Post by Cody Shorter / 12 April 2017 / 2 Comments
*This list was last updated on October 6 2017.
Matthew Jurman became the latest players to be capped for the Socceroos in the recent World Cup Qualifiers, coming in at Socceroo number 591. That’s a lot of players who have donned the green and gold over the years.
The football landscape in Australian has certainly changed since the first ever official game for the Australian national team in 1922 against New Zealand. Decades ago only our most gifted players plied their trade overseas, whereas we now have roughly 180 professional footballers playing in foreign leagues.
However, the majority of these Australian players have spent time at Australian football clubs at some stage of their careers, whether it be as a young up and comer, or in their twilight years. So which Australian clubs have seen the most current, ex- or former Socceroos in their ranks? We’re glad you asked. We’ve done a bit of digging and have compiled a list of each Socceroo and which Australian Football Clubs they have played for at some point in their career (both at Junior and Senior levels).
As you may be aware, full functionality of this website is coming in September 2017. With full functionality you’ll be able to click on an individual club to see the list of Socceroos that have played for them. Until then, we’ve put together this blog post.
Before we have a look, a few points to note
We are two guys, working from limited information. Believe it or not, the Internet hasn’t always been around. If you have knowledge that will add to the accuracy of this list, please get in touch.
So here we go. Counting down the Top 20 List of Australian football clubs who have had the most Socceroos play for them over the years.
With 26 Socceroos = Wollongong Wolves (Formerly Wollongong City, Wollongong FC, Wollongong Community FC and South Coast Wolves)
With 26 Socceroos = Adamstown Rosebud
With 28 Socceroos = Melbourne City (Formerly Melbourne Heart)
With 31 Socceroos = Melbourne Victory
With 32 Socceroos = Parramatta Eagles (Formerly Melita Eagles, Melita Soccer Club and Melita Eagles-Newtown)
With 32 Socceroos = Blacktown City (Formerly Toongabbie Soccer Club)
With 33 Socceroos = Hakoah Sydney City East (Formerly Sydney Hakoah, Eastern Suburbs and Sydney City)
With 34 Socceroos = Heidelberg United (Formerly Alexander the Great and Fitzroy United Alexander)
With 35 Socceroos = Adelaide United
With 36 Socceroos = Newcastle Jets (Formerly Newcastle United)
With 37 Socceroos = Adelaide City (Formerly Juventus, Adelaide Juventus and Adelaide Force)
With 38 Socceroos = Melbourne Knights (Formerly SC Croatia, Essendon Croatia and Melbourne Croatia)
With 40 Socceroos = Sydney FC
With 49 Socceroos = Perth Glory
With 49 Socceroos = St George FC (Formerly Budapest Club, and St. George-Budapest Club)
With 55 Socceroos = South Melbourne (Formerly South Melbourne United, Yarra Park Aias, Hellenic, South Melbourne Lakers and South Melbourne Hellas)
With 61 Socceroos = Sydney United (Formerly Sydney Croatia, South Sydney Croatia and Sydney C.S.C)
With 71 Socceroos = APIA Leichhardt
With 74 Socceroos = Sydney Olympic (Formerly Pan-Hellenic)
With 76 Socceroos = Marconi Stallions (Formerly Club Marconi and Marconi-Fairfield)
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