Nik Mrdja

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Nik Mrdja
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Personal information
Full name Nikola Mrdja[1]
Date of birth (1978-11-30) 30 November 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Bayswater City 1 (0)
1998–1999 Canberra Cosmos 3 (0)
2000 Perth SC 6 (2)
2000–2004 Perth Glory 73 (25)
2004 AIK 12 (2)
2005–2011 Central Coast Mariners 48 (12)
2010 Melbourne Victory (loan) 3 (1)
Total 146 (41)
National team
2007 Australia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:47, 31 October 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

Nik Mrdja (born 30 November 1978 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian former football (soccer) player.[1]

Club career[edit]

He has the distinction of having scored the last goal of the now defunct NSL when he scored a golden goal winner in the 2004 Grand Final for Perth Glory against Parramatta Power.

He earned the ire of Newcastle United Jets fans in 2005, when he broke Andrew Durante's leg[2] in a tackle during the Australian qualifiers for the Oceania Club Championship. He also scored a hat-trick in the same tournament, as Central Coast defeated Adelaide United 4–0. He later scored a hat-trick in the Mariners' 3–0 defeat of Queensland Roar in the Pre-Season Challenge Cup.

This was to remain the high-point of Mrdja's season as he was injured from the final of the Pre-Season Challenge Cup. Mrdja scored his first goal for the Mariners on 19 November 2006 against the New Zealand Knights, after almost two years on the sidelines. It was his first in Australia since scoring the winner in the 2004 NSL Grand Final.

On 5 February 2010, Mrdja joined Melbourne Victory (under controversial circumstances) as an injury replacement player for Billy Celeski.[3][4][5]

Club Season National Soccer League Finals Oceania Other 1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Canberra Cosmos 1998–99 3 0 3 0
Perth Glory 2000–01 6 0 1 0 7 0
2001–02 8 3 2 0 10 3
2002–03 24 6 9 2 33 8
2003–04 19 12 4 2 23 14
Club subtotal 57 21 16 4 0 0 0 0 73 25
Club Season Allsvenskan Supercupen Europe Other 1 Total
AIK Fotboll 2004–05 12 2 12 2
Club Season A-League Finals Asia Other 1 Total
Central Coast Mariners 2005–06 A-League 0 0 5 3 5 3
2006–07 6 1 6 1
2007–08 3 2 5 1 8 3
2008–09 14 2 2 1 3 0 3 1 22 4
2009–10 17 6 17 6
Club subtotal 40 11 2 1 3 0 13 5 58 17
Melbourne Victory 2009–10 2 0 1 1 5 0 8 1
Central Coast Mariners 2010–11 6 0 6 0
Club subtotal 46 11 2 1 3 0 13 5 64 17
Total 120 34 19 6 8 0 13 5 160 45

1Includes A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup

International career[edit]

Mrdja made his debut for the Australian team in a friendly against Argentina, on 11 September 2007, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

International appearances
# Date Opponent Score Result Competition Game time Match Report
1 11 September 2007  Argentina 0–1 Loss Friendly Substituted in 82' Report

Honours[edit]

With Central Coast Mariners:

With Perth Glory:

References[edit]

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