Delron Buckley

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Delron Buckley
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Personal information
Full name Delron Sebastian Buckley
Date of birth (1977-12-07) 7 December 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth Durban, South Africa
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Maritzburg United
Number 7
Youth career
1994–1995 Butcherfille Rovers Durban
1995– VfL Bochum
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1998 VfL Bochum II
1995–2004 VfL Bochum 177 (20)
2004–2005 Arminia Bielefeld 29 (15)
2005–2006 Borussia Dortmund 28 (0)
2006–2007 FC Basel (loan) 22 (1)
2007–2009 Borussia Dortmund 34 (1)
2008–2009 Borussia Dortmund II 2 (0)
2009 Mainz 05 (loan) 12 (1)
2009–2010 Anorthosis Famagusta 20 (2)
2011–2012 Karlsruher SC 34 (2)
2012– Maritzburg United 43 (3)
National team
1998–2012 South Africa 73 (10)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2012[1].
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2012

Delron Sebastian Buckley (born 7 December 1977 in Durban) is a South African footballer playing for Maritzburg United.

Club career[edit]

Buckley's soccer career began with his local team Butcherfille Rovers Durban, but when he was 17 years old he was signed by German club VfL Bochum. Buckley spent most of his career in Germany, going through Bochum's youth teams and debuting in the Bundesliga in 1995. Buckley finally broke into the first squad in 1998 and remained a starter for much of his time at Bochum.

Having spent nine professional seasons with Bochum, Buckley left in 2004 for Arminia Bielefeld where he enjoyed his most successful season personally, scoring 15 goals and helping the team avoid relegation. Buckley quickly picked up interest from higher-rated clubs. After only one season at Bielefeld, Buckley joined Borussia Dortmund for a reported transfer fee of €425,000, and signed a four-year contract.

Buckley's first season at Borussia Dortmund was largely unsuccessful as he failed to score in 28 league matches. Widely regarded as bad signing, Buckley was loaned to Swiss club FC Basel 1893 for the 2006–07 season. He played his team debut for Basel on 10 September 2006 as Basel won 2–1 at home against FC Zürich in the St. Jakob-Park.[2] After returning in July 2007, Buckley was able to regain his place in the Borussia squad for the 2007–08 season, but fell out of favour after the arrival of new manager Jürgen Klopp.[3]

In February 2009, he signed for 1. FSV Mainz 05 for the remainder of the season and was released on 30 June 2009.[4] He moved then to Cyprian club Anorthosis Famagusta FC where he played until the end of 2010–11 season.

In January 2011, he transferred to German 2. Bundesliga team Karlsruher SC.

On 26 June 2012, he signed for Maritzburg United, playing for the first time in his career in South Africa.[5]


His preferred position is on the left wing although he can play in the centre of midfield or as a striker.

International career[edit]

Buckley made his international debut in a friendly against Zambia on 20 May 1998. He has played 73 games and scored 10 goals for the South African national team. Buckley represented his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2004 African Nations Cup.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 18 June 2000 Witbank, South Africa  Swaziland 1–0 2–0 COSAFA Cup
2 18 June 2000 Witbank, South Africa  Swaziland 2–0 2–0 COSAFA Cup
3 9 July 2000 Harare, Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe 1–0 2–0 World Cup qualifier
4 9 July 2000 Harare, Zimbabwe  Zimbabwe 2–0 2–0 World Cup qualifier
5 13 January 2001 Belle Vue, Mauritius  Mauritius 1–0 1–1 African Nations Cup qualifier
6 27 March 2002 Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 1–2 1–4 Friendly match
7 12 October 2002 Bloemfontein, South Africa  Burundi 2–0 2–0 African Nations Cup qualifier
8 4 June 2005 Praia, Cape Verde  Cape Verde 2–0 2–1 World Cup qualifier
9 17 August 2005 Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 1–1 1–4 Friendly match
10 24 March 2007 Ndjamena, Chad  Chad 2–0 3–0 African Nations Cup qualifier



Borussia Dortmund


Buckley is married and has two daughters. He holds a German passport.


In the summer of 2007, Delron was nicknamed "Martin" and "Martinus" by fans after it was announced that "Martin Buckley" of Borussia Dortmund was to join English Premier League club Sunderland AFC. The move broke down due to assurances over first team football.


  1. ^ "D. Buckley". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Weber, Dominik (2006). "FCB besiegt den FC Zürich mit 2:1". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 10 September 2006. 
  3. ^ Delron Buckley at
  4. ^ "Kein Harakiri mit teuren Spielern" (in German). Rhein-Zeitung. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Buckley, Yende join Maritzburg". 30 June 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 

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