Posts Tagged "Mark Viduka"

Imagine that you’re 14 or 15 years of age and you’re a talented young footballer for a club in Australia.

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If picking the best player ever is a recipe for countless pub debates, Australian football has gone several steps further by asking fans to also nominate the sport’s best team and best coach.

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The Victorian Premier League (VPL) kicks off today with defending champions Green Gully Cavaliers travelling to Kingston Heath Soccer Complex to take on a youthful Bentleigh Greens outfit.

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Asian football has come a long way in the last decade. It began promisingly enough with the World Cup being staged in Asia for the first time in 2002 in South Korea and Japan.

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The National Soccer League kicked off in 1977, thirty-four years ago this month. As we saw, the NSL was a brave and innovative step in Australian football, creating the first ever truly national football competition.

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Is this a world first? This week it was announced Mark Viduka had won the Alex Tobin medal, awarded by PFA and based on the attributes of Tobin – leadership, achievement, commitment to one’s fellow professionals, and service and dedication to the game.

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As expected this season’s standout side, Brisbane Roar, dominated the PFA’s Alex Tobin Medal awards night in Melbourne yesterday. With seven players in the starting eleven plus a substitute and coach all coming from the A-League Premiers, Ange Postecoglou’s Roar revolution can add another notch to its belt.

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Mark Viduka has been officially made a legend of Australian soccer – and is officially retired. The former Socceroos striker, who has not played since mid-2009, was bestowed with one of the highest honours in Australian football on Monday night – the Alex Tobin Medal from his peers.

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Former Socceroos legend Mark Viduka will become the fourth beneficiary of the highly regarded Alex Tobin medal. The ceremony will take place in February at a gala function celebrating the enormous contribution he has made to the Melbourne football fraternity, the Australian sporting landscape, and his effect on the global stage.

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For so long, the Socceroos were a two-man show in the eyes of the Australian media and a large segment of the general population. In those days, in the late 90s and early 2000s, the Socceroos were Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka.

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Australians in the English Premier League are becoming an endangered species, their presence in arguably the world’s top domestic league shrinking steadily in recent seasons.

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The new Socceroos are essentially the old Socceroos – the same team that captured the world’s imagination by fighting to the brink of a quarter-final spot at Germany in 2006.

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Socceroos legend, Mark Viduka, hasn’t played football for a year, but apparently he hasn’t retired. With all due respect, Dukes, it’s time you tell us something.

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What a week it was for the A-League’s newest franchise, the Melbourne Heart, with the signing of former Sydney FC pair John Aloisi and Simon Colosimo, revealing their strip and announcing their training and administrative base.

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Melbourne Victory may be tempted into making a play for Socceroos striker Mark Viduka after their worst fears were confirmed with Archie Thompson’s A-League grand final knee injury.

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Socceroos great Mark Viduka is considering playing in the A-League, saying he is “in two minds” about whether to return to the game.

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Fox Sports are claiming a world exclusive with Mark Viduka appearing on Fox Sports’ Hyundai Matchday Saturday. Despite the Matchday Saturday tag, this week the show airs on Friday night as a live Grand Final Preview Special.

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Last Friday, the Melbourne Knights announced Mark Viduka would be the team’s number one ticket holder for the new Victorian Premier League season.

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One my favourite moments at the last World Cup in Germany was reading about the meeting between Santo Cilauro and Socceroos captain Mark Viduka after Australia’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Croatia.

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After five years the A-League Marquee can be assessed. And with a couple of significant exceptions, in my view, the idea has failed.

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