Marcos Abel Flores Benard is an Argentine professional footballer. On 17 April 2004, Flores made his senior debut for Argentine club Unión de Santa Fe as a 67th-minute substitute for Miguel Sebastián Garcia and scored his first goal in the 89th minute of the same match. In 2006, Flores was transferred to Newell's Old Boys but was loaned back to Unión de Santa Fe for a one-year period. After returning to Newell's Old Boys, Flores was transferred to the Chilean Primera División club Curicó Unido, it was revealed in June 2009, that Australian A-League club Adelaide United had approached Flores for the 2009–10 A-League season, but the negotiations collapsed, citing Flores' desire to remain in South America. On 8 December 2009, Flores signed with Adelaide United and was named as part of the club's squad for the 2010 AFC Champions League. Flores was revealed by the club on 11 January 2010. Flores was registered as an injury replacement player for fellow import Cristiano and made his debut as a 60th-minute substitute for Adelaide United in their 2–0 win against Brisbane Roar on 6 February 2010.
Flores gained instant legendary status by the Adelaide United fans. Flores provided the team with the playmaker position, showcased skills and technique seen in the A-League. Flores added stamina to his game since coming to the A-League. Flores scored four A-League goal of the season contenders in the 2010–11 season. Flores' form at Adelaide attracted overseas attention, with J-League club Urawa Red Diamonds and aspiring MLS club New York Cosmos. On 21 January 2011, Flores scored his first A-league hat-trick for Adelaide in their record 8–1 win over North Queensland Fury. Flores won the Johnny Warren player of the year award for the 2010–11 season. Adelaide offered Flores a three-year deal worth $320,000 a season, which would have made him the highest paid player in the club's history. Flores announced his transfer to Chinese Super League club Henan Jianye on 26 June 2011, where he was set to earn $2.4 million over a three-year period. The transfer fee was said to be worth $500,000. Flores made his debut for Henan Jianye as a second-half substitute on 10 July 2011 in an away 0–0 draw against Changchun Yatai in the Chinese Super League.
His contract was terminated by mutual consent at 21 June 2012. Flores stated that he was interested in coming back to Australia, preferably Adelaide United, but a move was halted due to salary cap reasons. On 4 July 2012, it was announced that Marcos Flores had signed with A-League club Melbourne Victory on a two-year deal worth around $1 million, he made his debut in round 1 of the A-League against cross town rivals Melbourne Heart on 5 October 2012. Flores scored his first Melbourne Victory goal on 5 November 2012, in a game against Wellington Phoenix. Flores was released by Melbourne Victory on 5 July 2013. Shortly after his release, he was signed by the Central Coast Mariners on a one-year contract, he was injured, suffering an Anterior cruciate ligament tear, was put out for the rest of the season. On 29 March 2014 the Mariners announced. On 9 June 2014, it was announced that Flores will play for the Newcastle Jets in the upcoming Hyundai A-League season. Marcos scored his first goal for the Newcastle Jets against the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 27th minute in a 1-1 draw.
On 15 January 2015, Flores' contract with the Jets was mutually terminated, to allow Flores to move to an overseas football club. After being released by the Newcastle Jets, Flores signed with NASL team Jacksonville Armada FC; the Armada's General Manager, Dario Sala, flew out to Australia to complete the signing of Flores on 22 January 2015. Flores was released by Jacksonville in November 2015. On January 30 Marcos joined Curico Unido things didn't work out and he only made a few starts and a few off the bench, he sat on the bench and wasn't in the squad for most of the season. On the 2nd of August Marcos got released. On August 30, 2016 Marcos signed a 4-months deal with Indonesia Soccer Championship A side Persib Bandung, he got his debut on September 18 in an away match against Bali United. On 17 January 2019, Flores signed a 2 year deal with National Premier League side Adelaide City; as of 23 January 20151 – includes Chilean Primera División play-offs Johnny Warren Medal: 2010–11 A-League Foreign Player of the Year: 2010–11 Adelaide United Player's Player of the Year: 2010–11 A-League Goal of the Year: 2012-13 Central Coast Mariners profile Marcos Flores at Soccerway Ultimate A-League profile
Konstantinos "Kosta" Barbarouses is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays in Australia's A-League for Melbourne Victory. Kosta was born in New Zealand, is of Greek descent. Before turning professional Barbarouses played for St. Patrick's College 1XI and for semi-professional clubs Wellington Olympic and Miramar Rangers in New Zealand's Central Premier League. Barbarouses played 21 matches during his first stint with Wellington Phoenix in three seasons and scored two goals; the Phoenix club signed Barbarouses as one of its foundation players on 4 May 2007. Seventeen years old and still at school, he started as the club's youngest player, he made his professional debut on 21 October 2007 against Central Coast Mariners, coming on as a substitute in the 86th minute. He played his first full professional game when he fronted against Central Coast Mariners on 19 January 2008. Barbarouses scored his first professional goal on 18 January 2009 – an equaliser against Adelaide United, he scored his second A-League goal against Sydney FC on 1 November 2009 after coming off the bench to replace Leo Bertos.
He scored the goal off a volley. Barbarouses played his first match starting in the first team line-up against Newcastle Jets on 4 November 2009, assisting Chris Greenacre's goal with a back-heel pass. Barbarouses turned down a two-year contract extension with Wellington Phoenix in February 2010 for a three-year contract with A-League side Brisbane Roar. Brisbane Roar play an attractive brand of football and Barbarouses wanted the opportunity to play more regular football. In the 2009–10 season, which took the Phoenix into the finals, Barbarouses had had only three starts, ten appearances off the bench. Barbarouses made his debut for the Roar in Round 1 of the 2010–11 season, starting against Gold Coast United in a 0–0 draw on 8 August 2010. Barbarouses continued to start for the Brisbane team and played against his old club Wellington Phoenix, on 27 August 2010 at Suncorp Stadium. In the 73rd minute he received a through-ball from team-mate Matt McKay and slotted home his first A-League goal for the Brisbane Roar.
Barbarouses was named in the 2010–11 A-League All-Star Team after 12 goals in 33 appearances. On 18 July 2011, Fairfax News NZ announced that Barbarouses had signed a three-year contract with Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz. Brisbane Roar received $600,000 as a transfer fee. Barbarouses made his debut for Vladikavkaz on 9 August 2011, in a First Division league match against Torpedo Vladimir, he played the full 90 minutes and scored the sole goal of the match, allowing Alania to win 1–0. On 27 June 2012, Barbarouses signed a one-year loan contract with Greek giants Panathinaikos. Barbarouses only played 11 games and scored no goals during his one-year loan spell in his ancestral country, his stand out moment was when he played against Greatest Rivals Olympiacos in a league match in Piraeus in a 1–1 draw. On 7 August 2013, Kosta signed a 3-year deal at Melbourne Victory under Ange Postecoglou for the second time; the first time was at rival team Brisbane Roar, following a successful career start at home town team Wellington Phoenix.
Kosta debuted for Melbourne Victory in round 2 of the 2013–14 season in the 2–2 away draw with Adelaide United. On 8 March 2016 it was announced that Barbarouses would leave Melbourne Victory at the end of the season to rejoin his hometown club Wellington Phoenix on a 3-year contract. On 5 June 2017 Phoenix announced they would be releasing Barbarouses following his request to leave for non footballing reasons. Following his release from Wellington Phoenix Barbarouses rejoined former club Melbourne Victory on a two year deal. Barbarouses captained New Zealand at the 2007 U-17 World Cup in Korea, he scored five goals, including a hat-trick, during the team's qualifying campaign to ensure progression to the finals. As a member of the national Under-20 side he played an integral part in the 2008 OFC U-20 Championship qualification tournament for the 2009 Under-20 World Cup, scoring two goals in the three pool matches. New Zealand did not qualify for the final tournament. Barbarouses played for New Zealand at the 2008 OFC Men's Olympic Football Tournament.
Although he scored four goals in the five pool matches at this 2008 Beijing Olympics qualifying tournament, Barbarouses was not selected for the final squad to travel to the Games. Barbarouses made his senior debut in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Fiji on 19 November 2008, he trained with the national team before its World Cup qualifying play-off against Bahrain. Barbarouses attended a 12-day All Whites training camp in Auckland in April–May 2010 as a member of a 15-man squad of Australasian-based players, he was one of two forwards on the squad. Barbarouses had stated. Although tipped to make the final 23-man squad to travel to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Barbarouses' name was missing when NZFA chairman Frank van Hattum read out the names at Auckland's Sky City on 10 May 2010, he was, named as one of seven non-travelling reserves. A standout first season with newly crowned A-League champions Brisbane Roar saw the 21-year-old striker included in the New Zealand squad for a friendly against China in Wuhan on 25 March 2011.
Barbarouses made the 23-man All Whites squad, where played against Mexico at altitude in Denver on 2 June and against Australia in Adelaide on 5 June. Barbarouses formed part of an 18-man All Whites squad that played Jamaica in an international friendly at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on 29 February 2012. On 23 May 2012, Barbarouses scored his first goal for the All Whites in a friendly match against El Salvador, his 64th minute half-volley from close range le
Michael Theo is an Australian goalkeeper who most played for Brisbane Roar. Theoklitos began his career as a youngster playing in the Victorian Premier League for Bulleen Zebras, he was picked up by South Melbourne FC but failed to make an appearance. The Football Kingz FC showed a lot in interest in him, signing him for the 2001–2002 season where he became a fan favourite making 20 appearances in the National Soccer League. During his time with the Kingz he was scouted by Blackpool FC who signed him in 2002. Due to injury he only played in three games, only two of which counted as full representation for Blackpool, he returned to Australia. While playing for them in the 2004 VPL final, he saved three of four penalties to help Bulleen to victory, he joined Melbourne Victory FC for their inaugural season in the 2005/06 A-League. In the 2006/07 A-League season, Theoklitos kept ten clean sheets from 21 games, attracting interest from both the Australia and Greece national associations, he has not made a senior appearance for either country.
In the 2008/09 season, Theoklitos was part of Melbourne Victory's grand-final success, keeping five clean sheets at the end of the season. He earned another call-up to the Australian national squad for the match against Kuwait on 5 March 2009, but did not play. In May 2009, Theoklitos declined a contract extension. In July 2009, it was confirmed that he would be leaving Melbourne Victory, with his contract expiring on 30 July. In early July 2009, he signed a two-year contract with English League One side Norwich City. In the opening match of the season on 8 August 2009, Theoklitos made his debut for Norwich against Colchester United at Carrow Road, conceding five goals before half-time and seven in total, he described the match as "the worst performance" to BBC Radio Norfolk. Despite the performance, Theoklitos still had the support of manager Bryan Gunn, a former goalkeeper himself. However, Gunn did not have the support of the Norwich board, was replaced by Colchester manager Paul Lambert, who had engineered the 7–1 defeat.
Under Lambert, Theoklitos was demoted to third-choice goalkeeper. He was recalled to the first-team bench for a Football League Trophy match against Gillingham, but according to the club he failed to show up for the match, causing the club to discipline him. Theoklitos denied the claim, saying "It's not that I did not turn up but I was half an hour late" because "I got my wires mixed up". Lambert confirmed in December 2009. Theoklitos' contract was terminated by mutual consent in March 2010, his debut was the only game. On 14 March 2010, Theoklitos signed with the Brisbane Roar on a three-year deal, he made his debut in round one of the A league season against Gold Coast United, in a 0–0 draw. Theoklitos registered a second clean sheet against Sydney FC in round two. Following the 3–0 loss to Melbourne Victory, Theoklitos had gone 876 minutes without conceding a goal, setting a new record for the most minutes without conceding a goal in an Australian League—beating former recordholder Jeff Olver's record of 790 minutes.
Theoklitos won the Goalkeeper of the Year award for the 2010/11 A-League season. Prior to the 2014/15 season, Theo sustained a wrist injury in pre-season training which ruled him out for half of the season. Theo returned after the January Asian Cup break with a 3–2 home win against the Wellington Phoenix, despite conceding a foolish goal, credited to Kenny Cunningham. Theo went on to play 3 more matches that season, keeping a clean sheet against the Central Coast Mariners, before injuring his quad muscle. On 27 March 2018, it was announced that Theo's contract with the Roar would not be renewed after the 2017–18 A-League. Although selected by Australia on two occasions, Theoklitos has yet to make an appearance for the Socceroos. Of Greek ancestry, he has received interest from Greece's national association, but so far has only featured for Australia; as of 16 March 2014CS = Clean Sheets 1 – includes A-League final series statistics 2 – AFC Champions League statistics are included in season ending during group stages Theoklitos was born in Melbourne, Australia and is of Greek ancestry.
The Michael Theo Soccer Academy was established in 2010, running annual clinics during the July school holiday period. Theoklitos married Victoria Curtis in April 2011, she owns a cosmetics company. On 1 August 2012 Theoklitos announced, he said: "Around the football traps, I’ve always been known as Michael Theo so I just thought, why not make it official? It’s no big deal, I haven’t changed my name just shortened it. I’ve been thinking about it for a while and it was a decision I made on my own, it’s not so hard to do on deed poll. My signature has altered changed but that’s pretty much it." Current as at 15 March 2017 With Melbourne Victory: A-League Championship: 2006–2007, 2008–2009 A-League Premiership: 2006–2007, 2008–2009With Brisbane Roar: A-League Premiership: 2010–2011, 2013–2014 A-League Championship: 2010–2011, 2011–2012, 2013–2014Personal Honours: A-League Goalkeeper of the Year: 2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2010–2011 Most minutes not conceding a goal in an Australian League Third Most clean sheets in A-League history.
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Brisbane Strikers FC
Brisbane Strikers Football Club is an Australian semi-professional football club based in Brisbane, Queensland. Founded in 1994, the club competed in the National Soccer League until the 2003–04 season and was one of two clubs contending for an A-League licence during the establishment of the league in 2004. Brisbane Strikers competes in the National Premier League Queensland, with home matches played from Perry Park. Brisbane's first representation in the National Soccer League – came from Brisbane City, who still play in the Brisbane competition, Brisbane Lions. Brisbane City won the first two national knockout competitions, by defeating Marconi in 1977 and West Adelaide in 1978. Brisbane Lions won the knockout competition in 1981 defeating West Adelaide. Brisbane City left the NSL in after Brisbane Lions after the 1988 season; the next Brisbane team in the NSL was Brisbane United, which played from 1991 to 1993. From their demise came the Brisbane Strikers in the 1994 season; the Brisbane Strikers were owned by the Queensland Soccer Federation, which handed the running of the club to a Trust Management Group composed of Ian Brusasco, Dr Clem Jones and leading football official Frank Speare.
Coached by Bruce Stowell for three seasons, the Strikers improved their position in the NSL pecking order, finishing fourth in 1995/96 to qualify for their first NSL finals appearance in which they lost a semi-final playoff over two legs to Sydney United. But revenge was just around the corner in the most extraordinary of circumstances. In the 1996/97 season the Strikers were led by player-coach Frank Farina and finished second on the NSL ladder to Sydney United before going on to beat United in their semi-final to set up a home grand final – against the same team. At a time when football was struggling for mainstream acceptance and credibility in Australia, NSL Grand Finals – the pinnacle of club football in Australia – drew crowds between 12,000 and 25,000, but the 1997 Grand Final, played at Lang Park in Brisbane changed perceptions of football’s standing in Australia when it drew a capacity 40,446 spectators to watch the Brisbane Strikers beat Sydney United 2–0 with goals by Farina and Rod Brown.
This was a watershed moment for football in Australia but the Strikers struggled the next season, finishing twelfth. A significant event in the history of the club occurred in 1998 when the QSF divested itself of its ownership, which passed to the Strikers Football Club Pty Ltd. Scarcely three years after the club had played its part in Australian club football’s proudest moment it was dealt a savage blow when Soccer Australia, as part of a restructuring of the national competition, refused the Brisbane Strikers’ application for a place in the new league, citing financial reasons for doing so; this left the national league without a representative from the country’s third most populous state. Outrage ensued within Queensland and northern New South Wales, with politicians and the general public waging a vigorous campaign to have the club reinstated to the national league; this convinced Soccer Australia to reverse its decision and grant the Strikers Football Club Pty Ltd a licence for the 2000/2001 season.
Back on the field, under coach John Kosmina, the Strikers justified the efforts of those who fought for their place in the national competition by finishing fourth and qualifying for the NSL finals against all the expectations of those south of the border. While eventual premiers, South Melbourne FC, prevailed over the Strikers in their two-legged semi-final, the Strikers had flown the flag for Queensland with honour; the next season, saw the Strikers struggle again and led to the club parting ways with Kosmina. Despite a host of coaches showing interest in the vacancy, including some from overseas, the Strikers took the bold step of appointing 28-year-old club captain Stuart McLaren as head coach, assisted by Luciano Trani. Together the two formed an innovative combination, assembling a squad of unsung players from the local leagues and turning them into a team which took the club back into the 2003/04 NSL finals only to lose a memorable semi-final play-off to Adelaide United; that season was the last for the NSL.
A strong reform movement within the game in Australia had seen a new Soccer Australia Board appointed under the Chairmanship of Frank Lowy and the new governing body set about creating a new national competition called the A-League. 1996–97 remained the only time the Sunshine State had won an Australian National football title, until Brisbane Roar won the 2010–11 A-League title. The Brisbane Strikers were a prime candidate for the Brisbane position in the new A-League that kicked off in mid-2005. Football Federation Australia boss Frank Lowy was quoted at the time saying that the two Brisbane bids were outstanding, but the reality was that only one team would make it; the A-League decided to go with the Lions bid, who changed their name to the Queensland Roar, whose name changed once more to the present Brisbane Roar, maintaining their local link to the Lions, ethnic links. The Strikers announced in May 2017 that the club would once again put in a bid to join the A-League, with the club making the announcement on the 20th anniversary of its NSL grand final win.
Central to the Strikers bid was the club's plans for a 15,694-seat boutique stadium at Perry Park. However, the club pulled out of the race; the debacle led to criticism from fans about the club's direction and
Matthew Graham "Matt" McKay is an Australian professional footballer who plays for Australian A-League club Brisbane Roar, with the Australian national team. McKay holds the clubs record for league appearances, 262. McKay played for Brisbane Roar since their first season in the A-League, was their club captain up until the 2010–11 season, in which he led Brisbane to their first A-League championship and premiership. Following this triumphant victory McKay sought a new challenge in the first division of the Scottish Premiership with Rangers. McKay played an integral role in Australia's second placing in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup notably with 30m cross to center forward Harry Kewell, he was part of the Australian squad at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Mckay attended Brisbane Grammar School and played for the School's First XI. After graduating from Brisbane Grammar, McKay spent his formative youth years at both the QAS and AIS. McKay's first club signing was in 1991 for the Sunnybank Saints Soccer Club, competing under the Queensland Christian Soccer Association.
McKay was signed by NSL team the Brisbane Strikers in 2001, where he stayed until the conclusion of the 2003–04 National Soccer League season. McKay's last game for the Strikers was a 4–1 Victory over Adelaide United in the Elimination Final #1 as the Strikers could only level the tie 4–4 and bow out of the finals on away goals. McKay signed on as an inaugural member of the Queensland Roar prior to the 2005–06 season – the first in the history of the A-League. McKay was given the number 17 shirt. Signed as a squad player behind the more established South Korean duo Hyuk-Su Seo and Tae-Yong Shin, McKay got his opportunity due to a career-ending injury suffered by Shin in the clubs' first A-League fixture, against the now defunct, New Zealand Knights. Following the departure of club captain, Craig Moore midway through the 2009–10 season, McKay was named as club captain, he has played the highest number of games for the Roar with scoring 21 goals. McKay led Brisbane to their first A-League premiership and championship in 2011.
The Roar topped the table, continued their record-breaking 28-game unbeaten run with a miraculous 4–2 penalty shoot-out win over the Central Coast Mariners in the 2011 A-League Grand Final. It was reported after the match that a stirring speech by McKay at half-time in extra time boosted the Roar's morale sufficiently to unbelievably overcome a 2–0 deficit. During his time at Brisbane Roar, McKay had a loan spell in 2009 during the A-League off season.. He joined Changchun Yatai F. C. in the Chinese Super League where he made 15 appearances. On 16 August 2011 Rangers confirmed the signing of McKay awaiting a work-permit, granted three days with a UK work visa granted a week later. McKay made his Rangers debut against Dundee United on 10 September 2011, coming on as a late substitute. On 10 January 2012, McKay played and scored in a 4–1 Premier League win over Scottish Premier League team Kilmarnock F. C.. On 12 January 2012, it was reported that he had rejected the chance to go on loan to Al Ittihad who made an offer to Rangers of a loan-to-buy deal.
Rangers began to have financial problems and on 14 February 2012 a dispute with HMRC came to a head when the business was placed into administration. Rangers were deducted 10 points as per SPL rules. On 22 February 2012, Rangers confirmed that they had agreed a fee with South Korean club Busan IPark for midfielder Matt McKay. In January 2013, McKay signed a two-year deal with Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai. In July 2013, McKay mutually terminated his contract by the club. On 11 August 2013, McKay was announced as Brisbane Roar Australian Marquee for the next 2 seasons McKay represented Australia at U-20 level in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. On 16 August 2006, McKay came on as a substitute for Australia in the 90th minute of the 2007 Asian Cup qualifying match against Kuwait at Aussie Stadium for his first Socceroo cap. McKay would have to wait until 28 January 2009 for his second cap, starting in Australia's 2011 Asian Cup qualifying match against Indonesia in Jakarta, he would feature in two more qualification games for the 2011 Asian Cup, starting against Kuwait on 5 March 2009 at Canberra Stadium and playing the second half of the return tie against Indonesia on 3 March 2010 at Suncorp Stadium.
McKay missed out on Pim Verbeek's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, however he returned to the Socceroos under new manager Holger Osieck and featured in three of Australia's friendlies in the leadup to the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. He came off the bench in the match against Paraguay on 9 October 2010 at the Sydney Football Stadium as well as coming off the bench against Egypt in Cairo on 17 November 2010. McKay was selected for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup squad by Holger Osieck, started in the team's pre-tournament friendly against the United Arab Emirates on 5 January 2011 in Al Ain. McKay went on to play a part in every game Australia played at the tournament coming off the bench in the first two games against India and South Korea, he was named in the starting 11 for both the final group stage match against Bahrain and the subsequent quarter-final match against Iraq, played a vital role in the latter, leading Australia to a 1–0 extra time victory, executing an inch-perfect cross for striker Harry Kewell to head into the goal for the match winner.
McKay retained his starting position for the semi-final against Uzbekistan, was again a key player for Australia in the team's 6–0 win, setting up three goals and being awarded man of the match. Due to McKay's excel
Cloncurry is a town and locality in the Shire of Cloncurry, Australia. It is the administrative centre of the shire. At the 2016 census, Cloncurry recorded a population of 2,719 people. Cloncurry is known as the Friendly Heart of the Great North West and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017. Cloncurry was recognised for its liveability, winning the Queensland's Friendliest Town award twice by environmental movement Keep Queensland Beautiful, first in 2013 and again in 2018. Cloncurry is situated in the north-west of Queensland, 770 kilometres west of the city of Townsville via the Flinders Highway; the town lies adjacent to the Cloncurry River. Cattle grazing is the significant industry in the region, a large sale yards is located in the town; the first Europeans to traverse these tribal lands of peoples such as the Maithakari and the Wanamara, were Burke and Wills on their epic, fatal, transcontinental expedition. The Cloncurry River was named by Burke after Lady Elizabeth Cloncurry, his cousin, with the town taking its name from the river.
Ernest Henry discovered copper in the area in 1867, the town sprang up to service the Great Australia Mine to the south. Roger Sheaffe established the first pastoral run in the Cloncurry district - "Fort Constantine". Gold was discovered at Top Camp; the town was surveyed in 1876. Cloncurry was proclaimed a town in 1884; the Cloncurry Advocate was a newspaper published in Cloncurry between 1889 and 1953. Queensland's Northern Line railway reached Cloncurry in December 1907 and was opened the next year. In 1914 a fire broke out in the town resulting in the destruction of the Post Office, the hotel, eleven shops, two store-rooms and a cottage; the telegraph office was saved by employees who kept the office damp and protected with wet blankets. One man died in the blaze which cost an estimated £15,000; the discovery of uranium at Mary Kathleen brought wealth to the community in the 1950s. Until the development of Mount Isa in the 1960s, Cloncurry was the administrative centre of the region; the first-ever flight of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia took place from Cloncurry on 15 May 1928, using a de Havilland DH.50 aircraft hired from the small airline, Qantas.
A Royal Flying Doctor Service museum is situated in the town. The population in Cloncurry decreased from 3,898 in 1996 to 2,900 in 2002, it declined further to 2,719 by 2016. The Cloncurry Bob McDonald Library opened in 2012. Cloncurry has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: Via Sheaffe Street: Mount Elliott Company Metallurgical Plant and Mill 42-48 Daintree Street: Cloncurry Courthouse 47 Scarr Street: Cloncurry Post Office Cloncurry was regarded as holding the record for the highest temperature recorded in Australia at 53.1 °C on 16 January 1889. Recent investigations have revealed that this temperature was measured in an improvised screen made from a beer crate and that it equated to 47–49 °C under standard conditions; the highest temperature recorded at Cloncurry's current weather station is 46.9 °C, well short of the now disputed 1889 temperature of 53.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 584.5 mm all of which falls In the months of December to March Because of the area's extreme solar conditions, Cloncurry was expected to become Australia's first solar-powered town.
However the planned 10MW Thermal solar plant was scrapped due to light pollution concerns and a 2.128MW flat panel photovoltaic solar farm was to be built in its place. However, the Queensland Government withdrew financial support for the solar farm in May 2012. Writer Alexis Wright grew up in Cloncurry. Association Footballer Kasey Wehrman was born in Cloncurry, he went on to play domestically and in Scandinavia. His achievements include winning a NSL Championship in 1996-1997 with the Brisbane Strikers and being capped several times with the Australian National Team. Politician Bob Katter was born in Cloncurry in 1945. Athlete Robert Crowther was born in Cloncurry, he went on to win the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China with a jump of 8.00m, the 2007 World Uni Games in Bangkok with a jump of 8.02m, was the 2008 Australian long jump champion at the 2008 Australian Athletics Championships held in Brisbane. He represented Australia at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea, he missed out on 2 Olympics due to injury.
Cloncurry has a public library, public swimming pool, racecourse, Flying Doctor museum and a mineral display in the old post office. The Cloncurry Shire Council operates a public library in Cloncurry at Scarr Street; the Cloncurry branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association has its rooms at Charlotte Scott House in Scarr Street. Charlotte Scott was a dedicated member of the Cloncurry QCWA who died in 1992 having spent most of her life in Cloncurry, she was well known for her dancing the Charleston. Cloncurry State School is a government co-educational Prep to Year 12 School at Daintree St. Cloncurry. In 2015 the School had 281 students enrolled with a teaching staff of 28 FTE and 15 FTE non teaching staff; the general population in the community is transient with 40% turnover in student enrolment in 2015. 60% of student enrolment identify as Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander. Cloncurry has linkages to other destinations via major coach operators such as Greyhound and Bus Queensland.
A weekday service to Mount Isa is operated by Cloncurry Coaches as well as local charter services within the area for mining, sporting bodies and special events. See Cloncurry Airport During World War 2, Cloncurry was the location of RAAF No.23 Inland Aircraft Fuel Dep
Ghana national football team
The Ghana national football team represents Ghana in international association football and has done so since the 1950s. The team is nicknamed the Black Stars after the Black Star of Africa in the flag of Ghana, it is administered by the Ghana Football Association, the governing body for football in Ghana and the oldest football association in Africa. Prior to 1957, the team played as the Gold Coast. Although the team qualified for the senior FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2006, they had qualified for four Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior national team competition; the team has been runner-up five times. After going through 2005 unbeaten, the Ghana national football team won the FIFA Best Mover of the Year Award and reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they became only the third African team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, in 2014 they competed in their third consecutive World Cup.
The Gold Coast Football Association was founded in 1920, succeeded by the Ghana Football Association in 1957, which affiliated to Confederation of African Football and FIFA the following year. On 19 August 1962 at the Accra Sports Stadium, the Black Stars played Spanish giants Real Madrid, who were at the time Spanish champions, former European champions and intercontinental champions, drew 3–3. Charles Kumi Gyamfi became coach in 1961, the Black Stars won successive African Cup of Nations titles, in 1963 and 1965, achieved their record win, 13–2 away to Kenya, shortly after the second of these, they reached the final of the tournament in 1968 and 1970, losing 1–0 on each occasion, to DR Congo and Sudan respectively. Their domination of this tournament earned the Black Stars team the nicknames of "the Black Stars of West Africa" and "the Black Stars of Africa" in the 1960s; the team had no success in FIFA World Cup qualification during this era, failed to qualify for three successive African Cup of Nations in the 1970s, but qualified for the Olympic Games football tournaments, becoming the first team from sub-Saharan Africa to qualify for the Games, reaching the quarter-finals in 1964 and withdrawing on political grounds in 1976 winning the 1982 African cup of nations.
After three failures to reach the tournament final, the 1992 African Cup of Nations saw the Black Stars finish second. Prior to the year 2000, disharmony among the squad which led to parliamentary and executive intervention to settle issues between two squad members, Abedi Pele and Anthony Yeboah in the late 1990s, may have played some part in the failure of the team to build on the successes of the national underage teams in the late 1990s, but a new generation of Black Stars players who went to the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship final became the core of the team at the 2002 African Cup of Nations, were undefeated for a year in 2005 and reached the finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the first time the team had reached the global stage of the tournament; the Black Stars started by succumbing to a 2–0 defeat to eventual champions Italy, but wins over the Czech Republic and the United States saw them through to the second round, where they lost 3–0 to Brazil. In 2008, Ghana reached a high ranking of 14 according to the FIFA World Rankings.
The Black Stars went on to secure a 100 percent record in their qualification campaign, winning the group and becoming the first African team to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the final tournament, the team competed in Group D with Germany and Australia. Ghana reached the round of 16 where they played the United States, winning 2–1 in extra time to become the third African nation to reach the World Cup quarter-finals; the team lost to Uruguay in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals, having missed a penalty kick in extra time after a certain goal was prevented by Luis Suárez's deliberate handball, shown a red card for his actions. In 2013 Ghana became the only team in Africa to reach four consecutive semi-finals of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations twice, from 1963 and 1970 and from 2008 and 2013. Ghana was sufficiently ranked by FIFA to start their qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in the Second round, they won the group, in the following round qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals in November 2013, beating Egypt 7–3 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off.
Ghana was drawn in Group G for the finals, where they faced Germany and the United States. The World Cup finals ended up in disappointment as Ghana exited in the group stages with issues of poor planning and payment bonuses being blamed for the poor performance, although they did manage a 2–2 draw with Germany, who ended up winning the competition; the black star is present on the Flag of Ghana and national coat of arms in the centre of the national crest. Adopted following the independence of Ghana in 1957, the black star has always been included in its kits; the Black Stars' kits were sponsored by Puma SE from 2005, with the deal ending in 2014. The Black Star kit is used instead of the original gold and red coloured football kit based on the colours of the Ghana national flag; the Black Stars have used an all-white and black football kit, worn from the years 1957 to 1989 and again from 2006 until December 2014. Between 1990 and 2006 the Ghana national football team used the kit in the colours of the national flag of Ghana, with gold and red used extensively, as in the team's crest and known as the Pan-African colours.
The gold with green and red kit concept and design was a