Tommy Oar

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Tommy Oar
Personal information
Full name Thomas Michael Oar[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Southport, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Youth career
1996–2007 Palm Beach
2007–2008 QAS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Brisbane Roar 26 (2)
2010–2015 FC Utrecht 105 (14)
2015– Ipswich Town 0 (0)
National team
2008–2011 Australia U20 14 (4)
2010– Australia[3] 26 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 August 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2015

Thomas Michael "Tommy" Oar (born 10 December 1991) is an Australian football (soccer) player who currently plays for English club Ipswich Town in the Football League Championship.

Born on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Oar played youth football for Palm Beach and at the Queensland Academy of Sport before making his professional debut for Brisbane Roar in 2008. He joined Dutch club FC Utrecht in 2010, going on to make over 100 appearances for the side before moving to England to play for Ipswich Town in 2015.

Oar has over thirty caps with the Australian national team, scoring four goals. He participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2011 and 2015 Asian Cups, with Australia winning the latter. He was also a part of the Australia U-20 side at the 2009 and 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

He attended All Saints Anglican School on the Gold Coast graduating in 2008. Oar signed a three-year deal with the Brisbane Roar at the commencement of the 2008/09 season.[4] In his second game, against the Wellington Phoenix, he scored his first league goal, which was a match winning goal from a free-kick in the 91st minute.[5]

Oar previously played at Palm Beach Sharks football club on the Gold Coast (along with fellow Roar youngster, Mitch Nichols), before gaining selection in the Gold Coast Representative system, and eventually the Queensland Academy of Sport, where he was hand picked by Queensland Roar coach Frank Farina to join the A-League side.

He received his first red card in Round 3 of the 2009–10 season in a match against Wellington Phoenix.[6]

FC Utrecht[edit]

In January 2010, Oar signed with Dutch agent Rob Jansen and was immediately linked with a move at the end of the 2009–10 season to Eredivisie giants Feyenoord Rotterdam and has since been invited to train for the remainder of the season with another Dutch club in FC Utrecht with fellow Roar players, Michael Zullo and Adam Sarota.[7]

In March 2010, due to his impressive performances throughout the season he was award the Rising Star award for the Best Young Player and selected on the bench in the A-League Team of the Year.[8]

In March 2010, he was invited to trial with Dutch side FC Utrecht after catching the attention of Utrecht's director of football, Foeke Booy, with his impressive display in his debut for the Socceroos against Indonesia.[9] On 2 April 2010 he, along with fellow Roar players, Michael Zullo and Adam Sarota, joined FC Utrecht on a 5-year deal, in a collective transfer deal where the fee is said to be worth in excess of A$1.8 million.[10][11]

On 15 July 2010, Oar made his debut for his new club Utrecht coming on in the 89th minute of their 4–0 victory over KF Tirana in the UEFA Europa League.[12] On 15 August 2010, he made his Eredivisie debut coming on as an 87th-minute substitute. His run-on debut ended in defeat when FC Utrecht were beaten 4–0 away at FC Twente on 29 August 2010.[13]

Tommy played the last 20 minutes of a Europa League match for Utrecht against Liverpool at Anfield on 15 December 2010.

On 22 September 2011, Oar scored a screamer for his Dutch club FC Utrecht in their second-round KNVB Cup match against De Graafschap, but it was not enough for FC Utrecht to progress to round three, with the Eredivise club bundled out on penalties.[14]

Ipswich Town FC[edit]

On 29 August 2015 it was announced he had signed a two-year contract with Ipswich Town.[15]

International career[edit]

On 22 December 2009 he was called up to the Australian national team squad for a 2011 Asian Cup Qualifier against Kuwait, however he did not get any match time.[16] On 3 March 2010, he made his debut in Australia's 1–0 win over Indonesia in their final 2011 Asian Cup Qualifier.[17][18][19] His outstanding performance in this match led many within the media to draw comparisons to Harry Kewell and his potential to succeed him as a Socceroo regular.[20][21][22][23] On Monday 24, 2010 he was given another Socceroos cap against New Zealand in a pre-world cup friendly. He was given 10 minutes and impressed with his surging runs, and energy. His display may have helped lead coach Pim Verbeek to the decision to take him to the World Cup in South Africa in the 28-man squad over fellow Australian midfielder Nick Carle. Oar was unable to make the cut to be in the final 23 Australian World Cup squad. He was re-called to the squad for Australia's first match after the World Cup, a friendly against Slovenia on 11 August 2010. On 2 January 2011, Oar was called up to the Australian 2011 Asian Cup squad as replacement for Richard Garcia, who had to undergo surgery for an injured knee, resulting in his unavailability. In Aug 2011 he went to the U-20 World Cup in Colombia where he scored a 30-yard free kick in the last minute of the game against Ecuador to level 1–1. He later said that it was the best goal of his career.[24] The goal went on to be voted Goal of the Tournament.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Oar's paternal grandparents have Basque heritage.[26]






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  19. ^ "Tommy's Oar-some debut". 3 March 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Now a Socceroo, the Roar's Oar soars". 23 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Roar's Oar comes to the fore". 3 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
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  24. ^ Oar earns ticket for Asian Cup, 2 January 2011
  25. ^ [1], 26 August 2011
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  30. ^ "Muscat leads players' team of the season". Melbourne Victory. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  31. ^ "Schwarzer FFA's best". Sportal. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
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