1983 - 1988

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1982 - 1988


Kit: Goalkeeper Jersey  Equipment Supplier: Adidas


Match Details:

Friendly match vs China hosted in Brisbane (Australia)


Result:

Australia 3 - 0 China (Friday, 27th September 1985)


Player: Jeffrey Olver  Socceroos Cap: #333


Socceroos Date of Debut:

27th September 1985, Australia vs China, Brisbane (Australia)


Squad:

Terry Greedy, Alan Davidson, David Ratcliffe, Charlie Yankos, Graham Jennings,

Zarko Odzakov, Joe Watson (goal, 63min), Oscar Crino (goal, 14min), Kenneth Murphy,

David Mitchell, John Kosmina (goal, 09min), Frank Farina, Jeffrey Olver Manager: Frank Arok


Some Facts:

This goalkeeper kit has been used for a very long period compared to the shirts the players have worn. Jeff Olver celebrates his Socceroos debut with his substitution (69min) for Terry Greedy on 27th September 1985 and finally retired 4 years later. (16th April 1989)

1982 - 1984

 

Kit: Home Jersey  Equipment Supplier: Adidas

 

Match Details:

Friendly match vs England hosted in Melbourne (Australia)

 

Result:

Australia 1 - 1 England (Sunday, 19th June 1983)

 

Player: Phil O'Connor  Socceroos Cap: #256

 

Socceroos Date of Debut:

11th August 1976, Australia vs Hong Kong, Canberra (Australia)

 

Squad:

Terry Greedy, Alan Davidson, Charlie Yankos, David Ratcliffe, Steve O'Connor, Joe Watson,

Graham Jennings, Jim Cant, Kenneth Murphy, John Kosmina, Phil O'Connor

Manager: Frank Arok

 

Some Facts:

Australia played host to England in a three match series in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne without a victory but however with satisfied results. (2 draws, 1 loss)

It was also the beginning and very first match for Frank Arok as national team coach with his rein continuing until 1989. Former coach Les Scheinflug elected to go with the Young Socceroos to Mexico leaving the Socceroos.

1982 - 1984


Kit: Away Jersey  Equipment Supplier: Adidas


Match Details:

1983 Merlion Cup friendly match vs South Korea hosted in Singapore (Singapore)


Result:

South Korea 1 - 3 Australia (Thursday, 15th December 1983)


Player: John Kosmina  Socceroos Cap: #259


Socceroos Date of Debut:

18th August 1976, Australia vs Hong Kong, Gasford (Australia)


Squad:

Terry Greedy, Charlie Yankos, Steve O'Connor, David Ratcliffe, Joe Watson, Tony Henderson,

Graham Jennings, Jim Cant (goal, 74min), Kenneth Murphy, John Kosmina (goal, 17min), Phil O'Connor (goal, 58min) Manager: Les Scheinflug


Some Facts:

Australia has won the Merlion Cup a second time since 1982 and therefore defend the Cup with quite an invulnerable victory against the host nation Singapore. With the following years the Merlion Cup lost his importance with less visitors. The 1986 edition experienced the worst match attendance since the tournament's inaugural edition in 1982 and no Merlion Cup tournament has been taken place till 1992.

1984 - 1986


Kit: Home Jersey  Equipment Supplier: Adidas


Match Details:

1986 Trans-Tasman trophy match vs New Zealand hosted in Auckland. (New Zealand)


Result:

New Zealand 1 - 1 Australia (Saturday, 25th October 1986)

         

Player: Graham Jennings  Socceroos Cap: #324


Socceroos Date of Debut:

12th June 1983, Australia vs England, Sydney (Australia)


Squad:

Jeff Olver, Charlie Yankos, Wally Savor, Gary McDowell, Robbie Dunn, Graham Jennings, Peter Raskopoulos, Graham Arnold, Paul Wade, Frank Farina, Chris Kalantzis, Alan Hunter, Andrew Zinni Manager: unknown


Some Facts:



1982 - 1984

 

Kit: Away Jersey ("B" Internationals)  Equipment Supplier: Adidas

 

Match Details:

Friendly "International B" matches vs Iraklis hosted in Brisbane & Melbourne. (Australia)

 

Result:

Australia "B" Internationals 0 - 0 Iraklis (Wednesday, 13th June 1984)

Australia "B" Internationals 1 - 1 Iraklis (Sunday, 17th June 1984)

 

Player: Peter Katholos  Socceroos Cap: #306

 

Socceroos Date of Debut:

20th May 1981, Australia vs Indonesia, Melbourne (Australia)

 

Squad:

Jeffrey Olver, John O'Shea, Mike O'Shea, Steve Blair, Tony Henderson, Theo Selemidis,

Joe Rizzotto, Jim Patikas, Richard Miranda, Robbie Slater, Charlie Egan, Peter Katholos,

Peter Lewis, Doug Brown, Tony Franken, Con Opasinis, Oscar Crino, Gary Cole

Manager: Eddie Thomson

 

Some Facts:

The ASF organised some friendly matches against European clubs in 1984 with Frank Arok as the manager of the Socceroos (Australia "A" Team) and Eddie Thomson manager of Australia"B" Team. The Adidas kit of the Australia"B" Team was different to the one of the Australia"A" Team shown in the pictures above and below.

1984 - 1986


Kit: Home Jersey  Equipment Supplier: Adidas


Match Details:

1986 World Cup qualifying match vs Scotland hosted in Melbourne (Australia)


Result:

Australia 0 - 0 Scotland (Wednesday, 04th December 1985)

         

Player: Charlie Yankos  Socceroos Cap: #325


Socceroos Date of Debut:

12th June 1983, Australia vs England, Sydney (Australia)


Squad:

Terry Greedy, Charlie Yankos, Alan Davidson, David Ratcliffe, Robbie Dunn, Frank Farina, Jimmy Patikas, Oscar Crino, Zarko Odzakov, Kenneth Murphy, John Kosmina, David Mitchell, Graham Jennings Manager: Frank Arok


Some Facts:

A lovely jersey but again a heartbreaking story behind this kit. Australia played a very succesful football in the 80s especially with their passionate manager Frank Arok by their side. To get a ticket for the World Cup has always been a hell of a story for the Socceroos with a long way to go. And again after finished first in the 1985 Oceania Group Australia had to face with Scotland a strong football team in 2 legs. The "Roos" lost the away game in Glasgow and a draw at home meant to be their World Cup knockout.


1984 - 1986


Kit: Away Jersey  Equipment Supplier: Adidas


Match Details:

unknown


Result:

unknown

         

Player: unknown  Socceroos Cap: unknown


Socceroos Date of Debut:

unknown


Squad: unknown  Manager: unknown


Some Facts:

Compared to the home kit of the Socceroos between 1984 and 1986 the away jersey has no collar. That was the very first time in Australia football history that the home & away jersey of one season period was a bit different. In 1993 it should be exactly the other

way round.


1984 - 1986


Kit: Home Jersey  Equipment Supplier: Adidas


Match Details:

Friendly matches vs Czechoslovakia hosted in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney (Australia)


Result:

Australia 1 - 1 Czechoslovakia (Sunday, 03rd August 1986)

Australia 0 - 1 Czechoslovakia (Wednesday, 06th August 1986)

Australia 0 - 3 Czechoslovakia (Sunday, 10th August 1986)

         

Player: Joseph Watson  Socceroos Cap: #281


Socceroos Date of Debut:

13th June 1979, Australia vs New Zealand, Auckland (New Zealand)


Squad:

Jeffrey Olver, Charlie Yankos, Ange Postecoglou, Robbie Dunn, David Ratcliffe, Ian Gray,

Graham Jennings, Zarko Odzakov, Kenneth Murphy, Peter Raskopoulos, John Kosmina,

Marshall Soper, Chris Kalantzis, Paul Wade, Graham Arnold, Gary McDowell, Alan Hunter, 

Sergio Melta, Steve Maxwell, Frank Farina, Joseph Watson Manager: Frank Arok


Some Facts:

In 1986 Czechoslovakia toured again Australia for three friendly games.

During these games the coat of arms has been replaced with a sponsor patch of Winfield.



1986 - 1988

 

Kit: Home Jersey  Equipment Supplier: Adidas

 

Match Details:

1988 Bicentennial Gold Cup friendly match vs Argentina hosted in Melbourne (Australia)

 

Result:

Australia 4 - 1 Argentina (Thursday, 14th July 1988)

          

Player: Alan Davidson  Socceroos Cap: #292

 

Socceroos Date of Debut:

09th February 1980, Australia vs Czechoslovakia, Melbourne (Australia)

 

Squad:

Jeffrey Olver, Charlie Yankos (goals, 43min & 68min), Robbie Dunn, Wally Savor,

Graham Jennings, Alan Davidson, Paul Wade (goal, 04min), Graham Arnold,

Scott Ollerenshaw, Vlado Bozinoski (goal, 80min), Frank Farina Manager: Frank Arok

 

Some Facts:

The Australian Soccer Federation (ASF) has organised a special tournament to celebrate Australias Bicentenary. This tournament was called Gold Cup with Saudi Arabia, Brazil and World Champion Argentina to face the Socceroos. Australia lost their tournament opener against Brazil by only 1 goal (0-1) but were able to beat Saudi Arabia easily (3-0) and also surprisingly Argentina by even 4 goals (4-1). The Gold Cup final against Brazil was a 0-2 loss but the Roos did a very good job and made the supporters believe to make the path to the 1990 World Cup finals. (the 4th try since 1974)

1986 - 1988


Kit: Away Jersey  Equipment Supplier: Adidas


Match Details:

1988 Bicentennial Gold Cup friendly match vs Brazil hosted in Sydney (Australia)


Result:

Australia 0 - 2 Brazil (Sunday, 17th July 1988)

         

Player: Frank Farina  Socceroos Cap: #329


Socceroos Date of Debut:

03rd November 1984, Australia vs China, Beijing (China)


Squad:

Jeffrey Olver, Charlie Yankos, Robbie Dunn, Wally Savor, Graham Jennings, Alan Davidson, Paul Wade, Graham Arnold, Scott Ollerenshaw, Oscar Crino, Vlado Bozinoski, Frank Farina,

Robbie Slater Manager: Frank Arok


Some Facts:

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