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Bruce Djite (born March 25, 1987 in Washington, DCmarker, USA) is an Australian football striker who currently plays for Gençlerbirligi in the Turkcell Super League.

Club career

Djite was born in the U.S. and moved to Sydneymarker with his parents when he was three years old. His father, an associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney, is from Côte d'Ivoiremarker and his mother is from Togomarker.

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, whilst working at Roy Young Chemist in Chatswood. In 2006, he attended the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberramarker 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. 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 Lig 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.

He is now reportedly looking for a new club since he is no longer a member of their first team.

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. 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 Qatarmarker, 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 - - - - 8 0
07-08 11 6 2 1 5 1 18 8
Total 19 6 2 1 5 1 26 8
Genclerbirligi 08-09 24 6 1 0 - - 25 6
09-10 2 0 0 0 - - 2 0
Total 26 6 1 0 0 0 27 6
Career Totals 45 12 3 1 5 1 53 14


Honours

Personal Honours:

References

  1. http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/107432,djite-im-not-splitting.aspx, FourFourTwo, Djite: I'm Not Splitting, 10-7-09


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