Season reviews of Aussies in Europe

With most of the leagues around Europe finishing up for the season, we thought we’d take a quick look at how most of the Australians fared overseas. Italy

With most of the leagues around Europe finishing up for the season, we thought we’d take a quick look at how most of the Australians fared overseas.

Italy

Mark Bresciano (Palermo – Serie A): The Socceroos midfielder managed just 18 appearances for the Rosanero this season because of a niggling back injury which required surgery earlier this year. He scored just once and provided one assist in his 18 starts as Palermo finished 5th on the league table for a Europa League spot. Bresciano signed a deal with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr, ending five years of service in Sicily.

Carl Valeri (Sassuolo/Grosseto – Serie B): Valeri became a permanent fixture in Sassuolo’s line-up after crossing from Grosseto in January. He made 14 appearances for the green and blacks who just missed out on promotion to the top flight by three points, finishing in fourth position.

Scotland

Danny Invincibile (Kilmarnock – SPL): The 31-year old made 25 league appearances for Kille who avoided relegation by two points with a final day draw with Falkirk. Starting 16 games, Invincibile scored twice and took his total Kilmarnock league appearances to close to 200.

Trent McClenahan (Hamilton Academical – SPL): McClenahan made 24 appearances for Hamilton taking his tally at the club to over 50. He provided one assist as the Accies managed a 7th-placed finish.

James Wesolowski (Hamilton Academical - SPL*on loan from Leicester City): The Leicester City loanee impressed with 7th-placed Hamilton, making 29 appaearances whilst scoring four goals and providing four assists.

Ryan McGowan (Ayr United – First Division*on loan from Heart of Midlothian): The promising defender made 28 appearances after crossing from Hearts, scoring on one occasion in Ayr United’s ill-fated relegation season.

Rocky Visconte (Ayr United – First Division*on loan from Heart of Midlothian): McGowan’s Hearts teammate made just one appearance for Ayr and signed with A-League club Brisbane Roar at the completion of the Scottish season.

Simon Storey (Airdrie United – First Division): The former Melbourne Victory and Partick Thistle man made 33 appearances in his debut season with The Diamonds.

Frankie Lagana (Airdrie United – First Division): The Shepparton-born midfielder made 19 appearances for Airdrie, 14 of them being starts.

Holland

David Carney (FC TwenteEredivisie): The Australia international was restricted to just eight appearances due to injury but was a part of the squad that took out the Eredivisie title.

Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar – Eredivisie): Holman made 23 appearances as Alkmaar failed to defend their title, finishing fifth. He scored five goals from midfield.

James Holland (AZ Alkmaar – Eredivisie): Holland failed to make a senior appearance in a season dedicated to furthering his development.

Belgium

Nikita Rukavytsya (Roeselare – Jupiler League*on loan from FC Twente): The 22-year old striker has so far made nine appearances for Roeselare, scoring four goals as the club endures a relegation play-off series.

Germany

Dario Vidosic (Duisburg – German 2.Bundesliga*on loan from Nuremberg): Duisburg finished fifth in Germany’s second tier with Vidosic appearing 12 times, scoring one goal after crossing on loan from Bundesliga club Nuermberg.

Switzerland

Scott Chipperfield (FC Basel – Swiss Super League): The veteran Socceroo was in fine form in the latter stages of the season as Basel took out the Swiss title with a final day win over Young Boys. Chipperfield scored 13 goals in 26 appearances to be the eighth highest goalscoer in the league.

Turkey

Harry Kewell (Galatasaray – Super Lig): The star winger/striker experienced another injury-interrupted season after beginning brilliantly with 8 goals in 16 matches. Only played two minutes in 2010 after undergoing groin surgery in January.

Lucas Neill (Galatasaray/Everton – Super Lig/English Premier League): The Australian skipper started 14 matches for Galatasaray after joining from Everton in January, scoring once as his club finished third.

Mile Jedinak (Antalyaspor/Genclerbirligi – Super Lig): Jedinak joined Antalyaspor from Genclerbirligi last year and managed 28 appearances for his new club who finished 9th on the table. He scored five times from midfield and improved greatly throughout the season.

Michael Petkovic (Sivasspor – Super Lig): Petkovic made 15 appearances in goals for Sivasspor who finished 15th on the league table but was overlooked for the Australian World Cup squad.

Bruce Djite (Diyarbakirspor – Super Lig*on loan from Genclerbirligi): The 23-year old made just nine appearances for relegated Diyarbakirspor after crossing from Genclerbirligi in January.

James Troisi (Kayserispor – Super Lig): The midfielder appeared 23 times for his new club after joining from Genclerbirligi at the beginning of the season. Kayserispor finished 8th.

Greece

Nathan Burns (Kerkyra – Beta Ethniki*on loan from AEK Athens): The former Adelaide United striker netted 8 goals in 31 matches for Kerkyra during his loan spell from top flight club AEK Athens.

Croatia

Josip Skoko (Hajduk Split – Prva HNL): The Australian veteran appeared 23 times, scoring one goal for Hajduk who finished second to rivals Dinamo Zagreb.

Portugal

Jason Davidson (Pacos de Ferreira – Portuguese Liga): The teenage defender made four first-team appearances in a promising debut season abroad.

Denmark

Nathan Coe (Randers – Danish Superliga): The 25-year old goalkeeper made four starts for the season as Randers finished 10th, two points above the relegation zone.

*Note: Luke Wilkshire of Dinamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League, Ante Covic of Elfsborg in the Swedish Allsvenskanliga and Jade North of Tromso IL in Norway are not included as their seasons are still running.

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