So, who is Jake Brimmer? And why are we likely to see this headline again?
The teenage Liverpool midfielder is now the name is on everyone’s lips following his starring performance for the Aussie youngsters in their 4-2 win over Japan on Wednesday at the AFC Under-16 Championships in Thailand.
In an exciting sign for the future of the national, Brimmer showed he has genuine set-piece quality by curling in two sensational free-kicks for Tony Vidmar’s side.
While for many it’s the first glimpse of his undoubted quality, the 16-year-old has always been earmarked for big things which is why EPL giants Liverpool signed him earlier this year after they saw him during their visit to Melbourne in 2013.
Brimmer, who has a Maltese background, is from the Melbourne City of Lilyfield.
The talented teenager spent a few years working at the Rowville Sports Academy while also cutting his teeth playing for his home club Nunawading City (a club that's produced a fair few players who've gone on).
But it was while playing for the Victorian NTC (National Training Centre) squad at Moreland last July that Brimmer’s life would change forever.
Spotted by Liverpool scout Barry Hunter, Brimmer was offered a trial with the Reds and after impressing their youth coaches was signed to a three-year deal in April.
It was a dream-come-true for the youngster, who is a die-hard Liverpool fan.
Brimmer is doing well in the youth set-up at Liverpool and his main goal is to one-day break into Brendan Rodgers’ first-team.
And if he keeps knocking in free-kicks like he did this week, it’s only a matter of time.
Refreshed Ryan ready for big year with club and country
Mat Ryan says an off-season trip home to Australia with family and friends has him primed for a big year ahead for Brighton and the Caltex Socceroos. The 27-year-old shot-stopper has rarely had an off-season break in recent years as he mixes Premier League football with his co
‘That sums up their passion’: Caltex Socceroos skipper witnesses awesome Matildas moment
Socceroos captain Mark Milligan and coach Graham Arnold were among the ecstatic Australian support watching the Matildas’ stunning comeback victory over Brazil on Friday morning (AEST). The Matildas recorded one of the most remarkable results in FIFA Women’s World Cup history
Caltex Socceroos to participate in Copa America 2020
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today confirmed it had accepted an invitation from the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) for the Caltex Socceroos to participate in the Copa America next year. FFA Chairman Chris Nikou said this was a huge opportunity for Aust