Vukovic at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
|Full name||Daniel Vukovic|
|Date of birth||27 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1999–2002||Bonnyrigg White Eagles|
|2004–2005||Bonnyrigg White Eagles||14||(0)|
|2005–2010||Central Coast Mariners||104||(0)|
|2014||→ Vegalta Sendai (loan)||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018
Daniel Vukovic (// vu-koh-vitch; Serbian: Daniel Vuković / Даниел Вуковић [dǎːniel ʋukoʋitɕ]; born 27 March 1985) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for KRC Genk and the Australia national team. Vukovic is the holder of several A-League records: he has kept the most clean sheets of any goalkeeper in the A-League (84), he is the only goalkeeper to score in the A-League, and has the most appearances of any player in the A-League.
- 1 Career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Club statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Central Coast Mariners
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.
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 2008–09 A-League season, the decision means he will be eligible for selection for the Australian Olympic team competing in Beijing.
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.
Vukovic's 9 month ban remains the longest suspension in A-League history to date.
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 A-League for the Phoenix with a 93rd-minute penalty in the final round clash against the North Queensland Fury.
Vukovic signed a 3-year deal beginning in the 2011–12 season with Perth Glory. Vukovic was 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.
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. 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.
Vukovic agreed to end his contract with Victory after one season on compassionate grounds in July 2016.
On 21 June 2017, Vukovic transferred to Genk with Sydney FC receiving a club-record transfer fee of almost $1,000,000. On 4 August 2017, he made his debut in a 2–1 loss to Standard Liège. Vukovic made 43 appeareances in all competitions during Genk's 2017-18 season and was the surprise recipient of the fan-voted Golden Shoe award for player of the season.
Vukovic made his debut for the senior team on his 33rd birthday, coming on as a substitute for Brad Jones at half-time against Colombia. He gave away but then saved a penalty in the 86th minute to keep the game to a scoreless draw.
Vukovic was born on 27 March 1985 in Sydney to a Serbian family. During an interview with Fox Sports regarding his new deal with Melbourne Victory Vukovic revealed that he 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. Soon after Harley's birth, he was diagnosed with biliary atresia and required a liver transplant. This was a contributing factor towards moving to Sydney FC, where he would be closer to their family as well as medical support.
- As of 8 May 2017
|Parramatta Power||2002–03||National Soccer League||5||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Bonnyrigg White Eagles||2004–05||NSW Premier League||14||0||0||0||0||0||14||0|
|Central Coast Mariners||2005–06||A-League||20||0||0||0||0||0||20||0|
|Vegalta Sendai (loan)||2014||J1 League||0||0||2||0||0||0||2||0|
- Statistics accurate as of match played 20 November 2018.
- Mariners Medal: 2007, 2010
- PFA A-League Team of the Season: 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
- A-League Goalkeeper of the Year: 2016–17
- "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017: List of players: Australia" (PDF). FIFA. 2 July 2017. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
- "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 2. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- "Danny Vukovic set to reach major A-League milestone". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
- "Vukovic has signed today" (in Turkish). 29 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
- Mariners Joy At U-Turn On Ban – Australian FourFourTwo – The Ultimate football Website Archived 1 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- FIFA crush Vukovic's Olympic dream
- Thomas, Josh. "The five longest suspensions in A-League history". goal.com. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
- Danny Vukovic ile yollarımız ayrıldı Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Phoenix claim place in play-off Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Glory allow Vukovic to chase Rio dream". Football Federation Australia. 3 March 2014. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014.
- "A-League: Melbourne Victory sign goalkeeper Danny Vukovic for three years". The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 June 2015.
- "Victory secure Vuka as new No.1". Football Federation Australia. 4 June 2015.
- "Danny Vukovic departs Melbourne Victory". Melbourne Victory. 19 July 2016.
- "Sky Blues snare experienced keeper". Football Federation Australia. 19 July 2016.
- Bossi, Dominic (21 June 2017). "Sydney FC sell star goalkeeper Danny Vukovic to Belgian club Genk". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Somerford, Ben (5 August 2017). "Tough Genk debut for Vukovic". FourFourTwo.
- Somerford, Ben (15 May 2018). "Vukovic jeered after winning Genk gong". FourFourTwo.
- Davidson, John (27 March 2018). "Much improved Socceroos hold their own in goalless draw with Colombia". The Guardian.
- "Srbi u tuđini". Sportal. 26 July 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
- "Danny Vukovic » Club matches". worldfootball.net.
- "Danny Vukovic (Perth Glory)". Ultimate A-League.
- Danny Vukovic at Soccerway
- Danny Vukovic at National-Football-Teams.com