Australia captain Mile Jedinak may boast an unassuming and calm demeanour off the field, but the Sydneysider plays with a classic lead-by-example style when he steps over the white line. Jedinak assumed the captain’s armband last year ahead of Brazil 2014 to join an elite group of Australians to have led the national team at the FIFA World Cup™: Lucas Neill, Mark Viduka and Peter Wilson. Vome here to own some FIFA 15 coins to play in FIFA 15.
While Jedinak may not have the star power of his predecessors, he lacks little for inspirational qualities and sheer will to win. While the defensive midfielder can often be seen breaking down opposition attacks or putting in a decisive tackle, he is equally adept at opening a defence with a single pass or scoring from distance with his fierce shooting.
Jedinak has become a fans’ favourite at Crystal Palace where his modest profile outside south London contrasts with his immense value to the team. Last October Jedinak outshone the numerous headline names of the English Premier League by being named the competition’s best player based on statistics.
Now the 30-year-old is set for another milestone moment as Australia hosts the AFC Asian Cup for the first time commencing with the tournament opener against Kuwait today. Jedinak became an entrenched member of the national team line-up four years ago at Qatar 2011, where he scored his first international goal against Korea Republic. And he will have the opportunity to reprise that feat when the Socceroos tackle the Koreans and also Oman over the coming week in Group A.