Vedran Janjetović

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Vedran Janjetović
Vedran Janjetovic.jpg
Janjetović playing for Sydney FC Youth in 2009
Personal information
Full name Vedran Janjetović
Date of birth (1987-08-20) 20 August 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Zagreb, Croatia
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Western Sydney Wanderers
Number 20
Youth career
2002 Hurtsville City Minotaurs
2003 Stanmore Hawks
2003–2004 Sydney Olympic
2004 APIA Leichhardt Tigers
2005 Hurtsville City Minotaurs
2006 FC Bossy Liverpool
2007 Hurtsville City Minotaurs[1]
2007–2008 Sydney United
2008–2009 Sydney FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 NK Bjelovar 7 (0)
2009–2012 Sydney United 74 (0)
2009 Brisbane Roar (loan) 0 (0)
2012 Melbourne Heart (loan) 0 (0)
2012–2016 Sydney FC 100 (0)
2016– Western Sydney Wanderers 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 January 2017.

Vedran Janjetović (born 20 August 1987) is a Croatian Australian football (soccer) player, currently playing for Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League.

Club career[edit]

Janjetović started his career in the youth ranks at NSWPL club Sydney United before being spotted by Sydney FC and was signed to their Youth League squad alongside fellow young stars Matthew Jurman, Kofi Danning, Rhyan Grant and Anthony Golec. He helped Sydney FC to the inaugural title, making a significant impression on his peers with a number of good performances.[2]

In 2010, he would return to Sydney United being too old to be eligible for a spot in Sydney FC's youth team and was not offered a senior team contract at the club due to an onging neurological issue in his right arm which forced him into an extended period on the sidelines.[3] Later that year, Janjetović was loaned out to fellow A-League club Brisbane Roar as injury cover for Griffin McMaster as regular custodian Liam Reddy was out injured,[4] however did not make an appearance for the Roar in his time at the club.

Melbourne Heart[edit]

Janjetović joined Melbourne Heart on a two-game loan stint for their Hawaiian Islands Invitational in February 2012. He played against both American club Colorado Rapids and Korean side Busan IPark.

Sydney FC[edit]

On 18 June 2012, it was announced that Janjetović had signed a 2-year deal with Sydney FC to bolster their goalkeeping ranks.[5] Janjetović trialled for a number of weeks at the club against former Gold Coast United goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson, QPR youth goalkeeper Aaron Lennox and Sutherland goalkeeper Nathan Denham. He eventually won out, impressing Sydney FC's goalkeeping coach Zeljko Kalac and manager Ian Crook. Janjetović was also in talks with the club's new cross-city rivals Western Sydney FC during his trial at Sydney FC but chose to sign with the Sky Blues, stating that his decision came down to the calibre of goalkeeping coach at the club as well as Sydney FC's interest and desire to have him in their squad.[6] He made his Sydney FC debut on 2 December 2012 at Allianz Stadium keeping a clean sheet in Sydney’s 0–0 draw with Melbourne Heart.

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

On 20 December 2016, it was announced that Janjetović signed an 18-month deal with Western Sydney Wanderers.[7] He would rejoin his former goalkeeping coach Zeljko Kalac, stating that it played a large role in his switch to his former's cross-city rivals. The deal would be finalised the following year when the transfer window opened in January.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 7 September 2015

CS = Clean Sheets

Club Season Division League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS
NK Bjelovar 2006–07[8] Druga HNL 7 ? 0 0 7 ?
Total 7 ? 0 0 7 ?
Sydney United 2009[9] NSW Premier League 22 6 22 6
2010[9] 17 7 17 7
2011[9] 23 6 23 6
2012[9] 12 3 12 3
Total 74 22 74 22
Brisbane Roar 2009–10 A-League 0 0 0 0
Melbourne Heart 2011–12 A-League 0 0 0 0
Sydney FC 2012–13[10] A-League 16 3 16 3
2013–14[10] 28 5 28 5
2014–15[10] 29 9 2 0 31 9
2015–16 [11] 27 8 2 1 0 0 29 9
Total 100 25 4 1 0 0 104 26
Career Total 181 47 4 1 0 0 185 48

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing during group stages (i.e. ACL 2014 and A-League season 2013–2014 etc.)

Honours[edit]

Sydney FC:

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