Luke Wilkshire

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Luke Wilkshire
Luke Wilkshire 2016.jpg
Wilkshire playing for Dynamo Moscow in 2016
Personal information
Full name Luke Wilkshire
Date of birth (1981-10-02) 2 October 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Wollongong, Australia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
FC Dynamo Moscow
Number 29
Youth career
1992–1995 Albion Park White Eagles
1995–1997 Wollongong Wolves
1997–1998 AIS
1998–2000 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Middlesbrough 22 (0)
2003–2006 Bristol City 112 (17)
2006–2008 Twente 59 (5)
2008–2014 Dynamo Moscow 143 (2)
2014–2015 Feyenoord 18 (0)
2016 Terek Grozny 6 (0)
2016– Dynamo Moscow 3 (0)
National team
2001 Australia U-20 12 (3)
2003–2004 Australia U-23 17 (4)
2004–2014 Australia 80 (8)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 September 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2013

Luke Wilkshire (born 2 October 1981) is an Australian international footballer who plays as a right back who plays for FC Dynamo Moscow.

Born in Wollongong, Wilkshire played youth football for Albion Park, Wollongong Wolves and the Australian Institute of Sport before making his professional debut for English club Middlesbrough. In 2003, he moved to Bristol City, where he spent three seasons before moving to the Netherlands to play for Twente in 2006. Wilkshire next played in Russia for Dynamo Moscow, but later moved back to the Netherlands to play for Feyenoord in 2014. He was released from the club in August 2015 by mutual consent.

Wilkshire has played eighty times for the Australian national team. This includes matches at both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2007 and 2011 AFC Asian Cups. He was also a member of the squad at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. Previously, with Australia's youth sides, Wilkshire took part in the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Luke Wilkshire in action with FC Dynamo Moscow in 2008.
Luke Wilkshire in action with Feyenoord in 2014.

Wilkshire played his junior football with his home town club of Albion Park and attended Albion Park High School. He moved on to represent his region by joining the Wollongong Wolves youth setup and spending several seasons there. Wilkshire then travelled to Canberra to spend a year at the AIS football program, Australia's elite sports academy. He then moved overseas and was part of Middlesbrough's youth system. He made several senior appearances for them in the Premier League, including a sending off against Arsenal, and also started in an FA Cup semi-final, but ultimately never established himself in the first team. In search of regular football, Wilkshire decided on a move to Second Division club Bristol City.

His solid performances at the 2006 FIFA World Cup earned him a trial and subsequent three-year deal with Dutch top flight club FC Twente despite reported interest from other Dutch clubs, including Ajax and PSV Eindhoven. His league debut for FC Twente ended badly when he was sent off. However, Wilkshire would go on to play regularly in the 2006–07 campaign which saw FC Twente qualify for the UEFA Cup. Subsequently, in the 2007–08 campaign, FC Twente and Wilkshire accomplished an even bigger achievement: for the first time in the club history, FC Twente qualified for the preliminary round of the Champions League.

On 26 August 2008, Wilkshire moved to Russian side Dynamo Moscow for a reported €6 million transfer fee;[1] while other sources suggested transfer fee was only €2 million.[2] He made his Russian Premier League debut for Dynamo Moscow on 31 August 2008, playing the full 90 minutes against FC Moscow at the Dynamo Stadium in Moscow. He scored his first goal for Dynamo from a penalty on 27 September 2008, playing against Krylya Sovetov in Samara, Russia.

On 31 July 2014, Wilkshire signed a one-year deal with Dutch Eredivisie side Feyenoord on a free transfer.[3]

On 18 November 2015, Wilkshire signed a one-year contract, with the option of an additional year, with Russian club FC Terek Grozny, beginning on 1 January 2016.[4]

On 30 August 2016, he was released from his Terek contract by mutual consent.[5]

On 31 August 2016, he returned to FC Dynamo Moscow.[6]

International career[edit]

Luke Wilkshire with Australia in 2009.

Wilkshire has represented Australia at youth level earlier in his career, playing in the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina, and in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

During three years of playing regular first-team football for Bristol City, Wilkshire's game and versatility improved; so much so that former Australia coach, Guus Hiddink, described him as a "modern player." Hiddink also claimed Wilkshire was one of the most technically gifted players in the Socceroo side.[7] Wilkshire was selected in Australia's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and started against Japan and Italy.

On 14 November 2009, Wilkshire scored his first goal for his country in a 2–1 win over Oman in an Asian Cup Qualifier, in Muscat, Oman. Despite Australia going down to 10-men and conceding a penalty to go down 1–0, Wilkshire scored the equaliser in the 43rd minute. He was then involved in the second goal in the 82nd minute putting a left-footed ball over the Omani defence to set David Carney free who then crossed to Brett Emerton who scored to win the game 2–1 for Australia.[citation needed]

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Wilkshire started in all three group games for Australia. Playing at right back, Wilkshire was vital in coming forward sending in a total of 18 crosses for the tournament. Late in Australia's last game versus Serbia, Wilkshire injured his groin and was subbed off – the severity of the injury has not been made public.

Wilkshire played in the 2011 Asian Cup Finals in Qatar, starting the first two games against India and South Korea respectively but missing Australia's final group-stage game against Bahrain due to injury. Wilkshire returned to play the full 120 minutes in Australia's extra-time quarter-final win over Iraq and he also played in the semi-final victory over Uzbekistan, and in the final against Japan, which Australia lost 1–0 in extra time.

Wilkshire has not been selected for the Socceroos since the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as Head Coach in October 2013, apart from two early friendlies against Ecuador in which he did not play and South Africa in which he played 36 minutes. He was not named in the Australian squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[8] and was left off the longlist of 46 players for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup,[9] despite him maintaining his regular first team place at Feyenoord.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 23 September 2015

Club Division Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough Premier League 2001–02 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2002–03 14 0 2 0 0 0 16 0
2003–04 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Middlesbrough total 22 0 3 0 0 0 25 0
Bristol City League One 2003–04 39 2 6 1 0 0 45 3
2004–05 37 10 4 0 0 0 41 10
2005–06 36 5 2 0 0 0 38 5
Bristol City total 112 17 12 1 0 0 124 18
FC Twente Eredivisie 2006–07 29 2 1 0 2 0 32 2
2007–08 30 3 4 0 2 0 36 3
Twente total 59 5 5 0 4 0 68 5
Dynamo Moscow Russian Premier League 2008 11 2 3 0 0 0 14 2
2009 27 0 1 0 4 0 32 0
2010 26 0 3 0 0 0 29 0
2011–12 39 0 4 0 0 0 43 0
2012–13 17 0 1 0 3 0 21 0
2013–14 23 0 1 0 0 0 24 0
Dynamo total 143 2 13 0 7 0 163 2
Feyenoord Eredivisie 2014–15 18 0 1 0 8 0 27 0
Terek Grozny Russian Premier League 2015–16 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Career total 355 24 34 1 19 0 408 25

International appearances[edit]

Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 2 0
2005 4 0
2006 7 0
2007 8 0
2008 10 0
2009 7 1
2010 12 2
2011 16 3
2012 7 1
2013 6 1
2014 1 0
Total 80 8

International goals[edit]

As of 23 September 2015
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2009 Muscat, Oman  Oman 1–1 1–2 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. 6 January 2010 Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 0–1 2–2 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
3. 7 September 2010 Krakow, Poland  Poland 1–2 1–2 Friendly
4. 29 March 2011 Monchengladbach, Germany  Germany 1–2 1–2 Friendly
5. 6 September 2011 Dammam, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 1–3 1–3 2014 World Cup Qualifier
6. 7 October 2011 Canberra, Australia  Malaysia 1–0 5–0 Friendly
7. 12 June 2012 Brisbane, Australia  Japan 1–1 1–1 2014 World Cup Qualifier
8. 6 February 2013 Málaga, Spain  Romania 1–1 2–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Australia

References[edit]

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