Julian Joachim at Shepshed Dynamo
|Full name||Julian Kevin Joachim|
|Date of birth||20 September 1974|
|Place of birth||Peterborough, England|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|2005||→ Walsall (loan)||8||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:30, 30 January 2010 (UTC).
During his professional career he initially played from 1992 until 2011, but he came out of retirement in 2013. Joachim notably played in the Premier League for Leicester City and Aston Villa, having also played for Coventry City, Leeds United, Walsall, Boston United and Darlington before moving into the Non-League game to play for King's Lynn, Thurmaston Town, Quorn, Hinckley United, Holbeach United and Coalville Town. Over the course of his career in professional football, he has scored over 100 league goals and accumulated over 450 league appearances. Whilst at Aston Villa he played in the 2000 FA Cup Final.
Joachim came through the youth system at Leicester City, and went on to score the club's first ever Premier League goal on the opening day of the 1994–95 season in a 3–1 home defeat to Newcastle United.
He was sold to Aston Villa in 1996 for £1.5 million, making his debut for them as a substitute against Wimbledon on 24 February 1996. Playing for Villa, he appeared in the 2001 American crime thriller, Hannibal, briefly seen on a TV screen playing in the background. After five seasons in the Premiership, Joachim dropped down a division to play for the relegated Coventry City in a deal that saw Villa exchange Joachim plus £2 million for Mustapha Hadji.
In 2004 Joachim moved to Leeds United, a club heavily in debt and in the process of rebuilding an inexpensive team, on a free transfer. He made 10 starts and 17 substitute appearances in the league for Leeds that year, but could only deliver two goals before being loaned out to Walsall for the final two months of the season. After turning down Walsall he dropped down another division to League Two. Joachim spent the 2005–06 season with Boston United whom he joined in July 2005. He moved to another League Two side, Darlington, for a club record fee of £100,000 on 14 August 2006. Despite making 40 league appearances and scoring 9 goals as Darlington reached the play-offs, Joachim was released at the end of the 2007–08 season. He subsequently moved into non-league football, signing with newly promoted Conference North side King's Lynn in June 2008.
Budget cuts following King's Lynns's demotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division in May 2009, resulted in Julian not being offered fresh terms for the 2009–2010 season. Local reports in June 2009 linked him with a return Boston United. He briefly played as an amateur in the Leicestershire Senior League for Thurmaston Town at the start of the 2009–10 season, but a couple of weeks later he signed semi professional terms with Quorn. Joachim signed on for United Counties Premier Division side, Holbeach United for the 2010/11 season.
On 14 July 2011 Joachim, aged 36, re-signed for Boston United on non-contract basis. On 26 August 2011, after only making one league appearance, Joachim was released after failing to impress in his second spell with The Pilgirms.
Joachim starred in the England National Under-18 side that won the European U-18 Championships in 1993. He also had nine England Under-21 caps to his name before he was called up by St. Vincent and the Grenadines to represent them at senior level. However, due to him playing for England at U21 level he was ineligible to play for the Caribbean team, only being informed of this upon arrival in St. Vincent for a World Cup qualifier in April 2000. Due to a FIFA rules change that now allows players to switch nationalities unless they have played a competitive senior international, Joachim is now eligible to play for Saint Vincent.
He was part of England's U20 squad that finished third at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia. He scored England's winning goal in their 2–1 third place play-off win over Australia at the Sydney Football Stadium.
- Aston Villa
- FA Cup: Runner-up 2000
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream Publishing. p. 228. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8.
- Rothmans Football Yearbook 1996–97 http://www.biblio.com/isbn/9780747277811.html Biblio
- Julian getting kicks from a Hannibal role, Sunday Mirror, 18 February 2001
- "Saddlers bring in Joachim on loan". BBC Sport. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
- "Joachim completes Boston switch". BBC Sport. 5 July 2005. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
- "Darlington sign Boston's Joachim". BBC Sport. 14 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
- "Nine players released by Quakers". BBC Sport. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
- "Joachim agrees King's Lynn move". BBC Sport. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
- Smyth, Rob (29 June 2009). "The forgotten story of… England's class of '93". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- "Mix -up not my fault says Joachim". John Curtis, Irish Examiner. Retrieved 16 August 2006.
- "World Youth Cup (U-20) 1993". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 June 2011.