|Full name||Ante Juric|
|Date of birth||11 November 1973|
|Place of birth||Canberra, Australia|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|1995–1996||Benfica Castelo Branco||11||(0)|
|2008–2009||Sydney FC Women (Asst.)|
|2009–||Australia U-13/14s (Coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 April 2008.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 April 2008
Ante Juric (Croatian: Ante Jurić; born 11 November 1973) is an Australian association football player and was a professional player from Australia. He is also the current Australian under-17s an 19s women's national coach and is the asst national technical director for the FFA.
Ante Juric, born in Canberra in 1973, has arguably been one of Australia's most cultured defenders produced in Australia. He played professionally for 13 years and has represented Australia as a Socceroo, Olyroo and Young Socceroo where the team finished fourth in the World Youth Cup of 1993. However Juric, with all his natural talent surprisingly did not play a huge part for the national team and indeed represented his country late in his career. In fact, it was after he produced a heroic performance in the 2002 National Soccer League Grand Final win over Perth Glory, playing with a dislocated elbow that he finally received his senior cap that same year. In an era of Australian football where talent was overlooked for brawn and fitness, Juric was unlucky to miss the recent Dutch and technical influence in the game which would no doubt have highlighted his talents on the world stage.
Juric learnt his trade at one of Australia's great junior nursery's Canberra Croatia/Deakin/FC. The club has produced the likes of Ned Zelic, Josip Simunic and George Kulscar. From here he went on to represent Australia at the World Youth Cup in 1993, culminating in a 4th-place finish, losing to eventual champions Brazil.
Juric went on to have a successful National Soccer League (NSL) career playing for the Melbourne Knights, Sydney Olympic/Sharks and the Canberra Cosmos. Playing over 200 games and scoring over 20 goals and winning premierships and championships Juric was undoubtedly a force and a leading player in his NSL career. Juric was a cultured defender who was technically second to none, his vision and composure often stopped opposition raids and inevitably started attacks.
Juric in his twilight years has played in the NSW Premier League winning a title with Sydney United and ladtly played with Penrith Nepean in the NSWPL.
In 2009 Juric was inducted into the ACT Sports Hall of Fame for his Football exploits and additionally in the same year he was inducted into the Capital Football Hall of Fame.
Juric has recently embarked on a coaching career and recently was the assistant coach of the Sydney FC women's team in the 2008 and 2009 W-League seasons. Juric coached the NSWPL side Penrith Nepean in 2009 and is the current Australian U13s National head coach, taking the first Junior Socceroos to Malaysia of the AFC Festival of Football in 2009 and 2010.
Juric is the current women's 17s and 19s national Australian coach, previously bring the senior teams assistant coach and also the NSWIS Football men's coach.
National team statistics
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