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Australia’s Most Capped Socceroo Joins Global Stars In #FOOTBALLFORFIRIES

  • Hero of the 2005 World Cup Qualifier penalty shootout at Stadium Australia, Mark Schwarzer, has joined #FootballForFires;
  • Capped 109 times for Australia, Schwarzer saved two penalties against Uruguay in what is widely recognised as one of the Socceroos’ greatest moments;
  • Schwarzer joins 26 other players plus coaches Guus Hiddink and Graham Arnold in the 23 May charity match;
  • Tickets are on sale now here.
  • Adult tickets start from just $29 and family tickets from $59. 

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 – including saving two penalties in the unforgettable qualifier against Uruguay at Stadium Australia in 2005. 

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.

Tickets on sale;




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



Australia 7

England 2

Italy 1

Croatia 1

Ivory Coast 1

Canada 1

South Korea 1

Norway 1

France 1


Portugal 1

Vietnam 1

Cameroon 1

Trinidad & Tobago 1

Ghana 1

Turkey 1

Denmark 1

Czech Republic 2

Greece 1


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