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Troisi playing for Australia at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
Personal information
Full name James Troisi
Date of birth 3 July 1988 (1988-07-03) (age 33)
Place of birth Rose Park, South Australia, Australia
Height 1.76 m
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current club Western Sydney Wanderers
Number 14
Youth career
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West Adelaide
1999–2001 West Torrens Birkalla
2001–2005 Adelaide City
2005–2007 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Newcastle United 2 (0)
2008–2009 Gençlerbirliği 29 (6)
2009–2012 Kayserispor 64 (10)
2012–2014 Atalanta 6 (0)
2013–2014 → Melbourne Victory (loan) 29 (12)
2014–2015 Juventus 0 (0)
2014–2015 → Zulte Waregem (loan) 21 (5)
2015 → Al-Ittihad (loan) 8 (1)
2016 Liaoning Whowin 3 (0)
2016–2019 Melbourne Victory 76 (15)
2019–2020 Adelaide United 13 (1)
2020– Western Sydney Wanderers 20 (4)
National team
2007–2008 Australia U23 13 (2)
2008– Australia 37 (5)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2018

James Troisi ( TROY-see; born 3 July 1988) is an Australian professional football (soccer) player who plays for Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League.

Early life

Born in Adelaide, South Australia to Greek Parents. His stepfather is Italian.

He signed his first professional contract with Newcastle United on 10 January 2007, keeping him at the club until June 2008. He did not make a first team appearance during his time at Newcastle, although he did feature on the bench for the first team in both Premier League and UEFA Cup matches.

Club career

Newcastle United

He was on the fringes of Newcastle's senior side for the 2007–08 Premier League season and showed promising signs in pre-season friendlies, including getting two assists against Hartlepool United.

In January 2008, Troisi had a two match trial with Dutch Eredivisie club, Roda JC. Roda wanted to sign him on a permanent basis, but negotiations broke down as Troisi was a product of Newcastle's youth development and still under 23 years of age, so Newcastle would have required a compensation fee.

On 6 May 2008, it was announced that Troisi would leave Newcastle United after the end of the 2007/08 season.

Gençlerbirliği

He joined Gençlerbirliği S.K. at the end of August 2008 on a three-year contract. He made his debut for Gençlerbirliği S.K. on 14 September 2008 against Eskisehirspor at the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara, coming on as a 65th-minute substitute for Engin Baytar.

Kayserispor

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Troisi in 2012

On 24 January, Troisi put mid-table Kayserispor to the sword with his first career hat-trick scoring all of Genclerbirligi goals in a 3–1 win.

In July 2009, he joined Kayserispor on a four-year contract.

Atalanta

On 22 August 2012 Juventus F.C. signed him as free agent on a four-year contract, but half of the registration rights was sold to Atalanta for €2 million as part of Manolo Gabbiadini's deal on 24 August 2012.

In 2013, Norwich City manager Chris Hughton confirmed in a press conference that the club had made an enquiry into his availability.

Loan to Melbourne Victory

On 24 September 2013, Troisi was loaned to Melbourne Victory on a one-year deal. He made his A-League debut against Melbourne Heart in Round 1 of the competition's ninth season. He scored his first goal for Melbourne in a 2–2 draw against Adelaide United. His second goal for Melbourne was in front of the home fans at Etihad Stadium in a 1–0 win over Brisbane Roar on 25 October 2013, thanks to an Archie Thompson through ball pass. He scored 2 goals against Wellington Phoenix in a 3–2 win, and his fifth came from a free kick against Sydney FC in a 2–3 loss. He scored 12 goals in the A-League and 3 in the Asian Champions League.

Juventus

On 20 June 2014, Juventus announced that they had secured full ownership of Troisi's contract from Atalanta for €1 million, with the remaining 50% registration rights of Prince-Désir Gouano moved to Atalanta also for €1 million.

Loan to Zulte Waregem

On 30 August 2014, Troisi joined Belgian Pro League club Zulte Waregem on a one-year deal, after being deemed surplus to requirements at Juventus.

Troisi featured in over twenty Pro League matches, scoring five goals in the process, including a memorable long range strike against Club Brugge, chipping his Socceroos teammate goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

Loan to Ittihad

On 31 August 2015 Troisi was loaned to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.

However, his stay was cut short. Troisi subsequently terminated the contract. It was reported that Ittihad failed to pay the wage in time and the player lodged a claim with the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber, which was accepted. The further appeals of both the club and the player to the Court of Arbitration for Sport had confirmed the club had to pay Troisi the remaining wage.

Liaoning Whowin

Despite reported interest from A-League clubs, including his hometown club Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory, on 29 January 2016, Troisi signed with Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin joining fellow countryman Michael Thwaite. 6 months into his 11-month contract, following the signing of Dario Vidošić, Troisi was deemed unneeded at Liaoning Whowin and parted with the club.

Melbourne Victory

On 1 August 2016, after his release from Liaoning Whowin, Troisi returned to the A-League again, signing a one-year deal with Melbourne Victory. On 26 July 2017, James Troisi re-signed with Melbourne Victory for two years.

Adelaide United

After choosing not to re-sign with Melbourne Victory, on 5 October 2019, Troisi signed a two-year deal with his hometown club Adelaide United. Prior to the start of the 2020–21 A-League season Adelaide United gave Troisi permission to speak with other clubs. Bruce Djite, speaking for the club, claimed that following an improvement in the club's financial situation following other player sales, they notified Troisi that he is a required player and were therefore disappointed when Troisi requested to terminate his contract two weeks before the beginning of the season. Troisi later spoke out in the sports media to say he was not informed of that change in status. Following the disagreement, his playing contract was mutually terminated in December 2020, leaving him free to join a new club.

Western Sydney Wanderers

Following leaving Adelaide United, Troisi signed a two-year deal with Western Sydney Wanderers.

International career

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James Troisi with the Australian national team.

After a successful 2006–07 season with the Newcastle reserve side, Troisi made his debut for the Australia U23 team (the "Olyroos"), on 18 April 2007 against Saudi Arabia in an Olympic qualifier. He followed up a good performance against the Saudis with a goal in the all-important clash with Iran in his hometown of Adelaide.

Troisi made his full international debut for Australia in a goalless friendly against Singapore on 22 March 2008, playing in left midfield.

Ange Postecoglou included Troisi in the Australia squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Troisi was named as part of Australia's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad. He started Australia's first match of the tournament against Kuwait, scoring Australia's fourth and final goal of the match in the 92nd minute of the match, helping Australia to a 4–1 win.

Troisi played for Australia in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final against South Korea, coming on as a second-half substitute for Robbie Kruse. He scored Australia's second goal of the match in the first period of extra time, the winning goal of the Asian Cup Final.

He was selected in Australia's squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. He scored against Chile, and was awarded FIFA Man of the Match.

In May 2018 he was named in Australia's preliminary 26-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gençlerbirliği 2008–09 Süper Lig 29 6 1 0 0 0 30 6
Kayserispor 2009–10 24 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
2010–11 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2011–12 26 10 2 1 0 0 28 11
Kayserispor total 64 10 3 1 0 0 67 11
Atalanta 2012–13 Serie A 6 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
Melbourne Victory (loan) 2013–14 A-League 28 12 0 0 6 3 35 15
Zulte Waregem (loan) 2014–15 Belgian Pro League 21 5 2 0 0 0 23 5
Ittihad FC 2015–16 Saudi Professional League 8 0 2 1 0 0 10 1
Liaoning Whowin 2016 Chinese Super League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Melbourne Victory 2016–17 A-League 26 6 2 1 0 0 28 7
2017–18 25 6 2 1 5 0 32 7
2018–19 20 5 2 0 0 0 22 5
Melbourne Victory total 99 29 56 2 11 3 117 34
Adelaide United 2019–20 A-League 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Career total 243 51 12 3 6 3 272 57

International goals

Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 June 2011 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia  New Zealand 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 9 January 2015 Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, Australia  Kuwait 4–1 4–1 2015 AFC Asian Cup
3. 31 January 2015 Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia  Korea Republic 2–1 2–1 (a.e.t.) 2015 AFC Asian Cup
4. 25 March 2015 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Germany 1–1 2–2 Friendly
5. 25 June 2017 Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow, Russia  Chile 1–0 1–1 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Honours

International

Australia
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