Nicholas Alberto Carle, more commonly known as Nick Carle or Nicky Carle (born November 23, 1981 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player of Chilean origin. He currently plays for Crystal Palace and is a left footed attacking midfielder.
When the A-League was formed in 2005 Carle joined the Newcastle Jets. He starred for the Jets in the first two seasons of the A-League with his fancy footwork and exceptional close-control, and he became undoubtedly the favourite player of the Jets fans. Carle played as an attacking midfielder during his time at the Newcastle Jets and wore the number 10 jersey.
In February 2007 Carle won the prestigious Johnny Warren Medal for the players' player of the year for his performance throughout the A-League 2006-07 season, beating Melbourne Victory's Daniel Allsopp, Archie Thompson and Kevin Muscat. Carle also won the goal of the year award for his 70-metre run followed by a strike from 20 metres with the outside of his left boot, which proved to be the winning goal in the Round 10 clash against Adelaide United (Adelaide had only seconds earlier missed a penalty to win the match). He was also named 'A-League Player of the Year' on popular Australian football site pintculture.com, beating Melbourne Victory player Kevin Muscat by one vote.
At the end of the 2006-07 season Carle expressed his concern that the A-League season was not long enough. He felt that playing more games would improve his chances of selection for the national team and said that offers from Europe would be tempting. Despite being initially linked with Fenerbahçe in the media, Carle eventually signed with Socceroo Josip Skoko's former club Gençlerbirliği. The Turkcell Super League club paid a transfer fee of about $650,000 for Carle, with the Newcastle Jets also receiving a percentage of any further transfer fees should Carle be sold by the Turkish club. The Newcastle Jets received a total of $800,000 for Carle after his transfer to Bristol City.
In early January 2008 Carle transferred to Football League Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee after impressing against Nigeria in an international friendly. He signed a contract for three and a half years, helping the Robins to the play-offs where they were beaten in the final at Wembley Stadium. Carle made the move because he was unhappy at Gençlerbirliği, especially because he was not able to see his family enough. Carle's stay at Ashton Gate was short-lived however, moving to Crystal Palace for £1m less than six months later.
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He earned his first senior cap against Venezuela in 2004 coming on as a substitute in the 84th minute replacing David Zdrilic. However it was his only appearance for the senior national team for three years. Carle regularly missed selection under Frank Farina and did not feature at all under Guus Hiddink. Carle's form for the Jets in the 2006-07 A-League season saw calls for new coach Graham Arnold to bring him back into the national team. Carle ended three years in exile from the national squad by coming on as a substitute in a friendly against China in March 2007, and also made an appearance against Uruguay in June.
Carle made his first starting appearance for the Socceroos against Nigeria at Craven Cottage, London on 18 November 2007. He put in an exceptional performance along with fellow former A-League player David Carney who scored the winning goal. Carle unfortunately hasn't made any appearances in the World Cup Qualifers since Pim Verbeek has been in charge.
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