Daniell Zeleny

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Daniell Zelený
Personal information
Full name Daniell Carl Zelený[1][2]
Date of birth (1988-10-19) 19 October 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Center back / Defensive midfield
Club information
Current team
St George
Youth career
Sutherland Sharks
PCYC Parramatta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Fraser Park 42 (5)
2010 Sydney Olympic 5 (0)
2011 Bankstown City Lions 11 (2)
2011–2012 Mohun Bagan 14 (0)
2012 Gresik United 21 (4)
2013 Kaya FC 11 (0)
2014 Churchill Brothers 22 (0)
2015– St George 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2015.

Daniell Zelený (born 19 October 1988) is an Australian association footballer of Czech and Italian descent, currently playing for Churchill Brothers SC in India.[3] He plays as a defender. Zelený possesses dual passports due to his European heritage.


Zelený started his youth career at Sutherland Sharks, before moving onto PCYC Parramatta, as well as NSW Super League club Fraser Park, before signing with NSW Premier League club Sydney Olympic.[4]

In November 2011, it was announced Zelený had travelled to India, and signed with I-League club Mohun Bagan A.C. for the 2011–12 I-League season, replacing fellow Australian and former A-League player Simon Storey.[5]

Zelený made his debut for Mohun Bagan A.C. in the East Bengal derby against Kingfisher East Bengal F.C. in front of 100 000 spectators.[6] Zelený received widespread praise for his good performance in his first game for Mohun Bagan A.C., and would remain as a cult figure against Kingfisher East Bengal F.C. for the remainder of his tenure at Mohun Bagan A.C., earning the moniker of "Mr. Derby" amongst the supporters for his impressive performances against fiercest rivals Kingfisher East Bengal F.C.[7]

In March 2012, Zelený signed for Gresik United in the Indonesia Super League.[8]

Zelený moved to Kaya F.C. in the UFL Division 1 for the 2013 season, under the tutelage of fellow Australian, David Perkovic.[9] On 11 April 2013, Zelený added to his reputation of being a "big-game player", as Kaya F.C. defeated rivals Global F.C. in a memorable game, that saw Kaya F.C. fight back from being 2–0 down, to win 3–2. This marked Kaya F.C.'s first win against Global F.C. in the clubs history, and the first time Global F.C. had lost, since February 2012.[10] On 13 June 2013, Zelený and Kaya repeated the same feat against Global F.C., coming from two goals behind to win the game 3–2. In doing so, Kaya ended Global's hopes of winning the UFL Championship, and became the only team in the competition to successfully defeat Global in both home and away games. Zelený ended the season having not lost a game whilst playing for Kaya F.C.[11]

Churchill Brothers SC completed their foreign quota by signing Zelený from Kaya F.C.[12] Churchill Brothers would go on to qualify for the knockout stages of the AFC Cup for the first time in their history,[13] and also finished the season as Federation Cup champions.[14]


  1. ^ "Aussies Abroad – March 2012 Review". Damian Davies. Retrieved 12 April 2012. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Daniell Zelený". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Churchill Brothers sign Daniell Zeleny". footyshekkeer.in. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sydney Olympic signs Daniel Zeleny". Sydney Olympic. 16 June 2010. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "ZELENY SIGNED FOR MARINERS; READY TO PLAY IN DERBY". sabujmaroonswapno.com. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mohun Bagan – East Bengal Preview: The Two Kolkata Giants Clash In The First Derby Of The Season". Goal.com. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Disputed Derby: Five Things To Take Back From The Season's First Kolkata Derby". Goal.com. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Aussies Abroad – March 2012 Review". Damian Davies. Retrieved 12 April 2012. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Aussies Abroad Review". Martin Kruse. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "UFL:Kaya come from two goals down to hand Global first league loss in over a year". Roy Moore. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Kaya repeat comeback win over Global, hand Stallions the crown". Roy Moore. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Churchill Brothers sign Daniell Zeleny". footyshekkeer.in. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Plucky Churchill bag AFC knockout berth". Times of India. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Churchill Brothers win maiden Fed Cup title". rediffsports. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 

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