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Australia: Premier League Nations

Continuing our alphabetical world tour, next up is Australia. Arguably England’s fiercest rivals in sports like Rugby and Cricket, there is much less animosity between the footballing nations. According to the Premier League website an impressive 48 Australians have played in the Premier League over the years, starting with…

First Player – Mark Bosnich (Aston Villa, Chelsea, Manchester United; 1992-2002)

Perhaps remembered for the wrong reasons, goalkeeper Mark Bosnich’s career is very much a tale of two decades. In the 90s, he racked up 178 Premier League appearances for Villa and earned a return to Manchester United, who he briefly played for between 1988 and 1991.

But with the turn of the millennium came a complete career collapse. He would last only two seasons at Old Trafford, making no appearances in the second, before a move to Chelsea that was intended to resurrect his career.

That it did not. Injury issues limited Bosnich to five appearances in his first 21 months at Stamford Bridge, before he failed a drugs test and was sacked. He would never play in England again, but turned his life around after addiction to briefly resume his career back in Australia.

Most Appearances: Mark Schwarzer – 514 (Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea, Leicester; 1997, 1998-2016)

A stalwart of the Premier League for the best part of two decades, goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made a mammoth 514 top-flight appearances for Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester.

Schwarzer joined Middlesbrough during 1996/97 but was unable to help Boro avoid relegation. They bounced back immediately however and Schwarzer remained in the Premier League for the rest of his career.

He played in two UEFA Cup/Europa League finals with Middlesbrough and Fulham, losing both. While at Chelsea and Leicester, both clubs won the League title, though Schwarzer had not made enough appearances to receive a medal on either occasion.

Top scorer: Mark Viduka – 92 (Leeds, Middlesbrough, Newcastle; 2000-09)

A regular source of goals during his time in England, Mark Viduka joined Leeds in 2000 after a lethal spell in Scotland with Celtic.

He was a key part of the Leeds side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in his first campaign, but also suffered relegation with the Whites three years later.

After further spells with Middlesbrough and Newcastle (including another European adventure with Boro), Viduka retired in 2009 with 92 Premier League goals to his name.

Current Players

Brighton regulars Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan are the only Australians to have appeared in the Premier League in 2019/20 so far.

Trivia

A miserable Ipswich Town fan.

Leroy Sane has completed his move to Bayern Munich for £54.8m🔵🔴 (@SkySportsNews)

3 - 2019-20 is the 3rd of the last 6 @premierleague seasons to see the title decided in a match played at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea v C Palace in 2014-15 and v Spurs in 2015-16), and the 4th of those 6 to do so in a game involving Chelsea (also WBA v Chelsea in 2016-17). Deja-vu.

(90maat.com)

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