Stan Lazaridis

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Stan Lazaridis
Personal information
Full name Stanley Lazaridis
Date of birth (1972-08-16) 16 August 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back / Left winger
Youth career
Kingsway Olympic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Floreat Athena 28 (2)
1992–1995 West Adelaide 73 (6)
1995–1999 West Ham United 69 (3)
1999–2006 Birmingham City 191 (8)
2006–2008 Perth Glory 13 (0)
Total 374 (19)
National team
1992–2006 Australia U-17 5 (2)
1993–2006 Australia 60 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:47, 20 January 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

Stanley "Stan" Lazaridis (born 16 August 1972) is an Australian former footballer. He was predominantly a left winger though he had been known to perform at left-back. He last played for his home-town club Perth Glory and made 58 official appearances for Australia and was in the Australian 2006 FIFA World Cup squad.

Club career[edit]

His reputation as a young left-footed teenager began with Olympic Kingsway where, despite his age, he intimidated many a defender with his change of pace.[1]

Lazaridis made his senior debut for West Adelaide Hellas in the Australian National Soccer League in the 1992 season. His dribbling ability and pace drew much attention on the Australian scene. At the end of the 1995 season he earned a move to Europe when West Ham manager Harry Redknapp encountered Lazaridis playing for West Adelaide during West Ham's pre-season tour of Australia in May, 1995.[2] Signed for £300,000 a poor debut and consistent injury problems made his debut season difficult when he made only six appearances.[3] He scored his first goal for West Ham in a 1-1 away draw with Wimbledon on 18 March 1997.[3] Over four seasons, Lazaridis, played just 87 games for West Ham United and scored three goals.[3] In 1999 he dropped a division to sign for Birmingham City when manager Trevor Francis signed him in a deal worth an eventual £1.7million.[4] Settling much better at St Andrew's, he played an important role in guiding the team up to the Premiership for the 2002–03 season. While at Birmingham he played in the 2001 Football League Cup Final.

Following promotion (and despite a raft of new signings) Lazaridis remained a regular player for the Blues, scoring the winner against local rivals Aston Villa in March 2003 and a classic goal against Everton in February 2004. After seven successful years at Birmingham City, in which he had become a fan favourite, Lazaridis was released at the end of the 2005–06 season after making 222 appearances for the club. He then looked to finish his career in Australia with A-League club Perth Glory.

Lazaridis made only 11 appearances for the Perth club in 2006–07. His time there was tainted when in January 2007, Lazaridis returned a positive drug test for anti-androgen Finasteride, a prescription alopecia medication, which was banned at the time. Although perhaps slim comfort to Lazaridis finasteride was removed from the banned list in large measure as a result of the widespread discontent that followed his unfortunate case becoming public.[5]

While noting his previous good character and making clear there was no evidence he had taken performance enhancing drugs, he was found to have breached the rules and was given a 12-month suspension from football, mostly backdated.[6] In March 2008, Perth Glory manager David Mitchell cut Lazaridis from the club's A-League roster,[7] prompting the player to retire.

Club stats[edit]

Club League Season League Cup1 International Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Australia West Adelaide Hellas National Soccer League 1992-93 26 2 2 1 0 0 28 3
1993-94 23 3 0 0 0 0 23 3
1994-95 20 0 2 0 0 0 22 0
Club total 69 5 4 1 0 0 73 6
England West Ham United Premier League 1995-96 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
1996-97 22 1 5 0 0 0 27 1
1997-98 28 2 7 0 0 0 35 2
1998-99 15 0 3 0 0 0 18 0
1999-2000 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Club total 69 3 17 0 1 0 87 3
England Birmingham City Football League Championship 1999-2000 31 2 4 0 0 0 35 2
2000-01 31 2 8 0 0 0 39 2
2001-02 32 0 2 0 0 0 34 0
Club subtotal 94 4 14 0 0 0 108 4
Premier League 2002-03 30 2 2 0 0 0 32 2
2003-04 30 2 3 0 0 0 33 2
2004-05 20 0 2 0 0 0 22 0
2005-06 17 0 3 0 0 0 20 0
Club subtotal 97 4 10 0 0 0 107 4
Club total 191 8 24 0 0 0 215 8
Australia Perth Glory A-League 2006-07 11 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
2007-08 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Club total 13 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
Australia total 82 5 6 1 0 0 88 6
England total 260 11 41 0 1 0 302 11
Total 342 16 47 1 1 0 390 17

1Includes National Soccer League finals, FA Cup, Football League Cup and A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup matches.

National team statistics[edit]

[8]

Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 3 0
1994 4 0
1995 6 0
1996 0 0
1997 13 0
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 9 0
2001 9 0
2002 0 0
2003 2 0
2004 8 0
2005 3 0
2006 3 0
Total 60 0

Honours[edit]

With Australia:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Century of Champions, The Modern Era
  2. ^ "When Harry Met Stan - Australian FourFourTwo - The Ultimate football Website". Au.fourfourtwo.com. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b c "Stan Lazaridis". Westhamstats.info. 16 August 1972. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Sport - Birmingham City - Birmingham City FC legends - Stan Lazaridis". Birmingham Mail. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  5. ^ Fury as Lazaridis 'tarnished'
  6. ^ Lazaridis handed one-year suspension
  7. ^ Lazaridis cut loose by Glory
  8. ^ "Stan Lazaridis". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 

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