Michael Zullo

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Michael Zullo
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Zullo playing for Brisbane Roar in 2008
Personal information
Full name Michael Anthony Zullo
Date of birth (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Left Winger, Left Back
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Youth career
Brisbane City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Brisbane Strikers 45 (11)
2007–2010 Brisbane Roar 53 (2)
2010–2015 FC Utrecht 34 (0)
2013–2014 Adelaide United (loan) 24 (0)
2015– Melbourne City 0 (0)
National team
2008 Australia U-23 6 (1)
2009– Australia 10 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 June 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2011

Michael Zullo (born 11 September 1988) is an Australian football player who plays for Melbourne City in the A-League.[1]

Club career[edit]

After being signed by the former Brisbane Roar coach Frank Farina on a two-year contract, Zullo played five of the six opening games of the season, coming on as a substitute. On his first eleven debut against Wellington Phoenix, his sixth appearance for Queensland, he scored in the opening minutes of the game and set up a first half added-time goal for fellow youngster and close friend Robbie Kruse.[2] He previously played in the Brisbane Premier League for the Brisbane Strikers During a match against Sydney FC, Zullo limped off the field with a torn thigh muscle which ruled him out for 6 weeks.[3]

At the end of the 2008-09 season, Zullo received offers from Dutch Eredivisie clubs FC Groningen and NEC Nijmegen but declined both offers and cited his preference to stay in the A-League for another season.[4]

On 2 April 2010, along with fellow Roar players, Thomas Oar and Adam Sarota, Zullo joined Dutch side Utrecht on a three-year deal, in a collective transfer deal rumoured to be worth in excess of A$1.8 million.[5][6] He made his debut for Utrecht in a 1-1 draw with NEC Nijmegen on 28 February 2011, coming off the bench on the 81st minute.

On 29 August 2013, he signed a one year loan deal with Australian A-League club Adelaide United.[7]

On 14 July 2015, Zullo signed a one-year deal with Melbourne City.[8]

International career[edit]

Due to outstanding form since making his debut for Brisbane Roar, Zullo was called up for the first time for the Australia national under-23 football team before their qualifier against Iraq, in which they won 2-0.

He was also a train-on player with the national U-17 squad, the Joeys, at 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru.

On 28 January 2009, Zullo made his full international debut, coming on as a substitute in a 0-0 draw with Indonesia in the group stage of qualifying for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Zullo has a younger brother, Julian, who appeared in Season 3 of football talent show Football Superstar on Australian television channel Fox8. Zullo also attended Villanova College Coorparoo where he played for the 1st XI football team.

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 21 March 2014

Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Brisbane Roar 2007-08 A-League 17 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 1 2
2008-09 23 1 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 25 2 5
2009-10 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 1
Brisbane Roar total 53 2 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 57 3 7
FC Utrecht 2010-11 Eredivisie 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
2011-12 15 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 1
2012-13 13 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0
Utrecht total 34 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 36 0 2
Adelaide United 2013–14 A-League 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 1
Career total 107 2 10 6 1 0 0 0 0 113 3 10

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