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WISHING AND HOPING - THE FACES OF 2018

Friday May 23rd, 2008

Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chairman, Frank Lowy AC, today met with the young men who will carry the hopes of Australian football for the next decade.


The Australian Under 17 team – known as the Qantas Joeys – met with the team as they assembled in Sydney to watch their senior counterparts, the Qantas Socceroos, play an international friendly match against Ghana on Friday night. 


"This is our football future," Mr Lowy said.


"These young men are the faces of 2018 who will be the core of the team that fills our field of dreams in our bid to host and play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup."


Mr Lowy said that he wants players around Australia, who have aspirations to be a footballer, to be committed to the Australian cause for 2018 and beyond.


"There is no greater honour than representing your country.


"Australia provides you with education, both academic and sporting, and I think it’s only fair that young people with sporting ability should choose with pride to play for Australia whether you are born here or come as a migrant or refugee."


Mr Lowy said that he was delighted the Qantas Joeys reflected the diversity of the Australian population, comprising players from all over Australia and including some who had come to Australia as refugees and migrants.


He encouraged all of them to work hard at school and at football.


"Dreams do come true if you’re prepared to work hard."


"Our bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is not a dry run," he said.


"We want to host, play in and win the World Cup in 2018."


Profiles of the current Qantas Joeys are attached.  The coach is Martyn Crook and assistant coach is Jean Paul de Marigny. 


 


Qantas Joeys Profiles


 


Jared Lum (NSW)


Date of Birth: 19 July 1992


Place of Birth: Sydney


Height: 174


Weight:  64


Current Club : Sydney Wanderers


Junior Clubs: Winston Hills Bears (NSW), Hills Brumbies (NSW), Northern Spirit (NSW), Blacktown City Demons (NSW), Sydney Wanderers (NSW)


Institutes & Academies:  NSW Institute of Sport


Playing Position: Midfielder


Qantas Joeys Appearances: 4


Debut Match: v Japan (L3-0), Friendly, Japan, August 2007


Last Match: v Malaysia (W2-0), AFC Qualifying, Singapore, October 2007


 


George Klappas (NSW)


Date of Birth: 17 Jan 1992


Place of Birth: Sydney


Height: 187


Weight: 75


Current Club: NSW Institute of Sport


Junior Clubs: Sydney Olympic (NSW), St George (NSW), Blacktown City (NSW)


Institutes & Academies: NSW Institute of Sport


Playing Position: Defender


 


Brendon Hamill (NSW)


Date of Birth: 18 Sep 1992


Place of Birth: Sydney


Height: 177


Weight: 68


Current Club: Sydney Wanderers (NSW)


Junior Clubs: Chipping Norton (NSW), Marconi (NSW), Parramatta Eagles (NSW), Sydney Wanderers (NSW)


Institutes & Academies: NSW Institute of Sport


Playing Position: Midfielder


Qantas Joeys Appearances: 3


Goals: 1


Debut Match: v Japan (L3-0), Friendly, Nagoya (JPN), August 2007


Last Match: v Korea Republic (W3-0), Friendly, Nagoya (JPN), August 2007


 


 


Marc Warren (NSW)


Date of Birth: 11 Feb 1992


Place of Birth: Sutherland (NSW)


Height: 172


Weight: 68


Current Club: Sutherland Sharks (NSW)


Junior Clubs: Menai Hawks (NSW), Sutherland (NSW)


Institutes & Academies: NSW Institute of Sport


Playing Position: Defender


Qantas Joeys Appearances : 4


Goals : 2


Debut Match: v Japan (L3-0), Friendly, Nagoya (JPN), August 2007


Last Match: v Malaysia (W2-0), AFC Qualifying, Singapore, October 2007


 


 


Lawrence Thomas (NSW) 


Date of Birth:  9 May 1992


Place of Birth: Sydney


Height: 185


Weight: 85


Current Club: NSW Institute of Sport


Junior Clubs: Marconi, Bankstown, Blacktown


Institutes & Academies: NSW Institute of Sport


Playing Position: Goalkeeper


 


Robert Kolak (NSW)


Date of Birth: 23 Jan 1992


Place of Birth: Fairfield (NSW)


Height: 190


Weight: 72


Current Club: Sydney United (NSW)


Junior Clubs: Prairiewood United (NSW), Canley Heights (NSW), AC United (NSW), Sydney United Youth (NSW)


Institutes & Academies: NSW Institute of Sport


Playing Position: Goalkeeper


 


Anthony Perri (NSW)


Date of Birth :  14 Jan 1992


Place of Birth: Sydney


Height: 164


Weight: 68


Current Club: NSW Institute of Sport


Junior Clubs: Blacktown, St George, Oatley RSL


Institutes & Academies: NSW Institute of Sport


 


Niko Stanojevic (NSW)


Date of Birth : 25 Jun 1992


Place of Birth: Serbia


Height: 173


Weight: 68


Current Club: Bankstown City Lions (NSW)


Junior Clubs: White City (NSW), Croydon (NSW), Blue Eagles (NSW), Parramatta Eagles (NSW), Bankstown City Lions (NSW)


Institutes & Academies: NSW Institute of Sport


Playing Position: Striker


Qantas Joeys Appearances : 4


Debut Match: v Japan (L3-0), Friendly, Nagoya (JPN), August 2007


Last Match : v Malaysia (W2-0), AFC Qualifying, Singapore, October 2007


 


Phillip Lamin (QLD)


Date of Birth: 9 Oct 1992


Place of Birth: Sierra Leone


Height: 156


Weight: 56


Current Club: QAS


Junior Clubs: The Gap, Mitchelton, Rochedale


Institutes & Academies: QAS


Playing Position: Striker


 


Phil arrived in Australia 5 years ago as a refugee from Sierra Leone


 


 


Danai Gapare (ACT)


Date of Birth : 25 Feb 1992


Place of Birth : Zimbabwe


Height : 165


Weight : 65


Current Club: ACT Academy of Sport


Junior Clubs: West Point Grey SC (ACT), Woden Valley (ACT), Capital Football Youth (ACT)


Institutes & Academies: ACT Academy of Sport


Playing Position: Striker


Qantas Joeys Appearances : 3


Debut Match: v Japan (L3-0), Friendly, Nagoya (JPN), August 2007


Last Match: v Korea Republic (W3-0), Friendly, Nagoya (JPN), August 2007


 


 


Tedros Yabio (VIC)


Date of Birth : 14 Dec 1992


Place of Birth : Sudan


Height : 175


Weight : 65


Junior Clubs: Enfield (SA), Croydon (SA), Olympic (SA), Adelaide City (SA)


Institutes & Academies: Victorian Institute of Sport


Playing Position: Striker


Qantas Joeys Appearances: 4


Debut Match: v Japan (L3-0), Friendly, Nagoya (JPN), August 2007


Last Match: v Malaysia (W2-0), AFC Qualifying, Singapore, October 2007


 


Tedros arrived in Australia 13 years ago as a refugee from Ethiopia


 


 


Kamal Ibrahim (VIC)


Date of Birth: 26 Jul 1992


Place of Birth: Ethiopia


Height: 172


Weight: 61


Current Club: Victorian Institute of Sport


Previous Clubs: Altona East (VIC)


Junior Clubs: PDRE Melbourne (VIC), Altona East (VIC)


Institutes & Academies: Victorian Institute of Sport


Playing Position: Midfielder


Qantas Joeys Appearances : 4


Goals : 1


Debut Match: v Japan (L3-0), Friendly, Nagoya (JPN), August 2007


Last Match: v Malaysia (W2-0), AFC Qualifying, Singapore, October 2007


 


Kamal arrived in Australia 5 years ago as a refugee from Ethiopia


 


Million Butshiire (WA)


Date of Birth: 19 Jan 1992


Place of Birth: Goma (Congo)


Weight: 78


Current Club: FW National Training Centre


Previous Clubs: Perth Italia (WA)


Junior Clubs: Perth Italia (WA)


Institutes & Academies: Football West National Training Centre


Playing Position: Striker


 


Million arrived in Australia 4 years ago as a refugee from the Congo


 


Julius Davies (WA)


Date of Birth : 30 Sep 1992


Place of Birth: Liberia


Height: 158


Weight: 58


Current Club: FW Training Centre


Junior Clubs: Inglewood United


Institutes & Academies: FW Training Centre


Playing Position: Midfielder


 


Julius arrived in Australia 4 years ago as a refugee from Liberia


 



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