- Adrian Leijer
Football player infobox
playername = Adrian Leijer
dateofbirth = birth date and age|df=yes|1986|03|25
cityofbirth = Dubbo, NSW
height = height|m=1.86
currentclub = Fulham
clubnumber = 27
position = Centre Back
youthclubs = SASS Strikers
years = 2003–2004
Melbourne Knights Melbourne Victory
caps(goals) = 20 (0)
nationalyears = 2003
nationalteam = Australia U-17
nationalcaps(goals) = 11 (0)
pcupdate = 13 October 2007
ntupdate = 11 April 2008
Adrian Leijer (born 25 March 1986 in
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer)player who currently plays as a centre back for Fulham F.C.in the English Premier League.
Leijer was born, and largely grew up in, the New South Wales town of Dubbo to a family of Dutch and English heritage. He played from Under 10 - Under 14 with SASS Strikers Junior Soccer Club in the Dubbo & District Soccer Association. Whilst with SASS, he represented Western New South Wales and New South Wales Country in football.
When Leijer was 15 years old his family moved south to Jan Juc on Victoria's surf coast and attended
Belmont High Schoolwhere he joined the Geelong Soccer team and represented the U-15's Victorian Country team. Ian Greener, then Head of Coaching & Development at the Victorian Soccer Federation, spotted his talent and recommended him to the head coach of the Victorian Institute of SportFootball program, Ernie Merrick.
Leijer spent two years at the
Victorian Institute of Sportand then moved on to the Melbourne Knightsfor the last season of the now defunct National Soccer League, where he made 18 appearances during a season where the club finished second last in the competition.
While still training at the VIS, Leijer and his future team mate
Kristian Sarkieswere selected to trial with Everton Football Clubin the English Premier League for three weeks. However, they both failed to impress and returned home to Australia.
Upon his return to Australia, he was signed by
Melbourne Victory, a team in the new A-Leaguecompetition. His former VIS coach Ernie Merrick, who had taken the reins at Melbourne Victory, stated; "Adrian is a reliable and uncompromising defender with a football maturity beyond his years. He is already part of the senior leadership group within the club and is the second youngest player in the squad,"
The club's first season was reminiscent of Leijer's time at the Melbourne Knights as Melbourne Victory finished second last overall. Leijer, however, played 20 games for the club, only missing their final game against the
New Zealand Knightsthrough suspension. At the end of the season he was awarded the Players' Player of the Year and Clubman of the Year awards.
Melbourne Victory's second season was more successful, starting with seven straight wins and culminating in a 6-0 victory over
Adelaide Unitedin the Grand Final. At the A-League's end of season awards, Leijer won Young Player of the Year.
On the 2 August 2007, Melbourne Victory confirmed that
English Premier Leagueteam Fulham FChad made a bid for the then 21-year old. Leijer accepted and signed a 3 year contract for an undisclosed fee. [ [http://www.theworldgame.com.au/home/index.php?pid=st&cid=92950 Leijer joins Fulham] ]
Adrian Leijer's first taste of the senior international scene was when he was selected by
Guus Hiddinkto train with the Socceroosbefore the 2006 FIFA World Cupin Germany. After his short training stint with the senior team he continued being selected for Young Socceroossquads. He is currently a regular member of the Australia national under-23 football team, the Olyroos.
Leijer earned his first cap for the senior Australian national team against Singapore on March 22, 2008.
* [http://www.fulhamfc.com/MatchAndTeam/PlayerProfiles/ProfileDetails/AdrianLeijer.aspx Fulham profile]
* [http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/MensU23/default.aspx?s=aus_u23men_player_profile&pid=880&tid=112 FFA - Olyroo profile]
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