Newcastle Jets FC
Newcastle United Jets Football Club known as Newcastle Jets, is an Australian professional soccer club based in Newcastle, New South Wales. It competes in the country's premier competition, the A-League, under licence from Football Federation Australia; the club was formed in 2000 when it joined the National Soccer League and was one of only three former NSL clubs to join in the formation of the A-League. Newcastle Jets have won one A-League championship, after defeating rivals Central Coast Mariners 1–0 in the 2008 A-League Grand Final. In 2009, Newcastle competed in the AFC Champions League for the first time, reaching the Round of 16. In May 2015, FFA revoked Newcastle's licence after owner Nathan Tinkler placed the club into voluntary administration. A new A-League club was formed for the 2015 -- 16 season, under colours. Since its establishment, the Jets has had a reputation for signing high-profile players. Notable players who have represented the club include Australian internationals, Andrew Nabbout and Dimitri Petratos.
Venezuelan international, Ronald Vargas. Former England internationals, Emile Heskey and Francis Jeffers, Former England U-21 international Michael Bridges, Former Dutch international, Kew Jaliens. Former Brazilian international, Mário Jardel. Former Australian internationals, Joel Griffiths, Ned Zelić, Paul Okon and David Carney; the club plays home games at McDonald Jones Stadium. An affiliated youth team competes in the National Youth League and in the National Premier Leagues Northern NSW competition. A women's team competes in the W-League; the Youth teams matches are played at No. 2 Wanderers Oval. The Womans team play at No. 2 Sportsground. Newcastle United was formed in 2000 by Cypriot-Australian businessman Con Constantine from the remnants of the Newcastle Breakers club; the Breakers were dissolved when Soccer Australia revoked its NSL licence at the conclusion of the 1999/2000 season. At the formation of Newcastle United the home ground was moved back to where Newcastle KB United played, now known as McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Newcastle United club were reasonably successful, competing in two of the last three Final Series and finishing second in the League behind Perth Glory in the 2001–02 season. The club renamed themselves the Newcastle United Jets Football Club and launched a new badge at the start of the new national league, the A-League; this was done to try and create and project a new image of the club and to avoid confusion with the English Premier League club Newcastle United. The name "Jets" is a reference to RAAF Base Williamtown, located just 20 kilometres north of Newcastle; the club's logo depicts three F/A-18 Hornets, which the Royal Australian Air Force has based at Williamtown. Former England and Australia manager Terry Venables was reported as favourite to become the team's technical director, including reports from the Jets, but this was confirmed by Venables' agent as a'no-go'. Instead, the club signed Richard Money for the 2005–2006 season. In 2006 Money was replaced with Nick Theodorakopoulos after Money returned to England to take the manager's job at Walsall.
In October 2006 after recording no wins during the Pre-Season Cup and during the first seven rounds of A-League matches, Theodorakopoulos became the first coach to be sacked in the club's A-League's history. His assistant Gary van Egmond was the caretaker coach for the remainder of the 2005–6 season, signed a contract to remain as the coach of the Jets for the next three years; the club surprised many observers in the Australian game by signing Ned Zelic, a player, seen to have severed connections with Australia after being dropped from the national team. Reports suggested the Jets were attempting to bring former Liverpool and England striker Stan Collymore out of retirement. Director of Football Remo Nogarotto confirmed the club had made a bid to lure Collymore to the A-League for a four-match guest stint. With the leadership of Gary van Egmond Newcastle has achieved the highest amount of points out of all clubs in their last fourteen games and have scored the most goals; as a result of their good form under van Egmond, crowds in Newcastle have reached all time highs for football – culminating in a crowd of over 24,000 for their home final against Sydney FC on 2 February 2007.
Newcastle were eliminated in the preliminary final by Adelaide, the game going to penalties after finishing at 1 all. Vaughan Coveny and Stuart Musialik missed their attempts in a shoot-out that ended up at 4–3 in favour of Adelaide, costing Newcastle their place in the grand final and a berth in the Asian Champions League. Season 3 of the A-League saw a number of Newcastle's biggest stars of the previous season leave the club. Captain Paul Okon retired, fan favourite Milton Rodriguez returned to Colombia and Johnny Warren Medal winner Nick Carle moved to Turkey to link up with Gençlerbirliği S. K.. New recruits included Joel Griffiths' twin brother Adam and previous European Golden Boot winner Mario Jardel. Although significant excitement surrounded the capture of Jardel, as time went by it was obvious he was well past his prime and received little game time. Throughout the season star striker Joel Griffiths broke the record for most goals in a regular season by scoring 12 in 21 rounds; the Jets started the season well without losing in their first 5 matches.
Following this good start the Jets struggled for consistency until the end of the season winning against quality opposition but losing some vital home games. Wins in the last three competition rounds saw the Jets move up the ladder to equal points with the Central Coast Mariners, finishing the season in second place due to inferior goal
Gema Simon is an Australian international football player who plays for Newcastle Jets and the Australia women's national soccer team. Simon was born in New South Wales, she is an Indigenous Australian, grew up the eldest of three siblings. Her cousin, Kyah Simon, is an Australian international footballer. Gema started playing football aged five. Simon was a member of the inaugural Newcastle Jets team in the W-League in 2008–09. In May 2013, Simon joined USL W-League side Ottawa Fury, she did receive off-field assistance. She suffered an injury one month into the season and did not recover during her remaining two months with the side. In 2013, Simon was given the captaincy of the Jets, she was awarded the Jets' Player of the Year award for the 2013–14 seasonAfter captaining Newcastle Jets in the 2013–14 season, Simon joined Melbourne Victory alongside Hannah Brewer. In October 2015, Simon re-joined the Newcastle Jets. After a rewarding season with Newcastle Jets, Simon signed a deal to play the winter season with Suwon in the WK League.
After her loan at Suwon, Simon was announced as captain of Newcastle Jets once more. In mid-2009, Simon was called up to the Australia under-20 team for the 2009 AFC U-19 Women's Championship, she made her debut for the side in a pre-tournament friendly against South Korea in July 2009. Simon was first called up to the Australian senior side for the 2014 Cyprus Cup, she made her debut for the team in March 2014, playing a full match in a loss to Scotland in the Group Stage of the tournament. She was again included in the Australia squad for the 2015 Cyprus Cup. Australia Tournament of Nations: 2017 Newcastle Jets Player of the Year: 2009–10, 2013–14 List of association football families Gema Simon at Soccerway
Katherine Nicole "Katie" Stengel is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Utah Royals FC of the NWSL and the Newcastle Jets in the Australian W-League. She played for the Washington Spirit, Bayern Munich in Germany and Western Sydney Wanderers in the Australian W-League. In 2012, she was part of the United States Under-20 team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship and the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Stengel attended Viera High School in Florida, she attended Wake Forest University from 2010–2013 where she played for the Demon Deacons women's soccer team. Stengel completed her college career as the highest scoring player in Wake Forest history with 50 goals in 75 games, she was a four-time All-ACC honoree and a three-time All-America, becoming in 2011 the first Wake Forest player to be named first-team All America. In January 2014, Stengel skipped the 2014 NWSL College Draft and instead joined the Los Angeles Blues of the since-disbanded USL W-League. In June 2014, Stengel joined Frauen-Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.
She helped. In December 2015, Stengel signed with the Washington Spirit. In her first season with the team, she played in 19 regular season matches, starting 10, totaling 928 minutes. Stengel contributed four goals during the season, tied for second most on the team. In 2016 Washington advanced to the NWSL Championship Game; the game went to penalties. Stengal converted her penalty. Stengel appeared in five games for the Spirit in 2017 before she was released by the club on June 28, 2017. Stengel was signed by Australian team Western Sydney Wanderers ahead of the 2016–17 W-League season, she was the leading goal-scorer for the Wanderers with six goals for the season. The day after her release by the Washington Spirit, Stengel was selected off waivers by the Boston Breakers, she appeared in 12 games for the Breakers in 2017. In October 2017, Stengel returned to Australia, joining Newcastle Jets for the 2017–18 W-League season. Stengel finished second in the Golden Boot race behind Sam Kerr. Newcastle finished in third place and returned to the Finals series for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
Stengel returned to Newcastle for the 2018–19 W-League season. After the Boston Breakers folded ahead of the 2018 season, Stengel was selected by the Utah Royals FC in the Boston Breakers dispersal draft. Stengel appeared in 23 games for the Royals, she scored the first brace in Royals history. With the United States Under-20 team Stengel won the 2012 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship. At the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Stengel scored three goals; the United States won the U-20 World Cup. Stengel has played for the United States U-23 women's national team. In March 2014, she received her first full national team call-up from head coach Tom Sermanni. Stengel has not yet been capped by the USWNT. Stengel's younger sister Jackie plays for North Carolina State University and her father Scott played for the Air Force Academy. CONCACAF U20 Women's Championship: 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup: 2012 FC Bayern Munich Frauen-Bundesliga Champions: 2014–15 Katie Stengel – FIFA competition record Boston Breakers profile US Soccer profile Bayern profile Wake Forest profile Katie Stengel at Soccerway
Branko Čulina is a football coach and former player. He managed Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets in the A-League. Culina was born in Zadar, Socialist Republic of Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia and emigrated to Australia with his mother in 1968, at the age of 10, settling in Melbourne's Croatian community, his senior playing career began with St. Albans Saints where he captained the senior team at the age of 15. In 1974, he transferred to Essendon Croatia, he had seven successful years at the club which included winning the Victorian State Championship in 1978 and the Victorian treble in 1979. In 1980, he joined sister club Sydney Croatia before moving to National Soccer League club Blacktown City Demons. After a season at each he returned to Melbourne with St Albans Saints, where he remained until retiring 1988. After retiring as a player he stayed with St Albans as a coach in the Victorian Premier League for the 1989 season before taking up a role at North Geelong. At North Geelong, Culina lead the side to the 1990 Division One title leading to promotion to the VPL.
He won the VPL with North Geelong at the first go in 1991, beating Brunswick Juventus in the Grand Final at Middle Park. In 1992, he returned to the NSL at Melbourne Knights, Culina returned to the NSL at Sydney United for the 1994–95 season, his three seasons at United would be his most successful to date, winning the minor premiership and reaching the competition Grand Final in the 1996–97 season, as well as winning the Waratah Cup in 1995 and 1996. Overall, he coached 133 games for Sydney United, with 62 wins, 32 draws, 39 losses, including an Australian record of 8 consecutive victories. During this time he was coach to his teenage son Jason Culina, breaking into the Sydney United first team. While some accusations of nepotism floated around Branko has said he'didn't have to do any favours because he didn't need any' evidenced best by Jason's success as a Socceroo. After his successful 1996–97 season, he was signed with great promise to take over. Sydney Olympic. Over three seasons, he would become Olympic's longest serving coach, narrowly missing out on a finals place in his first year before pushing the team into the finals in both 1999-00 and 2000–01 NSL seasons.
In 2001, he returned to Sydney United, however the club was now less of a force in the national league. Following the demise of the NSL, Culina had been working as Technical Director for the state governing body Soccer NSW, which included a coaching role in 2005 for the NSW State Representative Team. In 2007, he returned to coaching at A-League club Sydney FC. Sydney had accepted the resignation of former coach Terry Butcher at the close of a disappointing 2006–07 season, on 13 February 2007 appointed Culina in an interim role, for six months, to guide the club in its first Asian Champions League campaign. Culina led Sydney FC to five wins in eight games, including a historic 2–1 away win against Shanghai Shenhua – the first-ever victory recorded by an Australian club in the AFC Champions League. On 23 April 2007 he was confirmed as Sydney's permanent coach with a two-year contract. Despite the initial success with his new club, Culina found the A-Leagues 2007–08 season tough going. Inconsistent performance and an inability to win against teams both at the top and bottom end of the league table meant that Culina's Sydney found itself halfway through the competition in Round 9 with only two victories.
After a 0–1 loss at home to Adelaide United, Culina was dismissed from his position with the club. During a Round 7 clash between Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory, he made controversial remarks about referee Mark Shield, claiming that: "If the police need to escort you, it's not a good sign." "Don't ask me about the referee, I can't afford the fine … however, if the referee needs to be escorted by police after the game, you make your own mind up whether he's had a good game or bad game." Culina was named as the manager of Newcastle United Jets FC from the start of the A-League 2009-10 season and given a two-year contract. He was working for the Jets as the Technical Director. Culina played an attractive brand of football. Newcastle made losing to Wellington Phoenix. Branko was fined $3000, for using the word "shit" in a post-match press conference. After the takeover of the club by Nathan Tinkler, Culina signed with the club until 2015. On 4 October 2011, just four days out from the season opener, it was announced that Culina had been sacked as coach of the Newcastle Jets.
On 19 October 2012, Branko Culina was appointed the new manager and director of football of NSW Premier League club Rockdale City Suns. In his first season in charge of the side, Culina lead Rockdale to a 4th placed NSW Premier League finish, all the way to the Grand Final after defeating Marconi Stallions, Sutherland Sharks and Sydney United 58 FC, but lost by 1-0 to Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC in front of around 5,000 people. Branko and his wife Nada have former Olyroo Dean Culina and past Socceroo Jason Culina. Branko is a football analyst for Fox Sports.currently ABC TV Grandstand. Melbourne KnightsVictorian State Championship: 1978, 1979 Victorian State League Cup: 1979 Dockerty Cup: 1979Personal HonoursVictorian Premier League Player of the Year: 1985 with St Albans Saints Sydney UnitedNSL Championship: 1996–1997 Waratah Cup: 1995, 1996North Geelong WarriorsVictorian Division 1: 1991 championship winners Victorian Premier League: 1992 Premiership, 1992 Championship+ Sydney fc - Group Stage Runners up -Asian Champions League 2007 + Newcastle Jets - Semi Finalist 2009 + Rockdale City + Gran
The A-League is a professional men's soccer league run by Football Federation Australia. At the top of the Australian league system, it is the country's primary competition for the sport; the A-League was established in 2004 as a successor to the National Soccer League and competition commenced in August 2005. The league is contested by ten teams, it is known as the Hyundai A-League through a sponsorship arrangement with the Hyundai Motor Company. Seasons run from October to May and include a 27-round regular season followed by a Finals Series playoff involving the highest-placed teams, culminating in a grand final match; the winner of the regular season tournament is dubbed the'premier' while the winner of the grand final is the season's'champion'. This differs from the other major football codes in Australia, where'premier' refers to the winner of the grand final and the winner of the regular season is the'minor premier'. Successful A-League clubs gain qualification into the continental competition, the Asian Football Confederation Champions League known as "AFC Champions League".
Similar to the United States and Canada's Major League Soccer, as well as other professional sports leagues in Australia, Australia's A-League does not practice promotion and relegation. Since the league's inaugural season, a total of six clubs have been crowned A-League Premiers and five clubs have been crowned A-League Champions; the current premier is Perth Glory. The current champions are Melbourne Victory, who won the 2018 A-League Grand Final, equaling the record of four domestic titles held by Marconi Stallions, South Melbourne, Sydney City; the A-League does not recognize the history of its predecessor, the National Soccer League, the nations premier football competition from 1977 to 2004. A national round-robin tournament existed in various forms prior to the formation of the A-League, with the most notable being the National Soccer League; the formation of the NSL came after Australia's qualification for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, which led to discussion of a national league, with 14 teams chosen to participate in the inaugural season of the NSL in 1977.
Under the guidance of the then-governing body, the Australian Soccer Federation, the NSL flourished through the 1980s and early 1990s but fell into decline with the increasing departure of Australian players to overseas leagues, a disastrous television deal with the Seven Network and the resulting lack of sponsorship. Few clubs continued to grow with Sydney Olympic, Perth Glory, the newly established Adelaide United the exception in a dying league. In April 2003, the Australian Federal Government initiated the Independent Soccer Review Committee to investigate the governance and management of the sport in Australia, including that of the NSL. In December 2003, the Crawford Report found that the NSL was financially unviable, in response the chairman of the sports new governing body, Frank Lowy of Football Federation Australia, announced that a task force would be formed to create a new national competition as a successor to the NSL which dissolved at the conclusion of the 2003–04 season after 27 years of operation.
The A-League was announced in April 2004, as a successor to the NSL. Eight teams would be part of the new national competition, with one team from each city of Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, plus a New Zealand team and one from a remaining expressions of interest from either Melbourne or Sydney; the competition start date was set for August 2005. By June 2004, 20 submissions had been received and a month 12 consortiums sent in their final bids for the eight spots. Three bids were received from Melbourne, two each from Sydney and Brisbane, one from each of the remaining preferred cities and a bid from the New South Wales Central Coast city of Gosford. Over the next three months, each bid was reviewed and on 1 November 2004, the eight successful bidders and the major sponsor were revealed, for what would be known as the Hyundai A-League, with the Hyundai Motor Company unveiled as the official naming rights sponsor for the league; the eight founding teams for the league were Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, New Zealand Knights, Perth Glory, Queensland Roar and Sydney FC, with three former NSL clubs taking part, those being Adelaide United, Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory, as well as Queensland Roar and New Zealand Knights who were formed from NSL clubs Brisbane Lions and New Zealand Football Kingz.
Each club was given a five-year exclusivity deal in its own market as part of the league's "one-city, one-team" policy. This was intended to allow clubs to grow and develop an identity in their respective region without local competition. On 26 August 2005, 16 months after the demise of the NSL, the inaugural season of the A-League began; the first season would see Adelaide United win the premier's plate by seven points over Sydney FC with Central Coast and Newcastle filling the final two spots in the final series. In the final series, it was Sydney that took out the title after they defeated Central Coast by a Steve Corica goal to claim the first title on 5 March 2006. On 20 March 2007, it was announced that Wellington Phoenix would replace New Zealand Knights from the start of the 2007–08 season. Both Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury joined the league in the 2009–10 season. On 12 June 2009, Melbourne Heart was awarded a licence to join the 2010–11 season. On 1 March 2011 North Queensland Fury's A-League licence was revoked for financial reasons.
On 29 February 2012, Gold Coast United had its licence revoked. On 4 April 2012 it was announced that a new We
Captain (association football)
The team captain of an association football team, sometimes known as the skipper, is a team member chosen to be the on-pitch leader of the team: it is one of the older/or more experienced members of the squad, or a player that can influence a game or have good leadership qualities. The team captain is identified by the wearing of an armband; the only official responsibility of a captain specified by the Laws of the Game is to participate in the coin toss prior to kick-off and prior to a penalty shootout. Contrary to what is sometimes said, captains have no special authority under the Laws to challenge a decision by the referee. However, referees may talk to the captain of a side about the side's general behaviour when necessary. At an award-giving ceremony after a fixture like a cup competition final, the captain leads the team up to collect their medals. Any trophy won by a team will be received by the captain who will be the first one to hoist it; the captain generally leads the teams out of the dressing room at the start of the match.
A captain is tasked with running the dressing room. The captain provides a rallying point for the team: if morale is low, it is the captain who will be looked upon to boost their team's spirits. Captains may join the manager in deciding the starting eleven for a certain game. In youth or recreational football, the captain takes on duties, that would, at a higher level, be delegated to the manager. A club captain is appointed for a season. If he is unavailable or not selected for a particular game, or must leave the pitch the club vice-captain will assume similar duties; the match captain is the first player to lift a trophy should the team win one if he was not the club captain. A good example of this was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final when match captain Peter Schmeichel lifted the trophy for Manchester United as club captain Roy Keane was suspended. In the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, match captain Frank Lampard jointly lifted the trophy for Chelsea with club captain John Terry.
A club may appoint two distinct roles: a club captain to represent the players in a public relations role, correspondent on the pitch. Manchester United has had both of these types of captains. After Neville retired in 2011, regular starter Nemanja Vidić was named as club captain. São Paulo's Rogério Ceni is the player. A vice-captain is a player, expected to captain the side when the club's captain is not included in the starting eleven, or if, during a game, the captain is substituted or sent off. Examples include Thomas Müller at Bayern Munich, Marcelo at Real Madrid, César Azpilicueta at Chelsea, Sergio Busquets at Barcelona, Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur, James Milner at Liverpool and Ashley Young at Manchester United; some clubs name a 3rd captain or a 4th captain to take the role of captain when both the captain and vice-captain are unavailable. In the 1986 FIFA World Cup, when Bryan Robson was injured and vice-captain Ray Wilkins received a two-game suspension for a red card, Peter Shilton became England's captain for the rest of the tournament.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Germany had three captains. Michael Ballack had captained the national team since 2004, including the successful qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, but he did not play in the latter tournament due to a last minute injury. Philipp Lahm was appointed captain in South Africa, but due to an illness that ruled him out of Germany's final fixture, Bastian Schweinsteiger captained the team for that game, the third-place match. Lahm stated in an interview that he would not relinquish the captaincy when Ballack returned, causing some controversy, so team manager Oliver Bierhoff clarified the situation saying "Philipp Lahm is the World Cup captain and Michael Ballack is still the captain". Lahm ended up becoming the permanent captain of Germany until his retirement, as Ballack was never called up to the national team again. Captain
Arin Wright is an American soccer player who plays for Chicago Red Stars, on loan to Australian club Newcastle Jets for the 2018–19 W-League season. Gilliland played her collegiate soccer for Kentucky Wildcats. Chicago Red Stars acquired Gilliland from FC Kansas City which selected her as the fifth overall pick in 2015 NWSL College Draft. Arin Gilliland attended and played for West Jessamine High School where she was named All-American, as well as Kentucky's Miss Soccer. Gilliland played club soccer for Ohio Elite. In 2007 was named second team All-State, in 2008 was named Underclassman Athlete of the Year of Jessamine County, Academic First Team Region 14. In 2009 was named Central Kentucky Soccer Conference Most Valuable Player. Gilliland was named to Kentucky First team All-State in 2009 and 2010. Gilliland played for Kentucky Wildcats from 2011 to 2014 during which she was named First Team All-American, ESPNW Female Athlete of the Year finalist, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-SEC, 2014 HONDA Award winner, MAC Hermann Award finalist.
During her four years playing for Wildcats Gilliland played over 7,000 minutes, scored 30 goals and provided 25 assists. Gilliland set a new Wildcat record of eight career game-winning goals. Gilliland was selected with the eighth overall in the 2015 NWSL College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars; the Red Stars had acquired the pick along with an international roster spot for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, in exchange for defender Amy LePeilbet. In her first season, Gilliland played 19 games for the Red Stars, started in 17, for a total of 1533 minutes and provided 2 assists. In 2016, she was named to the NWSL Best XI for the season and nominated for the Defender of the Year award. On November 1, 2016, Gilliland joined Newcastle Jets on loan. In October 2017 she extended her loan for another season. On November 26, 2018 she returned to Newcastle for the 2018-19 W-League season. Arin Gilliland competed with United States youth national teams at various age-groups:under-15, under-18, under-20, under-23, Gilliland received her first international call up to the senior team on October 6, 2016.
Arin Gilliland has a sibling Saylor. Her mother had great influence on her soccer career, she married her husband Evan Wright in October 2018. Arin Wright at Soccerway