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Ante Jurić

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Full nameAnte Jurić
Date of birth11 November 1973(age 42)
Place of birthCanberra, Australia
Height1.93 m
Playing positionDefender

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Ante Jurić (born 11 November 1973) is an Australian association football player and was recently the player/coach for Penrith Nepean United in the New South Wales Premier League in Australia. He is also the current Australian U13s National coach and was the 2008 and 2009 assistant coach for Sydney FC W-League team.

Ante Juric born in Canberra has arguably been one of Australia's most cultured defenders ever produced. He has played professionally for 13 years and has represented Australia as a Socceroo, Olyroo and Young Socceroos where the team finished fourth in the World Youth Cup of 1993. However Juric, with all his natural talent surprisingly did not play a huge part for the national team and indeed represented his country late in his career. In fact, it was after he produced a heroic performance in the 2002 National Soccer League (NSL)Grand Final win over Perth Glory, playing with a dislocated elbow that he finally received his senior cap that same year. In an era of Australian football where talent was overlooked for brawn and fitness, Juric was unlucky to miss the recent Dutch and technical influence in the game which would no doubt have highlighted his talents on the world stage.

Juric learnt his trade at one of Australia's great junior nursery's Canberra Croatia/Deakin/FC. The club has produced the likes of Ned Zelic, Josip Simunic and George Kulscar. From here he went on to represent Australia at the World Youth Cup playing every game, culminating in a 4th place finish, losing to eventual champions Brazil.

Juric went on to have a successful National Soccer League (NSL) career playing for the Melbourne Knights, Sydney Olympic/Sharks and the Canberra Cosmos. Playing over 200 games and scoring over 20 goals and winning premierships and championships Juric was undoubtedly a force and a leading player in his NSL career. Juric was a cultured defender who was technically second to none, his vision and composure often stopped opposition raids and inevitably started attacks.

Juric in his twilight years has played in the NSW Premier League winning a title with Sydney United and recently played with Penrith Nepean in the NSWPL.

In 2009 Juric was inducted into the ACT Sports Hall of Fame for his Football exploits and additionally in the same year he was inducted into the Capital Football Hall of Fame.

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