PAOK Football Club known as PAOK FC, PAOK Thessaloniki or PAOK, is a professional Greek football club based in Thessaloniki and one of the top clubs in Greece. Established on 20 April 1926 by Greek Constantinopolitans who fled to Thessaloniki from the city of Constantinople in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War, they play their home games at Toumba Stadium, with a capacity of 28,701 seats, their name, along with the club's emblem, the Byzantine-style double-headed eagle with retracted wings, adopted three years after the establishment of the club, honours the memory of the people and places that once belonged to the Byzantine Empire and after the Fall of Constantinople were invaded and conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1453. Τhe club is one of the founding members of the Hellenic Football Federation, formed in 1926. PAOK plays in the top-flight Super League, which they have won twice, they are six-time winners of the Greek Cup. With a 14th-place finish being the worst position achieved, the team has never been relegated to a lower national division since its establishment in 1926, a feat equalled only by rivals Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.
The team has appeared several times in the UEFA Europa League, but has yet to reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Their best European performance was in the 1973–74 season, when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In addition to this, it is the only Greek team that has more wins than losses in all its European history. PAOK FC is the oldest division of P. A. O. K; the successor of Hermes ACAC, formed in 1875 by the Greek community of Pera, a district of Istanbul. The football club was founded in 1926, it was created by Constantinopolitans who fled to Thessaloniki after the Greek defeat in the Greco-Turkish War, although it was open to every citizen of Thessaloniki, leading to a minor rivalry with "AEK Thessalonikis", the other Constantinopolitan team of the city, in which played only refugees. The original logo of PAOK was a four-leaf clover. PAOK played their first game on May 4, 1926, at the Thermaikos stadium, defeating Megas Alexandros Thessaloniki 2–1.
The first coach of the club spent five years on the team's bench, was unpaid, Kostas Andreadis. Their first captain was Michalis Ventourelis; the season 1926–1927, PAOK participated in the 2nd division of Macedonia Football Clubs Association Championship, where was AEK Thessalonikis. The first official match of their history was on 12 December 1926, where they defeated Nea Genea 3–1, for the same division. After winning the championship of the 2nd division, forced by the organizing authority, to play with all club's from first division, he had to win them to be promoted, they won all four teams, Thermaikos with 4–1, Aris with 2–1, Atlantas with 1–0 and Iraklis with 1–0, was promoted. In 1927–1928 they participated for the first time in 1st division EPSM; the first professional contract was signed by the club on 5 September 1928. The contract stipulated that the French footballer Raymond Etienne—of Jewish descent from Pera Club—would be paid 4,000 drachmas per month; the contract was signed by Dr. Meletiou, the PAOK chairman, Mr. Sakellaropoulos, the Hon. Secretary.
In early 1929, AEK Thessalonikis was dissolved and its members joined PAOK. PAOK changed their emblem, adopting the two-headed eagle, until today; the double-headed eagle symbolizes the origins of the club in the former Byzantine capital and the legacy of the Greek refugees from the Ottoman Empire. PAOK got possession of AEK's facilities and the area around Syntrivani Square, next to the Childrens Asylum Institution, where today stands the Faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 1930–1931 they made their debut in the Pan-Hellenic Championship, playing their first match the 1st of February 1931, against Olympiacos at Piraeus, where they were defeated with 3-1, ended the season in 5th place; the first foreign coach in the team's history was Austrian Rudolf Gasner, who served PAOK in 1931–1932. On 5 June 1932, the Syntrivani Stadium was inaugurated with PAOK's 3–2 victory over Iraklis. Syntrivani was to be their home ground for 27 years. In 1937, PAOK won their first title, the Macedonia Championship, participated in the Pan-Hellenic Championship, finishing second.
The 1937 team included: Sotiriadis, Goulios, Bostantzoglou, Glaros, Ioannidis, Koukoulas, Apostolou, Vasiliadis, Moschidis, Zacapidas. On May 28, 1939, PAOK competed for the first time in a Greek Cup final against AEK and was defeated 2–1 on the Apostolos Nikolaidis. In the same season they competed in the final of the 1939–40 Pan-Hellenic Championship, where they lost in double final from AEK. In 1940 they won the North Greece championship; the beginning of the Greco-Italian War brought the general mobilization in Greece, the end of every sport activity. PAOK's footballers were presented to Hellenic Army and two of them gave their lives to battle. Goalkeeper Nikos left defender Giorgos Vatikis. T
Angelos "Ange" Postecoglou is an Australian former soccer player and the former head coach of the Australia national soccer team. He is one of the most successful Australian club coaches with two premierships, four championships and a continental title, he is the manager of Yokohama F. Marinos. Postecoglou was born in Greece. After Postecoglou's father, lost his business following the 1967 Greek military coup, Postecoglou emigrated to Australia by boat in 1970 at the age of five, growing up in Melbourne, Victoria. In his early years he grew up playing Australian rules football and is a lifelong supporter of the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League. Postecoglou supports Liverpool. Postecoglou is married to Georgia, who worked at South Melbourne as a marketing manager when he served as manager of the club. Postecoglou has three sons, James and Alexi. After first joining the club as a nine year old, Postecoglou played 193 games from 1984 to 1993 for South Melbourne in the National Soccer League, where he was involved in their 1984 and 1990–91 titles, the latter as captain, before moving into coaching.
In his international playing career, Postecoglou represented Australia on four occasions between 1986 and 1988 as well as representing Australia at youth level in 1985. Postecoglou coached South Melbourne from 1996 until 2000, he led them to consecutive National Soccer League titles in 1997–98 and 1998–99, as well as winning the 1999 Oceania Club Championship, which in turn led to their participation in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship. After the 1999–2000 NSL season, he stood down from the South Melbourne coaching role when he was appointed coach of the Australian youth team, he is the only person to have been involved in all four of South Melbourne's NSL title-winning teams, the first two as a player and the latter two as coach. Following his domestic coaching success, Postecoglou became coach of Australia's youth sides in 2000. During his tenure, he played a role in developing Australian players. Postecoglou was involved in an on-air argument with football pundit Craig Foster on The World Game.
He was replaced as coach in February 2007 after Australia failed to qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. After his departure as coach of the Australian youth teams, Postecoglou worked as a football pundit for Fox Sports and as an elite consultant to Football Federation Victoria. Postecoglou coached Panachaiki in the Greek third division from March to December 2008. Despite keeping the traditional club well within contention for promotion, more in the top three for most of the season, a falling out with club management ended his tenure in Patras. On 16 October 2009, Postecoglou was signed as the new Brisbane Roar coach. Postecoglou started rebuilding the team by releasing Liam Reddy, Craig Moore, Bob Malcolm and Charlie Miller. Tommy Oar, Michael Zullo and Adam Sarota were bought by Dutch club FC Utrecht and striker Sergio van Dijk went to Adelaide United. Postecoglou, who asked to be judged a year from the time he took over, proved the critics wrong by winning and playing an entertaining brand of football.
The Roar's possession based style of play under Postecoglou earned them the nickname "Roarcelona". The 4–0 win against Adelaide United in round 13 was praised in the media as some of the best football the A-League has seen. Postecoglou led the Roar to the Premiership and Championship in the 2010–11 season, winning the Grand Final 4–2 on penalties against the Central Coast Mariners in front of 52,168 people at Lang Park; the Roar only lost one game all season and went on a 36-game unbeaten run, which broke the previous Australian football record. On 18 March 2011, he signed a two-year extension with the club keeping him until the 2013–14 season. Postecoglou's side continued their winning streak in the 2011–12 season and now hold the all-time Australian football code record for longest undefeated sporting streak of 36 games, surpassing rugby league side Eastern Suburbs' record set 74 years ago. Postecoglou is managed by sports management company Football Focus International. In the 2011–12 season, Brisbane Roar became the first team to win back-to-back A-League championships and Postecoglou became the most successful Australian domestic football coach, with four national titles.
On 24 April 2012, Postecoglou announced his resignation as head coach of Brisbane Roar. Postecoglou left the Roar after two-and-a-half years, during which he led the club to back-to-back A-League championships, a premiership and consecutive qualification for the AFC Champions League. On 26 April 2012, it was announced that he had signed a three-year contract with A-League club Melbourne Victory as head coach. Postecoglou started rebuilding the team by releasing Matthew Kemp, Grant Brebner, Rodrigo Vargas, Tom Pondeljak, Ante Čović, Carlos Hernández, Harry Kewell and Fabio Alves, with Jean Carlos Solórzano and Ubay Luzardo returned to their respective clubs after their loan deals had expired. Postecoglou rounded up his squad by signing Jonathan Bru, Guilherme Finkler, Adama Traoré, Marcos Flores, Mark Milligan, Theo Markelis, Sam Gallagher and Spase Dilevski. Postecoglou's first game in charge of Melbourne Victory was the Round 1 clash against crosstown rivals Melbourne Heart, an encounter which the Victory lost 2–1.
His first win came against Adelaide United in Round 4, with the Victory prevailing 2–1. The following year, Melbourne Victory made the A-League Preliminary Final after beating Perth Glory in an Elimination Final 2–1 at Docklands Stadium. Melbourne Victory played in the Preliminary Final against Central Coast Mariners and lost 2–0. Postecoglou was appointed head coach of Australia on 23 October 2013 on a five-year contra
Perth Glory FC
Perth Glory Football Club is an Australian professional soccer club based in Perth, Western Australia. It competes in the country's premier competition, the A-League, under licence from Football Federation Australia. Founded in 1995, Perth Glory is one of three A-League clubs to survive from the now defunct National Soccer League. Glory entered the A-League competition for the inaugural 2005–06 season, eight years after the club's formation in 1995. Perth won their first silverware in the A-League era; the club plays at Perth Oval known as HBF Park for sponsorship purposes, with a seated capacity of 20,500. A youth team competes in the Y-League, a women's team competes in the W-League. Both the youth and women's team play at various locations across Perth, most played at Dorrien Gardens. Perth first showed interest in joining the National Soccer League prior to its inaugural year in 1977. However, a series of logistical problems and financial concerns meant that the league was not keen to include a Western Australian side.
While the state representative side continued to perform well in national and international cup competitions, WA continued to be unrepresented at a senior club level until 1994. In 1994, a group of businessmen led by Joe Claudio formed the Perth Kangaroos IFC; the club competed in the 1994 Singapore Premier League along with the Darwin Cubs. At the time, there were visions of establishing an Asia-Pacific Super League which could become a sporting and financial empire in the east, it turned out to be something of a farce. The Kangaroos finished the league season undefeated and won the Singapore league title. However, with dwindling support and resources, the experiment proved to be a financial disaster and Perth Kangaroos IFC soon folded. In 1995, another consortium led by Nick Tana made a bid for entry into the National Soccer League. Perth Glory was subsequently licensed to join the 1996–97 NSL season and on 1 December 1995 the club was launched. From a unheralded start, the club would develop beyond all expectations and help commercially re-establish Association football in a state where Australian rules football dominates the media and Rugby league was commercially about to fail.
Former Adelaide City player and Perth Kangaroos coach Gary Marocchi was appointed coach for the first two seasons and won many fans with his bold, attacking style. Believed to be nothing more than a token participant, Perth surprised many by only just missing the cut for the finals; the exciting style of "you score three, we score four" drew fans – including many British expatriates. Players like NSL-title-winning sweeper Vinko Buljubašić, Perth-based striker Bobby Despotovski and young local star Vas Kalogeracos were brought into the team and achieved cult status. New Zealand international Gavin Wilkinson was signed while local midfielder Gareth Naven was appointed captain. In their first match in the NSL, Perth Glory lost to Sydney Olympic 4–1, with veteran Scot Alan MacKenzie scoring the first goal for Glory and Doug Ithier winning the first Man-of-the-Match award. Large crowds and good results soon followed with an exciting win over defending champions the Melbourne Knights thrilling a huge crowd.
Glory needed only a point in their final match of the season but were defeated by the Knights and fell just short of making the finals. Glory midfielder Paul Strudwick was sent off during the match in controversial circumstances while trouble in the crowd marred the match. In the 1997–98 season, despite again narrowly missing the top six and signing more high-profile players like Ernie Tapai, Danny Hay and Nigerians Samson Siasia and Peter Anosike it was a disappointing season for the Glory. Fan support was further consolidated in the era of Bernd Stange; the former East German national coach became a media star after replacing Gary Marocchi, sacked and took the team into the competition playoffs. The success of the team created record attendances along with record exposure in the local media. During Stange's reign, Glory competed in its first-ever NSL Grand Final in 1999–2000 after having won the League championship. In his first season, Stange had taken Glory to their first finals series the previous season and had fallen in the preliminary final against Sydney United.
With new signings John Markovski and Con Boutsianis fitting straight into the side, local player Jamie Harnwell started to develop into a key defender and made the step to replace the injured Vinko Buljubašić. A horror form slump at the height of summer denied the Glory a top two place but massive crowds still attended their two home finals at the WACA Ground against Adelaide City and Marconi Stallions; the following year, Glory recruited young players Ivan Ergić, Jason Petković and Olyroo Kasey Wehrmann. The 1999/2000 grand final is remembered. Earlier in the Championship Playoff series, Perth had narrowly beaten the Wollongong Wolves in a two-legged Major Semi Final – needing a dramatic 80th-minute penalty and goal in extra time to advance. In the grand final, Perth again faced the Wolves and led 3–0 at half time against a miserable Wolves outfit. Yet, the Wolves rallied superbly and Perth experienced a series of defensive blunders to be pegged back to 3–3 at full-time. Perth subsequently lost on penalties, but this defining moment galvanised the team and would be a motivating force for years to come.
James Afkos, a young defender and son of Glory co-owner Paul Afkos saw his penalty saved, which gav
Tando Yuji Velaphi is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Perth Glory in the A-League. Velaphi trained at the AIS in Canberra on a football scholarship. Velaphi began his senior career at Perth SC, while there, had loan stints at Newcastle Jets and Queensland Roar. Velaphi made his A-League debut with Queensland Roar on 12 January 2007 in a 2–1 win over Melbourne Victory at Docklands Stadium, his performance in the match earning praise from then-Queensland coach Frank Farina. Velaphi was re-signed for Perth Glory as their youth marquee player, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2010–11 season; the 2009–10 season was Velaphi's best, solidifying his spot between the posts and keeping 9 clean sheets over the course of the campaign. On 8 February 2011, Melbourne Victory announced that they had signed Velaphi on a two-year deal from Perth Glory on a free transfer, he made his début for the Victory in the 2011 AFC Champions League on 5 April, in a 1–1 draw against Tianjin Teda.
He managed to play 4 out of the Victory's 6 Asian Champions League games. For Tando, he suffered an injury in the pre-season, just after the AFC Champions League, causing him to sit out for the vast majority of the season, he made his official A-League debut for the Victory in Round 26, the penultimate round of the season against the Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park, a match in which the Victory won 3-0. He appeared in the following round against Perth Glory at Nib Stadium, but the Victory slumped to a 4-2 defeat. Velaphi made his first appearance of the 2012-13 A-League season in the Victory's Round 3 match against Adelaide United, a match which the Victory won 2-1, he was replaced in the starting lineup by Nathan Coe, failed to make another appearance in the season. Velaphi, along with teammates Diogo Ferreira, Spase Dilevski and Sam Gallagher, was released by Melbourne Victory in April 2013, shortly after the end of the 2012-13 A-League season. In his three years at the club, Velaphi made just 3 out of a possible 56 appearances for the club.
Following his release from the Victory, he joined cross town rivals Melbourne Heart on a one-year deal. He managed to play the last three matches of the 2013/14 season. Velaphi has signed on for another 1-year deal with the Melbourne Heart after much discussion. After a successful 2014/15 season where he became Melbourne City's first-choice goalkeeper, Velaphi signed a new contract keeping him at City until the end of the 2016/17 A-League season, he was released during the January transfer window of the 2015-16 A-League season to pursue opportunity overseas. After limited appearances at Shonan Bellmare, Velaphi returned to the A-League, signing a deal with Wellington Phoenix until the end of the 2017-2018 season. On his debut he saved a penalty from Diego Castro. In July 2018, Velaphi re-joined Perth Glory on a one-year contract, expected to create competition with Liam Reddy and Nick Feely for the number one goalkeeper position. Velaphi played for the Young Socceroos, playing in the 2006 AFC Youth Championship and is a member of the Olyroos.
Due to the withdrawal of first-choice Olyroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic through suspension, Velaphi was competing with Reading back-up keeper, Adam Federici to become the Olyroos' starting goalkeeper at the Beijing Olympics, but made no appearances for the Olyroos Tando revealed in January 2010 that his long-term ambition was to leave Australia and play regular football in Europe, in the hopes of securing a place on Australia's 2014 World Cup roster. Velaphi was born in Western Australia, his mother is Japanese and his father is Zimbabwean. As of 16 September 2014CS = Clean Sheets 1 - AFC Champions League statistics are included in season ending during group stages Tando Velaphi at Soccerway Tando Velaphi at J. League
Australia national soccer team
The Australia national soccer team represents Australia in international men's soccer. Nicknamed the Socceroos, the team is controlled by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia, a member of the Asian Football Confederation and the regional ASEAN Football Federation since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation in 2006. Australia is the only national team to have been a champion of two confederations, having won the OFC Nations Cup four times between 1980 and 2004, as well as the AFC Asian Cup at the 2015 event on home soil; the team has represented Australia at the FIFA World Cup tournament on five occasions, in 1974 and from 2006 to 2018. The team has represented Australia at the FIFA Confederations Cup four times; the first Australia national team was constituted in 1922 for a tour of New Zealand, which included two defeats and a draw. For the next 36 years, New Zealand and South Africa became regular opponents in tour matches. During that period, Australia competed against Canada and India during their tours of Australia in 1924 and 1938 respectively.
Australia recorded their worst defeat on 30 June 1951 as they lost 17–0 in a match to a touring England side. Australia had a rare opportunity to compete on the world's stage during the team's first major international tournament as hosts of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. However, an inexperienced squad proved to be reason for the team's disappointing performance. With the advent of cheap air travel, Australia began to diversify its range of opponents. However, its geographical isolation continued to play a role in its destiny for the next 30 years. After failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1966 and 1970, losing in play-offs to North Korea and Israel Australia appeared at their first World Cup in West Germany, 1974. After managing only a draw from Chile and losses from East Germany and West Germany, the team, made up of amateur players was eliminated at the end of the first round, finishing last in their group without scoring a goal, it would prove to be the only appearance for the Australian team until the World Cup tournament returned to Germany more than three decades in 2006.
Over a 40-year period, the Australian team was known for its near misses in its attempts to qualify for the World Cup. The team's poor record in World Cup competition was not reflected in their reasonable performances against strong European and South American sides. In 1988, Australia defeated reigning world champions Argentina 4–1 in the Australian Bicentennial Gold Cup. In 1997, Australia drew with reigning world champions Brazil 0–0 in the group stage and defeated Uruguay 1–0 in the semi-finals to reach the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup Final. In 2001, after a victory against reigning world champions France in the group stage, Australia finished the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup in third place after defeating Brazil 1–0 in the third-place decider. Australia defeated England 3–1 at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground in 2003 as Wayne Rooney made his international debut. In early 2005, it was reported that Football Federation Australia had entered into discussions to join the Asian Football Confederation and end an 40-year association with the Oceania Football Confederation.
Many commentators and fans, most notably soccer broadcaster and former Australian captain Johnny Warren, felt that the only way for Australia to progress was to abandon Oceania. On 13 March, the AFC executive committee made a unanimous decision to invite Australia to join the AFC. After the OFC executive committee unanimously endorsed Australia's proposed move, FIFA approved the move on 30 June 2005. Australia joined Asia, with the move taking effect on 1 January 2006, though until Australia had to compete for a 2006 World Cup position as an OFC member country. After a successful campaign, the team took the first steps towards qualification for the 2006 World Cup. After coach Frank Farina stood down from the position after Australia's dismal performance at the 2005 Confederations Cup, Guus Hiddink was announced as the new national coach. Australia, ranked 49th, would have to play the 18th ranked Uruguay in a rematch of the 2001 qualification play-off for a spot in the 2006 World Cup. After a 5–0 friendly win against Jamaica, the first leg of the play-off tournament was lost, with the return leg still to be played in Australia four days in Sydney on 16 November 2005.
The second leg of the qualifying play-off was played in front of a crowd of 82,698 at Stadium Australia. Australia led Uruguay 1–0 after 90 minutes following a goal by Mark Bresciano in the first half; the aggregate was tied, extra time was played. Neither team scored after two periods of extra time. Australia won the penalty shootout, making Australia the first team to qualify for a World Cup via a penalty shootout. Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made two saves, with John Aloisi scoring the winning penalty for a place in the World Cup, Australia's first qualification in 32 years. Australia went into the 2006 World Cup as the second lowest-ranked side. Although their ranking vastly improved in subsequent months after a series of exhibition matches against high-profile teams, including a 1–1 draw against the Netherlands, a 1–0 win at the sold out 100,000 capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground against the European Champions Greece. For the 2006 World Cup, Australia was placed into Group F, along with Japan and defending champions Brazil.
In their opening group game, Australia defeated Japan 3–1, with Ti
Hurstville ZFC is a soccer club based in the suburban district of St George, New South Wales, Australia. The club competes in the NSW State League. Being an Australian soccer club of Croatian heritage, it is affiliated and syndicated with the Croatian Soccer Association of Australia as well as Football Federation Australia. Hurstville Zagreb was established by Croatian migrants on 23 November 1970. Registered with St George FA in 1971, the club advanced through several insignificant divisions until they reached the semi-professional NSW State League and became the second largest Croatian-heritage club in Sydney, behind Sydney United 58 FC, in the process. Australian-Croatian Soccer Tournament was once hosted by Hurstville Zagreb in the 1999 variant. Martn Knežević Cup - a 6-a-side tournament in honor and memory of club stalwart Martin Knežević, held on an annual basis with 36 teams now competing. John Gagro- club chief administrator and coach of the U20 side. John Garo was inducted into the Croatian Soccer Association of Australia Hall of Fame.
Mario Vasilj- vice president of club Marina Covic- association secretary This club has produced some notable professionals over the decades, most of whom are of Croatian heritage or ethnicity. Below listed are footballers who have played for Hurstville and the Australia national football team at various levels. Ante Covic Tomi Juric Ante Milicic Joe Moric Ante Moric Richard Pleša Joe Vrkić Soccerway Profile
Matthew Foschini is an Australian footballer who plays as a defender for South Melbourne FC. Foschini began his football career at Glen Waverley Junior Soccer Club. On 18 August 2009, Foschini was signed to a contract with the Melbourne Victory senior squad on a two-year deal, becoming the first player to be signed straight from the Youth Academy. On 27 December 2009 he made his starting debut for Victory against North Queensland Fury in a 1–0 loss. In 2012, Foschini signed another two-year contract deal with Melbourne Victory, he was given the number 2 jersey from Kevin Muscat. Foschini was a part of Victory's 2010-2012 ACL campaigns. Foschini played a number of exhibition matches for Victory including LA Galaxy FC, Boca Juniors FC, Celtic FC, Olympiakos FC. On 8 August 2013, Foschini was released by the Victory. On 31 October 2013, Foschini signed for I-League club Salgaocar F. C.. He made his debut for Salgaocar in the I-League on 22 November 2013 against Pune F. C. at the Duler Stadium in which he played the whole match as Salgaocar drew the match 1–1.
On 18 December 2014, he scored against Mumbai F. C. in the Group Stage of the 2013–14 Indian Federation Cup, Slagaocar would win 2-1. Foschini trained with Ottawa Fury FC from early pre-season through to mid May 2015, he played several pre-season matches. Marc Dos Santos said Foschini would have been signed if Fury wasn't carrying the maximum number of international players."I loved him... he's an NASL-level player," said Dos Santos. "We're going to keep a door open, a good contact and maybe he could be an option in 2016." In June 2015, Matthew joined Oakleigh Cannons FC. Foschini was an integral part of getting the team to the FFA Cup Finals. Foschini was a versatile defender for Oakleigh and the big games was what he thrived on. Oakleigh Cannons coach Arthur Papas wished he had another 10 Matt Foschini’s at his disposal following the club’s heartbreaking FFA Cup quarter-final exit against Hume City. In December 2015, South Melbourne FC signed Foschini. South experience a shortage of defenders in 2015, Foschini could play a number of defensive positions including right back, centre-half or holding midfield.
South Melbourne won the NPL Victoria Championship. Foschini was awarded with Media's Team Player Choice. Foschini was born in Victoria, he is the son of former Australian rules footballer Silvio Foschini. He attended Caulfield Grammar School. List of Caulfield Grammar School people Matthew Foschini at ESPN FC