Caltex Socceroo Ryan Mcgowan signs with UAE club

Caltex Socceroos defender Ryan McGowan has signed with UAE club Sharjah FC.

Monday, 21 August 2017 

Josh Bennett @JoshBennett50
Caltex Socceroos defender Ryan McGowan has signed with UAE club Sharjah FC, the club ​ has​ confirmed.


The 28-year-old has joined the ​Arabian Gulf League​ club after spending two seasons in the Chinese Super League with Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng and Henan Jianye.

The versatile defender previously enjoyed a career in Scotland with Dundee United (2015-16), Heart of Midlothian (2008-13) and loan spells with Ayr United (2009-10) and Partick Thistle (2011).

McGowan also spent two years with Shandong Luneng (2013-14) in the Chinese Super League.


The 20-cap international has been named in the Caltex Socceroos’ 30-man squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

​McGowan famously supplied the perfect long pass for Tim Cahill to score his wonder goal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Holland in Brazil. ​


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Brotherly love key for Caltex Socceroo Ryan McGowan

Ryan McGowan was a late call-up for Australia's World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia.

Ryan McGowan was a late call-up for Australia’s World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia.

Caltex Socceroo defender Ryan McGowan pulled rank on his younger brother Dylan so he could get some much-needed rest on game day after he was a late call up to the national team.


Ryan was given the nod for Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier at breakfast on the day of the game, barely 36 hours after arriving in Adelaide following a nightmare 56-hour journey  from China.

Ryan McGowanWith defender Bailey Wright pulling up sore, Ryan was thrust into the starting XI on the right of a three-man defence after arriving late on Tuesday night.

And he was rooming with younger brother Dylan who had also been called up to the national team.



Ryan had a nightmare trip from China one which was documented on Instagram.


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The Chinese Super League defender spoke to Fox Sports after his first starting XI appearance since last October and revealed Dylan was key to him getting enough rest.


It took me 56 hours to get here. I left in a taxi from my game from the stadium and thought I’d be arriving in Adelaide on Monday morning.

It was a bit of a rush and tumble to get into the line up. He named the team yesterday and I wasn’t in it.

But Bailey pulled up with an injury and I got chucked in.

Caltex Socceroos defender Bailey Wright on the training ground in Jeddah.


It was a little fast and frantic but the second half we calmed down a lot better and played well.


It was great to be back here and it was great to start and play. Growing up in Adelaide I always wanted to play for the Socceroos and it was great for [brother] Dylan to be in the squad too.

The boss called me in after breakfast and said I’d be starting and I’m rooming with him [Dylan] and I told him immediately but told him to be quiet so I could sleep today.

He’s the younger brother so he has to do what he’s told!



It’s a little bit different. We had played a back four for a long time. But the boss likes to change it and get us playing and with the midfielders we have it’s probably better to have more of them than more defenders.

It’s probably going to take more time to make us fully gel. But again we scored three goals from open play so you can’t have it both ways sometimes!


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Caltex Socceroos to embrace cauldron in Saudi Arabia

Caltex Socceroos Ryan McGowan and Mark Milligan in Jeddah.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

John Greco @Grecs7
Defender Ryan McGowan has declared the Caltex Socceroos won’t be intimidated by the hostile 65,000 crowd and a fired-up opponent in Friday morning’s (AEDT) FIFA World Cup qualifier in Saudi Arabia.

A sell-out crowd of around 65,000 is expected at the King Abdullah Stadium in Jeddah for the clash between the top two sides in the group.

“If you look at where most of the boys play, we are playing in front of big crowds and intimidating crowds every single week,” McGowan told FFA TV.


“We enjoy that, we embrace it and it’s better for us to play in stadiums that are packed and hostile than playing in front of no one.

“We enjoy that situation and again hopefully it will be a big crowd on Thursday night and we can get a good result and then it will be an even bigger crowd back in Melbourne against Japan.”

McGowan is expected to start at right back against Saudi Arabia after Milos Degenek was ruled out of the squad last week through injury.



And the 27-year-old, who plays for Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League, has been a lucky charm for the Caltex Socceroos recently.

Of the four stars McGowan has made in the last 12 months, the side has yet to concede a goal with him on the pitch.

“I’m just enjoying it. The squad that the boss [Ange Postecoglou] has built is really good. It doesn’t matter who fills in, everyone knows their roles, everyone knows their position,” he said.

“Our main objective is to get to Russia so if that’s me playing four games in three years or playing every single game, it’s up to me when I get that chance to make sure I don’t put a foot wrong and keep a clean sheet as a defender and we progress from there.

“The fullback position is one that has been chopped and changed a little and as one of the players in those positions you want to be doing well and making sure it’s more difficult for him to take you out of the team than to put you in,” McGowan added.


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Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos against United Arab Emirates ?

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Mat Ryan;Ryan McGowan,Matthew Spiranovic,Trent Sainsbury,Alex Gersbach;Mark Milligan,Aaron Mooy,Tom Rogic;Robbie Kruse,Tomi Juric;Mat Leckie

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Caltex Socceroos’ potential starting XI for Iraq

Matthew Ryan; Brad Smith,Trent Sainsbury,Matthew Spiranovic,Ryan McGowan;Mile Jedinak,Aaron Mooy,Tom Rogic,Matthew Leckie;Tomi Juric,Robbie Kruse

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Who’ll start for Caltex Socceroos v Greece? #AUSvGRE @Socceroos

Matthew Ryan ;Alex Gersbach,Trent Sainsbury,Bailey Wright,Ryan McGowan;Mile Jedinak,Aaron Mooy,Tom Rogic;Matthew Leckie,Nathan Burns,Apostolos Giannou


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Aussies abroad: Ryan McGowan scores against Asian Champions League champions

Defender Ryan McGowan celebrates scoring in the Chinese Super League.

There were plenty of Aussie goal scorers across Asia over the weekend. Here’s the wrap of how our overseas contingent fared for their clubs.
Ryan McGowan scored his first goal for Henan Jianye against Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League.
The Caltex Socceroo defender showed all the intent of a striker to spring the off-side trap, before chesting the ball down and firing past the goalkeeper.
The finish gave his side an early advantage but unfortunately they couldn’t hang on against the reigning ACL champions, going down 2-1 on their travels.

Trent Sainsbury notched another shutout as part of Jiangsu Suning’s backline. The CSL league leaders eased to a 2-0 win against Shanghai Shenhua to retain top spot on the ladder.

Michael Thwaite’s Lianing Whowin had to settle for a point following a 2-2 draw against Tianjin Teda.

Meanwhile Apostolos Giannou had another unhappy night for Guangzhou R&F with his side beaten 1-0 by Shanghai SIPG.

Nathan Burns found the back of the net after just four minutes for FC Tokyo in the J-League however they suffered a 4-2 reverse at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale.

Elsewhere in Japan, Billy Celeski was in action for Ventforet Kofu as they came back to secure a 1-1 result away to Omiya Ardija.

Adrian Leijer’s Suwon FC were soundly beaten 3-0 by FC Seoul in the K-League.

Brett Holman scored the opener for Emirates Club in the UAE midway through the second half as they accounted for Dubba Al Fujairah 2-0 at home.

Tahj Minniecon broke the deadlock for Loyola Meralco Sparks as they went on to claim a 2-0 on the road to JP Voltes in the Philippines’ UFL Cup.


Jason Davidson was back in the starting XI for Huddersfield Town as they picked up a vital three points courtesy of a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the Championship.

James Meredith’s Bradford City conceded a late goal that saw the points shared with Shrewbury Town in League One. The 1-1 draw putting a dent in their promotion aspirations.


Mathew Leckie was deployed off the bench for Ingolstadt as they were beaten 2-0 on the road to Darmstadt in the Bundesliga.

James Holland played the duration of MSV Duisburg’s 2-1 win over 1860 Munich in Germany’s second tier.

Compatriot Milos Degenek experienced the high and lows of football, setting up the opener for the visitors before being sent-off with ten minute to play.

Tomi Juric was up front for Roda JC as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Eredivisie league leaders PSV.

Chris Ikonomidis was in midfield for Salernitana as they picked up a point in their relegation scrap with Pro Vercelli VS in Italy’s Serie B.

Antony Golec helped ensure FC Sheriff kept a cleansheet as they ran out 2-0 winners against Zimbru Chisinau to retain second spot in Moldova.

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Adelaide-born Ryan McGowan buzzing ahead of Tajikistan

Thursday night’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Tajikistan at the Adelaide Oval will be an extra special occasion for Caltex Socceroos defender Ryan McGowan.

The 26-year-old, who provided the assist for Tim Cahill’s incredible goal against Holland at the Brazil World Cup in 2014, is the only member of the current squad born in the City of Churches.

And he is desperate to make the most of his return home by helping the Socceroos to a valuable three points.

“It’s great to be back in Adelaide where I’ve grown up and first started playing football.

“Its amazing 10 years ago I left here with a dream of becoming a professional footballer and international footballer and now hopefully the next time I’m back and play is for the national team,” a clearly excited McGowan told reporters on Thursday.

“Adelaide’s a great footballing town. You only have to see with our population and crowds we get for Adelaide United and any time the Socceroos have come.

“If we can get 35,000-40,000 on Thursday night it will be unbelievable for this city and the boys will really appreciate that type of support and hopefully we can put in a good show and good performance for them.”

McGowan, the brother of Adelaide United’s Dylan, says he’s already started “wheeling and dealing” with team-mates for extra tickets to give to his friends and family.

Key points

  • McGowan believes the pristine Adelaide Oval surface will help the Socceroos passing game on Thursday night
  • The defender expects Tajikistan to employ a defensive game plan and try and hit the Socceroos on the counter-attack.
  • He admits he has thought about the possibility of playing alongside brother Dylan in the Hyundai A-League one day.

And the Henan Jianye defender is hopeful he’ll get a shot from the start against the Tajiks, especially now there’s an opening in the back four after Matthew Spiranovic withdrew with a calf injury.

“Anytime someone drops out of the squad or isn’t available that’s classed as a starter it does open a few windows for other players,” he said.

“All I can do is train the next couple of days and hopefully force my way into the starting 11, and if not, make sure I’m ready if I’m coming off the bench or for whatever role I need to play.”

McGowan is certainly battled hardened, having played regularly with Dundee United until January before moving to the Chinese Super League club.

He admits the dramatic influx of money and world-class players to China over the last few months has been beneficial for his game and made him more complete defender.

For now though he is focused on completing the job with the Socceroos, with wins against Tajikistan and Jordan to ensure they top the group heading into the final round of qualifying.

About half the squad has so far assembled in Adelaide and they will undertake a light training session at Adelaide Oval on Monday afternoon.

The entire squad will then hit the track together on Tuesday, with the gates to be thrown open to fans to watch Ange Postecoglou put them through their paces.

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Ryan McGowan completes China return

Ryan McGowan in action for Dundee United.

Socceroos defender Ryan McGowan has confirmed he’s headed back to China after signing for Henan Jianya for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old departs Scottish outfit Dundee United, whom he joined at the start of 2015, having previously played for Shandong in the Chinese Super League.

The move has been mooted for some time, with McGowan’s last appearance in the SPL coming over a month ago, however the paperwork has only been finalised ahead of China’s transfer window closing.

Despite Dundee struggling this season, with the club 11 points adrift of their nearest rival at the foot of the ladder, McGowan said he’d enjoyed his stay.

“I have really enjoyed my twelve months at United and I would like to thank everyone at the Club, from the fans, coaches, fellow players to everyone behind the scenes who made it a great experience,” said McGowan

“I was proud to have captained the team on a couple of occasions this season and leave with many positive memories.

“I am excited to be heading back to Chinese football and it is a great move for me to a fantastic club in Henna Jianye.

“Once United had accepted the bid I was very interested in the move.

“Now that all the paper work is completed, I look forward to the next stage of my football career.”

McGowan’s move sees him join fellow Socceroos defenders Matthew Spiranovic and Trent Sainsbury in China’s burgeoning league, which is set to commence its season at the start of next month.


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Ryan McGowan leaves Dundee United for China return

Ryan McGowan has left Dundee United after a year at the club. Picture: SNS

Ryan McGowan has left Dundee United after a year at the club. Picture: SNS


Ryan McGowan has left Dundee United to return to China after agreeing a deal with Henan Jianye.

The former Hearts defender previously played in the country with Shandong Taishan, who he joined after leaving Tynecastle.

He was encouraged to return to Scotland in last year’s January transfer window by then Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara.

However, things didn’t work out too well at Tannadice as United slipped down the table, sacked McNamara, and currently find themselves 14 points adrift at the bottom.

McGowan’s contract was due to expire this summer, though it is believed United have managed to secure a fee for the player’s early release. The transfer is rumoured to be in the region of £350,000.

The 26-year-old made 42 appearances during his time in Dundee. He previously played 71 times for Hearts after coming through the club’s youth academy and scored in the 2012 Scottish Cup Final win over rivals Hibs.

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