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Danny Vukovic
Vukovic 2015 FFA Cup Victory Adelaide.jpg
Danny Vukovic playing for Melbourne Victory against Adelaide United in the FFA Cup, September 2015
Personal information
Full name Danny Vukovic
Date of birth (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sydney FC
Number 20
Youth career
1999–2002 Bonnyrigg White Eagles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Parramatta Power 5 (0)
2004–2005 Bonnyrigg White Eagles 14 (0)
2005–2010 Central Coast Mariners 104 (0)
2010 Konyaspor 0 (0)
2010–2011 Wellington Phoenix 17 (1)
2011–2015 Perth Glory 106 (0)
2014 Vegalta Sendai (loan) 0 (0)
2015–2016 Melbourne Victory 23 (0)
2016– Sydney FC 0 (0)
National team
2005 Australia U-20 4 (0)
2006–2008 Australia U-23 18 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 July 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 January 2016

Danny Vukovic (born 27 March 1985) is an Australian professional football goalkeeper who currently plays for Sydney FC in the A-League. Vukovic is the holder of several A-League records: he has kept the most clean sheets of any goalkeeper in the A-League (69), he is the only goalkeeper to score in the A-League, and has the most appearances of any player in the A-League.[2]

Career[edit]

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

Vukovic playing for Central Coast Mariners in 2008

Vukovic has previously played for Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Parramatta Power.

Vukovic made his A-League debut for the Central Coast Mariners in September 2005 against Melbourne Victory after the team's first-choice keeper John Crawley suffered a season-ending hip injury. They lost the game 2–1, however Vukovic saved an Archie Thompson penalty and was widely praised for his debut effort. He went on to play 19 more games for the Mariners in the 2005–06 season, achieving five clean sheets, and also saved a penalty from Sydney FC's star player, Dwight Yorke.

Like many Mariners players, Vukovic spends time in schools and at local junior football games, encouraging football at a grassroots level. It was known that Vukovic had desires to play overseas, and it was revealed on 29 June he has signed with TFF First League club Konyaspor.[3]

During the third A-League Grand Final on 24 February 2008, Vukovic received a red card for slapping referee Mark Shield's hand following an alleged handball by Newcastle Jets player James Holland. On the day after the Grand Final, Football Federation Australia (FFA) gave Vukovic a 15-month ban (with 6 months suspended), meaning he would not be able to play in the A-League until 24 November 2008.

On 4 March 2008, this ban was reduced on appeal to 12 months (with 3 months suspended), meaning that if Vukovic re-offended in the following year, the 3-month suspended sentence would be activated. The ban extended to national team duty, which precluded him from competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics with the Australian U-23 team, the Olyroos, which he represented in all Olympic qualifiers for Beijing and had captained on occasion.

Vukovic's ban was appealed a second time and on 22 April 2008 Football Federation Australia announced that the appeals committee had settled on a split suspension; up to 24 June 2008 and then from 29 August through to 5 October 2008. Vukovic was also fined $10,000 and will have a further part of his sentence suspended from 6 October 2008 through to 25 January 2009.

Although Vukovic will be ineligible to play for the Mariners in the early rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2008/09 season, the decision means he will be eligible for selection for the Australian Olympic team competing in Beijing.[4]

But in June, FIFA re-stated that his ban from International Competition did include a ban on competing in the Olympic Games with the Olyroos. He is banned from International football till 6 October, when the ban is suspended till 25 January 2009 subject to no further infringement up to, and including, 25 January 2009.[5]

Konyaspor[edit]

Vukovic signed for the Turkish club on a 2-year deal,[6] but was released on 13 August 2010 after the club found that they had too many overseas players on their books.[7]

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

After being released by Konyaspor, Vukovic signed a one-year deal for the remainder of the 2010–11 season with the Wellington outfit, largely due to an injury suffered by back-up goalkeeper Reece Crowther. He initially backed-up regular custodian Mark Paston with occasional appearances, and eventually became first-choice when Paston suffered a season ending knee injury. On 13 February, he scored the first goal of his career and the first for any keeper in the Hyundai A-League for the Phoenix with a 93rd-minute penalty in the final round clash against the North Queensland Fury.[8]

Perth Glory[edit]

Vukovic signed a 3-year deal beginning in the 2011–12 season with Perth Glory. Vukovic is the number one goalkeeper at Perth and enjoyed a successful season as the club made it to their first A-League grand final, losing to Brisbane Roar.[9]

Vegalta Sendai[edit]

Vukovic joined Japanese side Vegalta Sendai on a 5-month loan deal, but did not make an official appearance for the club, but was on the bench on numerous occasions. [10]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

On 4 June 2015, it was confirmed that Vukovic had signed a three-year deal with A-League champions & premiers Melbourne Victory, being a major replacement for departing keepers Nathan Coe and Michael Turnbull.[11] Vukovic revealed that a factor of signing the deal with the Melbourne club was that he & his wife Kristy wanted to live on the Eastern coast of Australia so that their new born child (expected in July 2015) would be raised closer to their respective families from Sydney.[12]

Vukovic agreed to end his contract with Victory after one season on personal grounds in July 2016.[13]

Sydney FC[edit]

On the day Vukovic parted ways with Melbourne Victory, he signed with Sydney FC on a two-year deal, once more stating that he made the move to be closer to his family.[14]

International career[edit]

Vukovic played in the Young Socceroos team which won the 2005 OFC U-20 Championship.

He played several matches for the Olyroos, however missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics through suspension.

Personal life[edit]

Vukovic was born on 27 March 1985 in Sydney to a Serbian family.[15] During an interview with Fox Sports regarding his new deal with Melbourne Victory Vukovic revealed that him and his wife Kristy were expecting their first child in July 2015, stating that they wanted their child to be raised on the eastern coast of Australia, so they could be closer to their respective families which contributed to the signing the deal with the Melbourne club.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 June 2015

CS = Clean Sheets

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Division Apps CS Goals Apps CS Goals Apps CS Goals Apps CS Goals
Parramatta Power 2002–03[17] National Soccer League 5 0 0 - - - - - - 5 0 0
2003–04 0 0 0 - - - - - - 0 0 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2004–05 NSW Premier League 14 ? 0 - - - - - - 14 0 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0
Central Coast Mariners 2005–06[18] A-League 20 5 0 0 0 0 - - - 20 5 0
2006–07[17][18] 20 7 0 6 2 0 - - - 26 9 0
2007–08[17][18] 20 8 0 3 1 0 - - - 23 9 0
2008–09[17][18][19] 18 3 0 3 1 0 6 1 0 27 5 0
2009–10[18] 26 9 0 - - - - - - 26 9 0
Total 104 32 0 12 4 0 6 1 0 122 37 0
Konyaspor 2010–11 Süper Lig 0 0 0 - - - - - - 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wellington Phoenix 2010–11[18] A-League 17 6 1 - - - - - - 17 6 1
Total 17 6 1 - - - 0 0 0 17 6 1
Perth Glory 2011–12[18] A-League 31 10 0 - - - - - - 31 10 0
2012–13[18] 28 4 0 - - - - - - 28 4 0
2013–14[18] 21 7 0 - - - - - - 21 7 0
2014–15[18] 26 4 0 3 1 0 - - - 26 5 0
Total 106 25 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 109 26 0
Vegalta Sendai 2014 J. League Division 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Total 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Career total 246 63 1 17 5 0 6 1 0 269 69 1

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing during group stages (i.e. ACL 2009 and A-League season 2008–09 etc.)

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Central Coast Mariners

Melbourne Victory

Country[edit]

Australia

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danny Yukovic". perthglory.com.au. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Danny Vukovic set to reach major A-League milestone". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Vukovic has signed today" (in Turkish). 29 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Mariners Joy At U-Turn On Ban – Australian FourFourTwo – The Ultimate football Website
  5. ^ FIFA crush Vukovic's Olympic dream
  6. ^ "Vukovic has signed today" (in Turkish). 29 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Danny Vukovic ile yollarımız ayrıldı
  8. ^ Phoenix claim place in play-off
  9. ^ http://www.goal.com/en/news/808/australia/2012/04/22/3052541/past-wrongs-spur-perth-glory-goalkeeper-danny-vukovic-on-in
  10. ^ "Glory allow Vukovic to chase Rio dream". Football Federation Australia. 3 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "A-League: Melbourne Victory sign goalkeeper Danny Vukovic for three years". The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Victory secure Vuka as new No.1". Football Federation Australia. 4 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Danny Vukovic departs Melbourne Victory". Melbourne Victory. 19 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sky Blues snare experienced keeper". Football Federation Australia. 19 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Srbi u tuđini". Sportal. July 26, 2010. 
  16. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/danny-vukovic-to-melbourne-victory-perth-glory-lose-goalkeeper-to-a-league-champions/story-e6frf4gl-1227382638767
  17. ^ a b c d "Danny Vukovic » Club matches". worldfootball.net. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Danny Vukovic (Perth Glory)". Ultimate A-League. 
  19. ^ Danny Vukovic profile at Soccerway

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