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David Williams biography

Date of birth : 1988-02-26
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Brisbane, Australia
Nationality : Australian
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-05-18
Credited as : Football player Brøndby IF, Australian National Football team, FIFA World Cup

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David Williams , born 26 February 1988 is an Indigenous Australian professional football player for Danish Superliga side Brøndby IF, currently on loan at North Queensland Fury FC in Australia. He is a striker and has played one game for the Australian national team and has been labelled the best Australian prospect since since Harry Kewell.

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Williams started playing football for amateur clubs Westside and Pine Hills, before moving to play youth football for Mitchelton FC. He attended Northside Christian College while also being a member of the Queensland Academy of Sport (CAS) squad.

He spent time training with Belgian clubs RSC Anderlecht and Club Brugge, as well as defending UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool FC, and in January 2006, he signed for Australian A-League side Queensland Roar for the remainder of the 2005-06 season. Queensland Roar coach Miron Bleiberg called Williams the best Australian prospect since Australian national team player Harry Kewell, and he was labelled the best young Australian striker by the former technical director of the Australian national team Ron Smith. Following two games as a substitute for Roar, he moved abroad in May 2006 to play for Danish team Brøndby IF on a three-year contract.

At Brøndby, Williams was included in the reserve team, and after 12 goals in five reserve team matches, he made his first team debut under Brøndby coach Rene Meulensteen on August 5 against AC Horsens. On November 11, Williams scored his first Superliga goal for the Brøndby first team in the home game against Silkeborg IF. He also played against German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the European UEFA Cup tournament. In the Royal League game against Swedish side Hammarby IF on November 30, Williams added another two goals in Brøndby's win over the Swedes. Under new Brøndby manager Tom Køhlert, Williams was promoted to the Brøndby first team squad in December 2006, alongside Marc Olsen. Williams played a total 19 games and scored one goal for Brøndby in the 2006-07 Superliga season He played 10 games and scored three goals for Brøndby in the 2007-08 Superliga season.

Williams started the 2008-09 Danish season well, as he played five of Brøndby's first six Superliga games, and scored a goal against FC Haka in the UEFA Cup. He prolonged his Brøndby contract in September 2008, extending it until the summer 2011. He injured his knee in a training mishap in September 2008, and when Williams returned to fitness after the turn of the year, newly appointed Brøndby trainer Kent Nielsen left him out of the side. Williams' frustration at not playing led to him making a public outburst in June 2009, claiming he would leave the club in three weeks if they didn't play him. Brøndby responded by sending him out on trial to South African club Bidvest Wits.

He joined the North Queensland Fury FC on a one year loan deal for the 2009-10 A-League season.

He was most noted for being selected in both of Australia's squads for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands and the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru; however, as the World Youth Championship (U-20) was held before the U-17 World Championship, Williams was ruled ineligible to play in Peru, leaving Australia with only 19 members in its U-17 World Championship squad.

He was selected for Australia's World Cup qualifier with China on 22 June 2008, and came on as a substitute for James Holland.

Career statistics

Youth career

1999 Westside
2000 Pine Hills
2002–2003 Mitchelton FC
2004–2005 QAS

Senior career

2006 Queensland Roar
2006– Brøndby IF
2009– → NQ Fury (loan)

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