Jason Davidson

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Jason Davidson
Jason Davidson.jpg
Davidson with the Australia U-20 football team in 2009
Personal information
Full name Jason Alan Davidson[1]
Date of birth (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
FC Groningen (on loan from Huddersfield Town)
Number 2
Youth career
2005–2008 Seiritsu Gakuen
2009 Paços de Ferreira
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Hume City 16 (2)
2009–2011 Paços de Ferreira 5 (0)
2010–2011 Sporting Covilhã (loan) 14 (0)
2011–2014 Heracles Almelo 51 (2)
2014–2015 West Bromwich Albion 5 (0)
2015– Huddersfield Town 30 (1)
2016– FC Groningen (loan) 22 (0)
National team
2009–2011 Australia U-20 6 (0)
2012– Australia 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 December 2015

Jason Alan Davidson (born 29 June 1991) is an Australian international association football player, who currently plays for Dutch Eredivisie side FC Groningen on loan from English Championship side Huddersfield Town; and the Australian national football team. The left-footed defender has had contracts with Hume City; Portuguese Liga Sagres club Paços de Ferreira; Dutch Eredivisie club Heracles Almelo; and English Premier League football club West Bromwich Albion. His father, Alan, was also a former professional and international football player.

Club career[edit]

Hume City[edit]

On 26 January 2009, he signed with Victorian Premier League club, Hume City being the youngest starting member in the VPL at the age of 17. After having spent three years in the Japanese football development system. He garnered attention from several A-League clubs after being called up the Australian U-20 squad on 17 March 2009.[3][4] In June 2009 he left Hume City to pursue several overseas trials.[5]

Paços de Ferreira[edit]

In September 2009 he signed with Portuguese club, Paços de Ferreira before being voted 2009 Victorian Premier League – Under 21 Player of the Year. Among serious interest from clubs such as European heavyweights VfB Stuttgart and Sporting CP, along with Turkish club Ankaragucu, Davidson also immediately received contract offers from A-League club, Newcastle Jets and another Turkey Super League club in Diyarbakirspor before signing for Paços .[6][7]

On 16 January 2010, Davidson made his senior debut for Paços de Ferreira in the Portuguese Liga, coming on as a substitute against F.C. Porto being the youngest player registered in the Portuguese Liga Sagres at 18 in 2009–2010 Season.[8]

Davidson suffered an ankle injury upon return from the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship and on 3 February 2011, was subsequently loaned to Liga de Honra outfit Sporting Covilhã for the remainder of the 2010–11 season for much needed game time after the long injury lay-off.[9]

Heracles Almelo[edit]

Davidson joined Heracles Almelo in January 2012. Davidson had an excellent senior debut starting for Heracles Almelo in the Eredivisie on 25 March 2012 at the Polman Stadium against FC Utrecht. Davidson played Center Back and Heracles Almelo beat FC Utrecht 3–1 at home.

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

He moved to West Bromwich Albion on 5 August 2014, after an impressive World Cup campaign.[10] On 23 August 2014, Davidson made his debut in the Premier League for West Bromwich Albion, after being subbed on for Sébastien Pocognoli in the 60th minute against Southampton and the game finished in a nil all draw.[11]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Davidson signed a three-year contract with Huddersfield Town on 26 June 2015.[12] He made his début for the Terriers in a 2–0 defeat against Hull City at the KC Stadium on 8 August 2015. His first goal for the club came in their 5–0 win over Charlton Athletic on 12 January 2016.

FC Groningen[edit]

On 18 August 2016, Davidson was loaned out to Eredivisie side FC Groningen on a season-long deal. Davidson had an outstanding performance on his debut, 21 August 2016 against FC Twente in a thrilling game.[13]

International career[edit]

Davidson playing against Eduardo Vargas at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

He was called up to Australia U-20 squad on 17 March 2009 to compete in the Under 20 World Cup held in Egypt in September 2009. He was also called into Australia's initial 50 man squad prior to the 2011 Asian Cup, he was cut however from the final squad.[3][4]

Jason made his first full international debut on 15 August 2012 against Scotland in Edinburgh, coming on as a substitution just after half time and scoring an own goal after trying to header clear in defense.[14]

2014 World Cup Brazil, Jason played in all of Australia's group matches against Chile, Holland and Spain in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Davidson was named as part of Australia's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad, which went on to win the trophy. He scored his first international goal in the semi-final against the United Arab Emirates. Davidson was Australia's first choice to play left-back in that squad.

Personal life[edit]

Davidson was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and is the son of international footballer Alan Davidson. Jason's paternal grandmother is Japanese and his mother, Effie is the daughter of Greek immigrants.[15][16]

Career statistics[edit]


Statistics accurate as of 24 October 2016[17]

Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hume City 2009 Victorian Premier League 16 2 0 0 0 0 16 2
Paços de Ferreira 2009–10 Primeira Liga 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Sporting Covilhã 2010–11 Liga de Honra 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Heracles Almelo 2011–12 Eredivisie 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2012–13 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
2013–14 30 2 3 0 0 0 33 2
Hercales Almelo total 46 2 5 0 0 0 51 2
West Bromwich Albion 2014–15 Premier League 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Huddersfield Town 2015–16 Championship 27 1 3 0 0 0 30 1
FC Groningen 2016–17 Eredivisie 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Career total 132 5 11 0 0 0 143 5

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 January 2015 Newcastle International Sports Centre, Newcastle, Australia  United Arab Emirates 2–0 2–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup





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