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C.J. Lippo, A life in football

The story of a young Aussies football career
Started on 10 April 2015 by C.J.Lippo
Latest Reply on 9 September 2015 by C.J.Lippo
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5 yearsEdited

Season Two

Moving on up

Having secured myself a surprise move to Parramatta Stadium it was now time to show everyone what I was capable of. Unfortunately a string of injuries hampered my early attempts to prove my worth.

As expected I found myself playing for the youth sides. I made appearances for both the U18's & the U20's & was pleased with my performances as a whole.

25 appearances, 2 goals, 7 assists & 5 player of the match awards in all "non-competitive" matches for an average rating of 7.27. Not a bad return in my book.

I am pleased to say that my hard work did not go unnoticed & late in the season I managed to make my first team debut.

My performances were solid at best but for a 17 year old playing at the highest level the country has to offer I think I did quite well. No doubt I will be better for the experience & now know what it will take to succeed at the top level.

Although my development was hampered by a few injuries I have still managed to improve my game.

Once again nothing spectacular but I still feel as though I have a lot of improvement in me.

Although I am still awaiting my international debut (at any level) I have been glad to be included in a few U20 squads & am confident of making my break through soon.

The Wanderers had a good season this year finishing second in the league & qualifying for the Asian Champions League. Hopefully, if I can continue to work hard & develop my game, I will find myself a bigger part of the first team setup next year & maybe even make my ACL & international debuts.

At least that's the plan, anyway!

This is brilliant Lippo, looking forward to following this! :D
2015-04-11 15:00#211449 Maximus94 : Could we be witnessing the next Harry Kewell? Good luck mate! Sure we'll see an Olyroos call up really soon!

Well I'm starting to get injured quite a bit so could well be Harry in disguise :P
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Season 3

The Struggle Continues

Forcing my way into the first team here at the Wanderers has proved to be very tough. I have found myself well & truly behind Japanese international Yojiro Takahagi & Nikita Rukavytsya in the pecking order for my preferred left wing position &, as a result, only managed 4 first team appearances this year.



As you can see, I did manage to make my debut in Asia. Infact 3 of my 4 games were in the Asian Champions League which leaves just the one league appearance.

Again my year was hampered by injuries.

In total I spent a little over 4 months on the sidelines! Not ideal for a young man still developing & fighting for his place in the team!

In January I found myself being linked with a move to the Brisbane Roar amid speculation that my contract would be allowed to expire.

Eventually though I was offered a new deal & was pleased to put these rumours to bed & extend my stay at the Wanderers for another year.

The Wanderers had a horrible year finishing a disappointing 9th in the league & costing Tony Popovic his job in the process.

As for myself, I continue to work for my "break out" season.

With Takahagi now the wrong side of 30 & Rukavytsya being preferred in a more advanced role I remain hopeful that it will come soon. Fingers crossed.

I like this style.
2015-04-13 06:22#211518 Empyjon : I like this style.

Thanks mate, my first go at a story on here so still learning. :)
Bit unfortunate with the injuries, hopefully you'll (or your representation in-game) be able to really break into the first team next year.
2015-04-13 06:49#211520 yuttra52 : Bit unfortunate with the injuries, hopefully you'll (or your representation in-game) be able to really break into the first team next year.

Yeah I hope so mate. Fingers crossed I am just getting my injuries out of the way early & am not actually too injury prone. :/
Hopefully you don't prove too injury prone, looking forward to the break out season! :D
2015-04-13 10:24#211534 PatrickLFC : Hopefully you don't prove too injury prone, looking forward to the break out season! :D

Yea, hopefully it comes & I don't end up going backwards!
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Season 4

Breaking Out

My third year at the Wanderers proved to be a bit of break through for me. For the first time since my arrival I had a full season with no major injuries &, In all, made 13 competitive appearances for the club at an average rating of 7.13

A run without injuries also saw me earn a call up to the National side for the Under 22's Asian Cup. I managed 6 appearances for my country as Australia cruised into the final.

Unfortunately that game did not go to plan for Australia or myself.

Despite costing my country the Asian Cup trophy I was pleased to with my performances overall & was happy to be recognised in the team of the tournament. So what if I'm heckled every where I go now!

The extra first team football I managed this year, along with my run in the National side has really benefitted my development as well.

As you can see I am coming along nicely & at the age of 19 seem to be on the verge of being an A-League regular. Fingers crossed for more injury free seasons & more games for my country.

It was another disappointing year for the Wanderers, once again finishing outside the playoffs in 8th position.

I was again linked with a move to League champions the Brisbane Roar in January but again the Wanderers offered me a 1 year extension & again I accepted.

Good work Lippo, keep it up! :D
2015-04-15 16:13#211585 PatrickLFC : Good work Lippo, keep it up! :D

Thanks Pat, glad you're enjoying it mate.
Great start mate,i'll be sure to follow.
2015-04-17 01:30#211617 the champi0n fm : Great start mate,i'll be sure to follow.

Thanks for that mate, am hoping to get through another season today so an update wont be far away :)

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