Date of birth
Federici started his footballing career as part of the Australian Institute for Sport, playing for a club called Huskisson located South-East of his hometown Nowra, before moving to England at the age of 17.
Following trials at Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday, he signed for Wolves on a non-contract basis until the end of their 2002/03 promotional season.
It was in 2005 when he signed for Reading, a club where he would make a name for himself, so determined to do so that he slept on Ibrahima Sonko’s sofa for a short period of time.
In the early stages he was loaned out to Maidenhead, Bristol City and Carshalton Athletic to gain experience for the unforgiving nature of the Championship.
He played for Reading in a 2007 FA Cup fifth round match away to Manchester United where he put in a Player of the Round performance to earn the Royals a replay back at the Madejski. Shortly after he signed a new contract to further commit himself to the club, he made his league debut for the Royals on 1st April 2007 in a 1-0 defeat to Spurs at White Hart Lane – marking the next stage in his remarkable journey.
Once Hahnemann left the club in 2010, Federici was rightly handed the number one jersey and embarked on a run of solid performances that would create a name for himself amongst the Reading fans.
Strangely, his name had been vocalized around the Madejski before this, on Boxing Day in 2008, he managed to score a goal! His last gasp equaliser against Cardiff City sent home fans wild and meant they could happily indulge in a festive period that saw the Royals soaring high at the summit of the Championship table.
Federici was instrumental in the clubs Championship-winning 2011/12 season, playing 26 times in all competitions during the clubs ensuing season in the top flight. The emergence of Academy graduate Alex McCarthy towards the end of that top flight campaign meant that Federici’s spot between the sticks came under fire. But when QPR came knocking for McCarthy’s signature in the summer, Feds was duly handed back the number one spot and continued to produce out of this world performances that were to become somewhat of the norm for the Reading fans.
Having racked up over 240 appearances for the Royals in a ten year period, the Australian said his farewells and parted with the club last May to embark on another Premier League adventure, this time with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.