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Damian Mori (born 30 September 1970) is an Australian former football player and manager. He won two Johnny Warren Medals, awarded to the best player in the Australian league and was top scorer on 5 occasions. He established a reputation as a pacy, poaching goalscorer, which is notable for a player who started his career as a defender.
|Full name||Damian Mori|
|Date of birth||30 September 1970|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Australia|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1990–1991||Sunshine George Cross||24||(4)|
|2006||Central Coast Mariners||8||(6)|
|2007||Central Coast Mariners||3||(0)|
|2010||South Adelaide Panthers||4||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Early and personal lifeEdit
Mori was successful at club level – mainly in the Australian domestic league. After developing into Adelaide City's most important and best player, he spent a single season (1996–97) overseas in Germany with Borussia Mönchengladbach. This move was characterised only by frustration. He appeared in only six games, and never played more than half a match. In those six games, he didn't score once. Mori returned home to become NSL Top Goalscorer the following season.
In 2000, Mori transferred to Perth Glory and enjoyed great success. The striking partnership with Bobby Despotovski was renowned as one of the most potent in the competition. Mori won the NSL championship in 2002–03, scoring in the Grand Final. He was also part of the 2003–04 Perth Glory championship side.
Following the end of the National Soccer League in 2004 he moved back to Adelaide City to play and coach in the South Australian Premier League. He was extremely successful here, winning the "Coach of the Year" award. However, many were surprised at the fact that the NSL all-time top goalscorer was not on the shortlist of any A-League club.
It later emerged that a major stumbling block was Mori's desire for a part-time contract to allow him to manage business interests in Adelaide. Prior to round four of the A-League season, it was announced that Perth Glory had signed Mori on a short-term contract to replace injured defender David Tarka. Mori subsequently came on as a substitute in the Glory's 1 – 0 away win over the New Zealand Knights on 22 September 2005. After some excellent displays, particularly a brace against Newcastle United Jets and a hat-trick against Adelaide United, the club strongly desired a permanent deal. After some wrangling with Adelaide City chairman Bob D'Ottavi, Mori agreed to a one-year deal.
On 9 December 2005, it was announced that Mori would be appointed as assistant manager at Perth Glory. This appointment followed the elevation of Alan Vest to Manager after the departure of Steve McMahon. After the completion of the 2005–06 A-League season, Mori returned to Adelaide City as player-manager.
On 27 September 2006, Mori signed with the Central Coast Mariners on a short term deal to cover the loss of Nik Mrdja which was extended once. After the short term contract with the Mariners had expired, the FFA did not allow Central Coast to re-sign him. On 21 November 2006, he was approached by new Queensland Roar manager Frank Farina and signed the following day on a short-term "until the end of the season" contract. After the Roar failed to make the playoffs, Mori returned to SA to be the player-coach once again of defending South Australian champions Adelaide City.
|1||11 September 1992||Stade Pater, Papeete, Tahiti||Tahiti||0–1||0–3||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||24 September 1993||Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul, South Korea||South Korea||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|3||15 November 1995||Breakers Stadium, Newcastle, Australia||New Zealand||1–0||3–0||Trans-Tasman Cup|
|4||14 February 1996||Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne, Australia||Japan||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|5||14 September 1996||Kings Park Stadium, Durban, South Africa||Ghana||0–1||0–2||Friendly|
|6||21 September 1996||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa||Kenya||0–3||0–4||Friendly|
|7||11 June 1997||Parramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia||Solomon Islands||1–0||13–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12||12 December 1997||King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Mexico||3–1||3–1||1997 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|13||25 September 1998||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia||Fiji||1–0||3–1||1998 OFC Nations Cup|
|16||28 September 1998||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia||Cook Islands||2–0||16–0||1998 OFC Nations Cup|
|20||2 October 1998||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia||Tahiti||1–0||4–1||1998 OFC Nations Cup|
|23||9 April 2001||BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, Australia||Tonga||2–0||22–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|27||6 July 2002||Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||Vanuatu||0–1||0–2||2002 OFC Nations Cup|
|28||8 July 2002||Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||New Caledonia||0–4||0–11||2002 OFC Nations Cup|
|29||14 July 2002||Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||Tahiti||1–2||1–2||2002 OFC Nations Cup|
|Correct as of 13 January 2017|
With Perth Glory:
- NSL Championship: 2002–2003, 2003–2004
With Adelaide City:
- NSL Championship: 1993–1994
With South Melbourne:
- NSL Cup: 1989–1990
- Johnny Warren Medal: 1995–1996 with Adelaide City
- Johnny Warren Medal: 2002–2003 with Perth Glory
- NSL Top Scorer: 1995–1996 with Adelaide City – 31 goals
- NSL Top Scorer: 1997–1998 with Adelaide City – 19 goals
- NSL Top Scorer: 1999–2000 with Adelaide City – 22 goals
- NSL Top Scorer: 2001–2002 with Perth Glory – 17 goals
- NSL Top Scorer: 2002–2003 with Perth Glory – 24 goals
- Hill, Simon (29 January 2013). "Simon Hill chats to Damian Mori about his career in the NSL and A-League and his coaching ambitions". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- Damian Mori - Goals in International Matches