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Mile Jedinak
Mile Jedinak
Date of birth:

August 3, 1984

Nationality:

Flag of Australia Australia

Position:

Midfielder

Team:

Aston Villa

Michael John "Mile" Jedinak (Croatian pronunciation: [jedǐːnak]; born 3 August 1984) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Aston Villa and the Australia national team, of whom he is captain.

Jedinak was born and raised in Sydney, and played youth football with Sydney United before starting his senior career at the club. Following loan spells at Varteks and South Coast United, Jedinak moved to Central Coast Mariners in 2006. He next played in Turkey, for Gençlerbirliği and Antalyaspor on loan before joining Crystal Palace and subsequently playing a role in the club earning promotion to the Premier League.

Jedinak has made over 60 appearances for the Australian national team, and has been Captain over 25 times since 2014. This includes participation in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. He has also played at two AFC Asian Cups, including captaining Australia to victory on home soil in the 2015 edition.