Josh Kennedy
  • 8 photos
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  • Club Shirt
  • 0
  • Nagoya Grampus Eight (Japan)
  • N/A
  • National Shirt
  • 9
  • Socceroos
  • Striker
  • Debut match
  • v Liechtenstein (W3–1) 07-Jun-06
  • Last match
  • v Thailand (W1–0) 15-Nov-11
Total
Games played 31
Goals 16
Height:194 cm
Weight:84 kg
Date of birth:Aug 20, 1982
Place of birth:Albury-Wodonga, VIC
Nationality:Australian
Biography
 
After almost two years since playing his last game for the Socceroos, Josh Kennedy became Australia’s saviour on the road to the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Kennedy headed home the lone goal in the Socceroos 1-0 defeat of Iraq to secure World Cup qualification for Australia in the final match of the campaign. Originally from country Victoria, Josh Kennedy was a member of the Joeys side that sensationally reached the final of the 1999 Under 17 World Cup. He made the move abroad soon after, and took part in his first match in the Bundesliga in September 2001, despite just turning 18 – the youngest Australian to feature in the German first division. After a couple of years on loan in lower divisions, he returned to Germany’s top tier in 2003–04, before establishing a regular spot at Dynamo Dresden the following season. Kennedy earned a move to high-flying Bundesliga club Nurnberg prior to the 2006 World Cup, but upon returning from the tournament, he snapped his Achilles tendon at his first training session, effectively ending his season. Excused from the 2007 Asian Cup finals as he worked to get his club career back on track, Kennedy moved to fellow Bundesliga club Karlsruhe SC in January 2008, but that didn't work out as planned. A big move to Asia followed, and Kennedy has made a big impression since signing for J-League side Nagoya Grampus in 2009, become the league’s top scorer as the club won its first title in 2010.