Mustafa Amini

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Mustafa Amini
2012-07-19 013 Training Dortmund, Mustafa Amini.jpg
Amini with Borussia Dortmund in 2012
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Mustafa Castillo Amini
Date of birth (1993-04-20) 20 April 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Centre midfielder
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund II
Number 29
Youth career
2004–2008 Blacktown City
2009–2010 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Central Coast Mariners 23 (1)
2011– Borussia Dortmund 0 (0)
2011–2012 Central Coast Mariners (loan) 18 (2)
2012– Borussia Dortmund II 43 (2)
National team
2009 Australia U-17 2 (0)
2010–2013 Australia U-20 23 (3)
2011– Australia U-23 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014

Mustafa Amini (born 20 April 1993) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Borussia Dortmund II in the German 3. Liga.

Amini played youth football with the Australian Institute of Sport before starting his professional career with Central Coast Mariners in the A-League. In 2011, Amini signed for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.

Amini has appeared numerous times for the Australian U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams.

Early life[edit]

Born in Sydney, Australia to an Afghan father[1][2] and a Nicaraguan mother,[3] Amini grew up in the Western Sydney area. He attended Wentworthville Public School and Westfields Sports High School until moving to Lake Ginninderra College in the ACT while playing for the AIS, earning his Year 12 certificate in March 2010. Amini wears a distinctive 'afro' haircut, even winning 'afro of the year award' and is fluent in Dari-Persian and Spanish.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

Amini playing for the AIS

Amini played for Blacktown City before being signed to an AIS scholarship. He was signed by the Central Coast Mariners on a two-year contract in the A-League.[4][5] Amini made his debut for the senior team in a friendly against fellow Gosford club Central Coast Lightning in the which the Mariners won 7–1.[6] Amini made his official A-League debut for the Mariners in a match against Brisbane Roar on 20 October 2010. His first goal came in a 3–1 away win against Gold Coast United on 9 February 2011.

Amini's excellent form throughout the 2010–11 A-League season attracted major interest from overseas clubs Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Subsequently it was announced that Amini was to spend two weeks on trial with Borussia Dortmund in preparation for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in July with a view of signing a long term deal with the Bundesliga club.[7][8] Only days into his trial Borussia Dortmund publicly announced that the youngster had caught the eye of first team manager Jürgen Klopp stating that "he can definitely play football and is a really great talent.".[9]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 4 July 2011, it was announced that he had signed with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract. However, Amini would initially be loaned to Central Coast Mariners until 31 May 2012, making him eligible to play for the club during the 2011–12 A-League season as well as the group stage of the Asian Champions League. He played outstandingly well as Central Coast marched to the quarter-finals.[10]

On 11 July 2012, Amini made his debut for Borussia Dortmund in a friendly against SV Meppen, scoring a goal in the 63rd minute en route a 2–1 victory for Dortmund.[11] Amini scored his first goal for the second team in a game against MSV Duisburg on matchday 7 of the 2013–14 3. Liga season.

International career[edit]

Mustafa Amini training with the Australia national under-23 association football team in 2011.

Youth[edit]

Amini was selected to play for Australia U-20 in a four-match tour of South America against the Argentina U-20 and Paraguay U-20 teams from 3–19 April. He was then selected for the Australia U-20 again for the 2010 AFF U-19 Youth Championship. Amini scored his first goal for the Australia U-20 in the 2010 AFF U-19 Youth Championship in a 4–1 win over Vietnam U-20.

Senior[edit]

On 23 March 2011, after impressing on trial at Borussia Dortmund, Amini was called up to the Australian national side training camp by Head Coach Holger Osieck which was being held in Germany.[9]

Amini was named among the 43 players squad to represent Afghanistan for 2014 AFC Challenge Cup preparations camp in Qatar, but he refused the call saying "I only want to play for Australia if I get the chance”.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 December 2014[13]
Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Central Coast Mariners 2010–11 A-League 23 1 0 0 0 0 23 1
2011–12 18 2 0 0 4 1 22 3
Club total 41 3 0 0 4 1 45 4
Borussia Dortmund II 2012–13 3. Liga 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2013–14 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
2014–15 14 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
Club total 43 2 0 0 0 0 43 2
Career total 84 5 0 0 4 1 88 6

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Central Coast Mariners

Country[edit]

Australia

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sherwin, Neil (16 November 2010). "One 2 Watch: Mustafa Amini". backpagefootball.com. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Newcastle line up trial for 17-year-old Aussie whizzkid". nufcblog.co.uk. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Jarquín Soto, Francisco (1 August 2011). "Un nica en la liga grande del fútbol" [A Nicaraguan in the big league football] (in Spanish). elnuevodiario.com.ni. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Kogoy, Peter (13 January 2010). "Mariners snare teen with a dream". The Australian. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mariners Snap Up 16 Year Old". FourFourTwo Australia. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mariners In Seventh Heaven". FourFourTwo Australia. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Amini bound for Europe". theworldgame.sbs.com.au. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Amini to trial in Germany". theworldgame.sbs.com.au. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Ormond, Aidan (23 March 2011). "Amini's Holger Call-Up". au.fourfourtwo.com. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Musti Bundesliga bound with BVB". ccmariners.com.au. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Hofmanns Traumtor: BVB siegt 2:1 in Meppen" (in German). ruhrnachrichten.de. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "BVB Dortmund’s Mustafa Amini says no to Afghanistan". Sports.af. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Amini, Mustafa" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 

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