Matthew Kemp

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Matthew Kemp
Personal information
Full name Matthew Allan Kemp
Date of birth (1980-08-08) 8 August 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Canberra, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Wing Back
Club information
Current team
West Adelaide
Number 15
Youth career
Belnorth
1998–1999 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Adelaide City 31 (6)
2000 Croydon Kings (loan) 3 (0)
2000–2001 SPAL 13 (0)
2001–2003 Adelaide City 41 (1)
2003–2007 Adelaide United 42 (2)
2004 Adelaide Blue Eagles (loan) 15 (2)
2007–2012 Melbourne Victory 79 (2)
2012– West Adelaide 37 (9)
National team
2010 Australia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 12 November 2010 (UTC)

Matthew Allan Kemp (born 8 August 1980) is a former Australian footballer. Kemp announced his retirement from the A-League in May 2012.[1] He made 79 appearances for Melbourne Victory, his last being against Greek giants Olympiacos.

Club career[edit]

Kemp was signed by the AIS in 1998 but transferred the next season to Adelaide City who were then part of the now defunct NSL. After playing a season there he was signed by Italian side SPAL 1907. The next season he moved back to Australia where he returned to play for Adelaide City, before being signed by Adelaide United. He played for Adelaide in the A-League's first two seasons. It was announced on 11 April 2007 that he had signed a two-year contract with Melbourne Victory.

During his first season Kemp was much-maligned by the supporters, but soon proved his worth as a valuable defender. He was the Victory's standout player during their 2008 Asian Champions League campaign where he benefited from his experience the year before in the same competition with Adelaide. During the 09/10 Season Kemp has proved his worth to the Victory in attack as well as defence playing in wide and sometimes central midfield. He scored his first goal for the club in a match against the Central Coast Mariners in early 2010 and followed up with a goal coming off the bench against Wellington on Australia Day a few weeks later.

In the match against North Queensland Fury at Etihad Stadium on 5 February 2010, Kemp badly injured his knee when his leg buckled while challenging for the ball. Despite a valiant attempt to continue playing, Kemp succumbed to the pain and was stretchered off.

Matthew Kemp had announced his retirement from the A-League on the 21st of May 2012, aged just 31, stating that injuries were not a factor in his decision.

“I’d like to thank the club for those opportunities and wish them all the best in the future,” Kemp said.

He said that he could have continued playing, but his decision was more based on the future. He felt it was time to look ahead, re-train in areas that would provide future professional opportunities and give him a chance to spend more time with his family. He also ruled out returning to Canberra, his home town. Instead he chose to play at West Adelaide SC.

International career[edit]

Kemp got his first senior international cap for the Socceroos on 7 January 2010 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Kuwait at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kuwait City.

Honours[edit]

With Melbourne Victory:

With Adelaide United:

Personal Honours:

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Goal.com news 23/05/2012

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