Photo Gallery: Remembering Frank Arok
View a special collection of memories involving Socceroos coaching great Frank Arok in the photo gallery above.
Arok passed away in Serbia on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 due to illness at the age of 88.
Born in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1932, he migrated to Australia in the late 1960s and impacted the lives of many throughout his adopted nation.
Arok managed Australia in 89 international matches between 1983 and 1990, with 48 of these fixtures being ‘A’ internationals.
He also enjoyed a prodigious career at club level, tasting success with St. George Budapest, Marconi, South Melbourne and the Gippsland Falcons.
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Over the past 24 hours, dozens of current and former players, coaches, administrators, fans and media involved with Australian football have expressed their memories of Arok, demonstrating just how significant his contribution to the game was. Tributes will undoubtedly continue to flow over the coming days and weeks.
Prominent Australian coaches including, but not limited to, Arnold, Postecoglou, Frank Farina, Gary van Egmond, Aurelio Vidmar, John Kosmina, Steve Corica, Ufuk Talay, Jean-Paul de Marigny, and John Hutchinson all played under Arok, undoubtedly influencing their careers in the game.
Arok is survived by his daughter Marijana Novakovic, and granddaughter Gordana, who was named after his late wife.
On behalf of the Australian football family, Football Australia extends its deepest sympathies to the immediate and extended Arok family, and those closest to Frank.