Saturday, December 16, 2017

Ivory Coast All-Time Team

2015 African Nations' Cup
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GhanaCameroonNigeriaSouth Africa,
AlgeriaMoroccoEgyptNorth AfricaThe Rest of Africa.

Until 2005, their greatest accomplishment was winning the 1992 African Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal. Their second success came in the 2015 edition, again beating Ghana on penalties at the Estadio de Bata in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. The team has qualified for three consecutive World Cups; however, it has never advanced beyond the group.

Team
GK: Alain Gouaméné  
He played for ASEC Mimosas, Raja Casablanca, FC Toulouse, SCO Angers and FC Lorient. He ws the star at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, where Ivory Coast won. He holds the record of games (24) and participations (7) in the African Nations Cup as goalkeeper of the Les Eléphants. 

GK : Jean Keita 
Jean Keita played for ASEC Mimosas of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s.  He was the club's greatest ever keeper.  

GK: Boubacar Barry
was the best goalkeeper at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations when the Ivorian’s won the African Cup of Nations. He represented Cote d’Ivoire in seven African Cup of Nations. - See more at: http://www.rascojet.com/blog/2011/12/10-african-goalkeepers-time/#sthash.hjZtBrlL.dpuf
was the best goalkeeper at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations when the Ivorian’s won the African Cup of Nations. He represented Cote d’Ivoire in seven African Cup of Nations. - See more at: http://www.rascojet.com/blog/2011/12/10-african-goalkeepers-time/#sthash.hjZtBrlL.dpuf
Barry played with K.S.K. Beveren, but made his name with Lokeren.  He played for them from July 2007 until June 2017.  when he announced his retirement. Capped over 80 times.  He was a bench player for most of the 2015 Africans' Nations Cup, but started in the Final against Ghana.

RB: Emmanuel Eboue 
Eboue played for  KSK Beveren, Arsenal, Sunderland and Galatasaray. He is best known for his stint with Arsenal between 2005 and 2011. He  was capped 79 times.  He was a fixture with the team.  He played for Les Eléphants in both WC Finals in 2006 and 2010.  
Emmanuel Eboue 

RB: Serge Aurier
Aurier moved to France as a child and played for Lens, Toulouse and Paris Saint-Germain, winning 11 major trophies with the latter. He totalled 169 appearances in Ligue 1 and was twice named in the competition's Team of the Year. In 2017, he joined Tottenham for a fee of around £23 million. He made his international debut for the Ivory Coast in 2013 and has earned over 40 caps. He represented the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, winning the 2015 edition.

CB: Henry Konan  
He played club football for Stade d'Abidjan during the 1960s and helped the club win the 1966 African Cup of Champions Clubs. He was known as one of pioneers for Ivory Coast in football and widely considered among the greatest ever defender for the country.  He played for Côte d'Ivoire at the 1965 and 1968 African Cup of Nations finals, where he would score a goal in the semi-final

CB: Kolo Toure  
He is Yaya Toure's brother.  He was a member of Arsenal's undefeated team in 2003-2004.  He later joined Manchester City andLiverpool. Touré is the second-most capped player for the Ivory Coast, with 118 appearances from 2000 to 2015. He represented the team at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals. Touré also represented the Ivory Coast at seven Africa Cup of Nations tournaments between 2002 and 2015, helping them finish runner-up in 2006 and 2012, while winning in 2015.

CB: Cyril Domoraud
In 1996, he joined Girondins de Bordeaux of Ligue 1. In the next season he signed for Olympique de Marseille where he played at 1999 UEFA Cup Final. In 1999, he moved to Italy, but failed to impress at both Inter Milan and AC Milan. He also played with Espanyol in Spain. He played for Ivory Coast at the 2006 WC Finals.

CB: Abdoulaye Méïté
Capped 46 times.  He went to the WC Finals in 2006. He played across Europe for various clubs.  His longest career was with Olympique de Marseille.  He also played in England for Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion.  

Lb/LW: Arthur Boka 
Nicknamed "Africa's Roberto Carlos".  He was a part of the Côte d'Ivoire squads at two FIFA World Cups and five Africa Cups of Nations between 2006 and 2013.   He played for K.S.K. Beveren, RC Strasbourg, VfB Stuttgart, Malaga and FC Sion.

LB: Siaka Tiéné
Tiéné started his career at homeland club ASEC Abidjan before joining Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa. In 2005, he made the move to France.  He played for Saint-Étienne and Stade de Reims, but better known for his career with Valenciennes FC, PSG and Montpellier HSC.  Earned over 95 caps for the Ivory Coast, representing the team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and at seven Africa Cup of Nations in 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015, helping them finish runner-up in 2006 and 2012, while captaining them to victory in 2015.

DM: Cheick Tioté
He made his professional debut in 2005 with Belgium's Anderlecht. In 2008, after a loan at Roda JC, he joined FC Twente, winning the Eredivisie in his second season. After that, he signed for Newcastle United in England. Tioté totalled 156 games for Newcastle over six-and-a-half seasons, scoring one goal. In February 2017, he joined Beijing Enterprises of the China League One, where he died in June in a training session, at the age of 30. Capped 55 times.  He won the African Nations' Cup in 2015.
Cheick Tioté
DM: Didier Zokora
Zokora started his European career with Genk and Saint-Étienne. oined Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006 following his performances for the Ivory Coast at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He also played for Sevilla and Trabzonspor.  Zokora has played 118 international matches for the Ivory Coast and is their most capped player of all time.  He went to the WC Finals in 2006 and 2010. He also went to Brazil in 2014 despite he has just retired from football.

CM: Serge Maguy
Maguy started his career at ASEI, but also played for Africa Sports, one of the most important clubs in his native country. In 1993, he joined Atlético de Madrid, but he only had eight matches before returning to his country. He played with the ASEC Mimosas and the Satellite, being one of the most important players in the local league. In 1999, he returned to Europe with the Swiss club Chenois and Paris FC. He had 58 caps, helping Ivory Coast to win 1992 African Nations' Cup in 1992.


CM: Yaya Toure 
He is probably one of the best African player of his generation.  He went to three World Cup Finals.  Touré had stints with Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, and AS Monaco before moving to Barcelona in 2007. In 2010 Touré moved to Premier League club Manchester City where he helped City earn their first league title in 44 years. He is among the greatest Manchester City players.

Yaya Toure

LW/FW: Salomon Kalou
At the time of writing, he plays for Hertha Berlin. He previously played for Feyenoord and Chelsea.  While at Chelsea he won numerous honours, including the Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, four FA Cups and the League Cup. He moved to Lille on a free transfer in July 2012 upon the expiry of his contract at Chelsea, where he spent two seasons before moving to Hertha for an undisclosed fee. A full international for the Ivory Coast from 2007 to 2017, Kalou amassed 83 international caps and represented his country at three FIFA World Cups, six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2008 Olympics.


FW/LW/RW: Gervinho
Gervinho began his career at ASEC Abidjan and Toumodi F.C., before moving to Belgium in 2004 to play for the now-defunct Beveren. Between 2007 and 2011, he played in the French Ligue 1, initially at Le Mans and then at Lille. He was sold to Arsenal in 2011, and moved to Roma in 2013. In January 2016, Gervinho moved to Hebei China Fortune F.C. He has made 80 appearances for the Ivorian national team, scoring 22 goals.
Gervinho

FW: Ernest Kallet Bialy
Nicknamed "Cruyff of Ivory Coast", he is the captain and charismatic leader of Africa Sports, one of the leading clubs in Ivory Coast. He played with the Ivory Coast team in the African Cup of Nations in 1968 and 1970, obtaining the third place of the competition in 1968, and the fourth in 1970.  He was known for his rivalry and friendship with Laurent Pokou.

ST: Joseph Bléziri 
In 1966, he helped Stade d'Abidjan to win African Cup of Champion Clubs.  From 1966, he played in France for Sporting Club Bastia, AS Aixoise and US Toulouse. He played with the Ivory Coast team in the African Cup of Nations in 1968 and 1970, obtaining the third place of the competition in 1968, and the fourth in 1970.  He was one the country's pioneer players playing in Europe.

ST: Laurent Pokou 
Pokou was considered one of the greatest from Ivory Coast.  He was twice the highest goalscorer of the Africa Cup of Nations, scoring six goals in 1968 and 8 in the 1970. With 14 total goals, he is also the tournament's second highest overall goalscorer, behind Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o, who eclipsed Pokou's record in the 2008 ACN tournament.  In Europe, he played Stade Rennis and AS Nancy.
Laurent Pokou 
ST: Youssouf Fofana 
He played for clubs like ASEC Mimosas, AS Cannes, AS Monaco FC, Girondins de Bordeaux, Karşıyaka S.K. and Al-Nassr as well as the Côte d'Ivoire national football team. He earned nicknames like the dribbler and the black diamond. In 1992, he helped his country to win African Cup of Nations.
Youssouf Fofana 


He was voted African Footballer of the Year twice; 2006 and 2009.  The best part of his career was spent with Chelsea.  He won the Champions' League for 20011-12. He also finished the top scorer in the Premiership twice. He also played in France, MLS and China. For his country, he led Côte d'Ivoire to the World Cup Finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He was their all-time leading scorer. 

Didier Drogba

Honorable Mention
François Zahoui, Yoboué Konan, Guy Demel, Yoboué Konan, Joël Tiéhi, Jean Tokpa, Ignace Wognin, Tchiressoua Guel, Pascal Miézan, Emmanuel Moh, Eustache Manglé, Bonaventure Kalou, Wilfried Bony, Joseph Bléziri, Eric Bailly, Seydou Doumbia, Ibrahima Bakayoko.

Squad Explanation
-- I chose Boubacar Barry over Jean-Jacques Tizié.
-- Eric Bailly is still too young for consideration.  He probably would become a member of this team since some of the players here were only journeyman playing in Europe. He has already established himself at a top European club at the time of writing.
-- I do not know much about Ignace Wognin, Yoboué Konan and Jean Tokpa.
-- Salomon Kalou was based upon his career in the Premiership.  I took him over Abdoulaye Traoré and Joël Tiéhi.
-- I have question mark about my selection of Tchiressoua Guel, but he played over 70 times for the Elephants.  He deserved a spot.
-- Joseph Bléziri was a club legend in Ivory Coast. He scored the winning goal for Stade d'Abidjan to win the 1966 African Cup of Champions Clubs.




Monday, December 11, 2017

Dutch-Indos/Indonesia-born Dutch All-Time Team


World Cup 2010
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Holland
Surnamese-Dutch
North HollandSouth Holand.
The rest of Holland excluding North and South Holland
Holland All-Time Team After Johan Cruyff
Holland 2002
French Black Players 
French Algerian
African American PlayersGerman Americans/American Germans
German Turks 
Hispanic/Latino American Players
Polish diaspora.
Black Portuguese Players
Afro-Brazilian Players 


Indonesia became a Dutch colony in 1800. Japan's World War II occupation dismantled much of the Dutch colonial state and economy. Following the Japanese surrender in 1945, Indonesian nationalists declared independence which they fought to secure during the subsequent Indonesian National Revolution. 

In early history of Dutch football, players born in Dutch East Indies played a big role. 31 players from there were capped by Holland.  The Dutch East Indies actually played in the 1938 World Cup Finals. A large number of Dutch-Indo players was also capped by Holland after Indonesia's independence.

This is my selection of All-Time Team for Dutch-Indos/Indonesian-born Dutch.  I am not only selecting Indo players. I am also including non-Asian Dutch players who were born in Indonesia.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.  

Team
GK: Just Göbel 
Born in Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), Göbel who played for Vitesse Arnhem, succeeded Reinier Beeuwkes as the Dutch national goalkeeper in 1911. He was known for being the first Dutch keeper trying to catch the ball rather than stomp it away. He played 18 matches for the Dutch team, being best remembered for his numerous saves during the 2-1 win over England's amateurs and his bronze medal in the football tournament of the 1912 Summer Olympics.
Just Göbel 
GK: Dick MacNeill
He was a Dutch goalkeeper, who represented his home country at the 1920 Summer Olympics. There he won the bronze medal with the Netherlands national football team. He was born in Dutch East Indies.

GK: Dennis Gentenaar
He made his professional debut for NEC in 1995 aged 20. From the 2000–01 season,  he became NEC's first goalkeeper. Since then he only missed nine appearances in five seasons; during the last three seasons he did not miss a single match. He later played for Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, VVV-Venlo and Almere City FC.  

CB/RB: John Heitinga 
Heitinga belonged to the same generation of Ajax players as Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart.  He later played for Atletico Madrid, Everton and Fulham. He was a regular member national team from Euro 2004 to Euro 2012.  He was the starting centre-back in 2010 as Oranje reached the WC Final in South Africa.
 John Heitinga 

CB/RB: Sonny Silooy
Silooy is one of the legends of Ajax Amsterdam, playing over 250 league games for the Amsterdam club in two separate periods. Silooy also played for Matra Racing, Arminia Bielefeld, De Graafschap and the amateurs of GVV Unitas from Gorinchem. He played in the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final against Juventus, but missed a key penalty in the shootout which Ajax ultimately lost.  Earned 25 caps.

CB: Jaïro Riedewald 
A graduate of Ajax academy, he played for Jong Ajax and Ajax.  In 2017, he transferred to Crystal Palace.  At the time of writing, he had over 3 caps for Oranja. Riedewald is of mixed Dutch, Surinamese and Indonesian heritage. 

LB/CB: Wilfred Bouma
He won 37 caps for Oranje.   He played in three European Championship: 2004, 2008 and 2012.  From 1994 to 2005, he played for PSV.  In 2005, he moved to Aston Villa, where he had a successful career before returning to PSV.
Wilfred Bouma

LB/DM:  Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
He was the captain of Holland at World Cup 2010, where Holland finished second.  He played 106 times for Holland.  He won the Champions' League for Barcelona in 2005-2006. He also played wirh Feyenoord, Arsenal and Rangers.

LB: Stanley Brard
In 1977,  he made his debut in the first team of Feyenoord in a match against FC Twente. In the following years Brard became a decent fullback and was often in the starting line-up. In the 1983-84 season,Brard was moved from the left back position to a position in front of Jogan Cruyff, to keep the opposition's right back from making incursions into the Feyenoord half. That year, Feyenoord won both the championship as well as the KNVB Cup. He also played for RKC Waalwijk.

DM: Nigel de Jong
De Jong was a graduate of Ajax academy.  He moved on from Ajax in 2006 to join Hamburg and then moved to Manchester City in January 2009 where he became an important part of City's holding midfield. He moved to Italian side Milan in August 2012 where he spent three and half years, before moving to LA Galaxy in February 2016. At the time of writing, he plays for Galatasaray. He earns over 80 caps.  He was a key player for Holland between 2004 and 2015.  He was best remembered for his kung-fu kick against Xabi Alonso at the WC Final in 2010.
Nigel de Jong
DM: Denny Landzaat  
Landzaat was educated in Ajax's youth academy, but only played one league match for the club before moving on to have lengthy spells with MVV, Willem II and AZ. He was AZ's captain in the 2005–06 season, as they finished second in the Eredivisie. He later played for Wigan, Feyenoord, Twente and Willem II. Earned 28 caps.  He went to the WC Finals in 2006.

CM: Demy de Zeeuw
He played for AGOVV, Go Ahead Eagles, AZ and AFC Ajax. While at AZ he was a key player in the squad that won the 2008–09 Dutch league, the club's first championship victory in 28 years. Following this success he transferred to Ajax, with whom he won the 2009–10 Dutch Cup, and the 2010–11 Dutch league title. He had 27 caps and participated at Euro 2008 and South Africa 2010.
Demy de Zeeuw
CM: Leo Bosschart
Born in Dutch East Indies, he captained Netherlands at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. There he won the bronze medal with Dutch national football team.

RW: Jeffrey Talan
He played club football for ADO Den Haag (1990–1995) and SC Heerenveen (1995–2003).  In 1998, Talan made his debut with Dutch national team.  In the run-up to the European Football Championship in 2000, he played a total of five times in Orange, but Talan missed the Finals because of a serious injury to his knee. He had 8 caps in total.
Jeffrey Talan
RW: Bart Latuheru
For domestic football, he played for Excelsior, Vitesse, AZ en N.E.C. in Holland.  In 1989, he played a friendly game against Brazil for Holland. It was only cap.

LW: Simon Tahamata
With Ajax he won the national title three times. (1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80).  He also played for Standard Liège. With this team he became national champion twice (1981–82 and 1982–83). In 1984, he returned to the Netherlands to play for Feyenoord. In 1987, he again joined the Belgian competition, playing for Beerschot and Germinal Ekeren. Capped 22 times.
Simon Tahamata
FW: Jason Oost
He started his career at the Feyenoord Rotterdam youth team but signed his first professional contract with RKC Waalwijk in 2002.  In 2005, he moved to Sparta Rotterdam, where he became 'club top goalscorer' with 8 goals in the 2005-2006 season. In 2007 he joined VVV-Venlo. He also played De Graafschap in 2008 and with Belgian second division side, KVSK United. 

FW: Edu Snethlage
He was a member of the Dutch team that won the bronze medal in the football tournament of the 1908 Summer Olympics. Snethlage became the all-time top scorer for the Dutch national team on 1909-03-21. His opening goal of the match against Belgium was his seventh goal for the Netherlands, breaking the record of six goals that Eddy de Neve had held since 1905-05-14. Snethlage improved his record by scoring three goals against Belgium on 1909-04-25. His record would stand until 1910-10-16, when Jan Thomée scored his eleventh goal for the Netherlands in a match against Germany.

FW: Beb Bakhuys
Bakhuys made his senior debut for HBS on 27 September 1925 against Haarlem and scored 36 goals in 44 matches for them. He joined Zwolsche AC and had a spell with THOR in his native Dutch East Indies while working for the Bataafsche Petroleum Maatschappij in Surabaya. He returned to ZAC and later HBS. In 1937 he controversially moved to VVV. He became the second Dutch player to play outside of the country when he signed as a professional for FC Metz in 1937, in a move which ended his international career. Bakhuys scored 28 goals in 23 games for the Dutch national side. He represented the Netherlands at the 1934 FIFA World Cup

FW: Eddy de Neve
De Neve was born in Dutch East Indies, but moved to the Hague when he  was nine or ten years old.  De Neve played for  football club Quick, Velocitas Breda and HBS Craeyenhout (football club). He played in Holland's first ever international match, which was against Belgium in 1905. De Neve had scored all four Dutch goals in the team's first ever victory. He scored six goals in three caps. He would remain the top scorer of the Dutch national team until 1909.

ST: Michael Mols
A product of Ajax's youth system, but made his professional debuts in the second division, with Cambuur Leeuwarden. He played for FC Twente, Rangers, Utrecht, ADO Den Haag and Feyenoord Rotterdam. His best years were with Rangers in Scotland. During a four-year span with Oranja, Mols won six caps.  

Michael Mols

ST: Roy Makaay 
Makaay played for Vitesse and  CD Tenerife before becoming a big star with Deportivo La Coruna.  He helped them to win their first ever La Liga title in 1999-2000.  In 2002-2003, he scored 29 goals and became the European Golden Boot winner.  In 2003, he moved to Bayern Muinch.  He won two Bundesliga title.  For the national team, he was only capped 43 times, largely because he was playing at the same time as Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kuivert and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

ST: Robin Van Persie 
Van Persie started with Feyenoord, but spent the cream of his career playing in England for Arsenal and Manchester United. He spent 8 seasons with Arsenal, winning both PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Player of the Year in 2011-2012.  Immediately after winning the two awards, he made a controversial transfer to rival Manchester United after the season. He won the Premiership in his first season with Manchester United.  At the time of writing, he has earned 98 caps.  He was a key player for the Oranje from the WC Finals 2006 to now.
Robin Van Persie
Honorable Mention
Jeffrey Leiwakabessy, Sergio van Dijk, Rick Talan, Eli Louhenapessy, Karel Heijting, Dé Kessler, Dolf Kessler, Bobby Petta.

Squad Explanation
-- The Indo people are Eurasian people who were a migrant population that associated themselves with and experienced the colonial culture of the former Dutch East Indies. It was used to describe people acknowledged to be of mixed Dutch and Indonesian descent, or it was a term used in the Dutch East Indies to apply to Europeans who had partial Asian ancestry.
-- I am including European Dutch born in the Dutch East Indonesia. Around 31 members of the Dutch national team in history were born over there. More players born there played for Holland than in Suriname. 
-- Beb Bakhuys, Just Göbel, Dick MacNeill, Leo Bosschart and Edu Snethlage were of European descent, but born in Dutch East Indies(Indonesia).
-- I do not know much about Karel Heijting, Dé and Dolf Kessler. So I excluded them.
-- Jaïro Riedewald is still too young.
-- Radja Nainggolan was born in Belgium and capped by Belgium.

Formation




Saturday, December 9, 2017

Croatian Australian All Time Team



Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
CroatiaAustralia
French Black Players 
French Algerian
African American PlayersGerman Americans/American Germans
German Turks 
Hispanic/Latino American Players
Polish diaspora.
Black Portuguese Players
Afro-Brazilian Players 
Surnamese-Dutch
Dutch-Indos/Indonesia-born Dutch All-Time Team

The Croatian community in Australia is known for their involvement to soccer.  Sydney Croatia(now Sydney United 58 FC) and Melbourne Croatia (Melbourne Knights FC) were famous clubs in Australia. A large number of Australian professional players are Croatian Australians. Some of them have played in the professional league in Croatia.  They have represented for both Croatia and Australia. Seven of them have captained the Australian national team.  At the World Cup Finals in 2006, seven of the Australia's 23-man squad were Croatian-Australians(including Mark Bresciano who is half-Croat) and three Australian-born players played for Croatia. The Australian-Croatian Soccer Tournament is the oldest running soccer competition in Australia.

This is my selection of All-Time Team for Croatian Australian.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.

Australia vs Croata at the WC Finals in 2006
Team
GK: Mark Bosnich (Australia)
Bosnich was voted as Oceania Goalkeeper of the Century.  He was known for his career with Aston Villa.   He earned himself a transfer back to Manchester United in 1999, but his career started to fall apart over there.  For Australia, he only earned 17 caps due to club's commitment.
Mark Bosnich
GK Zeljko Kalac (Australia)
Kalac made his name with Sydney United.  He moved to Europe in 1995.  He played in England, holland and Italy.  He was the backup keeper for AC Milan as they won the Champions' League in 2006-2007. He spent most of his career between Bosnich and Schwarzer, but still earned 54 caps for Socceroos.  He played against Croata at the WC Finals in 2006.

GK: Robert Zabica (Australia)
Zabica started his career with Cockburn City before joining Adelaide City for seven seasons, winning National Soccer League championships in 1992 and 1994. He also played for Perth Glory and made 3 appearance for Bradford City in England. He made his State debut at the age of 31 and went on to play a further five times for Western Australia. He played for Australia in the qualifiers for the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals, losing narrowly to Argentina. 

RB: Ivan Franjic (Australia)
At time of writing, he plays for Brisbane Roar.  He began his career St Albans Saints in 2005.  He also played Melbourne Knights Torpedo Moscow, Melbourne City and Daegu.  In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil he started at right back in Australia's 3–1 loss to Chile, but was later ruled out of the remainder of the tournament because of an injury. Franjic started for Australia in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final. 
Ivan Franjic vs Croatia

DF: Ivo Prskalo (Australia)
Prskalo began his senior career with Velež Mostar in the Yugoslav First League. He made 168 appearances in nine seasons with the club, establishing himself as a key defender in the squad. He emigrated to Australia for the inaugural season of the National Soccer League in 1977 joining Marconi Fairfield. In 1979, he won NSL Player of the Year in Marconi’s championship year. 


DF: Ivo Rudic (Australia)
Runic played for Pan-Hellic(now Sydney Olympic)in Australia.  He represented Australia at the FIFA World Cup Finals in 1974.

CB: Steve Horvat (Australia)
Horvat began his career with Melbourne Croatia. He later played with Sunshine George Cross, North Geelong Warriors, the Melbourne Knights (for whom he won the Joe Marston Medal), Hajduk Split, Crystal Palace (although he didn't make a league appearance and Carlton. Horvat was a regular member of the Australian national side, making 32 appearances between 1994 and 2002.

CB: Milan Ivanovic (Australia)

He started his career with Red Star Belgrade.  After stints with OFK Belgrade and Radnički Niš, he emigrated to Australia and on arrival in 1989 he joined Adelaide City.  He was elected into Australia's team of the century.  He was voted into the Hall of Champions, the highest honor in the Football Hall of Flame in Australia. He earned 59 caps for Socceroos.



CB: Josip Šimunić (Croatia)
Born in Australia to Bosnian Croat parents, Šimunić started his career at Melbourne Knights then moved to Germany where he spent 14 seasons in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV, Hertha BSC and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim before finishing his career in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb. He played for Croatia from 2001 to 2013, appeared in five major tournaments for the Vatreni – World Cup 2002, Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 – and is the third most capped player in the history of the Croatia national team. In Germany 2006 against Australia, he was best remembered for receiving three yellow cards.

Josip Šimunić 


CB: Tony Popovic (Australia)
Starting in 1989 at Sydney United he went on to play for Sanfrecce Hiroshima of Japan and Premier League side Crystal Palace, among other clubs. He appeared with the Socceroos at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he played against reigning World Champions Brazil. He had 58 caps in total.


LB: Anthony Šerić (Croatia)
Born in Australia of Croatian background, he began his professional football career in Split, Croatia where he played for Hajduk Split.  He then moved to Italy to play in Serie A where he played with Parma, Verona, Adaílton, Lazio and Brescia.  He also played with Panathinaikos, Beşiktaş, Karabükspor and S.C. Olhanense. In 1998, Šerić was infamously picked for both Australia and Croatia. He opted to play for Croatia, and his decision immediately paid dividends as the nation finished 3rd at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. He earned 16 caps and also went to 2002 and 2006 World Cup Finals.


DM/CM: Mile Jedinak (Australia)
Jedinak played youth football with Sydney United before starting his senior career at the club. Following loan spells at Varteks and South Coast United, Jedinak moved to Central Coast Mariners in 2006. He next played in Turkey, for Gençlerbirliği and Antalyaspor on loan before joining Crystal Palace. Jedinak earned 60 caps for Socceroos, and has been Captain over 25 times since 2014. He went to the 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals He captained Australia to victory on home soil in the 2015 Asian Cup.


DM: Wally Savor (Australia)
From 1984 to 1991, Savor played for Sydney Croatia. He had 23 caps. He made his national team debut against China.  He was a member of the squad that beat Argentina in 1988.  


CM: Ned Zelic  (Australia)


He had a successful career playing in Bundesliga.  He started his career in Germany with Borussia Dortmund.  Then, he moved to Queens Park Rangers as the club's record signing.  He failed to settle there. He later played in France and then, Germany again. Zelic was captain of the Australian team that competed and finished 4th at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Ned Zelic

CM: Josip Skoko (Australia)
Skoko played for North Geelong Warriors, Hajduk Split, Genk, Gençlerbirliği, Wigan Athletic, Stoke City and Melbourne Heart. At Genk he was made captain and helped the team win the title in 2001–02.  Skoko was a member of the Australian National football team for ten years, from 1997 to 2007. 


CM: Frank Micic (Australia)
After playing junior football in Zadar Croatia (ex Yugoslavia), Micic moved to Australia, where he played for JUST in the Victorian State League. Micic played 18 seasons for JUST between 1959 and 1977 broken only by a season stint with South Melbourne in 1968. He also played 60 games for the state team of Victoria, captaining it for 6 years. Micic was also awarded Bill Fleming's VPL's Best Player Medal three times - in 1964, 1967 and 1973. He also played for Melbourne Hakoah for the 1978 VSL season. Capped 6 times.


CM/RM/RB: Jason Culina (Australia)
 Celina started his career with Sydney United under his father, Branko Culina, before moving to Ajax, but only after moving to Twente did Culina begin to shine at the top level in club football. He moved to PSV in 2005. In 2009, he was signed by Gold Coast United on a three-year contract, becoming the club's first marquee player. He also played briefly with A-League club Sydney FC. Capped 58 times.  He was a starter in the 2006 World Cup Finals.
Jason Culina
AM/CM/LW: Marco Bresciano (Australia)
Bresciano played for Bulleen Lions and Carlton before he moved to Italian Serie B side Empoli in 1999, beginning a twelve-year stay in the country. He played for Parma, Palermo and S.S. Lazio. From 2011, he played in the Middle East, first with Al Nasr in UAE and Al-Gharafa in Qatar. He made 84 appearances and scoring 13 goals with Socceroos. He played in three World Cups, two AFC Asian Cups (one victorious) and the 2004 OFC Nations Cup winning team. 

ST: David Zdrilic (Australia)
He played for Sydney FC in the A-League and has also played in Switzerland, Germany, England and Scotland. He has played on 30 occasions for the Australia national soccer team, having once scored eight goals in a single match – the second highest recorded for any Australian player, behind Socceroos teammate Archie Thompson, who scored 13 goals in the same game.

ST: Billy Vojtek (Australia)
He migrated to Australia with his family as a child in 1956. Vojtek played the majority of his career with Melbourne Croatia (now Melbourne Knights). He was selected in the Melbourne Knights Team of the Century as the number 9, the team's other striker was Mark Viduka. He played 44 times for Australia, but only 29 were recognised by FIFA.  He was not selected for the 1974 WC Finals.

ST: Eddie Krncevic (Australia)
Krncevic played professional soccer in Australia before moving to Europe.  He first moved to the land of his parents in 1981, joining NK Dinamo Zagreb. After a brief spell with MSV Duisburg, e embarked ten and a half years in Belgium.  He played Cercle Brugge KSV, Royal Charleroi, R.S.C. Anderlecht, R.F.C. de Liège and K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst; he became the first Australian-born player to be crowned top scorer in a European league. Internationally, he earned 35 caps, and helping the country to the 1980 OFC Nations Cup.

ST: Branko Buljevic (Australia)
Born in Yugoslavia, he was a member of the Australian 1974 World Cup squad in West Germany and represented Australia 30 times between 1972 and 1975. Throughout his club career, after playing with OFK Belgrade in the Yugoslav First League, he came to Victoria, where Buljevic spent nine seasons playing for Footscray JUST, then moving on to play for Heidelberg United and South Melbourne FC respectively. He returned to Footscray JUST for one more season before retiring in 1985.

ST: Mark Viduka (Australia)
Viduka started with Croatian-based club Melbourne Knights FC.  He went to Europe in 1995, where he was probably the most famous Australian playing in Europe.  He played in Croatia, Scotland and England.  In Scotland, he was the top scoring in the Scottish league and won the SPFA Player of the Season with Celtics. And then, he joined Leeds United, where the club reached the semifinal of the Champions' League.  He also played for Middlesbrough and Newcastle United.
Mark Viduka 

Honorable Mention
Joey Didulica (Croatia), Eugene Galekovic (Australia), Dario Vidošić (Australia), Tomi Juric (Australia), Jason Petkovic (Australia), Michael Petkovic (Australia), Zeljko Adzic (Croatia), Zlatko Arambasic (Australia), Mark Babic (Australia), Oliver Bozanic (Australia), Ante Juric (Australia), Andrew Marth (Australia), Ljubo Milicevic (Australia), Ante Milicic (Australia), Branko Milosevic (Australia), Matthew Spiranovic (Australia)

Squad Explanation
-- Mark Bosnich, Mark Viduka, Ned Zelic, Milan Ivanovic and Zeljko Kalac are on my all-time Australia team.  
-- Joey Didulica, Josip Šimunić and Anthony Šerić played against Australia at the WC Finals in 2006.  Zeljko Adzic is the only other Australian-Croatian player who had earned a cap with Croatia. He earned a single cap in the early 1990's.
-- Jason Culina, Steve Horvat, Mile Jedinak, Mark Vuduka, Josip Skoko, Eddie Krncevic and Zeljko Kalac have captained the Socceroos.
-- At the 2006 World Cup Finals, Australia's 23-man squad had seven players (if Bresciano is included) with Croatian roots
-- We have plenty of talents in goalkeeping.  Bosnich and Kalac were the obvious choices.  Jason Petkovic, Michael Petkovic Eugene Galekovic and Joey Didulica were seriously considered.
-- Ivo Prskalo did well in the domestic league, despite only earning a handful of caps.  I do not know his extra defensive position.
-- Tomi Juric was not chosen because I carried too many strikers.

Formation