Adelaide City FC
Adelaide City Football Club is an Australian football club based in Adelaide, South Australia. The club was known as Juventus — the original name given to the club by its founders in Adelaide's Italian community. Adelaide City is one of Australia's most decorated sides, having been crowned national champion three times. City became one of the founding members of the National Soccer League in 1977, Australia's first national competition of any football code. Only two clubs have spent more time in the top tier of Australian soccer since national competition began. City competed in the now-defunct NSL for 27 seasons, winning its first title in 1986 under legendary coach Zoran Matić; the club went on to win two more championships under Matić in 1992 and 1994. During its national league stint, City won the NSL Cup three times – more than any other club – achieving a league/cup double in 1992. In 1987, it became the first Australian club in history to win a continental title when it claimed the Oceania Club Championship.
Adelaide City has been one of the most prolific producers of players selected for the Australian national team, with the club providing the third most Socceroos of any NSL club behind Marconi and South Melbourne. Former City NSL striker and current coach Damian Mori holds the record for the most goals scored in the national domestic league with 240 – 131 of which were scored in City colours. Tobin holds the record for playing the most senior games in Australian domestic competition with 522, including 436 for City. Since it withdrew from the NSL just before the league's final season began in 2003, Adelaide City has competed in the National Premier Leagues South Australia, it has won a record 17 first division titles in South Australia, 12 of which came before City entered the NSL in 1977 and a further five since its participation in national competition ended. City has claimed more Federation Cup titles than any other club, having won the South Australian domestic knockout title on 17 occasions.
The club's 2014 cup final win over traditional rival West Adelaide saw it qualify for the 2014 FFA Cup, in which it reached the quarter-finals and became the first NPL club to eliminate an A-League side when it defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 1–0. The club was founded in a back room of the Bailetti sports store on Hindley Street, Adelaide by the shop's owner Mario Bailetti and a small group of former members of a club called Savoia. Supported by members of the city's Italian community, the club was called Juventus after the Italian club from 1946 and subsequently renamed Adelaide Juventus in 1960. Bailetti served as chairman for the first 14 years of the club's existence and, after serving in senior executive roles with the South Australian Soccer Federation had the western grandstand of Hindmarsh Stadium named in his honour. Juventus began life in the second division of South Australian soccer, winning promotion at its first attempt. However, Juventus was relegated straight back to the second tier in 1947, where it remained for another two years.
In 1949, Juventus was promoted again and it has remained at the highest level of South Australian soccer since, save for several seasons during the club's National Soccer League stint. Early star players included Italian post-war migrant Fulvio Pagani, a fullback, selected for the Australian national team; the first of many state championships arrived in 1953. This was followed by another five titles before the end of the 1950s including an unprecedented four in-a-row between 1956 and 1959. Between 1953 and 1959, the club won 106 of six of seven championships it contested. An additional three South Australian championships were won in the 1960s and three more titles were won in the 1970s up until 1976; the club's original home was Kensington Oval, Adelaide known as Olympic Sports Field. During the club's formative years, there were signs of its potential on the national stage. Adelaide Juventus competed in the inaugural Australia Cup in 1962, finishing third in the national knockout tournament.
Its cup run produced wins over eventual national league rivals, Brisbane Azzurri and Sydney Hakoah, before it was denied a place in the final courtesy of a 3–0 loss to St George Budapest in front of 5000 spectators at Hindmarsh Stadium. Juventus reached the semi-finals of the Australia Cup again in 1963, this time having its final hopes dashed by eventual champion Port Melbourne Slavia; the club competed in all but the last edition of the tournament in 1968 but never again progressed beyond the quarter-finals. In 1977, the club renamed itself Adelaide City and became a founding member of the inaugural NSL competition; the team was captained by Frank Lister, inducted into the South Australian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004. The club's inaugural NSL coach was Edmund Kreft. Roger Romanowicz, Ron Fraser, Fred Yung, Zoran Matić, John Perin, David Leane, Sergio Melta, Brian Northcote, John Nyskohus and Gary Marocchi started for the Black and Whites in their first national league clash, a 0–0 draw against the Brisbane Lions at Olympic Sports Field, watched by 6320 people.
City finished fourth in the first NSL season, six points behind eventual champion Eastern Suburbs renamed Sydney City. One of the main proponents of the NSL concept, City recorded the league's highest average attendance of 7400 in its first season; the club was responsible for bringing one of the new league's star recruits to Australian shores in former Celtic striker
Defender (association football)
In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. There are four types of defenders: centre-back, full-back, wing-back; the centre-back and full-back positions are essential in most modern formations. The sweeper and wing-back roles are more specialised for certain formations. A centre-back defends in the area directly in front of the goal, tries to prevent opposing players centre-forwards, from scoring. Centre-backs accomplish this by blocking shots, intercepting passes, contesting headers and marking forwards to discourage the opposing team from passing to them. With the ball, centre-backs are expected to make long and pinpoint passes to their teammates, or to kick unaimed long balls down the field. For example, a clearance is a long unaimed kick intended to move the ball as far as possible from the defender's goal. Due to the many skills centre-backs are required to possess in the modern game, many successful contemporary central-defensive partnerships have involved pairing a more physical defender with a defender, quicker, more comfortable in possession and capable of playing the ball out from the back.
During normal play, centre-backs are unlikely to score goals. However, when their team takes a corner kick or other set pieces, centre-backs may move forward to the opponents' penalty area. In this case, other defenders or midfielders will temporarily move into the centre-back positions; some centre-backs have been known for their direct free kicks and powerful shots from distance. Brazilian defenders David Luiz and Naldo have been known for using the cannonball free kick method, which relies more on power than placement. In the modern game, most teams employ three centre-backs in front of the goalkeeper; the 4–2–3–1, 4–3–3, 4–4–2 formations all use two centre-backs. There are two main defensive strategies used by centre-backs: the zonal defence, where each centre-back covers a specific area of the pitch; the sweeper is a more versatile centre-back who "sweeps up" the ball if an opponent manages to breach the defensive line. This position is rather more fluid than that of other defenders who man-mark their designated opponents.
Because of this, it is sometimes referred to as libero. Though sweepers may be expected to build counter-attacking moves, as such require better ball control and passing ability than typical centre-backs, their talents are confined to the defensive realm. For example, the catenaccio system of play, used in Italian football in the 1960s, employed a purely defensive sweeper who only "roamed" around the back line; the more modern libero possesses the defensive qualities of the typical libero while being able to expose the opposition during counterattacks. The Fundell-libero has become more popular in recent time with the sweeper transitioning to the most advanced forward in an attack; this variation on the position requires great fitness. While seen in professional football, the position has been extensively used in lower leagues. Modern libero sit behind centre-backs as a sweeper before charging through the team to join in the attack; some sweepers move forward and distribute the ball up-field, while others intercept passes and get the ball off the opposition without needing to hurl themselves into tackles.
If the sweeper does move up the field to distribute the ball, they will need to make a speedy recovery and run back into their position. In modern football, its usage has been restricted, with few clubs in the biggest leagues using the position; the position is most believed to have been pioneered by Franz Beckenbauer, Gaetano Scirea, Elías Figueroa, although they were not the first players to play this position. Earlier proponents included Alexandru Apolzan, Ivano Blason, Velibor Vasović, Ján Popluhár. Other defenders who have been described as sweepers include Bobby Moore, Franco Baresi, Ronald Koeman, Fernando Hierro, Matthias Sammer, Aldair, due to their ball skills and long passing ability. Though it is used in modern football, it remains a respected and demanding position. A recent and successful use of the sweeper was made by Otto Rehhagel, Greece's manager, during UEFA Euro 2004. Rehhagel utilized Traianos Dellas as Greece's sweeper to great success, as Greece became European champions.
Although this position has become obsolete in modern football formations, due to the use of zonal marking and the offside trap, certain players such as Daniele De Rossi:, Leonardo Bonucci, Javi Martínez and David Luiz have played a similar role as a ball-playing central defender in a 3–5–2 or 3–4–3 formation. Some goalkeepers, who are comfortable leaving their goalmouth to intercept and clear through balls, who participate more in play, such as René Higuita, Manuel Neuer, Edwin van der Sar, Fabien Barthez, Hugo Lloris, among others, have been referred to as sweep
Daniel "Danny" Vuković is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for KRC Genk and the Australia national team. Vukovic is the holder of several A-League records: he has kept the most clean sheets of any goalkeeper in the A-League, he is the only goalkeeper to score in the A-League, has the most appearances of any player in the A-League. Vukovic has played for Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Parramatta Power. Vukovic made his A-League debut for the Central Coast Mariners in September 2005 against Melbourne Victory after the team's first-choice keeper John Crawley suffered a season-ending hip injury, they lost the game 2–1, however Vukovic saved an Archie Thompson penalty and was praised for his debut effort. He went on to play 19 more games for the Mariners in the 2005–06 season, achieving five clean sheets, saved a penalty from Sydney FC's star player, Dwight Yorke. Like many Mariners players, Vukovic spends time in schools and at local junior football games, encouraging football at a grassroots level.
It was known that Vukovic had desires to play overseas, it was revealed on 29 June he has signed with TFF First League club Konyaspor. During the third A-League Grand Final on 24 February 2008, Vukovic received a red card for slapping referee Mark Shield's hand following an alleged handball by Newcastle Jets player James Holland. On the day after the Grand Final, Football Federation Australia gave Vukovic a 15-month ban, meaning he would not be able to play in the A-League until 24 November 2008. On 4 March 2008, this ban was reduced on appeal to 12 months, meaning that if Vukovic re-offended in the following year, the 3-month suspended sentence would be activated; the ban extended to national team duty, which precluded him from competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics with the Australian U-23 team, the Olyroos, which he represented in all Olympic qualifiers for Beijing and had captained on occasion. Vukovic's ban was appealed a second time and on 22 April 2008 Football Federation Australia announced that the appeals committee had settled on a split suspension.
Vukovic was fined $10,000 and will have a further part of his sentence suspended from 6 October 2008 through to 25 January 2009. Although Vukovic will be ineligible to play for the Mariners in the early rounds of the 2008–09 A-League season, the decision means he will be eligible for selection for the Australian Olympic team competing in Beijing, but in June, FIFA re-stated that his ban from International Competition did include a ban on competing in the Olympic Games with the Olyroos. He is banned from International football till 6 October, when the ban is suspended till 25 January 2009 subject to no further infringement up to, including, 25 January 2009. Vukovic's 9 month ban remains the longest suspension in A-League history to date. Vukovic signed for the Turkish club on a 2-year deal, but was released on 13 August 2010 after the club found that they had too many overseas players on their books. After being released by Konyaspor, Vukovic signed a one-year deal for the remainder of the 2010–11 season with the Wellington outfit due to an injury suffered by back-up goalkeeper Reece Crowther.
He backed-up regular custodian Mark Paston with occasional appearances, became first-choice when Paston suffered a season ending knee injury. On 13 February, he scored the first goal of his career and the first for any keeper in the A-League for the Phoenix with a 93rd-minute penalty in the final round clash against the North Queensland Fury. Vukovic signed a 3-year deal beginning in the 2011–12 season with Perth Glory. Vukovic was the number one goalkeeper at Perth and enjoyed a successful season as the club made it to their first A-League grand final, losing to Brisbane Roar. Vukovic joined Japanese side Vegalta Sendai on a 5-month loan deal, but did not make an official appearance for the club, but was on the bench on numerous occasions. On 4 June 2015, it was confirmed that Vukovic had signed a three-year deal with A-League champions & premiers Melbourne Victory, being a major replacement for departing keepers Nathan Coe and Michael Turnbull. Vukovic revealed that a factor of signing the deal with the Melbourne club was that he & his wife Kristy wanted to live on the Eastern coast of Australia so that their new born child would be raised closer to their respective families from Sydney.
Vukovic agreed to end his contract with Victory after one season on compassionate grounds in July 2016. On the day Vukovic parted ways with Melbourne Victory, he signed with Sydney FC on a two-year deal, stating that he made the move to be closer to his family for the sake of his sons health. On 21 June 2017, Vukovic transferred to Genk with Sydney FC receiving a club-record transfer fee of $1,000,000. On 4 August 2017, he made his debut in a 2–1 loss to Standard Liège. Vukovic made 43 appearances in all competitions during Genk's 2017-18 season and was the surprise recipient of the fan-voted Golden Shoe award for player of the season. Vukovic played in the Young Socceroos team, he played several matches for the Olyroos, however missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics through suspension. Vukovic made his debut for the senior team on his 33rd birthday, coming on as a substitute for Brad Jones at half-time against Colombia, he gave away but saved a penalty in the 86th minute to keep the game to a scoreless draw.
In May 2018 he was named in Australia's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Vukovic was born on 27 March 1985 in Sydney to a Serbian family. During an in
Australian Institute of Sport
The Australian Institute of Sport is a sports training institution in Australia. The Institute's headquarters are situated in Canberra; the 66-hectare site campus is in the northern suburb of Bruce. The AIS is a division of the Australian Sports Commission. Two reports were the basis for developing the AIS: The Role and Development of Recreation in Australia by John Bloomfield and Report of the Australian Sports Institute Study Group; the need for the AIS was compounded in 1976 when the Australian Olympic team failed to win a gold medal at the Montreal Olympics, regarded as a national embarrassment for Australia. The Institute's well-funded programs have been regarded as a major reason for Australia's recent success in international sporting competitions. A brief overview of the history of the AIS follows; the AIS employs a number of staff who work in Sports Science and Sports Medicine, which includes disciplines such as sports nutrition, performance analysis, skill acquisition, recovery, athlete career education and conditioning, physical therapies, talent identification, applied performance research.
There are a number of sculptures located throughout the Bruce Campus, such as'Acrobats','Gymnast','Pole Vaulter' and'Soccer Players' by John Robinson and the'Swimmer' by Guy Boyd. After the Sydney 2000 Olympics, two of the three sculptures -' Gymnast' and'Wheelchair Basketballer' - that were located on the Sydney Tower Eye prior to the Olympics were installed at the AIS; the AIS Arena is a 5,200 capacity indoor stadium, used for sports such as basketball and volleyball as well as music concerts. Directly adjacent to, but not part of the Institute is the 25,000 capacity outdoor Canberra Stadium which has hosted matches of all the major forms of football played in Australia. In 2005, 2009, 2010 the Institute won awards at the prestigious Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards; these awards were given in recognition of the daily public tours. Each tour, which takes in several different buildings of the Institute as well as the arena and the Sportex zone, is led by an athlete training there.
Shortly after its inception in 1981, the AIS held a competition for a symbol that would depict the AIS aim of "achieving supremacy in sport". Over 500 designs were submitted; the winner was a design student from Bendigo in Victoria, Rose-Marie Derrico. Her design showed an athlete with hands clasped above the head in recognition of victory; the colours of the logo were red and blue, which are the same colours as the Australian flag. On 3 February 2014, the AIS launched a new logo in line with its new direction as outlined in its Winning Edge program, launched in 2012. Landor Associates designed the new logo; the gold in the brand representing Australia's pursuit of gold. From 2014, as a result of Australia's Winning Edge 2012-2022 strategy, the AIS no longer directly offered scholarships to athletes; as a result of the strategy, many national sporting organisations are utilizing the AIS facilities and services on an ongoing or regular basis. Several national sports organisations have located their national centres for excellence at the AIS.
These include: Basketball Australia Centre for Excellence, Netball Australia Centre for Excellence Football Federation of Australia Centre of Excellence, Rowing Australia National Training Centre, Volleyball Australia Centre of Excellence and Swimming Australia National Training Centre. The AIS does continue to support other athletes in other sports however they are self funded and not under the National Training Centre banner. Up until 2013, the AIS offered scholarships to athletes across 36 programs in 26 different sports: Artistic gymnastics, athletes with disabilities - swimming and winter sports, netball, football, swimming and field, volleyball and water polo administered from Canberra Diving, squash and cricket administered from Brisbane Sailing and slalom canoeing administered from Sydney Hockey administered from Perth Sprint canoeing, triathlon and BMX administered from the Gold Coast Road cycling, track cycling and beach volleyball administered from Adelaide Australian rules football, rugby union and rugby league are camps based programs Winter sports administered from MelbourneSports that had an AIS program but were discontinued prior to 2013 included: weightlifting, water polo, wrestling, archery and golf..
The head coach for the AIS boxing program from 1997 to 2010 was Bodo Andreass. Many prominent Australian athletes have taken up AIS scholarships. In 2001, the AIS established the Best of the Best Award to recognise performed AIS athletes; as of 2011, the following athletes have been recognised - Alisa Camplin, Robert De Castella, John Eales, Simon Fairweather, Neil Fuller, Bridgette Gusterson, Rechelle Hawkes, Shane Kelly, Luc Longley, Michelle Martin, Glenn McGrath, Michael Klim, Michael Milton, Clint Robinson, Louise Sauvage, Kate Slatter, Zali Steggall, Mark Viduka, Vicki Wilson, Todd Woodbridge, Lauren Jackson, Chantelle Newbery, Petria Thomas, Kerry Saxby-Junna, Jamie Dwyer, Anna Meares, Malcolm Page, Ricky Ponting, Oenone Wood and Matthew Cowdrey. In August 2013, Stuart O'Grady was indefinitely suspended from the'Best of the Best' due to his admission to doping in 1998; the Australian Institute of Sport Alumni highlights
Carlos Hernández (footballer)
Carlos Gerardo Hernández Valverde, known as Carlos Hernández, is a Costa Rican football player who plays as an attacking midfielder for Puntarenas in the Segunda División de Costa Rica. Hernández had become one of the most important players in the Primera División de Costa Rica, the Costa Rican national league, where he was the top assister in the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, he had built a reputation as a great scorer from long and middle distances combined with high level vision and technique that made him one of the most dangerous midfielders in the region. However, Hernández struggled with injury in the 2006–07 season which resulted in weight gain. In a bid to regain his former self, he was loaned out to A-League club Melbourne Victory. On 12 June 2007, it was confirmed by Melbourne Victory that Hernandez had signed for the Australian Club on a two-year loan from LD Alajuelense, he made his first appearance for the club in their 1–0 A-League Pre-Season Cup loss to the Newcastle Jets, coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute.
In the next game on 28 July 2007 he got his first start against Perth Glory scoring his first goal for the Victory. Early on during his first season with Melbourne, he was criticised by a portion of the Melbourne supporters and was said to be'overweight'. Hernández scored his first league goal for Melbourne Victory against Perth Glory at Docklands Stadium on 21 October 2007, helping Melbourne to a 2–1 win at home. Towards the end of the season, Hernández' fitness improved and he struck form, becoming a regular goal scorer and assister. One of Hernández most famous games for the Victory was when he scored Melbourne's only goal against Juventus in a friendly at the Docklands Stadium in May 2008; the goal was a cracking curling effort from just outside the box leaving Juventus goalkeeper Jess Vanstrattan with no chance. He scored the opening goal in Melbourne's 5–0 thrashing of reigning A-League champions Newcastle Jets in Round 3 of the 2008–09 season at the Docklands Stadium, his 6th goal for the club came against the Central Coast Mariners in Round 20, a cracking free kick that went through the wall and through the legs of helpless keeper Danny Vukovic.
He won widespread acclaim for his performance in Melbourne's 4–0 A-League semi-final second leg win over Adelaide United, in which he scored one goal and assisted for the other three. On 1 April 2009, Hernández claimed on Costa Rican television that the Victory had bought him from LD Alajuelense and he had signed a three-year deal, it was reported that he would go on loan to MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy until the start of the A-League season in August. The Galaxy has since denied any interest in Hernandez. On 17 April 2009, the Costa Rican newspaper La Nación reported that Melbourne Victory and LD Alajuelense had come to an agreement regarding the sale of the player for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of $450,000 and his signing was announced by the club on 14 May. On 26 September 2009, Hernández scored a goal helping his side win against Gold Coast United 3–2; the 35-yard hit again left Jess Vanstrattan with little chance. On 15 February 2010, Hernandez won the Johnny Warren Medal for best player in the A-League for season 2009–10, awarded at The Ivy in Sydney.
On 16 May 2012 it was announced. On 27 June it was announced that Hernández has signed a one-year deal with I-League club Prayag United making it one of the biggest transfers in Indian football. At his official media presentation he said "I am happy to be associated with Prayag United Sports Club. I am looking forward to challenges, it has indeed been a big decision to move to India, but I feel that there is this huge zest and enthusiasm for football here. I am excited to be part of this excellent team, hope to contribute to the success of the team in the coming season" On 12 October, in the 2nd match of the I-League, he had assisted Kiwi striker Kayne Vincent to take a decisive 2–1 lead against city rivals Mohun Bagan at the stroke of half-time, after defender Sukhen Dey had equalised on the 27th minute. Hernández has stated. On 4 January 2013 against Dempo at the municipal stadium at Kalyani, he scored from an inswinging direct free kick on 87th minute to ensure a 1–0 win over the defending champions.
In February 2013, Hernández was signed by New Zealand A-League club Wellington Phoenix on a two-year contract. He joined the Phoenix in June, as soon. In the 2013–14 season, Hernández scored 7 goals in 21 appearances, the same number as fellow Phoenix and Costa Rica teammate Kenny Cunningham. Due to his family finding it difficult to settle in Wellington, Hernández was released from Wellington Phoenix by mutual consent. In June 2014, Hernández was signed by Cartaginés on a one-year contract. Hernández will be representing Dempo of the Indian I-League for the 2014-2015 season as their Marque Player He has been an important player for the Costa Rican national team at numerous levels, playing in the under-20 Football World Youth Championship held in Argentina, as well as representing the country with the U-23 team at the 2004 Summer Olympics, he has been capped for the senior national team on 30 occasions, playing for the team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and scoring some important goals.
The playmaker was part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad in Germany but managed only two substitute appearances in the group games against Ecuador & Poland. He scored a cracker in his last international against France national football team, drilling a shot from 25 metres out into the left hand side of the net. Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally
Archibald Gerald Thompson is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Murray United in the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2, in addition to serving as a club ambassador for Melbourne Victory FC. Born in New Zealand, Thompson played youth football at the New South Wales Institute of Sport before going on to play numerous seasons in the National Soccer League and A-League. After eleven seasons with Melbourne Victory, he moved on to play for Heidelberg United in 2016. Thompson played overseas, for Belgian Pro League side Lierse and for Dutch Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven. Thompson has played over 50 times for Australia, scoring 28 goals, he was in the squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the 2001 and 2005 FIFA Confederations Cups, the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, the 2008 Summer Olympics and the successful 2004 OFC Nations Cup. He holds the all time goal scoring record for a single international match, where he scored 13 goals in a 31–0 victory against American Samoa, in 2001. Archie Thompson began his career as a teenager in Bathurst, breaking into the senior squad in 1995.
At the close of the 1996 season, he secured a move to the National Soccer League, signing with the Gippsland Falcons midway through the 1996–97 season. His exceptional pace and skill on the ball were recognisable in a mediocre team, it wasn't long before he was snapped up by Carlton, becoming a key goalscorer in an attack-minded squad; the demise of Carlton saw a return to Sydney, where he spent the remainder of the 2000–01 season with Marconi after being signed by mastermind Head of Operations Tony "Bagonk" Trimboli, before signing with Belgium's Lierse SK. A fan favourite, Thompson scored 9 goals in his first season with the Belgian First Division club before injury curtailed his progress. In his fourth season in Belgium, he was the club's leading scorer, with 14 goals in 29 league appearances. Despite his strong form, he was lured back home to play for Melbourne Victory in 2005, scoring the team's first regular season goal. With the A-League season finishing in March and a four-month gap between and Australia's first World Cup group match, Thompson was approached in late 2005 join Dutch team PSV Eindhoven on a temporary loan.
PSV was coached by Guus Hiddink, the Australian national team's head coach, playing for the team would provide Thompson with the match fitness and exposure to help his chances of being selected in the World Cup team. After negotiations between the Victory and PSV stalled over the financial terms of the deal, Thompson was placed on six-month loan to PSV Eindhoven on 13 January 2006, he played what was thought at the time to be his final Melbourne Victory game against Queensland Roar, scoring the only goal as the team's acting captain. This goal took his tally to 8 for the season, which made him Melbourne Victory's inaugural Golden Boot winner, he tied for the A-League's top goal scorer with Alex Brosque, Bobby Despotovski and Stewart Petrie. Thompson made just two appearances for PSV as a substitute, he was informed by the club that they would not be signing him to a further deal, so he returned to Melbourne Victory for the A-League 2006-07 season. Resuming with Melbourne Victory in domestic football, Thompson formed a deadly partnership in the second season of the A-League with strike partner Danny Allsopp, who both benefited from the attacking skills of Brazilian midfielder Fred.
Their quality forward play lead Melbourne to become both premiers and champions of the A-League in 2006–07. Thompson starred in the 2007 A-League Grand Final on 18 February 2007, scoring 5 goals and helping Melbourne Victory to a 6–0 thrashing of rivals Adelaide United. In becoming the first player to score more than 3 goals in an A-League match, Thompson exceeded his own expectations, predicting before the game that he would get a hat trick. For his efforts, Thompson was awarded the Joe Marston Medal as the Man of the Match. Thompson scored the winner against Robbie Fowler's North Queensland Fury in the third game of the 2009–10 A-League season. During the 2009–2010 Hyundai A League grand final between the Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, Archie was stretchered off after only 12 minutes due to tearing his knee ligaments. During the post game interview, Archie confirmed that it looks like he will require a full knee reconstruction, resulting in him being out of action for up to 12 months. Thompson played his first game in the A-League 2010–11 season loss against Gold Coast United, after coming back from a major knee reconstruction.
He went on to win the 2014 -- 2015 FFA Cup with Victory. On 30 April 2016, Melbourne Victory announced they hadn't renewed Thompson's contract with Thompson departing the club at the end of their 2016 ACL campaign. Thompson spent 11 seasons with the club, scoring 90 goals, 10 of them in finals matches. On 12 September 2016, Thompson was appointed as a club ambassador of Melbourne Victory. On 6 August 2016, Thompson signed a short-term, two-game deal with National Premier Leagues Victoria team Heidelberg United. In something of a homecoming, Thompson signed up for a full season with Murray United FC, based in Albury–Wodonga, home of his parents, ahead of the 2017 National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 season, he made his debut for Murray United as a 57th-minute substitute against Melbourne City FC NPL. Thompson made his first international appearance for Australia on 28 February 2001 in a friendly match against Colombia, he was included by coach Frank Farina in the squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification matches played in April 2001.
On 9 April 2001, he came on as a substitute and scored his first international
Paul Everton Ifill is a footballer who plays as a forward for Hawke's Bay United in the New Zealand Football Championship. Born in Brighton, Ifill was in part of Watford's youth programme but was not offered a professional contract and moved to non-league Saltdean United. From there he was spotted by Millwall where he spent nearly seven years before being signed by Sheffield United in 2005. After two season with the Blades he transferred to Crystal Palace where he spent a further two seasons, before moving to New Zealand to play for Wellington Phoenix in the A-League, where he played from 2009 – 2014, until being forced into early retirement due to injury. Ifill has made ten appearances for Barbados, scoring six goals. After rejection from Watford's youth team as a 16-year-old, Ifill returned to his home town, Brighton, he enrolled on a physical education course at college and played non-League football in the same Saltdean United team as his father. Jeff Burnidge and Mick Beard scouted Ifill following a tip from a former Millwall player, Millwall signed him as a centre-forward.
After he suffered injury at a crucial time between contracts, manager Billy Bonds gave him just one month to prove himself. Ifill responded by scoring four goals the next Saturday and two more the following week. Injuries led to Millwall switching him to midfield, but a recurring back-injury prevented him from sprinting, a basic requirement for a winger. Despite seeing a number of different specialists, he was out for three months, seemed in danger of having to end his career. A Harley Street consultant diagnosed a pelvic flaw pressing on a nerve: the day after treatment he was able to sprint again, he was a member of the team that reached the 2004 FA Cup Final, where they lost to Manchester United 3–0. He signed for Sheffield United in May 2005 for £800,000, after making over 200 league appearances at The New Den. In his first season at Bramall Lane, United raced into a large lead, despite falling behind eventual champions Reading, the Blades finished as runners-up, securing promotion to the Premier League in the process.
In the top flight, Ifill fell out of favour, boss Neil Warnock placed him on the transfer list. During the January transfer window, Ifill left the Blades and after much competition from other clubs was unveiled by Crystal Palace, having signed for a reported £800,000 fee. At Palace, Ifill's career stuttered, with him struggling for fitness. Warnock's appointment to the manager's post at Palace did not leave him without any chances, but Ifill struggled to remain fit. On 18 August 2008, Ifill and teammate Carl Fletcher were put on the transfer list by manager Neil Warnock, he was released by Crystal Palace on 6 May 2009 with eight other players. On 21 July 2009, Ifill signed a two-year contract with New Zealand-based Wellington Phoenix of the Australian A-League, he scored his first goal for his new club in his second appearance netting a header off a pinpoint cross from Leo Bertos to help secure a 2–1 win over Perth Glory at Westpac Stadium. Ifill's second goal came against Adelaide United. On 6 September 2009 two days after his goal against Adelaide, Ifill signed a contract extension to keep him at the Phoenix until the end of the 2011–12 season, with an option for an extra year.
Ifill's third goal came on 25 October 2009 as the Phoenix hammered Gold Coast United 6–0, a regular-season record for the largest win. Ifill not only provided three assists in a masterful performance. Ifill scored in three consecutive games for the Phoenix, resulting in two wins and a draw for the fledgling club. On 31 December 2009, Ifill scored both goals in a 2–0 win over the Central Coast Mariners, pushing the Phoenix back up to seventh position in a congested ladder. In Ifill's first two games of 2010, Ifill provided the Phoenix with an assist to Eugene Dadi in a match against the Brisbane Roar as well as a goal against North Queensland Fury. Ifill's tenth goal for the Wellington Phoenix came on 7 February 2010 via a penalty against Gold Coast United in a 1–0 win; the goal put the Wellington club into the top four leading into the final round of the regular season. Ifill scored twice more against Central Coast Mariners in the final round of the regular season to help his team to a 3–0 win, securing fourth position.
In the process, Ifill joined former Phoenix marksman Shane Smeltz as record holder of most goals scored in a regular season. Ifill scored in the penalty shoot-out as the Phoenix prevailed over Perth Glory 1–1 in the first week of the playoffs. Ifill scored an extra-time goal; however Ifill had a comparatively quiet match as the Phoenix were downed 4–2 by eventual champions Sydney FC in the Preliminary Final. Ifill was injured early in the Phoenix's game against Newcastle Jets on 18 December 2010, it was feared he had broken his leg; however scans showed that there was no fracture, but an ankle sprain with some ligament damage. The expectation was. On 8 December 2011, it was announced that Ifill had signed a two-year contract extension with the club. In 2015, Ifill took on a player/ coach role at Wairarapa United in the Men's Central League, he runs this alongside his two Paul Ifill Football Academies in Masterton. Ifill plays internationally for Barbados due to parental nationality and played in two World Cup qualifying games for Barbados in June 2004 against St Kitts & Nevis.
He was recalled to the squad for three Caribbean Nations Cup 2007 Group B fixtures against St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda and Anguilla at the Antigua Recreation Ground. On 24 September 2006, he scored a hat-trick for Barbados during their 7–1