21/02/2024

The Socceroos celebrate with travelling fans after their win over Serbia at the 2010 World Cup. (Photo: Socceroos)

It's been 11 years since the Socceroos' roller-coaster 2010 World Cup Finals campaign - where are our heroes now?

It’s been 11 years since the Socceroos’ rollercoaster 2010 World Cup Finals campaign. It had it all – red cards, disappointing losses, massive wins and heroic moments. Where are our heroes now?

Mark Schwarzer (Goalkeeper)

Schwarzer was a key part of the 2010 World Cup squad, playing every minute of all three matches. The now 48-year-old was capped over 100 times for his country (most caps ever for Australia), as well as spending 20 years playing tier one football in England.

Nowadays, Schwarzer works in the media as a pundit for the likes of BBC in England, and Optus Sport in Australia. He resides in England with his wife Paloma and kids Julian and Amaya. His 21-year-old son Julian has recently left the Fulham youth academy to pursue opportunities as a goalkeeper in the Philippines.

Mark Schwarzer representing the Socceroos. (Photo: Socceroos)

Eugene Galekovic (Goalkeeper)

Although not playing a minute of the Socceroos journey in South Africa, the 40-year-old is a footballing legend in the A-League. Galekovic won five major trophies, and was named as the starting goalkeeper in the PFA A-League Team of the Decade from 2005-2015.

He spent his whole career playing in Australia. Having retired from football in 2019, Galekovic has spent the last two years as head goalkeeper coach of Adelaide United, the club he spent 10 years playing at. 

Eugene Galekovic in action for Adelaide United. (Photo: A-League)

Adam Federici (Goalkeeper)

Another keeper that didn’t get an opportunity in South Africa is Adam Federici – the only keeper out of the three that is still playing football today.

At the time of the World Cup, Federici was the starting goalkeeper for championship outfit Reading, where he made 209 appearances over a 10 year period. Since leaving Reading in 2015, Federici has struggled to find regular game time, having spent five years in the championship at Stoke, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest, to only make a total of 16 appearances.

However, he returned to Australia last year to play for A-League newcomers Macarthur FC, where he made 28 appearances in its debut season. Federici is currently contracted at Macarthur for the 2021/22 season.

Adam Federici in action for current club & new A-League outfit Macarthur FC. (Photo: A-League)

Lucas Neill (Captain and Defender)

One of the most important players in the Socceroos camp, Lucas Neill started every match in the 2010 World Cup. At the time, the full-back had been captain for four years and ended up with a total of 61 caps as captain of the national team.

After retiring in 2014, Neill disappeared from the world of Australian football for six years, with media personalities attempting to get in contact for many years only to be left in the dark.

However, Neill was spotted with current Matilda’s coach Tony Gustavsson in September 2020, where he is believed to have undertaken a role with Football Federation Australia. His son Marcus currently plays at the Liverpool Academy in the U14’s age bracket.

Lucas Neill lays a tackle on Brazilian legend Ronaldinho whilst playing for the Socceroos. (Photo: Socceroos)

Craig Moore (Defender)

One of Australia’s best ever central defenders, Craig Moore’s campaign in South Africa was to be his last, as he put on the football boots one last time to represent his country. Moore played two out of three possible games, before retiring from football post-tournament.

He was capped 52 times for the nation and spent his playing career in the UK and Australia. Since his retirement, Moore has undertaken roles at Brisbane Roar as Football Director and also spent three years at Football Federation Australia. He currently works as a football agent and ambassador for UNIBET Australia.

Michael Beauchamp (Defender)

Retired centre-back Michael Beauchamp only managed to play one game for the Socceroos in South Africa – however his appearance came in the Socceroos only win of the tournament over Serbia.

Beauchamp made 22 appearances for his country as well as 357 appearances across 13 different clubs in his career.

He retired in 2018 and has since become an assistant coach for Western Sydney Wanderers U20’s NPL squad – a very welcome return considering he was the inaugural captain of Western Sydney.

Michael Beauchamp lifting the A-League Premiers Plate with his teammates. (Photo: Western Sydney Wanderers FC)

Luke Wilkshire (Defender)

Wilkshire is another of the Socceroos squad that took part in all three matches at the World Cup, filling in the right-back position.

The defender went on to make 80 caps for the Socceroos and had quite a successful career making over 400 club appearances, mostly in Croatia, England and Netherlands. Wilkshire retired in 2018 and is currently the head coach of National Premier League NSW club Wollongong Wolves.

Luke Wilkshire playing for Wollongong Wolves. (Photo: NPL NSW)

Scott Chipperfield (Defender/Midfielder)

‘Chippers’ is a much loved member of the Australian football community who could play as a midfielder or full-back. The versatile footballer started just one match at the 2010 World Cup, but came on as a substitute in the other two matches.

Chipperfield is a legend at FC Basel in Switzerland, where he made 269 appearances, scoring 69 goals. Since retiring in 2014, he has been head coach of Swiss first division women’s team FC Luzern Frauen (2018) and NSW WNPL side Illawarra Stingrays (2019).

In 2018, Chipperfield founded an academy called ‘Chippers Finishing School’ which he has been running for over three years now for kids in NSW during school holidays.

His son Liam Chipperfield (aged 17) currently plays in FC Basel’s U21 side, and holds dual citizenship with Switzerland and Australia. 

Mark Milligan (Defender/Midfielder)

Milligan was unfortunately an unused sub in all three matches in South Africa. However, he went on to make 80 appearances in total for Australia.

He had the versatility to play as either a central defender or defensive midfielder, making him a versatile option for the Socceroos over the last 10 years. He would also go on to become the captain of the Socceroos.

Milligan only recently retired in May 2021, after spending a season at Macarthur FC in its inaugural A-League season. However, the 36-year-old has joined Ante Milicic as an assistant coach at Macarthur FC for season 2021/22.

David Carney (Defender/Midfielder)

Carney played two games at the 2010 World Cup, starting in the draw against Ghana as well as the win over Serbia. He played 48 times for the Socceroos rotating between left-back and left-wing, scoring six goals.

He is a cult hero at Sydney FC, where he spent a total of four years playing as well as scoring a brace in a win over rivals Melbourne Victory in the 2016/17 season.

Since retiring in 2018, Carney has transitioned into coaching and is currently completing his UEFA A Coaching License in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

David Carney celebrating a goal against Melbourne Victory in 2018. (Photo: Sydney FC)

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Jason Culina (Midfielder)

Culina was another member of the squad that played every minute of the tournament, as well as having 58 appearances in total for Australia.

He made 280 appearances at club level, with 98 of them being for Dutch first division side PSV. His current occupation is unknown, but he most recently held a coaching position at Sydney United 58. 

Brett Emerton (Midfielder)

Wide midfielder Brett Emerton also started all three games in South Africa, as well as amassing 95 caps for the Socceroos. He played 247 times for English side Blackburn Rovers where he spent eight years.

Since retiring in 2014, Emerton has spent time as an ambassador for Football Federation Australia as well as becoming thoroughly interested in property management. Emerton has two young sons that play at NPL outfit Macarthur Rams – not to be confused with new A-League side Macarthur FC.

Brett Emerton thanks the Sydney FC fans alongside footballing legend Alessandro Del Piero. (Photo: Sydney FC)

Vince Grella (Midfielder)

Grella’s only appearance during the World Cup came in the opening 4-0 loss to Germany. This was due to a knee injury suffered in training prior to Australia’s second match against Ghana.

Grella was capped 46 times for his country and played in a number of countries that include Italy, England and Australia. Since retiring in 2013, Grella has become a player agent, with current Socceroos international Jackson Irvine amongst his clients.

Vince Grella celebrating with the Socceroos squad. (Photo: Socceroos)

Mile Jedinak (Midfielder)

The most iconic beard in Australian football only managed 15 minutes of game time in South Africa, which came in the 4-0 loss to Germany in the opening match. The future national team captain was capped 78 times, once scoring a hat-trick against Honduras to send Australia to the 2018 World Cup.

He retired in 2019 at then-championship club Aston Villa, and instantly took up a coaching role in the club’s academy. In March of this year, Jedinak was appointed the loan development coach of Aston Villa.

Mile Jedinak celebrating with Socceroos fans. (Photo: Socceroos)

Carl Valeri (Midfielder)

Valeri enjoyed a consistent tournament, starting in all three matches and playing the full 90 in two of them. He made 52 appearances for his country and spent the majority of his career playing in Italy, before returning to Australia to play for Melbourne Victory.

However, Valeri suffered from brain inflammation which effected his balance and coordination which forced him to miss a lot of football. He retired in 2019, and has since taken up a role in football operations at Melbourne Victory.

Carl Valeri in action against Germany at the 2010 World Cup. (Photo: Socceroos)

Tim Cahill (Attacking Midfielder/Forward)

A legend of Australian football, Tim Cahill made the headlines after the Socceroos first match of the tournament receiving a questionable red card against Germany. However, he returned to score in the final match in the 2-1 win over Serbia.

He made 108 appearances for his country and his 50 goals is the most ever in the green and gold. He also played 600 times at club level, scoring 150 goals, 56 of them being for Everton.

Since retiring in 2019, the 41-year-old has had roles as a director of football (Eupen, Belgium) and as an ambassador in Qatar for the upcoming World Cup.

Currently, Cahill is the CEO of the Aspire Academy in Qatar, an academy in place to help scout and develop Qatari athletes. His eldest son Kyah (18) is a part of an academy with Spanish first division side Rayo Vallecano, whilst his other son Shae (16) is playing for Everton U18’s.

Tim Cahill’s incredible volley v Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup. (Photo: Socceroos)

Richard Garcia (Attacking Midfielder)

Richard Garcia had a roller-coaster of a campaign, starting in the first match, to not being involved at all against Ghana, to coming off the bench late in the win over Serbia. He only managed 17 appearances for the Socceroos and spent his playing career in England and Australia.

Garcia finished his career playing at Perth Glory and retired in 2017. Since then, he has been an assistant coach as well as a youth development coach at Glory, until he was offered the head coach role in 2020. In his first year in charge, Garcia took Perth to a sixth place finish in the A-League.

Richard Garcia’s appointment as coach of Perth Glory. (Photo: Perth Glory)

Dario Vidosic (Attacking Midfielder)

Vidosic did not make an appearance at the 2010 World Cup, but for the 23-year-old at the time, it would have been a wonderful experience. Vidosic ended up being a true journeyman, spending his 15 year career at 13 different clubs.

The 34-year-old has not yet retired, and is currently playing at NPL Victoria club Moreland Zebras, where he has scored five times in 12 appearances. The season has been postponed due to the coronavirus situation, and it is unclear as to whether he will continue with the club next year.

Dario Vidosic signing announcement with Moreland Zebras. (Photo: NPL)

Brett Holman (Attacking Midfielder)

The hero of Australia’s tournament, Brett Holman scored two crucial goals in an attempt to reach the next stage of the tournament. He scored the opener in the draw against Ghana, as well as the sealer in the win over Serbia.

Holman was capped 63 times for the nation and spent his playing career in England, Netherlands and Australia.

Since retiring in 2019, Holman has started a small football academy on the Sunshine Coast and is enjoying downtime with his family.

Brett Holman celebrates his goal against Serbia at the 2010 World Cup. (Photo: Socceroos)

Mark Bresciano (Attacking Midfielder)

One of the Socceroos’ most popular players, Mark Bresciano did not feature in the opening loss to Germany but started both matches against Ghana and Serbia, where a draw and win were achieved.

Bresciano was capped 84 times for Australia and spent the majority of his 20 year playing in Italy before retiring in 2015. Bresciano resides in Melbourne and is currently a board member of Football Federation Australia. 

Mark Bresciano at the 2015 Asian Cup. (Photo: Socceroos)

Joshua Kennedy (Forward)

The luscious locks of Joshua Kennedy have proved vital in many moments of Australian footballing history, however he had very little input in South Africa, playing a total of 111 minutes with no goals.

Kennedy was capped 36 times for Australia with an impressive return of 17 goals, and scored a further 92 goals over 16 years at club level.

Since retiring in 2015, he has undertaken the role of Miniroos Victoria Manager and is currently the NPL Victoria competitions manager. 

Joshua Kennedy’s goal that sent the Socceroos to the 2014 World Cup. (Photo: Socceroos)

Nikita Rukavytysa (Forward)

Rukavytsya was another that had very little game time in South Africa, only managing to notch up 30 minutes of game time over the tournament.

A promising youngster at the time, Rukavtysya was touted to be the future of Australia’s attack. However, he has not exactly lived up to expectation, only managing 20 caps for his country.

Although, the 34-year-old has been kicking goals for fun in the Israeli top flight, scoring 64 goals in 152 appearances for Maccabi Haifa, and national squad selectors continue to monitor his form.

Harry Kewell (Forward)

Another one of Australia’s greatest ever footballers, Harry Kewell’s campaign in South Africa was unfortunately one to forget. He was an unused substitute in the 4-0 loss to Germany, before being sent off 24 minutes into the second match against Ghana. He missed the rest of the tournament, which would end up being his last World Cup.

Kewell was capped 58 times for the green and gold and spent 12 years in England at Leeds and Liverpool, where he won the prestigious Champions League in 2005.

Since retiring in 2014, the now 42-year-old has transitioned into coaching, and has managed English clubs Crawley Town, Notts County and Oldham Athletic. He is currently the coach of English National League side Barnet F.C

Harry Kewell celebrating his equaliser against Croatia at the 2006 World Cup. (Photo: Socceroos)

Pim Verbeek (Manager)

Onto the manager: Dutchman Pim Verbeek, who was in charge for the duration of the World Cup Qualifiers and World Cup Finals.

Throughout his tenure, he coached the country for 33 matches, securing 18 wins and nine draws. The legendary manager had been in the occupation since 1981, and last coached the Oman National team in 2019.

Sadly, Verbeek passed away in November 2019 due after a four year battle with cancer. An icon of Australian football, Pim Verbeek will never be forgotten.

Pim Verbeek pictured with Germany manager Joachim Low at the 2010 World Cup. (Photo: Socceroos)

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