Daniel Arzani

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Daniel Arzani
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Arzani playing for Melbourne City in 2018
Personal information
Full name Daniel Arzani[1]
Date of birth (1999-01-04) 4 January 1999 (age 19)
Place of birth Khorramabad, Iran[2]
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[3]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Winger
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 14
Youth career
2009–2011 Coogee United
2011–2013 Eastern Suburbs
2015–2016 Sydney FC
2016–2017 Melbourne City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 FFA CoE 20 (2)
2016–2017 Melbourne City NPL 6 (1)
2016– Melbourne City 24 (2)
National team
2014–2015 Australia U17 7 (1)
2017– Australia U20 1 (0)
2017– Australia U23 1 (0)
2018– Australia 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:06, 26 June 2018 (UTC)

Daniel Arzani (Persian: دَنیل ارزانی‎;[4][5][6][7][8] born 4 January 1999) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder and winger for Melbourne City FC and the Australian national team.[3]

Club career[edit]

Sydney FC[edit]

Daniel Arzani played for the youth team of Sydney FC in 2016.[9]

Melbourne City FC[edit]

2016–17 season[edit]

Arzani started playing for Melbourne City in 2016.[10] On 28 January 2017, Arzani scored a goal for Melbourne City Youth in the Grand Final to win the 2016–17 A-League National Youth League.[11]

2017–18 season[edit]

On 6 January 2018 during their 2017–18 season, Arzani was brought on as a substitute with the senior side and provided two assists in a 2–1 comeback win against Wellington Phoenix FC.[12][13] He provided two more assists in his first senior start on 9 January against Perth Glory FC.[14] Arzani scored his first A-League goal on 25 January 2018 against Newcastle Jets FC.[15] After just four starts from his club's 18 league games, Arzani led his team for the most successful dribbles with 31.[16] He won the A-League player of the month award for his performances in January.[17] By April 2018, Arzani led the league in successful dribbles with 89, provided the most assists out of all under-23 players in the league, and was nominated for the A-League Young Footballer of the Year award.[18] At the conclusion of the season, it was announced that he won the award.[19][20] He was subsequently named in the A-League Team of the Season.[21] In July 2018, Arzani won the Harry Kewell Medal for the best Australian male under-23 player.[22]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Arzani has played for Australia at the under-17, under-20 and under-23 levels, and was called into Australia's 2014 AFC U-16 Championship and 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup squads.[23] Due to his Iranian heritage, Arzani was eligible to represent both Iran and Australia at international level. In February 2018, Arzani stated that he was leaning more towards representing Australia over Iran.[24]

Senior[edit]

At the age of 19, Arzani was called into Australia's preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 7 May 2018.[25] He made his international debut for Australia as an 84th minute substitute for Mathew Leckie in a friendly match against the Czech Republic on 1 June 2018.[26] He was named in Bert van Marwijk’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup the following day, becoming the youngest ever Australian player in a World Cup squad as well as the youngest player overall at the 2018 World Cup.[27][28] Arzani scored his first international goal for Australia one minute after being substitued on in the next friendly match for a 2–1 win against Hungary on 9 June 2018.[29] He made his World Cup debut on 16 June 2018 as an 84th minute substitute against France.[30] At the age of 19 years and 163 days he became the youngest player to ever make a World Cup appearance for Australia.[31] Arzani was used as a substitute in all three World Cup matches against France, Denmark and Peru.[32]

Style of play[edit]

Arzani has been praised for his quick speed and skillful dribbling, capable of playing across either wing or in behind the striker.[33][34] He played street football and futsal from a young age.[35][2]

Outside football[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Iran to Sima and John Arzani along with his brother Ben, Daniel moved to Australia with his family at the age of six and was raised in Sydney before moving to Melbourne.[2][36][37] He is fluent in English and Persian.[23] Arzani is a former student of Sydney Boys High School and La Trobe University.[38][39]

Sponsorship[edit]

Arzani has a contract with American sportswear supplier Nike.[37]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 28 May 2018[10]
Club Division Season League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FFA Centre of Excellence NPL Capital Football 2014 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
2015 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Total 20 2 0 0 0 0 20 2
Melbourne City Reserves NPL Victoria 2 2016[40] 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017[41] 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Melbourne City A-League 2016–17 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2017–18 18 2 2 0 0 0 20 2
Total 24 2 0 0 2 0 26 2
Career total 50 5 0 0 2 0 52 5

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 26 June 2018.[42]
Australia
Year Apps Goals
2018 5 1
Total 5 1

International goals[edit]

As of 9 June 2018 Scores and results list Australia’s goal tally first.[10]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 June 2018 Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary 2  Hungary 1–0 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Melbourne City

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Australia" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 2. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Lynch, Joey (14 May 2018). "From Khorramabad to Kazan? The making of Daniel Arzani". The Daily Football Show. Retrieved 27 May 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Daniel Arzani". Melbourne City FC. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "دنیل ارزانی در آستانه پیوستن به منچسترسیتی". 90tv.ir | وبسایت رسمی برنامه ۹۰ (in Persian). Retrieved 2018-07-07. 
  5. ^ "ارزانی تکذیب کرد: استرالیا را انتخاب نکرده‌ام". ایران ورزشی آنلاین (in Persian). Retrieved 2018-07-07. 
  6. ^ "دنیل ارزانی لژیونر 19 ساله ایرانی ملبورن سیتی". ویدیو ورزش سه (in Persian). Retrieved 2018-07-07. 
  7. ^ "روزنامه جام جم96/11/14: دنيل ارزاني؛ در تيررس كارلوس". www.magiran.com. Retrieved 2018-07-07. 
  8. ^ "دنیل ارزانی لژیونر 19 ساله ایرانی ملبورن سیتی". خبرگزاری باشگاه خبرنگاران (in Persian). Retrieved 2018-07-07. 
  9. ^ Thomas, Josh (6 April 2018). "Daniel Arzani not surprised by Socceroos snub but vows allegiance to Australia". Goal.com. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  10. ^ a b c Daniel Arzani at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Melbourne City crowned Foxtel NYL Champions". MyFootball.com.au. Football Federation Australia. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  12. ^ Harrington, Anna (7 January 2018). "Daniel Arzani inspires Melbourne City to a 2-1 comeback Victory over Wellington Phoenix". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  13. ^ McKay, Ben (6 January 2018). "Teen star Daniel Arzani inspires lifeless Melbourne City to barely deserved victory over Wellington Phoenix". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  14. ^ "Perth Glory v Melbourne City video, highlights: Daniel Arzani stars with two assists in win". Fox Sports Australia. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  15. ^ "Melbourne City force late draw against Newcastle Jets". ESPNFC.com. Australian Associated Press. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  16. ^ "Daniel Arzani close to Socceroos World Cup selection, says Graham Arnold". Goal.com. 28 January 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  17. ^ "Arzani named PFA Player of the Month". Melbourne City FC. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  18. ^ "NAB Young footballer of the year nominee: Daniel Arzani". A-League.com.au. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  19. ^ Smithies, Tom (30 April 2018). "Dolan Warren Awards: Mierzejewski wins Johnny Warren; Kerr, Polkinghorn split the Dolan". The Daily Telegraph. 
  20. ^ a b "Arzani named top young footballer". Australian FourFourTwo. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  21. ^ a b "PFA's A-League Team of the Season dominated by premiers Sydney FC". ESPNFC.com.au. Australian Associated Press. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  22. ^ a b https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/pfa-honours-arzani-kerr-okon-and-mooy-at-awards-night-20180703-p4zp7f.html
  23. ^ a b Williams, Paul (5 April 2018). "Carlos Queiroz keeping eye on wonderkid Daniel Arzani". Fox Sports Asia. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  24. ^ Lynch, Michael (5 February 2018). "Arzani would jump at chance to be part of Socceroos squad if called up". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  25. ^ Francis, Kieran (7 May 2018). "Socceroos World Cup squad: Daniel Arzani named in Australia's 32-man list of players for Russia". Goal.com. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  26. ^ "Australia warm up for World Cup with record-breaking rout of Czech Republic". The Guardian. 1 June 2018. 
  27. ^ "Socceroos World Cup squad makes history". Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  28. ^ "Socceroo Arzani the World Cup's youngest - The World Game". Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  29. ^ "World Cup warm-up match: Hungary 1-2 Australia". 9 June 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018 – via www.bbc.com. 
  30. ^ Bossi, Dominic (16 June 2018). "Australia first to fall to VAR in brave loss to France". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  31. ^ Atkinson, Guy (16 June 2018). "France 2 Australia 1: Historic Griezmann goal and Pogba secure slender win". Goal.com. 
  32. ^ https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/players/player/389503/
  33. ^ "Expert scout picks six unheralded talents at the World Cup". Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  34. ^ "FIFA 18 World Cup update: Daniel Arzani handed new Socceroos player rating - Goal.com". Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  35. ^ "Daniel Arzani - Player Statistics". SportsTG. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  36. ^ "Socceroos rising star chose football over neurosurgery — now football is choosing him". 4 June 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  37. ^ a b Bossi, Dominic (13 June 2018). "Arzani sticks by Nike despite the company withdrawing boots to Iran". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 June 2018. 
  38. ^ "High Notes, Vol 15 No 26, August 22 2014 - Sydney Boys High School". www.sydneyboyshigh.com. Retrieved 16 June 2018. 
  39. ^ "Kilkenny wins top City gong". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 16 June 2018. 
  40. ^ "Daniel Arzani". Football Federation Victoria. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  41. ^ "Daniel Arzani". Football Federation Victoria. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  42. ^ "Daniel Arzani". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  43. ^ "City crowned NYL champions". The World Game. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 

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