Defender Nathaniel Atkinson
- Height 181cm
- D.O.B. 13/6/99
Debut: 29/3/2022 v Saudi Arabia
Socceroos Cap Number: 620
Major Tournaments: FIFA World Cup 2022
Current Club: Hearts of Midlothian FC (Scotland)
Previous Clubs: Melbourne City
Junior Club: Riverside Olympic (TAS)
The Tasmanian born full-back is among a number of the Socceroo's brightest young stars, that were included in the squad for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, having translated his impressive form with Graham Arnold's Olyroos side during the Tokyo Olympics, into a successful qualification campaign, with the 23-year-old involved in both of Australia's crucial play-off victories in Doha. He made his FIFA World Cup debut against France before suffering an ankle injury which forced him off in the second-half.
After trialling with A-League men's side Melbourne City in 2016, Atkinson joined the A-League outfit’s academy side as a teenager, before progressing to the first grade squad just a season later.
In the 2017/18 season, Atkinson made his professional debut and quickly became a permanent fixture in Melbourne City’s first team setup. In the 2020/21 season, the defender was a key piece to the City's first A-League Premiership and Championship campaign, with the academy graduate scoring a crucial goal in his side’s 3-1 Grand Final victory.
National team manager Graham Arnold made Atkinson a fundamental cog to his Tokyo Games starting side, alongside fellow Socceroo defenders Thomas Deng, Harry Souttar, and Joel King.
The tournament garnered plenty of attention, from many European clubs, with the Tasmanian eventually trading City blue for Edinburgh claret, joining fellow Olyroo Cameron Devlin at Scottish side Hearts. Despite arriving midway through the campaign, Atkinson became a mainstay in the Premiership side, accruing 15 appearances, which included a Scottish Cup Final, in just 5 months of action.
International Friendly 2022/2023
Aussies Abroad: Four Aussies in Hearts XI as season kicks off
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Aussies Abroad: Strain and Atkinson star in Scotland, D'Agostino scores and assists
A stunning Ryan Strain free-kick for St Mirren and a brilliant assist from Nathanial Atkinson both contributed to a classic Scottish Premiership tie, while Nick D'Agostino scored and assisted in Viking's win. Check out our wrap of all the recent Aussies Abroad action! Subw
Aussies Abroad Preview: Socceroos face off across Scotland and England
It is another interesting weekend of Aussies Abroad action as our Subway Socceroos face off against each other in Scotland and England. Check out our preview of all the upcoming Aussies Abroad action! Subway Socceroos United Kingdom Starting in Scotland, Aziz Be
Aussies Abroad Preview: Baccus vs Devlin, Rowles & Atkinson in Scotland
There is another all-Aussie affair in the Scottish Premiership as Cameron Devlin, Kye Rowles and Nathaniel Atkinson could be in action against Keanu Baccus while the FA Cup 3rd Round kicks off in England. Check out our preview of all the upcoming Aussies Abroad action!
Aussies Abroad Preview: Behich vs Rowles, Atkinson & Devlin in Scotland
It is an all-Aussie affair in Scotland as Dundee United face off against Heart of Midlothian in another big weekend of Aussies Abroad action. Check out our preview of all the upcoming Aussies Abroad action! Subway Socceroos and Olyroos Abroad United Kingdom Sta
Socceroos ready to go again: Atkinson
Socceroos fullback Nathaniel Atkinson says his side are ready to dust themselves off and go again following their first up defeat to defending World Champions France in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The Socceroos toiled and took a shock lead through Crai
Atkinson: I’ve dreamt about scoring a left-footed volley
Subway Socceroos defender Nathaniel Atkinson scored a dramatic equaliser to salvage a point for Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premiership on Monday morning (AEDT). The right-back executed a stunning volley on his weaker left foot in the 94th minute to secure a 2-2 draw a
Aussies Abroad Wrap: Behich scores first Dundee United goal, Atkinson scores stunning volley
Aziz Behich scored his first Dundee United goal as they secured their first win of the Scottish Premiership season while Nathaniel Atkinson rescued Hearts a point with a stunning volley in another big weekend of Aussies Abroad action. Check out our wrap of all the Aussies Abr
Aussies Abroad Preview: Weekend of cup finals await Atkinson, King, and Wright
Domestic cup and promotional play-off finals headline this weekend's action, with several Socceroos in line for their first piece of silverwar... Nathaniel Atkinson and Joel King will play their first cup finals in Scotland and Denmark respectfully, while Bailey Wright will hop
Atkinson ready for Rangers in Scottish Cup Final
Nathaniel Atkinson will attempt to become the latest Socceroo to win the Scottish Cup on Saturday night (12.00am AEST) when his Jambos side take on Rangers at Hampden Park. The defender recently made his Socceroos debut against Saudi Arabia and will look to bring the curtain d
Aussies Abroad Preview: Socceroos chase silverware and promotion in Scotland and beyond
The finish line is in sight for many of our Socceroos, with possible silverware and promotion across Asia and Europe edging closer! The final phase of the Scottish season begins this weekend, with Tom Rogic and Nathaniel Atkinson joining the league's best teams in a straight s