Sterjovski training for the Australian national team
|Full name||Mile Sterjovski|
|Date of birth||27 May 1979|
|Place of birth||Wollongong, Australia|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Right Winger / Second Striker|
|1985–1988||Wollongong Olympic Junior Soccer Club|
|1988–1993||Lake Heights JFC|
|2012–2014||Central Coast Mariners||50||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 January 2010
Mile Sterjovski (/
Sterjovski played youth football with Wollongong Wolves and the AIS before making his senior debut for Wolves in the National Soccer League. After also playing for Wollongong United, Sydney United and Parramatta Power, Sterjovski moved overseas to play for French club Lille OSC. He also spent time in Switzerland (with Basel) and Turkey (with Hacettepe) before joining Derby in the English Premier League. He eventually returned to Australia to play in the A-League for Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners, separated by a period playing for Dalian Aerbin in the Chinese Super League.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 A-League career statistics
- 5 Chinese League career statistics
- 6 National team statistics
- 7 Honours
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Sterjovski began playing as a junior with the Wollongong Olympic Junior Soccer Club Lake Height Junior Football Club.
Sterjovski's performances and record of 31 goals in 68 games in three National Soccer League (NSL) seasons earned him a move to French Ligue 1 side Lille in 2000. After 4 seasons at Lille, Sterjovski moved to Swiss side FC Basel.
Sterjovski remained at FC Basel for three seasons. In his first season at St. Jakob-Park, he won the Swiss Super League and in his second season was part of the team that reached the UEFA Cup Quarter-finals. Sterjovski moved to Turkey in the summer of 2007.
On 9 January 2008, Sterjovski announced his plan to leave Turkey for personal reasons relating to his family. He announced that he was in negotiations with Premier League side Derby County and joined them after work permit problems on 24 January 2008. He made his debut as a substitute against Tottenham in a 3–0 defeat, and was a regular in the side towards the end of the season, usually playing out on the right wing.
In the 2008–09 season, Sterjovski was largely frozen out of the Derby squad by manager Paul Jewell, his first appearance of the season coming on 21 October 2008 against Blackpool, in which he scored his first goal for Derby. However, following Jewell's departure, he produced an impressive performance against Manchester United in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final under caretaker manager David Lowe. New Derby manager Nigel Clough was watching in the stands. Following the match, Sterjovski said: "Now I am glad there is a new manager. It’s a new start for me and, hopefully, I will get more chances." Sterjovski went on to make 14 further appearances before the end of the season, scoring once and playing well in the middle of the injury-hit Derby midfield.
Return to Australia: Perth Glory
Central Coast Mariners
Sterjovski made his Australian national team debut against Scotland in 2000. Sterjovski was selected to represent Australia at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. In the build-up, he made an appearance in the Australia vs. Greece friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and also played against Liechtenstein, scoring the first goal for the Socceroos in a 3–1 win. In the finals he started in the games against Brazil and against Croatia.
Sterjovski was selected for the first group match in Australia's 2007 Asian Cup campaign, starting against Oman and substituted in the 46th minute, which Australia drew 1–1. Due to illness Sterjovski did not feature further in Australia's failed campaign in its first Asian Cup. Sterjovski scored against Ghana during a friendly match at the Sydney Football Stadium, but was sent off in the 85th minute after receiving a second yellow card for a tackle on Ghana's Richard Manu. He scored again on 20 August in a friendly against South Africa in which the Socceroos drew 2–2. On 10 June 2009, Sterjovski notched his 9th goal for Australia in a 2–0 win over Bahrain at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, in his 41st appearance for his national side.
Sterjovski and his wife Sharon have two sons and a daughter. Luka, Sonny and Lilly. Sterjovski has two nieces named Neve and Miki.
A-League career statistics
- As of 16 March 2014
|Central Coast Mariners||2012–13||19||1||2||0||5||0||26||1|
Chinese League career statistics
(Correct as of 24 June 2012)
|Season||Club||League||League||CFA Cup||CSL Cup||Asia||Total|
|2012||Dalian Aerbin||Chinese Super League||14||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||14||0|
National team statistics
|Australia national team|
|1||31 May 2004||Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia||Tahiti||5-0||9-0||2004 OFC Nations Cup|
|4||7 June 2006||Donaustadion, Ulm, Germany||Liechtenstein||1-1||3-1||Friendly|
|5||2 June 2007||Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia||Uruguay||1-0||1-2||Friendly|
|6||23 May 2008||Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia||Ghana||1-0||1-0||Friendly|
|7||19 August 2008||Loftus Road, London, England||South Africa||1-1||2-2||Friendly|
|8||10 June 2009||Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia||Bahrain||1-0||2-0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)|
- NSL Minor Premiership:
- Winner (1): 1999
- Swiss Super League:
- Swiss Cup:
- Winner (1): 2007
- UEFA Cup:
- Quarter-finals (1): 2006
- League Cup:
- Semi-finals (1): 2009
- Club Golden Boot Award: 2010
Central Coast Mariners
- "Player Profile". fifa.com. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Derby complete Sterjovski signing". BBC Sport. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "Sterjovski delighted to be a Ram". BBC Sport. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "Blackpool 3–2 Derby". BBC. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
- "Mile relishing fresh chance with the Rams". Derby Evening Telegraph. Archived from the original on 4 March 2009.
- "Derby County: Aussie clubs could move to take Mile back home". This is Derbyshire.
- "Sterjovski seals Perth Glory move". BBC Sport. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "Sterjovski signs with Mariners". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Mile Sterjovski to retire". Football Federation Australia. 5 February 2014. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014.
- "Mile Sterjovski". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.