Carl Valeri
Valeri playing for Australia in 2010
Personal information
Full name Carl Valeri[1]
Date of birth (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth Canberra, Australia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
O’Connor Knights
Youth career
2001 AIS
2002–2004 Inter Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Inter Milan 0 (0)
2004–2005SPAL (loan) 25 (0)
2005–2010 Grosseto 133 (7)
2010–2014 Sassuolo 70 (4)
2014 Ternana 8 (0)
2014–2019 Melbourne Victory 113 (2)
2019 Dandenong City 12 (0)
O’Connor Knights
Total 349 (13)
National team
2000–2001 Australia U17 13 (1)
2001–2003 Australia U20 12 (1)
2004 Australia U23 15 (1)
2007–2014 Australia 52 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 May 2015

Carl Valeri (born 14 August 1984) is a retired Australian professional footballer.

Valeri was born in Canberra and played youth football for Tuggeranong United and at the Australian Institute of Sport before moving to Italy to sign with Inter Milan in 2002. Valeri spent over ten years in Italy, most notably at Sassuolo and Grosseto.

Valeri made over 50 appearances for the Australian national team from 2007 to 2014, including at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He also represented Australia's under-23 side at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Early life

Valeri was born and raised in Canberra, the son of a former National Soccer League midfielder, Walter Valeri.[3] Carl attended Mary MacKillop College and later Lake Ginninderra College.[4][5]

Club career

Valeri with Melbourne Victory in 2014
Valeri with Melbourne Victory in 2014
Valeri training for Melbourne Victory.
Valeri training for Melbourne Victory.

Valeri was signed as a teenager by Italian giants Inter Milan. He was loaned out to various clubs in Italy to gain further experience, including Grosseto. He joined Grosseto permanently in June 2007.[6]

In January 2010 Valeri joined Sassuolo. Representing Australia in the starting 11 for the 2010 World Cup is his greatest achievement to date.[7]

In May 2013, Valeri and his club Sassuolo finished as Serie B champions, thus securing automatic promotion to Serie A for the first time in their history.[8]

In January 2014, he returned to Serie B with relegation battling Ternana until 30 June in hopes of securing a World Cup place with the Socceroos[9]

In June 2014, Carl Valeri returned to his home country signing a 3-year deal with Melbourne Victory.[10] Valeri was an integral part of Victory's 2015 Championship team, starting all 29 games that season.[11]

In September 2015 he was appointed captain of the team.[12] Following an interrupted 2015/16 season,[13] Valeri bounced back and became a regular starter for Victory in both the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons.

In April 2019, Valeri announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2018–19 A-League season.[14]

In May 2019, it was announced that Valeri had signed on for National Premier Leagues Victoria side Dandenong City, along with former A-League players Adrian Leijer and Brendon Santalab.[15]

International career

Valeri with Australia in 2007.
Valeri with Australia in 2007.

Valeri has played for Australia at all international youth levels; Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23.

He captained the Australian Under-17 team, the 'Joeys', at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship and competed with the Under-23 squad, the 'Olyroos', at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

After being an unused substitute in an 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain in 2006, the 22-year-old received his second call up to the senior Australian national team in March 2007, as a replacement for the injured defensive midfielder Vince Grella.

He made his international debut on 24 March 2007 in a friendly game against China, which Australia won 2–0. This made him the 501st player to be capped for Australia. He made his home debut in a friendly against Uruguay.[16]

Former Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has described Valeri as a key player of the future, and possible successor to Grella. This led to certain sections of the Australian media dubbing him "Mini Vinnie."

Honours

With Melbourne Victory:

With Grosseto:

With Sassuolo:

Individual

Career statistics

Club

As of 9 December 2018
Season Club League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004–05 SPAL Serie C1 25 0 2 0 27 0
2005–06 Grosseto 27 1 2 0 29 1
2006–07 30 2 3 0 33 2
2007–08 Serie B 37 2 1 0 38 2
2008–09 28 1 2 0 30 1
2009–10 9 1 1 0 10 1
Grosseto total 133 7 11 0 144 7
2009–10 Sassuolo Serie B 14 0 1 0 15 0
2010–11 22 0 1 0 23 0
2011–12 31 3 1 0 32 2
2012–13 3 1 2 0 5 1
2013–14 Serie A 0 0
Sassuolo total 70 3 5 0 0 0 75 5
2014–15 Melbourne Victory A-League 29 2 2 0 31 2
2015–16 7 0 3 0 4 14 0
2016–17 27 0 3 0 30 0
2017–18 28 0 1 0 4 0 33 0
2018–19 4 2 0 0
Melbourne Victory total 95 2 11 0 8 0 114 2
Career total 298 12 27 0 8 0 333 14

International caps

As of 27 May 2015
Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 4 0
2008 10 0
2009 5 0
2010 10 0
2011 16 1
2012 5 0
2014 2 0
Total 52 1
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 January 2011 Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Uzbekistan 6–0 Win 2011 Asian Cup

References

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players: Australia" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Carl Valeri". melbournevictory.com.au. Melbourne Victory. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ Hansford, Paul (20 June 2008). "The Apprentice: Carl Valeri". FTBL.com.au. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  4. ^ O'Brian, David (11 September 2014). "Westfield FFA Cup: This is Grassroots football!". Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  5. ^ Beuman, Nathan (27 August 2014). "Carl Valeri's homecoming against Tuggeranong United will be special, says former Socceroo Craig Moore". The Courier. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  6. ^ Aussies Abroad – Roos on the Loose[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.tuttomercatoweb.com/?action=read&id=185879
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 June 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "VIDEO: Carl Valeri Joins Victory Family". Football Federation Australia. 4 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Carl Valeri (Melbourne Victory)". Ultimate A-League. Ultimate A-League. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  12. ^ Michael Lynch, Melbourne Victory name Carl Valeri as new captain", Sydney Morning Herald, 15 September 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2015
  13. ^ "Melbourne Victory's Carl Valeri stood down for rest of A-League season with inflammatory brain condition". ABC News. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Carl Valeri calls time on decorated career". Melbourne Victory FC. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Former A-League stars sign for NPL club". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Valeri out to do Canberra proud in home debut"[dead link]. Canberra Times, 2 June 2007