Frank Arok

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Frank Arok
Personal information
Full name Ferenc Arok
Date of birth (1932-01-20) 20 January 1932 (age 87)
Place of birth Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1960 FK Jedinstvo
Teams managed
1961–1962 FK Novi Sad
1966–1967 FK Vojvodina "Assistant Coach"
1969–1972 St George Saints
1981–1983 St George Saints
1983–1989 Australia
1989 St George Saints
1994–1996 South Melbourne
1996 Port Melbourne
1996–1998 Gippsland Falcons
1998–1999 Sydney Olympic "Director of Coaching"
2000 Port Melbourne
2001–2003 Perth Glory "Youth Coach"
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ferenc "Frank" Arok AM (Hungarian: Árok Ferenc) (born 20 January 1932 in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia) is a retired Serbian/Australian association football player and coach of Hungarian descent.

Arok played for FK Jedinstvo in Yugoslavia during the 1950s before moving into coaching. In the early 1960s Arok coached FK Novi Sad and FK Vojvodina before being brought out to Australia. In Australia Arok coached St George Saints, whom he led to a New South Wales State league title in 1972, and to the National Soccer League title in 1983, as well as South Melbourne FC, Port Melbourne, Gippsland Falcons, and Sydney Olympic but is best known for his role as coach of the Australian national team.[citation needed]

Arok coached Australia in 48 A internationals between 1983 and 1989. In the 1990 Australia Day honours, Arok was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for "service to soccer, particularly as the Australian national coach".[1]

After working with Perth Glory's youth team between 2001 and 2003, Arok moved back to his homeland (Serbia) with his wife Gordana Divljak Arok to retire. He has one daughter, Marijana Novaković, and two granddaughters, Gordana Novaković and Lena Sokol.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Australia Day Honours". Canberra Times (ACT: 1926 - 1995). 26 January 1990. p. 4. Retrieved 15 January 2019.

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