Michael Turnbull (footballer)

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Michael Turnbull
Turnbull Victory Training May 2015 (cropped).jpg
Michael Turnbull training for Melbourne Victory in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-03-24) 24 March 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1988–1994 Loganholme
1994–1997 Rochedale
1997–1999 A.I.S.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Marconi Stallions 106 (0)
2004–2005 Standard Liège 0 (0)
2006 Kingston City 11 (0)
2006–2007 New Zealand Knights 6 (0)
2007 Oakleigh Cannons 19 (0)
2008 Sydney United 0 (0)
2008 Wollongong FC 5 (0)
2009 Sydney Olympic 3 (0)
2014–2015 Brisbane Strikers 11 (0)
2015 Melbourne Victory 0 (0)
Total 161 (0)
National team
1999–2001 Australia U20 10 (0)
2004 Australia U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael Turnbull (born 24 March 1981) is an Australian former professional footballer who played as goalkeeper. Turnbull was a member of the Australian squad at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and played in two FIFA World Youth Championships.

Club career[edit]

Turnbull played with Marconi Stallions in the National Soccer League between 1997 and 2004.[1]

In 2000, he briefly trained with AS Roma, however was never signed by the Italian club.[2]

After leaving Marconi, Turnbull signed with Belgian team Standard Liège, however he was unable to break into the first team.

After leaving Belgium he signed with Bristol City for three years in England but had to return to Australia due to work visa issues.[3]

In March 2006 Turnbull was signed by A-League team New Zealand Knights.[4] He left at the end of the 2006–07 season after playing six matches for the Auckland team.

He later played for the Brisbane Strikers in NPL Queensland and in the FFA Cup.

On 24 April 2015, Melbourne Victory announced that they had signed Michael Turnbull leading into the A-League finals series.[5] His stint ended without playing a game after the Victory went on to win the league's Premiership and Championship.

International career[edit]

Turnbull played three matches for Australia U20 at the 1999 and 2001 FIFA World Youth Championships. At the 1999 tournament he played one match, a 4–0 loss against Ireland. At the 2001 tournament he played two games, a 2-0 win over Japan and a 3-0 loss to Czech Republic.[6]

Turnbull was a member of the Australian team at the 2000 Summer Olympics where he was an unused substitute in Australia's three games.[7][8][9][10]

After football[edit]

Turnbull featured as one of the bachelors on Network Ten's The Bachelorette Australia in 2015. He made it to the final two to compete for the love of Sam Frost.[11] He lost to Sasha in the finale.

He was criticised early in the show for discussing his soccer career and claiming that he had played for Australia national soccer team.[12][13][14]

Since retiring as a footballer, Michael has worked in real estate.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Marconi Stallions 1999–2000 National Soccer League 29 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
2000–01 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2001–02 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
2002–03 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
2003–04 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
Marconi total 106 0 0 0 0 0 106 0
Standard Liège 2004–05 Belgian First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kingston City 2006 Victorian Premier League 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
New Zealand Knights 2006–07 A-League 6 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
Oakleigh Cannons 2007 Victorian Premier League 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Sydney United 2008 NSW Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wollongong FC 2008 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Sydney Olympic 2009 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Brisbane Strikers 2014 National Premier Leagues 5 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
2015 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Strikers total 11 0 3 0 0 0 14 0
Melbourne Victory 2014–15 A-League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 161 0 5 0 0 0 166 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Wollongong FC
Brisbane Strikers
Melbourne Victory

International[edit]

Australia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Turnbull, Michael". Australian Player Database. OzFootball. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Michael (24 August 2000). "The coach, the players and an Olympic goal". The Sunday Age. Retrieved 24 September 2015. Turnbull travelled to Italy mid-season to take part in a youth competition for Marconi, and stayed on to spend some time training with SerieA club Roma. 
  3. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20100618052755/http://michaelturnbull.com/profile.asp Official website][better source needed]
  4. ^ Smith, Tony (8 March 2006). "Knights sign goalkeeper". The Press. He had five years in the former National Soccer League with Sydney club Marconi before signing for Standard Liege, where he was unable to break into the first team. 
  5. ^ "Coe replacement Turnbull to compete with Thomas". Football Federation Australia. 24 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Michael Turnbull - Playing career at FIFA Tournaments". FIFA. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Australia - Squad List". FIFA. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Australia - Italy". FIFA. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Australia - Nigeria". FIFA. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Australia - Honduras". FIFA. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  11. ^ a b http://www.domain.com.au/news/the-bachelorette-finalist-michael-turnbull-talks-real-life-real-love-and-real-estate-20151021-gkd5du/
  12. ^ Bossi, Dominic (24 September 2015). "Socceroo claims of The Bachelorette contestant Michael Turnbull inflated". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Is Michael Turnbull the Socceroo he claims to be?". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Michael Turnbull Bachelorette: did goalkeeper stretch the truth about career in search of love?". Fox Sports. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Wollongong FC Crowned TeleChoice Championship Series Winners for 2008". Football NSW. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "Olympic Edged In Canale Cup Final". Olympic FC. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "Sydney FC Go Down In Hyundai A-League Grand Final". Sydney FC. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Victory wrap up Premiers Plate". The Football Sack. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "Young Socceroo Matches for 2001". OzFootball. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 

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