Olympic FC

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Olympic FC
Olympic.png
Full name Olympic Football Club
Nickname(s) Olympic
Founded 1967
Ground Goodwin Park
Ground Capacity 1,500
Chairman Peter Ioannidis
Head Coach Ben Cahn
League NPL Queensland
2017 5th
Website Club website

Olympic Football Club is a semi-professional soccer club based in Brisbane, Queensland. The club was founded in 1967 and currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Queensland, with matches played at Goodwin Park.

History[edit]

Olympic was founded in 1967 under the name Pan Rhodian. The following year the club joined the Queensland Soccer Federation, changing its name to Brisbane Olympic United as a condition of joining the federation. In 2008, the club again changed its name to Olympic FC upon joining the Queensland State League (QSL). After playing in the QSL in 2008 and 2009, the club elected to play in the Brisbane Premier League for the 2010 season.

The Queensland State League was ultimately superseded by the National Premier Leagues competition. In 2013, Olympic FC was awarded a licence to compete in the inaugural Queensland National Premier Leagues season, a recognition of the club's stature in the state.[1] The NPL is Australia's second highest footballing tier.

Club Performance[edit]

Olympic has won the prestigious NPL Queensland competition on one occasion. In the competititon's inaugural 2013 season, Olympic secured a league premiership with two rounds remaining, defeating Moreton Bay United 3–1. Olympic FC then secured a victory over Brisbane City 3–3 (3–0) on penalties in the NPL Queensland Grand Final at Goodwin Park. Since 2013, Olympic FC has continued to perform well in the competition, securing multiple top table finishes.

Olympic FC has qualified and played in the esteemed national FFA Cup on one occasion. The club qualified in 2014, progressing to the Round of 16 before losing narrowly to the Central Coast Mariners, an A-League, professional side. The club qualified again in 2018, drawing local rivals Lion FC in the Round of 32.

Notable Players[edit]

Olympic FC has developed notable players. Michael Zullo, A-League champion and Socceroo, played for Olympic FC as a boy.

Jai Ingham and Dane Ingham both spent formative years at the club before playing professionally in the A-League. Both brothers have played for New Zealand internationally, with Dane Ingham notably starting all of New Zealand's matches at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, competing against Cristiano Ronaldo when playing Portugal. Dane was just 18 when making his debut, making him the second youngest player to ever play at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Nicholas Mooney
2 Australia DF Jack Glover
3 Australia DF Shane Stefanutto
4 Australia DF Kristen Waters
5 Australia DF Steve Whyte
6 Australia MF Matt Mundy
7 Australia FW Shelford Dais
8 Japan DF Kazuya Ito
9 Australia MF Danny Byrne (Captain)
10 England MF Kieran Sanders
11 Australia MF Jez Lofthouse
No. Position Player
12 Australia MF Costa Psaros
14 Australia MF James Cuminao
15 Australia DF Taj Suffolk
16 Australia MF Charles Slaney
17 Australia FW Almir Basinac
19 Australia MF Jean-Philippe Lasm
20 Afghanistan MF Zelfy Nazary
21 Australia GK Dakota Sprange
23 Australia FW Alex Smith

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". olympicfc.net.au. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 

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