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Awer Bul Mabil (born 15 September 1995) is an Australian professional association football player of South Sudanese descent who plays as a winger for FC Midtjylland.

Awer Mabil
Awer Mabil.jpg
Mabil playing for Australia at 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Awer Bul Mabil
Date of birth (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Kakuma, Kenya
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
FC Midtjylland
Number 11
Youth career
2003–2010 St Augustines and Playford
2011 SA NTC
2012–2014 Adelaide United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 Campbelltown City 14 (1)
2013–2015 Adelaide United 47 (8)
2015– FC Midtjylland 22 (5)
2016–2017Esbjerg fB (loan) 25 (4)
2017–2018Paços de Ferreira (loan) 26 (2)
National team
2014–2015 Australia U20 9 (4)
2015 Australia U23 6 (0)
2018– Australia 10 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2019

Born in Kenya, Mabil played youth football at the South Australian National Training Centre and with Adelaide United. He made his senior debut for Campbelltown City, before making his debut in the A-League for Adelaide United in 2013.

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Early lifeEdit

Mabil was born to South Sudanese parents in Kakuma, located in northwestern Kenya. He and his family lived in the Kakuma Refugee Camp until 2006 when they moved to Australia. He began playing football at the camp at around the age of 5, stating: "We would just go outside and start kicking around. It was not structured and there was little else to do."[2]

Club careerEdit

Adelaide UnitedEdit

Mabil was signed by Adelaide United in the A-League in 2012 from Campbelltown City in the FFSA National Premier League after Mabil had displayed a number of performances showing his pace and dribbling skills to outwit many defenders in the FFSA National Premier League.[3] Mabil made his Adelaide United senior debut on 11 January 2013 in a 2012–13 A-League match against Perth Glory. He scored his first goal in a 2–1 away loss to Wellington Phoenix in Round 17 of the 2013–14 A-League season, after coming on as a substitute in the second half.

FC MidtjyllandEdit

In July 2015, Mabil secured a move to Danish Superliga club, FC Midtjylland for a reported transfer fee in excess of AU$1,300,000[4][5] Awer Mabil made his Danish Superliga debut for FC Midtjylland on 16 October 2015 against Randers FC at the MCH Arena in Herning as an 83rd-minute substitute for Daniel Royer.

On 22 October 2015, Mabil made his UEFA Europa League debut at home to Napoli, coming on for Mikkel Duelund in the 73rd minute.

Loan to Esbjerg fBEdit

In August 2016, Mabil was loaned to Esbjerg fB to allow him to get more game time and develop.[6][7] Mabil made his debut on 8 August 2016, starting the match against AGF but was sent off in the 44th minute.[8] Esbjerg was relegated to the Danish 1st Division, and Esbjerg announced that Mabil was one of nine players who would be leaving the club.[9]

Loan to Paços de FerreiraEdit

In July 2017, Mabil was loaned to Paços de Ferreira to allow him further first-team opportunities.[10] Paços de Ferreira were relegated at the end of the 2017–18 Primeira Liga season, however Mabil impressed while on loan scoring twice and providing a further 3 assists in 26 league appearances.[11]

Return to FC MidtjyllandEdit

Mabil made a bright start upon his return to Denmark, scoring a goal and registering two assists in his first six appearances for the season.[12] On 11 November, Mabil scored two and set a further two up in Midtjyllands 5-0 win over Vejle BK, taking his season tally to four goals and eight assists.[13]

International careerEdit

In August 2013, Mabil was called up by Australia for COTIF Tournament in L'Alcúdia, Spain.[14] The tournament was used by the FFA to prepare players for their successful 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification campaign.

In March 2014, he was cleared by FIFA to play for Australia after a year-long process to obtain a birth certificate and gain exemption from FIFA eligibility rules.[15][16]

He featured for Australia in the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship, playing in all three of their games, the opponents were Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.[17][18][19]

After showing impressive form with FC Midtjylland, Mabil was called up to the senior team for the first time. Participating in the Socceroos first training camp under new coach Graham Arnold.[20]

On 16 October 2018 Mabil made his senior Australian debut against Kuwait in an international friendly match at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium. Mabil came on as a second half substitution for Mathew Leckie and scored his maiden goal for the senior national team in the 88th minute to give Australia their fourth and final goal in a 4–0 win over Kuwait in Graham Arnold’s first match of his second stint with the Australian national team.[21][22] Mabil’s goal was assisted by Tomi Juric and Thomas Deng.[23] Mabil celebrated the goal with childhood friend and fellow South Sudanese refugee Deng, who was also making his international debut for Australia.[24] Awer dedicated the goal, post-match, to his mother.[25]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 11 January 2019[26]
Club Season Division League Cup[a] Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Adelaide United 2012–13 A-League 5 0 5 0
2013–14 21 2 21 2
2014–15 21 6 3 1 24 7
Total 47[b] 8 50 9
FC Midtjylland 2015–16 Superliga 6 0 1 0 2 0 9 0
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018–19 16 5 1 0 5[c] 0 22 5
Total 22 5 2 0 7 0 31 5
Esbjerg fB (loan) 2016–17 Superliga 25 4 0 0 4[d] 0 29 4
Paços de Ferreira (loan) 2017–18 Primeira Liga 26 2 3[e] 1 29 3
Career total 120 19 7 1 7 0 7 1 133 22
  1. ^ Includes appearances in the Australian FFA Cup, Danish Sydbank Pokalen and Portuguese Taça de Portugal
  2. ^ Includes both appearances in the A-League regular season and finals series
  3. ^ Includes 4 appearances in the Europa League third qualification and play-off rounds and 1 appearance in the Champions League second qualification round
  4. ^ Appearances in Superliga relegation play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in the Portuguese Taça da Liga

InternationalEdit

As of match played on 7 June 2019
Australia
Year Apps Goals
2018 4 2
2019 6 2
Total 10 4

International goalsEdit

As of match played 15 January 2019. Australia score listed first, score column indicates score after each of his goal.
No Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 October 2018 Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait 1   Kuwait 4–0 4–0 Friendly
2 30 December 2018 Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 4   Oman 3–0 5–0
3 11 January 2019 Rashid Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 6   Palestine 2–0 3–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
4 15 January 2019 Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates 7   Syria 1–0 3–2

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Awer Mabil". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Returning to the refugee camp". FIFA. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Young Adelaide United gun Awer Mabil up for attack". adelaidenow.com.au. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Awer Mabil to join Danish champion side FC Midtjylland after United deal all but done". The Advertiser. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Mabil signs with Danish Club". Adelaide United FC. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Esbjerg lejer kantspiller i FCM" (in Danish). bold.dk. 3 August 2016.
  7. ^ Somerford, Ben (5 August 2016). "Mabil seals Esbjerg move". Inside Sport.
  8. ^ Stoll, Nick (9 August 2016). "Amini scores while Mabil is sent-off as Aussies clash in Denmark". The World Game. SBS.
  9. ^ Ni spillere på vej ud i Esbjerg, bold.dk, 30 May 2017
  10. ^ Somerford, Ben (6 July 2017). "Mabil joins Portuguese club". FourFourTwo.
  11. ^ "2017–2018 Paços de Ferreira Stats". 13 June 2018.
  12. ^ Windon, Jacob (20 September 2018). "Progress Report: Awer Mabil". Socceroos.
  13. ^ "Aussies Abroad: Mabil masterclass leads five-star Midtjylland to victory". Socceroos. 12 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Young Socceroos announced for COTIF tournament". footballaustralia.com.au. 5 August 2013.
  15. ^ Migliaccio, Val (13 March 2014). "FIFA gives Mabil the green light". The Australian. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  16. ^ Burgess, Michael (22 August 2015). "Football: Oz up with eligibility play". The New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Australia vs. United Arab Emirates". the-afc.com. 10 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Indonesia vs. Australia". the-afc.com. 12 October 2014.
  19. ^ "Uzbekistan vs. Australia". the-afc.com. 14 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Graham Arnold has named his first Socceroos squad since taking over as head coach". foxsports.com.au. 30 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Kuwait vs Australia". The World Game. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Socceroos comfortably defeat Kuwait in Graham Arnold's first game in charge". ABC News. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  23. ^ Davidson, John (16 October 2018). "Graham Arnold off to a flyer as Socceroos thrash Kuwait in friendly". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  24. ^ Bossi, Dominic (16 October 2018). "Sudanese refugees share special Socceroo debuts". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  25. ^ "Mabil's moment nine years in the making". www.ftbl.com.au. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  26. ^ Awer Mabil at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 January 2019.  
  27. ^ Rojas makes FFA awards history WAToday.com.au

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