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Josip Skoko
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Personal information
Full name Josip Skoko
Date of birth 10 December 1975 (1975-12-10) (age 34)
Place of birth Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current club Hajduk Split
Number 20
Youth career
AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995-1999 Hajduk Split 97 (20)
1999-2003 Genk 100 (8)
2003-2005 Gençlerbirliği 58 (4)
2005-2008 Wigan Athletic 45 (0)
2006 Stoke City (loan) 9 (2)
2008- Hajduk Split 46 (1)
2010- Melbourne Heart 0 (0)
National team
1995 Australia U-20
2000 Australia U-23
1997–2007 Australia 51 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 July 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2007

Josip Skoko (born 10 December 1975 in Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia) is an Australian association football player of Croatian heritage. He is a Central Midfielder who is currently playing for Hajduk Split.

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Club career

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Early career

He previously played for Hajduk Split (1995-Oct 99), Racing Club Genk (1999-2003) and Gençlerbirliği (2003-05). In 2002, 'Joey' Skoko captained the Genk side to the Belgian First Division championship. He was also an integral member of the Gençlerbirliği team, which progressed into the latter stages of the UEFA Cup in 2004.

Wigan

Skoko joined English Premier League club Wigan Athletic on a free transfer at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, although he initially failed to maintain a regular place in the first team. On 7 January 2006 Skoko signed for Football League Championship side Stoke City on loan until the end of the 2005–06 season.[1]

In the 2006-07 season, Paul Jewell showed renewed faith in Skoko giving him an extended run in the side. The transfers of Jimmy Bullard and Graham Kavanagh to Fulham and Sunderland, respectively, in the summer of 2006 left a gap in Wigan's midfield and this led to him becoming a mainstay in the Wigan Athletic midfield, partnering Paul Scharner and Denny Landzaat. He signed a new contract deal keeping him at Wigan until 2008. However, at the end of the season it became clear that Skoko had played his last game for the club. The two main reasons were because he did not play enough games for Wigan to trigger a clause in his contract and also the impossibility of receiving a visa for his stay in England due to his international retirement with Australia.[2] It was decided in May 2008 that Skoko's contract would not be renewed and he was subsequently released by Wigan.

Hajduk Split

Due to various work permit issues when playing in Europe, it took a longer than expected time for Skoko to put pen to paper with a club of his choice. However, on July 21, and after several weeks of speculation, Skoko had finally signed a two year deal with former club Hajduk. The decision, he said, took only minutes for the club and himself to agree terms. Skoko is relishing the chance to return to the side he made more than 100 appearances for between 1995 and 1999, with a club he describes as "a second home".[3]

Melbourne Heart

On the 7th February 2010, it was announced that Skoko would be joining the new Melbourne franchise Melbourne Heart FC for the 2010-2011 A-League season.

International career

Skoko was a member of the Australian National football team for ten years, from 1997 to 2007. He made his debut for Australia against Macedonia in 1997 and was a mainstay of the Socceroos side from then on, participating in two World Cup qualifying campaigns. He also represented his country at the 2000 Olympics.

In November 2005, Skoko came on as a substitute in Australia's playoff victory over Uruguay to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He also captained a weakened Australian side against Bahrain in an Asian Cup qualifier in 2006.

On 25 May 2006, Skoko scored a cracking volley from 25m for Australia in a 1-0 friendly victory over Greece in front of 95,103 spectators at the MCG in Melbourne, which he regards as his greatest national team moment. He was selected in the squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany but did not play in any of Australia's four games.

After being named in the Australian side for a friendly match against Argentina on 11 September 2007, Skoko stated that the game would be his home farewell from international football.[4] Skoko ended his international career 51 minutes into the match in Melbourne when he was replaced by Grosseto midfielder Carl Valeri.

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Awards
Preceded by
Tonči Gabrić
Heart of Hajduk Award
1998
Succeeded by
Darko Miladin

Simple English

Josip Skoko
Personal information
Full name Josip Skoko
Date of birth 10 December 1975 (1975-12-10) (age 35)
Place of birth    Mount Gambier, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Hajduk Split
Number 20
Senior clubs
Years Club
1993-1994
1995-1999
2000-2003
2003-2005
2005-2008
2006
2008-
North Geelong Warriors
Hajduk Split
Genk
Gençlerbirliği
Wigan Athletic
Stoke City (loan)
Hajduk Split
National team
1997-2007 Australia

Josip Skoko (born 10 December 1975) is an Australian football player. He plays for Hajduk Split.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
AustraliaLeague
1993North Geelong Warriors226
1994102
CroatiaLeague
1995/96Hajduk SplitPrva HNL141
1996/972710
1997/98265
1998/99243
1999/0061
BelgiumLeague
1999/00GenkFirst Division91
2000/01293
2001/02322
2002/03302
TurkeyLeague
2003/04GençlerbirliğiSüper Lig282
2004/05302
EnglandLeague
2005/06Wigan AthleticPremier League50
2005/06Stoke CityLeague Championship92
2006/07Wigan AthleticPremier League280
2007/08120
CroatiaLeague
2008/09Hajduk SplitPrva HNL290
2009/10
CountryAustralia 328
Croatia 12620
Belgium 1008
Turkey 584
England 542
Total 37042

International career statistics

Australia national team
YearAppsGoals
199760
199820
199900
200071
200181
200200
200320
2004104
200581
200662
200720
Total519

References


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