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Friday 16 May 2014

Around the World: Australia and the Barclays Premier League

Ahead of the FIFA World Cup a look at the Australian influence on the BPL

A look at some of the players from Down Under who have starred in the Barclays Premier League

Ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, which starts on 12 June, premierleague.com looks at the 31 nations outside of England who are competing in Brazil and their influence on the Barclays Premier League.

In the latest edition we look at Group B and Australia. At present three Australians ply their trade in the Barclays Premier League, Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak, Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and Aston Villa defender Chris Herd.

Of these three, only Jedinak is the 30-man provisional squad for Brazil that was named by coach Ange Postecoglou. Newcastle United defender Curtis Good, who has yet to play in the Barclays Premier League, is included (see below).

Australia start their Group B campaign in Brazil against defending champions Spain on 13 June before facing Chile and the Netherlands.

In total 41 Australians have played in the Barclays Premier League (16th in ranking), amassing 2,938 appearances (11th). The first to appear in the competition was goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, for Aston Villa, in December 1992, while West Ham United's Robbie Slater was the first Australian goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League.

These two players are the only ones to have winners' medals, too, Slater with Blackburn Rovers in 1994/95, and Bosnich with Manchester United in 1999/00.

Schwarzer has made the most appearances, becoming last season one of a select group of players to join the "500 Club". Mark Viduka is the leading Australian goalscorer in the competition with 92 to his name.

Australians in the Barclays Premier League

Total players in BPL history 41
Total BPL appearances 2,938
Total BPL goals 252
Total BPL managers -
Total BPL matches managed -

First Australian to play in the Barclays Premier League

Mark Bosnich  - Aston Villa (v Sheffield Wednesday, 5 December, 1992)

Top 10 appearances by Australians

Mark Schwarzer
508
Lucas Neill
279
Harry Kewell 274
Brett Emerton 247
Mark Viduka
240
Tim Cahill
226
Mark Bosnich 206
Stan Lazaridis
166
Robbie Slater
84
John Filan
74

First Australian to score in the Barclays Premier League

Robbie Slater - West Ham United (v Blackburn Rovers, 2 December 1995)

Top 10 Australian goalscorers in the BPL

Mark Viduka
22
Harry Kewell
20
Tim Cahill 20
Brett Emerton 18
John Aloisi 13
Stan Lazaridis 10
Lucas Neill 7
Robbie Slater 7
Danny Tiatto
7
Richard Garcia 6

Australia provisional squad for FIFA 2014 World Cup

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (Club Brugge), Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund/), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United), Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets)

Defenders: Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers), Curtis Good (Newcastle United), Bailey Wright (Preston North End), Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo), Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng)

Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), James Holland (Austria Vienna), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht), Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa), Josh Brillante (Newcastle Jets)

Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Tom Rogic (Melbourne Victory), Dario Vidosic (Sion), Tommy Oar (Utrecht), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets, Matthew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt)

  • Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell are Nos 1 and 2 in the goalscoring charts for Australians

  • Mark Schwarzer is the Australian with the most appearances in the Barclays Premier League

  • Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak is in Australia's provisional squad for the World Cup

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Key Points

  • Ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup we look at the influence of players from 31 particpating nations outside England on the BPL
  • Fifth in series looks at players from Australia in the Barclays Premier League
  • Mark Schwarzer is the Australian with the most appearances, while former Middlesbrough player Mark Viduka is top scorer