Midfielder Mile Jedinak
- Height 189cm
- Weight 81kg
- D.O.B. 3/8/84
- Born Sydney
Club: Aston Villa
Previous clubs: Sydney United 58, NK Varazdin (loan), South Coast United (loan), Central Coast Mariners, Genclerbirligi, Antalyaspor (loan), Crystal Palace
Caltex Socceroos cap number: 509
Debut: 22/03/2008 v Singapore
Now the Caltex Socceroos' captain and midfield rock, Jedinak had to wait until he was 22 for a chance to play professional football with Central Coast Mariners.
He blossomed in Gosford and secured a move to Turkish club Genclerbirligi in January 2009, while a loan spell at fellow Super Lig outfit Antalyaspor helped him earn a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.
Jedinak used the tournament as a springboard to a career-making move to Crystal Palace. He soon took on the armband at Selhurst Park, led the club to promotion back to the Premier League and remains a revered figure with supporters.
After three impressive seasons in the top-flight, the domineering midfielder dropped down a division to strengthen Aston Villa's own bid to escape the Championship.
Best Caltex Socceroos moment:
Jedinak, who made a lone appearance in 2010, captained his country to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scoring from the spot in the 3-2 defeat to Netherlands in the group stage.
The tough-tackling veteran also provided a cool head in skippering the Caltex Socceroos to AFC Asian Cup glory on home soil in 2015.
Hyundai A-League connection:
Jedinak made his name across three seasons with the Mariners, earning his first Australia cap while still playing in the Hyundai A-League.
Did you know?
The hat-trick Jedinak scored against Honduras that sent Australia to Russia was the first treble of his career.
World Cup 2018
Comparing our Caltex Socceroos' leagues in the race for a place at AFC Asian Cup 2019
While the carnival of football that is the FIFA World Cup 2018 barely seems like yesterday, Caltex Socceroos around the world are already locking their focus on their next challenge – as the countdown to the AFC Asian Cup 2019 begins. For Australian football, a new era is upon
Championship season preview: Aussies set to shine
There will again be a distinct Aussie flavour when England’s Championship gets underway this weekend. Six established Caltex Socceroos will play key roles for their clubs, who will all harbour ambitions of trying to gain promotion to the Premier League. CHAMPIONSHIP WATCH:
What's ahead for your Caltex Socceroos this weekend?
The return of competitive action in the English Championship and Scottish Premiership highlights another packed weekend of action for our overseas Caltex Socceroos. Here’s what’s in store as the clock ticks ever closer to the big kick off. READ: Aussies Abroad: Rogic,
Championship watch: Aston Villa's pre-season summary
With the English Championship season getting underway this weekend, we’re looking back at how the clubs that feature Caltex Socceroos are shaping up ahead of what promises to be another action-packed campaign. Having had their promotion push foiled at the final hurdle i
Aussies Abroad: debut goal for Dougall, Maclaren stakes his claim
It was a packed weekend of action for Australian players overseas. After a series of final friendly matches overnight for our United Kingdom-based players, pre-season preparations are about to give way to the real thing. Competitive action has already returned for others: i
Jedinak's rallying cry ahead of Peru clash
Socceroos' captain Mile Jedinak says the team will not be focusing on Group C permutations in Wednesday morning’s do-or-die clash with Peru. With Denmark and France also facing off at 12AM (AEST), Australia need to beat Peru and hope the Danes go down to Les Bleus to progress.
Created in the Hyundai A-League: History made in Russia
When Australia took to the Kazan Arena against France on Saturday, it represented a watershed moment for the Hyundai A-League. For the first time ever, all 11 players who started Australia's first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ had come through the domestic club competition
Caltex Socceroos squad: Midfielders
Bert van Marwijk has confirmed his 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and it’s in midfield where the boss has a number of impressive options. The Dutchman has named six players who can play in the engine-room, with each bringing their own unique talent and skill set to
Jedinak focused on Hungary, not battle for places
Skipper Mile Jedinak says no one in the Caltex Socceroos’ squad is distracted by uncertainty over the starting line-up as Australia prepares to tackle Hungary tomorrow morning. READ: Day 20 Wrap: Hungary preparation in full swing WATCH: Cahill's perfect recreation of Nether
The chance invitation that changed Jedinak's career
"What he's done for Crystal Palace on and off the pitch should never be underestimated." That was the view of ex-Palace captain Paddy McCarthy speaking of Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak. McCarthy, like most fans, was surprised the Eagles had agreed to sell Jedinak to
Championship play-off heartbreak for Jedinak's Aston Villa
Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak and his Aston Villa teammates have suffered heartbreak in the English Championship play-off final, with Fulham winning promotion to the Premier League. In front of a packed house at Wembley Stadium on Sunday morning AEST, Fulham’s Tom Cair