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Joshua Kennedy

Joshua Blake Kennedy (born 20 August 1982 in Wodonga, Victoria, Victoria (Australia)) is an Australia professional association football player who plays as a Forward (association football) for the Australia national association football team and Nagoya Grampus.

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Joshua Kennedy biography


Joshua Blake Kennedy (born 20 August 1982 in Wodonga, Victoria, Victoria (Australia)) is an Australia professional association football player who plays as a Forward (association football) for the Australia national association football team and Nagoya Grampus.

Club career

Joshua "Jesus" Kennedy, a 1.94 m tall central forward, began playing junior football in Albury/Wodonga, near Joshua Kennedy hometown of Yackandandah in Victoria, Australia. There, Joshua Kennedy played with the Twin City Wanderers and later SS&A Boomers. Joshua Kennedy talents won a scholarship place in the Australian Institute of Sport program, leading to a professional contract at new National Soccer League club Carlton in 1999, alongside fellow AIS graduates Vince Grella and Mark Bresciano.

After a season, Joshua Kennedy made a move to Europe transferring to Fußball-Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg. Joshua Kennedy debut as a Substitute (football) coming on five minutes from time in the 4–4 draw against fellow Northern German side Hamburger SV on 13 September 2000, at age 17 made Joshua Kennedy the youngest player ever to appear for VfL. It was Joshua Kennedy only appearance for the first team that year, and the following season brought little change for Kennedy as Joshua Kennedy managed just seven appearances for the Bundesliga side, starting only once. However, Joshua Kennedy scored two goals in the 2001–02 season, with Joshua Kennedy first ever Bundesliga goal coming on 8 September 2001 against FC Energie Cottbus.

At the start of the following season Kennedy was transferred to Regionalliga Süd side Stuttgarter Kickers, where Joshua Kennedy was a regular feature playing 23 games for the Swabian side. After just one season Kennedy left for Cologne where Joshua Kennedy joined (at the time) Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln. However Joshua Kennedy mostly played for their reserve team in the Regionalliga Nord, where Joshua Kennedy was the club's second-top scorer of the season with nine goals in twenty-three games.

Having just won promotion to 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, Dynamo Dresden were looking for a striker and found it in the then 22-year old Victoria (Australia). This transfer, Joshua Kennedy fourth in four years, proved to be a vital one in Kennedy's career. Joshua Kennedy immediately found a first-team spot with the Saxony side and played in all of the club's thirty-four league matches – again becoming the second-top scorer of Joshua Kennedy club with nine goals. The following season Joshua Kennedy was again an integral part in the club's fight against relegation scoring seven goals and setting up four. This attracted the interest of Bundesliga club 1. FC Nuremberg who signed Kennedy to a three-year contract, and of Australian national coach Guus Hiddink who called the previously Cap (sport) Kennedy up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup (squads) Australia for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

In July 2006, during Joshua Kennedy first training session with Nuremberg, Kennedy ruptured Joshua Kennedy right achilles tendon.

On 11 January 2008, fellow German Fußball-Bundesliga club Karlsruher SC announced the signing of Kennedy via an undisclosed transfer fee. Joshua Kennedy is contracted until June 2011. Joshua Kennedy first goal for Karlsruhe came on Joshua Kennedy debut against Joshua Kennedy former club Nuremberg in what would turn out to be a cruel twist of fate for the latter – just weeks after leaving them. Kennedy went on to score four goals in Joshua Kennedy first five appearances and was widely praised for Joshua Kennedy performances. However, following this stunning start Joshua Kennedy did not manage to score in 21 consecutive Bundesliga matches and finally lost Joshua Kennedy starting position. After a further disappointing appearance in an important cup tie on 28 January 2009, Kennedy was replaced in the second half of the match and subsequently refused to shake hands with Joshua Kennedy coach. Due to this behaviour, Joshua Kennedy was thrown out of the squad. On 2 February 2009, Kennedy once again made negative headlines when Joshua Kennedy announced Joshua Kennedy intention to leave the club as soon as possible. After five months without any Bundesliga appearances Kennedy was finally allowed to return to the squad even though Joshua Kennedy still refused to apologize. On 18 April 2009, Joshua Kennedy was part of the starting line-up for the first time since Joshua Kennedy suspension. Altogether, Kennedy started 20 of Joshua Kennedy 23 appearances but – after 27 goalless games – was only able to score twice in the final match of the season which proved to be of no relevance because Karlsruhe nevertheless was relegated from the Bundesliga.

On 17 June 2009 Joshua Kennedy signed a contract with Nagoya Grampus until 31 December 2011. Kennedy scored a goal on debut for Nagoya Grampus in Joshua Kennedy side's 1–1 draw. In the 2010 season, Kennedy helped Nagoya win their first-ever league title, becoming a joint top scorer with Ryoichi Maeda on 17 goals. Joshua Kennedy was also named in the 2010 J. League Best Eleven. On 23 September 2011, Kennedy scored off a Kensuke Nagai cross to help Joshua Kennedy side to a 3–1 win over Vissel Kobe. The result put Grampus one point behind leaders Gamba Osaka and gave Kennedy Joshua Kennedy 15th goal of the 2011 J. League Division 1 season, putting Joshua Kennedy one goal above Ventforet Kofu's striker Mike Havenaar. Kennedy finished the season with 19 goals and the J-league golden boot.

International career

In 1999, Kennedy represented Australia at the U17 World cup and the Young Socceroos in 2001 at the U20 Youth World Cup in Argentina.

Kennedy received Joshua Kennedy first international cap in a pre-2006 World Cup friendly against Liechtenstein national football team and made Joshua Kennedy mark in this game with a headed goal. Joshua Kennedy came on as a substitute in Australia's first FIFA World Cup 2006 game, in which Australia beat Japan national football team 3–1 by scoring three goals in the last eight minutes. Kennedy was touted as Hiddink's secret weapon against the Japanese because Joshua Kennedy was taller than all of the Japanese defenders. Joshua Kennedy followed this up with a second appearance as a substitute in Australia's third Group Stage game against Croatia national football team.

Injury prevented Kennedy from participating in Australia's 2007 AFC Asian Cup campaign. Kennedy was recalled to the Socceroos squad to face Argentina national football team in a friendly on 11 September. On 6 February 2008, Joshua Kennedy scored Joshua Kennedy second international against goal Qatar national football team in a FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifier held in Melbourne, Victoria, Joshua Kennedy third against South Africa, fourth against Holland and Joshua Kennedy fifth against Qatar again. On 1 April 2009, Joshua Kennedy scored Joshua Kennedy sixth goal for Australia, Kennedy came on as a substitute on the 60th minute for Scott McDonald and scored a header against Uzbekistan national football team giving Australia a 1–0 lead.

Under new Socceroos coach Holger Oseick, Kennedy has flourished scoring eight goals in just five matches. These goals included two against New Zealand in June, the equalizer against Thailand in September, a double against Saudi Arabia, another double against Malaysia and Australia's second goal in a 3–0 win against Oman.

International goals


Family

Kennedy is married to Australia women's national basketball team player Jacinta Hamilton.

Honours

With Australia national football (soccer) team:

- FIFA U-17 World Championship: 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship (Runners-Up)

With 1. FC Nuremberg

- DFB-Pokal: 2006–07 DFB-Pokal

With Karlsruher SC

- 2007–08 Fußball-Bundesliga: Bundesliga Player of the Month February 2008

With Nagoya Grampus

- J. League Division 1: 2010 J. League
- J. League Top Scorer: 2010 J. League, 2011 J. League Division 1
- J. League Best Eleven: 2010, 2011
- Japanese Super Cup: 2011

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

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