Oliver Bozanić

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Oliver Bozanić
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Bozanić playing for Woking in 2009
Personal information
Full name Oliver John Bozanić[1]
Date of birth (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Utility Player
Club information
Current team
Luzern
Number 4
Youth career
Avoca FC
Parramatta Eagles
2004–2005 Blacktown City Demons
2005–2006 NSWIS
2006–2007 Central Coast Mariners
2007 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Reading 0 (0)
2009 Woking (loan) 18 (2)
2009 Cheltenham Town (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2010 Aldershot Town (loan) 25 (2)
2010–2013 Central Coast Mariners 70 (3)
2013– Luzern 25 (5)
National team
2006–2009 Australia U-20 17 (2)
2010–2012 Australia U-23 13 (0)
2013– Australia 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2014

Oliver John Bozanić (born 8 January 1989) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Luzern in the Swiss Super League. He is a left sided midfielder.

Early life[edit]

Bozanić was born in Sydney, New South Wales. He is the son of former Socceroo Vic Bozanić.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Bozanić started his professional career with Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners, where he was one of the locals drafted into the Mariners squad by team manager Lawrie McKinna, during the 2006–07 Pre-Season Cup as cover for a host of long-term injuries. Despite several appearances in the tournament, and later joined Reading on a two and a half-year contract on 29 January 2007.[2] Bozanić played for both the under 18s and reserves at Reading during his first 18 months at the club, and was a crucial part of the side that won the Reserve League title in the 2006–07 season. On 23 January 2009, he signed for Woking on loan for one month.[3] His loan spell with Woking was extended until the end of the season.[4] At the end of the season, Bozanić signed a one-year contract with the club.[5]

During pre-season of 2009–2010, Bozanić joined Cheltenham Town on loan[6] and made his first team debut in Cheltenham's 2–1 home win against Grimsby Town on 8 August 2009.[7] But in late-August, Bozanić soon sustained a knee injury[8] and after three months out with an injury, Bozanić loan spell with Cheltenham Town had came to an end.[9] Shortly, on 26 November 2009, Bozanić joined the former Reading assistant manager Kevin Dillon at League Two team Aldershot Town on a one month loan deal.[10] On 5 January 2010, it was announced that Bozanić would spend another month at Aldershot Town, after having his loan spell extended.[11] In April 2010, Bozanić was recalled by the club, having his loan spell at Aldershot Town cut.[12]

After being released by Reading at the end of the 2009–2010 season,[13] Bozanić returned to Australia to rejoin Central Coast Mariners.[14] Bozanić made his debut for the club, in the opening game of the season, in a 1-0 win over debut club Melbourne Heart. Following his debut, Bozanić quickly earned himself in the first team and made an impressive display for the club.[15] Having made twenty-nine appearance in the A-League, The club would qualify for the A-League Finals Series, where he scored his first goal, in a 2-2 draw against Brisbane Roar. Then, in the Grand Final against the Brisbane Roar again, Bozanić scored in extra-time, at the 103rd minute, which seemed to be a winning goal until the opposition team scored in the last minutes, leading to go on penalty shoot-out, when the club lost 4-2.[16]

In 2011-12 season, Bozanić featured only twenty times, due to international commitments for the national team.[17] On his twenty-third birthday, on 8 January 2012, Bozanić scored a winning goal, in a 1-0 win over Sydney.[18] Throughout February, Bozanić was not featured at the club, due to international commitments for the national team at the qualifying campaign for London 2012, where he was captain, but it was successful.[19] On 26 February 2012, Bozanić, along with goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, returned to the first team at the club.[20] At the conclusion to the season, Bozanić helped the club to win the A-League 2011-12 season.

At the start of the 2012-13 season, Bozanić hadn't featured for six matches, due to an knee injury.[21] Bozanic, then, made his return on 25 November 2012, in a 2-1 victory against Brisbane Roar.[22] In mid-December, Bozanić suffered a head injury following a sickening head clash during a match against Newcastle Jets, which he resulted a concussion at the hospital. Bozanić was ruled out for a week.[23] After three and half week out, Bozanić made his return, where he set up the only goal for Bernie Ibini-Isei, in a 1-0 win against Perth Glory.[24] On 28 March 2013, Bozanić signed a one-year contract extension with the club.[25] At the conclusion to the season, Bozanić helped the club to win the A-League 2012-13 season for the second time in the row and was featured in the A-League Grand Final, playing in defensive midfield with John Hutchinson, where they won 2-0 against Western Sydney Wanderers.

In June 2013, Bozanić was among three players to be linked with Asian clubs, having been attracted by South Korean sides Busan IPark and Pohang Steelers.[26]

On 14 June 2013, Bozanić Signed a 2-year deal to join Swiss Super League Side Luzern.[27] Thirty days later, Bozanić made his debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 2-0 win over Lausanne and scored his first goals in the next match, in a 4-2 loss against Aarau.[28] Then, in the next match, Bozanić scored another brace, once again, in a 3-2 win over Zürich.[29] Bozanic would score a winning a goal, in the next match, which turns out to be an only goal in a 1-0 win over Sion on 5 August 2013 and scoring five goals in three consecutive games.[30]

International[edit]

Bozanić was a member of the Australian 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup development squad, which competed in and won a four-team tournament in Japan against the Under-20 teams of Hungary and Japan in 2006. He was a member of all the lead-up squads prior for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but missed out on his place at the tournament due to injury.

He received his first full international call up in August 2009 for a friendly international against the Republic of Ireland.[31] Bozanić was again included in a 50-man preliminary squad for the 2011 Asian Cup.[32]

Bozanić was captain of the Olyroos in their unsuccessful qualifying campaign for London 2012.[33]

In October 2013, Bozanić made his debut for the Socceroos, coming off the bench in a win over Canada.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 14 May 2014

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Central Coast Mariners 2006-07 A-League 0 0 2 0 - - 2 0
Woking F.C. (loan) 2008-09 Conference National 18 2 0 0 - - 18 2
Cheltenham Town F.C. (loan) 2009-10 Football League Two 4 0 0 0 - - 4 0
Aldershot Town F.C. (loan) 25 2 2 1 - - 27 3
Central Coast Mariners 2010-11 A-League 33 2 - - - - 33 2
2011-12 23 1 - - 5 0 28 1
2012-13 15 0 - - 7 0 22 0
Total 71 3 2 0 12 0 85 3
FC Luzern 2013-14 Swiss Super League 26 5 4 2 - - 29 7
Career total 144 12 8 3 12 0 163 15

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Central Coast Mariners

International[edit]

Australia national football team

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Reading signs Aussie teen
  3. ^ "Woking bring in Bozanic on loan". BBC Sport. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cards bag veteran midfielder Hyde". BBC Sport. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Reading starlet ready to shine". Sky Sports. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Bozanic secures Cheltenham move
  7. ^ Cheltenham 2 – 1 Grimsby
  8. ^ "Cheltenham move to ease injuries". BBC Sport. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Robins end Bozanic loan". Sky Sports. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Boss Confirms Second Loan Signing". Aldershot Town Official Website. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Bozanic Loan Extended". Aldershot Town Official Website. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Reading's Oliver Bozanic ends Aldershot Town loan spell". BBC Sport. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Thorvaldsson and Bozanic released". Reading Post. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Fordham, Jonny (10 May 2010). "Oliver Bozanic leaves Reading FC for return to Oz". Reading Post (S&B Media). Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Bozanic Impresses On Oz Return". Australian FourFour Two. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Unbeatable Roar pull off grand final miracle". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 13 March 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Three Mariners rewarded with National Team honours". Football Australia. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Birthday Boy Bozanic The Hero". Australian FourFour Two. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "LONDON OLYMPIC HOPES SLIPPING AWAY". London 2012 Olympics Official Website. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Mariners Rush Back Olyroos Stars". Australian FourFour Two. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Kwasnik & Bozanic In Mix For Mariners". Australian FourFour Two. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Brisbane downed by Mariners". FourFour Australia. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Mariners gunning for more". Football Australia. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "McGlinchey to captain Mariners against Glory". Football Australia. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  25. ^ "liver Bozanic shows Central Coast Mariners commitment". Goal.com. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  26. ^ "Asian clubs set to swoop on A-League trio". Football Australia. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  27. ^ "Bozanic's Swiss switch signed". Football Federation Australia. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  28. ^ "Bozanic double not enough". The World Game on SBS. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  29. ^ "Two more for Bozanic in Switzerland". The World Game on SBS. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Bozanic continues goalscoring run". The World Game on SBS. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  31. ^ Pim names youngsters to face Ireland
  32. ^ "Holger Osieck names a preliminary 50-man Socceroos squad ahead of January's Asian Cup". Fox Sports Australia. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  33. ^ "Captain Honour Delights Bozanic". Australian FourFourTwo. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  34. ^ "That's how you Roo it!". Australian FourFourTwo. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 

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