Olympic FC

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Olympic FC
Olympic FC logo.jpg
Full nameOlympic Football Club
Nickname(s)Olympic
Founded1967
GroundGoodwin Park
Capacity1,500
ChairmanPeter Ioannidis
Head CoachBen Cahn
LeagueNational Premier Leagues Queensland
20202nd
WebsiteClub 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 home matches played at Goodwin Park. The club has grown tremendously in the past 15 years growing from 190 registered players to over 855 players.[1] The current head coach is Ben Cahn.

History[edit]

Olympic FC was founded in 1967 by Greek immigrants, under the name Pan Rhodian Soccer Club, affiliated with Queensland Soccer Association. The following year the club joined the Queensland Soccer Federation, changing its name to Brisbane Olympic United as a condition of joining the federation.[2] The club colours were originally blue and white until changing to red and white in the late 2000s. 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The Queensland State League was ultimately superseded by the National Premier Leagues competition.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.[3] The NPL is Australia's second highest footballing tier.

Club Performance[edit]

Olympic has won NPL Queensland competition on one occasion. In the competition'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.

The club lost 2–1 to Lions FC again in the 2018 NPL Queensland Grand Final at Lions Stadium.

Olympic FC has played in the national rounds of the FFA Cup on two 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, but lost to local rivals Lions FC in the Round of 32.

Home ground[edit]

Olympic FC first played at Pineapple Park, a field near the Gabba Cricket Ground in Kangaroo Point. In the 1970s, Olympic moved to Dutton Park. In 1982, the club moved to the current home ground in Yeronga, Goodwin Park.

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. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Australia AUS Lachlan Hunter
2 DF Australia AUS Shelford Dais
3 DF Australia AUS Zac Anderson
4 DF Australia AUS Jack Glover
5 DF New Zealand NZL Alex Barlow
6 MF Australia AUS Matt Mundy
7 MF Australia AUS Daniel Leck
9 FW Australia AUS Olaide Yinka-Kehinde
10 MF Australia AUS Steve Whyte
11 FW Australia AUS Jez Lofthouse
12 FW Australia AUS Costa Psaros
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 MF Australia AUS Isaka Cernak
14 FW Australia AUS Shannon Brady
16 MF Australia AUS Karl Imanzi
17 DF Australia AUS Danny Driver
18 MF Australia AUS Lachlan Sayers
19 MF Australia AUS Jean-Philippe Lasm
21 GK Australia AUS Brandon Cuminao
22 DF Australia AUS James Cuminao
23 MF Australia AUS Prasiddha Paudyal
28 MF Australia AUS Taj Hudson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History – Olympic FC". Olympic FC. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  2. ^ "History – Olympic FC". Olympic FC. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. ^ "History". olympicfc.net.au. Retrieved 1 July 2015.

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