Sebastian Pasquali

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Sebastian Pasquali
Sebastian Pasquali 2016 FFA Cup Semi Final.jpg
Sebastian Pasquali (right) with Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat before being substituted on in the 2016 FFA Cup Semi Final, October 2016
Personal information
Full name Sebastian Pasquali
Date of birth (1999-11-07) 7 November 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Wangaratta, Australia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder, centre-back
Club information
Current team
Western United
Number 21
Youth career
0000–2014 Wangaratta City
2014 FFV NTC
2015–2016 Melbourne Victory
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 Melbourne Victory NPL 12 (3)
2016 Melbourne Victory 2 (0)
2016–2019 Jong Ajax 17 (0)
2019– Western United 0 (0)
National team
2018 Australia U-20 3 (0)
2019– Australia U-23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2019

Sebastian Pasquali is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Western United in the A-League. A versatile midfielder, Pasquali can play as a box-to-box, holding or attacking midfielder,[1] and has also played at centre-back.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

Pasquali was named in Victory's inaugural youth squad in the National Premier Leagues Victoria in March 2015.[4]

Pasquali made his unofficial senior debut for Melbourne Victory in the 2016 International Champions Cup against Juventus in what was considered a stand out performance, scoring the winning kick in what finished in a 4–3 penalty victory.[5][6][7]

Pasquali made his official debut for Melbourne in the 2016 FFA Cup on 24 August 2016 against Hume City in the round of 16.[8]

Pasquali made his A-League debut in the Melbourne Derby on 15 October 2016, as a 75th-minute substitute for Fahid Ben Khalfallah. In just his second appearance of the season, as a 76th-minute substitute against Adelaide United on 22 October 2016, Pasquali assisted Marco Rojas's goal in an eventual 2–1 win.

Ajax[edit]

After impressing for Victory against Juventus in the International Champions Cup, Juventus showed strong interest in Pasquali, but on 31 October 2016, Melbourne Victory announced that Pasquali had left for Ajax, not listing him in that day's match squad. Pasquali remained in Australia until his year 11 exams were completed in late November, before officially signing for Ajax.[9][10] Ajax confirmed that Pasquali had signed a two-year deal in November 2016.[11]

Despite having an Italian passport, Pasquali was not able to play competitive matches for Ajax until his transfer clearance from FIFA was granted, missing out on the remainder of the 2016/17 season.[12]

Pasquali started the 2017/18 season as a regular starting player for Ajax in the U19 Eredivisie and UEFA Youth League. He made his debut for Jong Ajax in an Eerste Divisie loss to Fortuna Sittard on 12 January 2018,[13] having previously made three appearances on the bench, going on to play regularly at that level for the remainder of the season.

Pasquali made his first team debut in the 2018/19 preseason as a 61st minute substitution in a friendly match against Steaua Bucharest.[14]

International career[edit]

In October 2018, Pasquali was called up to the Australia U20 squad to compete in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship held in Indonesia.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 May 2019
Club Season League Cup[A] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Melbourne Victory Youth 2016 NPL Victoria 12 3 0 0 0 0 12 3
Melbourne Victory 2016–17 A-League 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Jong Ajax 2017–18 Eerste Divisie 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2018–19 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 31 3 2 0 0 0 33 3

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Includes appearances in the FFA Cup.

Honours[edit]

Jong Ajax

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davutovic, David. "Twist as Aussie teen Sebastian Pasquali ices new Ajax contract with goal". Herald Sun. News Corp. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. ^ Radbourne, Lucas. "The Strange Transformation of Sebastian Pasquali". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Pasquali linked to Western United move". goal.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  4. ^ Melbourne Victory announces inaugural National Premier Leagues squad Melbourne Victory Official Website, 3 March 2015
  5. ^ "Victory youngster steals the show".
  6. ^ "Teenager Sebastian Pasquali shines for Melbourne Victory vs. Juventus".
  7. ^ "Joeys' John Roberts, Melbourne Victory's Sebastian Pasquali star as Aussies sparkle".
  8. ^ "Hume City FC v Melbourne Victory - FFA Cup Match Centre".
  9. ^ Statement regarding Sebastian Pasquali Melbourne Victory Official Website, 31 October 2016
  10. ^ Seb Pasquali, Melbourne Victory, Ajax Herald Sun, 31 October 2016
  11. ^ "Ajax confirm Aussie teen signing". FourFourTwo. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  12. ^ Davutovic, David (2 March 2017), Exciting Australian prospect Seb Pasquali still waiting for FIFA clearance to join Ajax youth team, Herald Sun, archived from the original on 12 January 2018
  13. ^ "Jong Ajax start nieuwe jaar met nederlaag" [Young Ajax starts new year with defeat]. Ajax Official Website (in Dutch). 12 January 2018.
  14. ^ Eiting helps Ajax to draw against Steaua (in Dutch), Ajax official website, 7 July 2018
  15. ^ "Update to Young Socceroos squad for AFC U19 Championship". Football Federation Australia. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.