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Jason Culina ( , from Croatian Čulina; born 5 August 1980 in Melbourne, Victoriamarker) is an Australian footballer of Croatianmarker descent who currently plays for Gold Coast United and the Australia national team.

Club career

Culina started off with Sydney United under his father, Branko, before moving on to Ajax where he struggled in the reserves. Only after moving to FC Twente did Culina begin to shine at the top level in club football. This was proved by his moving to another top Dutch club, PSV Eindhoven. Whilst originally an attack minded midfielder with Twente, at PSV Culina played more in a disciplined defensive role for the club with immediate success. In his final year at PSV, Culina was mainly deployed at Right Back with further success thus attributing to Culina's versatility and utility value.

On January 9th, Culina announced his intention to return to Australia after turning down a contract extension from PSV as he sought a new challenge and a fresh start in Australia.
"I want to make a fresh start and I am ready for a new challenge.
I am the first international who returns to Australia and I am keen to promote the national competition and raise the standard."


On January 14, 2009 he was signed by Gold Coast United on a three year deal becoming the club's first marquee player. On July 1, 2009 he made his Gold Coast debut in a friendly in Singaporemarker against a Singapore Olympic Selection, coming on as a substitute for Steve Pantelidis and scoring in the 88th minute from 25 yards out.

International career

Culina at a training session with PSV
Culina made his debut for the Australian national team against South Africa in 2005. He became a regular starter in the Socceroos matches under coach Guus Hiddink, who was also his club coach at PSV Eindhoven. His first international goal came in September 2005, against the Solomon Islands in Sydney. Culina played in both legs of the World Cup play-off against Uruguay where Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup, following a dramatic penalty shoot-out. He was selected in the Australian squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germanymarker and started in all four of Australia's games.

Personal life

Culina is the youngest son of renowned Australian coach and former Sydney FC manager Branko Čulina who now coaches fellow A-League club, Newcastle United Jets FC, and is of Croatian descent. On 5 February 2007, Culina and his wife, Terri, welcomed their first child, a boy named Roman.

Career stats

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season League Cup Continental

Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App  Goals
Sydney United 1996-97 6 0 - - - - 6 0
1997-98 26 1 - - - - 26 1
Total 32 1 - - - - 32 1
Sydney Olympic 1998-99 20 1 - - - - 20 1
Total 20 1 - - - - 20 1
Ajax 1999-00 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2001-02 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
2003-04 3 0 2 0 2 0 7 0
Total 3 0 6 0 2 0 11 0
Germinal Beerschot(Loan) 2000-01 12 1 4 2 - - 16 3
Total 12 1 4 2 0 0 16 2
De Graafschap(Loan) 2002-03 24 1 4 2 - - 28 3
Total 24 1 4 2 - - 28 3
Twente 2004-05 32 11 2 0 - - 34 11
2005-06 6 1 0 0 - - 6 1
Total 38 12 2 0 - - 40 12
PSV 2005-06 23 0 4 2 2 0 29 2
2006-07 28 1 5 1 8 0 41 2
2007-08 18 1 3 0 4 0 25 1
2008-09 29 1 4 0 6 0 39 1
Total 98 3 16 3 20 0 134 6
Gold Coast United 2009-10 14 2 - - 0 0 14 2
Career Totals 242 21 32 7 22 0 296 28


International Goals

Date Venue Opponent Result Result Competition Scored
3/9/2005 Sydney Football Stadiummarker, Sydneymarker 7-0 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification 1 (1)


Career honours

Ajax




PSV Eindhoven




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