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Andrew Durante
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Durante, captain of Wellington Phoenix
Personal information
Full name Andrew James Durante
Date of birth (1982-05-03) 3 May 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
Wellington Phoenix
Number 22
Youth career
Sydney Olympic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Sydney Olympic 53 (1)
2003–2004 Parramatta Power 6 (0)
2004 Balestier Khalsa 8 (0)
2005–2008 Newcastle Jets 40 (0)
2008– Wellington Phoenix 248 (4)
2011Sydney FC (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2013–2017 New Zealand 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 April 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 June 2017

Andrew James Durante (born 3 May 1982 in Sydney, New South Wales) is a New Zealand international footballer who plays for Wellington Phoenix in the A-League.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Durante played youth football with Sydney Olympic before making his senior debut at the club. He also played for Parramatta Power before moving to Singapore to play for Balestier Khalsa. After returning to Australia to play for Sydney United, Durante joined Newcastle Jets in the newly formed A-League. Durante joined Wellington Phoenix in 2008 and was given the captaincy and is currently the player with the most appearances for the club. He has also spent time on loan at Sydney FC for the Asian Champions League in 2011.

Durante became eligible to play for New Zealand in 2013, having lived in the country for five years.

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Club careerEdit

Newcastle JetsEdit

 
Durante with the Newcastle Jets.

Durante won the A-League Grand Final with the Jets in 2008 and was awarded the Joe Marston Medal in a man-of-the-match performance.[1]

Wellington PhoenixEdit

Durante joined the Phoenix in as captain at the start of the 2008–09 season and made an instant impact helping them make the final of the Pre-Season cup against Melbourne Victory, only narrowly losing 7–8 on penalty kicks.

In October 2009 Durante extended his contract with Wellington Phoenix until the end of 2011–12 season. Durante played every minute of the 2009–10 season for the Phoenix and along with Ben Sigmund for most of the season and utility Jon McKain, helped Wellington to their best defensive season in their history, conceding just 29 goals in 27 league matches of the regular season.[citation needed]

Durante led the Phoenix to a first-ever A-League finals appearance at the conclusion of the 2009–10 season after finishing in 4th place, earning them a home playoff match against 5th placed Perth Glory.[1]

In March 2010, Durante scored his first ever A-league and Wellington Phoenix goal against Sydney FC in the preliminary final.[1]

On 21 February 2011, Durante and the Phoenix announced that he would be loaned to Sydney FC for their Asian Champions League campaign.[2] He made 5 appearances for Sydney FC during the campaign.

In January 2012 Durante extended his contract with Wellington by a further two years keeping him at the club until at least 2015.[3]

On 5 November 2016 Durante reached 250 A-league appearances, the first outfield player to do so in the league.[4]

On 2 February 2018 Durante broke the all-time A-League appearance record playing his 279 game in a loss to Sydney FC. Breaking goalkeeper Danny Vukovic record of 278 appearances.[5][6]

International careerEdit

 
2017 Confederation Cup

Durante was selected in Pim Verbeek's Socceroo squad in February 2010 for Australia's 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification match against Indonesia. Durante became a New Zealand citizen on 6 March 2013[7] and the next day was named in his first All Whites squad.[8][9] He made his international debut for New Zealand in their World Cup Qualifier against the Solomon Islands in Honiara.

Durante made nine appearances for the national team before stepping aside from international football in 2015. In September 2016, he made himself available again for national team selection and was subsequently named in the team to tour the United States to play USA and Mexico in October 2016. In June 2017 he played in all 3 games at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, playing against the hosts Russia, Mexico and Portugal. Durante went on to make 24 appearances for the national team before announcing his full retirement from international football in November 2017 after the loss to Peru in the 2nd leg of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification Intercontinental Playoff

International career statisticsEdit

[10]

New Zealand national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 6 0
2014 3 0
2015 0 0
2016 4 0
2017 11 0
Total 24 0

A-League career statisticsEdit

A-League career statistics
Club Season A-League Finals series Asia Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Newcastle Jets
(A-League)
2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 19 0 2 0 21 0
2007–08 15 0 4 0 19 0
Club total 34 0 6 0 40 0
Club Season A-League Finals series Asia Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wellington Phoenix
(A-League)
2008–09 16 0 16 0
2009–10 27 0 3 1 30 1
2010–11 27 0 1 0 28 0
2011–12 26 1 2 0 28 1
2012–13 26 0 26 0
2013–14 26 1 26 1
2014–15 27 1 1 0 28 1
2015–16 24 0 24 0
Club total 199 3 7 1 206 4
Club Season A-League Finals series Asia Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Sydney FC
(A-League)
on loan from Wellington Phoenix
2010–11 5 0 5 0
Club total 5 0 5 0
Career totals 233 3 13 1 5 0 251 4
Last updated 22 April 2016

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Worthington, Sam (12 November 2010). "Durante, the defender of the Phoenix's faith". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 March 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Durante commits to Phoenix". footballaustralia.com.au. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Tito, Clement. "DURANTE: 250 NOT OUT". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Kay, Simon (2 February 2018). "Football: Defensive gaffes haunt Wellington Phoenix in 4-0 thrashing to Sydney FC". NZ Herald. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Hyundai A-League milestones: Durante on verge of history". A-League. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Durante closer to All Whites honours". The New Zealand Herald. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "After Socceroos dreams fade, Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante becomes All White". The Australian. 6 March 2013. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "All Whites named for March qualifiers". NZ Football. 6 March 2013. Archived from the original on 12 July 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.national-football-teams.com/v2/country.php?id=132&year=2013

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