Player of the Day: Jurgen Macho


Austrian stopper in Tuesday's spotlight.

Austrian goalkeeper Jurgen Macho spent three years on Wearside between 2000 and 2003 making 27 appearances as able deputy to Thomas Sorensen.

Macho joined Sunderland from First Vienna in 1999 and made his debut in the opening game of the 1999-00 season as a substitute for the injured Sorensen in a home victory over Arsenal.

The Black Cats failed to win in the following four league games as the young goalkeeper became accustomed to life in the English top-flight and Sorensen’s return prevented Macho from making any further appearances during the campaign.

The following campaign Macho added four more league games to his Black Cats tally again providing able backup for Sorensen – Macho’s most notable performance was his clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at Villa Park in September 2001.

Macho’s featured most in his final campaign on Wearside before moving to Chelsea; the Austrian international played 16 times before his move to Stamford Bridge; a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at Anfield was a particular highlight whilst he also starred in a 2-1 victory over the Reds at the Stadium of Light in December 2002.

Macho didn’t make a first-team appearance with the Blues and left for Rapid Wien after just a year at Stamford Bridge.

That spell was followed by a three-year stay in Germany with Kaiserslauten before spells with AEK Athens, LASK Linz, Panionios and Admira Wacker Mödling where he is still playing currently at the age of 35.

He has been capped by his country on 26 occasions including three appearances at Euro 2008.