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Where are they now? Kewell, Viduka and Australia's record-breaking 2006 side

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Brett Emerton

Emerton training with Sydney FC

Emerton spent three seasons at Feyenoord, winning the UEFA Cup with De club aan de Maas in 2002, and then a decade at Blackburn before retiring from competitive football in 2014 following a stint with hometown club Sydney FC.

Capped 95 times for the Socceroos, Emerton was a key midfielder in Australia’s ‘Golden Generation’ and played in two World Cups – 2006 and 2010.

The ex-Rover is now working as an ambassador at Football Federation Australia.

Vince Grella

Defensive midfielder Grella spent 10 seasons at Empoli, Parma and Torino and another four at Blackburn before moving back home to play for Melbourne Heart in 2012, eventually retiring a year later.

He played almost 200 matches in Serie A and won 46 caps for Australia, playing in the 2006 World Cup and 2007 Asian Cup, then retiring from international football before the 2010 World Cup. He now works as a player agent based in Italy.

Mark Bresciano

Bresciano was a fierce competitor

A close friend of Grella, the duo played together in Italy at Empoli and Parma. Bresciano has featured at each of Australia’s last three World Cups and has 84 caps to his name, best remembered by his equaliser against Uruguay in the 2006 World Cup qualification play-off – which the Socceroos eventually won on penalties.

The midfielder spent more than a decade in Italy before moving to UAE side Al-Nasr in 2011, ending his career at Qatar’s Al-Gharafa in 2015.

Despite completing a sports director’s course in Florence last year, Bresciano is taking a break from football and focusing on his family in Melbourne.

Jason Culina

Midfielder Culina spent 10 years of his professional career in the Netherlands, playing for Ajax, Twente and PSV Eindhoven, winning the Eredivisie title three seasons in a row with the latter. 

He was capped 58 times in his six-year career with the Australia senior team, and ended his playing days at A-League side Sydney FC in 2013.

Culina was recently appointed head coach of semi-professional outfit Sydney United 58, who compete in the National Premier League New South Wales.

Harry Kewell

The former Leeds, Liverpool and Galatasaray forward surprisingly has only 56 caps to his name for Australia, despite officially being named the country’s best ever footballer in a 2012 vote. Former Leeds team-mate Danny Mills also called him the “Gareth Bale of his time”.

Kewell represented Australia at two World Cups and two Asian Cups, famously scoring the equalising goal against Croatia in the final group match of 2006 that took the Socceroos into the second round. Sadly, he was forced to miss the last 16 match against Italy due to injury.

The 39-year-old is currently head coach of League Two side Crawley Town.