Defender Aziz Behich

  • Height 170cm
  • Weight 63kg
  • D.O.B. 16/12/90
  • Born Melbourne
Jersey Number
16

Biography

Debut: 14/11/2012 v South Korea

Socceroos Cap Number: 547

Caps (Goals): 43 (2)

Major Tournaments: AFC Asian Cup 2015, Confederations Cup 2017, FIFA World Cup 2018, AFC Asian Cup 2019,

Current Club: Giresunspor (Turkey)

Junior Club: Green Gully SC (VIC)

Previous clubs: Green Gully, Melbourne Victory, Hume City, Melbourne Heart, Bursaspor, PSV Eindhoven, Kayserispor, Istanbul Basaksehir

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 was finally called into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad, and has since become a regular in the Socceroos camp.

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, the tradition Turkish under-performers 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.

In 2020/21 he spent time on loan with Kayserispor, successfully helping keep them in the Turkish top flight, while also continuing to impress in Green and Gold as the Socceroos navigated their first round of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying with eight wins from eight.

Best Socceroos moment:

Behich was instrumental in helping the Socceroos across the line in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, playing a full 180 minutes in the two-legged intercontinental play-off victory over Honduras.

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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