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Mile Jedinak Keen On Bringing Australia To World Cup Summit

Mile Jedinak Keen On Bringing Australia To World Cup Summit

On 19 April 2014, West Ham United and Crystal Palace started the second half of the match without a single score. But it all changed after nine (9) minutes when the reliable Crystal Palace, Mile Jedinak took the penalty shot. He converted and ensured that the former rock bottom squad retains its Premier League status.

 

Crystal Palace is not the only team that Jedinak leads. More than anything else, he is the formidable skipper of Australia’s national football squad in the upcoming World Cup matches. His appointment was an expected one. A natural-born achiever,  he never fails to prove that he is an important success ingredient in the clubs he joined.

 

Back in Central Coast Mariner, he helped the squad secure the Premier’s Plate. He was the outfit’s next highest goal scorer. He then made his 2-year stint in the Turkish outfit, Gençlerbirliği and afterwards found a second home in Selhurst Park.

 

Jedinak became an immediate favorite in Crystal Palace.  And on the wake of Paddy McCarthy’s long spell on the sidelines due to injuries, the captain’s arm band was handed over to him. His crystal clear performance was further highlighted when he was recognized as the 2012-2013 season’s best player.

 

But while his Crystal Palace gave his captaincy a warm welcome, this was not the case in Australia. The national squad’s head honcho, Ange Postecoglou has to defend his appointment by stating that bigger priorities should be considered and one of them was Jedinak’s role. Postecoglou also stressed that he does not fully understand the “public’s obsession” with the squad’s captaincy. But he neither denied that it was less important.

 

Yet, regardless of the criticisms, it is evident is hardly affected by those comments. For sure, such scenario is not new to him. However, Jedinak guarantees that his presence, his leadership will bring honor to the squad.

 

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