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Simon Colosimo
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Personal information
Full name Simon Colosimo
Date of birth 8 January 1979 (1979-01-08) (age 31)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Centre Back
Club information
Current club Sydney FC
Number 4
Youth career
1996-1997 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997-2000 Carlton SC 50 (10)
2000-2001 South Melbourne 18 (2)
2001-2002 Manchester City 6 (0)
2002 Antwerp 0 (0)
2002-2003 Perth Glory 14 (0)
2003-2004 Parramatta Power 23 (1)
2004 Pahang FA 20 (6)
2005-2008 Perth Glory 50 (2)
2007 Sivasspor (loan) 13 (1)
2008- Sydney FC 33 (0)
National team
1997-1999 Australia U-20 15 (3)
2000 Australia U-23 14 (0)
1998- Australia 26 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:47, 9 November 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:48, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Simon Colosimo (born on 8 January 1979 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian association football player who plays as a central defender for Sydney FC.

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Club career

Colosimo completed the Australian Institute of Sport football program in 1997 and signed with new National Soccer League club Carlton for their inaugural year. Interest had been shown from Bayern Munich and Panathinaikos to sign Colosimo, but a knee injury sustained while on Socceroos duty kept him out of the game for most of the 1999/00 season, but made his return on 14 March 2000 to score against South Melbourne, who would eventually acquire the midfielder after the demise of the Carlton club.

After a year at Souths he sought a move to Europe and joined English side Manchester City for a season followed by a move to Belgium with Royal Antwerp. Unable to settle, he returned to Australia in 2002 to join Perth Glory in the NSL for a season, then moved to Parramatta Power until the demise of the league in 2004.

Along with a number of Australian players he made a move into Asia in the newly restructured Malaysia Super League at Pahang FA, helping them win the 2004 championship.

He was enticed back to Australia with the relaunch of the A-League returning to Perth Glory signing a three year deal. Colosimo received MVP for Perth Glory for the 2006-07 season.

Colosimo joined Turkish club Sivasspor on a four-month loan during the A-League off-season, and returned to Perth Glory for the start of the A-League 2007-08 season,[1] and was handed the Perth Glory captaincy.[2]

With his contract at Glory at an end, Colosimo was linked with a move to Sydney FC in 2008, receiving a hostile reception from Perth supporters[3] who let him know he was no longer welcome and was dropped from the starting side for some final matches.[4] Unable to reach a contract agreement, Perth released him from the club on 22 January 2008.[5]

It was announced by Sydney FC that Colosimo had signed a two year deal, and he joined the club from the start of the 2008-09 season.[6] Colosimo has become a standout performer as a centreback, with consistent performances impressing through the new 2009-2010 season.

International career

Colosimo first entered the Australian national selection framework at Under-20 level in 1997 while at the AIS. This led quickly to a national team debut in 1998 against Fiji at just 19 years of age. He remained in the national focus, selected as part of the squad at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Later that year he was called up by then Socceroo manager Raul Blanco to make an appearance in the Socceroos friendly against Manchester United on 18 July at the MCG. What started as a spirited game finished in horror for Simon, as Andy Cole lunged into a tackle with his leg raised and studs showing, felling the Australian midfielder in full-flight.[7] Simon was stretchered off in pain by stewards, and was diagnosed with having sustained tears to his anterior cruciate and medial ligaments, needing a complete knee reconstruction. He underwent surgery soon after, which included his anterior cruciate being replaced with a piece of his hamstring tendon. A long rehabilitation process began, in which Simon would not kick a ball for six months. There was talk at the time of impending legal action against the unsympathetic Cole by Carlton's General Manager Lou Sticca,[8] though no formal proceedings were ever entered into.

Following his recovery, he was selected for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and was part of the national team squad for the 2005 Confederations Cup. Colosimo was selected in matches leading up to the Asian Cup 2007, but was not included in the squad for the final tournament although he was named as a standby reserve.

Personal life

Colosimo is of Italian descent, he has a wife, Bianca with whom he has a child called James.

He is first cousin to Australian actor Vince Colosimo.[citation needed]

Honours

With Australia:

With Perth Glory:

With Sydney FC

Personal Honours:

References

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Awards
Preceded by
Ante Milicic
Joe Marston Medalist
2002/03
Succeeded by
Ahmad Elrich
Preceded by
Bobby Despotovski
Perth Glory Most Glorious Player Award
2006/07
Succeeded by
Nikolai Topor-Stanley
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