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Tom Pondeljak

Tomislav ("Tom") Pondeljak (born 8 January 1976 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player, who is currently playing for A-league club Melbourne Victory FC.

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Tom Pondeljak biography


Tomislav ("Tom") Pondeljak (born 8 January 1976 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player, who is currently playing for A-league club Melbourne Victory FC.

Club career

Pondeljak started Tom Pondeljak career in the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) before playing for St. Albans making 62 appearances in Tom Pondeljak 2½ year spell at the lower league Victorian club. Tom Pondeljak was then brought into the National Soccer League (NSL) by the Melbourne Knights and helping them to victory during the 1995-96 NSL season. After playing another 3½ years and a total of 97 appearances for the Melbourne club Tom Pondeljak moved to Sydney United.

Not much success was had in Tom Pondeljak two years at the club, and Pondeljak eventually moved to cross town rivals Sydney Olympic. There Tom Pondeljak won Tom Pondeljak second NSL title. Tom Pondeljak then moved onto Perth Glory FC where Tom Pondeljak won Tom Pondeljak third NSL title. Following the collapse of the NSL at the end of the 2003/04 season to went to Malaysia and played for Johor FC.

When the A-League was formed, Pondeljak was being chased by a number of teams including Sydney FC, Perth Glory, Newcastle United Jets FC and Tom Pondeljak hometown team Melbourne Victory but it was the Central Coast Mariners FC who made the best offer and Tom Pondeljak accepted that offer becoming one of the marquee signings for the Mariners.

The 2005/06 season was not the best for Pondeljak as Tom Pondeljak was injured for about two months with a fractured and dislocated wrist. Tom Pondeljak did however produce one of the goals of the season against Sydney FC. Tom Pondeljak ran into the penalty area, turned three Sydney FC players and slotted the ball past the outstreched arm of Goalkeeper Clint Bolton. Tom Pondeljak scored the only goal of the Preliminary Final against Adelaide United to send the Central Coast Mariners into the Grand Final.

On 27 February 2008 Pondeljak signed a two year contract with Melbourne Victory.

Pondeljak was promoted to Victory’s starting 11 following Tom Pondeljak debut against South Korea’s Chunnam Dragons and proved Tom Pondeljak worth on four minutes with a cracking shot from outside the penalty area that gave the visitors a perfect start.

On 28 January 2009, Pondeljak started for Australia in their Asian Cup qualifying match against Indonesia. This was Pondeljak's first international appearance in seven years, and added to the 4 caps Tom Pondeljak had earned back in 2002.

A month later, on 28 February 2009, Pondeljak scored what proved to be the winning goal in Melbourne Victory's 1-0 triumph over arch-rivals Adelaide United in the A-League Grand Final. Tom Pondeljak was later substituted for teammate Grant Brebner and was awarded the Joe Marston Medal for man of the match.

A-League career statistics

(Correct as of 5 February 2010)

National team statistics


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- List of A-League champions: A-League 2008-09
- List of A-League champions: A-League 2008-09
With Central Coast Mariners:
- List of A-League champions: A-League 2007-08
With Perth Glory FC:
- List of NSL champions: 2003-2004
With Sydney Olympic:
- List of NSL champions: 2001-2002
With Melbourne Knights:
- List of NSL champions: 1995-1996

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Pondeljak

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