Jedinak with Antalyaspor in 2009
|Full name||Michael John Jedinak|
|Date of birth||3 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in) |
|2003–2004||→ Varaždin (loan)||0||(0)|
|2005||→ South Coast United (loan)||18||(7)|
|2006–2009||Central Coast Mariners||45||(8)|
|2009–2010||→ Antalyaspor (loan)||28||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2015.
Michael John "Mile" Jedinak (Croatian pronunciation: [jedǐːnak]; born 3 August 1984) is an Australian international football player who plays for and captains both Crystal Palace and the Australia national team. He commonly plays as a defensive midfielder.
Jedinak was born in Sydney and played youth football with Sydney United before starting his senior career at the club. Following loan spells at Varteks and South Coast United, Jedinak moved to Central Coast Mariners in 2006. He next played in Turkey, for Gençlerbirliği and Antalyaspor on loan before joining Crystal Palace and subsequently playing a role in the club earning promotion to the Premier League.
Jedinak has made over 50 appearances for the Australian national team, scoring 8 goals. This includes participation in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. He has also played at two AFC Asian Cups, captaining Australia to victory on home soil in the 2015 edition.
Jedinak began playing when he was chosen to be part of the PDSSSC – a competition between Catholic schools within the Parramatta Diocesan – where he played for St Agnes Catholic High, the same school compatriot Željko Kalac attended. He also played for Loyola Senior High School, Mt Druitt in the Jesuit Cup. As captain, Jedinak led the team to success, winning the competition. He began his career at Sydney United, and spent some time in the early years of his career at Croatian club Varaždin, making one competitive appearance for the Croatian side in a 2003–04 UEFA Cup qualifier against Levadia Maardu. He was part of the Sydney United side that won the NSW Premier League title for 2006, playing a role in midfield that earned him a trial with the Mariners.
Jedinak was first added to the Mariners' squad in the week leading up to their 2006 Pre-Season Cup play-off against Newcastle Jets, and subsequently was called into the squad for the last ten games of the 2006–07 where he made eight appearances.
Jedinak achieved success at the Central Coast Mariners, helping them to a Premiers' Plate in the 2007–08 season of the Hyundai A-League and scoring some spectacular goals along the way including a 25-metre free-kick in the 5–4 loss in Round 15 to Sydney FC. He was the club's second highest goalscorer in the 2008–09 season, with 6 goals.
On 25 December 2008, Jedinak signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Turkish club Gençlerbirliği that was effective of January 2009.  On 24 January 2009, he made his competitive debut for Gençlerbirliği in their 3–1 victory over Kayserispor, playing the full match. Jedinak's first goal for Gençlerbirliği was scored in a 1–0 win over Fenerbahce.
With one year remaining on his contract at Gençlerbirliği, Jedinak announced he was leaving the club in June 2011, with the hopes of finding a new club in a different country. A month later he signed for Crystal Palace in England. Jedinak became a fans' favourite at Selhurst Park during the 2012–2013 season. In light of regular club captain Paddy McCarthy's injury spell this season, Jedinak was handed the captain's armband first by Dougie Freedman and later Ian Holloway. Jedinak scored an 89th minute winner on the final day of the 2012–13 season in a 3–2 win against Peterborough United at Selhurst Park to secure a playoff place for Palace. Jedinak then captained Palace to win the playoffs in 2012–13 to gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League. Jedinak was voted Crystal Palace's player of the season 2012–13. On 3 December 2013, Jedinak signed a new three-and-a-half year contract which will run out in summer 2017. He scored his first Premier League goal from a penalty kick against West Ham United in April 2014, however choosing not to celebrate the goal to pay respect for compatriot Dylan Tombides, who was being honoured at that match following his death. Jedinak came close to playing every single minute of Crystal Palace's 2013–14 Premier League season (a rarity for an outfield player, even captains), but injured himself in the second half of the 2–2 draw with Fulham, and so he was replaced by Kagisho Dikgacoi with just over 30 minutes left to play.
On 28 October 2014, Jedinak was named the 5th best player in Europe, the best midfielder in Europe and the best player in the Premier League after the first three months of the 2014–15 season by the website Oulala Fantasy Football based on Opta performance statistics, an accolade he brushed off as reported by Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service. On 30 November, he was named as Asian International Footballer of the Year. Jedinak's superb freekick in a 3-1 win over Liverpool in November 2014 was voted Goal of the Season at the 2015 Crystal Palace FC Awards night.
Jedinak made his full international debut in a friendly against Singapore in early 2008 and was an integral squad member of Pim Verbeek's "Socceroos" in the lead up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Jedinak was included in Australia's 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup and made his first appearance in Australia's opening match against Germany on 13 June. This, however, would be Jedinak's only involvement in the competition.
Jedinak scored his first international goal against South Korea at 2011 AFC Asian Cup. Jedinak went on to score his second international goal in the following match of the tournament against Bahrain.
On 21 May 2014, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou appointed Jedinak as captain of the Australian national team to compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, despite suffering an injury when playing in Crystal Palace's final match of the Premier League season.
Jedinak was named as captain of Australia for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup on home soil. He started in their first group game against Kuwait, scoring a penalty in the 62nd minute a 4–1 victory, but finished the game with an ankle injury. He returned to action in the knockout stages, and eventually lifted the trophy after the win over South Korea in the final.
|1||15 January 2011||Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar||South Korea||
||2011 AFC Asian Cup|
|2||18 January 2011||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Bahrain||
||2011 AFC Asian Cup|
|3||11 October 2011||ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia||Oman||
||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||5 March 2014||The Den, London, England||Ecuador||
|5||18 June 2014||Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil||Netherlands||
||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|6||8 September 2014||Craven Cottage, London, England||Saudi Arabia||
|7||9 January 2015||Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, Australia||Kuwait||
||2015 AFC Asian Cup|
|8.||25 March 2015||Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany||Germany||
|9.||17 June 2015||Spartak Stadium, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan||Kyrgyzstan||
||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- (correct as of 24 May 2015)
|Central Coast Mariners||2006–07||A-League||8||0||—||—||8||0|
|Central Coast total||45||8||8||2||0||0||49||10|
|Crystal Palace total||137||10||6||0||0||0||143||10|
- Includes 3 appearances in Football League play-offs
- As of 31 March 2015
|Australia national team|
- NSW Premier League: 2006
- Mariners Medal: 2007–08
- PFA A-League Team of the Season: 2008–09
- Crystal Palace Player of the Year: 2012–13
- FFA Male footballer of the Year: 2013, 2014
- Asian International Footballer of the Year: 2014
- PFA Footballer of the Year: 2013–14
Jedinak is married to Natalie and they have a son.
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- "Australia 1 – 0 Bahrain". ESPN Soccernet. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
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- "Mile Jedinak named Socceroos' World Cup skipper". Goal.com. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Davutovic, David (21 May 2014). "Mile Jedinak gets the captain’s armband to lead the Socceroos at the World Cup in Brazil". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Sanghera, Mandeep (18 June 2014). "Australia 2–3 Netherlands". BBC. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- "Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak injured on Australia duty". BBC Sport. 10 January 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "Joy For Jedinak As Aussies Win Asian Cup". Crystal Palace F.C. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
- Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield
- "Jedinak and Ryan Honoured as PFA Major Award Winners". Professional Footballers Australia. 15 January 2014.
- Sharwood, Anthony (21 May 2014). "In June, Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak will be Australia’s most important man. Here’s some stuff you should know about him". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
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