Valeri playing for Australia in 2010.
|Full name||Carl Valeri|
|Date of birth||14 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Canberra, Australia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|2004–2005||→ SPAL (loan)||25||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 May 2015
Carl Valeri (born 14 August 1984) is an Australian professional footballer who is the captain of Melbourne Victory. He plays for Melbourne Victory and the Australia national football team as a defensive midfielder.
Valeri is the son of former Australian National Soccer League player Walter Valeri. He is married to Whittney Canning from Gisborne, Victoria, and the couple have one daughter. He grew up in Canberra and trained at the Australian Institute of Sport on a football scholarship. He attended St Mary McKillop College in Wanniassa and later Lake Ginninderra College in Belconnen. Valeri grew up supporting A.C. Milan.
Valeri was signed as a teenager by Italian giants Inter Milan. He was loaned out to various clubs in Italy to gain further experience, including Grosseto, and both football clubs owned 50 percent of his contract from summer 2005 until June 2007 (for €20,000), when Grosseto bought all the rights by blind auction between the two clubs, for €15,000.
In January 2014, struggling for game time he opted to return to Serie B with relegation battling Ternana until 30 June in hopes of saving his World Cup place with the Socceroos
After being an unused substitute in an 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain in 2006, the 22-year-old received his second call up to the senior Australian national team in March 2007, as a replacement for the injured defensive midfielder Vince Grella.
He made his international debut on 24 March 2007 in a friendly game against China, which Australia won 2–0. This made him the 501st player to be capped for Australia. He made his home debut in a friendly against Uruguay.
Former Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has described Valeri as a key player of the future, and possible successor to Grella. This led to certain sections of the Australian media dubbing him "Mini Vinnie."
With Melbourne Victory:
- Melbourne Victory Goal of the Season: 2014–15
- Melbourne Victory Players' Player of the Season: 2014–15
- Victory Medal: 2016-17
- As of 27 May 2015
|Melbourne Victory total||29||2||2||0||0||0||31||2|
- As of 27 May 2015
|Australia national team|
|1.||25 January 2011||Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Uzbekistan||6–0||Win||2011 Asian Cup|
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