Jason Davidson

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Jason Davidson
Jason Davidson.jpg
Davidson with Australia U20 in 2009
Personal information
Full name Jason Alan Davidson[1]
Date of birth (1991-06-29) 29 June 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Left back / Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Ulsan Hyundai
Number 91
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)
2010–2011Sporting Covilhã (loan) 14 (0)
2011–2014 Heracles Almelo 46 (2)
2014–2015 West Bromwich Albion 2 (0)
2015–2017 Huddersfield Town 27 (1)
2016–2017Groningen (loan) 22 (0)
2017–2018 Rijeka 0 (0)
2018Olimpija Ljubljana (loan) 13 (1)
2018–2019 Perth Glory 26 (2)
2019– Ulsan Hyundai 3 (0)
National team
2009–2011 Australia U20 6 (0)
2012– Australia 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 December 2019
‡ 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 plays as a defender for Ulsan Hyundai.

Club career[edit]

Hume City[edit]

On 26 January 2009, he signed with Victorian Premier League club Hume City, becoming 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.

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]

Rijeka[edit]

After being released by Huddersfield Town with a year left on his contract, on 28 August 2017, Davidson joined Croatian club Rijeka on a three-year deal.[14] He made his début for Rijeka in a 3–1 away win against Vrbovec in Round 1 of the Croatian Football Cup on 20 September 2017.[15]

Perth Glory[edit]

On 13 July 2018, it was announced that Davidson would join A-League club Perth Glory on a one-year deal.[16] In his first season for the club, the team finished first in the A-League and were crowned premiers of league.[17]

Ulsan Hyundai[edit]

On 19 June 2019, it was announced that Davidson would join K League 1 club Ulsan Hyundai.[18][19]

International career[edit]

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

Davidson 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]

Davidson 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 clear a header.[20] He played in all of Australia's group matches against Chile, Holland and Spain at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. 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. He 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.[21][22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 20 September 2017[23]

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
Rijeka 2017–18 HT Prva Liga 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 132 5 12 0 0 0 144 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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Olimpija Ljubljana

Perth Glory

International[edit]

Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of players: Australia" (PDF). FIFA. 14 July 2014. p. 3. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Jason Davidson". Socceroos.com.au. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Clubs race to secure Davidson
  4. ^ a b Star recipe: one raw talent, add insult to injury, leave 3 years
  5. ^ Hume City send Jason Davidson off in style..
  6. ^ http://www.tribalfootball.com/aussie-youngster-davidson-signs-portuguese-club-303141
  7. ^ Prospect off to Portugal after A-League snub
  8. ^ Young Aussie makes first team bow
  9. ^ http://www.the-far-post.com/2011/02/davidson-heads-out-on-sporting-loan.html
  10. ^ "Davidson joins Baggies". West Bromwich Albion. 5 August 2014.
  11. ^ Dawkes, Phil (23 August 2014). "Southampton claimed their first Premier League point under Ronald Koeman but were left frustrated as West Brom held them to a goalless draw at St Mary's". BBC Sport.
  12. ^ http://www.htafc.com/news/article/jason-davidson-joins-huddersfield-town-2509271.aspx
  13. ^ "Jason Davidson: Huddersfield Town defender joins FC Groningen". BBC Sport. 18 August 2016.
  14. ^ Lewis, Dave (28 August 2017). "Davidson inks deal in Croatia in bid to win back Socceroos spot". The World Game. SBS.
  15. ^ "Vrbovec - Rijeka 1:3". HNS-CFF. 20 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Glory snap up another Socceroo". Perth Glory. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  17. ^ "A-League: Perth Glory vs Newcastle Jets, result, Perth Glory Premier's Plate, Ivan Franjic goal". Fox Sports. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Exclusive: Davidson departs Perth". FTBL. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  19. ^ "I had to 'grab' Korea opportunity, declares Davidson". The World Game. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Jason Davidson, 2014 FIFA World Cup Profile". FIFA.com. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  22. ^ Jason Dasey (28 May 2010). "The Story of Jason Davidson". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  23. ^ "J. Davidson". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 September 2014.

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