Bruce Djite


Bruce Djite
Bruce Djite
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Personal information
Full name Bruce José Djite
Date of birth 25 March 1987 (1987-03-25) (age 24)
Place of birth Washington DC, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Adelaide United
Number 11
Youth career
2005 NSWIS
2005–2006 Marconi Stallions
2006 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Adelaide United 35 (13)
2008–2010 Gençlerbirliği 34 (6)
2010 Diyarbakırspor (loan) 9 (0)
2010–2011 Gold Coast United 23 (10)
2011– Adelaide United 5 (1)
2011 Jiangsu Sainty (loan) 14 (4)
National team
2006 Australia U-20 13 (5)
2007–2008 Australia U-23 13 (2)
2008– Australia 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:00, 7 November 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Bruce José Djite (born March 25, 1987) is an American-born Australian football (soccer) striker who currently plays for Adelaide United F.C. in the A-League.

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Club career

Djite was born in Washington DC, United States and moved to Sydney, Australia with his parents when he was three years old. His father, an associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney, is from Côte d'Ivoire and his mother is from Togo.

Djite joined the Marconi Stallions' Youth League in 2004 after the demise of Northern Spirit and continued to play with the Stallions until the end of the 2006 season (August). He also trained at the NSW Institute of Sport in Sydney. In 2006, he attended the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on a football scholarship.

In November 2006, he unsuccessfully trialled for two weeks at SV Werder Bremen. Upon his return to Australia, he was signed by Adelaide United for the remainder of the 2006/7 season. Djite scored his first goal for Adelaide United in a competitive fixture on April 11, 2007 against Korean champions Seongnam Ilhwa, deftly controlling the ball in the penalty box to volley it into the back of the net. He scored his first goal in the Hyundai A-league for Adelaide United against Queensland Roar in a 2-2 draw on the 25 of August 2007 at Suncorp Stadium

Djite re-signed with Adelaide the same day his fellow Australian Under 23 team mate Kristian Sarkies signed with the club.

On May 15, 2008, it was reported that Djite had been released from his contract with Adelaide United to sign for an unnamed European club. On May 21, 2008 Djite agreed to a three year deal with Turkcell Super League club Gençlerbirliği for the next season.[1] He made his debut in the Turkcell Super League on August 24, 2008 in a 1-1 draw with Kocaelispor. Djite scored his first league goal for Gençlerbirliğiin the 45th minute against Denizlispor on October 25, 2008. Fellow Australian James Troisi also got off the mark in a game which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Djite finished the 2008-2009 Turkcell Super League season with 6 goals. In the off-season, Djite revealed in an interview with FourFourTwo reporter Ben Somerford, Croatian club Hajduk Split were interested in his services but he rejected the move.[2]

On 28 August 2010, it was announced that Djite would return home to Australia to play in the A-League with Gold Coast United, replacing New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz who had joined Gençlerbirliği.[3]

On 23 March 2011, it was announced that Djite had signed a contract with the club that gave him his first Hyundai A-League contract, Adelaide United.[4]

In March 2011, due to the long Hyundai A-League off season Adelaide United agreed for Djite to be loaned to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Sainty.

International career

Djite chose to play for Australia although he would also have been eligible for the U.S., Côte d'Ivoire and Togo.

He was a star striker for the Young Socceroos during their 2006 tour of South America and was also chosen in the Australian Under-20 squad to compete at the 2006 AFC Youth Championships, in India.

Three days before his 21st birthday, on the 22nd of March, 2008, Djite received his first international cap for the Australian national team, the Socceroos, against Singapore, courtesy of national coach Pim Verbeek.[5] He was substituted on at half-time and his best chance came when he rounded the Singapore keeper but failed to put it past him, the ball going out for a corner. His first cap in a competitive match was when he came on as a substitute for Harry Kewell in Australia's World Cup Qualifier against Iraq on June 1, 2008. He then again appeared in the Socceroos next match on June 15, 2008 against Qatar, coming on as a late substitute.

Career stats

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App  Goals
Adelaide United 06-07 8 0 2 2 3 1 13 3
07-08 12 6 5 3 5 1 22 10
Total 20 6 7 5 8 2 35 13
Genclerbirligi 08-09 28 6 0 0 - - 28 6
09-10 5 0 0 0 - - 5 0
Diyarbakirspor 09-10 9 0 - - - - 9 0
Total 42 6 0 0 0 0 42 6
Gold Coast United 10-11 23 10 0 0 0 0 23 10
Jiangsu Sainty 2011 13 4 1 0 0 0 14 4
Career Totals 96 26 8 5 8 2 114 33

Honours

Personal Honours:

  • A-League Young Player of the Year: 2007-2008

References

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Adrian Leijer
Hyundai A-League
Young Player of the Year Award

2007/08
Succeeded by
Scott Jamieson



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