Mark Birighitti

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Mark Birighitti
Mark Birighitti.jpg
Birighitti playing for Adelaide United Youth in 2009
Personal information
Full name Mark Romano Birighitti
Date of birth (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
A.S. Varese 1910
Number 22
Youth career
ECU Joondalup
Perth SC
2006–2007 WA NTC
2007–2008 AIS
2008–2009 Adelaide United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 AIS 18 (0)
2008–2012 Adelaide United 8 (0)
2012– Newcastle Jets 51 (0)
2015– Varese (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2007 Australia U-17 3 (0)
2008–2011 Australia U-20 33 (0)
2012 Australia U-23 2 (0)
2013– Australia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 July 2013

Mark Birighitti (born 17 April 1991) is an Australian goalkeeper who plays for A.S. Varese 1910, on loan from Newcastle Jets.

Club career[edit]

Adelaide United[edit]

Mark started his career at the AIS before moving to Adelaide United in 2008. He made his first team debut against Queensland Roar on 17 October 2008 helping Adelaide to a 1–0 win.[1] Aurelio Vidmar praised the young goalkeeper after the game saying "I think Birighitti played well he's got a really good future,he had big shoes to fill and I think he did an outstanding job tonight." [2]

His second successive A-League start came against Perth Glory at Hindmarsh Stadium after Adelaide's number one goalkeeper, 28-year-old Eugene Galekovic, was injured during the Asian Champions League game against FC Bunyodkor.[3] Despite conceding the game's first goal at the near post, Birighitti played his part in the 2–1 win taking Adelaide to the top of the league table.[4]

With Galekovic again ruled out with injury Birighitti started the second leg of the 2008 AFC Champions League Final against Gamba Osaka on 12 November 2008; Adelaide lost the match 2–0.[5] He injured his ankle after falling awkwardly in a training session on 17 December 2008 ruling him out of the remaining A-League 2008-09 season.[6]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

On 17 January 2012 it was announced he had signed a two year contract with A-League club Newcastle Jets starting post the 2012 AFC Champions League group stage.[7] He quickly became the first choice goalkeeper for the Newcastle Jets, edging out Ben Kennedy and Jack Duncan. In late 2013 he signed a contract extension with the Jets until the end of the 2015–16 season [8]

On 24 March 2014, Birighitti flew to Germany to discuss a possible transfer to Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.[9][10] Should he secure a contract, Birighitti will join compatriot Robbie Kruse at the club.

After failing to secure a contract with Bayer Leverkusen he then came back to the Jets for the 2014–15 season.

A.S. Varese 1910[edit]

On 27 January 2015, Birighitti will fly to Italy to join up with Serie B club Varese on a six month loan deal. Mark Birighitti made his Serie B debut for A.S. Varese in a 1-0 away loss to Vicenza on 25 April 2015. [11]

International career[edit]

Mark was selected in the Australian Under-19 squad for the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship.

He made his debut for the senior Australian national team in Australia's final match of the 2013 East Asian Football Cup against China.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 November 2014

CS = Clean Sheets

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS
AIS 2008[12] 18 7 18 7
Adelaide United 2007–08[13] 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2008–09[14] 3 1 0 0 3 1
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[14] 3 1 3 1
2011–12[14] 2 0 2 0
Total 8 2 0 0 1 0 9 2
Newcastle Jets 2012–13[14] 22 5 22 5
2013–14[14] 23 6 23 6
2014–15[14] 6 0 0 0 4 0
Total 51 11 0 0 0 0 51 11
Varese 2014–15 2 1 2 1
Total 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Career total 79 21 0 0 1 0 80 21

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing during group stages (i.e. ACL 2008 and A-League season 2007–08 etc.)

Honours[edit]

With Australia:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forsaith, Rob (17 October 2008). "One goal enough for United". A-League. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Cornthwaite heads Adelaide to victory over Roar. In his time with Adelaide United he lives with the Bria family of such an early age and starting into the A-League as a goalkeeper.". Adelaide United. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Reds aiming to take ACL success into Glory match". Adelaide United. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Barrett, Steve (26 October 2008). "United go top". A-League. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Gamba Osaka too good for Adelaide in ACL Final". Adelaide United. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Injured Reds keeper to be sidelined for 6 weeks". Adelaide United. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  7. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/229058,newcastle-jets-snap-up-birighitti.aspx
  8. ^ http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1821269/mark-birighitti-to-stay-with-jets/
  9. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/jets-goalkeeper-mark-birighitti-has-flown-to-germany-to-talk-to-german-club-bayer-leverkusen/story-fnk6pqhd-1226863056222
  10. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/jets-goalkeeper-mark-birighitti-has-flown-to-germany-to-talk-to-german-club-bayer-leverkusen/story-e6frf4gl-1226863056222
  11. ^ "Italian offer comes at right time for Mark Birighitti". The Herald. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "2008 Victorian Premier League Results". Ozfootball. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mark Birighitti » Club matches". worldfootball.net. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets)". Ultimate A-League. 

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