Socceroo legend Mark Bresciano today announced his retirement from international football, bringing the curtain down on an international career that places him in the upper echelon of Australia’s greatest-ever football players.
Bresciano made 84 appearances in ‘A’ internationals for the Socceroos, scored 13 goals and played in three World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014), two Asian Cups (2007 and 2015) two FIFA Confederation Cups (2001 and 2005) and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
The 35-year-old made his debut for the Socceroos in the historic 1-0 victory over reigning World Cup Champions France at the 2001 Confederations Cup in Daegu and finished his career by playing a significant role in Australia’s glorious 2015 Asian Cup campaign.
He will forever be remembered as Australia’s goalscorer in the 1-0 victory over Uruguay at Stadium Australia in 2005, which catapulted Australia to its second World Cup in 2006 following extra time and a penalty shoot out.
Bresciano’s career started in Melbourne when he played for Bulleen Veneto before a year at the AIS and two seasons with Carlton in the National Soccer League prepared him for a 12-year stint in Italy. He will continue to play club football, where he is still at the top of his game in Qatar.
Bresciano made the decision to retire from international football over the weekend after a period of reflection following Australia’s 2015 AFC Asian Cup triumph, calling Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou to deliver the news.
“It is with an element of sadness but a lot of pride that I have decided to retire from the Socceroos,” Bresciano said. “Playing for my country in the sport I love has been an amazing experience and something I have cherished but never taken for granted.
“I have been fortunate enough to wear the Socceroo shirt at every major football tournament, meet some tremendous people, shared the highs and lows with some great players, and capped it all off by helping us win the 2015 Asian Cup.
“It has been an unforgettable journey with a lot of positive memories but I feel it is time to let this fantastic group of young players continue to take the Socceroos forward.”
Born: 11 February 1980 in Melbourne
Junior Club: Bulleen Veneto
National Team Career statistics
1996 Australian Schoolboy International
1997 FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign qualifiers
1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup (Nigeria)
2000 Olympic Games (Sydney)
Socceroo career - 84 appearances (13 goals) [2001–2015]
2001 FRANCE, KOREA REPUBLIC, JAPAN, BRAZIL, NZ, FRANCE
2003 ENGLAND, IRELAND, JAMAICA (1 gl)
2004 VENEZUELA, SOUTH AFRICA (1 gl), TURKEY (1 gl), TURKEY, NEW ZEALAND (1 gl), NORWAY
2005 SOUTH AFRICA, IRAQ (1 gl), SOLOMONS, SOLOMONS, JAMAICA (1 gl), URUGUAY, URUGUAY (1 gl)
2006 GREECE, NETHERLANDS, JAPAN, BRAZIL, CROATIA, ITALY, PARAGUAY, BAHRAIN (1 gl), GHANA
2007 CHINA (1 gl), SINGAPORE, OMAN, IRAQ, THAILAND, JAPAN, ARGENTINA
2008 QATAR (1 gl), CHINA, IRAQ, QATAR, SOUTH AFRICA, NETHERLANDS, UZBEKISTAN, BAHRAIN (1 gl)
2009 JAPAN, UZBEKISTAN, QATAR, IRELAND, KOREA REPUBLIC, OMAN
2010 NEW ZEALAND, DENMARK, UNITED STATES, GHANA, SERBIA
2012 SAUDI ARABIA, DENMARK, OMAN, JAPAN, SCOTLAND (1 gl), LEBANON, JORDAN
2013 ROMANIA, OMAN, JAPAN, JORDAN (1 gl), IRAQ, BRAZIL, FRANCE, CANADA, COSTA RICA
2014 CROATIA, CHILE, NETHERLANDS, SPAIN, BELGIUM, SAUDI ARABIA, QATAR, JAPAN
2015 KUWAIT, OMAN, CHINA