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Smeltz in 2008
|Full name||Shane Edward Smeltz|
|Date of birth||29 September 1981|
|Place of birth||Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Current club||Perth Glory|
|1999||Gold Coast City||?||(?)|
|2001–2002||Napier City Rovers||?||(?)|
|2009–2010||Gold Coast United||28||(21)|
|2011||Gold Coast United||10||(7)|
|New Zealand U-20|
|2004||New Zealand U-23||5||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Shane Edward Smeltz (born 29 September 1981) is a New Zealand footballer who plays as a striker for Perth Glory FC. Shane Smeltz was born in Göppingen, West Germany to New Zealand parents. Six months later he moved to New Zealand, where we would live until he was six. In November 1987, Smeltz moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. He pursued a career in football through the Queensland Academy of Sport and was brought up there for the remainder of his adolescent years while holding a New Zealand visa. Smeltz was granted dual-citizenship at the age of 23 becoming a dual-citizen of New Zealand and Australia.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|This section may be slanted towards recent events. (December 2010)|
Born in Göppingen, West Germany, Smeltz played for a variety of professional Australian clubs before trying his luck in England with Mansfield Town in 2005. Before signing for English club Halifax Town, Smeltz played in 61 competitive matches for AFC Wimbledon, including 11 as a substitute, and scored 26 goals.
Smeltz returned to New Zealand in 2007 signing a two-year deal with the Wellington Phoenix. In his first season he finished second in the Golden Boot race with nine goals from 19 appearances. In the 2008–09 season, Smeltz scored a record equalling 12 goals for the A-League season proper, resulting in the A-League Golden Boot 2008/09 and also goal of the season for his winning strike against Melbourne Victory at Westpac Stadium in round 13. In 2008/09 season Smeltz was voted the A-Leagues best player and was awarded the Johnny Warren Medal.
Gold Coast United
Smeltz scored nine goals on his Gold Coast United debut as Miron Bleiberg's men recorded a 12–1 victory in their inaugural outing, a friendly against Mudgeeraba SC.
On 8 August 2009, Smeltz scored his club's first goal in their first A-League game against Brisbane Roar. In the following week Smeltz scored an impressive four goals against North Queensland Fury, which included a penalty. Smeltz and Gold Coast recorded their first loss to the Newcastle Jets at the next round, notable for being the only game he had not scored a goal.
A week later, Smeltz rebounded from his clubs first loss to help in the win against Sydney FC. In the process he added another two goals to his tally taking him to an outstanding 8 goals from 5 games, his single man goal count was greater than any other clubs overall amount in the league.
On 12 July 2010, after a stellar season with Gold Coast United, it was announced Smeltz had agreed to terms with Chinese club Shandong Luneng on a two-year contract subject to passing a medical. On 17 July 2010, it was announced that Smeltz had "changed his mind about China and decided to return home", just five days into his contract. There was some confusion after his decision to return home in regards to which club he was contracted to.
Shandong Luneng had paid the transfer fee to Gold Coast United, but a Football Federation Australia source confirmed that Gold Coast United had not dispatched Smeltz's International Transfer Clearance form, meaning Smeltz was therefore free to rejoin them without any possibility of an international tug-of-war over his services.
On 24 August, his overseas career was given a lifeline when he was signed by Turkish Süper Lig club Gençlerbirliği S.K.. Smeltz made his debut for the club in their 2–1 home win over Istanbul BB. Smeltz scored his first goal for the club in the 1–0 home win over Ankaragucu with a 45th minute penalty.
Perth Glory FC
On 20 March 2011 it was announced that Perth Glory FC and Smeltz signed a three-year contract worth A$4.1 million with the Hyundai A-League club. In his second appearance in the League for Perth, he scored a brace to take him to 51 League goals in the A-league, becoming only the second player to have scored a half-century in the competition next to Archie Thompson. On 24 March 2012 he scored all 4 goals in a 4–2 win against Melbourne Victory F.C. Smeltz is now the current all time A-league leading goal scorer with 73 goals.
Smeltz has played for the under 20, under 23 and senior New Zealand national teams. He scored his first goal for the All Whites, an away friendly on 25 April 2006, against Chile. In that game Smeltz also became the first AFC Wimbledon player to win international honours, and the first to become an international goalscorer.
In May 2007, he was the scorer of both New Zealand goals in an impressive 2–2 draw against Wales.
On 19 November 2007, following his impressive form with Wellington Phoenix in the A-League and consistent performances for the All Whites, Smeltz was voted New Zealand footballer of the year, ahead of FA Premier League star Ryan Nelsen and Celtic striker Chris Killen. In December 2008, Smeltz was named Oceania federation player of 2007.
During a World Cup qualifying match against New Caledonia on 22 March 2013, Smeltz was the victim of a high boot to the face in the opposing penalty area, leaving him bloodied.
International goals and caps
New Zealand's goal tally first.
International career statistics
|New Zealand national team|
Smeltz lives in Perth with his wife Nikki and daughters Bonnie and Scarlett.
|Club||Season||League Two||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Mansfield Town F.C.
(Football League Two)
|Club||Season||Isthmian Prem||FA Trophy||League Cup||Europe||Total|
(Isthmian League Premier Division)
|Club||Season||Conference National||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Halifax Town F.C.
|Wellington Phoenix F.C.
|Gold Coast United F.C.
|Club||Season||Süper Lig||Super Cup||Turkish Cup||Europe||Total|
|Perth Glory F.C.
|Last updated 1 April 2012|
- Oceania Footballer of the Year: 2007, 2008
- Johnny Warren Medal: 2008–2009 with Wellington Phoenix
- A-League Golden Boot: 2008–2009 with Wellington Phoenix – 12 goals
- A-League Golden Boot: 2009–2010 with Gold Coast United – 19 goals
- NZF Men’s Player of the Year: 2007
- Wellington Phoenix Player of the Year: 2007–08
- Wellington Phoenix Player's Player of the Year: 2007–08, 2008–09
- Wellington Phoenix Media Player of the Year: 2007–08, 2008–09
- Wellington Phoenix A-League Golden Boot: 2008–09
- New Zealand national football team
- New Zealand at the FIFA World Cup
- New Zealand national football team results
- List of New Zealand international footballers
- «Kiwi» Smeltz will sich für Europa empfehlen transfermarkt.de, 5 June 2010
- http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/news/1049263/Glory-days-ahead-for-Smeltz Glory days ahead for Smeltz
- Stürmer Shane Smeltz im Interview "Mein Ziel ist Europa" Frankfurter Rundschau, 4 June 2010
- "Smeltz signs with Gold Coast". Wellington Phoenix FC. 4 November 2008.
- "Smeltz stands tall with brace". The Age. 6 September 2009.
- Gold Coast United's Smeltz China-bound
- "Smeltz Heads For Turkey". FourFourTwo Australia. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- "A-International Appearances – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
- "A-International Scorers – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
- "No regrets for departing Phoenix star". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
- "New Zealand – All Whites name Confederations Cup squad". Oceania Football confederation. 7 May 2009.
- "2009 Confederations Cup – New Zealand squad". FIFA.com. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
- "NZ striker Shane Smeltz takes nasty kick to head". inside World Soccer. 22 March 2013.
- Shane Smeltz at National-Football-Teams.com
- Woodcock, Fred (13 June 2010). "Shane Smeltz, from tough times to star name". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- Gold Coast United profile
- NZ Football Profile
- Shane Smeltz career stats at Soccerbase
- Shane Smeltz – FIFA competition record
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