|Full name||Graham James Arnold|
|Date of birth||3 August 1963|
|Place of birth||Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||Vegalta Sendai (Manager)|
|2010–2013||Central Coast Mariners|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Graham James Arnold (born 3 August 1963 in Sydney, New South Wales) is a former football (soccer) player and current manager of J-League club Vegalta Sendai. Arnold was appointed to work as an assistant coach of the Australian national football team in 2000. After head coach Frank Farina was sacked in 2005, Arnold worked with Guus Hiddink for the 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign, in which they made the second round of the finals. After Hiddink left, he became acting coach of the Socceroos. Arnold went on take the manager role at A-League club the Central Coast Mariners between 2010 and 2013, where he guided the club to two premierships and a championship. He is a member of the Football Federation Australia Football Hall of Fame. Arnold Place in the Sydney suburb of Glenwood is named for him.
Arnold was a striker who started his career at Gwawley Bay in 1969. He played for them until 1979 when he moved to Canterbury-Marrickville in the New South Wales Premier League. He then moved to Sydney Croatia in Australia's now defunct National Soccer League, where he was both the league's top goal scorer and player of the year in 1986. This was followed by a move overseas, where he made a name for himself in the Netherlands, playing for Roda JC and NAC Breda. He also spent time in Belgium with R.F.C. de Liège and R. Charleroi S.C.. He went on to play for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan towards the end of his career, before finally returning home to play for the Northern Spirit FC.
Graham Arnold has represented Australia's senior national team 54 times, scoring 19 goals (85 caps, 33 goals including unofficial matches and "B" internationals). He was given his full debut by Frank Arok in a World Cup Qualifier against Taiwan at Adelaide's Hindmarsh Stadium on 23 October 1985. He scored on his debut as the "Socceroos" went on to record a 7–0 victory. His international playing career came to a sad end on 29 November 1997 in a World Cup Qualifier against Iran at the MCG when the score ended 2–2 and Australia was eliminated on the away goals rule after leading 2–0.
Arnold had a cameo role as a coach very early on in his career. He was coach for 2 games whilst he was a player at Sydney Croatia during the 1989/90 season. However, his proper coaching career started in 1998, when he was appointed player/manager of the Northern Spirit FC. He was the coach for 2 seasons, making the playoffs in their debut season. He was then appointed to the position of Australian assistant coach in 2000, becoming acting coach in July 2006, then appointed head coach in December 2006.
On 6 September 2006 Australia was defeated 2–0 in an Asian Cup qualifying game against lowly-ranked Kuwait. The FFA confirmed Arnold would remain Head Coach through to the end of 2007 Asian Cup campaign.
Australia started their Asian Cup campaign poorly, drawing with Oman in its opening Group stage game in Bangkok. Media pressure focused on Arnold and on 13 July 2007 Australia were beaten 3–1 by Iraq in the 2007 Asian Cup. Following the match, Arnold told the assembled media (in reference to some of the team's higher profile members), "There's some players who seem like they don't want to be here. I'm extremely disappointed."
In a poll conducted by Four Four Two, Graham Arnold, as voted by the subscribers, was found to have been the most influential reason for Australia's failed progression at the 2006 Asian Cup, with an overwhelming 78% of the vote
Since the tournament, Arnold has continued his role as Manager of the Australian U-23 side that is in the final qualification stages for the 2008 Olympics. He was also linked with the manager's position at Bolton Wanderers and Norwich City in England but lost out to Gary Megson and Glenn Roeder respectively.
On 9 February 2010, it was announced that Arnold will take on the position of head coach for the Central Coast Mariners until the end of the 2012/2013 season. At the conclusion of the 2011–12 A-League season he rejected a lucrative contract from Sydney FC and decided to stay on with the Mariners signing a one year extension to his original contract with the club. In the month of November Graham was a target for a few clubs in Asia, namely Vegalta Sendai in Japan. Although interest again raised from the Australian Football Federation to make Graham the National Team coach, he always wanted to stay in club football over the National Team setup and within weeks agreed terms to be the first Australian coach, besides the late Eddie Thomson to coach at the highest level in any football competition. Graham recruited his assistant from the Central Coast Mariners Andrew Clark to join him in Japan
Club career statistics
|1985||Sydney Croatia||National Soccer League||28||11|
|1997||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||J. League 1||18||6|
|1998/99||Northern Spirit||National Soccer League||28||5|
International career statistics
|Australia national team|
- "Coaches proud of team's achievements". Football Federation Australia. 27 June 2006.
- O'Maley, Christine (20 January 2010). "Park is a goner". Blacktown Advocate (Cumberland Newspapers). p. 14. "...streets are named after well known football identities..."
- Graham Arnold deserves to be given a chance, The Roar, Retrieved on 19 February 2010.
- Graham Arnold at National-Football-Teams.com
|NSL Player of the Year
|NSL Golden Boot
|Hyundai A-League Coach of the Year