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Zeljko Kalac

Full name: Zeljko Kalac
Birthdate: 16.12.1972
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Position: Goalkeeper
Joined from: Sydney United
Signed by: Mark McGhee
Nationality: Australia
First game: West Bromwich Albion, 05.11.1995
Last game: Crystal Palace, 27.05.1996
Games: 3 (2 starts + 1 subs)
Goals: 0
Player Profile

Australian goalkeeper Kalac made just three appearances for City in a largely frustrating season in England but his time at the club will not be forgotten in a hurry.

He became Australia's most expensive football expert when the Foxes beat off competition from Leeds United and Norwich City for the 6ft 7in stopper's services in July 1995, spending £760,000 to secure his signature, but both he and the club were left frustrated in attempts to get his work visa sorted out.

He eventually made his debut in an away match at West Brom in November 1995 but looked far from relaxed when he conceded two late goals. Things got worse in the next match, a League Cup clash against Bolton, where Kalac was at fault for all three goals.

When Mark McGhee left for Wolves it seemed as though Kalac's days as a Fox were numbered. His former boss bid £1.1m for him and Steve Corica but the goalkeeper's part of the deal fell through due to more work permit problems.

It left him returning to City but his part in the club's history was not over just yet. Martin O'Neill took the Foxes to a Play-Off Final against Crystal Palace and with the match seemingly heading for a penalty shoot-out, he brought Kalac on in place of Kevin Poole for the spot-kicks. His shot-stopping abilities were not required, however, with Steve Claridge scoring the late goal to secure City's promotion.

It was the final chapter in his short stint as a Fox, with Kalac, an Australian international of Croatian descent, returning to former club Sydney United before having spells with Roda JC, Perugia and even AC Milan, where he acted as back-up to Dida. He also played in a World Cup Finals for Australia but was primarily second choice to Mark Schwartzer.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1995-96 Division One1 0- -1 0- -1 0 3 0
Total 1 0- -1 0- -1 0 3 0


1 05.11.1995 3 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division One
2 08.11.1995 2 - 3 Bolton Wanderers (H) League Cup 3 rep
3 27.05.1996 2 - 1 Crystal Palace (N) Division One f


Club Fee Date
IN  Sydney United £760,000 13.10.1995
OUT  Sydney United Unknown August 1996
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