Daniel Mullen

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Daniel Mullen
Daniel Mullen (footballer).jpg
Mullen warming up for Adelaide United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Daniel John Mullen[1]
Date of birth (1989-10-26) 26 October 1989 (age 33)
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Central defender
Club information
Current team
Campbelltown City
Number 16
Youth career
2005–2006 Para Hills Knights
2006–2007 SASI
2007–2008 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Para Hills Knights 18 (1)
2007–2008 AIS 31 (2)
2008–2012 Adelaide United 58 (2)
2012–2014 Dalian Aerbin 27 (1)
2013Melbourne Victory (loan) 9 (0)
2014–2015 Western Sydney Wanderers 4 (0)
2015–2017 Newcastle Jets 47 (0)
2017–2018 Wellington Phoenix 18 (1)
2018– Campbelltown City 91 (2)
International career
2007–2009 Australia U-20 15 (1)
2010–2012 Australia U-23 6 (0)
2009– Australia 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 8 September 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 28 October 2010

Daniel John Mullen (born 26 October 1989) is an Australian soccer player who last played for Wellington Phoenix. He played as a centre back and a right back. Daniel is the cousin of Matthew Mullen and son of Joe Mullen, a former Socceroo.

Club career[edit]

Adelaide United[edit]

Mullen playing for Adelaide United.

Mullen joined United for the 2008–09 A-League season. On 26 July 2008 he made his debut for Adelaide United in a 0–0 against Newcastle Jets in the Pre-Season Cup. He has since gone on to win a place in the team in the league and also featured against Kashima Antlers in the AFC Champions League. He played in Adelaide's Champions league semi final's 1st leg 3–0 victory over Uzbekistan outfit Bunyodkor and was surely the best game in his short career.[2]

In November 2008 Daniel signed a new two-year deal with Adelaide keeping him at the club until the end of the 2010–11 season.[3] Mullen began to hold down a regular starting spot at right back for Adelaide including starting the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup game for the South Australian team in which he scored the equalising goal against Waitakere United. Mullen scored his first league goal for Adelaide with a powerful header in the 3–2 victory over North Queensland Fury in Townsville in Round 4. He had some trouble holding a spot the first team squad with Robert Cornthwaite and Iain Fyfe regularly used at centre back. [4][5]

Dalian Aerbin[edit]

In July 2012 Mullen signed a two-year deal with Dalian Aerbin in the Chinese Super League.[6]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

Daniel Mullen Joined Melbourne Victory on loan for the second half of the 2012–13 season.[7]

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

On 3 February 2014 he signed, along with Golgol Mebrahtu, with Western Sydney Wanderers. However, since there were no spaces remaining in the club's A-League squad, Mullen was only eligible to participate in Western Sydney Wanderers' 2014 AFC Champions League campaign during the 2013–14 season.[8] On 18 March 2014, following a long-term injury to Golgol Mebrahtu, Mullen was added to Western Sydney Wanderers' A-League squad.[9] Mullen parted ways with the Wanderers on 30 January 2015.[10]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

On 31 January 2015, Mullen joined Newcastle Jets.[11] On 10 May 2017, he was released by Newcastle Jets, along with another seven off-contract players.[12]

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

On 9 August 2017, Mullen joined Wellington Phoenix on a one-year deal.[13]

International career[edit]

Mullen debuted for the Australian national team in a qualifying match for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup against Kuwait in March 2009.[14]

In 2021, he fully retired his soccer career to teach Physical Education at St Peter's College, Adelaide, Australia


Western Sydney Wanderers


  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009™: List of Players: Australia" (PDF). FIFA. 6 October 2009. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Barbiero and Mullen hold their own on big stage". Adelaide United. 9 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Reds re-sign Mullen". A-League. 27 November 2008. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Dodd heads Adelaide through". 12 December 2008. Archived from the original on 6 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Mullen's season in doubt". A-League. 12 January 2008. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
  6. ^ Adelaide United defender Daniel Mullen set to join Chinese club Dalian Aerbin Goal.com
  7. ^ "Mullen moves to Melbourne - Omnisport - Football Australia 2013". Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Mebrahtu and Mullen become Wanderers". Football Federation Australia. 3 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Daniel Mullen added to A-League squad". Football Federation Australia. 18 March 2014. Archived from the original on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers and Daniel Mullen Part Ways". Western Sydney Wanderers. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  11. ^ Santarossa, Adam (31 January 2015). "Daniel Mullen joins Newcastle Jets". The Newcastle Herald.
  12. ^ Parris, Michael; Gardiner, James (10 May 2017). "Ben Kantarovski survives A-League player cleanout". The Newcastle Herald.
  13. ^ "Daniel Mullen moves to Wellington". FourFourTwo. 9 August 2017.
  14. ^ Mullen: A young Aussie on Chinese shorts FIFA.com

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