Caravella playing for Gold Coast United in 2010
|Full name||Zenon Mauro Caravella|
|Date of birth||17 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Cairns, Australia|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
|2005–2006||New Zealand Knights||21||(0)|
|2009–2011||Gold Coast United||52||(1)|
|2014||FNQ FC Heat||6||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2015.
After the demise of the NSL in Caravella played for Sydney Olympic in the NSW Premier League becoming one of their best players. He was scouted by other clubs during the 2004-2005 season including Malaysian club, Johor FC, before eventually being signed by John Adshead, the head coach of New Zealand Knights inaugural Hyundai A League campaign.
He was scouted by a Dutch agent and on 1 January 2006 moved to the Netherlands to play for Eerste Divisie team FC Omniworld. After a year at FC Omniworld his contract was extended for another year. He was purportedly chased by top Eerste Divisie club, FC Den Bosch, but he ultimately ended up re-signing with FC Omniworld. His contract ultimately ran its course with both parties parting mutually.
On 3 December 2008 he was signed by Gold Coast United after knocking back offers from Serie B clubs. He scored his first goal for the club on 29 January in a 1-0 win against Melbourne Victory. After his debut season at Gold Coast United, he won then Coach Miron Bleiberg's Player of the Year, and Goal of the Year.
In July 2010, it was reported and confirmed that an official offer for transfer came from Turkish Super Lig side Konyaspor, estimated to be around A$300,000. Gold Coast United manager Miron Bleiberg confirmed this offer in which he advised that after much deliberation the club were happy to agree to terms however the decision lay with Caravella as he had to take into consideration his growing online boutique wine business, Red White and Bubbles. Caravella ultimately declined the offer, believed to be worth A$450,000 a season for 3 years.
After Caravella's debut season with Adelaide United, he won the prestigious Club Champion award, the highest accolade a player can be given at the club '
In October 2013, Caravella agreed to another extension with the Jets, securing a future with the club until the completion of the 2014/15 season.
In June 2014, it was unexpectedly announced that Zenon Caravella had requested a release from the remaining year of his Jets contract, citing business opportunities as the reason for his exit. The club has confirmed it would prefer Caravella fulfil his contractual obligations as a key player for the Jets, but agreed to terminate as he would relocate to his hometown of Cairns to run his family business. Caravella has since stated he would like to stay involved in football in Far North Queensland.
In July 2014, Caravella announced the launch of Caravella Coaching, a private football coaching school based in Cairns, aimed at training kids aged between 6-16 in both private and group settings. Furthermore, Caravella signed with local side FNQ FC Heat.
In October 2014, after playing 6 matches for FNQ Heat and helping them reach second place, Caravella returned to the Newcastle Jets to help improve their midfield depth.
- Adelaide United Club Champion: 2011–12
- Gold Coast United Coach's Player of the Year 2009-10
- NSL Champions Sydney Olympic 2001/2002
- Soccer NSW imposes riot act as fans turn on United
- Coach in trouble for ‘tapping’ player
- Soccer: Knights' signing a cut above
- Omniworld signs Caravella from New Zealand Knights
- (Dutch) FC Omniworld
- (Italian) Frosinone, sfida a Foggia e Paganese per Caravella
- (Italian) Caravella, su di lui quattro squadre di B
- (Italian) Pisa, Caravella non interessa
- Six more names confirmed for United
- United rivalry a family affair
- Gold Coast bolster A-League roster
- Adelaide poach Caravella
- "Caravella signature a huge coup for FNQ Heat". Football Federation Australia. 26 July 2014.
- "Caravella returns to Newcastle". Football Federation Australia. 3 October 2014.
- Gold Coast midfielder Zenon Caravella ready to tackle uncle and rival Frank Farina
|Adelaide United Club Champion Award