Top 10 Most Booked A-League Players

These players aim to make a big impact...and don't the opposition know it! This feature originally appeared in our October 2014 A-League Special Edition of FourFourTwo magazine.
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10. Ruben Zadkovich, 42 cards (40/2)

Newly signed Perth Glory player Zadkovich has appeared in nearly 140 A-League games between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets, amassing 42 cards in seven years. 

9. Kevin Muscat, 43 cards (38/5)

Muscat had a legendary career with Melbourne Victory, pulling the shirt on 138 times and collecting 43 cards. None were more famous though than his straight red following a tackle on Melbourne Heart’s Adrian Zahra. He was subsequently banned for eight games and announced his retirement. 

8. Jacob Burns, 46 cards (44/2)

After some time in Europe, mostly with English club Barnsley, Burns joined Perth Glory in 2009 up until his retirement this year. Of his 46 cards, just two were red, despite the public perception of his playing style.

7. Manny Muscat, 47 cards (44/3)

Living up to the reputation of his Victory namesake, Manny Muscat signed with Wellington Phoenix in 2008 and remains there today. Manny even picked up a three game suspension after throwing elbows against Brisbane in January 2013.

6. Simon Colosimo, 47 cards (43/4)

Edging out number seven with his red card total, Colosimo played for Perth Glory, Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart before being released in 2013 and moving to Dempo in India. 

5. Andrew Durante, 48 cards (47/1)

While the count is high at 48 cards, Durante has received just one red during his A-League career, which includes a three-year spell at Newcastle Jets before moving to Wellington Phoenix in 2008 and staying ever since. 

4. Terry McFlynn, 49 cards (46/3)

After nine years at Sydney FC, Northern Ireland youth international McFlynn now plays in Sydney’s west for Bonnyrig White Eagles. The fan favourite’s time at the Sky Blues included seven goals, the captaincy, and 49 cards, including three reds. 

3. Steve Pantelidis, 50 cards (47/3)

When you’re considered a no-nonsense centre back, you’re going to get cards. Pantelidis appeared in 156 A-League games for Melbourne Victory, Gold Coast United and Perth Glory to score just one goal. On average, he was given a card every three games. 

2. John Hutchinson, 51 cards (50/1)

Central Coast Mariners club captain Hutchinson has now notched more than 200 games for his side since 2005, and 50 yellow cards along the way isn’t the worst record for such a veteran. 

1. Adrian Leijer, 54 cards (51/3)

Leading the way with 54 cards, former Olyroo Leijer still has a lot of football in front of him at just 28 years old. He joined Melbourne Victory in 2009 and his presence at centre back is always greatly felt, by both his teammates…and opposition. 

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