Mile Sterjovski

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Mile Sterjovski
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Sterjovski training for the Australian national team
Personal information
Full name Mile Sterjovski
Date of birth (1979-05-27) 27 May 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Wollongong, Australia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Right Winger / Second Striker
Youth career
1993–1995 Wollongong Wolves
1996–1998 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Wollongong Wolves 2 (0)
1997 Wollongong United 3 (3)
1997–1999 Sydney United 37 (20)
1999–2000 Parramatta Power 31 (11)
2000–2004 Lille 91 (15)
2004–2007 FC Basel 73 (10)
2007–2008 Hacettepe 24 (8)
2008–2009 Derby County 27 (2)
2009–2012 Perth Glory 63 (15)
2012 Dalian Aerbin 14 (0)
2012–2014 Central Coast Mariners 50 (4)
Total 415 (88)
National team
1998-1999 Australia U-20 7 (3)
1998-2000 Australia U-23 7 (0)
2000–2010 Australia 43 (8)
* 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 20 January 2010

Mile Sterjovski (Macedonian: Миле Стерјовски, born 27 May 1979) is a retired Australian football (soccer) player who last played for Central Coast Mariners in the A-League. He played for the Australian national team from 2000 to 2010, before he retired from international football after his non-selection for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Sterjovski plays mainly as a right winger or as a second striker, but has also played as a left winger and as a central midfielder. He has been described as being "[q]uick and with good ball control" in a 2010 FIFA World Cup profile.[1]

Club career[edit]

Junior Club[edit]

Sterjovski began playing as a junior with the Lake Height Junior Football Club.

Early career[edit]

Sterjovski began his career in Australia at Wollongong Wolves and briefly played for Illawarra Lions before making a name for himself with successful spells at Sydney United and Parramatta Power.

Lille OSC[edit]

Sterjovski's performances and record of 31 goals in 68 games in three National Soccer League (NSL) seasons earned him a move to French Ligue 1 side Lille in 2000. After 4 seasons at Lille, Sterjovski moved to Swiss side FC Basel.

FC Basel[edit]

Sterjovski remained at FC Basel for three seasons. In his first season at St. Jakob-Park, he won the Swiss Super League and in his second season was part of the team that reached the UEFA Cup Quarter-finals. Sterjovski moved to Turkey in the summer of 2007.

Gençlerbirliği[edit]

On 2 September 2007, Sterjovski scored on his debut after coming off the bench for his new club Gençlerbirliği OFTAŞ (now called Hacettepe Spor Kulübü) in their match against Fenerbahçe.

Derby County[edit]

On 9 January 2008, Sterjovski announced his plan to leave Turkey for personal reasons relating to his family. He announced that he was in negotiations with Premier League side Derby County and joined them after work permit problems on 24 January 2008.[2] He made his debut as a substitute against Tottenham in a 3–0 defeat, and was a regular in the side towards the end of the season, usually playing out on the right wing.[3]

In the 2008–09 season, Sterjovski was largely frozen out of the Derby squad by manager Paul Jewell, his first appearance of the season coming on 21 October 2008 against Blackpool, in which he scored his first goal for Derby.[4] However, following Jewell's departure, he produced an impressive performance against Manchester United in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final under caretaker manager David Lowe. New Derby manager Nigel Clough was watching in the stands. Following the match, Sterjovski said: "Now I am glad there is a new manager. It’s a new start for me and, hopefully, I will get more chances."[5] Sterjovski went on to make 14 further appearances before the end of the season, scoring once and playing well in the middle of the injury-hit Derby midfield.

Return to Australia: Perth Glory[edit]

After initial speculation linking Sterjovski with a move to Gold Coast United,[6] he moved to Perth Glory on 11 June 2009 for an undisclosed fee on a three year contract as their marquee player.[7]

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

On 6 July 2012 it was announced he had signed one year deal to play for Central Coast Mariners.[8] On 5 February 2014, Sterjovski announced that he will retire at the end of the season.[9]

International career[edit]

Sterjovski made his Australian national team debut against Scotland in 2000. Sterjovski was selected to represent Australia at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. In the build-up, he made an appearance in the Australia vs. Greece friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and also played against Liechtenstein, scoring the first goal for the Socceroos in a 3–1 win. In the finals he started in the games against Brazil and against Croatia.

Sterjovski was selected for the first group match in Australia's 2007 Asian Cup campaign, starting against Oman and substituted in the 46th minute, which Australia drew 1–1. Due to illness Sterjovski did not feature further in Australia's failed campaign in its first Asian Cup. Sterjovski scored against Ghana during a friendly match at the Sydney Football Stadium, but was sent off in the 85th minute after receiving a second yellow card for a tackle on Ghana's Richard Manu. He scored again on 20 August in a friendly against South Africa in which the Socceroos drew 2–2. On 10 June 2009, Sterjovski notched his 9th goal for Australia in a 2–0 win over Bahrain at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, in his 41st appearance for his national side.

Personal life[edit]

Sterjovski and his wife Sharon have two sons: Luka, and Sonny who were born on 2 June 2008.

A-League career statistics[edit]

As of 16 March 2014
Club Season League Finals Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Perth Glory 2009–10 22 6 1 0 - - 23 6
2010–11 23 5 - - - - 23 5
2011–12 17 4 0 0 - - 17 4
Total 62 15 1 0 0 0 63 15
Central Coast Mariners 2012–13 19 1 2 0 5 0 26 1
2013–14 23 3 - - 1 2 24 5
Total 42 4 2 0 1 2 45 6
A-League total 104 19 3 0 6 2 113 21

Chinese League career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 24 June 2012)

Season Club League League CFA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012 Dalian Aerbin Chinese Super League 14 0 0 0 - - - - 14 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0

National team statistics[edit]

International appearances[edit]

[10]

Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 1 0
2001 2 0
2002 0 0
2003 2 0
2004 10 3
2005 4 0
2006 9 1
2007 5 1
2008 6 2
2009 2 1
2010 2 0
Total 43 8

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 May 2004 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia  Tahiti 5-0 9-0 2004 OFC Nations Cup
2 6-0
3 7-0
4 7 June 2006 Donaustadion, Ulm, Germany  Liechtenstein 1-1 3-1 Friendly
5 2 June 2007 Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia  Uruguay 1-0 1-2 Friendly
6 23 May 2008 Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia  Ghana 1-0 1-0 Friendly
7 19 August 2008 Loftus Road, London, England  South Africa 1-1 2-2 Friendly
8 10 June 2009 Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia  Bahrain 1-0 2-0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

Honours[edit]

Sydney United[edit]

  • NSL Minor Premiership:
    • Winner (1): 1999

FC Basel[edit]

Derby County[edit]

Perth Glory[edit]

  • Club Golden Boot Award: 2010

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

International[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile". fifa.com. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Derby complete Sterjovski signing". BBC Sport. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sterjovski delighted to be a Ram". BBC Sport. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Blackpool 3–2 Derby". BBC. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Mile relishing fresh chance with the Rams". Derby Evening Telegraph. Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Derby County: Aussie clubs could move to take Mile back home". This is Derbyshire. 
  7. ^ "Sterjovski seals Perth Glory move". BBC Sport. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sterjovski signs with Mariners". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  9. ^ "Mile Sterjovski to retire". Football Federation Australia. 5 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Mile Sterjovski at National-Football-Teams.com

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Brett Emerton
NSL U21 Player of the Year
1998/99
Succeeded by
Ivan Ergić
Preceded by
Damian Mori
NSL Golden Boot
1998/99
Succeeded by
Damian Mori