Football Federation Australia today acknowledged the heroes of yesterday by naming its Teams of the Decade at a Hall of Fame function in Melbourne.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today acknowledged the heroes of yesterday by naming its Teams of the Decade in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of FIFA Membership at a Hall of Fame function in Melbourne.
From Johnny Warren through to Mark Schwarzer, Julie Dolan to Sarah Walsh, Australia-s greatest footballers and coaches covering 19 FIFA World Cup campaigns, 8 FIFA World Cup Finals appearances, 8 Olympic Games and countless milestone moments were acknowledged in eight Team-s of the Decade:
• Men-s 1963-1970 • Men-s 1971-1980 • Men-s 1981-1989 • Men-s 1990-1999 • Men-s 2000-2013 • Women-s 1979-1989 • Women-s 1990-1999 • Women-s 2000-2013
“Football-s influence on Australian Society is undergoing significant growth in social, economic and political terms but today we embrace and celebrate our proud history and honour the pioneers who went before us,” said Football Federation Australia Chief Executive Officer David Gallop.
“We are proud of our multicultural foundations and the footballers selected in the Team-s of the Decade represent these foundations of not only football but Australian Society. Forget about a dividing line between “old” and “new” - it-s all one football history and one football story.
“Put simply, football is the face of Australia in all its diversity. No other sport can match football-s universal appeal and accessibility and as the Asian Century unfolds, this undeniable truth will only become more entrenched.”
“We must continue to drive football into the future but at all times remember our past and today we salute the men and women who have been selected in the Team-s of the Decade.”
Team of the decade | Mens 1963 - 1970 FIFA World Cup campaigns in 1965 & 1969 Formation *3-4-3 Coach Joe Vlasits 1 Ron Corry (GK) 2 George Keith (D) 3 Alan Marnock (D) 4 Stan Ackerley (D) 5 Pat Hughes (MF) 6 Bill Votjek (MF) 7 John Watkiss (MF) 8 Les Scheinflug (MF) 9 Tom McColl (F) 10 John Warren (F) CAPTAIN 11 Alan Westwater (F)
Team of the decade | Mens 1971 - 1980 FIFA World Cup campaigns in 1973 & 1977; FIFA World Cup Finals 1974 Formation *4-4-2 Coach Rale Rasic 1 Jack Reilly (GK) 2 Doug Utjesenovic (D) 3 Manfred Schaefer (D) 4 Peter Wilson (D) CAPTAIN 5 Col Curran (D) 6 Jimmy Mackay (MF) 7 Jimmy Rooney (MF) 8 Ray Richards (MF) 9 Ray Baartz (MF) 10 Adrian Alston (F) 11 Atti Abonyi (F)
Team of the decade | Mens 1981 - 1989 FIFA World Cup campaigns in 1981, 1985 and 1989; Bicentennial Gold Cup 1988; Olympic Games 1988 Formation *4-4-2 Coach Frank Arok 1 Terry Greedy (GK) 2 Alan Davidson (D) 3 Tony Henderson (D) 4 Charlie Yankos (D) 5 Graham Jennings (D) 6 Joe Watson (MF) 7 Murray Barnes (MF) 8 Oscar Crino (MF) 9 Zarko Odzakov (MF) 10 John Kosmina (F) CAPTAIN 11 Eddie Krncevic (F)
Team of the decade | Mens 1990 - 1999 FIFA World Cup campaigns in 1993 & 1997; Confederations Cup 1997; Olympic Games 1992 & 1996 Formation *4-3-3 Coach Eddie Thompson 1 Mark Bosnich (GK) 2 Mehmet Durakovic (D) 3 Milan Ivanovic (D) 4 Alex Tobin (D) CAPTAIN 5 Stan Lazaridis (D) 6 Robbie Slater (MF) 7 Paul Okon (MF) 8 Ned Zelic (MF) 9 Aurelio Vidmar (F) 10 Mark Viduka (F) 11 Frank Farina (F)
Team of the decade | Mens 2000 - 2013 FIFA World Cup campaigns in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013; FIFA World Cup Finals 2006 & 2010; Confederations Cup 2001 and 2005; Olympic Games 2000, 2004 & 2008. Formation *4-3-3 Coach Guus Hiddink 1 Mark Schwarzer (GK) 2 Tony Vidmar (D) 3 Lucas Neill (D) CAPTAIN 4 Craig Moore (D) 5 Scott Chipperfield (D) 6 Luke Wilkshire (MF) 7 Marco Bresciano (MF) 8 Brett Emerton (MF) 9 Tim Cahill (F) 10 John Aloisi (F) 11 Harry Kewell (F)
Team of the decade | Womens 1979 - 1989 First ever A international, OFC Oceania Cup 1983, 1986 & 1989 Formation *4-3-3 Coach Fred Robbins 1 Theresa Deas (GK) 2 Rose Van Bruinessen (D) 3 Andrea Martin (D) 4 Joanne Millman (D) 5 Michelle Sawyers (D) 6 Sue Monteath (M) 7 Julie Dolan (M) CAPTAIN 8 Cindy Heydon (M) 9 Sandra Brentnall (F) 10 Renaye Iserief (F) 11 Leanne Priestley (F)
Team of the decade | Womens 1990 - 1999 FIFA World Cup campaigns 1991, 1995 & 1999, FIFA World Cup finals 1995 & 1999 Formation *4-3-3 Coach Greg Brown 1 Tracey Wheeler (GK) 2 Traci Bartlett (D) 3 Alison Forman (D) CAPTAIN 4 Sonia Gegenhuber (D) 5 Anissa Tann (D) 6 Moya Dodd (M) 7 Sharon Black (F) 8 Lisa Casagrande (MF) 9 Linda Hughes (F) 10 Julie Murray (F) 11 Carol Vinson (M)
Team of the decade | Womens 2000 - 2013 FIFA World Cup campaigns 2003, 2007 & 2011, FIFA World Cup finals 2003, 2007 & 2011, AFC Asian Cup 2007 and 2011, Olympic Games 2000 & 2004 Formation *4-4-2 Coach Tom Sermanni 1 Melissa Barbieri (GK) 2 Collette McCallum (D) 3 Clare Polkinghorn (D) 4 Cheryl Salisbury (D) CAPTAIN 5 Dianne Alagich (D) 6 Sally Shipard (M) 7 Heather Garriock (M) 8 Joanne Peters (M) 9 Sarah Walsh (F) 10 Kate Gill (F) 11 Lisa De Vanna (F)
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