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Michael Beauchamp : biography

8 March 1981 -

Michael Francis Beauchamp (born 8 March 1981 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player. He currently plays for Western Sydney Wanderers as the club's inaugural captain. He was a member of the Australian 2006 World Cup squad.

Honours

With 1. FC Nuremberg:

  • DFB-Pokal: 2006–07

Personal Honours:

  • Central Coast Mariners Mariners Medal: 2005–06

International career

Beauchamp was called up into the Australian national under-23 squad (the "Olyroos") in January 2004 for the 2004 Summer Olympics qualifying tournament under Frank Farina. He made his international debut as a substitute, playing the final 34 minutes of Australia's 9–0 victory over Papua New Guinea. That appearance became Beauchamp's only game for the Olyroos, as he missed selection for the Olympic Games themselves, where the team made the quarter finals before being eliminated by Iraq.

In 2005, Beauchamp got his first taste at the senior level as he was twice called into the Socceroos training camp in the Netherlands under Guus Hiddink. The first occasion was in place of injured captain Craig Moore, but Beauchamp was called up again in the lead-up to Australia's 2006 World Cup qualification tie against the Solomon Islands. Although he did not play a part in the qualification campaign, Beauchamp's impressive A-League season earned him his first full international cap by playing the full 90 minutes in Australia's 3–1 win over Bahrain during qualifying for the 2007 Asian Cup. This was followed by Beauchamp's selection as one of only two A-League players in the Australian squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Beauchamp did not make an appearance during the finals tournament, but picked up his second international cap in a warm-up game against Liechtenstein, playing 12 minutes as a substitute for Craig Moore.

On 7 October 2006, Beauchamp scored the own goal that gave Australia a 1–1 draw in a friendly against Paraguay. He came on late in the game, replacing Tony Popović (who was one of four senior Australian players retiring from international duty). With his first touch, after contact was made by Albirroja striker Oscar Cardozo, Beauchamp headed the ball into his own net.

On 16 July 2007, in something of a redemption for the above incident, Beauchamp scored the opening goal in Australia's must-win match in the group stage (Group A) of the 2007 Asian Cup against Thailand. Australia's form leading up to the game had been indifferent and the side faced embarrassing elimination from the tournament if they did not win the match. After Beauchamp's opener (a header home from a Luke Wilkshire free kick), Australia went on to win comfortably 4–0.

International appearances and goals
# Date Opponent Score Result Goals Competition Game time Match Report
1 23 February 2006 Bahrain}} 1–3 Win 0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification Full game
2 8 June 2006 Liechtenstein}} 1–3 Win 0 Friendly 76}}
3 6 September 2006 Kuwait}} 2–0 Loss 0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification Full game
4 7 October 2006 PAR}} 1–1 Draw 0 Friendly 90}}
5 11 October 2006 Bahrain}} 2–0 Win 0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification Full game
6 24 March 2007 China}} 0–2 Win 0 Friendly Full game
7 30 June 2007 Singapore}} 0–3 Win 0 Friendly 54}}
8 16 July 2007 Thailand}} 0–4 Win 1 2007 AFC Asian Cup Full game
9 21 July 2007 Japan}} 1–1 Loss 0 2007 AFC Asian Cup Full game
10 11 September 2007 Argentina}} 0–1 Loss 0 Friendly Full game
11 17 November 2007 Nigeria}} 1–0 Win 0 Friendly Full game
12 22 March 2008 Singapore}} 0–0 Draw 0 Friendly 63}}
13 26 March 2008 China}} 0–0 Draw 0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) Full game
14 23 May 2008 GHA}} 1–0 Win 0 Friendly Full game
15 1 June 2008 Iraq}} 1–0 Win 0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) Full game
16 7 June 2008 Iraq}} 1–0 Loss 0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) Full game
17 14 June 2008 QAT}} 1–3 Win 0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) Full game
18 6 September 2008 Netherlands}} 1–2 Win 0 Friendly 70}}
19 1 April 2009 Uzbekistan}} 2–0 Win 0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) Full game
20 24 May 2010 NZ}} 2–1 Win 0 Friendly 46}}
21 15 April 2010 DEN}} 1–0 Win 0 Friendly 76}}
22 23 June 2010 Serbia}} 2–1 Win 0 2010 FIFA World Cup Full game
Last updated 31 March 2011
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