Paul Agostino

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Paul Agostino
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Personal information
Date of birth (1975-06-09) 9 June 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Salisbury United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990 Salisbury United 1 (1)
1991 West Adelaide 14 (7)
1992–1994 Young Boys 26 (3)
1994–1995 Yverdon-Sport 15 (6)
1995–1997 Bristol City 71 (26)
1997–2007 TSV 1860 München 248 (77)
2007–2009 Adelaide United 20 (4)
Total 395 (124)
National team
1991 Australia U-17 4 (4)
1993 Australia U-20 6 (2)
1996 Australia U-23 3 (1)
1996–2005 Australia 18 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Agostino (born 9 June 1975 in Adelaide, Australia) is a retired Australian footballer who played as a striker. He played the majority of his club football outside Australia, most notably with 1860 Munich in Germany for ten years. He played 18 times for Australia, winning the OFC Nations Cup of the year 2000.

Agostino attended Findon High School in his hometown of Adelaide. In 2011 he returned to Munich, where his wife Monika was born, with a view to settle there permanently. There he has since partnered with his former 1860 team mate Roman Týce and opened a soccer school called MunichSoccerCamp.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Having started his club career at Salisbury United, the South Australian striker burst on to the national scene in 1991 in his first season at senior level with West Adelaide SC NSL. It was at this time that "Aga" was picked in the Australian World Youth Championships squad – a squad which contained the likes of Paul Okon and Mark Bosnich during one of Australia's 'Golden Generations' – which made the semi-finals of that competition.

Overseas[edit]

Agostino left for Europe in 1992 and headed for Switzerland, where he signed with Young Boys. Agostino stayed in Bern for two seasons which was invaluable in enabling him to adapt to European life and football. It was in Switzerland that he learnt to speak German which would later help his move to Germany in 1997. He then had a short stint with Yverdon before making the move to England. Agostino signed with Bristol City in 1995 and it was in his second season with Bristol City that he began to score more regularly, bagging 16 goals in the old Division 1 (the second-tier of English club football).

After two productive seasons in Bristol, Agostino's growing reputation caught the eye of German Bundesliga side 1860 München. He was signed by the club in 1997 at the age of 22. Agostino stayed with the Munich club for a full decade, enduring spells both in and out of the side. Agostino played at the highest level while in Munich, representing 1860 in both the Champions League and the UEFA Cup. He enjoyed his best form for 1860 in the 2000–01 season, scoring 12 goals for the light blues, while Agostino regularly featured in the first team from 1999 to 2002. He fell down the pecking order at 1860 after this and typically played only a handful of games each season until it was revealed that he would be leaving the club on amicable terms at the end of the 2006–07 2. Bundesliga season.

Adelaide United[edit]

It was announced in February 2007 that A-League team Adelaide United had agreed on a two-year contract with Agostino which saw the striker return to his home city for the first time in 15 years. It was announced on 30 December 2008 that Agostino would retire at the end of the 2008–09 season.

International career[edit]

Agostino debuted in 1996 in a match against Chile for the "Socceroos," the Australian national team. In 2005 he played versus South Africa for the 18th and last time for his country. In his 18 full international matches he scored seven goals. In 1999 he also played twice against the Brazilian "B" team, scoring two goals. In 1996 he was part of the Australian squad for the Olympics in Atlanta, but he was not used in Australia's three matches there.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 December 2008

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Adelaide 1991–92 17 6 ? ? 0 0 17 6
BSC Young Boys 1992–93 12 2 ? ? ? ? 12 2
1993–94 14 1 ? ? ? ? 14 1
Yverdon Sport 1994–95 15 6 ? ? 0 0 15 6
Bristol City 1995–96 34 10 2 0 1 1 29 8
1996–97 37 16 4 3 2 0 43 19
1860 München 1997–98 16 4 1 0 1 0 18 4
1998–99 13 2 0 0 0 0 7 0
1999–00 22 8 0 0 0 0 18 4
2000–01 27 12 0 0 7 2 34 14
2001–02 29 8 1 0 2 1 22 6
2002–03 32 11 0 0 2 0 14 0
2003–04 28 9 2 0 0 0 24 5
2004–05 31 7 2 1 0 0 33 8
2005–06 31 9 3 2 0 0 34 11
2006–07 19 7 1 0 0 0 5 0
Adelaide United 2007–08 10 4 0 0 0 0 10 4
2008–09 10 0 1 0 3 0 14 0
Total 349 84 17 6 15 3 382 96

1 – included A-League final series statistics
2 – includes Club World Cup statistics; UEFA Cup statistics; UEFA Intertoto Cup statistics; Asian Champions League statistics (included in season commencing after group stages).

National team statistics[edit]

  • 1996 – 2 matches, 0 goals: Chile (0–3), Saudi Arabia (1–1)
  • 1999 – 2 matches, 2 goals: Brazil B (0–2), Brazil B (2–2 / 2 goals) (note: both matches are not full internationals)
  • 2000 – 12 matches, 5 goals: Chile (1–2), Bulgaria (1–1 / 1 goal), Hungary (3–0), Czech Republic (1–3), Paraguay (0–0), Paraguay (0–0), Cook Islands (17–0 / 3 goals), Vanuatu (1–0), New Zealand (2–0), Kuwait (1–0), South Korea (2–4 / 2 goals), Scotland (2–0)
  • 2001 – 2 matches, 0 goals: Uruguay (1–0), Uruguay (0–3) (both matches were qualifiers for the World Cup 2002)
  • 2004 – 1 match, 1 goals: Venezuela (1–1 / 1 goal)
  • 2005 – 1 match, 0 goals: South Africa (1–1)

International goals[edit]

As of 24 October 2013
Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 February 2000 Estadio Playa Ancha, Valparaíso, Chile  Bulgaria 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2. 29 June 2000 Papeete, Tahiti  Cook Islands 1–0 17–0 OFC Nations Cup 2000
3. 29 June 2000 Papeete, Tahiti  Cook Islands 9–0 17–0 OFC Nations Cup 2000
4. 29 June 2000 Papeete, Tahiti  Cook Islands 13–0 17–0 OFC Nations Cup 2000
5. 7 October 2000 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  South Korea 1–0 2–4 Friendly
6. 7 October 2000 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  South Korea 2–0 2–4 Friendly
7. 18 February 2004 Estadio Olímpico, Caracas, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Griss, Oliver (25 August 2011). "“Maurer wird nur ein großer 1860-Trainer, wenn er aufsteigt”" (in German). dieblaue24.de. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "msc" (in German). munichsoccercamp.de. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 

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