Aaron Mooy

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Aaron Mooy
Aaron Mooy WSW.jpg
Aaron Mooy playing for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
Personal information
Full name Aaron Frank Mooy
Date of birth (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 8
Youth career
2005–2006 NSWIS
2006–2010 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
2010–2012 St. Mirren 21 (1)
2012–2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 49 (4)
2014–2016 Melbourne City 43 (14)
National team
2008–2009 Australia U-20 10 (4)
2011–2012 Australia U-23 4 (2)
2012– Australia 11 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 January 2016

Aaron Frank Mooy (born 15 September 1990) is an Australian professional football player who plays as a midfielder for Melbourne City in the A-League and the Australia national team.

Born in Sydney, Mooy played youth football for the New South Wales Institute of Sport and Bolton Wanderers before making his professional debut with St. Mirren. Mooy returned to Sydney to play for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2012, and moved to Melbourne City two years later.

Mooy has been capped for the national team on eleven occasions with four goals. He also played in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He is considered by many to be a forthcoming star for the Socceroos due to his unprecedented rise in talent.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mooy grew up in Carlingford, Sydney. While growing up, Mooy would stay up until the early hours of the morning before going to school, so he could watch compatriots Craig Moore and Tony Vidmar.[2] In his early schooling years, Aaron attended Crestwood Primary School in the north-west of Sydney before progressing to Westfields Sports High School in his later schooling career.

In addition to holding an Australian passport, Mooy also holds a Dutch passport.[3]

Club career[edit]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Mooy started his career in Europe as a youth scholar at Bolton Wanderers after being spotted by Chris Sulley.[4] He rejected a contract extension from Bolton in July 2010 in search of more first team football.[5][6]

St. Mirren[edit]

Mooy playing for St. Mirren in 2011.

Mooy joined Scottish Premier League club St. Mirren on 23 October 2010,[7] and made his league debut for the Saints on the same day in a 3-0 loss to Hearts.[8] On 18 January 2011, Mooy scored his first goal for the club, in the fourth round replay, in a 6-1 win over Peterhead.[9] Having made 18 appearance and scoring once in all competitions, Mooy was offered a new contract.[10] On 18 May 2011, Mooy would signed a two-year contract with the club.[11]

The 2011-12 was marked by Mooy having suffered a back problem.[12] As months went by, Mooy's recovery started going well.[13] Soon after, Mooy would go on a specialist to get over his injury.[14] On 17 December 2011, Mooy would make his return, coming as a substitute, in a 1-1 draw against Motherwell[15] and the next game, Mooy scored his first league goal for the club against Rangers at St. Mirren Park on Christmas Eve 2011.[16]

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

Mooy (left) at the Western Sydney Wanderers launch, along with Tarek Elrich and Kwabena Appiah.
Mooy playing for Western Sydney Wanderers against Brisbane Roar's Luke Brattan in 2013.

After leaving St Mirren on a free transfer, Mooy returned to Australia and was announced as one of the three inaugural signings for new A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers on 25 June.[17] Mooy made his debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 0-0 draw against Central Coast Mariners[18] and on 23 February 2013, Mooy scored his first goal, in a 1-0 win over Perth Glory.[19] He made 23 appearances and scored 1 goal in his first season with the Wanderers, who won the Premiership and made the grand final in their inaugural season. Mooy took part in his second successive A-League grand final the following season, as the Wanderers were named runners-up to the Championship for the second time in a row.

Melbourne City[edit]

He was released by Western Sydney Wanderers on 21 May 2014,[20] and was announced to have joined A-League rivals Melbourne City the same day. He scored his first goal against Brisbane Roar. He also scored in both fixtures against former club Western Sydney Wanderers. At the end of the season he claimed Melbourne City player of the year and the was the club's top scorer that season, also racking up 8 assists. Mooy became the youngest ever marque player in A League history when he resigned with Melbourne City for the 2015/16 season.On the 29th of September he scored a hatrick against Heidelberg United in the FFA Cup quarter finals with two of the goals coming from outside the box and in doing this he also became the first ever City player to score a hatrick in the FFA Cup. During his time with Melbourne City Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou said Mooy was the "best and most exciting player in the A League" Whilst former Socceroo Mark Bosnich said The best Australian midfielder playing anywhere in the world.[21] Melbourne City were reported to have rejected a $2m offer for Mooy from Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr.[22] Mooy broke the all time A League record for most assists in a season with 14 in just 15 games. [23]

International career[edit]

Mooy made 10 appearances for the Young Socceroos between 2008 and 2009 and scored 4 goals. Mooy played at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup and played in two group stage games before Australia were eliminated, scoring in his second game against Brazil. He was called up to the senior Australian side in August 2009, for a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland.[24]

In late-2011, Mooy declared his desire to play for Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics,[25] however, they were unsuccessful in their qualifying campaign for London 2012.

On 7 December 2012, Aaron Mooy received his international debut with the Socceroos against Guam. He scored a free-kick to open the scoring in a game the Socceroos would win 9-0.[26] In the following game against Chinese Taipei, Mooy again scored a free-kick as the Socceroos won 8-0 and qualified for the EAFF East Asian Cup.

On 11 March 2015, Mooy was selected in a squad to play Germany and Macedonia. On 3 September 2015, Mooy scored the fifth goal in a 5–0 defeat of Bangladesh in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.[27]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 6 August 2015
Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St. Mirren 2010–11 SPL 13 0 4 1 0 0 17 1
2011–12 8 1 4 0 0 0 12 1
St. Mirren total 21 1 8 1 0 0 29 2
Western Sydney Wanderers 2012–13 A-League 23 1 0 0 23 1
2013–14 26 3 5 1 31 4
WS Wanderers total 49 4 0 0 5 1 54 5
Melbourne City 2014–15 A-League 27 7 1 0 0 0 28 7
2015–16 16 7 4 6 0 0 20 13
Melbourne City total 43 14 5 6 0 0 48 20
Career total 113 19 13 7 5 1 131 27

International goals[edit]

As of 3 September 2015[28]
Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 December 2012 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong  Guam 1–0 9–0 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup preliminary round 2
2. 9 December 2012 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong  Chinese Taipei 6–0 8–0 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup preliminary round 2
3. 28 July 2013 Olympic Stadium, Songpa-gu, South Korea  China PR 1–1 3–4 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
4. 3 September 2015 Perth Oval, Perth  Bangladesh 5–0 5–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round



Western Sydney Wanderers



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  27. ^ "Australia put five past Bangladesh in second straight WC qualifier win". ESPN FC. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  28. ^ [1]

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