Many Aussies Abroad in Europe have finished their club seasons while the Asian leagues are now in full swing. A couple of Aussies now playing in the Americas so plenty of action on the pitch.
Aussies Abroad - May 2012
Croatia – Steve Lustica was on loan at NK Dugopolje as it secured promotion to the top flight. Also moving up a level is Josip Konyit at NK Vrapce, now in the second tier.
England – In the lower leagues, plenty of Aussies moving up. Starting at Blue Square South, Lee Burns (Dartford) has moved up a level, however leaving Conference football is James Meredith who gained promotion to League Two with York City. Sheffield Wednesday gained promotion to the Championship, with youngsters Jarrod Kyle and Matthew Fletcher on board. Dropping out of the Championship was Portsmouth, home of four Aussie youngsters and Coventry (Daniel Ireland). Sucessful promotion campaigns for Reading (Adam Federici and Ryan Edwards) and West Ham (Tombides brothers) see them back in the EPL. Countering that is the drop of Blackburn Rovers, home to Seb Usai, Jamie Maclaren and Vince Grella, who is exiting the club.
France – Andreas Govas saw his side Troyes gain promotion back to the top flight.
Germany – mixed fortunes with Nikita Rukavytsya (Hertha Berlin) going down, to be replaced by Fortuna Dusseldorf (Robbie Kruse) in the Bundesliga after an eventful playoff game.
Greece – Moving up to the second tier is Christos Tomaras (Paniliakos).
Hong Kong – Dean Evan's Sham Shui Po was relegated.
Hungary – Success for MTK (Sasa Macura) returning to the top flight after a one year absence.
Serbia – Matt Bryne's Donji Siem has won promotion to the top level, Super Liga.
England (Premier League) – Mark Schwarzer made another 30 appearances in the EPL this season, having now made over 500 appearances in England. Perhaps the red card Tim Cahill received on the last day of the season was a fitting close to an unproductive season by his lofty standards. The break out season of Chris Herd at Aston Villa ended up seeing him make 19 appearances but a shame an ankle injury will delay his debut in the green and gold. Vince Grella made the bench in the last game of the season, surely his last for Blackburn Rovers. Joining him on the bench was former Fury keeper Seb Usai. A great reward after a strong second half of the season in the reserves.
England (League One) – End of the season saw Aussies all miss the play-offs. Injury derailed the seasons of James Wesolowski and Alex Cisak at Oldham, but that opened the door for keeper Dean Bouzanis to finish out the season. A significant year for Bailey Wright at Preston North End having made 13 senior appearances. As a 19-year-old, can consider himself unlucky to be transfer listed.
England (League Two) – Solid season of Shane Cansdell-Sheriff (Shrewsbury Town) resulted in a transfer up to League One, although his former team was also promoted. Although not as prominent as last season, Jamie Young (Aldershot) finished the season with 25 appearances.
England (Blue Square) – Twenty-four year old James Meredith (York City) amassed over 4000 minutes in a season that was ultimately rewarded with promotion to league football.
Italy (Serie B) – Close but not close enough for Carl Valeri with Sassuolo now going through the play-offs as it pushes for promotion. Back in the starting line-up, Carl is having his most productive season yet in terms of minutes played and goals scored.
Germany (Bundesliga) – Once the play-offs had concluded, Nikita Rukavytsya (Hertha Berlin) had managed 16 starts in one of the bigger leagues in Europe. Mitch Langerak was ever reliable as backup keeper at champion Borussia Dortmund and has been given a contract extension, whereas Matthew Leckie never really got firing after returning from injury, becoming a solid contributor at reserve level.
Germany (2.Bundesliga) – Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) made 11 appearances for the campaign, but a further 19 sitting on the bench in his tracksuit as his side won promotion to the top flight.
Netherlands (Eredivsie) – The season ended on a positive note for the Utrecht boys (Adam Sarota, Tommy Oar, Michael Zullo) as they all appeared in the last game of the season. Jason Davidson (Heracles) ended up making six starts after his debut in March, a good launching pad for next season.
Scotland (Premier League) – Scoring in the winning Scottish FA Cup side was a great way for defender Ryan McGowan (Hearts) to cap off an impressive season where he made 28 appearances. Aaron Mooy (St.Mirren) made just eight appearances.
Ireland (Premier) – after a nine-month injury absence, Mark Griffin returned to the Dundalk squad to score twice from the bench.
Greece (Football League) – Young midfielder Robert Stambolziev (Thrasyvoulos) ended with 10 appearances after stepping up a level mid-season. Young midfieder Daniel Sotelo (AS Fokikos) sat on the bench for last few games of the season and yet to make his senior debut.
Greece (Football League 2) – A successful loan spell for Billy Konstantinidis at AEP Iraklis. He made eight starts in ten appearances, netting seven times. Hopefully enough to see him play at a higher level next season.
Denmark (Superliga) – Nathan Coe (Sonderjyske) completed back-to-back seasons as first choice keeper, making a further 31 starts. Brent McGrath made his long awaiting return to the senior squad at Brondby for the last game of the season.
Portugal (Liga de Honra) – After completing his first season in Europe in which he made 29 starts, Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Atletico Clube Portugal) was rewarded with a transfer to top tier Vitoria Setubal. He will become part of an exclusive group of Aussies to play in the Primeira Liga.
Switzerland (Super League) – The highly decorated Basel career of Scott Chipperfield has come to an end. Having made 269 club appearances, Scott leaves at the age of 36 and the club's all-time record holder of titles at the club. Congratulations on 10 fantastic seasons!
Austria (1. Liga) – Richie Cardozo (LASK Linz) ended the season strongly by scoring twice in the last four matches, but his club fell just short of promotion.
Serbia (Prva Liga) – Interestingly, Matthew Bryne’s contribution down back has coincided with Donji Siem earning promotion with a few games to go.
U.A.E. (UFL) – Mark Bresciano and Lucas Neill have both signed off their club seasons, pleased with the contributions they were able to make.
China (Super League) – Aussies continue to flourish with all of players in the starting line-ups, with the exception of Joel Griffiths who is carrying an injury.
China (League One) – Adam Hughes (Harbin Yifeng) and Brendon Santalab (Chongqing Lifan) find themselves regulars on the scoresheets at their new clubs.
Japan (J- League) – Josh Kennedy (Nagoya) returning from injury and scoring, Jade North a mainstay in a leaky defence, Shimizu's Alex Brosque copping two red cards within a month and Matt Spiranovic struggling to get a run at Urawa.
Japan (J2 League) – Mark Milligan had three starts as JEF moved back into the automatic promotion places.
Korea (K-League) – Nathan Burns (knee) and Matt Simon (groin) out onjured as Matt McKay is still searching for his first goal at Busan after 12 starts, while Eddy Bosnar (Suwon) scored an absolute screamer from a free kick to break his duck for the season.
USA (MLS) – Emergence of 22-year-old Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) having made four starts since his April debut.
USA (USL) – Yahaya Musa is now starting at the Wilmingtom Hammerheads after a decorated college career.
India (I-League) – A further 18 goals this campaign has seen Tolgey Olzbey (East Begal) rewarded with a big dollar move to rival Mohun Bagan.
Indonesia (Super League) – Another league where our Aussies are seeing plenty of game time, with the dark could of payment hanging over them.
Uruguay (Primera) – A massive head clash was the only thing that could slow down Richard Porta. He now has 12 goals in nine appearances, one behind in the race for the Golden Boot.
Uzbekistan (Premier) – David Carney is a regular in the ACL for Bunyodkor but not so for domestic football.
(AFC Cup) – Tolgey Ozbey (East Bengal) appeared as his club was eliminated in the group stage. A fantastic 6-2 victory in which Andrew Barisic (Arema) started, saw his club progress. Arema then proceeded to win away to Kitchee in the first final although Barisic missed that game.
(AFC Champions League) – while Lucas Neill, David Carney, Josh Kennedy and Sasa Ognenovski all played in quarter-finals, only Bunyodkor’s Carney progressed to the last eight.
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck believes veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has a key role to play in their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.