Defender Aziz Behich
- Height 170cm
- Weight 63kg
- D.O.B. 16/12/90
- Born Melbourne
Previous clubs: Green Gully, Melbourne Victory, Hume City, Melbourne Heart
Caltex Socceroos cap number: 547
Debut: 14/11/2012 v South Korea
Melbourne-born Behich has become Australia's first choice left-back courtesy of four excellent seasons at Turkish Super Lig side Bursaspor.
He was in and out of the national team set-up after making his debut in 2012 but, after being overlooked for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was called into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad and has steadily increased the frequency of his presence.
Form and fitness concerns for the likes of Brad Smith and Alex Gersbach opened the door for Behich to win an extended run in the team since 2017 and he hasn't disappointed, maintaining the momentum of a club season which has seen him score five times and attract interest from Turkey's bigger clubs.
Best Caltex Socceroos moment:
Behich was instrumental in helping the Caltex Socceroos across the line in FIFA World Cup qualifying, playing a full 180 minutes in the two-legged intercontinental play-off victory over Honduras.
Hyundai A-League connection:
Behich made five appearances for Melbourne Victory during the 2009/10 Season before switching allegiances to the then-Melbourne Heart, where four consistent seasons prepared him to win a starting spot at Bursaspor.
Did you know?
Behich began his career as a winger with Victory. It wasn't until his move to their crosstown rivals that he developed into a left-back.
World Cup 2018
Turkish Super Lig preview: Behich's time to shine?
In a Turkish league dominated by a few, Aziz Behich’s Bursaspor will hope they can make a marked improvement on last season. SPL PREVIEW: Can Rogic's Celtic do it again? CHAMPIONSHIP: A distinct Aussie flavour in England's second tier The solitary Aussie representative i
Turkish Super Lig watch: Bursaspor's pre-season summary
With the Turkish Super Lig season starting this weekend, we’re looking back at how Aziz Behich’s Bursaspor is shaping up ahead of what promises to be another huge season for the Caltex Socceroos left-back. Bursaspor is coming off a disappointing 2017/18 campaign, with the club
Aussies Abroad: Behich, Genreau find the net in Europe
The pre-season friendlies are coming thick and fast ahead of the new seasons in Europe, with a number of Aussies in action overnight. Caltex Socceroos defender Aziz Behich was in action for his club Bursaspor as they took on fellow Turkish outfit Afjet Afyonspor. LEGACY: Th
Behich: We deserved more against France
Aziz Behich says it was only a couple of “unlucky” goals which denied the Socceroos a deserved result against Group C heavyweights France on Saturday night. The Socceroos matched the highly-fancied French for long periods in Kazan but went down 2-1 to a dubious Antoine Griezma
Caltex Socceroos squad: Defenders
Bert van Marwijk has confirmed his 23-man squad which will head to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and he’s gone with seven defensive options. Mark Milligan’s shift from midfield to defence means he’s likely to compete with Trent Sainsbury and Matthew Jurman for the two ce
Squad Status: 975min puzzle falling into place for Aussie defence
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Aussies Abroad: Kruse stars again in Germany
Robbie Kruse will head into Caltex Socceroos camp in confident mood this week after continuing his impressive form with 2.Bundesliga outfit VFL Bochum overnight. The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory flyer had an assist as Bochum came from two goals down to beat Sandh
Vukovic's Genk continue unbeaten run in Belgium
Caltex Socceroos keeper Danny Vukovic continues to have success in Belgium, his Genk earning a 1-0 win against Waasland-Beveren overnight. Omar Colley struck the winner in the second half, though Genk had Clinton Mata sent off after 85 minutes Vukovic's team is now six un
Socceroos spotlight: Luongo leads league in Mooy-esque stat
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Aussies abroad: Wright's Bristol suffer shock loss in English Championship
Bailey Wright’s Bristol City have suffered a shock loss in the English Championship overnight, falling to a 1-0 defeat away to struggling Bolton Wanderers. The Caltex Socceroos defender got through a full game for the Robins but couldn’t prevent his side succumbing to their fo
Aussies abroad: Behich's Bursaspor beaten in Turkey
It was an unhappy night for Caltex Socceroos defender Aziz Behich with his Bursaspor outfit on the end of a heavy loss in Turkey. Behich played the full 90 minutes but could do little as his side fell to a 3-0 defeat to league-leaders Istanbul Buyuksehir. Bursaspor are cur
Aussies Abroad: Behich’s Bursaspor crash out of Turkish Cup
Caltex Socceroos defender Aziz Behich’s Bursaspor have crashed out of the Turkish Cup on Wednesday morning (AEDT), but there was a winning return to action for another Aussie in Belguim. In their first game back after a winter break in Turkey, Behich’s Bursaspor hosted Gencler