Michael Zullo

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Michael Zullo
Michael Zullo.jpg
Zullo playing for Brisbane Roar in 2008
Personal information
Full name Michael Anthony Zullo
Date of birth (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Left Winger, Left Back
Club information
Current team
FC Utrecht
Number 17
Youth career
Brisbane City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Brisbane Strikers 45 (11)
2007–2010 Brisbane Roar 53 (2)
2010– FC Utrecht 34 (0)
2013–2014 Adelaide United (loan) 24 (0)
National team
2008 Australia U-23 6 (1)
2009– Australia 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2011

Michael Zullo (born 11 September 1988) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for FC Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie.[1]

Club career[edit]

After being signed by the former Brisbane Roar coach Frank Farina on a two-year contract, Zullo played five of the six opening games of the season, coming on as a substitute. On his first eleven debut against Wellington Phoenix, his sixth appearance for Queensland, he scored in the opening minutes of the game and set up a first half added-time goal for fellow youngster and close friend Robbie Kruse.[2] He previously played in the Brisbane Premier League for the Brisbane Strikers During a match against Sydney FC, Zullo limped off the field with a torn thigh muscle which ruled him out for 6 weeks.[3]

At the end of the 2008-09 season, Zullo received offers from Dutch Eredivisie clubs FC Groningen and NEC Nijmegen but declined both offers and cited his preference to stay in the A-League for another season.[4]

On 2 April 2010, along with fellow Roar players, Thomas Oar and Adam Sarota, Zullo joined Dutch side Utrecht on a three-year deal, in a collective transfer deal rumoured to be worth in excess of A$1.8 million.[5][6] He made his debut for Utrecht in a 1-1 draw with NEC Nijmegen on 28 February 2011, coming off the bench on the 81st minute.

On 29 August 2013 he signed a one year loan deal with Australian A-League club Adelaide United.[7]

International career[edit]

Due to outstanding form since making his debut for Brisbane Roar, Zullo was called up for the first time for the Australia national under-23 football team before their qualifier against Iraq, in which they won 2-0.

He was also a train-on player with the national U-17 squad, the Joeys, at 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru.

On 28 January 2009, Zullo made his full international debut, coming on as a substitute in a 0-0 draw with Indonesia in the group stage of qualifying for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Zullo has a younger brother, Julian, who appeared in Season 3 of football talent show Football Superstar on Australian television channel Fox8. Zullo also attended Villanova College Coorparoo where he played for the 1st XI football team.

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 21 March 2014

Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Brisbane Roar 2007-08 A-League 17 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 1 2
2008-09 23 1 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 25 2 5
2009-10 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 1
Brisbane Roar total 53 2 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 57 3 7
FC Utrecht 2010-11 Eredivisie 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
2011-12 15 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 1
2012-13 13 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0
Utrecht total 34 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 36 0 2
Adelaide United 2013–14 A-League 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 1
Career total 107 2 10 6 1 0 0 0 0 113 3 10

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