James Troisi

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James Troisi
Troisi with Kayserispor in 2011
Personal information
Full name James Troisi
Date of birth (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Rose Park, South Australia, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current team
Liaoning Whowin
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2001 West Torrens Birkalla
2001–2005 Adelaide City
2005–2007 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Newcastle United 0 (0)
2008–2009 Gençlerbirliği 29 (6)
2009–2012 Kayserispor 64 (10)
2012–2014 Atalanta 6 (0)
2013–2014 Melbourne Victory (loan) 29 (12)
2014–2016 Juventus 0 (0)
2014–2015 Zulte Waregem (loan) 21 (5)
2015 Al-Ittihad (loan) 8 (1)
2016- Liaoning Whowin 3 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Australia U23 13 (2)
2008– Australia 28 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 January 2016

James Troisi (born 3 July 1988) is an Australian professional football (soccer) player who plays for Liaoning Whowin in the Chinese Super League.

Early life[edit]

Born in Adelaide, South Australia to a Greek father and raised by his Greek mother and her Italian husband.[2][2]

He signed his first professional contract with Newcastle United on 10 January 2007, keeping him at the club until June 2008.[2] He did not make a first team appearance during his time at Newcastle, although he did feature on the bench for the first team in both Premier League and UEFA Cup matches.

Club career[edit]

Newcastle United (2007–2008)[edit]

He was on the fringes of Newcastle's senior side for the 2007–08 Premier League season and showed promising signs in pre-season friendlies, including getting two assists against Hartlepool United.[3]

In January 2008, Troisi had a two match trial with Dutch Eredivisie club, Roda JC. Roda wanted to sign him on a permanent basis, but negotiations broke down as Troisi was a product of Newcastle's youth development and still under 23 years of age, so Newcastle would have required a compensation fee.[4]

On 6 May 2008, it was announced that Troisi would leave Newcastle United after the end of the 2007/8 season.[5]

Gençlerbirliği (2008–2009)[edit]

He joined Gençlerbirliği S.K. at the end of August 2008 on a three-year contract.[6] He made his debut for Gençlerbirliği S.K. on 14 September 2008 against Eskisehirspor at the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara, coming on as a 65th minutes substitute for Engin Baytar.

Kayserispor (2009–2012)[edit]

On 24 January, Troisi put mid-table Kayserispor to the sword with his first career hat-trick scoring all of Genclerbirligi goals in a 3–1 win.[7]

In July 2009, he joined Kayserispor on a four-year contract.[8][9]

Atalanta (2012–2014)[edit]

On 22 August 2012 Juventus F.C. signed him as free agent on a four-year contract, but half of the registration rights was sold to Atalanta for €2 million as part of Manolo Gabbiadini's deal on 24 August 2012.[10] Norwich City manager Chris Hughton confirmed in a press conference that the club had made an enquiry into his availability.[11]

Loan to Melbourne Victory (2014)[edit]

On 24 September 2013, Troisi was loaned to Melbourne Victory on a one-year deal.[12] He made his A-League debut against Melbourne Heart in Round 1 of the competition's ninth season.[13] He scored his first goal for Melbourne in a 2-2 draw against Adelaide United. His second goal for Melbourne was in front of the home fans at Docklands Stadium in a 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar on 25 October 2013, thanks to an Archie Thompson through ball pass. He scored 2 goals against Wellington Phoenix in a 3-2 win, and his fifth came from a free kick against Sydney in a 2-3 loss. He scored 12 goals in the A-League and 3 in the Asian Champions League.

Juventus (2014)[edit]

On 20 June 2014, Juventus announced that they had secured full ownership of Troisi's contract from Atalanta for €1 million, with Prince-Désir Gouano moved to Atalana also for €1 million.[14][15]

Zulte Waregem (2014–2015)[edit]

On 30 August 2014, Troisi joined Belgian Pro League club Zulte Waregem on a one-year deal, after being deemed surplus to requirements at Juventus.[16]

Troisi featured in over twenty Pro League matches, scoring five goals in the process, including a memorable long range strike against Club Brugge.

Ittihad FC (2015–2016)[edit]

At the completion of his loan with Zulte, Troisi joined Ittihad FC of Saudi Arabia, severing ties with Juventus.[17]

However, his stay was cut short . Troisi subsequently left the club via mutual termination.[18]

Liaoning Whowin (2016–)[edit]

Despite reported interest from A-League clubs, including his hometown club Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory, on 29 January 2016, Troisi signed with Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin joining fellow countryman Michael Thwaite.[19]

International career[edit]

James Troisi with the Australian national team.

After a successful 2006–07 season with the Newcastle reserve side, Troisi made his debut for the Australia U23 team (the "Olyroos"), on 18 April 2007 against Saudi Arabia in an Olympic qualifier. He followed up a good performance against the Saudis with a goal in the all-important clash with Iran in his hometown of Adelaide.

Troisi made his full international debut for Australia in a goalless friendly against Singapore on 22 March 2008, playing in left midfield.[20]

Ange Postecoglou included Troisi in the Australia squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,.[21]

Troisi was named as part of Australia's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad. He started Australia's first match of the tournament against Kuwait, scoring Australia's fourth and final goal of the match in the 92nd minute of the match, helping Australia to a 4-1 win.

Troisi played for Australia in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final against South Korea, coming on as a second-half substitute for Robbie Kruse. He scored Australia's second goal of the match in the first period of extra time, the winning goal of the Asian Cup Final.[22][23]






  1. ^ "James Troisi". Socceroos.com.au. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "James Troisi profile". nufc.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  3. ^ "It's Sho Time For Toon". nufc.co.uk. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  4. ^ "No Roda deal for Toon starlet". Sky Sports. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  5. ^ "Trio to Leave Newcastle". Sky Sports. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/20110617075314/http://www.genclerbirligi.org.tr/haber_detay.asp?HID=557. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/20090129084751/http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au:80/aussies-abroad/troisis-turkish-treble-166214/. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/20090712030829/http://www.kayserispor.org.tr:80/devami.asp?id=597. Archived from the original on 12 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/aussies-abroad/troisi-in-tug-of-cash-203457. Retrieved 20 July 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  10. ^ "Gabbiadini and Troisi, agreements reached with Atalanta". juventus.com. 24 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "NorwichCityFC: CH: "James Troisi is just one of several who we've made enquiries about."". twitter.com/NorwichCityFC. 29 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Melbourne Victory Home | Melbourne Victory". Footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  13. ^ "Hyundai A-League Home | Hyundai A-League". Footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  14. ^ "Eight players under co-ownership sign new deals". Juventus.com. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  15. ^ "Annual Financial Report 30 June 2014" (PDF). Juventus FC. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Huguenin, Michael (30 August 2014). "Official: James Troisi joins Belgian club Zulte Waregem". Goal.com. 
  17. ^ "Socceroo James Troisi signs with Asian giants Al-Ittihad". The Guardian. 1 September 2015. 
  18. ^ Huguenin, Michael (13 January 2016). "James Troisi confirms Al Ittihad exit, A-League interest". Goal.com. 
  19. ^ "Socceroo James Troisi shuns A-League, signs with China's Liaoning Whowin". The Guardian. 29 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Young Socceroos struggle in Singapore". The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  21. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 3. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Australia beat South Korea after extra time". BBC Sport. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  23. ^ "James Troisi". socceroos.com.au. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 

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