Four-time A-League Grand Final winner Michael Theo says winning the championship is the ultimate as he guns for a record fifth triumph.
The 33-year-old three-time A-League Goalkeeper of the Year won two titles with Melbourne Victory, before moving to Brisbane Roar where he’s added another two championships.
Theo’s Grand Final triumphs have included three doubles, although his last success in 2011-12 came after Brisbane missed out on the Premier’s Plate to Central Coast. If Brisbane win on Sunday, it’d be Theo’s fourth double success.
Debate has often raged about the importance of the premiership versus the championship, but Theo said finals football was the ultimate challenge.
“Claiming the double means everything,” Theo told FourFourTwo.
“Obviously we’ve had a successful season, winning the home-and-away league but we want to finish it off by winning the championship.
“Finals football is what it’s all about, that’s why we work so hard.
“There’s a genuine buzz. It’d mean a lot to us as individuals and players, but also our fans.”
Theo will line up in his fifth Grand Final in eight years when Brisbane Roar take on Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday, but he refused to get caught up reflecting on his amazing record ahead of the decider.
“Every Grand Final is special,” Theo said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to win four, but they’re all special in their own right.
“Now it’s about ensuring we’re switched on and giving ourselves the best chance to be successful.
“On the day anything can happen, but we’re very confident because we’ve trained hard, worked hard all year.”
Theo’s 100 per cent record in A-League Grand Finals is far from lucky, with the custodian claiming he thrives on the pressure of the big occasion.
“I love playing in big games. I’m one of the fortunate ones who has played and had success in them,” he said.
“I love the big stage. It’s a fantastic occasion. It’s a fantastic day. The whole build-up is special.
“At the end of your career when you look back you want to ensure you’re on the right side.”comments