There’s been plenty of thrills and spills at Allianz Stadium during our last 13 years of competition there, so many so that we’re picking out our top 10.
Today we join the 2018 FIFA World Cup theme and look at the Top 10 Socceroos to have represented the Sky Blues at Allianz Stadium.
Featuring a number of World Cup veterans, check out our favourites below…
1. David Carney:
A veteran of two AFC Asian Cup campaigns and the 2010 World Cup, David Carney boasts almost 50 appearances for the Socceroos and was an integral member of the Sky Blues historic back to back Premiership winning and 2017 Championship winning squad, as well as the inaugural 2006 A-League Champions and a 2017 FFA Cup winner.
2. Steve Corica:
Taking part in various qualifiers, Corica amassed over 30 appearances for the Socceroos during a golden generation of Australian talent. The Sky Blues’ current Head Coach was a two time Championship winner with the Sky Blues, scoring the winner in the 2006 Grand Final, while also claiming the Premiership in 2010 at Allianz Stadium.
3. John Aloisi:
Between scoring at a FIFA Confederations Cup, that penalty against Uruguay in 2005 and appearing at the 2006 World Cup and 2007 Asian Cup, Aloisi made a total of 55 appearances for the Socceroos. On the domestic front for the Sky Blues the striker will be most fondly remembered for his goal against Melbourne Victory on Valentine’s Day 2010 as he secured the Hyundai A-League Premiership and Championship that season.
4. Brett Emerton:
Featuring in two FIFA World Cup campaigns and two AFC Asian Cup campaigns, Emerton enjoyed an extended period in the Socceroos squad, totalling 95 appearances, as a member of the ‘Golden Generation’. Enjoying three years with the Sky Blues, Emerton’s performances saw him selected in the Hyundai A-League All Stars squad to face Manchester United in 2013.
5. Luke Wilkshire:
Another member of the ‘Golden Generation’, Wilkshire made 80 appearances for the Socceroos including two FIFA World Cup campaigns and two AFC Asian Cup campaigns, while for the Sky Blues he claimed the Hyundai A-League Premiership and FFA Cup in a successful 2017/18 season.
6. Lucas Neil:
While only representing the Sky Blues briefly, it’s hard to go past the 50th Captain of the Socceroos as one of the greatest. Featuring at two FIFA World Cups and two AFC Asian Cups, Neil made 96 caps for the national team and was selected in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Team of the Tournament.
7. Jason Culina:
Jason Culina was a Socceroos regular as two FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup campaigns, making over 50 appearances for the national team before retiring from international football in 2013. Culina played alongside the likes of Alessandro Del Piero at the Sky Blues before departing the club in February 2013.
8. Alex Wilkinson:
Marking the likes of Fernando Torres and Alexis Sanchez, Wilkinson played every group game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and was a feature in the Socceroos 2015 AFC Asian Cup success. For the Sky Blues Wilkinson has proved a rock at the centre of defence, and was an integral member of Sydney FC’s back to back Premiership winning teams as well as the 2017 Grand Final and 2017 FFA Cup.
9. David Zdrilic:
Enjoying 30 appearances for the Socceroos, Zdrilic was a member of the Sky Blues inaugural side as he claimed the 2005/06 Hyundai A-League Championship with the club before later returning to feature in the setup of Sydney FC’s Foxtel National Youth League and NPL NSW First Grade sides.
10. Alex Brosque:
The Sky Blues’ Captain featured in a number of Socceroo’s qualifiers and scored in two FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as the Socceroos reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup, their third in a row. Domestically Brosque has led the Sky Blues through one of their most successful periods, captaining the squad to back to back Premierships, the 2017 Championship and 2017 FFA Cup.