Michael Thwaite

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Michael Thwaite
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Thwaite playing for Gold Coast United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Michael Errol Thwaite
Date of birth (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre Back / Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Liaoning Whowin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Sydney University 17 (3)
2002–2004 Marconi Stallions 36 (0)
2004–2006 Naţional Bucureşti 34 (0)
2006–2008 Wisła Kraków 6 (0)
2008–2009 SK Brann 2 (0)
2008–2009 Melbourne Victory (loan) 16 (0)
2009–2012 Gold Coast United 82 (1)
2012–2016 Perth Glory 85 (2)
2016– Liaoning Whowin 0 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Australia U-20 8 (0)
2004 Australia U-23 3 (1)
2005–2013 Australia 13 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 January 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 October 2014

Michael Errol Thwaite (born 2 May 1983) is an Australian football (soccer) player who currently plays for Liaoning Whowin.

Club career[edit]

His career began at Sydney University in the New South Wales Winter Super League. He then spent two seasons playing for Marconi Stallions (2002–2004) in the now defunct NSL, before heading to Romania. He was then signed to Wisła Kraków on a Bosman transfer from FC Naţional Bucureşti in Romania's Divizia A.

On 28 January 2008 he signed for SK Brann and was loaned to the Melbourne Victory on 19 June 2008.[1] On 26 July 2008 he scored his first goal for the Victory in a pre-season cup game against Perth Glory, to guide the Victory to a 1–0 win in Perth.

On 5 January 2009 he was signed from Melbourne by Gold Coast United after successfully negotiating his transfer from Brann.[2][3]

On 1 February 2011 he scored his first goal in his professional career for Gold Coast United against his former club Melbourne Victory at Aurora Stadium in Tasmania. The game finished 1–1.

Michael played for Perth Glory for the 2012 – 2013 A-League season onwards after Gold Coast United folded at the end of the 2011–12 A-League season and was selected as part of the PFA team of the year. He also featured in the All Stars match verses Juventus after the 2013–14 A-League. He played every single minute of the 2014–15 A-League season.

Following Perth Glory's salary cap scandal of the 2014–15 A-League season, it is understood his days at the club were numbered and in mid-January Thwaite joined Chinese club Liaoning Whowin[4]

International career[edit]

Thwaite lining up for Australia

Thwaite was part of the Australian under-20s team in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the UAE. He was also involved with the 2004 Olympics qualifying team, but did not make the final squad for the tournament proper. He made his international debut on 9 October 2005 in a 5–0 win in a friendly match held in London against Jamaica. He was a squad member of the Australian national team in their historic World Cup qualifying tie against Uruguay, but did not play, as head coach Guus Hiddink preferred the more experienced Tony Popovic and Tony Vidmar in the starting lineup. Thwaite was also a member of the Australian national team that qualified for the 2014 World Cup.


With Melbourne Victory:

Personal Honours:


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