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1986 - 1988

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1986 - 1988

1988

OLYMPIC GAMES

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

1988

OLYMPIC GAMES

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

1988 - 1989

1988 - 1989

Training

1990 - 1993

1990 - 1993

1990 - 1993

1992

OLYMPIC GAMES

BARCELONA, SPAIN

1993

1993 - 1994

1993 - 1994

1993 - 1994

1993 - 1994

1993 - 1994

Kit: goalkeeper

 

Year: 1986 - 1988

 

This goalkeeper shirt has been already used in 1984 until 1986. Compared to the regular player kit

the style of the keeper shirt hasn´t changed until 1988 but only the home and away kit.

 

In 1988 Australia celebrated one of the biggest success in their young football history with a 4-1 win

against Argentina, the fresh World Champion. Australia qualified for the Gold Cup Final against Brazil.

Kit: home

 

Year: 1988 Bicentennial Gold Cup hosted in Sydney (Australia)

 

Result: Australia 4 - 1 Argentina (July 14th)

 

Match worn by: Alan Davidson #12

 

Squad:

Jeff Olver, Charlie Yankos, Robbie Dunn, Wally Savor, Graham Jennings, Alan Davidson, Paul Wade,

Vlado Bozinoski, Frank Farina, Graham Arnold, Scott Ollerenshaw

 

Head coach: Frank Arok

Kit: away

 

Year: 1988, Bicentennial Gold Cup Final hosted in Sydney (Australia)

 

Result: Australia 0 - 2 Brazil (July 17th)

 

Match worn by: Frank Farina #7

 

Squad:

Jeff Olver, Charlie Yankos, Robbie Dunn, Wally Savor, Vlado Bozinoski, Graham Jennings, Alan Davidson,

Paul Wade, Oscar Crino, Frank Farina, Robbie Slater, Graham Arnold, Scott Ollerenshaw

 

Head coach: Frank Arok

Kit: home

 

Year: 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea

 

Results: 2nd group stage, Quarter-finals (Australia 0 - 3 Soviet Union)

 

Australia 1 - 0 Yugoslavia

Australia 0 - 3 Brazil

Australia 1 - 0 Nigeria

 

Match worn by: Oscar Crino #11

 

Squad:

Jeff Olver, Gary van Egmond, Graham Jennings, Charles Yankos, Robbie Dunn, Paul Wade, Frank Farina,Mike Petersen, Graham Arnold, John Kosmina, Oscar Crino, Alan Davidson, Alex Tobin,

Alan Hunter, Andrew Koczka, Vlado Bozinoski, Robbie Slater, David Mitchell, Scott Ollerenshaw, Michael Gibson

 

Head coach: Frank Arok

Kit: away

 

Year: 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea

 

Results: 2nd group stage, Quarter-finals (Australia 0 - 3 Soviet Union)

 

Australia 1 - 0 Yugoslavia

Australia 0 - 3 Brazil

Australia 1 - 0 Nigeria

 

Match worn by: Gary van Egmond

 

Squad:

Jeff Olver, Gary van Egmond, Graham Jennings, Charles Yankos, Robbie Dunn, Paul Wade, Frank Farina,

Mike Petersen, Graham Arnold, John Kosmina, Oscar Crino, Alan Davidson, Alex Tobin, Alan Hunter,

Andrew Koczka, Vlado Bozinoski, Robbie Slater, David Mitchell, Scott Ollerenshaw, Michael Gibson

 

Head coach: Frank Arok

Kit: home

 

Year: 1988, Olympic Games Qualifying match hosted in Melbourne (Australia)

 

Result: Australia 2 - 0 Israel (March 06th)

 

Match worn by: Oscar Crino #10

 

Squad:

Jeff Olver, Wally Savor, Charlie Yankos, Gary McDowall, Alan Davidson, Mike Petersen, Oscar Crino,

Paul Wade, Frank Farina, Graham Arnold, John Kosmina

 

Head coach: Frank Arok

Kit: Training (special campaign)

 

Year: 1988 - 1989

 

The jersey was a slight variation on the Socceroos' first outfit and shows two different kind of

"stop smoking" patches which was a popular campaign in football sports.

 

Australias path to the 1990 World Cup finals was again through the Oceania group. The winner between the Socceroos and their old sparring partners Israel and New Zealand advancing to the next stage.

After a 4-1 victory over New Zealand in Sydney and an important draw against Israel in Ramat Gan

the Socceroos have put themselves in a well promising position.

 

But the following 2-0 loss against New Zealand in Auckland has changed the situation and Australia has been set under pressure for their last match versus Israel in Sydney. That match ended with another 1-1 draw between both rivals and the World Cup dream of 1990 was over again.

 

To those times players like Charlie Yankos, Alan Davidson, Paul Wade, Frank Farina, Graham Arnold

and John Kosmina were the big names of the Socceroos squad.

Frank Farina became the head coach of the Socceroos for 6 years (1999 - 2005) with Graham Arnold as his assistant coach. After the retirement of Frank Farina and the later retirement of head coach

Guud Hiddink, Graham Arnold took over the Socceroos until 2007.

 

Finally Frank Farina, Graham Arnold and John Kosmina joined the A-League in Australia as head coaches.

 

 

Kit: goalkeeper

 

Year: 1990 - 1993

 

Match worn by: Robert Zabica #1

 

Robert Zabica has been Australias' goalkeeper between 1990 and 1994 until a nagging knee injury forced his international retirement. One of his career highlights with the Socceroos were the match against Argentina, the former Fifa World Champions, with super star Diego Maradona.

His last match for the Socceroos took place against Japan on May 22nd in 1994.

 

Kit: home

 

Year: 1990 - 1993

 

Probably known as one of the most weird football kit in football history. With the australian brand Kingroo the Socceroos had a new equipment supplier and resigned the partnership with Adidas.

The design is what people would call something you need getting used to it but another strange fact is that this kit was finally one of the most sold jerseys of the Socceroos.

 

Australias road to World Cup 1994 started with that popular outfit and with that dress the "Roos" have won all qualify matches of their first group stage against Solomon Islands and Tahiti.

Kit: away

 

Year: 1993, friendly match in Dortmund (Germany)

 

Result: Dortmund 3 - 0 Australia (February 13th)

 

squad:

Robert Zabica, Andrew Marth, Mehmet Durakovic, Paul Okon, Alex Tobin, Dominic Longo, Paul Wade, Milan Ivanovic, Steve Corica, Robbie Slater, Ernie Tapai, Graham Arnold, Lou Hristodoulou

 

Socceroo Ned Zelic played for his league club Borussia Dortmund against his national team mates.

 

Keeping the "green and gold" philosophy of Australias sports uniform the away dress in the early 90´s

was looking very special, funky or whatever you would call it. Finally the three year partnership between ASF (Australian Soccer Federation) and Kingroo will stay in memory with one of the most weird football kit in Australias football history. "Play different, look different".

Kit: home

 

Year: 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain

 

Results: 4th place, (Ghana 1 - 0 Australia, bronze medal play-off game)

 

Australia 3 - 0 Denmark

Australia 2 - 1 Sweden

Australia 1 - 6 Poland

 

Match worn by: #10 (unknown)

 

Till today this tournament was the best result the Olyroos ever have achieved during any

Olympic Games.

 

This kit has been used for the Olympic Games in Barcelona´92 but for all matches Australia has used

a printed coat of arms version. We believe that this shirt is Australias kit launch for the Olympic Games.

Before the WCQ match against Canada this kit was also used as the first training shirt of the Socceroos.

Kit: home

 

Year: 1993, friendly matches hosted in Sydney & Melbourne (Australia)

 

Results:

Australia 0 - 1 AC Milan (June 16th)

Australia 0 - 2 AC Milan (June 17th)

 

In June 1993 Italian league champion AC Milan toured Australia playing two friendly games against

the Socceroos in Sydney and Melbourne. Australia again has worn a strange jersey design,

this time by the french sportswear brand called Patrick (founded by Patrick Beneteau in 1892).

This kit was only used for both friendly matches; most of the worn shirts had a black coloured collar

but a few had a white collar as well cause the shirts with the black collar were out of stock.

Kit: goalkeeper

 

Year: 1993 - 1994

 

This is a sample of the goalkeeper shirt Australia has worn in 1993 among others.

The equipment supplier Reusch has taken care for some keeper jerseys during this period and therefore

Mark Schwarzer has used a keeper kit of Reusch in the World Cup Qualify match against Canada.

 

His team mate Robert Zabica, the No1 keeper of the Socceroos to those times, has been sent off very early in the first leg which gave Mark Schwarzer his senior debut for Australia. (31.07.1993)

The Socceroos lost that match 2-1 but still kept the chance to move on with a victory at home

two weeks later.

 

At the end of 90 minutes and again at the end of extra time the score was 2-1 for Australia

and a penalty shootout was needed to select the final winner. The Socceroos keeper was able saving

two penalties which made the difference on that day. Australia advance to play Argentina for the final World Cup spot and senior newcomer Mark Schwarzer became the match day hero.

 

It shouldn´t have been the last time in Australias World Cup Qualify history that Mark Schwarzer

saves another two penalties during a penalty shootout.

 

Canada 2 - 1 Australia (July 07th, Edmonton)

Australia 2 - 1 Canada, 4-1 win on penalties (August 15th, Sydney)

 

Penalty goals : Paul Wade, Aurelio Vidmar, Alex Tobin, Frank Farina

Penalty goals : Mitchell, Bunbury - saved, Sweeney - saved

Kit: home

 

Year: 1993, World Cup Qualifying match vs Canada hosted in Sydney (Australia)

 

Result: Australia 2 - 1 Canada (August 15th)

 

Match worn by: Milan Ivanovic #12

 

Squad:

Mark Schwarzer, Tony Vidmar, Mehmet Durakovic, Milan Ivanovic, Alex Tobin, Ned Zelic, Robbie Slater,

Aurelio Vidmar, Frank Farina, Graham Arnold, Jason van Blerk, Paul Wade, David Mitchell

 

Head coach: Eddie Thomson

Kit: home

 

Year: 1993 - 1994

 

Match worn by: unknown #3

 

Between 1993 and 1994 the Socceroos have used the same home kit style with three different

coat of arms prints. The very first time in Australias football history that three different versions

of the coat of arms have been used for the same kit.

Kit: home

 

Year: 1994, friendly match vs Japan hosted in Hiroshima (Japan)

 

Result: Japan 1 - 1 Australia (May 22nd)

 

Match worn by: Mehmet Durakovic #13

 

Squad:

Robert Zabica, Tony Vidmar, Mehmet Durakovic, Milan Ivanovic, Alex Tobin, Ned Zelic, Aurelio Vidmar, Paul Wade, Carl Veart, Robbie Slater, Jason van Blerk, Zeljko Kalac

 

Head coach: Eddie Thomson

Kit: away

 

Year: 1993 - 1994

 

The away kit of this season had blue elements for the very first time in Australia´s kit history.

The well known "gold at home" "green away" tradtition had a little change in 1993 and not many aussie supporters commit to that new look.

 

Dennis Kylau

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