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Year Awarded: 2009
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Team Sport Australia Award

Socceroos 1974 (Football) - 1974

The 1974 Socceroos side won through to the final 16 of theFIFA World Cup. The scale of that feat becomes apparent when you realise that they were a semi-professional team (they all had jobs outside football). The group of tradesmen, miners and salesmen took on the world's elite in Germany, and set a benchmark which no Australian side would match until 2006.

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FIFA World Cup

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.