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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
Looking forwards to season 5. Good job C.J.!
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5 yearsEdited

Season 5

Ups & Downs

My fifth year as a professional began in all too familiar circumstances.

Barely a month into the year I suffered my 3rd torn hamstring in 4 years at the Wanderers, another 3 months on the sidelines! This resulted in just 2 league appearances at an uninspired match rating of 6.3 for me up until the January window.

At that stage it looked as though my career in the top flight may be over.

Constant injuries, an expiring contract, no interest from other teams & a manager who was preferring to play narrow! It couldn't have gotten much worse for me.

Thankfully, upon my recovery, I managed to show what I was capable of.

At the back end of the year I came to life! 19 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 3 player of the match awards & an average rating of 7.22.

My form, along with that of the rest of the squad, inspired the Wanderers to a run of form that not only broke records but catapulted us into the finals series for the first time since my arrival & also secured me my first ever piece of silverware.

My first taste of playoff football, our Quarter final match up against the Melbourne Victory, was played the day before my 20th birthday. Unfortunately there were to be no additional celebrations.

An 86th minute winner from Eli Babalj breaking our hearts & ending our season.

On the international front I managed to grab my first goal for the under 22's as well as impressing for the U19's & U20's.

Despite the positives I feel as though the constant injuries & sporadic game time have really hampered my development.

Other then feeling more comfortable in my surroundings, I am not noticing the level of improvement I once did. Have I peaked at the age of 20? Surely not! But I need game time & to stay injury free to show what I am really capable of.

Eventually the Wanderers offered me a new deal.

Again it is but a one year extension! I wonder how long we can keep this up?

Showing some quality when you're not in the medical ward, hopefully you can spend more time on the field next season!
Another quality update,can't wait for the next season.
Fingers crossed that you'll end your injury problems and play your first full season.
champi0n - Quote doesn't seem to be working yet but thanks for the encouragement! Seem to be cursed by bodgey hamstrings ATM!

Season 6

Finding my Feet

I finally feel as though I've established myself as a solid member of the Wanderers squad.


I have gotten plenty of game time & managed to perform at a reasonable standard. 25 appearances, 2 goals, 5 assists, 3 POM awards & an average rating of 7.26. Not a bad return but I know I can still do better!

I am also proud to report that I was named in the Australian squad for the U22 Asian Cup.

Unfortunately I was not so proud of our performances.

Embarrassingly, we finished bottom of our group, behind both India & Kuwait, managing just a single point! I managed to appear in 2 of our 3 matches but as with everyone involved was disappointing.

Although not making massive strides I am pleased to say that my game is still developing.

Not rapid improvements but still moving in the right direction.

It was another decent year for the Wanderers overall as we once again made the playoffs.

Once again though we were knocked out in the quarter finals just days before my birthday. One year I will be able to celebrate a victory!

A heart breaking loss on penalties to the eventual champions, the Newcastle Jets! Before you ask. No, it wasn't me who missed this time!

Once again I will be back at the Wanderers next year, Once again I sign a 1 year deal. What do I have to do to get a 2 year deal?

Another great start to the year! Even worse, the Australian squad for the Olympic games is about to be named. Think I would have been there! These injuries are ruining my career!

Behind India. Really? :(
2015-04-25 21:24#211990 Maximus94 : Behind India. Really? :(

& Kuwait!!! Horrendous performance! :'(
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5 yearsEdited

Season 7

A Promising Development?

The most pleasing thing about my 6th season at the Wanderers was the number of appearances I managed to make.

29 appearances in all competitions for an average rating of just above 7. All in all very pleasing considering the back injury that kept me out of the Olympic games.

As far as injuries go It was a personal best year in fact.

A meagre 18 days on the list! Amazing! & given Australia's performance at the Olympics it was perhaps a blessing that I missed out.

Another poor display on the international front as the boys fail to record a single point & are bundled out in the group stages. Ouch!

Unfortunately the Wanderers year was a bit of a disappointment too.

For the first time in a couple of years we finish outside of the playoff spots. By a pretty hefty 9 points as well. I thought my iron man like performance this year would be bound to propel us to greatness, or perhaps I have over estimated my abilities?

Whatever the case may be, in January I signed a new 1 year deal & decided it was time to really focus myself on helping the Wanderers to a tilt at the title.

So what if I never get to make that dream move abroad? I can still have a long & successful career at the Wanderers! There's awards to win, silverware to collect.


Australia is the greatest country on earth!

Why the hell would I want to go anywhere else anyway?!

"Australians all let us rejoice......"

Wait! What? Holland? Hmmm interesting! Decisions, Decisions.

So, here I am again. No longer the wide eyed teen with the world at his feet but a young man, alone in a strange country.

I no longer dream of being the next Ronaldo or Messi, not even the next Harry Kewell. My only goal now is to be the best that I can be.

For many a making the move halfway around the world to play for a club few have ever heard of may seem like a strange decision, but for me it is my foot in the door. The chance to show this continent what I can do. A stepping stone to bigger things!

At least that's the plan.

So what do I know about my new employers? Well, not too much actually. Dutch football is not exactly my strong point. I know Holland is a popular destination for young Aussies trying to make it in Europe. I know its a breeding ground for some of the best young talent Europe has to offer & I know Ajax are the team to beat.

As for FC Oss my entire knowledge of them is limited to my googling of the Jupiler table from last season.

As well as the lovely brochure I received upon my arrival.

Am I scared? Yes! But excited as well! It may not be the "dream" move I had envisioned in my youth but its a chance & that's all I have ever wanted!

Hey, nice mate :). Gl.
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5 yearsEdited


The more things change, the more they stay the same. 19 minutes into my second friendly game for FC Oss & I'm already out for 3 weeks! Fingers crossed this season goes the same as the last & I get my injuries out of the way early.

mate your one injury prone fella lol, good luck in Europe though ans how in the hell are they a bigger club... have they win any continental silverware :D
2015-04-29 15:57#212172 walkinshaw : mate your one injury prone fella lol, good luck in Europe though ans how in the hell are they a bigger club... have they win any continental silverware :D

Hahaha, I was thinking the same thing. How are some random Dutch 2nd division side bigger than the champions of Asia?! Ridiculous :P

Anyway, thanks for the support mate & fingers crossed for a half decent run injury wise!

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