Ruben Zadkovich

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Ruben Zadkovich
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Zadkovich playing for Newcastle Jets in 2010
Personal information
Full nameRuben Anton Zadkovich [1]
Date of birth (1986-05-23) 23 May 1986 (age 33) [1]
Place of birth Fairfield, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) [1]
Playing position(s) Central midfielder
Youth career
0000–2004 Wollongong Wolves
Senior career*
2004–2005 Queens Park Rangers 0 (0)
2005 Notts County 9 (1)
2006–2008 Sydney FC 41 (2)
2008–2010 Derby County 5 (0)
2010–2014 Newcastle Jets 97 (6)
2014–2016 Perth Glory 13 (1)
National team
2005 Australia U-20 5 (0)
2006–2008 Australia U-23 25 (1)
2008–2013 Australia 3 (0)
Teams managed
2016–2019 Broadmeadow Magic FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ruben Anton Zadkovich (born 23 May 1986) is a former Australian professional football (soccer) player, and current manager of Northern New South Wales Football club Broadmeadow Magic. He played for 6 clubs in a career that spanned between England and Australia, notably becoming a crowd favourite at Newcastle Jets FC in the A-League. Zadkovich was also capped for Australia, representing the Socceroos on 3 occasions.


Club career

Born in Fairfield, Sydney, New South Wales, [1] Zadkovich had previously played for English Football League club Notts County, scoring on his debut against Chester City, [2] as well as Queens Park Rangers and Australian side Wollongong Wolves. He has also made several appearances for the Young Socceroos, most notably at the FIFA World Youth Championship.

Sydney FC

Following his time in England, Zadkovich returned to Australia in late 2005 and trialled for Sydney FC. He travelled with the squad to the FIFA Club World Championship and despite not making an appearance he impressed coach Littbarski, being called in as a short-term replacement for injured Ufuk Talay late in the season. After a 12-minute debut off the bench against Queensland Roar, Zadkovich impressed with his first start against Perth Glory (which included a goal), playing one game in Sydney's run to the inaugural A-League championship, earning him a two-year full-time contract. He was allowed to leave the club in March 2008.

Derby County

On 17 April 2008, it was revealed Zadkovich had signed a two-year deal with English club Derby County, although his registration was unable to be completed before 1 July. [3] Zadkovich made his Derby debut as a second-half substitute against Norwich City at Pride Park in October 2008, in a match which Derby won 3–1. He struggled with injuries during his time at Derby and, after only 7 appearances for the club, cancelled his contract by mutual consent on 23 January 2010.

Newcastle Jets

On 6 April 2010, Zadkovich confirmed that he had penned a three-year contract with the Newcastle Jets that would see him return to play his football in Australia. [4] Zadkovich played 97 games over four seasons with the Jets. He was appointed captain in his third season and led the team until he was recruited by Perth Glory in 2014.

Perth Glory

On 29 May 2014, Zadkovich received an early release from Newcastle Jets and signed with Perth Glory. [5] On 15 November 2014, Zadkovich made his debut for Perth Glory coming on as a substitute against the Western Sydney Wanderers. Glory went on to win the game 2–1. On 22 November 2014, Zadkovich came on as a substitute against Wellington Phoenix in the 61st minute but was sent off after just 17 seconds with a two-footed tackle. On 8 May 2016, after not playing a single match in the season due to injury, Zadkovich retired from playing football. [6]

Managerial Career

Broadmeadow Magic FC

Zadkovich's first foray as a club manager arose when he was announced as the manager for Football Northern New South Wales club Broadmeadow Magic. [7]

International career

Zadkovich made his debut at right-back in the last home game of 1st round 2010 World Cup Qualifications, against China, at ANZ Stadium on 22 June 2008. Australia lost this match 1–0.

Zadkovich took part in the 2008 Olympics as part of Australia's national team (Olyroos). He scored from close range in a 1–1 draw with Serbia, Australia's only goal in an unsuccessful campaign. He also played against Argentina in what was Australia's best performance of the tournament.

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition [8] [9]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
Notts County 2004–05 League Two 81000081
2005–06 10000010
Notts County total9100000091
Sydney FC 2005–06 A-League 61000061
2006–07 1910030221
2007–08 1602100181
Sydney FC total412002130463
Derby County 2008–09 Championship 50002070
2009–10 00000000
Derby County total5000200070
Newcastle Jets 2010–11 A-League 21200212
2011–12 23100231
2012–13 26300263
2013–14 27000270
Newcastle Jets total976000000976
Perth Glory 2014–15 A-league 1312000151
2015–16 00000000
Perth Glory total131200000151
Career total1651020413017411




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