Seven awesome Australia stars to have graced the Premier League
It’s officially Australia Day, but, due to the lack of beach BBQ weather, Coral decided to celebrate our cousins from Down Under by putting their thinking caps on to come up with our top eight Socceroos stars to have impressed in the Premier League.
The Asian Cup is also currently in full swing and first-time hosts Australia are still firmly in the mix to lift the trophy, and are in fact odds-on favourites at 4/11 with Coral to beat semi-final foes United Arab Emirates over 90 minutes. Here are our seven Aussie stars, read on to see who we came up with!
Tim Cahill (Forward)
Many would claim Tim Cahill was less technically gifted than some other of his compatriots in this feature.
However, the ex-Everton attacker’s incredible volley at the World Cup, perhaps only beaten for quality by his brilliantly executed bicycle kick at the Asian Cup, would suggest otherwise.
Mr reliable for his nation, and the Socceroos’ driving force, Cahill provides strength, set piece savvy, passion and incredibly timed runs into the box that Australia will find hard to replace.
Talisman Cahill, still fantastic now at 35, was also a top player for the Toffees during his eight seasons with the Merseyside men, where he made 226 Premier League appearances and scored 56 goals.
Mark Schwarzer (Golakeeper)
Still jostling for first-team football at age 42, talented stopper Schwarzer may no longer be his nation’s number one, but holds the record for most Premier League appearances made by an Australian, having surpassed the 500 mark.
Now scrapping for the spot between Leicester City’s posts, Schwarzer has previously represented Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Fulham in England’s top tier, and also finished as a runner-up in the UEFA Cup with both Boro and the Cottagers.
Harry Kewell (Winger)
A fine footballer on his day, Kewell carved out a respectable career, representing both Leeds United and Liverpool (4/1 for a top four Premier League finish), and is currently the second highest top scoring Aussie in the Premier League era with 57 strikes
Pacey and possessing both tricky feet and a sweet shot, Kewell was the quintessential Premier League winger, including the predictable bouts of inconsistency for the Reds. Having lifted the Champions League with Rafael Benitez at the Mersey club, this wily wingman is one of the most decorated players on this list.
Mark Viduka (Forward)
Another Elland Road favourite and former Celtic star, Viduka unapologetically played football his way.
In his prime, the top Australian scorer in the Premier League was lethal up top, with a collection of audacious chips and venemous strikes in his locker.
Less successful stints with Newcastle United and Middlesbrough followed after the Socceroos superstar left West Yorkshire, but Viduka is still a legend in Leeds.
Mile Jedinak ( Central midfielder)
Currently plying his trade for Crystal Palace, underrated Jedinak has been marshalling the Eagles’ midfield and protecting the back four for three and a half seasons.
This campaign is only the 30 year old’s second in the Premier League, but Jedinak is captain for both club and country with good reason.
To add to his leadership and composure, the midfield anchorman also has an excellent spot kick technique.
Mark Bosnich (Goalkeeper)
Much-maligned Bosnich holds the honour of being the first Australian to play in the Premier League, after enjoying his bow for Aston Villa against Sheffield Wednesday in 1992.
The controversial keeper was cut from Manchester United’s youth academy but was selected as Peter Schmeichel’s successor after impressing at Villa Park.
It turned out to be an ill-fated return to Old Trafford, but Bosnich was undeniably a talented custodian when on top-form, and also lifted the title with United in 2000.
Lucas Neil (Defender)
A testy, tough-tackling defender, former Socceroos skipper Neil made his name as a feisty and versatile player who could operate at both full back and centre half.
Stints with Blackburn Rovers, Everton and West Ham United mean Neil notched up 279 Premier League appearances, which is no mean feat.
Stan Lazaridis (a hardworking wideman formerly of West Ham United and Birmingham City); Robbie Slater (Blackburn Rovers midfielder, who was the first Australian to lift the Premier League title); Paul Okon (ex-Leeds United and Lazio star); John Aloisi (former Coventry City striker); Brett Emerton (another ex-Blackburn recruit); Chris Herd (Aston Villa-owned utility player currently on loan at Wigan Athletic).