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Who do you choose in your Socceroos team of the century?




After naming Mark Bresciano the cult hero of the century – although I don’t know how official these titles really are – we now have the chance to vote for our Socceroos team of the century.

Bresciano being voted cult hero over “Captain Socceroo” himself, Johnny Warren, is the most obvious example of recency bias you will ever encounter.

But let’s not forget that these polls, initiated by Football Australia to celebrate 100 years of the Socceroos, are nothing more than a fun time.

And you better believe that here the roar we’re going to be in on all the action!

Skipping the preamble – here is my Socceroos Team of the Century in a 4-4-2 formation.

Mark Schwarzer

I’ll start with a caveat: I’ve only selected players I’ve actually seen play. And while Mark Boschich was probably the first Socceroo I idolized, it’s impossible to look past our cap record holder – and the man who helped us get to the World Cup. 2006 – as a starting goaltender.

Tony Vidmar

Another tough decision at right-back, I just loved how young Vidmar overcame adversity to become such a vital player for the national team in his later years. His icy penalty in the shootout against Uruguay is one of the great moments in Socceroos history.

Ned Zelic

No player has made me fall in love with football more than Ned Zelic. Yes, he only played around 30 full international matches for Australia. Yeah, he had that ridiculous falling out with Frank Farina. But the sublimely talented Zelic is the player who really cemented my love for the Socceroos.

Craig Moore

As a centre-back growing up, I wanted to play like Ned Zelic. The truth is, I probably played more like Craig Moore. It was hard to separate Moore and the equally fierce Tony Popovic, but the man who coolly scored that penalty in Stuttgart just shaded it for me.

(Ben Radford/Getty Images)

Scott Chipperfield

Is there a more deserving entry than Scott Chipperfield? You don’t spend nearly 13 years in the national team unless you’re committed to the cause, and the former part-time bus driver would honestly have driven the Socceroos team bus if asked.

Brett Emerton

A player whose career I have followed from day one, the tireless Emerton has won 95 caps for the Socceroos and is our fourth most capped player of all time. He also scored 20 goals and could usually be counted on to get into the big games.

Paul Okon

Is he a very similar player to Ned Zelic? Yes. Have we seen the best of Okon in a Socceroos shirt? Absolutely not. But the Western Sydney man was a true world-class talent and if injuries hadn’t marred his career he might well have been one of the greatest Australian players of all time.

Marc Bresciano

He will always be remembered for leveling the tie against Uruguay at Homebush, but in his day Bresciano was one of the most cultured midfielders to ever don a Socceroos shirt. He just nudged Aurelio Vidmar in my not particularly balanced starting XI.

Harry Kewell

It’s hard to separate Kewell, the national team player, from the one who regularly terrorized the English Premier League with a Leeds United shirt, but there’s no denying he’s one of the most gifted players to ever donned a Socceroos jersey. Surely a staple in any team of the century?

Tim Cahill

A record 50 goals in 108 games for Australia only tells half the story of a player who didn’t even make his debut for the Socceroos until the age of 24. It wasn’t until he came off the bench to score those two goals. against Japan in Kaiserslautern that he began to cement himself as a big game player, but no one came on for the Socceroos more often than Cahill.

Marc Viduka

Here’s the funny thing about the Dukes great – he only scored 11 goals for the Socceroos, and few of them were particularly important. But there is no doubt that he was a world-class talent and there may be few players who have brought such a thrill of excitement to a national team shirt.

Manager – Ange Postecoglou

Subs: Mark Boschich, Milan Ivanovic, Alex Tobin, Vinnie Grella, John Aloisi.

Alright, now it’s your turn! Don’t forget to choose your team of the century on the Socceroos site and let us know who you picked – and why – in the comments.




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