Bailey Colin Wright is an Australian professional footballer who plays for and is captain of Championship club Bristol City. He was selected for Australia's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Wright spent his formative years at Langwarrin, before playing a season each with Mornington and Dandenong Thunder, he was identified as a promising talent earning selection for the Victorian state team in 2007. He honed his skills further with the Victorian Institute of Sport, before moving overseas in July 2009, signing a two-year scholarship with Preston North End after a protracted clearance saga. In his first season with Preston North End, Wright played predominantly as a centre-half for the Reserves and Under 18s teams, but was called up to the senior squad in April, sitting on the bench for the club’s fixture away to Coventry City, he commenced the 2010–11 season with his debut senior appearance in the first round of the League Cup, playing the full 90 minutes in the Lilywhites' 5–0 win against Stockport County.
On 13 December 2010, Wright was handed a two and a half year professional contract. Wright made his league debut for Preston on 5 March 2011 against Norwich City, he scored his first professional goal for Preston on 7 April 2012 against MK Dons. Wright was voted Young player of the year of Preston North End for the season 2012/13. On 1 May 2013, he was handed a new two-year contract, with the option of staying at Preston North End for another year. Wright won promotion via the Play-Offs with Preston in 2015, defeating Swindon Town 4–0 at Wembley on 24 May 2015. On 6 January 2017, it was announced that Wright joined Bristol City for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-and-a-half year contract. On 7 January 2017, he made his debut in the FA Cup Third Round Tie against Fleetwood Town, he scored his first goal for Bristol City in a 1–1 draw with Norwich City on 7 March 2017. At the start of the 2017-18 season, Wright was named. Wright featured as Bristol City reached the semi finals of the 2017-18 EFL Cup with wins over Premier League opponents Watford FC, Stoke City, Crystal Palace F.
C. and Manchester United. Wright played as City lost in the semi-final tie against Premier League leaders Manchester City. On January 5 2019, Wright played as Bristol City won 1-0 to upset Premier League side Huddersfield Town FC in the FA Cup third round. Wright was a member of the Australia under-17 squad that reached the quarter-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship, narrowly missing a place at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup when they lost 2–3 against United Arab Emirates, he was selected as part of Ange Postecoglou's 23 man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, one of two new inclusions. Wright made his national debut starting in a friendly match against Saudi Arabia at Craven Cottage in London, he scored a header in this debut giving Australia a two-goal lead. He was in the Australia national football team preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia but did not make Bert van Marwijk’s final 23; as of match played 30 March 2019. As of match played 24 March 2018; as of match played 15 November 2017.
Australia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Wright goal. Preston North End Football League One play-offs: 2015 Bailey Wright – FIFA competition record Bailey Wright at Soccerway
Fidel Francisco Martínez Tenorio is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays as a winger for Barcelona S. C. on loan from Liga MX club Atlas. He started his career in Caribe Junior, he showed his skills in the 2007 Pan American Games held in Brazil, where the Ecuadorian soccer team won the gold medal, Martínez was a key player for the team. Independiente José Terán acquired his services and sold him to Cruzeiro for an unknown fee. In 2009 he was loaned to Associação Atlética Caldense. After a move to Deportivo Quito, Martínez debuted on October 2010 against El Nacional, he scored his only goal of the season against ESPOLI. He finished his debut season with 1 goal and 1 assist. Martínez played in 30 games in 2011, assisting 5 times and scoring 9 goals, one of, in the first leg of the Serie A final against Emelec. Martínez scored his first goal of the 2011 season against Quito club Espoli, he scored 7 more league goals plus one vital finish past the Emelec goalkeeper. Thus winning the 2011 season. Martínez kicked of the 2012 season against Macara.
On February 7, 2012 he played his first Copa Libertadores match against Chivas de Guadalajara. On March 7, he scored his first goal in the tournament against Velez Sarsfield in an emphatic 3-0 win over the Argentine team. On March 11, he scored his first league goal against Deportivo Cuenca in a 4-1 away win. On April 17, Martínez played a vital game against Mexican giant Chivas de Guadalajara in a historic 5-0 win in which he scored the third goal at the 65 minute mark. Martínez played all 6 games of the 2012 Copa Libertadores Group Stage, contributing two goals and two assists to help Deportivo Quito qualify to the Round of 16, an accomplishment not achieved since the 1989 Copa Libertadores, he scored his third Copa Libertadores goal in the Round of 16 against the powerful Chilean club Universidad de Chile in a 4-1 win. On May 22, 2012 The president of Deportivo Quito Fernando Mantilla confirmed the purchase of Martinez by Tijuana for an undisclosed fee. Martinez made his professional debut with Xolos on July 20, coming on as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Puebla FC.
Martínez scored his first goal in a Copa MX draw against Pumas, in a 2–2 away draw. On December 2, Martínez and Tijuana won their first first division league title, Martínez assisted both goals in Tijuana 2–0 away victory over Toluca. Martínez scored his goal of the year in a 4–0 Copa Libertadores match against San Jose of Bolivia assisting one goal, he scored a late winner against Colombia's Millonarios at the last minute, against Brazilian giants Atletico Mineiro in a 2-2 home draw, scoring a total of 4 goals in 10 Copa Libertadores games played. For the 2013-14 Liga MX season Martínez was given the club's number 10 jersey. On August 4, Martínez scored his first goal of the season, in a 2-1 loss to Monarcas Morelia. A week on August 10, he scored his second, in a 2-0 home win over Pumas UNAM. On August 23 Martínez scored his third, in a 1-1 home draw against Santos Laguna. On August 9 he scored his first goal in a Concacaf Champions League group match, defeating Firpo 1-0. On September 7, Martínez scored.
On September 16 Martínez scored in a 2-2 away draw against Chivas. On October 4 he scored. On June 4, 2014 Martínez joined U. De G. on loan from Tijuana. On August 20, 2014 Martínez scored and gave Leones Negros a victory in la Liga MX over 20 years against Club León. On August 29, 2014 Martínez scored against his former team Tijuana and ended a 1–1 tie. Martinez holds Mexican citizenship. On January 12, Martínez scored the first goal in 2015 for Leones Negros, defeating Monterrey 1–0. On May 24, 2015 Martínez joined U. N. A. M, he enjoyed a good first tournament with Pumas, registering 4 goals and 6 assists in the regular season. As Pumas advanced to the Ligilla, Martinez scored in the quarter-finals to give Pumas a 1-0 win over Veracruz and advance to the semi-finals. Martinez started the Clausura 2016 tournament having lost his regular starting spot to new signing Luis Quinones, despite limited game time Martínez scored a last minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Atlas, he has been called up for the senior national team debuting on December 17, 2008 in a tournament in Oman, scoring the winning goal against Iran.
He will be called up to play in the 2009 South American Youth Championship. After a 5 Year absence from the national team, Martínez was called up by Reinaldo Rueda for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Uruguay and Chile; as of 6 February 2017 As of 31 August 2017 Deportivo Quito Serie A: 2011Club Tijuana Liga MX: Apertura 2012 Ecuador U-20 PanAmerican Games: 2007 Gold Medal Fidel Martínez – Liga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com Fidel Martínez at Liga MX Martínez's FEF player card Fidel Martínez at National-Football-Teams.com
Angelos "Ange" Postecoglou is an Australian former soccer player and the former head coach of the Australia national soccer team. He is one of the most successful Australian club coaches with two premierships, four championships and a continental title, he is the manager of Yokohama F. Marinos. Postecoglou was born in Greece. After Postecoglou's father, lost his business following the 1967 Greek military coup, Postecoglou emigrated to Australia by boat in 1970 at the age of five, growing up in Melbourne, Victoria. In his early years he grew up playing Australian rules football and is a lifelong supporter of the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League. Postecoglou supports Liverpool. Postecoglou is married to Georgia, who worked at South Melbourne as a marketing manager when he served as manager of the club. Postecoglou has three sons, James and Alexi. After first joining the club as a nine year old, Postecoglou played 193 games from 1984 to 1993 for South Melbourne in the National Soccer League, where he was involved in their 1984 and 1990–91 titles, the latter as captain, before moving into coaching.
In his international playing career, Postecoglou represented Australia on four occasions between 1986 and 1988 as well as representing Australia at youth level in 1985. Postecoglou coached South Melbourne from 1996 until 2000, he led them to consecutive National Soccer League titles in 1997–98 and 1998–99, as well as winning the 1999 Oceania Club Championship, which in turn led to their participation in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship. After the 1999–2000 NSL season, he stood down from the South Melbourne coaching role when he was appointed coach of the Australian youth team, he is the only person to have been involved in all four of South Melbourne's NSL title-winning teams, the first two as a player and the latter two as coach. Following his domestic coaching success, Postecoglou became coach of Australia's youth sides in 2000. During his tenure, he played a role in developing Australian players. Postecoglou was involved in an on-air argument with football pundit Craig Foster on The World Game.
He was replaced as coach in February 2007 after Australia failed to qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. After his departure as coach of the Australian youth teams, Postecoglou worked as a football pundit for Fox Sports and as an elite consultant to Football Federation Victoria. Postecoglou coached Panachaiki in the Greek third division from March to December 2008. Despite keeping the traditional club well within contention for promotion, more in the top three for most of the season, a falling out with club management ended his tenure in Patras. On 16 October 2009, Postecoglou was signed as the new Brisbane Roar coach. Postecoglou started rebuilding the team by releasing Liam Reddy, Craig Moore, Bob Malcolm and Charlie Miller. Tommy Oar, Michael Zullo and Adam Sarota were bought by Dutch club FC Utrecht and striker Sergio van Dijk went to Adelaide United. Postecoglou, who asked to be judged a year from the time he took over, proved the critics wrong by winning and playing an entertaining brand of football.
The Roar's possession based style of play under Postecoglou earned them the nickname "Roarcelona". The 4–0 win against Adelaide United in round 13 was praised in the media as some of the best football the A-League has seen. Postecoglou led the Roar to the Premiership and Championship in the 2010–11 season, winning the Grand Final 4–2 on penalties against the Central Coast Mariners in front of 52,168 people at Lang Park; the Roar only lost one game all season and went on a 36-game unbeaten run, which broke the previous Australian football record. On 18 March 2011, he signed a two-year extension with the club keeping him until the 2013–14 season. Postecoglou's side continued their winning streak in the 2011–12 season and now hold the all-time Australian football code record for longest undefeated sporting streak of 36 games, surpassing rugby league side Eastern Suburbs' record set 74 years ago. Postecoglou is managed by sports management company Football Focus International. In the 2011–12 season, Brisbane Roar became the first team to win back-to-back A-League championships and Postecoglou became the most successful Australian domestic football coach, with four national titles.
On 24 April 2012, Postecoglou announced his resignation as head coach of Brisbane Roar. Postecoglou left the Roar after two-and-a-half years, during which he led the club to back-to-back A-League championships, a premiership and consecutive qualification for the AFC Champions League. On 26 April 2012, it was announced that he had signed a three-year contract with A-League club Melbourne Victory as head coach. Postecoglou started rebuilding the team by releasing Matthew Kemp, Grant Brebner, Rodrigo Vargas, Tom Pondeljak, Ante Čović, Carlos Hernández, Harry Kewell and Fabio Alves, with Jean Carlos Solórzano and Ubay Luzardo returned to their respective clubs after their loan deals had expired. Postecoglou rounded up his squad by signing Jonathan Bru, Guilherme Finkler, Adama Traoré, Marcos Flores, Mark Milligan, Theo Markelis, Sam Gallagher and Spase Dilevski. Postecoglou's first game in charge of Melbourne Victory was the Round 1 clash against crosstown rivals Melbourne Heart, an encounter which the Victory lost 2–1.
His first win came against Adelaide United in Round 4, with the Victory prevailing 2–1. The following year, Melbourne Victory made the A-League Preliminary Final after beating Perth Glory in an Elimination Final 2–1 at Docklands Stadium. Melbourne Victory played in the Preliminary Final against Central Coast Mariners and lost 2–0. Postecoglou was appointed head coach of Australia on 23 October 2013 on a five-year contra
Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Liga MX club Tigres UANL, the Ecuador national team. He has played for Emelec in Ecuador, where he won Serie A and was awarded the Copa Sudamericana Golden Boot in 2013, he played for Pachuca in Mexico, being awarded the Liga MX Golden Boot in the 2014 Clausura tournament. He joined West Ham for an estimated £12 million in July 2014. At international level, Valencia has over 40 caps for Ecuador since his debut in 2012, he represented the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Copa América, is their top joint scorer with Agustin Delgado in World Cup tournaments with 3 goals. Valencia is Ecuador's second top goalscorer of all time with 27 goals. Valencia came to Guayaquil to trial for Emelec in 2008 from Caribe Junior's youth system, the same team where Ecuador star Antonio Valencia played in his early years. In 2008, he was transferred to Emelec. From 2008 to early 2010 he received no opportunities in the first team, but with the arrival of the Argentinian coach Jorge Sampaoli, Valencia started to receive playtime opportunities.
Valencia's first professional career goal was on 10 March, scoring the only goal to gain an important away win against LDU Quito. Emelec were runners-up to champions LDU Quito. Valencia scored nine league goals in 30 league matches in 2011. In November 2012, he scored five goals in five separate matches against El Nacional, LDU Loja, Técnico Universitario, twice against Manta in both home and away matches, winning four of the five matches, only drawing against LDU Loja; this brought his goal tally to 13 goals scored in 40 league matches played, his best season yet, but for a third season in a row, the team was runner-up to league champions and club rivals Barcelona SC. On 7 August 2013, Valencia scored his first career hat-trick against Peruvian side Sport Huancayo, in a 4–0 2013 Copa Sudamericana First Round match, he finished the season as league champions with Emelec, the club's first since 2002. After numerous rumors involving the interest of Pachuca for Valencia, both parties came to terms and agreed on a transfer.
On 18 January 2014, Valencia scored his first goal in a 2–1 victory against Tijuana. The following week he scored two goals to in Pachuca's first away win league match against league champions Club León, he finished the regular season as the top goal-scorer with 12 goals, scoring various braces for Pachuca. Valencia scored his first hatrick against UNAM in a 2–4 away win to advance in the Liga MX Apertura 2014 Playoffs. On 29 July 2014, Premier League club West Ham United completed the transfer of Valencia, on a five-year contract for a fee estimated at £12 million, he confirmed that he knew little about West Ham before signing and that he knew of them having watched hooligan films such as the 2005 release of Green Street starring Elijah Wood. Valencia made his West Ham debut on 16 August 2014 in a 1–0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur coming on as an 81st-minute substitute for Carlton Cole. On 27 August, he had his penalty saved by Mark Howard as West Ham were knocked out at home in the second round of the Football League Cup by Sheffield United.
Valencia's first goal for West Ham came in his full league debut, against Hull City on 15 September 2014, in a 2–2 draw. The 25 yards strike, timed at 61 miles per hour, was described by journalist Henry Winter of The Daily Telegraph as an "exceptional goal". Valencia went on to score two more goals for West Ham in the following weeks, including a header in a 3–1 away win at Burnley, a goal in a 2–2 draw with Stoke City, his first match of his second season was on 30 July 2015 in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg at home against Astra Giurgiu. It was confirmed that he had suffered "significant" injuries to his right knee and ankle, was ruled out for twelve weeks. Valencia scored his first league goals of the 2015–16 season with two in a 3–1 comeback win against Bournemouth on 12 January 2016, including a powerfully hit free-kick. On 31 August 2016, Valencia signed for Everton on a season-long loan, with the option of a permanent £14.5m move in the summer of 2017. Valencia scored his first league goal for Everton when he fired home from close range in a 3–0 win against Southampton on 2 January 2017.
On 13 July 2017, Valencia signed for Tigres UANL for an undisclosed fee. After playing for the nation's under-22 team at the 2011 Pan American Games, Valencia made his debut for the Ecuador national football team on 12 February 2012 in a friendly match against Honduras. Valencia began his career as a winger, but was converted to play as a striker by Emelec coach Gustavo Quinteros. Reinaldo Rueda started experimenting with Valencia as a striker after the untimely death of Christian Benítez. After making three appearances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, he scored his first international goal in a 2–2 draw against Honduras on 19 November 2013, he continued his good form in scoring in three of Ecuador's four pre-tournament friendlies. On 5 March, he scored, assisted a goal and won a penalty kick as La Tri came from 3–0 down to defeat Australia 4–3, he scored the team's only goal in a 3–1 loss against Mexico, gave them an early lead in a 2–2 draw with England in Miami. In June 2014, Valencia was named in Ecuador's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
On 15 June, he made his FIFA World Cup debut in the team's opening match against Switzerland at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasília, opening the scoring with a header in a 2–1 defeat. In Ecuador's second match, Valencia scored both goals to d
Stade Maurice Dufrasne
The Stade Maurice Dufrasne is a football stadium in Liège, Belgium. The stadium holds 27,670 people, it is known as Stade de Sclessin, from the name of the district of Liège where it is located, is the home stadium of Standard Liège. Belgium have played here, notably against Estonia in September 2008 in a 2010 World Cup Qualifier and against Gibraltar on 31 August 2017 in a World Cup Qualifier; the stadium's namesake, Maurice Dufrasne, was Chairman of Standard Liège from 1909 until 1931. He was known to take players to his home and cook them a meal if they played well at home fixtures. Stade de Sclessin stadiumguide.com
South Africa national football team
The South Africa men's national football team represents South Africa in association football and is controlled by the South African Football Association, the governing body for football in South Africa. South Africa's home ground is FNB Stadium, so named due to a naming rights deal, in Johannesburg; the team is under the charge of Stuart Baxter, appointed as coach on 5 April 2017. The team's greatest achievement was winning the Africa Cup of Nations at home in 1996. Having played their first match in 1924, they returned to the world stage in 1992, after 16 years of being banned from FIFA, 40 years of effective suspension due to the apartheid system. South Africa became the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup when it was granted host status for the 2010 edition; the team's Siphiwe Tshabalala was the first player to score in this World Cup during the opening game against Mexico, followed by an iconic Macarena-style goal celebration from five South African players. Despite defeating France 2–1 in their final game of the Group Stage, they failed to progress from the first round of the tournament, becoming the first host nation in the history of the FIFA World Cup to exit in the group stage.
Despite this, the team ranked 20th out of 32 sides. Football first arrived in South Africa through colonialism in the late nineteenth century, as the game was popular among British soldiers. From the earliest days of the sport in South Africa until the end of apartheid, organised football was affected by the country's system of racial segregation; the all-white Football Association of South Africa was formed in 1892, while the South African Indian Football Association, the South African Bantu Football Association and the South African Coloured Football Association were founded in 1903, 1933 and 1936 respectively. In 1903 the SAFA re-affiliated with the English Football Association after the Second Boer War between the British Empire and the Boer state. There was a plan to play a tournament held in Argentina, with South Africa and Fulham as guest teams, but it was not carried out. South Africa traveled to South America in 1906 to play a series of friendly matches there. South Africa played a total of 12 matches in South America, winning 11 with 60 goals scored and only 7 conceded.
Some of the rivals were Belgrano A. C. Argentina national team, a Liga Rosarina combined and Quilmes; the only team that could beat South Africa was the Argentine Alumni by 1–0 at Sociedad Sportiva stadium of Buenos Aires, on June 24, although the South Africans would take revenge on July 22, defeating the Alumni by 2–0. The players were white, civil servants, government employees and civil engineers. Seven of the 15 players were born in 8 originated from England and Scotland. South Africa was one of four African nations to attend FIFA's 1953 congress, at which the four demanded, won, representation on the FIFA executive committee, thus the four nations founded the Confederation of African Football in 1956, the South African representative, Fred Fell, sat at the first meeting as a founding member. It soon became clear however that South Africa's constitution prohibited racially mixed teams from competitive sport, so they could only send either an all-black side or an all-white side to the planned 1957 African Cup of Nations.
This was unacceptable to the other members of the Confederation, South Africa were disqualified from the competition, however some sources say that they withdrew voluntarily. At the second CAF conference in 1958 South Africa were formally expelled from CAF; the all-white FASA were admitted to FIFA in the same year, but in August 1960 it was given an ultimatum of one year to fall in line with the non-discriminatory regulations of FIFA. On 26 September 1961 at the annual FIFA conference, the South African association was formally suspended from FIFA. Sir Stanley Rous, president of The Football Association of England and a champion of South Africa's FIFA membership, was elected FIFA President a few days later. Rous was adamant that sport, FIFA in particular, should not embroil itself in political matters and against fierce opposition he continued to resist attempts to expel South Africa from FIFA; the suspension was lifted in January 1963 after a visit to South Africa by Rous in order to investigate the state of football in the country.
Rous declared that if the suspension were not lifted, football there would be discontinued to the point of no recovery. The next annual conference of FIFA in October 1964 took place in Tokyo and was attended by a larger contingent of representatives from African and Asian associations and here the suspension of South Africa's membership was re-imposed. In 1976, after the Soweto uprising, they were formally expelled from FIFA. In 1991, when the apartheid system was beginning to be demolished, a new multi-racial South African Football Association was formed, admitted to FIFA – and thus allowing South Africa to enter the qualifying stages for subsequent World Cups. After spending nearly two decades in international isolation, the South African national team played its first game on 7 July 1992, beating Cameroon 1–0 at Kings Park in Durban; the team entered the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and was placed in Group 5, along with Mauritius and Zimbabwe. They won one game, away to Mauritius, drew with Mauritius and Zimbabwe at home.
The team failed to qualify. For the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers South Africa was placed in Group D, along with Congo and Nigeria. Libya withdrew from the qualifiers. South Africa beat Congo home and away, they drew with Nigeria
Michael John "Mile" Jedinak is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Aston Villa and served as the captain of the Australia national team. Jedinak was born and raised in Sydney, played youth football with Sydney United before starting his senior career at the club. Following loan spells at Varteks and South Coast United, Jedinak moved to Central Coast Mariners in 2006, he next played in Turkey, for Gençlerbirliği and Antalyaspor on loan before joining Crystal Palace and subsequently playing a role in the club earning promotion to the Premier League. Jedinak made 79 appearances for the Australian national team, has been Captain over 25 times since 2014; this includes participation in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups. He has played at two AFC Asian Cups, including captaining Australia to victory on home soil in the 2015 edition. Jedinak retired as captain of the Australian national team on 1 October 2018. Jedinak began playing when he was chosen to be part of the PDSSSC – a competition between Catholic schools within the Parramatta Diocesan – where he played for St Agnes Catholic High, the same school compatriot Željko Kalac attended.
He played for Loyola Senior High School, Mount Druitt in the Jesuit Cup. As captain, Jedinak led the team to success, he began his career at Sydney United, spent some time in the early years of his career at Croatian club Varteks, making one competitive appearance for the Croatian side in a 2003–04 UEFA Cup qualifier against Levadia Maardu. He was part of the Sydney United side that won the NSW Premier League title for 2006, playing a role in midfield that earned him a trial with the Mariners. Jedinak was first added to the Mariners' squad in the week leading up to their 2006 Pre-Season Cup play-off against Newcastle Jets, subsequently was called into the squad for the last ten games of the 2006–07, where he made eight appearances. Jedinak achieved success at the Central Coast Mariners, helping them to a Premiers' Plate in the 2007–08 season of the A-League and scoring some spectacular goals along the way including a 25-metre free-kick in the 5–4 loss in Round 15 to Sydney FC, he was the club's second highest goalscorer in the 2008–09 season, with six goals.
On 25 December 2008, Jedinak signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Turkish club Gençlerbirliği effective January 2009. On 24 January 2009, he made his competitive debut for Gençlerbirliği in their 3–1 victory over Kayserispor, playing the full match. Jedinak's first goal for Gençlerbirliği was scored in a 1–0 win over Fenerbahçe. With one year remaining on his contract at Gençlerbirliği, Jedinak announced he was leaving the club in June 2011, with the hopes of finding a new club in a different country. A month he signed for Crystal Palace in England. Jedinak became a fans' favourite at Selhurst Park during the 2012–13 season. In light of regular club captain Paddy McCarthy's injury spell that season, Jedinak was handed the captain's armband first by manager Dougie Freedman and by Ian Holloway. Jedinak scored an 89th-minute winner on the final day of the 2012–13 season in a 3–2 win against Peterborough United at Selhurst Park to secure a playoff place for Palace captained Palace to win the playoffs and gain promotion to the top-flight Premier League.
Jedinak was voted Crystal Palace's 2012–13 player of the season. On 3 December 2013, Jedinak signed a new three-and-a-half year contract, set to expire in the summer of 2017, he scored his first Premier League goal from a penalty kick against West Ham United in April 2014, choosing not to celebrate the goal to pay respect for compatriot Dylan Tombides, being honoured that match following his death. Jedinak came close to playing every minute of Palace's 2013–14 Premier League season, but injured himself in the second half of the 2–2 draw with Fulham. On 28 October 2014, Jedinak was named the fifth-best player in Europe, the best midfielder in Europe and the best player in the Premier League after the first three months of the 2014–15 season by the website Oulala Fantasy Football based on Opta performance statistics, an accolade he brushed off as reported by Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service. On 30 November, he was named as Asian International Footballer of the Year. Jedinak's superb freekick in a 3–1 win over Liverpool in November 2014 was voted Goal of the Season at the 2015 Crystal Palace FC Awards night.
Prior to the 2016–17 Premier League season, the club announced that Jedinak had resigned the captaincy and that Scott Dann would succeed him. New Aston Villa owner Tony Xia tweeted via his own Twitter account'We'll announce one new signing at 5PM today' on 17 August 2016, in which it was confirmed by the club at 5pm that Jedinak was Villa's latest acquisition and that he moved to the Championship club on a three-year deal, he made his debut for Aston Villa on 27 August 2016 in a 3–1 loss to Bristol City. Jedinak played at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, making appearances against the Czech Republic and the host nation. Jedinak made his full international debut in a friendly against Singapore in early 2008 and was an integral squad member of Pim Verbeek's "Socceroos" in the lead up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Jedinak was included in Australia's 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup and made his first appearance in Australia's opening match against Germany on 13 June.
This, would be Jedinak's only involvement in the competition. Jedinak scored his first international goal against South Korea at 2011 AFC Asian Cup, he went on to