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James Wesolowski
Personal information
Full name James Peter Wesolowski
Date of birth 25 August 1987 (1987-08-25) (age 22)
Place of birth    Sydney, Australia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Hamilton Academical
(on loan from Leicester City)
Number 7
Youth career
2002
2002–2006
Northern Spirit
Leicester City
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2006–
2008
2009
2009–
Leicester City
Cheltenham Town (loan)
Dundee United (loan)
Hamilton Academical (loan)
046 00(0)
004 00(0)
008 00(0)
016 00(1)   
National team2
2005 Australia U20 001 00(0)[1 ]

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 08:50, 1 November 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 18:33, 16 August 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

James Peter Wesolowski (born 25 August 1987) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a midfielder for Hamilton Academical on loan from Leicester City. He plays in Europe with a Polish passport, having dual nationality. An injury-prone player, Wesolowski has suffered two broken legs and a broken ankle in his career so far.[2]

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Leicester City

Wesolowski played for Australian side Northern Spirit before signing for Leicester City in 2002. After showing a lot of potential in the reserves, James played for Leicester in a pre-season friendly against Celtic in 2005, but suffered a broken leg due to a challenge from Bobo Balde.[3 ] He underwent surgery on the leg but the injury sidelined him until the start of 2006. Wesolowski returned and impressed for the Leicester first team, making his debut at home to Cardiff City in January 2006. However, after only five appearances, he broke his same leg against Brighton in February.[4 ] He recovered in time for the start of the 2006-07 season, although a thigh injury kept him out of the side for the first month.

The departure of Joey Guðjónsson gave Wesolowski the opportunity to become a first team regular, although he still faced stiff competition from then-teammates Stephen Hughes and Andy Johnson for the central midfield spot. He scored his first senior goal in a 4-3 FA Cup defeat to Fulham on 17 January 2007.[5] Wesolowski played a total of 19 league games, helping Leicester survive relegation.

In July 2007, Wesolowski agreed to a contract extension with Leicester that would see him remain at the club until 2011.[6] He scored his second goal of his career in a 1-0 League Cup win over Accrington Stanley on 14 August 2007,[7] before being sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring injury on 18 September in a 3–2 League Cup win over Nottingham Forest.[8 ] Wesolowski had more hamstring problems following recovery, and he was injured again on 8 December in a 2–1 defeat to West Brom, sidelining him until Christmas.[9 ] Despite playing a total of 22 league games, Wesolowski could not prevent Leicester from being relegated at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Wesolowski lost his place in the first team the following season, playing just four cup matches. On 2 October 2008, he joined Cheltenham Town on a three-month loan deal, linking up with former Leicester manager Martin Allen and fellow loanee Barry Hayles, with the option of being recalled after the first month.[10 ] His loan ended early after suffering a fractured ankle in a 2-0 away defeat to Tranmere Rovers in October.[11] On 2 February 2009, Wesolowski joined Dundee United on loan for the remainder of the 2008-09 season,[12] with the option of making the deal permanent.[13] He made his debut in a 1–0 home defeat to Hearts, playing for 65 minutes before being substituted.[14 ] After featuring in every match since arriving, Wesolowski suffered a hamstring injury in early May in a match against Hibernian, ending his season.

On 4 August, 2009, Wesolowski joined SPL side Hamilton Academical on loan for an initial six-month period,[15 ] which was extended till the end of the season after some impressive run form.[16 ]

International

Wesolowski received international acclaim at the end of the 2004-05 season after competing for Australia in the FIFA World Youth Championship and was labelled "a star in the making" by the Australian Football Federation.[17 ] James was called up to the Australian national team on his 19th birthday for the 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait, but was withdrawn from the squad days later after consultation with medical staff from both parties 'on precautionary grounds'. On 6 November 2007, he was called up to the national team for a friendly match against Nigeria on 17 November,[18] but was an unused substitute as Australia won 1–0.

Career statistics

Last updated 1 January 2010

Season Club Division League Cup[19] League Cup[20] Europe Other[21] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005–06 Leicester City Championship 5 0 Did not play in these competitions 5 0
2006–07 19 0 2 1 3 0 - - 24 1
2007–08 22 0 1 0 2 1 - - 25 1
2008–09 League One 0 0 - 2 0 - 2 0 4 0
2009–10 Championship 0 0 0 0 - - - 0 0
2005– Total 46 0 3 1 7 1 - 2 0 58 2
2008–09 Cheltenham Town (loan) League One 4 0 Did not play in these competitions 4 0
2008–09 Dundee United (loan) SPL 8 0 0 0 0 0 - - 8 0
2009–10 Hamilton Academical (loan) 16 1 0 0 1 0 - - 17 1
2005– Career Total 64 1 3 1 7 1 - 2 0 87 3

References

  1. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: James Wesolowski". fifa.com. http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/statisticsandrecords/players/player=230068/index.html. Retrieved 2009-04-11.  
  2. ^ "Move pleases Wesolowski". football.co.uk. 2009-02-10. http://www.football.co.uk/dundee_united/move_pleases_wesolowski_278203.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-10.  
  3. ^ "Wesolowski receives Balde apology". BBC Sport. 2005-07-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/4712527.stm.  
  4. ^ "Dundee United net Caddis on loan". Sky Sports. 2007-02-13. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11712_2366976,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-10.  
  5. ^ "Fulham 4-3 Leicester". BBC Sport. 2007-01-17. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/fa_cup/6258849.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-01.  
  6. ^ Wesolowski signs Leicester deal BBC Sport 2007-07-03
  7. ^ "Accrington 0-1 Leicester". BBC Sport. 2007-08-14. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/league_cup/6941798.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-01.  
  8. ^ "Wesolowski injury rocks Leicester". BBC Sport. 2007-09-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/7004821.stm. Retrieved 2007-09-20.  
  9. ^ "Wesolowski out until Christmas". BBC Sport. 2007-12-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/7136633.stm. Retrieved 2007-12-15.  
  10. ^ "Allen adds pair to Robins squad". BBC Sport. 2008-10-02. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cheltenham_town/7649715.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-02.  
  11. ^ "Gilbert Out". LCFC.co.uk. 2008-10-23. http://www.lcfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1429953,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-23.  
  12. ^ "Wesolowski Joins Arabs". LCFC.co.uk. 2009-02-02. http://www.lcfc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1543025,00.html. Retrieved 2009-02-02.  
  13. ^ "A young man's pain". The Sunday Herald. 2009-02-28. http://www.sundayherald.com/sport/shfootball/display.var.2492516.0.a_young_mans_pain.php. Retrieved 2009-04-11.  
  14. ^ "Dundee United 0-1 Hearts". BBC Sport. 2009-02-28. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/7913902.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-01.  
  15. ^ Wright, Angus (2009-08-04). "Accies recruit Wesolowski and Rubiales". www.Scotsman.com. The Scotsman. http://sport.scotsman.com/football/Accies-recruit-Wesolowski-and-Rubiales.5519634.jp. Retrieved 4 August 2009.  
  16. ^ "Wesolowski extends Hamilton stay". BBC Sport. 2009-11-27. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/h/hamilton_academical/8383239.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-02.  
  17. ^ "James Wesolowski profile". LCFC.com. http://www.lcfc.com/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10274~34013,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-11.  
  18. ^ Qantas Socceroos Squad to Play Nigeria Named, Football Australia 2007-11-06.
  19. ^ Includes FA Cup and Scottish Cup
  20. ^ Includes League Cup and Scottish League Cup
  21. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Johnstone's Paint Trophy

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