Nerds FC

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Nerds FC
Nerds FC program logo
StarringSeries 1 Cast
Series 2 Cast
Country of originFlag of Australia.svg Australia
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Running time25 minutes approx.
Production company(s)Grundy Television (2006) Fremantle Media (2007)
Original networkSBS
Picture format16:9
Original release14 April 2006 – 4 August 2007
External links

Nerds FC is an Australian television documentary featuring football. The first series of the show was aired as a lead-in for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on the Special Broadcasting Service network that featured coverage of the Australian national soccer team.

The show follows a football team of 14 nerds who were trained over 3 months, climaxing with a match against a professional team. Nerds FC is produced by SBS independent and Grundy Television (which has now merged with Crackerjack to become FremantleMedia Australia).

Nerds FC's format, FC Nerds, is based on the Danish reality TV hit FC Zulu.

The first series aired on Australian TV from 14 April 2006, encored from 8 June 2006, and encored again from 21 April 2007.[1] The DVD for the first series was released on 6 June 2007.[2]

The second series aired from 9 June 2007.[1] The DVD for the second series was released on 16 August 2007.[3]


List of Nerds FC episodes


The team was specifically selected to have little to no knowledge of football, and also little physical ability or aptitude for the game. To find such individuals, ads were placed in local university newspapers and internet chat rooms seeking 18- to 25-year-old men, Could you be described as an intelligent geek? Do you bore your friends with technical, scientific or obsessional details? Grundy Television wants you!

The aim of the program is to build a group of nerds into a side, able to play with reasonable ability against (semi) professional teams, give some nerds a physical challenge, and to make a TV program.

Unlike other reality television series, the team was meant to bond and produce a cohesive group that was capable of excellent results. There is no 'voting off' or winner, or strategic plotting against fellow participants, the team participates as a whole.


Released shortly after each episode is aired the vodcasts include commentary and extra information from some of the nerds. They can be downloaded from the Australian iTunes Music Store.

Series 1[edit]

Nerds FC
Shirt badge/Association crest
Full nameNerds FC Season 1
GroundWentworth Park
CoachAndy Harper


Name Position Nerd Interest(s)
Timothy Weston Left Wing a 'performer', collects Warhammer Fantasy models Member of the Sutekh society at Sydney Uni
Joseph Gentle Right Wing computing, especially Artificial Intelligence and gaming (World of Warcraft)
John Truong Right Wing Mechatronics Space engineer, physicist and mathematician; astronomy; Dragonball Z
Jack Mackey Centre Midfield Knows 'Things', Solipsist, science
David Smith Centre Midfield (Captain) Computers; restoring classic cars, notably a 1969 MG-B; preparing a Mitsubishi Lancer for car rallying.
Robin Chow ('Nature') Left Back computer gaming (Warcraft III, Game Boy Advance, Diablo 2).
Nick Sifniotis Left Back Arcane branches of mathematics, ability to do arithmetic in base 17. Accounting. Composing music.
Marika Deku Centre Back Linguistics (ancient languages and their forms of writing), music (plays flute and piccolo)
Daniel Jones Centre Back Politics and Philosophy. Anti-VSU activist, reporter for Honi Soit
Phillip Massaad ('Mono') Right Back A bookworm, especially about historical ships and just about anything that floats, floated or sank. Other interests include airships, aeroplanes, locomotives and architecture.
Som Guan Striker computers (gaming), music (playing piano and guitar), theatre (performing), public speaking. Computer Systems Engineering student.
Phillip Lathourakis Striker ten pin bowling, playing the piano and GameCube
Tim Kirk ('Captain') Striker History, notably "the influence of nostalgia, historical kitsch, the theatre and pageantry of political expression and historical political satire and commentary"; Linguist; intern for The Cato Institute, 2004
Trent Apted Goalkeeper Computer Science PhD student, mainly involving "a toolkit for learning and adapting personalised gestures for ubiquitous computing interfaces." Trent's academic home page
Andy Harper Coach Spawning Salmon[4]
Milan Blagojevic Assistant Coach none disclosed (nor likely)


The Nerds FC Season 1 strip was Royal Blue with white piping at the sleeves and neck, with matching shorts and socks.

Training Ground[edit]

The Nerds FC training ground is Wentworth Playing Grounds between Glebe and Pyrmont in Sydney, New South Wales.

Song and Video[edit]

The third episode saw the Nerds FC team in the 301 recording studio to make its team song, led by professional vocal trainer Erana Clark of Australian Idol fame.

The chorus of the song (and promotional video) is (in rhyme):

"We will enter history,
Failure to victory,
This team is proud to be
Nerds FC."

Watch the Promotional Video.


The first game played by Nerds FC was against the "Young Matildas", the Australia women's national football (soccer) team under 21s football team. The score was 11:0 to the Young Matildas.

The fourth episode had the Nerds FC playing a game against a team of inmates in a prison. The score was 8:0.

The seventh episode featured a rematch against the Young Matildas. The score was 5:0.

The final 'professional' outing was against Melbourne Victory in front of 25,000 people as post-match entertainment for the 2006 A-League Semi Final between Adelaide United and Sydney FC. The score was 12:2.

Cameo appearances[edit]

  • Episode 1: One of the Wiggles gives a "Go Nerds FC" cheer during the credits
  • Episode 2: Anthony LaPaglia gives a "Go Nerds FC" cheer during the credits
  • Episode 6: Blue Wiggle, Anthony Field, reveals his same-colour blue Nerds FC jumper underneath his Wiggles shirt and declares himself a fan.

Series 2.0 - Nerds Upgraded[edit]

Nerds FC
Shirt badge/Association crest
Full nameNerds FC Season 2
Nickname(s)Nerds FC version 2.0
Nerds FC 2.0: Upgraded
GroundSydney Academy of Sports
CoachCraig Foster


Name Nickname Player No Position Nerd Interest(s)
Adam Pemberton Goalie, Octopus, Silver Surfer, Thac0 1 Goal keeper AD&D2, Soft drink can tab chainmail, Computer gaming
David Collien Flash, Snake 4 Centre back Building robots, playing the ukulele
Matt Chen Chi Qui 2 Striker Culture of Asia, Film, Computer Vision
Patrick Neumann Paddy, Goon Warrior, Gooner 15 Defender Aerospace engineering, The Society for Creative Anachronism and History
Matthew Rochford Rochy (usually pronounced 'Rocky') 14 Midfielder Cross dressing, social theory, Star Trek, text messaging, television static, poetry, installation art
Michael Lake 6 Midfielder/substitute Apple fanatic, 3D Puzzles, RoboCup (rUNSWift 2006)[5]
Ben Smith βΣπ $mith 11 Left back/substitute Memorised Pi to 486 decimal places,[6] Aims to be a maths teacher, Anime
Rahul Prasad Poodle 9 Right back Collects stamps, butterflies and coins, popular culture
Glenn Leong Strafe 7 Striker Performing in UNSW Revues, Gaming (particularly PC oriented) and Anime Cosplay
Thomas Cunningham Scout 12 Midfielder MUD, Scouting - and he has a girlfriend, which he claims is an un-nerdy thing to do.
Gareth White Ruby 8 Central midfield or 'number ten' Rubik's Cube, mathematics, represented Australia at the 2002 International Mathematics Olympiad
Chris Anderson - 13 Defender Software Development, Piano, Magic, Poker, Art, Hypnotherapy
Felix Lawrence 3 Centre back Coffee connoisseur, physics
Richard Merzian Richie 10 Holding midfielder (Captain) activism, environmentalism
Craig Foster Fozzie Coach SBS Chief Football Analyst, football expert
Francis Awaritefe Assistant Coach Computer programmer


The Nerds FC Season 2 strip was yellow with black shoulder and collar stripe, black shorts, socks and shoes. The goalie wore a grey shirt, grey shorts, socks and shoes. In a radio interview on station 2SSR however, Adam (the Goalie) commented that the grey shoes were due to his large feet, not the goalie strip; and that he would have been wearing those shoes regardless of the position he was given.[7]

Training ground[edit]

The training ground for season 2 is the Sydney Academy of Sport in Sydney, New South Wales.

Song and video[edit]

The team song for series 2 is a rock version of the previous season's song. The song features Australian Idol finalist Chris Murphy playing guitar and singing some solos and an orchestral backing in the final section of the piece. In addition to this, the rap in the middle is changed to fit with the interests of the series 2 nerds.


In the first episode, the Nerds were taken to the Marconi Stallions ground to play the New South Wales Under 11's Elite Squad. The score was 6:0 to the Under 11's.

In episode three the Nerds played the Nerds FC team from Season 1. The original Nerds team won 3:0.

In episode four, the team was taken to Bluetongue Stadium to face a team of celebrities. The celebrities won 5:2.

In the fifth episode, the Nerds faced off against a team of military servicemen. The score was 2:0 to the military.

Final match[edit]

The final match was played on 27 February 2007 with the nerds playing an "International All-Star Team". The venue was Pittwater Park, Warriewood.[8][9]

The curtain raiser was a match between the Nerds FC Series 1 and the New South Wales Under 11's Elite Squad.

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nerds FC Home Page". Archived from the original on 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  2. ^ "Nerds FC - Series 1 @ EzyDVD". Archived from the original on 2007-04-18. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  3. ^ "Nerds FC - Series 2 (2 Disc Set) @ EzyDVD". Archived from the original on 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  4. ^
  5. ^ rUNSWift 2006 - Current Team
  6. ^ SBS TV station advertisement seen on 12 may 2007
  7. ^ 2SSR interview aired 30 June 2007
  8. ^ Nerds FC Final Match - Chris Anderson's Blog accessed 4 May 2007 Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ photos - Jon Harsem accessed 4 May 2007

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