Football Superstar

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Football Superstar
Genre Reality
Developed by North One Television Australia
Presented by Lee Furlong (season 2-3)
Kris Smith (season 3)
Brian McFadden (season 1-2)
Amy Taylor (season 1)
Judges Ange Postecoglou
Steve O'Connor
Nik Hagicostas
Vitale Ferrante
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel Fox8
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 19 June 2008 – 22 July 2010
Chronology
Followed by Cricket Superstar
External links
Website

Football Superstar was an Australian reality television series that aired on FOX8. It was hosted by Lee Furlong and Brian McFadden, with Kris Smith replacing McFadden in the third season. The show aimed to find a new football (soccer) star from male contestants aged 16 to 21. In its three seasons, the winners were Adam Hett, Luke Pilkington and Liam McCormick.

Season One (2008)[edit]

The first series aired between 19 June 2008 and 7 August 2008, and had an initial first-season run of 8 episodes. The series was hosted by Brian McFadden with former Australian Women's player Amy Taylor co-hosting. The winner was Adam Hett from Perth who beat out Evan Christodoulou in the final. Hett scored a contract under Australian association football club, Sydney FC. He started playing immediately for Sydney FC in the 2008-2009 season of the new 8 team A-League National Youth League. The team was coached by Steve O'Connor. Hett also won a one year sports scholarship with Macquarie University. The series was co-funded by Kellogg's Nutri-Grain and FOXTEL at the instigation of Mindshare Australia's Adam Ross.

Contestants[edit]

(Ages stated are at commencement of airing)

Eliminated[edit]

Finalists[edit]

Winner[edit]

Season Two (2009)[edit]

In March 2009 a second series was announced.[1] The winner of the contract to Melbourne Victory was Luke Pilkington. The producers where offering, as a major prize open to any permanent resident of Australia aged between 16 and 20 years of age, a contract with the Melbourne Victory organisation for season 5 of the A-League.[2] Lee Furlong co-hosted with Brian McFadden.

Trial days were held in all mainland state capitals beginning in 22 March in Perth and ending in Melbourne on 19 April. Intending trialists had to submit an audition form and a short video before being invited to attend the one-day trials.[2]

Ten players were selected on merit from each of the trials and invited to attend an intensive training camp in Melbourne over a weekend in late April.[2] Fifteen players from the weekend camp were then selected for an all expenses paid month long training camp under the supervision of Melbourne Victory staff as well as play competitive matches against local teams whilst living as a group in a house in Melbourne.[2]

As with the 2008 series the hopeful participants where culled from the groups at each level using both objective and subjective criteria.[2]

Contestants[edit]

(Ages stated are at commencement of airing)

Eliminated[edit]

Finalists[edit]

Winner[edit]

Season Three (2010)[edit]

Foxtel confirmed a third season of the show during the Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC game on 7 March 2010. The Major Prize was a contract with Brisbane Roar. Auditions started in late March. The show returned in June with Furlong co hosting with Kris Smith, a former rugby player, model and partner of Dannii Minogue.[3] Roar manager Ange Postecoglou was head coach.[4] The winner of the Brisbane Roar contract was Liam McCormick.

Eliminated[edit]

(Ages stated are at commencement of airing)

Finalists[edit]

Winner[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]