Balgownie Rangers FC
Balgownie Rangers Football Club is an association football club based in Balgownie, New South Wales. They play in the Illawarra District League. Founded in 1883, Balgownie is believed to be the oldest running association football club in Australia. Balgownie Rangers is the oldest running registered association football club in Australia, being formed in 1883; the club was formed in 1883 where it played against other social clubs and between Balgownie teams. In 1890, Balgownie Rangers was registered to play in the newly formed N. S. W. Football Association. Balgownie was the 5th club to form in Australia. Granville, Kings College and one other club formed a few years before 1883. Since all of these clubs have folded, Granville being the last to fold in the early 1980s, making Balgownie Rangers the oldest registered running soccer club in Australia; the club has produced many famous football players over the years. Some include James ‘Judy’ Masters, Tom Thompson, Dave Ward and Frank Smith in the early 1900s, George Barlow in the 1950s and more Matt Horsley who went on to captain the Wollongong Wolves, win 4 National Soccer League titles and represent Australia.
Matt has retired his footballing career after finishing as captain of Perth Glory during December 2005. In 1974, Balgownie finished second on the league table in NSW Federation Division Two earning promotion into NSW Federation Division One for the following year. Another team from the Illawarra was competition in Division One called Safeway United; the club had had good success in Division One winning three minor premierships and one championship in 1963. For the 1975 season it was decided; the merged club would continue to be called Balgownie Rangers. Balgownie Rangers FC Website Balgownie Rangers FC on Facebook
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
Isaías Sánchez Cortés, known as Isaías, is a Spanish-Australian footballer who plays for Australian club Adelaide United FC as a midfielder. Born in Sabadell, Catalonia, Isaías was a CF Badalona youth graduate, started playing professionally with that club in Segunda División B. In 2010 he signed for RCD Espanyol, but spent the majority of his first year with the reserves in Tercera División. On 10 April 2011, Isaías made his first-team and La Liga debut, playing the last 22 minutes of a 0–0 away draw against Hércules CF, he spent the following two seasons on loan to SD Ponferradina, contributing with 27 games and one goal in his second to help the side return to Segunda División. In July 2013, Isaías signed for Adelaide United FC, he won the Player of The Year award for his team in his debut campaign in the A-League. Isaías scored his first goal for the club on 24 January 2015, netting from 25 meters in a 7–0 win over the Newcastle Jets FC, he repeated the feat in the 2016 A-League Grand Final in an eventual 3–1 defeat of Western Sydney Wanderers FC, through a 34th-minute free kick.
On 23 September 2017, Isaías was announced as captain at Adelaide United's season launch, taking over from Eugene Galekovic who transferred to Melbourne City FC. Playing as a defensive midfielder for Adelaide United, Isaías can switch between defensive and offensive positions, drops into defence, allowing the full-backs to push forward, he is known for his ability to control the pace and intensity of the game, keep possession of the ball and launch attacks when his team plays from defence to attack. Isaías was described by Adelaide manager Josep Gombau as his "foot soldier", being a complete footballer with technique and controlled aggression; as of 9 May 2016 Adelaide United A-League Championship: 2016 A-League Premiership: 2015–16 FFA Cup: 2014, 2018 Joe Marston Medal: 2016 Isaías Sánchez at BDFutbol Stats at FutbolEsta
Mathew David Ryan is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion and the Australia national team. Born in Sydney, Ryan played youth football for Marconi Stallions, Blacktown City and Central Coast Mariners, he made his senior debut for Blacktown before moving to the Mariners' senior squad in 2010. In 2013, Ryan moved to Club Brugge, he made his senior international debut in 2012, has since established himself as Australia's first-choice goalkeeper succeeding his childhood idol Mark Schwarzer. He played at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups as well as the 2015 and 2019 Asian Cups, winning the Best Goalkeeper award at the 2015 tournament which his country won on home soil. Ryan was born in New South Wales and attended Westfields Sports High School, he took up football at the age of four and played youth football for Blacktown City and Central Coast Mariners before making his senior debut with Blacktown City. After moving to Central Coast Mariners in 2010, Ryan moved to Club Brugge in 2013.
In addition to holding an Australian passport, Ryan has a UK passport. Ryan played for the Central Coast Mariners youth team in the 2009–10 season, after several call-ups to the senior team, he was given a 3-year senior contract. Despite starting the 2010–11 A-League as the Mariners' substitute keeper, an anterior cruciate ligament injury to first-choice Jess Vanstrattan saw Ryan elevated into the starting eleven. Ryan made his A-League debut for the Mariners on 28 August 2010 in a 1–1 draw against Sydney FC, but fumbled a cross which allowed Rhyan Grant to score Sydney's goal. While coach Graham Arnold was happy with Ryan's debut, there was competition between Ryan and newly-signed Paul Henderson for the regular starting spot. Over the next several months Ryan retained his spot in the starting lineup and earned significant plaudits, including the A-League Young Player of the Month award for December 2010; the Mariners season ended with a penalty shootout loss to Brisbane Roar in the 2011 A-League Grand Final, Ryan was awarded the Joe Marston Medal for man of the match in that game.
He was named A-League Young Footballer of the Year for 2010–11. In October 2011, Ryan was named 2011 Male U20 Player of the Year at the FFA Australian Football Awards, he continued to put in a number of strong performances in the 2011–12 A-League, including a man of the match performance in a 1–0 win over Melbourne Heart on 17 January 2012 after pulling off a number of saves. This contributed to Ryan being named A-League Young Player of the Month for January 2012; the Mariners won the 2011–12 Premiership following a win over Wellington Phoenix in the final round of the regular season. However, they were eliminated in the Preliminary Final against Perth Glory on penalties, despite Ryan scoring his penalty in the shootout. In April 2012, Ryan was named A-League Young Footballer of the Year for the second successive season and A-League Goalkeeper of the Year, he was awarded the Mariners Medal for club player of the season, named in the PFA's A-League Team of the Season. He was awarded the Harry Kewell Medal for the outstanding Australian under-23-year-old player in June 2012.
Ryan was again central to the Mariners' 2012–13 A-League season. In November 2012, he was again awarded FFA Male U20 Player of the Year. On 2 March 2012, Ryan took a penalty in a match against Western Sydney Wanderers, saved by Ante Covic. Coach Graham Arnold revealed after the game that Ryan had been practicing penalty-taking in the lead-up to that match following a number of missed penalties from other players in the side; the Mariners were victorious in the 2013 A-League Grand Final over the Wanderers, their first win in their four A-League Grand Finals played, with Ryan dedicating the win to the three previous Mariners teams to have lost at that stage. It was confirmed on 30 May 2013 that Ryan had completed a move to Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee, despite his contract at Central Coast Mariners expiring the following day. On 27 July 2013 Ryan made his debut for Brugge in the first game of the season at home to Sporting Charleroi and kept a clean sheet in a 2–0 win.
In a match against K. A. A. Gent on 23 December 2013 Ryan saved a penalty in the 67th minute that would have resulted in game being level at 2–2. Brugge went on to win the game 3–1 and reports after the match confirmed that Ryan had been offered a new lucrative deal with the club involving a substantial pay increase and contract extension. On 26 November 2014, it was announced that Ryan had agreed to terms with Club Brugge, to extend his contract until 2018. After a string of fantastic performances, it was reported that European giants Liverpool had sent scouts to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup to watch the goalkeeper. On 21 July 2015, Ryan signed a six-year deal with La Liga side Valencia CF, he was expected to assume the starting goalkeeper role, at least in the medium term, with regular starter Diego Alves out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. He made his unofficial debut in a friendly against PSV Eindhoven on 25 July 2015. On 22 August 2015, Ryan made his La Liga debut in Valencia's opening game of the season, keeping a clean sheet in a scoreless draw with Rayo Vallecano.
His run in the starting side extended until September, when he sustained a meniscus tear in a draw with Deportivo La Coruña, forcing him to have surgery and miss over a month of football. A series of good performances from his replacement, Jaume Domènech, led to suggestions that Ryan would not return to the starting side after his return from injury. Indeed, it was not until late November that Ryan was re-promo
Dwight Eversley Yorke CM is a Tobagonian former football player. Throughout his club career, he played for Aston Villa, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Sunderland as a forward, between 1988 and 2009, he was the assistant manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team until the completion of the qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Yorke scored 123 goals in the Premier League, a record for a non-European, not broken until Sergio Agüero in 2017. At international level, Yorke represented Trinidad and Tobago on 74 occasions between 1989 and 2009, scoring 19 goals, he helped his nation reach the semi-finals of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, helped Trinidad and Tobago to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in its history representing his national side in the final tournament in 2006. Yorke was first discovered by Graham Taylor, at the time the Aston Villa manager, on a tour of the West Indies in 1989. Yorke appeared in a team that played a friendly match against Aston Villa, Taylor was impressed and offered Yorke a trial at Villa.
Yorke was subsequently given a permanent contract and he made his First Division debut for Aston Villa against Crystal Palace on 24 March 1990: Crystal Palace won the game 1–0. During his time with Aston Villa, from 1989 to 1998, Yorke played as a right winger until the 1995–96 season, he switched to centre forward and established himself as one of the Premier League's top strikers. Yorke was an integral member of the Villa team that reached the League Cup Final in 1996. Villa won 3–0 against Leeds United with Yorke getting on the scoresheet. On 30 September 1996 he scored a hat-trick against Newcastle United in a 4–3 defeat. Newcastle were leading 3–1 at half-time and Aston Villa were down to ten men, with Mark Draper being sent off late in the first half. Yorke showed great character in leading his team in a brave fight back by scoring two more goals in the second half to complete his hat-trick, although it was to no avail as Aston Villa still lost the game. Yorke thought he had scored a fourth goal to equalise the game at 4–4, only for it to be ruled offside.
It was performances like this that led to interest from Manchester United in August 1998. Yorke appeared for Aston Villa on 284 occasions, scoring 97 times, he has the distinct honour of being the last Villa player to score in front of the old Holte End standing terrace, notching both goals in a 2–1 victory on the final day of the 1993–94 season, 7 May 1994. The circumstances of his departure from Aston Villa were controversial. John Gregory, Aston Villa manager at that time, made it known that the club did not want to sell Yorke to Manchester United unless they were prepared to exchange striker Andy Cole. Yorke approached Gregory to state that he wanted to leave the club, to which Gregory was attributed as saying that he would have shot Yorke if he had had a gun in his office. Yorke played for Villa on the opening day of the season at Everton on 15 August 1998, however it appeared he made no effort during the match as he was unhappy at not being allowed to leave the club. Villa were left with no option but to sell the player and he was transferred to Manchester United for £12.6 million on 20 August 1998.
Despite spending 9 years at Villa he is disliked by some of its fans for his behaviour at the time he left the club and because he joined Birmingham City. In his first season Yorke was a key player in guiding his club to a unique treble of the Premier League title, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, forming a legendary partnership with Andy Cole. Yorke finished the season as the top league goalscorer with 18 goals and contributed goals against Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Juventus in the Champions League, he won the Premier League Player of the Season. Yorke was a regular member of United's 1999–2000 title winning team, contributing 22 goals in all competitions. Despite a less successful third season Yorke scored a hat-trick in the top of the table clash with Arsenal as United went on to win a third successive title. Yorke's limited appearances in the 2001–02 season led to rumours that he'd fallen out with United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, following his much publicised relationship with British model Jordan.
After a January move to Middlesbrough fell through Yorke signed for Blackburn Rovers for £2 million during the close-season. Altogether he scored 65 goals for Manchester United in 147 appearances. Yorke spent two years at Blackburn Rovers, where he rejoined his old United strike partner, Andy Cole, he managed 13 goals in his first year at Blackburn helping them finish 6th and qualify for the UEFA Cup, the following season he was in and out of the team and fell out with manager Graeme Souness, it was rumoured that Souness accused him of not trying hard enough, during a six-a-side match the pair once exchanged a few tough tackles. Subsequently he joined Birmingham City in 2004 on a free transfer. Yorke started his Birmingham career well with a goal on his home debut against Charlton which went a long way in winning over sceptical fans owing to his lengthy association in the past with city rivals Aston Villa, he scored again against Graeme Souness's Newcastle in October. However, Yorke ended up spending most of the remainder of his time at the club on the bench and was released by Steve Bruce just eight months after signing, Yorke signed for Sydney FC, with a salary of $1 million a season.
He scored the first goal for Sydney FC in its first A-League regular season match, a diving header against the Melbourne Victory. Yorke came to Sydney FC with the biggest pedigree of all players in the A-League, having won the treble with Manchester United. Yorke scored 7 goals in the A-League
Daniel James McBreen is a semi-professional footballer who plays as a striker for National Premier Leagues Northern NSW club Edgeworth, is a coach with Newcastle Jets U15. Born in England, McBreen moved to Australia with his family when he was six weeks old and started his career in local football with Toronto Awaba Stags and Edgeworth Eagles, he earned a professional contract with National Soccer League club Newcastle United in 2000, where he played for two seasons before joining Universitatea Craiova of the Romanian Divizia A. He left them amid a dispute over wages in 2004, when he joined Falkirk, where he won the Scottish First Division title and the Scottish Challenge Cup in the 2004–05 season. McBreen spent 2005–06 with them in the Scottish Premier League before being released, when he joined League One club Scunthorpe United in 2006, he played sporadically in their 2006–07 League One title-winning season, was loaned to Conference Premier club York City in 2007 before having a short spell with St Johnstone in the Scottish First Division.
McBreen rejoined York permanently in 2008 and played 2008–09 for them, with his last match in Europe coming in their defeat in the 2009 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium. He returned to Australia to play in the A-League for North Queensland Fury, but mid-season agreed to join division rivals Central Coast Mariners for the next two seasons. McBreen completed 2009–10 with another A-League club, Perth Glory, his good form with them resulted in a call-up to the Australia national team, he was part of the Mariners team that finished in second place in the 2010–11 A-League but was beaten in the 2011 A-League Grand Final. The Mariners were the Australian Premiers in 2011–12, but were knocked out of the finals series in the preliminary final. McBreen scored one of the Mariners' goals in the 2013 A-League Grand Final as they were crowned A-League Champions, for his performance he was awarded the Joe Marston Medal, he had won A-League Golden Boot as the division's top scorer with 17 goals. He went on loan with Shanghai East Asia, before joining them permanently for the 2014 Chinese Super League and having a spell with South China for the remainder of the 2014–15 Hong Kong Premier League.
McBreen was born in Burnley, England to Jim and Kathy. The family moved to Australia six weeks after his father took up an offer to play football for Edgeworth Eagles, he was raised in Newcastle, New South Wales and started his career playing local football for Toronto Awaba Stags before joining Edgeworth Eagles in 1999. McBreen scored over 20 goals for them in the 1999 Northern NSW State Football League before being the league's top scorer the following season with 23 goals. However, he was dropped for the grand final. McBreen earned his first professional contract aged 23 with Newcastle United of the National Soccer League in July 2000, he credited Edgeworth coach Bobby Naumov for the move, saying "He set me on the road to a pro career", he made his debut that year, scored six goals from 23 appearances as Newcastle finished in 14th place in the 2000–01 National Soccer League table. Newcastle turned full-time the following year, McBreen played 13 matches and scored three goals with Newcastle improving their league position by ranking second in the 2001–02 National Soccer League table.
Despite playing less he enjoyed working under new coach Ian Crook, saying "you can speak to him as a human being and he can man manage. He made training enjoyable". After being offered a trial with Universitatea Craiova by an agent, McBreen signed for the Romanian Divizia A club in July 2002 on a three-year contact, he made his debut in 3–1 win over Astra Ploiești on 17 August 2002, scored only once in 13 appearances for a Craiova team that ranked seventh in the 2002–03 Divizia A table. However, the players' wages were continually paid late throughout the season and McBreen came close to a move to Norwegian Tippeligaen club Lillestrøm, only for Craiova to twice raise their asking price for him on transfer deadline day, he played more the next season, making 20 appearances and scoring twice as Craiova finished fourth in the 2003–04 Divizia A table. He left Craiova during the summer of 2004 after the club's president Pavel Badea, a former teammate of McBreen's at the club, signed a letter releasing him from his contract.
He took his case to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport with the help of Professional Footballers Australia, only received the money he was owed after the club was given a three-point deduction and was threatened with automatic relegation. McBreen was prepared to return to Australia before being offered a trial with Falkirk of the Scottish First Division, he played for Conference South club St Albans City in pre-season before Falkirk received international clearance to play him in September 2004. McBreen made his debut as a 73rd-minute substitute for Andy Thomson in a 3–0 home win over Gretna in the Scottish Challenge Cup on 14 September 2004, he came on as a 72nd-minute substitute for Thomson in the 2004 Scottish Challenge Cup Final, in which Falkirk beat Ross County 2–1 at McDiarmid Park on 7 November 2004. His first goal came on his first start for the club, with a shot from eight yards seconds before half-time, as Falkirk beat Raith Rovers 2–0 away on 13 November 2004; this marked the start of a run of nine goals from seven matches, come the end of the season McBreen and his strike partner Darryl Duffy had scored a combined total of 40 goals.
He finished 2004–05 with 13 goals from 26 matches as Falkirk were promoted to the Scottish Premier League as Scottish First Division champions. His 13 league goals saw. McBreen signed a new one-year c