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Eugene Galekovic
Eugene Galekovic
Personal information
Full name Eugen-Josip Galeković
Date of birth June 12, 1981 (1981-06-12) (age 38)
Place of birth    Melbourne, Flag of Australia Australia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Nationality Flag of Australia Australia
Club information
Current club Flag of Australia Melbourne City
Number 18
Youth clubs
1993–1997
1997–1998
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Flag of Australia Bulleen Lions
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1999–2000
2000–2001
2002–2004
2004–2005
2005–2007
2007–2017
2017–
Flag of Australia Melbourne Knights
Flag of Australia Morwell Falcons
Flag of Australia South Melbourne
Flag of Portugal Beira-Mar
Flag of Australia Melbourne Victory
Flag of Australia Adelaide United
Flag of Australia Melbourne City
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National team
2003–2004
2009–
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Eugen-Josip Galekovic (born 12 June 1981) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Melbourne City FC in the A-League and internationally for Australia.

Biography

Club career

Galekovic's junior football was mostly played at Chelsea Hajduk in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.

Galekovic played school football for St Bede's College.

Galekovic started his career with Morwell based National Soccer League (NSL) side Gippsland Falcons as a 19-year-old in December 2000 before signing with South Melbourne the following season. He stayed with South Melbourne until the NSL's closure in 2003–04 where at season's end he secured a place on the list of Beira Mar in Portugal on the back of holding the number one spot for Australia's Olympic football campaign in Athens in 2004.

The period at Beira Mar was generally unsuccessful for Galekovic, with him seeing little first team action and thus, he returned to Melbourne to sign for the city's inaugural A-League side Melbourne Victory for season 2005–06, debuting in the opening match against Sydney FC.

Galekovic played 11 matches for the season in an unusual goalkeeper rotation policy employed by Melbourne manager Ernie Merrick in which the other 10 matches saw teammate Michael Theoklitos in goal. Galekovic was second choice keeper for the Victory in the 2006–07 season but an injury to Theoklitos gave Galekovic his first start of the season in the round 13 clash against Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

Adelaide United

On 30 October, Eugene signed for Melbourne Victory rivals Adelaide United as a replacement for injured keeper Daniel Beltrame and made his debut against the Queensland Roar at Hindmarsh Stadium. On 20 January 2008, Galekovic kept his first clean sheet for Adelaide in a 2–0 win over Brisbane at Hindmarsh Stadium. On 27 December 2008 Galekovic made a string of impressive saves to ensure Adelaide kept its 1–0 advantage over Perth Glory and in the process giving him his fifth clean sheet of the league season.

In February 2010, Galekovic capped off another brilliant year by winning the Adelaide United Player of the Year Award.

In the middle of the 2011–12 A-League Jon McKain resigned his role as captain at Adelaide United. It was then announced that Eugene Galekovic became captain.

On 11 March 2016 Galekovic reached 250 appearances despite a 1–0 defeat to Melbourne City FC.

Melbourne City

On 16 June 2017 Galekovic signed a two-year deal with Melbourne City FC. At the start of Melbourne City's 2017–18 season. He was the starting goalkeeper for the first eight games until in Round 9, Warren Joyce was changing the lineup and replacing Galekovic for Dean Bouzanis.

International

Galekovic has been called up for Australia in a preliminary squad with teammates Scott Jamieson and Paul Reid after impressive performances in the A-League and the Asian Champions League. He made his first senior international football debut for the Socceroos on 28 January 2009 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Indonesia. He was disappointing in his last outing against Kuwait, by letting in two poor goals after Australia conceded a 2–0 advantage. After Brad Jones left the 2010 World Cup 23-man squad to help his son battle leukaemia, he was called in as a replacement, after missing selection in the 23-man squad first time around. Eugene was selected by Holger Osieck for a 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup qualifying tournament. He started the first match against hosts Hong Kong and came up with audacious stops to save Australia from humiliation as they won 1–0 with a solo effort from Brett Emerton. The other game that Galekovic was a part of a 9–0 thrashing of Guam. After a string good performances for Adelaide United, Holger Osieck selected Eugene Galekovic as part of his 23-man squad for the decisive 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) match against Oman.

He was part of the Australia squad for the 2014 World Cup, but did not play.

Career statistics

As of 9 May 2016

CS = Clean sheets

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS Apps CS
Eastern Pride 2000–01 111111
Total 111111
South Melbourne 2001–02 0000
2002–03 157157
2003–04 22102210
Total 37173717
Beira-Mar 2004–05 2020
Total 2020
Melbourne Victory 2005–06 11421135
2006–07 414182
2007–08 1010
Total 15572227
Adelaide United 2007–08 111111
2008–09 2210321473919
2009–10 27673349
2010–11 299299
2011–12 253106359
2012–13 258258
2013–14 288288
2014–15 26732299
2015–16 221230102612
Total 2156494321625684
Career Total 280871663216 328109

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. 2008 ACL in 2008–09 A-League season etc.)

Honours

Club

Melbourne Victory:

  • A-League Championship: 2006–07
  • A-League Premiership: 2006–07

Adelaide United:

  • FFA Cup: 20214
  • A-League Premiership: 2015–16
  • A-League Championship: 2015–16

National=

Australia

  • AFC Asian Cup: 2015

Individual

  • A-League Goalkeeper of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Adelaide United Club Champion: 2008–2009, 2009–10
  • Adelaide United Player's Player of the Year: 2008–2009, 2009–10, 2011–12
  • A-League PFA Team of the Season: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • A-League All Stars: 2014
  • PFA A-League Team of the Decade: 2005–15

Individual Records

  • Most Goalkeeper of the Year Awards: 4

External links

Melbourne City FC squad - 2019-20

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