Sunday, 25 August 2013

Mark Schwarzer: Socceroo Hero & One-time FPL Legend


One goalkeeper that has always been a respectable option between the sticks for Fantasy Football is Mark Schwarzer. The Aussie shot stopper stands at 6 foot 5, 40 years young and still playing the top flight in the best league in the world.

After securing a move to Chelsea in the early part of the season he'll be playing number two to the reliable Petr Cech but will be utilised as a valuable squad player.

Providing Cech stays healthy it looks likely that Schwarzer will be given a role in Chelsea's cup run. Something the Australian knows all about winning - lifting the League Cup trophy in the 2003-2004 season with Middlesbrough.

Many will remember Schwarzer's penalty save against Robbie Fowler to prevent Manchester City overtaking Middlesbrough for their place in the EUEFA cup.

His class is always evident – in his time in the Premier league he has seen his fair share of high pressure games with runners up medals from the EUEFA Cup (with Middlesbrough) & the now re-branded Europa League (with Fulham).

With all the negativity in the media that usually surrounds professional football it is refreshing that outside of the game Schwarzer is an Ambassidor for any up and coming youngster dreaming of putting on the gloves. He is a well educated family man who is respected on & off the pitch.

Australia's number 1 is involved in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and is regularly involved in charity work & events.

One of his biggest achievements to date was when he received the Order of Australia award in 2009 for his services to football.

Some would say his career is borderline superhuman!  Schwarzer's been a professional since he was 19 and is playing in the Premier League at 40.

He holds accolades, trophies, Over 100 caps for Australia and is looking at one last World Cup run...
This Geezer can reveal that this superhero has a secret... According to legend; Schwarzer has worn the same pair of shin pads since he started playing professionally!

With an impressive 148 Premier League clean sheets, Australia's Superman will still by flying for a few more years before he decides to hang up his gloves.

Here's Schwarzer in action! 

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