Mark Birighitti

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Mark Birighitti
Mark Birighitti.jpg
Birighitti playing for Adelaide United Youth in 2009
Personal information
Full name Mark Romano Birighitti[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Swansea City
Number 19
Youth career
ECU Joondalup
Perth SC
2006–2007 WA NTC
2007–2008 AIS
2008–2009 Adelaide United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 AIS 18 (0)
2008–2012 Adelaide United 8 (0)
2012–2016 Newcastle Jets 77 (0)
2015 Varese (loan) 4 (0)
2016– Swansea City 0 (0)
National team
2007 Australia U17 3 (0)
2008–2011 Australia U20 33 (0)
2012 Australia U23 2 (0)
2013– Australia 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 July 2013

Mark Romano Birighitti (born 17 April 1991) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League side Swansea City.

Born in Perth, Birighitti played youth football at the Australian Institute of Sport before making his professional debut for Adelaide United. In 2012, he moved to Newcastle Jets and spent time on loan to Italian club Varese in 2015.

Birighitti has played once for the Australian national team, in 2013. He has also represented Australia's youth teams on many occasions, including at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and winning the 2010 AFF U-19 Youth Championship.

Club career[edit]

Adelaide United[edit]

Birighitti started his career at the AIS before moving to Adelaide United in 2008. He made his first team debut against Queensland Roar on 17 October 2008 helping Adelaide to a 1–0 win.[2] Aurelio Vidmar praised the young goalkeeper after the game saying "I think Birighitti played well he's got a really good future, he had big shoes to fill and I think he did an outstanding job tonight." [3]

His second successive A-League start came against Perth Glory at Hindmarsh Stadium after Adelaide's number one goalkeeper, 28-year-old Eugene Galekovic, was injured during the Asian Champions League game against FC Bunyodkor.[4] Despite conceding the game's first goal at the near post, Birighitti played his part in the 2–1 win taking Adelaide to the top of the league table.[5]

With Galekovic again ruled out with injury Birighitti started the second leg of the 2008 AFC Champions League Final against Gamba Osaka on 12 November 2008; Adelaide lost the match 2–0.[6] He injured his ankle after falling awkwardly in a training session on 17 December 2008 ruling him out of the remaining A-League 2008-09 season.[7]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

On 17 January 2012 it was announced he had signed a two-year contract with A-League club Newcastle Jets starting post the 2012 AFC Champions League group stage.[8] He quickly became the first choice goalkeeper for the Newcastle Jets, edging out Ben Kennedy and Jack Duncan. In late 2013 he signed a contract extension with the Jets until the end of the 2015–16 season [9]

On 24 March 2014, Birighitti flew to Germany to discuss a possible transfer to Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.[10][11] After failing to secure a contract with Bayer Leverkusen he then came back to the Jets for the 2014–15 season.

In October 2015, Birighitti was involved in an on-field collision with Sydney FC striker Shane Smeltz. Birightitti suffered multiple broken teeth and required facial surgery after the incident.[12] He returned to action within weeks, missing only one A-League game.[13]

Loan to Varese[edit]

On 27 January 2015, Birighitti joined Serie B club Varese on a six-month loan deal.[14] He made his league debut for Varese in a 1–0 away loss to Vicenza on 25 April 2015.[15]

Swansea City[edit]

On 18 July 2016, Birighitti joined Premier League side Swansea City on a two-year deal.[16]

International career[edit]

Birighitti was selected to represent the Australian under-20 squad at the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship.

He made his debut for the senior Australian side in their final match of the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup against China, a 4–3 loss.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 July 2016[18]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AIS 2008[19] Victorian Premier League 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Adelaide United 2007–08[20] A-League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2008–09[21] 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[21] 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12[21] 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Newcastle Jets 2012–13[21] A-League 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
2013–14[21] 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
2014–15[21] 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2015–16[21] 26 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
Total 77 0 1 0 0 0 78 0
Varese (loan)[22] 2014–15 Serie B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Swansea City 2016–17 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 107 0 1 0 1 0 109 0

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Australia U19[23]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adelaide United FC (AUS) 3–0 Kuruvchi/Bunyodkor (UZB)" (PDF). 8 October 2008. Archived from the original on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Forsaith, Rob (17 October 2008). "One goal enough for United". A-League. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Cornthwaite heads Adelaide to victory over Roar". Adelaide United. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Reds aiming to take ACL success into Glory match". Adelaide United. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  5. ^ Barrett, Steve (26 October 2008). "United go top". A-League. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Gamba Osaka too good for Adelaide in ACL Final". Adelaide United. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Injured Reds keeper to be sidelined for 6 weeks". Adelaide United. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "FourFourTwo". Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  9. ^ GARDINER, JAMES (4 October 2013). "Mark Birighitti to stay with Jets". Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  10. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/jets-goalkeeper-mark-birighitti-has-flown-to-germany-to-talk-to-german-club-bayer-leverkusen/story-fnk6pqhd-1226863056222
  11. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/jets-goalkeeper-mark-birighitti-has-flown-to-germany-to-talk-to-german-club-bayer-leverkusen/story-e6frf4gl-1226863056222
  12. ^ Somerford, Ben (17 October 2015). "Birighitti positive after nasty facial injury". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  13. ^ Somerford, Ben (13 November 2015). "Birighitti: I've suffered worse". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Italian offer comes at right time for Mark Birighitti". The Herald. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Devey, Neil (29 April 2015). "WA keeper Birighitti impresses in Italy". The West Australian. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Australian international bolsters Swans' keeper options". Swansea City. 18 July 2016. 
  17. ^ Lynch, Michael (30 July 2013). "Socceroos down but young keeper grabs his chance". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  18. ^ Mark Birighitti profile at Soccerway
  19. ^ "2008 Victorian Premier League Results". Ozfootball. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mark Birighitti » Club matches". worldfootball.net. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g "Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets)". Ultimate A-League. 
  22. ^ "Australia - M. Birighitti". Soccerway. 
  23. ^ http://www.aseanfootball.org/v2/?page_id=7324
  24. ^ "Glory star Castro wins Johnny Warren medal". Football Federation Australia. 26 April 2016. 

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