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Delron Sebastian Buckley (born December 7, 1977 in Durbanmarker) is a South African football player, who was last playing for Anorthosis Famagusta FC.

Club career

Buckley's soccer career began with his local team Butcherfille Rovers Durban, but when he was 17 years old he was signed by German club VfL Bochum. Buckley spent most of his career in Germanymarker, going through Bochum's youth teams and debuting in the Bundesliga in 1995. Buckley finally broke into the first squad in 1998 and remained a starter for much of his time at Bochum.

Having spent nine professional seasons with Bochum, Buckley left in 2004 for Arminia Bielefeld where he enjoyed his most successful season personally, scoring 15 goals and helping the team avoid relegation. Buckley quickly picked up interest from higher-rated clubs. After only one season at Bielefeld, Buckley joined Borussia Dortmund for a reported transfer fee of €425k, and signed a four-year contract.

Buckley's first season at Borussia Dortmund was largely unsuccessful as he failed to score in 28 league matches. Widely regarded as bad signing, Buckley was loaned to Swissmarker club FC Basel 1893 for the 2006-07 season. After returning in July 2007, Buckley was able to regain his place in the Borussia squad for the 2007-08 season, but fell out of favour after the arrival of new manager Jürgen Klopp.

In February 2009, he signed for FSV Mainz 05 for the remainder of the season and will be released on 30 June 2009. The trusty South African magazine kickoff has write "Former Bafana Bafana winger Delron Buckley has agreed a deal to join Cyprusmarker side Anorthosis Famagusta on a free transfer, the 31-year-old had been without a club since helping German club FSV Mainz 05 into the Bundesliga at the end of last season, but has been lured to Cyprus by former Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp".

Position

His preferred position is on the left wing although he can play in the centre of midfield or as a striker.

International career

Buckley made his international debut in a friendly against Zambia on May 20, 1998. He has played 72 games and scored 10 goals for the South African national team. Buckley represented his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2004 African Nations Cup.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2000-06-18 Witbankmarker, South Africa 1-0 2-0 COSAFA Cup
2 2000-06-18 Witbankmarker, South Africa 2-0 2-0 COSAFA Cup
3 2000-07-09 Hararemarker, Zimbabwemarker 1-0 2-0 World Cup qualifier
4 2000-07-09 Hararemarker, Zimbabwemarker 2-0 2-0 World Cup qualifier
5 2001-01-13 Belle Vue, Mauritiusmarker 1-0 1-1 African Nations Cup qualifier
6 2002-03-27 Tbilisimarker, Georgiamarker 1-2 1-4 Friendly match
7 2002-10-12 Bloemfonteinmarker, South Africa 2-0 2-0 African Nations Cup qualifier
8 2005-06-04 Praiamarker, Cape Verdemarker 2-0 2-1 World Cup qualifier
9 2005-08-17 Reykjavikmarker, Icelandmarker 1-1 1-4 Friendly match
10 2007-03-24 Ndjamenamarker, Chadmarker 2-0 3-0 African Nations Cup qualifier


Personal

Buckley hails from Sydenham, he holds also has a Germanmarker passport. Buckley is married and has two daughters.

References

  1. national-football-teams.com


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