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Full name  Damian Mori
1989–1990  South Melbourne
Weight  88 kg
Name  Damian Mori
Current team  Adelaide City FC
Playing position  Striker
Role  Football player
Position  Forward
Years  Team
Height  1.8 m

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Date of birth  (1970-09-30) 30 September 1970 (age 45)
Similar People  Bobby Despotovski, Carl Veart, Tony Vidmar

Place of birth  Melbourne, Australia

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Damian Mori (born 30 September 1970) is an Australian former football (soccer) player who plays as a player/manager at Adelaide City in the South Australian Super League. He won two Johnny Warren Medals, awarded to the best player in the Australian league and was top scorer on 5 occasions. He established a reputation as a pacy, poaching goalscorer, which is notable for a player who started his career as a defender.


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Early and personal life

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Mori was born in Box Hill North, Victoria in 1970. His father, Joseph Mori, was a footballer who emigrated from Slovenia. His paternal grandfather was of Italian ancestry.

Club career

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Mori was successful at club level – mainly in the Australian domestic league. After developing into Adelaide City's most important and best player, he spent a single season (1996–97) overseas in Germany with Borussia Mönchengladbach. This move was characterised only by frustration. He appeared in only six games, and never played more than half a match. In those six games, he didn't score once. Mori returned home to become NSL Top Goalscorer the following season.

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In 1996, Mori held the world record for the fastest goal after he scored for City in just 3.69 seconds in a 2–2 draw with Sydney United.

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In 2000, Mori transferred to Perth Glory and enjoyed great success. The striking partnership with Bobby Despotovski was renowned as one of the most potent in the competition. Mori won the NSL championship in 2002–03, scoring in the Grand Final. He was also part of the 2003–04 Perth Glory championship side.

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Following the end of the National Soccer League in 2004 he moved back to Adelaide City to play and coach in the South Australian Premier League. He was extremely successful here, winning the "Coach of the Year" award. However, many were surprised at the fact that the NSL all-time top goalscorer was not on the shortlist of any A-League club.

It later emerged that a major stumbling block was Mori's desire for a part-time contract to allow him to manage business interests in Adelaide. Prior to round four of the A-League season, it was announced that Perth Glory had signed Mori on a short term contract to replace injured defender David Tarka. Mori subsequently came on as a substitute in the Glory's 1 – 0 away win over the New Zealand Knights on 22 September 2005. After some excellent displays, particularly a brace against Newcastle United Jets and a hat-trick against Adelaide United, the club strongly desired a permanent deal. After some wrangling with Adelaide City chairman Bob D'Ottavi, Mori agreed to a one-year deal.

On 9 December 2005, it was announced that Mori would be appointed as assistant manager at Perth Glory. This appointment followed the elevation of Alan Vest to Manager after the departure of Steve McMahon. After the completion of the 2005–06 A-League season, Mori returned to Adelaide City as player/manager.

On 27 September 2006, Mori signed with the Central Coast Mariners on a short term deal to cover the loss of Nik Mrdja which was extended once. After the short term contract with the Mariners had expired, the FFA did not allow Central Coast to re-sign him. On 21 November 2006, he was approached by new Queensland Roar manager Frank Farina and signed the following day on a short-term "until the end of the season" contract. After the Roar failed to make the playoffs, Mori returned to SA to be the player-coach once again of defending South Australian champions Adelaide City.

International career

Mori made his international debut against Solomon Islands on 4 September 1992. In an international career that spanned over the next ten years, he was capped 45 times and scored 29 goals.

International goals


With Australia:

  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997 (Runners-Up)
  • OFC Nations Cup: 1996
  • With Perth Glory:

  • NSL Championship: 2002–2003, 2003–2004
  • With Adelaide City:

  • NSL Championship: 1993–1994
  • With South Melbourne:

  • NSL Cup: 1989–1990
  • Personal Honours:

  • Johnny Warren Medal: 1995–1996 with Adelaide City
  • Johnny Warren Medal: 2002–2003 with Perth Glory
  • NSL Top Scorer: 1995–1996 with Adelaide City – 31 goals
  • NSL Top Scorer: 1997–1998 with Adelaide City – 19 goals
  • NSL Top Scorer: 1999–2000 with Adelaide City – 22 goals
  • NSL Top Scorer: 2001–2002 with Perth Glory – 17 goals
  • NSL Top Scorer: 2002–2003 with Perth Glory – 24 goals
  • References

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