Mile Jedinak

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Mile Jedinak
Mile Jedinak Antalyaspor.JPG
Jedinak with Antalyaspor in 2009
Personal information
Full name Michael John Jedinak[1]
Date of birth (1984-08-03) 3 August 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in) [2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 15
Youth career
000 Sydney United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Sydney United 82 (12)
2003–2004 Varaždin (loan) 0 (0)
2005 South Coast United (loan) 18 (7)
2006–2009 Central Coast Mariners 45 (8)
2009–2011 Gençlerbirliği 38 (4)
2009–2010 Antalyaspor (loan) 28 (5)
2011– Crystal Palace 123 (10)
National team
2003 Australia U-20 9 (0)
2008– Australia 52 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Michael John "Mile" Jedinak (Croatian pronunciation: [jedǐːnak]; born 3 August 1984) is an Australian international football (soccer) player who plays for and captains both Crystal Palace and the Australia national team. He commonly plays as a defensive midfielder.

Jedinak was born in Sydney and played youth football with Sydney United before starting his senior career at the club. Following loan spells at Varteks and South Coast United, Jedinak moved to Central Coast Mariners in 2006. He next played in Turkey, for Gençlerbirliği and Antalyaspor on loan before joining Crystal Palace and subsequently playing a role in the club earning promotion to the Premier League.

Jedinak has made over 50 appearances for the Australian national team, scoring six goals. This includes participation in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Jedinak playing for the Central Coast Mariners in 2008.
Jedinak playing for Crystal Palace in 2014.

Jedinak began playing when he was chosen to be part of the PDSSSC – a competition between Catholic schools within the Parramatta Diocesan – where he played for St Agnes Catholic High, the same school compatriot Željko Kalac attended.[citation needed] He began his career at Sydney United, and spent some time in the early years of his career at Croatian club Varaždin, making one competitive appearance for the Croatian side in a 2003–04 UEFA Cup qualifier against Levadia Maardu.[3][4] He was part of the Sydney United side that won the NSW Premier League title for 2006, playing a role in midfield that earned him a trial with the Mariners.

Jedinak was first added to the Mariners' squad in the week leading up to their 2006 Pre-Season Cup play-off against Newcastle Jets, and subsequently was called into the squad for the last ten games of the 2006–07 where he made eight appearances.

Jedinak achieved success at the Central Coast Mariners, helping them to a Premiers' Plate in the 2007–08 season of the Hyundai A-League and scoring some spectacular goals along the way including a 25-metre free-kick in the 5–4 loss in Round 15 to Sydney FC. He was the club's second highest goalscorer in the 2008–09 season, with 6 goals.

On 25 December 2008, Jedinak signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Turkish club Gençlerbirliği that was effective of January 2009. [5] On 24 January 2009, he made his competitive debut for Gençlerbirliği in their 3–1 victory over Kayserispor, playing the full match. Jedinak's first goal for Gençlerbirliği was scored in a 1–0 win over Fenerbahce.[6]

With one year remaining on his contract at Gençlerbirliği, Jedinak announced he was leaving the club in June 2011, with the hopes of finding a new club in a different country.[7] A month later he signed for Crystal Palace in England.[8] Jedinak became a fans' favourite at Selhurst Park during the 2012–2013 season. In light of regular club captain Paddy McCarthy's injury spell this season, Jedinak was handed the captain's armband first by Dougie Freedman and later Ian Holloway. Jedinak scored an 89th minute winner on the final day of the 2012–13 season in a 3–2 win against Peterborough United at Selhurst Park to secure a playoff place for Palace. Jedinak then captained Palace to win the playoffs in 2012–13 to gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League. Jedinak was voted Crystal Palace's player of the season 2012–13. On 3 December 2013, Jedinak signed a new three-and-a-half year contract which will run out in summer 2017. He scored his first Premier League goal from a penalty kick against West Ham United in April 2014, however choosing not to celebrate the goal to pay respect for compatriot Dylan Tombides, who was being honoured that match following his death.[9] Jedinak came close to playing every single minute of Crystal Palace's 2013–14 Premier League season (a rarity for an outfield player, even captains), but injured himself in the second half of the 2–2 draw with Fulham, and so he was replaced by Kagisho Dikgacoi with just over 30 minutes left to play.

On 28 October 2014, Jedinak was named the 5th best player in Europe, the best midfielder in Europe and the best player in the Premier League after the first three months of the 2014–15 season based on Opta performance statistics.[10] On 30 November, he was named as Asian International Footballer of the Year.

International career[edit]

Jedinak representing Australia against Paraguay at the Sydney Football Stadium in October 2010.

Jedinak played at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, making appearances against the Czech Republic, Canada and the host nation.

Jedinak made his full international debut in a friendly against Singapore in early 2008 and was an integral squad member of Pim Verbeek's "Socceroos" in the lead up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Jedinak was included in Australia's 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup and made his first appearance in Australia's opening match against Germany on 13 June. This, however, would be Jedinak's only involvement in the competition.

Jedinak scored his first international goal against South Korea at 2011 AFC Asian Cup.[11] Jedinak went on to score his second international goal in the following match of the tournament against Bahrain.[12]

In the absence of incumbent captain, Lucas Neill, Jedinak was handed the captaincy for Australia's 3–4 friendly loss to Ecuador.[13]

On 21 May 2014, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou appointed Jedinak as captain of the Australian national team to compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil,[14] despite suffering an injury when playing in Crystal Palace's final match of the Premier League season.[15]

On 18 June, Jedinak scored from the penalty spot in Australia's 3–2 group stage defeat to the Netherlands in Porto Alegre.[16]

International goals[edit]

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 January 2011 Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  South Korea 1–1 1–1 2011 AFC Asian Cup
2 18 January 2011 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Bahrain 1–0 1–0 2011 AFC Asian Cup
3 11 October 2011 ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia  Oman 3–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
4 5 March 2014 The Den, London, England  Ecuador 2–0 3–4 Friendly
5 18 June 2014 Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil  Netherlands 2–1 2–3 2014 FIFA World Cup
6 8 September 2014 Craven Cottage, London, England  Saudi Arabia 2–0 3–2 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

(correct as of 29 November 2014)
Club Season Division League Cup[17] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sydney United 2000–01 NSL 3 0 3 0
2001–02 7 1 7 1
2002–03 18 2 18 2
Varteks 2003–04 Prva HNL 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Sydney United 2004–05 NSWPL 24 3 24 3
2005–06 30 6 30 6
Sydney total 82 12 0 0 0 0 82 12
Central Coast Mariners 2006–07 A-League 8 0 8 0
2007–08 22 2 4 0 22 2
2008–09 15 6 4 2 15 6
Central Coast total 45 8 8 2 0 0 49 10
Gençlerbirliği 2008–09 Süper Lig 15 1 0 0 15 1
2009–10 2 0 0 0 2 0
Antalyaspor 2009–10 28 5 8 2 36 7
Gençlerbirliği 2010–11 21 3 3 1 24 4
Gençlerbirliği total 38 4 3 1 0 0 41 5
Crystal Palace 2011–12 Championship 31 1 4 0 35 1
2012–13 44[a] 3 2 0 46 3
2013–14 Premier League 38 1 0 0 38 1
2014–15 12 5 0 0 12 5
Crystal Palace total 123 10 6 0 0 0 129 10
Career total 318 39 25 5 1 0 339 44
  1. ^ Includes 3 appearances in Football League play-offs

International[edit]

As of 18 November 2014
Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 3 0
2009 5 0
2010 9 0
2011 15 3
2012 5 0
2013 5 0
2014 10 3
Total 52 6

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sydney United
Central Coast Mariners
Crystal Palace

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Jedinak is married to Natalie and they have a son.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Barclays Premier League Player Profile Mile Jedinak". Premier League. 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Paraskevas, Chris (21 March 2010). "Lessons Learned in Croatia". Goal.com. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "2003/04 UEFA Cup: Varaždin-Lev. Maardu". UEFA.com. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jedinak confirms Turkey move". The World Game (SBS). 25 December 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jedinak scores first goal for new club". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Club search for Jedinak". The World Game. SBS. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Australian International Jedinak Joins Palace". Crystal Palace F.C. 11 July 11. Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ "Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak secures win amid boos from West Ham fans". The Guardian. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Jedinak the fifth best player in Europe this season". fiveyearplanfanzine. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Australia 1 – 1 South Korea". ESPN Soccernet. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Australia 1 – 0 Bahrain". ESPN Soccernet. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jedinak named Socceroos captain | The World Game". Theworldgame.sbs.com.au. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mile Jedinak named Socceroos' World Cup skipper". Goal.com. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Davutovic, David (21 May 2014). "Mile Jedinak gets the captain’s armband to lead the Socceroos at the World Cup in Brazil". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (18 June 2014). "Australia 2–3 Netherlands". BBC. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield
  18. ^ Sharwood, Anthony (21 May 2014). "In June, Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak will be Australia’s most important man. Here’s some stuff you should know about him". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lucas Neill
Australia captain
2013–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Paddy McCarthy
Crystal Palace captain
2013–present
Incumbent