Nick Rizzo
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Anthony Rizzo
Date of birth (1979-06-09) 9 June 1979 (age 42)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Left-winger
Youth career
1994–1996 Sydney Olympic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Liverpool 0 (0)
1998–2000 Crystal Palace 36 (1)
2000–2003 Ternana 1 (0)
2001Ancona (loan) 1 (0)
2003–2004 AC Prato 26 (5)
2004–2007 Milton Keynes Dons 50 (4)
2007Grimsby Town (loan) 1 (0)
2007Chesterfield (loan) 4 (0)
2007–2009 Perth Glory 26 (1)
2009 Central Coast Mariners 0 (0)
2009–2013 APIA Leichhardt Tigers 57 (12)
Total 283 (31)
National team
1995 Australia U-17 7 (2)
1999 Australia U-20 6 (1)
2000 Australia U-23 9 (4)
1998 Australia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 January 2008

Nicholas Anthony Rizzo also referred to as Nicky Rizzo (born 9 June 1979) is an Australian former footballer. Rizzo began his career in England with Liverpool, however, he made his professional debut for Crystal Palace where he featured in the Premier League. He then moved to Italy and played with Ternana, AC Ancona and AC Prato before returning to England with Milton Keynes Dons, Grimsby Town and Chesterfield. He has since played in his native land for Perth Glory, Central Coast Mariners and APIA Leichhardt Tigers. He has been capped once for Australia.

Club career

Rizzo playing for Crystal Palace in 1998
Rizzo playing for Crystal Palace in 1998

After being educated at playing school football at Waverley College in Sydney, Rizzo arrived in England in 1996 joining English giants Liverpool. Although not capped in the first team, the then 18-year-old was an unused substitute on six occasions in the Premier League season 1997/98. He was then lured to Crystal Palace by Terry Venables for two seasons and featured in 35 league games before moving to Italian Serie B side Ternana in 2000. At Palace he scored three times; once in the league against Norwich City[1] and twice in a League Cup tie against Colchester United (once in the first leg[2] and once in the second leg).[3]

Following three injury plagued seasons with a knee injury in Italy he then joined English League 1 side Milton Keynes Dons (formerly Wimbledon F.C.) on a free transfer in November 2004, where he became a firm favourite with the fans. He is a lively and tricky player, known for his crossing and readiness to shoot on sight as well as his hard work and discipline. The summer of 2006 was not the best of times for Rizzo, who featured in the Dons' first pre-season game against Derby County but suffered with injury later in the season before going on loan to league two side Grimsby Town and then league one side Chesterfield in 2007. It was announced on 8 May 2007 that Rizzo's contract with M K Dons had been terminated by mutual consent.

He then signed a two-year contract with Perth Glory on 19 May 2007, and made his debut on 26 August 2007, coming on in the 69th minute for Naum Sekulovski in a game against the Newcastle Jets.[4]

Rizzo was not offered a new contract at Perth Glory, and went on to sign a short-term deal for the Central Coast Mariners to play in their AFC Champions League campaign. It was announced on 20 May 2009, that Nick Rizzo's contract with Central Coast Mariners would not be re-signed.[5] Rizzo went on to play for APIA Leichhardt Tigers until 2011.

International career

Nicky has represented Australia at the U17, U20, U23 level and is a full Australian international when he played for the Socceroos against Croatia in 1998. He also played in the 2000 Olympics for the Australian U23 team which failed to go past the group stages.

Coaching career

Since retiring Rizzo has set up his own soccer school named "Nick Rizzo International Football School".[6]

A-League career statistics

(Correct as of 2 February 2009)

Club Season League Finals Asia Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Perth Glory 2007–08 12 1 1 - - - - - - 12 1 1
2008–09 14 0 0 - - - - - - 14 0 0
Central Coast Mariners 0 0 0 - - - 1 0 0 1 0 0
Total 26 1 1 - - - 1 0 0 27 1 1


  1. ^ "Jansen glitters at the Palace". The Independent. 17 October 1998. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Rizzo rescues lucky Palace". The Independent. 10 August 1999. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Crystal Palace 3-1 Colchester Utd". 24 August 1999. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Rizzo to Razzle in Perth". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  5. ^ Central Coast Mariners release four, sign Nicky Travis
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