Shane Smeltz

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Shane Smeltz
Smeltz in 2008
Personal information
Full name Shane Edward Smeltz
Date of birth (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Göppingen, West Germany
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sydney FC
Number 9
Youth career
1997–1998 QAS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Gold Coast City ? (?)
1999–2001 Brisbane Strikers 25 (0)
2001–2002 Napier City Rovers ? (?)
2002–2003 Adelaide City 23 (7)
2003–2004 Adelaide United 7 (1)
2004 MetroStars 8 (2)
2005 Mansfield Town 5 (0)
2005–2006 AFC Wimbledon 42 (19)
2006–2007 Halifax Town 31 (2)
2007–2009 Wellington Phoenix 39 (21)
2009–2010 Gold Coast United 28 (21)
2010–2011 Gençlerbirliği 6 (1)
2011 Gold Coast United 10 (7)
2011–2014 Perth Glory 58 (28)
2014– Sydney FC 0 (0)
National team
New Zealand U-20
2004 New Zealand U-23 5 (7)
2003– New Zealand 50 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 January 2013

Shane Edward Smeltz (born 29 September 1981) is a West Germany-born New Zealand footballer who plays as a striker for Sydney FC in the A-League.[1]

Smeltz has scored 23 goals in 50 international appearances for New Zealand, and played at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Early and personal life[edit]

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, where he pursued a career in football through the Queensland Academy of Sport and was brought up 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.

Smeltz lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife Nikki and daughters Bonnie and Scarlett.[2]

Club career[edit]

Smeltz played for a variety of professional Australian clubs before he played a brief five match spell for Mansfield Town of the English Football League Two in 2005.[3] In the 2005-06 season, he played in 61 competitive matches for AFC Wimbledon, including 11 as a substitute, and scored 26 goals. He played the following season for Halifax Town in the Conference National.

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

Smeltz returned to New Zealand in 2007, signing a two-year deal with the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League. 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-League's best player and was awarded the Johnny Warren Medal.

Gold Coast United[edit]

In November 2008 the Phoenix lost its battle to retain Smeltz for the 2009 season as he signed a three-year deal with A-League expansion club Gold Coast United.[4]

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.[5]

With 19 A-League goals to his name, he is currently the record holder for most A League goals in a season.

Shandong Luneng[edit]

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.[6] 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 17 July 2010, Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer publicly stated that he is "hopeful of retaining him for the coming season."

Gençlerbirliği S.K.[edit]

On 24 August, his overseas career was given a lifeline when he was signed by Turkish Süper Lig club Gençlerbirliği S.K..[7] 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[edit]

On 20 March 2011 it was announced that Perth Glory and Smeltz signed a three-year contract worth A$4.1 million with the A-League club as a marquee.[1] 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.

Sydney FC[edit]

On 18 May 2014, it was announced that Smeltz would be parting ways with Perth Glory after three years at the club, to join Sydney FC on a one-year deal.[8]

International career[edit]

Smeltz has played for the under-20, under-23 and senior New Zealand national teams.[9][10] 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.[11] In December 2008, Smeltz was named Oceania federation player of 2007.[citation needed]

Smeltz travelled to South Africa as part of the New Zealand squad for both the 2009 Confederations Cup[12][13] and 2010 World Cup Finals. He scored a goal at the latter against 2006 World Cup winners Italy in Nelspruit, making him the first ever A-League player to score at the World Cup.

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.[14]

International goals and caps[edit]

New Zealand's goal tally first.

International career statistics[edit]


New Zealand national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 2 0
2004 2 0
2005 1 0
2006 4 1
2007 6 6
2008 2 4
2009 9 4
2010 8 2
2011 3 0
2012 11 6
2013 2 0
Total 50 23

Career statistics[edit]

All-Time Club Performances
Club Season League Cup Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Adelaide City
2002-2003 23 7 23 7
Adelaide United
2003-2004 7 1 7 1
2004 8 2 8 2
Mansfield Town F.C.
(Football League Two)
2004–05 5 0 5 0
Club Total 5 0 5 0
Club Season England Isthmian Prem FA Trophy League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
AFC Wimbledon
(Isthmian League Premier Division)
2005–06 43 26 43 26
Club Total 43 26 43 26
Club Season England Conference National FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Halifax Town F.C.
(Conference National)
2006–07 31 2 31 2
Club Total 31 2 31 2
Club Season Australia A-League Finals Series Asia Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wellington Phoenix F.C.
2007–08 19 9 19 9
2008–09 20 12 20 12
Club Total 39 21 39 21
Club Season Australia A-League Finals Series Asia Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Gold Coast United F.C.
2009–10 26 22 1 0 27 22
2010–11 9 7 3 2 12 9
Club Total 34 26 4 2 39 31
Club Season Turkey Süper Lig Super Cup Turkish Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
(Süper Lig)
2010–11 6 1 1 0 7 1
Club Total 6 1 1 0 7 1
Club Season Australia A-League Finals Series Asia Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Perth Glory F.C.
2011–12 22 13 4 4 26 17
2012–13 25 11 25 11
2013–14 11 4 0 0 11 4
Club Total 58 28 4 4 62 32
Career totals 225 109 8 6 1 0 264 123
Last updated 9 March 2014


Personal Honours:

Smeltz started senior football at Gold Coast City in 1999 where he played 2 games before moving to the Brisbane Strikers who played in the then Australian top flight, The National football League. He played 21 games from 1999-2001 before moving to his next club. In 2002 he moved to the Napier City Rovers of his native New Zealand where he absolutely dominated the league scoring 20 goals in 21 appearances. he won National Player of Year and Golden Boot

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Glory days ahead for Smeltz
  2. ^ Woodcock, Fred (13 June 2010). "Shane Smeltz, from tough times to star name". Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Stürmer Shane Smeltz im Interview "Mein Ziel ist Europa" Frankfurter Rundschau, 4 June 2010
  4. ^ "Smeltz signs with Gold Coast". Wellington Phoenix FC. 4 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Smeltz stands tall with brace". The Age. 6 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Gold Coast United's Smeltz China-bound
  7. ^ "Smeltz Heads For Turkey". FourFourTwo Australia. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sydney FC Signs Shane Smeltz". Football Federation Australia. 18 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "A-International Appearances – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand football Website. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "A-International Scorers – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand football Website. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "No regrets for departing Phoenix star". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  12. ^ "New Zealand – All Whites name Confederations Cup squad". Oceania Football confederation. 7 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "2009 Confederations Cup – New Zealand squad". Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  14. ^ Smith, Tony (25 March 2013). "Bloodied face sparks bad memories for Smeltz". Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Shane Smeltz at

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Preceded by
Joel Griffiths
A-League Golden Boot
Succeeded by
Sergio van Dijk