Frank Arok

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Frank Arok
Personal information
Full name Ferenc Arok
Date of birth (1932-01-20)20 January 1932
Place of birth Kanjiža, Kingdom of Yugoslavia[citation needed]
Date of death 12 January 2021(2021-01-12) (aged 88)
Place of death Subotica, Serbia[citation needed]
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1960 FK Jedinstvo
Managerial career
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)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ferenc "Frank" Arok AM (Hungarian: Árok Ferenc; 20 January 1932 – 12 January 2021) was a Yugoslavian footballer and coach.[1]


Arok played for FK Jedinstvo in Yugoslavia during the 1950s before coaching. In the early 1960s Arok coached FK Novi Sad and FK Vojvodina before moving to Australia.[2][3] In Australia Arok coached St George Saints, South Melbourne FC, Port Melbourne, Gippsland Falcons, and Sydney Olympic, and the Australian national team. Arok coached Australia in 48 A internationals between 1983 and 1989.[4] 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".[5]

He died on 12 January 2021 in Serbia, aged 88.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Frank Arok". Olympedia. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  2. ^ Cockerill, Michael (7 October 1988). "Arok agrees to stay with Socceroos for 1990 World Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 49. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  3. ^ Schwab, Laurie (16 July 1988). "Socceroos create a wonderful world for Arok". The Age. p. 2. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  4. ^ Monteverde, Marco (12 January 2021). "Former Socceroos coach and much-loved mentor Frank Arok dies at the age of 88". Fox Sports. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Australia Day Honours". Canberra Times (ACT: 1926 - 1995). 26 January 1990. p. 4. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  6. ^ @Socceroos (12 January 2021). "We are deeply saddened by the news that former @Socceroos coach, Frank Arok, passed away today" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Rugari, Vince (13 January 2021). "'He made people believe': Postecoglou, Arnold pay tribute to former Socceroos coach Arok". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2022.

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