The most capped Socceroo of all time, goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is the latest football star to join the global effort to raise money for the communities devastated during the recent bushfire crisis.
Schwarzer was capped 109 times for the Socceroos. He made his debut in 1993, represented Australia at two FIFA World Cups and played in 5 World Cup qualifying campaigns.
And whilst fellow #FootballForFires team-mate John Aloisi stole most of the accolades for his penalty in the 2005 shoot-out for Australia against Uruguay, the former Marconi gloveman played a massive part in helping Australia reach its first FIFA World Cup in 32 years that night by saving two penalties in the same shoot-out.
“It’s a night I will never forget, and I can’t wait to get back on that same pitch in May for what will be a very special evening,” he said.
“Perhaps Johnny and I can change role if there’s a penalty shoot-out at the end, and we’ll see just how good he is between the sticks!”
“It’s amazing to see the support from all corners of the globe and I can’t wait to see the thousands of volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel who will be there. I encourage football fans to come along for what should be a very special evening,” he said.
CONFIRMED PLAYERS AND COACHES FOR #FootballForFires GAME AT ANZ STADIUM 23 MAY 2020
Coach – Guus Hiddink – Australia 2005 -2006, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven
Coach – Graham Arnold – Australia (current), Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners
Didier Drogba– IVORY COAST 105 Caps - Chelsea, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact
David Trezeguet – FRANCE 71 Caps - Monaco, Juventus, Riverplate
Dwight Yorke – TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 74 Caps - Manchester United, Aston Villa, Sydney FC
Claudio Marchisio – ITALY 55 Caps - Juventus
Dario Simic – CROATIA 100 Caps - Inter Milan, AC Milan, Dinamo Zagreb, Monaco
John Aloisi – AUSTRALIA 55 Caps - Coventry City, Cremonese, Osasuna, Sydney FC
Dwayne De Rosario – CANADA 81 Caps - Toronto, San Jose, New York Red Bull
Ji-Sung Park – SOUTH KOREA 100 Caps- Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven
Simon Colosimo – AUSTRALIA 26 Caps - Carlton, Manchester City, Perth Glory, Sydney FC
Tore Andre Flo – NORWAY 76 Caps - Chelsea, Rangers, Sunderland, Leeds United
Alecko Eskandarian – USA 1 Cap - DC United, Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake, Chivas
Mark Bosnich – AUSTRALIA 17 Caps - Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea
Con Boutsianis – AUSTRALIA 4 Caps - South Melbourne, Heidelberg, Perth Glory
Pedro Mendes – PORTUGAL 11 Caps - Porto, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Rangers
Le Cong Vinh - VIETNAM – 83 Caps - Song Lam Nghe An, Consadole Sapporo
Emile Heskey – ENGLAND 62 Caps - Leicester City, Liverpool, Aston Villa
Michael Bridges – ENGLAND - Sunderland, Leeds United, Newcastle Jets
Geremi – CAMEROON 118 Caps – Real Madrid, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United
Stephen Appiah – GHANA 67 Caps – Fenerbahce, Udinese, Juventus, Vojvodina
Rustu Recber – TURKEY 120 Caps – Fenerbahce, Barcelona, Besiktas, Antalyaspor
Mark Milligan – AUSTRALIA 80 Caps – Sydney FC, JEF United Chiba, Melbourne Victory
Thomas Sorensen – DENMARK 101 Caps – Sunderland, Aston Villa, Stoke City, Melbourne City
Vladimir Smicer – CZECH REPUBLIC 80 Caps – Liverpool, Slavia Prague, Bordeaux, Lens
Patrik Berger – CZECH REPUBLIC 42 Caps – Liverpool, Slavia Prague, Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, Aston Villa
Angelo Basinas – GREECE 100 Caps – Panathinaikos, Mallorca, AEK Athens, Portsmouth
Scott McDonald – AUSTRALIA 26 Caps – Southampton, Motherwell, Celtic, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Brisbane Roar
Mark Schwarzer – AUSTRALIA 106 Caps – Marconi Stallions, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea, Leicester City
Ivory Coast 1
South Korea 1
Trinidad & Tobago 1
Czech Republic 2