A defender who bided his time, a midfielder in from the deep freeze, Jose Mourinho's star pick and a veteran goalkeeper showing no signs of slowing down join our countdown of the Top 50.
29 ALEX WILKINSON
Position Defender, Club Jeonbuk Motors
A place in World Cup history when his block was the first to be vindicated by new goal-line technology, a spot in K-League’s team of the Year and an outstanding Asian Cup cameo in the quarter final added up to a great year.
HE SAID: “If you said to me maybe three weeks ago that I would be starting in a World Cup, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.”
THEY SAID: “If Wilko’s chosen to play, I’m fully confident. Why wouldn’t I be? He’s my teammate.” Mile Jedinak
28 DARIO VIDOSIC
Never Give In
Position Attacking midfielder Club Sion
A change of coach at his Swiss club turned Vidosic’s fortunes around after his domestic and international career looked on the wane at just 27. The new coach got him off the bench and back showing his best again… now set for a Socceroos return.
HE SAID: “We were given no explanation why (we were banished). There was nothing. He told us all we were tourists.”
THEY SAID: “Dario can play on the left and the right, and also behind the striker… Add his speed and ability to score goals.” Rini Coolen
27 TERRY ANTONIS
Position Midfielder Club Sydney FC (now PAOK)
It’s been (another) rollercoaster season for the 21 year old. Part of the Socceroos Asian Cup squad – but returned injured for most of the season… then impressed as Jose Mourinho’s star pick on his return against EPL giants Spurs and Chelsea.
HE SAID: “It was great to test myself against that elite calibre in front of a huge crowd. I thought I did all right…”
THEY SAID: “That young boy in midfield that was really aggressive and playing for a result, impresses me.” Jose Mourinho
26 EUGENE GALEKOVIC
Position Goalkeeper Club Adelaide United
With Michael Theo – his constant rival since their days on rotation at Victory – injured all season, Galekovic was easily the A-League’s best keeper. Again. At 34 he’s only reaching his peak – and his heroics against Sydney were unforgettable.
HE SAID: “It was a once in a blue moon night to be honest, the sort of performance you’d be happy to put in once or twice a season.”
THEY SAID: “His game with feet is perfect and with hands. He’s a very good goalkeeper and we have to enjoy we have him.” Josep Gombaucomments