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Ivan Franjic
Ivan Franjic
Personal information
Full name Ivan Frankie Franjic
Date of birth September 10, 1987 (1987-09-10) (age 32)
Place of birth    Melbourne, Victoria, Flag of Australia Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Nationality Flag of Australia Australia
Club information
Current club Flag of Australia Perth Glory
Number 5
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2005–2006
2007–2008
2009
2009–2014
2014–2015
2015–2017
2017
2017–2018
2018–
Flag of Australia St Albans Saints
Flag of Australia Melbourne Knights
Flag of Australia Oakleigh Cannons
Flag of Australia Brisbane Roar
Flag of Russia Torpedo Moscow
Flag of Australia Melbourne City
South Korea Daegu FC
Flag of Australia Brisbane Roar
Flag of Australia Perth Glory
039 00(5)
050 00(9)
017 00(2)
0115 0(11)
0000(0)
039 00(1)
0000(0)
016 00(2)   
National team
2012– Flag of Australia Australia 020 00(0)

Ivan Frankie Franjic (/ˈfrænjɪtʃ/ FRAN-yitch; Croatian: [ǐʋan frǎːɲitɕ]; born 10 September 1987) is an Australian player who plays for Perth Glory in the A-League.

Club career

Victorian Premier League

Franjic played at Junior level for Meadow Park Eagles, Melbourne Knights, and St Albans Saints. During the 2005 season he made his senior debut for the Saints, playing 39 times for a reward of five goals. He then moved back to his former Youth club Melbourne Knights where he played 50 times, scoring nine goals. After the 2008 season he moved to Oakleigh Cannons where his performances would soon earn him a move to the A-League with Brisbane Roar. Due to the Victorian Premier League being a semi-professional league, Franjic also was employed as a Carpenter.

Brisbane Roar

On 31 August 2009, he was signed as a short-term injury replacement for Andrew Packer. After being signed on loan to Brisbane he was signed on a long term contract.[citation needed] During his first season in the A-League he made a combined 20 appearances for the club.

Franjic scored his first goal for Brisbane in a pre-season friendly against the Newcastle Jets on 2 July 2010. His 85th-minute penalty was the match-winning goal, with the Roar winning 1–0. His first A-League goal for Brisbane came in the Round 10, midweek clash with Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium with a powerful volley from outside of the box. His goal was made famous for his team's "human kayak" celebration.[citation needed] Brisbane won the game 2–0. Playing as a wingback, Franjic impressed at the Roar.

In Round 17, Franjic scored an equalising goal against the North Queensland Fury in the 85th minute. The game ended 1–1. This goal meant that the Roar continued their undefeated run, extending it to 12 matches. Franjic played at right-back for the Brisbane Roar in the 2011 A-League Grand Final. The Roar were down 2–0 in extra time against the Central Coast Mariners before scoring two goals in under four minutes to send the match to a penalty shoot-out. Franjic scored the first penalty for the Roar who ended up winning 4–2 in the shootout after two saves from Michael Theoklitos.

Franjic was one of six Brisbane Roar players to be selected in the All-Star Team for the 2010–11 season. Goal.com named Franjic as one of five Australian defenders in the A-League who are ready to play in Europe.

In 2012, Franjic played in the 2012 A-League Grand Final against Perth Glory, where he scored an own goal to give Perth an unlikely lead. Brisbane managed to claw back and take the lead courtesy a late penalty by Besart Berisha, becoming the first A-League side to win the championship two years in succession.

Torpedo Moscow

In August 2014, Franjic moved to newly promoted Russian Premier League side FC Torpedo Moscow, signing a three-year contract at the club. Franjic made his debut for Torpedo on 25 October 2014, in a 0–0 home draw against FC Kuban Krasnodar, coming on as a half-time substitute for Ivan Novoseltsev. During January 2015 Torpedo blocked a loan move for Franjic back to the A-League, with Franjic later being linked with a move to Dinamo Zagreb during the summer of 2015. He quit Torpedo Moscow due to unpaid wages on 23 April 2015

Melbourne City

Just over a month after leaving Russia, Franjic was unveiled as A-League side Melbourne City's first signing of the summer. Signing a three-year deal, Franjic expressed his pleasure at returning to his home town, and cited the prospect of first team football as a key factor in his decision to join City, particularly in light of his desire to retain his place in the Socceroos starting line-up.

Daegu FC

After two injury-plagued seasons at Melbourne City, Franjic was released from the third year of his contract to allow him to join South Korean club Daegu FC. Franjic announced that he was leaving the club in October 2017, having made just two K League Classic appearances.

Return to Brisbane Roar

Franjic returned to Brisbane Roar on a one-season contract in November 2017. On his second appearance for the Roar after joining he scored a brilliant left foot curled effort after under two minutes on the pitch to claim a 2–0 win over the [[Western Sydney Wanderers.

International career

In December 2012, Franjic made his international debut for the Socceroos under Holger Osieck.

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil he started at right back in Australia's 3–1 loss to Chile. At the 35th minute he crossed to Tim Cahill who scored Australia's only goal in the game. Franjic later succumbed to a hamstring injury and was substituted in the second half. He was later ruled out of the remainder of the tournament to his bitter disappointment.

Franjic was named as part of Australia's squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Franjic started in Australia's first match of the tournament against Kuwait, playing the full 90 minutes and providing the assist for Massimo Luongo to score Australia's second goal of the match.

Franjic started for Australia in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final. However, after suffering an injury in the middle of the second half, Franjic was substituted off for Matt McKay as Australia won 2–1.

Career statistics

As of match played 13 April 2015
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009–10 Brisbane Roar A-League 190190
2010–11 232232
2011–12 29160351
2012–13 23310243
2013–14 215215
2014–15 Torpedo Moscow Russian Premier League 401050
2015–16 Melbourne City FC A-League 000000
Total Australia 115117012211
Russia 401050
Career total 11911107012711

Honours

Club

Brisbane Roar
  • A-League Premiership: 2010–11, 2013–14
  • A-League Championship: 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
Melbourne City

International

Australia

Individual

  • PFA A-League Team of the Season: 2010–11, 2013–14
  • PFA A-League Team of the Decade: 2005–15

External links

Perth Glory FC squad - 2019-20

1 Velaphi · 2 Grant · 3 Davidson · 4 Lowry · 5 Franjic · 6 Djulbic · 7 Chianese · 9 Keogh (c) · 10 Fornaroli · 11 Santalab · 13 Spiranovic · 14 Harold · 15 Wilson · 16 Mrcela · 17 Castro · 19 Ikonomidis · 20 Brimmer · 21 Italiano · 22 Ferreira · 23 Neville · 25 Scott · 27 Juande · 29 K. Popovic · 33 Reddy · 36 Hore · 40 Lee · 88 Kilkenny ·

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