score a goal in his 50th A-League game in Adelaide's 2-0 win over Sydney FC[5] Despite an inauspicious start to his Adelaide career Sarkies influence on the team began to show with the injury to fellow playmaker Diego culminating with his first goal of the 2008–09 season which turned out to be the only goal of the round 17 clash against Perth Glory at Members Equity Stadium.[6] He followed it up a week later providing assists for both goals in the 2-0 win over Sydney FC at Adelaide Oval on 3 January 2009.[7]

Melbourne Heart[edit]

After a mixed year with injuries, and not having cemented himself in Adelaide's first XI, he was heavily linked with a move to the new A-League club Melbourne Heart, coming into the competition in the 2010-11 season. The move was confirmed on 24 November 2009 with Sarkies becoming the club's first signing.[8] On 6 April 2012 it was announced that he would be leaving the club.[9]

Goulburn Valley Suns[edit]

After spells in the then Victorian Premier League with Heidelberg United, Port Melbourne Sharks, and Bulleen Lions, Sarkies signed for Shepparton based Goulburn Valley Suns' inaugural year in the new state top level league, the National Premier Leagues Victoria, as Bulleen Lions had been placed in the lower NPLV1 Division.[10] Sarkies scored on his debut in a 2-3 home loss against fellow regional side Ballarat Red Devils on 29 March 2014.

International career[edit]

Sarkies was called up by coach Guus Hiddink to be part of the "train-on" squad leading up to Australia's appearance at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He won his first cap in the dying minutes of Australia's 3-1 friendly win against Liechtenstein on 8 June 2006. He was then kept in Germany with the Socceroos after he was given a personal invitation from Guus Hiddink to stay with the team until after the first group match with Japan.

Sarkies has represented his country at all youth levels and was involved in Australia's qualifying campaign for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. The first game of this campaign was against Chinese Taipei at Hindmarsh Stadium on 7 February 2007. Australia won the match 11-0, with Sarkies scoring four goals.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 29 December 2008)

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Melbourne Victory 2005–06 18 0 4 0 0 0 22 0
2006–07 17 3 5 0 0 0 22 3
Total 44 3
Adelaide United 2007–08 11 1 2 1 0 0 13 2
2008–09 11 1 0 0 9 0 17 1
2009–10 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 80 6

1 - includes A-League final series statistics
2 - includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. 2008 ACL in 2008-09 A-League season etc.)

Honours[edit]

With Melbourne Victory:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perkin, Steve (21 February 2007). "Why I kissed the PM". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  2. ^ "Injury-ravaged Reds lose Sarkies". The World Game. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  3. ^ "Sarkies On Road To Recovery". FourFourTwo. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ "New deals for Sarkies, Barbiero". The World Game. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Marcus (22 November 2008). "Reds win well". A-League. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  6. ^ "Reds take glory in tough Boxing Day clash". Adelaide United FC. 27 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  7. ^ "Adelaide United add to Sydney FC's misery with a 2-0 win at Adelaide Oval". Fox Sports. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  8. ^ Heart Swoop For Sarkies And Thompson
  9. ^ http://au.sports.yahoo.com/news/article/-/13359183/melbourne-heart-set-to-lose-seven-players/
  10. ^ Goulburn Valley Suns make key signings NMG.com.au

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