Nick Carle

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Nick Carle
Nick Carle against Fulham.jpg
Carle playing for Crystal Palace in 2008
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Alberto Carle[1]
Date of birth (1981-11-23) 23 November 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sydney FC
Number 19
Youth career
Blacktown City
Sydney Olympic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Sydney Olympic 86 (12)
2002–2003 Troyes AC 5 (0)
2003–2005 Marconi Stallions 25 (6)
2005–2007 Newcastle Jets 45 (7)
2007–2008 Gençlerbirliği SK 14 (1)
2008 Bristol City 17 (0)
2008–2010 Crystal Palace 59 (4)
2010– Sydney FC 61 (8)
2012–2013 Baniyas (loan) 21 (2)
National team
1997 Australia U-17 5 (7)
1998–2001 Australia U-20 16 (9)
1998–2004 Australia U-23 16 (2)
2004– Australia 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 August 2012

Nicholas Alberto "Nick" Carle (born 23 November 1981 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as an attacking midfielder for A-League club Sydney FC.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Carle is of Uruguayan and Chilean descent. As a junior, Carle won five national futsal titles. During his days as a teenage schoolboy, he played football for his high school, Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield. He helped his school win the Bill Turner Cup competition in 1996.

Sydney Olympic[edit]

Carle began his career as a 15 year old at Sydney Olympic in the NSL, making his NSL debut on 5 October 1997. After coming on as a substitute in the 75th minute, he scored an injury time winner against Marconi Stallions.[4] He had a brief stint at French club Troyes before returning to Australia with Marconi Stallions and Ryde City Gunners.

Newcastle Jets[edit]

When the A-League was formed in 2005 Carle joined the Newcastle Jets. He played for the Jets in the first two seasons of the A-League and was popular with the Jets fans. Carle played as an attacking midfielder during his time at the Newcastle Jets.

In February 2007 Carle won the prestigious Johnny Warren Medal for the players' player of the year for his performance throughout the A-League 2006–07 season, beating Melbourne Victory's Daniel Allsopp, Archie Thompson and Kevin Muscat.[5] Carle also won the goal of the year award for his 70-metre run followed by a strike from 20 metres with the outside of his left boot, which proved to be the winning goal in the Round 10 clash against Adelaide United (Adelaide had only seconds earlier missed a penalty to win the match) and was arguably the catalyst for turning around the Jet's poor season up until that point. He was also named 'A-League Player of the Year' on Australian football site pintculture.com, beating Melbourne Victory player Kevin Muscat by one vote.[6]

Gençlerbirliği SK[edit]

At the end of the 2006–07 season Carle expressed his concern that the A-League season was not long enough. He felt that playing more games would improve his chances of selection for the national team and said that offers from Europe would be tempting.[citation needed] Despite being initially linked with Fenerbahçe in the media, Carle eventually signed with Gençlerbirliği.[7] The Turkcell Super League club paid a transfer fee of about $650,000 for Carle, with the Newcastle Jets also receiving a percentage of any further transfer fees should Carle be sold by the Turkish club. The Newcastle Jets received a total of $800,000 for Carle after his transfer to Bristol City.[8]

Bristol City F.C.[edit]

In early January 2008 Carle transferred to Football League Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee after impressing against Nigeria in an international friendly.[3][9] He signed a contract for three and a half years,[10] helping[citation needed] the Robins to the play-offs where they were beaten in the final at Wembley Stadium. Carle made the move because he was unhappy at Gençlerbirliği, especially because he was not able to see his family enough.[11][12]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Carle's stay at Ashton Gate was short-lived however, moving to Crystal Palace for £1m less than six months later. Carle was unable to command a regular first team place under either Neil Warnock or Paul Hart and in May 2010, Palace released him with two years remaining on his contract.

Sydney FC[edit]

Carle signed with Sydney FC in May 2010 for a reported A$1.95m over three years.[13]

In his first season, Nick struggled with form and injuries in a season to forget, as Sydney slumped to 3rd last on the table. Carle scored a goal against Adelaide United to seal a win for Sydney, their first of the season, on 22 October 2011. His performances to date have suggested much better form and consistency compared with recent seasons.

Loan to the UAE[edit]

Only weeks before the start of the 2012–13 A-League season, it was announced that Sydney FC had agreed to loan Carle out for an undisclosed fee to UAE club Baniyas SC for 1-year. He will return to see out the remainder of his contract at Sydney FC during the 2013–14 season.

Return to Sydney FC[edit]

On 16 May 2013 it was announced that Carle would return to Sydney FC for the 2013/14 season for the final year of his original contract. Additionally, it was announced that Carle had signed a one-year extension, keeping him at the club until the close of the 2014/15 season.[14]

“I’m really happy to be coming back to Sydney FC,” Carle said. “I enjoyed my experience in Abu Dhabi with Bani Yas but Sydney is home and I want to finish my career with Sydney FC."

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season Domestic League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Sydney Olympic 1997–98 National Soccer League 16 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 3 1
1998–99 National Soccer League 11 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 3 3
1999-00 National Soccer League 24 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 1 4
2000–01 National Soccer League 23 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 2 8
2001–02 National Soccer League 12 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 3 5
Sydney Olympic total 86 12 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 86 12 21
Troyes AC 2001–02 Ligue 1 5 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 8 0 1
2002–03 Ligue 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Troyes AC total 5 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 10 0 1
Marconi Stallions 2003–04 National Soccer League 24 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 6 4
2005 NSW Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Marconi Stallions total 25 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 6 5
Newcastle Jets 2005–06 A-League 22 3 6 4 0 2 0 0 0 26 3 8
2006–07 A-League 23 4 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 25 6 8
Newcastle Jets total 45 7 14 6 2 2 0 0 0 51 9 16
Gençlerbirliği 2007–08 Süper Lig 14 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1 2
Gençlerbirliği total 14 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1 2
Bristol City 2007–08 Championship 20 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 2
Bristol City total 20 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 2
Crystal Palace 2008–09 Championship 37 3 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 41 4 3
2009–10 Championship 22 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 25 1 1
Crystal Palace total 59 4 4 7 1 0 0 0 0 66 5 4
Baniyas SC (Loan) 2012–13 Pro League 21 2 7 2 1 0 3 0 1 26 3 8
Sydney FC 2010–11 A-League 17 4 2 0 0 0 4 1 1 21 4 3
2011–12 A-League 25 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 4 3
2013–14 A-League 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1 0
Sydney FC total 59 9 5 0 0 0 4 1 1 63 9 6
Career total 334 41 60 19 4 3 8 1 2 361 46 65

International career[edit]

Carle began his international career playing for Australia at under-17 level before representing Australia at the under-20s 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship. He also later played for the under-23s but missed out on selection for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

He earned his first senior cap against Venezuela in 2004 coming on as a substitute in the 84th minute replacing David Zdrilic. However it was his only appearance for the senior national team for three years. Carle regularly missed selection under Frank Farina and did not feature at all under Guus Hiddink. Carle's form for Jets in the 2006–07 A-League season saw calls for new coach Graham Arnold to bring him back into the national team.[citation needed] Carle ended three years in exile from the national squad by coming on as a substitute in a friendly against China in March 2007, and also made an appearance against Uruguay in June.

Graham Arnold selected Carle in the Australian squad for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. He made an appearance as a substitute during Australia's match against Japan, scoring in the penalty shoot out.

Carle made his first starting appearance for the Socceroos against Nigeria at Craven Cottage, London on 18 November 2007. He put in a strong performance along with fellow former A-League player David Carney.[15] Under national coach Pim Verbeek, Carle's opportunities were limited and although he made the initial 30-man squad for the finals tournament in South Africa, he was subsequently omitted from the touring party.[16]

Honours[edit]

Personal Honours:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/05/2010 and 31/05/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Carle Set to Sign". Bristol City F.C. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Carle set for Bristol City move". BBC Sport. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008. 
  4. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/features/3299,the-forgotten-man.aspx
  5. ^ Henderson, Philip (27 February 2007). "Carle trumps Victory trio". Fox Sports (Australia). Retrieved 3 January 2007. 
  6. ^ Wallace, Stewart (12 February 2007). "Nick Carle Takes Out The Arok!". pintculture.com. Retrieved 3 January 2007. 
  7. ^ "It's Genclerbirligi for Carle". The World Game. 17 June 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2007. [dead link]
  8. ^ Cockerill, Michael (31 July 2008). "Con's free advice to league: follow us". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  9. ^ Lewis, David (3 January 2007). "Carle makes Bristol switch". The World Game. Retrieved 3 January 2007. 
  10. ^ "Nick Signs On At City". Bristol City F.C. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  11. ^ Gardiner, James (1 January 2007). "Bristol City next port of call for Carle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2007. 
  12. ^ Gardiner, James (3 January 2008). "Carle in nick of time for Bristol". The Herald. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  13. ^ "Sydney FC snare snubbed Socceroo Nicky Carle". Sydney Daily Telegraph. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Nick Carle returns to Sydney on two year deal". Sydney Daily Telegraph. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Carney special stuns Nigeria". Football Federation Australia. 18 November 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  16. ^ Cockerill, Michael (26 May 2010). "Caution, not creativity, wins out in the end". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 

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