Whatever happened to: Mark Viduka

Football - FA Carling Premier League , Leeds United v Manchester United , 3/3/01 Leeds' Mark Viduka runs away after scoring the equalizing goal Mandatory Credit:Action Images
       

Mark Viduka

The “Mark Viduka Stand” stands proudly at Knight’s Stadium in Australia, the home of Melbourne Knights. The name came from the stand being funded by the money the club got from selling him to Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia Zagreb at the time). With the Croatian club as a pedestal for him to spring into European football, he made his way to England after a stop in Scotland with Celtic. Leeds United signed him up ahead of the 2000-01 season and he became the second glaring-hot Australian at the club, alongside Harry Kewell.

 

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Their planned partnership took some time until it came to fruition due to the latter’s injury problems, and went it did, it was amazing- albeit short lived. Viduka hit double figures for four consecutive seasons in a row with Leeds, and combined with Kewell to score 34 of the club’s 40 goals in the 2002-03 season. His made use of his short endeavours in the Champions League with Leeds and became the competitions top Australian goalscorer with four goals.

With Leeds suffering from financial difficulties and facing relegation after failing to continue qualifying to the Champions League, Viduka was sold to Middlesbrough and later played for Newcastle United after he was released when the Magpies got relegated in 2009.

He was a valuable goalscorer throughout his career and always reliable for nicking a goal even at the most dire of situations. Back to his roots, Viduka could be seen around Melbourne coaching some kids or attending the Knight’s matches with his children.

High point: Netting a super hatrick in Leeds’ 4-3 win over Liverpool at Elland Road.
Low point: Getting sent-off after scoring Leeds’ only goal during the game that consigned them to relegation.

Nationality: Australian
Position: Centre Forward
Goals Scored: 92
Total Appearances: 240
Yellow Cards: 18
Red Cards: 2
Premier League Teams Played for: Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United

       

Written by Michael

Obsessive fan at heart, football blogger, David Brent quote enthusiast and father of one.

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