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Shane Smeltz (born in 29 September 1981) is a New Zealandmarker football player. He plays as a striker for A-League team Gold Coast United.

Club career

Smeltz played for a variety of professional Australian clubs before trying his luck in England with Mansfield Town in 2005. Before signing for Englishmarker side Halifax Town, Shane Smeltz played in 61 competitive matches for AFC Wimbledon, including 11 as a substitute, and scored 26 goals.

Wellington Phoenix

Smeltz returned to New Zealand in 2007 signing a two-year deal with the Wellington Phoenix. In his first season he finished second in the Golden Boot race with nine goals from 19 appearances. In the 2008–09 season, Smeltz scored a record equalling 12 goals for the A-League season proper, resulting in the A-League Golden Boot 2008/09 and also goal of the season for his winning strike against Melbourne Victory at Westpac Stadiummarker in round 13. The game finished 2-1.

Gold Coast United

In November 2008 the Phoenix lost its battle to retain Smeltz for the 2009 season as he signed a three-year deal with Hyundai A-League expansion club Gold Coast UnitedSmeltz scored nine goals on his Gold Coast United debut as Miron Bleiberg's men recorded a 12–1 victory in their inaugural outing, a friendly against Mudgeeraba SC.On 8 August 2009, Smeltz scored his club's first goal in their first A-League game against Brisbane Roar. In the following week Shane Smeltz scored an impressive four goals against North Queensland Fury, which included a penalty. Smeltz and Gold Coast recorded their first loss to the Newcastle Jets at the next round, notable for being the only game he had not scored a goal.

A week later, Smeltz rebounded from his clubs first loss to help in the win against Sydney F.C.. In the process he added another two goals to his tally taking him to an outstanding 8 goals from 5 games, his single man goal count was greater than any other clubs overall amount in the league.

International career

Smeltz has played for the under 20, 23 and full New Zealand national team.In May 2007, he was the scorer of both New Zealandmarker's goals in an impressive 2-2 draw against Wales.

He also became the first AFC Wimbledon player to win international honours, and the first to become an international goalscorer (on 25 April 2006), when he netted in an away friendly against Chile.

Following his impressive goal scoring form with the Phoenix in the A-League as well as consistent performances for the All Whites, Smeltz was voted New Zealand footballer of the year on 19 November 2007, ahead of English premier league star Ryan Nelsen and Celtic striker Chris Killen.

After the Oceania Football Confederation had apparently taken away the Oceania Player of the year, Smeltz was also named the Oceania player of the year 2007, in December 2008.

Smeltz was named as part of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup New Zealand squad to travel to South Africa.

International goals

Scores and results list New Zealand's goal tally first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 April 2006 Estadio El Tenientemarker, Rancaguamarker 1–0 1–4 Friendly game
2 26 May 2007 Racecourse Groundmarker, Wrexhammarker 1–0 2–2 Friendly game
3 26 May 2007 Racecourse Groundmarker, Wrexhammarker 2–1 2–2 Friendly game
4 17 October 2007 Churchill Parkmarker, Lautokamarker 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification/2008 OFC Nations Cup
5 17 November 2007 Korman Stadium, Port Vilamarker 1–1 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification/2008 OFC Nations Cup
6 21 November 2007 Westpac Stadiummarker, Wellingtonmarker 2–0 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification/2008 OFC Nations Cup
7 21 November 2007 Westpac Stadiummarker, Wellingtonmarker 3–0 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification/2008 OFC Nations Cup
8 6 September 2008 Numa Daly Stadium, Nouméamarker 2–1 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification/2008 OFC Nations Cup
9 6 September 2008 Numa Daly Stadium, Nouméamarker 3–1 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification/2008 OFC Nations Cup
10 10 September 2008 North Harbour Stadiummarker, Albanymarker 1–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification/2008 OFC Nations Cup
11 10 September 2008 North Harbour Stadiummarker, Albanymarker 3–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification/2008 OFC Nations Cup
12 3 June 2009 National Stadiummarker, Dar es Salaammarker 1–0 1–2 Friendly game
13 10 June 2009 Atteridgeville Super Stadiummarker, Pretoriamarker 1–0 3–4 Friendly game
14 9 September 2009 Ammanmarker 1–1 3–1 Friendly game
15 9 September 2009 Ammanmarker 3–1 3–1 Friendly game


A-League Career Statistics

(Correct as of 7 September 2009)

Club Season League Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
2007–08 19 9 2 3 1 0 - - - 22 10 3
2008–09 20 12 1 4 2 1 - - - 24 14 2
2009–10 9 10 0 - - - - - - 9 10 0
Total 45 30 3 7 3 1 0 0 0 52 33 5


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