Matthew Spiranovic

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Matthew Spiranovic
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Matthew Spiranovic
Surname Matthew Thomas Spiranovic
birthday June 27, 1988
place of birth GeelongAustralia
position Defense
Years station
North Geelong Warriors
Keilor Park
Melbourne Knights
0000-2004 VIS Melbourne
2004-2007 AIS Canberra
Years station Games (goals) 1
2007-2011 1. FC Nuremberg 24 (0)
2009-2010 1. FC Nuremberg II 13 (2)
2010 →  Urawa Red Diamonds  (loan) 13 (1)
2011–2012 Urawa Red Diamonds 25 (0)
2012-2013 Al-Arabi 12 (1)
2013-2015 Western Sydney Wanderers 31 (1)
2015-2017 Hangzhou Greentown 49 (1)
2018-2019 Perth Glory 15 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals) 2
2004-2005 Australia U17 17 (1)
2006 Australia U-20 14 (0)
2007-2008 Australia U-23 8 (0)
2008– Australia 16 (0)
1 Only league games are given.
As of July 9, 2019

2 As of January 9, 2014

Matthew "Matt" Spiranovic [ ʃpiranɔʋitɕ ] (born June 27, 1988 in Geelong , Croatian spelling: Matthew Špiranović ) is an Australian football player of Croatian descent.


Matthew Spiranovics' grandparents - both those of the paternal line and the mother's parents - come from Croatia: The paternal grandfather left the Dalmatian coast in 1944 and went to England, where his sons were born, including Matthew's father. The family finally moved to Australia in 1960 , where they settled in Launceston on the island of Tasmania. Matthew Spiranovic's father played soccer himself and moved to Geelong , Victoria in 1978 , where Matthew was born in 1988.



Spiranovic played in his youth with the North Geelong Warriors , Keilor Park and the Melbourne Knights , before joining the Victorian Institute of Sport in Melbourne and graduating from the local football school.

In 2005, the trained central defender played for Melbourne Victory in a qualifying match for the FIFA Club World Cup against Adelaide, but as a 17-year-old did not get any of the three U-20 places in the Victory A-League squad. He then moved to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in the Australian capital Canberra .

There those responsible for 1. FC Nürnberg became aware of Spiranovic. After a trial session, it was decided at the end of 2006 to sign the tall defender (1.93 m). The Australian has been under contract with the “Club” since January 1, 2007 . In order to be able to be used in the Oberliga team , Spiranovic applied for a British passport before moving to Nuremberg . He is therefore considered an EU foreigner.

After he had delivered a convincing performance in several preparatory games for the second half of the 2006/07 season, he made his debut in the second second game on January 30, 2007 when he came on as a substitute for Marek Nikl against Borussia Mönchengladbach in stoppage time . On February 2, against FC Bayern Munich , Spiranovic was in the starting line-up for the first time after Nikl was injured and played 45 minutes, twice during the season he played for a full 90 minutes. In the semi-finals and on May 26, 2007 the final of the DFB-Pokal competition, he played as a substitute and won the cup with 1. FC Nürnberg.

His first full season in Nuremberg was then not very happy. On the sixth game day he was used for the first time and also played once in the UEFA Cup. In his fifth game of the season he had to pass again due to an injury. For the rest of the season, the club was in a relegation battle and the young Australian was only used twice due to injury. After all, the club had to make its way to the 2nd Bundesliga. In the 2008/09 season he made eight appearances there and also played in the second round of the DFB Cup against Bayern Munich, where he was always on the field for over ninety minutes. Then, however, a serious injury forced him to take a break for several months, which meant that the club's second central defender was long-term out of action. Only towards the end of the season he returned and was used a few more times in the second team. Despite the changes in defense, 1. FC Nürnberg had by far the best defense in the league over the season and returned to the first division after reaching third place and a successful relegation. There he only came to one use in the first half of the season and switched to the Urawa Red Diamonds in the J. League on loan during the winter break .

National team

Matthew Spiranovic was a member of the Australian youth team very early on. He was a regular player in Australia's U-17 team and was called up 17 times. At the U-17 World Cup in Peru in 2005 , he played all three of the Australians' games. After a year in the U-20s , he was accepted into the U-23 national team at the age of 19 and on May 23, 2008 he even made his debut in the senior national team as a substitute in a friendly match, which was followed by a second appearance shortly afterwards from the beginning in the World Cup qualification followed. At the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, he competed in the Olympic selection (U-23) in all group games for his home country.

Title / Achievements

Web links

Commons : Matthew Spiranovic  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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