John Kosmina

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John Kosmina
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Personal information
Full name Alexander John Kosmina
Date of birth (1956-08-17) 17 August 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Youth career
000–1973 Polonia Adelaide
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1976 Polonia Adelaide
1977 West Adelaide Hellas 23 (12)
1978 Adelaide City 4 (0)
1978-1979 Arsenal 1 (0)
1979–1980 West Adelaide Hellas 44 (12)
1981–1986 Sydney City 150 (89)
1987–1988 Sydney Olympic 44 (13)
1989 APIA Leichhardt 24 (6)
1990 Sutherland Sharks
National team
1976–1988 Australia 60 (25[1])
Teams managed
1994–1995 Warringah Dolphins
1995–1998 Newcastle Breakers
1999–2003 Brisbane Strikers
2003–2007 Adelaide United
2007–2009 Sydney FC
2010–2011 Adelaide Raiders
2011 Croydon Kings
2011–2012 Adelaide United (Caretaker)
2012–2013 Adelaide United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alexander John Kosmina (born 17 August 1956), known as John Kosmina, is an Australian former football (soccer) player and manager. He is a member of the Football Federation Australia Football Hall of Fame.

Club career[edit]

Kosmina is of Polish Australian ethnicity. He played for Polonia and then West Adelaide, before signing for English side Arsenal in February 1978. However, he only played one first-team league game for the Gunners (as a substitute against Leeds United on 19 August 1978), along with 3 appearances (2 as a substitute) in that season's UEFA cup. He returned to Australia in May 1979.

On his return, he went on to become one of the National Soccer League's most prolific scorers, with stints at Adelaide City, West Adelaide (for a second time), Sydney City, Sydney Olympic and A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers before retiring in 1989. The most successful of these was with Sydney City, being part of their 1981 and 1982 championship winning teams, as well as being the league's top scorer in 1982.

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring, he began coaching the Warringah Dolphins in the New South Wales state leagues, before coaching NSL side Newcastle Breakers, followed by a stint at the Brisbane Strikers. Both stints were largely unsuccessful, his sides reaching the finals only once.

Adelaide United[edit]

In 2003 he became the inaugural coach of Adelaide United. Kosmina coached United to an impressive 3rd in the final season of the NSL. Maintaining his job for the inaugural season of the Hyundai A-League, Kosmina led his side to the Minor Premiership but a poor finals series saw them finish 3rd overall. The next season saw mixed results for Kosmina and Adelaide United.

Finishing 2nd on the table behind Melbourne Victory, Adelaide managed to reach the grand final, only to be thrashed 6–0. Kosmina's criticism of the refereeing of that match, coupled with the devastating loss and a touchline ban earlier during the season for a scuffle with Victory captain Kevin Muscat, saw him forced to resign by the Adelaide board.[2]

He was then appointed by Socceroos coach Graham Arnold as his assistant for the 2007 Asian Cup.

Sydney FC[edit]

After the sacking of Branko Culina by the Sydney Football Club Board, Kosmina was confirmed on 24 October 2007 as the new Sydney FC coach.[3] Since signing with Sydney FC Kosmina made an immediate impact; winning his first game with Sydney 3–2 against rivals Central Coast Mariners at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Sydney FC beat the LA Galaxy 5–3 at Sydney's Telstra Stadium in a friendly, and also won a thrilling 5–4 victory against the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium. Following Sydney FC's poor run in the 2008/2009 season (missing the finals for the first time), John Kosmina had his contract terminated in late January 2009.[4]


He occasionally appears on Fox Sports as a commentator and football analyst. Kosmina co-hosts a weekly Internet television show about football on Australia Live TV with Ross Aloisi, Two Up Front[5] and the episodes are on

He was announced the manager of the Adelaide Raiders, a semi-professional club playing in the FFSA Super League.[6] On 1 September 2011, it was announced he had signed as senior coach of FFSA Super League club Croydon Kings after more than 35 years away from the club.[7] It was announced on 18 December 2011 that Croydon Kings had agreed to released Kosmina from his coaching contract so he could accept the Adelaide United manager position.[8]

Return to Adelaide United[edit]

On 18 December 2011 he signed as caretaker coach with Adelaide United for the remainder of the 2011–12 A-League season.[9] On 22 March 2012 it was announced he had signed a one year contract with the club to stay on for the 2012–13 A-League season.[10] On 28 January 2013 he stood down as manager of Adelaide United, citing a lack of trust at the club.[11]



With Sydney City:

Personal Honours:


With Adelaide United:

Kosmina Street in the Sydney suburb of Glenwood is named for him.[12]

From 2013 the best player in the NPL final get the Kosmina medal.


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Inaugural Recipient
NSL U21 Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Ian Souness
Preceded by
Gary Cole
NSL Golden Boot
Succeeded by
Doug Brown