Mark Schwarzer
Australian footballer
Mark Schwarzer
Mark Schwarzer OAM is an Australian football (soccer) player of German descent who plays as a goalkeeper. He currently plays for Premier League club Fulham. He rose to prominence during his time at North-East England football club Middlesbrough. He represents Australia at international level, and was selected for both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
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Kyle Schwarber 'living the dream' and fulfilling one for 10-year-old fan
Chicago Times - 4 months
At a loss to explain the inexplicable, Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber shows no interest in analyzing how he became the baseball story of the postseason, a budding Chicago sports folk hero who looks like so many guys playing 16-inch slow-pitch softball at Grant Park. Schwarber wants no part of the...
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Soccer-Socceroos great Emerton calls it a day
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Midfielder Brett Emerton, who was part of Australia's "golden generation" and played 95 times for his country, has retired after an 18-year career that included spells in England with Blackburn Rovers and at Dutch club Feyenoord. Emerton, who played at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals, made his international debut against Chile in 1998, played his final match against Taiwan in 2012 and retires as his country's third most capped player behind Mark Schwarzer and Lucas Neill. "I have been fortunate enough to share in some very special moments with the Socceroos but it is hard to go past the (playoff) win over Uruguay to qualify for the World Cup in 2005." A hard-running wide player with no little creativity, Emerton made his name in club football in Sydney before following the well-worn path to Europe to join Feyenoord, where he helped the club win the 2002 UEFA Cup. He moved to the English Premier League with Blackburn the following year and spent nine seasons with the Lancashire club b ...
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I still have plenty to offer Socceroos, says Neill
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Under-fire Australia defender Lucas Neill believes he still has plenty to offer the Socceroos as they build-up towards next year's World Cup and will do everything he can to convince new coach Ange Postecoglou he deserves to captain the side. The 35-year-old central defender was roundly castigated for his performances in successive 6-0 friendly defeats to Brazil and France which triggered the departure of coach Holger Osieck last month. The German's successor, Postecoglou, has been tasked with regenerating the squad and Neill was widely expected to lose not only the captaincy role he has held since 2006 but perhaps also his place in the 23-man squad Australia will take to Brazil. While fellow veteran Mark Schwarzer retired on the eve of Postecoglou's first squad announcement, Neill was included in the party that has gathered in Sydney this week for next Tuesday's friendly against Costa Rica.
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Postecoglou swings the axe, Schwarzer retires
Yahoo News - over 3 years
SYDNEY (Reuters) - New coach Ange Postecoglou took an axe to Australia's ageing squad after back-to-back 6-0 defeats plunged their World Cup preparations into chaos, but said Mark Schwarzer had been in his plans until the veteran goalkeeper's shock retirement from the national side earlier on Wednesday. Postecoglou, who replaced the sacked Holger Osieck after humiliating losses to Brazil and France, has retained defender Lucas Neill but stripped him of the captaincy while 32-year-old Luke Wilkshire was among a clutch of ageing players to be cut. ...
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Postecoglou dumps Wilkshire after Schwarzer retirement
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New Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has dumped seasoned defender Luke Wilkshire following the surprise retirement of veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on Wednesday, and declined to name a captain in his squad to play Costa Rica in two weeks. Postecoglou, who replaced sacked coach Holger Osieck eight months out from the World Cup, has retained embattled defender Lucas Neill, but the under-pressure 35-year-old faces a battle to keep the captain's armband he has worn since 2006. Postecoglou said he had initially named Schwarzer in his 22-man squad for the November 19 clash against Costa Rica in Sydney, but the 41-year-old had informed him he no longer wanted to play on.
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Australia goalkeeper Schwarzer retires from national side
Yahoo News - over 3 years
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Veteran Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has retired from international soccer, state media reported on Wednesday. Schwarzer, back-up keeper for Premier League side Chelsea, retires as the most capped player for Australia with 109 international appearances. The 41-year-old's retirement came hours before new coach Ange Postecoglou names his first Socceroos squad for a friendly against Costa Rica in two weeks. ...
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Soccer-Australia coach Osieck dumps veteran Schwarzer
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(Adds quotes) SYDNEY, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Under-fire Australia coach Holger Osieck has dumped veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer for friendlies against France and Canada after the Socceroos' 6-0 humiliation by World Cup hosts Brazil earlier this month. Osieck on Tuesday named uncapped Mitchell Langerak, who plays for Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund, and Belgium-based Mat Ryan as his two keepers in a 24-man squad, but said 40-year-old Schwarzer remained his first choice for next year's finals in Brazil. "I know what he can do and his status in the team. ...
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Mourinho warns rivals he's better than ever
Fox News - over 3 years
Jose Mourinho has warned that he is returning to Chelsea as a much better manager as he bids to win back the Premier League trophy and secure an elusive Champions League title with the London club. Mourinho, looking greyer and weightier than English fans will remember, said his experiences at Inter Milan and Real Madrid would put him in good stead in his second stint. "I think some white hairs in my case is a good sign because it means that I'm better now than before," he told journalists in Bangkok, where he will begin his new era with a pre-season friendly on Wednesday. "I think I'm better now because my job is the kind of job where experience means a lot," explained the Portuguese. "Especially like in my case after my period with Chelsea I went around Europe, I had two years in Italy, three years in Spain, so I have more football culture than before. "I have more experience than before so I think I'm in a better condition now than before. Because I think my job is about that, i ...
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Slideshow: Five men aiming for Schwarzer's Socceroos spot
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Goal Australia examines which players are in line to replace Mark Schwarzer at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil if the veteran's Chelsea switch goes sour
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Chelsea sign Aussie 'keeper Schwarzer
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Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has joined English Premier League giants Chelsea on a one-year contract. The 40-year-old former Fulham and Middlesbrough player signed on a free transfer after leaving Fulham at the end of last season after five years. "It's a phenomenal club. It's one of the biggest and best clubs in the world, and it's an honour to sign for Chelsea. I didn't take much convincing to come here," Schwarzer told Schwarzer moved to England in 1996 to join Bradford before making 367 league appearances in 11 years with Middlesbrough. He won the League Cup with 'Boro in 2003 and appeared in the 2006 UEFA Cup final against Sevilla. During his time at Fulham he became the first overseas player to make more than 500 Premier League appearances and reached another European cup final as the Cottagers lost out to Atletico Madrid in 2010. Schwarzer's contract with Jose Mourinho's Blues runs until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where the veteran keeper will hope ...
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Schwarzer short of options as Sunderland sign Mannone
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Mark Schwarzer is determined to play Premier League football next season after leaving Fulham, but with Vito Mannone joining Sunderland, relegated QPR could now be his best bet
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EPL blow for Schwarzer as Hull sign McGregor
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Mark Schwarzer has seen his chances of securing first-team Premier League football next season diminish, with Hull bringing in Scotland's Allan McGregor
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Fulham confirms Mark Schwarzer exit
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The veteran GK had been offered a new deal at Craven Cottage but decides to seek first-team minutes. Chris Baird, Simon Davies and Giorgos Karagounis were also let go by the club.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Schwarzer
  • 2015
    Age 42
    Schwarzer made no league appearances in the 2015–16 Premier League season, when Leicester became champions, making him ineligible for a winner's medal (minimum five league games required).
    More Details Hide Details Though he still become the first player since Eric Cantona to win consecutive championships for different clubs. Schwarzer was released from Leicester City after the end of 2015-16 season
    On 6 January 2015, Schwarzer moved to Premier League side Leicester City on a free transfer as cover for the injured Kasper Schmeichel, after signing an 18-month deal.
    More Details Hide Details Chelsea's manager José Mourinho praised Schwarzer's contribution to his former club, and stated that Chelsea would miss him. He made his competitive debut for Leicester on 24 January in a 2–1 away win over Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the season's FA Cup, becoming Leicester's oldest ever player in doing so. He made his Premier League debut for Leicester one week later in a 3–1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Signed as back-up to Kasper Schmeichel, he made eight appearances in his first season at the King Power Stadium, of which six were in their successful campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
    He joined Leicester City on a free transfer in January 2015 and left the club at the end of the 2015–16 season.
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  • 2014
    Age 41
    Schwarzer was included on the list of players released by Chelsea at the end of the season, but he eventually signed a new one-year contract with the club, on 30 June 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Although Schwarzer did not make a single league appearances before his move to Leicester City F.C., José Mourinho stated that he would receive a replica winner's medal for his contributions that season and was welcomed back for a celebration dinner at the end of the season.
    Schwarzer became the oldest player to represent Chelsea in the Premier League when he played against Sunderland on 19 April 2014, aged 41 years and 195 days old.
    More Details Hide Details He became the club's oldest ever player by some margin, overtaking Graham Rix, whom last played for Chelsea at the age of 37 years and 203 days. On 22 April, he replaced the injured Petr Čech in the first half of a Champions League semi-final against Atlético Madrid, and kept the score at 0–0. On 27 April he started against Liverpool at Anfield, a crucial game for Chelsea to stay in the title race. He kept a clean sheet and made some outstanding saves to deny Liverpool from equalising, with Chelsea winning the game 2–0. His clean sheet against Liverpool was his 150th Premier League clean sheet, a feat only two other goalkeepers have achieved so far, those goalkeepers being Cech and David James.
  • 2013
    Age 40
    He made his competitive debut in a 2–0 away victory over Swindon Town in the 2013–14 Football League Cup.
    More Details Hide Details In Schwarzer's second appearance in a Chelsea shirt, he kept another clean sheet, as Chelsea knocked Arsenal out of the League Cup in a 2–0 victory on 29 October. On 11 December, Schwarzer became the oldest player to debut in the UEFA Champions League, when he kept his third clean sheet in three appearances for Chelsea, in a 1–0 victory over Steaua București, a result that confirmed Chelsea's progression to the knockout round as first in their group.
    On 5 June 2013, Schwarzer announced he was leaving Fulham following arrival of Maarten Stekelenburg.
    More Details Hide Details He said, "I've been hearing that for a while," he said of Stekelenburg's arrival. "It's no great surprise and I'll be looking for another club." Schwarzer was one of twelve players released by Fulham at the end of the 2012–13 Premier League season. On 9 July 2013, Schwarzer signed a one-year contract with Fulham's West London rivals Chelsea on a free transfer. He has been quoted saying "It's one of the biggest and best clubs in the world, and it's an honour to sign for Chelsea. I didn't take much convincing to come here".
    In April 2013, he made his 500th Premier League appearance in a game against Arsenal, and became the first non-British or Irish player to do so in the process.
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  • 2010
    Age 37
    He played an important role in Fulham reaching the Europa League Final in 2010, but Schwarzer lost his second European final with a narrow defeat to Atlético Madrid of Spain.
    More Details Hide Details Following his performances during the 2009–10 season, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger attempted to sign Schwarzer. It was reported that a bid of around £2 million in May 2010 had been made for Schwarzer and a second bid of around the same value had been made in August 2010; however both were rejected by Fulham. On 13 August 2010, Fulham manager Mark Hughes revealed that Schwarzer had handed in a transfer request, which Hughes had rejected. On 31 August 2010, it was reported that Arsenal had made a last-ditch bid of around £4 million to bring Schwarzer to the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window closed; however, Hughes denied that any approach was made. Schwarzer signed a contract extension with Fulham on 18 January 2012, committing himself to the club until at least the summer of 2013. Schwarzer made a notable injury-time penalty save against Mikel Arteta in January 2013 to help Fulham earn a 3–3 draw against Arsenal.
    He was also named the Premier League's Player of the Month for February 2010, in which he only conceded one goal in his team's two wins and two draws that month, making him the first Australian to do so.
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  • 2008
    Age 35
    He received the Fulham Player of the Year 2008–09 in his first year at the club.
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    He kept ten clean sheets during the 2008–09 season in all competitions.
    More Details Hide Details Schwarzer's contribution was important as his performances lead Fulham to a seventh-place finish and a place in Europe for the next season, after the club had only just avoided relegation during the 2007 - 08 season.
    Schwarzer made his Fulham debut in a 2–1 defeat to newly promoted Premier League side Hull City, but he followed up by keeping a clean sheet in his next match in a 1–0 win at home to Arsenal and played every minute of the 2008–09 season.
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    Schwarzer's contract with Middlesbrough expired in June 2008, and although he was offered a new contract, manager Gareth Southgate had to plan a future with a new goalkeeper, as on 21 May 2008, Schwarzer signed a two-year deal at Fulham, ending an 11-year association with the Teesside club.
    More Details Hide Details Schwarzer revealed in an interview with The World Game that he had received offers from Bayern Munich and Juventus but declined their offers because they could not guarantee him the position as the number-one keeper.
  • 2007
    Age 34
    His final Middlesbrough appearance came in an 8 - 1 victory over Manchester City on the final day of the 2007 - 08 Premier League season, after he had made 446 appearances in all competitions.
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    When he played in Middlesbrough's 1–0 victory over Portsmouth on 29 December 2007, he became the Premier League's longest-serving foreigner at one club, beating Dennis Bergkamp's record of 315 games.
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  • 2006
    Age 33
    Schwarzer was granted a transfer request by Middlesbrough on 6 January 2006 and sought to join a new club, but he withdrew his request on 20 January 2006, and rejoined the team.
    More Details Hide Details A fractured cheekbone sustained against West Ham United, however, looked like it had ruled Schwarzer out for the rest of the season, but he returned for the UEFA Cup final against Sevilla, albeit playing with a protective mask.
  • 2004
    Age 31
    In the last match of the 2004–05 season against Manchester City, he saved a Robbie Fowler penalty in stoppage time to preserve a 1–1 draw.
    More Details Hide Details The draw was sufficient to put Middlesbrough in seventh in the final league table and ensure qualification for the UEFA Cup; had Fowler converted the penalty, Manchester City would have qualified for the UEFA Cup at Middlesbrough's expense.
  • 1998
    Age 25
    He also played in the 1998 League Cup final against Chelsea, but was unable to prevent Middlesbrough from slipping to a 2 - defeat.
    More Details Hide Details He was part of the side, however, who beat Bolton Wanderers 2 - 1 to win the final six years later, despite making an error described by BBC Sport as a "howler" which allowed Kevin Davies a consolation goal for Bolton.
  • 1997
    Age 24
    Schwarzer made his debut for Middlesbrough against Stockport County in the League Cup semi-finals on 26 February 1997.
    More Details Hide Details He featured in the final against Leicester City, which ended as a 1 - 1 draw, but was injured for the replay.
  • 1996
    Age 23
    He then travelled to England to play for Bradford City in 1996, where he eventually joined Middlesbrough in February 1997.
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  • 1994
    Age 21
    Schwarzer made his international debut for Australia against Canada in Edmonton in a 1994 World Cup qualifier in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details He came on as a substitute for Milan Blagojevic after first-choice Robert Zabica was sent off 17 minutes into the match. In the return leg in Sydney, he made headlines when he saved two penalties to send Australia to the final phase of qualifying against Argentina. Schwarzer did not play in these matches, and Australia were defeated 2–1 on aggregate. He was instrumental in Australia's qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in the play-off against Uruguay. After Uruguay won the first leg 1–0 in Montevideo, Australia won 1–0 in Sydney on 16 November 2005. In the penalty shoot-out, Schwarzer saved two penalties to see Australia victorious 4–2. At the World Cup Finals, he played the first two games in Australia's group matches, conceding a controversial goal against Japan, and two goals against Brazil. In the third match, he was replaced by Željko Kalac, but after Kalac's disappointing performance, he was reinstated for the Round of 16 match against Italy. Although he correctly predicted the direction of the penalty kick, he was unable to save the penalty in that match, which was scored by Francesco Totti in injury time and sent Australia out of the World Cup.
    He left the Sydney-based club to play in Germany in 1994, with Dynamo Dresden and FC Kaiserslautern.
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  • 1993
    Age 20
    Having played for Australia at under-17 and under-20 level, Schwarzer made his full international debut in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Canada in 1993 as a substitute after Robert Zabica was sent off in the 17th minute.
    More Details Hide Details During the course of his international career, he won a total of 109 caps for his country. He became Australia's most capped player when he surpassed Alex Tobin's appearance record in January 2011. Schwarzer was born in North Richmond, a semi-rural suburb in north-western Sydney, and attended Richmond North Public School and Colo High School. He played for the local soccer (football) club the Colo Cougars. His German parents, Hans-Joachim and Doris emigrated to Australia from Germany in 1968. He speaks German. In 2009, Schwarzer was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. Schwarzer's first club was Colo Cougars in Richmond, New South Wales. He started his professional career at the age of 19 with Marconi Stallions, in the National Soccer League.
    He represented Australia at international level from 1993 to 2013, and was selected for both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
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  • 1990
    Age 17
    Having progressed through the youth ranks of Colo Cougars, Penrith, Blacktown Association and Marconi Stallions, he turned professional for National Soccer League side Marconi Stallions in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details After making 58 appearances for the club, he moved to Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden in 1994, appearing twice, and then to Bundesliga side 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1995, appearing four times. Schwarzer joined then second tier side Bradford City in 1996, and made sixteen appearances before joining Premier League side Middlesbrough in February 1997. He made 445 appearances for Middlesbrough, but decided to leave the club in May 2008. He then switched to Premier League side Fulham, and made 218 appearances for the club until he moved to Chelsea in 2013. He was the first, and, to date, only non-Briton to have made more than 500 Premier League appearances, and also the oldest player to have played in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
  • 1972
    Born on October 6, 1972.
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