Defender Aziz Behich
- Height 170cm
- Weight 63kg
- D.O.B. 16/12/90
- Born Melbourne
Debut: 14/11/2012 v South Korea
Socceroos Cap Number: 547
Caps (Goals): 41 (2)
Major Tournaments: AFC Asian Cup 2015 & 2019, Confederations Cup 2017, FIFA World Cup 2018
Current Club: Kayserispor (on loan from Istanbul Basaksehir)
Previous clubs: Green Gully, Melbourne Victory, Hume City, Melbourne Heart, Bursaspor, PSV Eindhoven
Melbourne-born Behich became Australia's first choice left-back after 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 since become a regular in the Socceroos camp.
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.
Behich’s form for club and country saw him secure a move to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in 2018, however he only spent a season in the Netherlands before moving back to Turkey to join Istanbul Basaksehir.
In his first season with Basaksehir they toppled all the odds after they were crowned league champions for the first time in their history.
The record-breaking campaign was also a personal milestone for Behich as he received his first piece of silverware at club level.
Best Socceroos moment:
Behich was instrumental in helping the Socceroos across the line in FIFA World Cup qualifying, playing a full 180 minutes in the two-legged intercontinental play-off victory over Honduras.
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.
Qualifying World Cup 2022
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