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Damian Mori
Mori Schwarzer.jpg
Mori (left) contests a ball with Mark Schwarzer (right) in an NSL match.
Personal information
Full name Damian Mori
Date of birth (1970-09-30) 30 September 1970 (age 51)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 South Melbourne 33 (5)
1990–1991 Sunshine George Cross 24 (4)
1991 Bulleen 16 (7)
1991–1992 Melbourne Knights 29 (12)
1992–1996 Adelaide City 126 (75)
1996–1997 Borussia Mönchengladbach 6 (0)
1997–2000 Adelaide City 91 (56)
2000–2004 Perth Glory 112 (77)
2004–2005 Adelaide City 44 (33)
2005–2006 Perth Glory 17 (7)
2006 Adelaide City 18 (13)
2006 Central Coast Mariners 8 (6)
2006–2007 Queensland Roar 8 (2)
2007 Adelaide City 17 (13)
2007 Central Coast Mariners 3 (0)
2008–2010 Adelaide City 37 (22)
2010 South Adelaide Panthers 4 (2)
2011 Adelaide City 3 (0)
Total 596 (334)
National team
1991–1992 Australia U-23 13 (5)
1992–2002 Australia 45 (29)
Teams managed
2005–2008 Adelaide City
2010–2018 Adelaide City
2020– FK Beograd
2022– Adelaide United (assistant)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Damian Mori (born 30 September 1970) is an Australian former football player who is the head coach for National Premier Leagues club FK Beograd and assistant coach for A-League club Adelaide United. He won two Johnny Warren Medals, awarded to the best player in the Australian league and was top scorer on 5 occasions. He established a reputation as a pacy, poaching goalscorer, which is notable for a player who started his career as a defender.

Early and personal life

Mori was born in Box Hill North, Victoria in 1970. His father, Joseph Mori, was a footballer who emigrated from Slovenia.[1] His paternal grandfather was of Italian ancestry.

Club career

Mori was successful at club level – mainly in the Australian domestic league. After developing into Adelaide City's most important and best player, he spent a single season (1996–97) overseas in Germany with Borussia Mönchengladbach. This move was characterised only by frustration. He appeared in only six games, and never played more than half a match. In those six games, he didn't score once. Mori returned home to become NSL Top Goalscorer the following season.

In 1996, Mori held the world record for the fastest goal after he scored for City in just 3.69 seconds, straight from the kick-off, in a 2–2 draw with Sydney United.

In 2000, Mori transferred to Perth Glory and enjoyed great success. The striking partnership with Bobby Despotovski was renowned as one of the most potent in the competition. Mori won the NSL championship in 2002–03, scoring in the Grand Final. He was also part of the 2003–04 Perth Glory championship side.

Following the end of the National Soccer League in 2004 he moved back to Adelaide City to play and coach in the South Australian Premier League. He was extremely successful here, winning the "Coach of the Year" award. However, many were surprised at the fact that the NSL all-time top goalscorer was not on the shortlist of any A-League club.

It later emerged that a major stumbling block was Mori's desire for a part-time contract to allow him to manage business interests in Adelaide. Prior to round four of the A-League season, it was announced that Perth Glory had signed Mori on a short-term contract to replace injured defender David Tarka. Mori subsequently came on as a substitute in the Glory's 1 – 0 away win over the New Zealand Knights on 22 September 2005. After some excellent displays, particularly a brace against Newcastle United Jets and a hat-trick against Adelaide United, the club strongly desired a permanent deal. After some wrangling with Adelaide City chairman Bob D'Ottavi, Mori agreed to a one-year deal.

On 9 December 2005, it was announced that Mori would be appointed as assistant manager at Perth Glory. This appointment followed the elevation of Alan Vest to Manager after the departure of Steve McMahon. After the completion of the 2005–06 A-League season, Mori returned to Adelaide City as player-manager.

On 27 September 2006, Mori signed with the Central Coast Mariners on a short-term deal to cover the loss of Nik Mrdja which was extended once. After the short-term contract with the Mariners had expired, the FFA did not allow Central Coast to re-sign him. On 21 November 2006, he was approached by new Queensland Roar manager Frank Farina and signed the following day on a short-term "until the end of the season" contract. After the Roar failed to make the playoffs, Mori returned to SA to be the player-coach once again of defending South Australian champions Adelaide City.

International career

Mori made his international debut against Solomon Islands on 4 September 1992. In an international career that spanned over the next ten years, he was capped 45 times and scored 29 goals.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 September 1992 Stade Pater, Papeete, Tahiti  Tahiti 0–1 0–3 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 24 September 1993 Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 1–1 1–1 Friendly
3 15 November 1995 Breakers Stadium, Newcastle, Australia  New Zealand 1–0 3–0 Trans-Tasman Cup
4 14 February 1996 Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne, Australia  Japan 1–0 3–0 Friendly
5 14 September 1996 Kings Park Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Ghana 0–1 0–2 Friendly
6 21 September 1996 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa  Kenya 0–3 0–4 Friendly
7 11 June 1997 Parramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia  Solomon Islands 1–0 13–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 2–0
9 4–0
10 6–0
11 9–0
12 12 December 1997 King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Mexico 3–1 3–1 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
13 25 September 1998 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia  Fiji 1–0 3–1 1998 OFC Nations Cup
14 2–0
15 3–0
16 28 September 1998 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia  Cook Islands 2–0 16–0 1998 OFC Nations Cup
17 4–0
18 6–0
19 7–0
20 2 October 1998 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia  Tahiti 1–0 4–1 1998 OFC Nations Cup
21 2–0
22 3–1
23 9 April 2001 BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, Australia  Tonga 2–0 22–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
24 5–0
25 8–0
26 12–0
27 6 July 2002 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand  Vanuatu 0–1 0–2 2002 OFC Nations Cup
28 8 July 2002 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand  New Caledonia 0–4 0–11 2002 OFC Nations Cup
29 14 July 2002 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand  Tahiti 1–2 1–2 2002 OFC Nations Cup
Correct as of 13 January 2017[2]

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[3][4]
Club Season League National Cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South Melbourne 1989 National Soccer League 20 4 0 0 20 4
1989–90 13 1 0 0 13 1
Total 33 5 0 0 33 5
Sunshine George Cross 1990–91 National Soccer League 24 4 2 0 26 4
Bulleen 1991 Victoria Premier League 16 7 16 7
Melbourne Croatia 1991–92 National Soccer League 26 11 3 1 29 12
Adelaide City 1992–93 National Soccer League 30 12 3 2 33 14
1993–94 31 11 3 2 34 13
1994–95 27 18 2 0 29 18
1995–96 36 31 3 0 39 31
Total 124 72 11 4 135 76
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1996–97 Bundesliga 6 0 0 0 6 0
Adelaide City 1997–98 National Soccer League 27 19 27 19
1998–99 30 15 30 15
1999–2000 34 22 34 22
Total 91 56 0 0 91 56
Perth Glory 2000–01 National Soccer League 28 19 28 19
2001–02 27 18 27 18
2002–03 31 24 31 24
2003–04 26 16 26 16
Total 112 77 0 0 112 77
Adelaide City 2004 SA Premier League 18 11 0 0 18 11
2005 26 22 1 0 27 22
Total 44 33 1 0 45 33
Perth Glory 2005–06 A-League 17 7 0 0 17 7
Adelaide City 2006 SA State League 18 13 5 4 23 17
Central Coast Mariners 2006–07 A-League 8 6 0 0 8 6
Queensland Roar 2006–07 8 2 0 0 8 2
Central Coast Mariners 2007–08 3 0 0 0 3 0
South Adelaide Panthers 2010 SA State League 4 2 4 2
Adelaide City 2011 SA Premier League 3 0 3 0
Career total 537 295 22 9 0 0 0 0 559 304

Notes

  1. ^ Includes the NSL Cup

International

National team Year Competitive Friendly Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Australia U23 1991 3 0 2 2 5 2
1992 6 1 2 2 8 3
Total 9 1 4 4 13 5
Australia 1992 4 1 0 0 4 1
1993 0 0 4 1 4 1
1994 0 0 4 0 4 0
1995 2 1 3 0 5 1
1996 3 2 4 1 7 3
1997 7 6 2 0 9 6
1998 4 10 1 0 5 10
2001 3 4 0 0 3 4
2002 4 3 0 0 4 3
Total 27 27 18 2 45 29
Career total 36 28 22 6 58 34

Honours

With Australia:

With Perth Glory:

With Adelaide City:

With South Melbourne:

Personal honours:

References

  1. ^ Hill, Simon (29 January 2013). "Simon Hill chats to Damian Mori about his career in the NSL and A-League and his coaching ambitions". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  2. ^ Damian Mori – Goals in International Matches
  3. ^ Damian Mori at National-Football-Teams.com
  4. ^ "Damian Mori – Australian Player Database". OzFootball. Retrieved 28 June 2021.