Ibini playing for Central Coast Mariners Youth in 2010
|Full name||Bernie Alpha Ibini-Isei|
|Date of birth||12 October 1992|
|Place of birth||Port Harcourt, Nigeria|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
(on loan from Club Brugge)
|2009–2011||Central Coast Mariners|
|2010–2013||Central Coast Mariners||61||(15)|
|2010–2011||→ Blacktown City (loan)||12||(1)|
|2013–2014||→ Central Coast Mariners (loan)||16||(6)|
|2014–2015||→ Sydney FC (loan)||28||(7)|
|2016–||→ Sydney FC (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2016.
Bernie Ibini-Isei immigrated to Australia from Nigeria when he was a child, and grew up in Sydney's Canterbury-Bankstown region. His passion for football was obvious from a very young age, and at the age of 6 years old he was registered to play for his local club Earlwood Wanderers.
Ibini started playing football for New South Wales Premier League club Blacktown City at youth level. He was immediately recognized as a player with immense potential and was selected to join Westfields Sports High School.
Central Coast Mariners
In 2009 he was signed by the Central Coast Mariners to join their youth team in the A League competition. In 2009 he received the Golden Boot Award in the National Youth League and was quickly promoted to the senior team, where he made his debut on 12 February 2010, in their round 27 clash against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Ibini-Isei made his starting debut for the Mariners against the Gold Coast and scored in a 3–1 win. After just his third start for the Central Coast Mariners Ibini-Isei scored the second goal for the Central Coast Mariners against Perth Glory. His speed and skill quickly gained the attention of the Australian under 20 National Team coach to play a key role in the U20 World Cup.
His consistent development and performances earned Bernie a two-year contract extension with the club, and on 1 February 2012 it was announced that he had signed a two-year contract extension with Central Coast Mariners.
Shanghai East Asia
On 4 June 2013, after his superb performances in the 2012/2013 Asian Champions League round of 16 clash against Guangzhou Evergrande, Central Coast Mariners received a record bid for Ibini from Shanghai East Asia FC who were keen to add to their squad list for the Chinese Super League. Three days later his move to newly promoted Chinese Super League side Shanghai East Asia, was complete with Ibini signing a three-year contract. This move made Ibini one of the most expensive under 21 players 21 in Asia. Bernie made an immediate impact in the Chinese Super League with his speed and skill playing as a wide striker. However, in November 2013, due to the unexpected tragic death of his father Ibini gained permission to return to the Australian A League, and previous club Central Coast Mariners on loan on compassionate grounds. The loan move took effect on 8 January 2014 and was until 31 May 2014 after which he was then to return to Shanghai.
Loan to Sydney FC
In May 2014 Ibini signed for Sydney FC on loan, making his debut in round 1 of the A League season against Melbourne City. Ibini scored his first goal in the Sydney Derby in a 1–1 draw. In the last 3 rounds of the A league season Ibini scored 3 goals a contender for goal of the season against Perth Glory, a lovely lob over the goalkeeper against Newcastle United and an amazing solo goal against Wellington Phoenix. Although Sydney wanted to keep Ibini, he was recalled by Shanghai on 3 June 2015 Ibini played in every single A-League fixture for Sydney during the 2014–15 season.
Following his release from Sydney, due to his contract ending on 1 May, Ibini missed out on playing against 2014-15 Premier League champions Chelsea in a friendly at ANZ Stadium. It was shortly announced thereafter that Ibini had gained permission from Shanghai East Asia to travel to Belgium for a medical with Club Brugge with Shanghai unlikely to retain him due to their foreign player quota already filled. He signed a 3-year deal with the club on 5 June 2015. It was announced that Ibini would wear the number 11 shirt.
Second loan to Sydney FC
After being ruled out for the 2015–16 Belgian Pro League season due to a broken leg he suffered in his first training session with Club Brugge, it was announced on 21 July 2016 that Ibini would return to Sydney FC on a loan deal once again. He made his return from injury in an FFA Cup semi-final against Canberra Olympic on 19 October 2016, coming on as a second-half substitute and scoring a late goal in a 3–0 win.
- As of 19 November 2016
|Central Coast Mariners||2009–10||A-League||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Blacktown City (loan)||2010||NSW Premier League||12||1||2||0||0||0||14||1|
|Shanghai Dongya||2013||Chinese Super League||10||0||1||0||0||0||11||0|
|Central Coast Mariners (loan)||2013–14||A-League||16||6||0||0||5||0||21||6|
|Sydney FC (loan)||2014–15||28||7||2||0||0||0||30||7|
|Club Brugge||2015–16||Belgian Pro League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sydney FC (loan)||2016–17||A-League||1||0||1||1||0||0||2||1|
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- Bernie Ibini signs on for two more years
- 东亚官方宣布2次转会第1签 3年合同锁澳大利亚锋将(Chinese)
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