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[citation needed]
Date of birth (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Newcastle Jets
Number 1
Youth career
ECU Joondalup
Perth SC
2006–2007 WA NTC
2007–2008 AIS
2008–2009 Adelaide United Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Adelaide United 8 (0)
2012– Newcastle Jets 45 (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 16 March 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 the Newcastle Jets in the A-League.

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 United 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.

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 16 March 2014

CS = Clean Sheets

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS
Adelaide United 2007–08[11] 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2008–09[12] 3 1 0 0 - - 3 1
2009–10 0 0 - - 0 0 0 0
2010–11[12] 3 1 - - - - 3 1
2011–12[12] 2 0 - - - - 2 0
Total 8 2 0 0 1 0 9 2
Newcastle Jets 2012–13[12] 22 5 - - - - 22 5
2013–14[12] 23 6 - - - - 23 6
Total 45 11 - - 0 0 45 11
Career total 53 13 0 0 1 0 54 13

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]

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