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Tommy Oar
Personal information
Full name Thomas Michael Oar[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Southport, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brisbane Roar
Number 11
Youth career
1996–1997 Burleigh Heads SC
1997–2007 Palm Beach
2007–2008 QAS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Brisbane Roar 23 (2)
2010–2015 FC Utrecht 117 (4)
2015–2016 Ipswich Town 6 (0)
2016– Brisbane Roar 6 (0)
National team
2008–2011 Australia U20 34 (4)
2010– Australia[3] 28 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 February 2016

Thomas Michael "Tommy" Oar (born 10 December 1991) is an Australian professional footballer playing as a midfielder for Brisbane Roar in the A-League.

Born on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Oar played youth football for Burleigh Heads, 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, making over 100 appearances for the side before moving to England to play for Ipswich Town in 2015.

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

Early life[edit]

Oar's paternal grandparents have Basque heritage.[4]

Club career[edit]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

Oar attended All Saints Anglican School on the Gold Coast graduating in 2008. He signed a three-year deal with the Brisbane Roar at the commencement of the 2008/09 season.[5] In his second game against the Wellington Phoenix he scored his first league goal.[6]

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 picked by Queensland Roar.

He received his first red card in Round 3 of the 2009–10 season in a match against Wellington Phoenix.[7]

FC Utrecht[edit]

In January 2010, Oar signed with Dutch agent Rob Jansen and was linked with a move at the end of the 2009–10 season to Eredivisie squad Feyenoord Rotterdam and trained with FC Utrecht with fellow Roar players, Michael Zullo and Adam Sarota.[8]

In March 2010 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.[9] On 2 April 2010 he, along with fellow Roar players Michael Zullo and Adam Sarota, joined FC Utrecht on a five-year deal, in a collective transfer deal said to be worth in excess of A$1.8 million.[10][11]

On 15 July 2010 Oar made his run-on debut for Utrecht in the 89th minute (a 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 full debut ended in defeat as FC Utrecht were beaten 4–0 away at FC Twente on 29 August 2010.[13]

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

On 22 September 2011 Oar scored for Utrecht in the second-round KNVB Cup match against De Graafschap. The club went on to lose in penalties.[14]

In the 2012–13 Eredivisie season Oar played in FC Utrecht's most successful season as they finished with 63 points and qualified for the Europa League. He was awarded 10th place in the VI Eredivisie player of the Year standings at the end of the season.[citation needed]

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 29 August 2015 it was announced Oar had signed a two-year contract with Ipswich Town. He made his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and scored his first Ipswich goal in an FA Cup match against Portsmouth.[15] Oar left Ipswich on 22 January 2016 after he requested his contract be cancelled.[16]

Return to Brisbane Roar[edit]

In 2016, Oar rejoined Brisbane Roar on a contract for 2.5 seasons following his stint in England.[17]

International career[edit]

On 22 December 2009 Oar was named in the Australian national team squad for the 2011 Asian Cup Qualifier against Kuwait but did not receive match time.[18] On 3 March 2010 he made his debut for Australia in a 1–0 win over Indonesia in the final 2011 Asian Cup Qualifier.[19][20][21] His performance in this match led to fallacious comparisons to Harry Kewell and the potential for Oar to succeed the Australian great.[22][23][24][25] In 2010 Oar participated for the final 10 mins against New Zealand in a pre-World Cup friendly. On 2 January 2011 Oar was called up to the Australian 2011 Asian Cup squad. In August 2011 he played in 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. Oar later said that it was the best goal of his career.[26] The goal went on to be voted Goal of the Tournament.[27] In 2013, Oar scored his first full international goal in a World Cup Qualifier against Japan. The matched finished 1–1, the goal aiding Australia's efforts to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. [28]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results lists Australia's goals first
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 June 2013 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan  Japan 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 17 June 2015 Spartak Stadium, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan  Kyrgyzstan 2–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 September 2016
Club Season Division League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brisbane Roar 2008–09 A-League 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
2009–10 18 1 0 0 18 1
Brisbane Roar total 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 2
FC Utrecht 2010–11 Eredivisie 7 0 0 0 4 0 11 0
2011–12 18 2 1 1 0 0 19 3
2012–13 31 1 1 0 0 0 32 11
2013–14 31 1 3 0 2 0 36 1
2014–15 18 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
FC Utrecht total 105 4 6 1 0 0 6 0 117 15
Ipswich Town 2015–16 Championship 6 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 9 1
Brisbane Roar 2015–16 A-League 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2016–17 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Brisbane Roar total 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 140 6 9 2 1 0 6 0 156 8

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Australia

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 3. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tommy Oar". socceroos.com.au. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Tommy Oar at National-Football-Teams.com
  4. ^ "Oar reveals: I almost joined Bilbao". socceroos.com.au. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Oar makes history with Roar
  6. ^ Oar paddles to Queensland's rescue Archived 29 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Points shared at Suncorp". A-league.com.au. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Europe calls the best Brisbane Roar players". News.com.au. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Four Victory men in all-star team". Heraldsun.com.au. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  10. ^ (Dutch) Australisch trio tekent contract
  11. ^ "Roar cop triple blow". A-league.com.au. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2011 – Utrecht-Tirana –". UEFA. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  13. ^ De Grolsch, Veste (29 August 2010). "Report: Twente Enschede v FC Utrecht – Dutch Eredivisie – ESPN Soccernet". ESPN. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Oar scores screamer in Holland". Fox Sports. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  15. ^ http://www.itfc.co.uk/news/article/tommy-oar-2656447.aspx
  16. ^ "Tommy Oar leaves Ipswich Town". Sports Mole. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Roar sign Socceroos winger". Football Federation Australia. 29 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Oar called up to Socceroos squad". Australia: ABC. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  19. ^ Monteverde, Marco (3 March 2010). "Tommy Oar to make Socceroos debut in Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Oar ready for Socceroos debut". News.smh.com.au. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Tommy's Oar-some debut". Theworldgame.sbs.com.au. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "Now a Socceroo, the Roar's Oar soars". Brisbanetimes.com.au. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Roar's Oar comes to the fore". Brisbanetimes.com.au. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "Tommy Oar youngest Socceroo since his hero Kewell". News.com.au. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "Socceroos coach to keep eye on Oar". News.smh.com.au. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  26. ^ Oar earns ticket for Asian Cup theworldgame.com.au, 2 January 2011
  27. ^ [1] fifa.com, 26 August 2011
  28. ^ [2] June 2013
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  30. ^ "Young Roos Celebrate Silverware". FourFourTwo. 12 October 2008. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  31. ^ "Tommy tops young talent". Brisbane Roar. 17 February 2010. 
  32. ^ "Muscat leads players' team of the season". Melbourne Victory. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  33. ^ "Schwarzer FFA's best". Sportal. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  34. ^ "Goal of the Tournament". FIFA. Archived from the original on 12 November 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
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