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Shane Smeltz

Shane Edward Smeltz (born 29 September 1981 in Göppingen, West Germany)[1] is a New Zealand professional association football player. He plays as a striker for Perth Glory FC.

Shane Smeltz was born in Germany. His parents were members of the U.S. Army and stationed near Göppingen. He moved with his family at the age of just under a year later to New Zealand. Up to the age of six, he remained there until his family moved to Queensland, Australia. He lived in Cairns, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Smeltz has next to the New Zealand citizenship, the Australian, because his wife is Australian and the English, because his mother is from England.

Club career
Smeltz played for a variety of professional Australian clubs before trying his luck in England with Mansfield Town in 2005.[3] Before signing for English club Halifax Town, Smeltz played in 61 competitive matches for AFC Wimbledon, including 11 as a substitute, and scored 26 goals.

Wellington Phoenix
Smeltz returned to New Zealand in 2007 signing a two-year deal with the Wellington Phoenix. In his first season he finished second in the Golden Boot race with nine goals from 19 appearances. In the 2008–09 season, Smeltz scored a record equalling 12 goals for the A-League season proper, resulting in the A-League Golden Boot 2008/09 and also goal of the season for his winning strike against Melbourne Victory at Westpac Stadium in round 13. The game finished 2–1.

Gold Coast United
In November 2008 the Phoenix lost its battle to retain Smeltz for the 2009 season as he signed a three-year deal with A-League expansion club Gold Coast United.[4] Smeltz scored nine goals on his Gold Coast United debut as Miron Bleiberg's men recorded a 12–1 victory in their inaugural outing, a friendly against Mudgeeraba SC. On 8 August 2009, Smeltz scored his club's first goal in their first A-League game against Brisbane Roar. In the following week Smeltz scored an impressive four goals against North Queensland Fury, which included a penalty. Smeltz and Gold Coast recorded their first loss to the Newcastle Jets at the next round, notable for being the only game he had not scored a goal.

With 19 A League goals to his name, he is currently the record holder for most A League goals in a season. This 19 goal effort broke his own record he shared with former Newcastle Jets' striker Joel Griffiths of 12 goals. After struggling to make an impact at Gençlerbirligi S.K. a release was successful obtained on 10 January 2011 and subsequently he was signed by his previous employer Gold Coast United.

International career
Smeltz has played for the under 20, under 23 and senior New Zealand national teams.[11][12] He scored in his first game for the All Whites, an away friendly on 25 April 2006, against Chile. In that game Smeltz also became the first AFC Wimbledon player to win international honours, and the first to become an international goalscorer.

References
1. «Kiwi» Smeltz will sich für Europa empfehlen transfermarkt.de, 5 June 2010
2. a b http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/news/1049263/Glory-days-ahead-for-Smeltz Glory days ahead for Smeltz 3. Stürmer Shane Smeltz im Interview "Mein Ziel ist Europa" Frankfurter Rundschau, 4 June 2010
4. "Smeltz signs with Gold Coast". Wellington Phoenix FC. 4 November 2008.
5. "Smeltz stands tall with brace". The Age. 6 September 2009.
6. "Smeltz Is Back For Gold". fourfourtwo. 1- January 2011.
7. Gold Coast United's Smeltz China-bound
8. "Shane Smeltz changes his mind on China". tvnz.co.nz. 17 July 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
9. "Smeltz risking two-year ban after walkout". tvnz.co.nz. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
10. "Smeltz Heads For Turkey". FourFourTwo Australia. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
11. "A-International Appearances – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
12. "A-International Scorers – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
13. "No regrets for departing Phoenix star". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
14. "New Zealand – All Whites name Confederations Cup squad". Oceania Football confederation. 7 May 2009.
15. "2009 Confederations Cup – New Zealand squad". FIFA.com. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
16. Italy 1–1 New Zealand BBC Sport, 20 June 2010
17. http://www.national-football-teams.com/v2/player.php?id=4830
18. Woodcock, Fred (13 June 2010). "Shane Smeltz, from tough times to star name". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 9 November 2011.

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