BRETT Emerton is one of the greats of Australian football – his 95 appearances for Australia making him the third-most capped Socceroos player in history.
ANZ Stadium holds special memories for Brett who played in the official opening event at the Stadium in 1999, scoring a goal for the Socceroos against the FIFA World Stars. He still rates the historic night in 2005, when a John Aloisi penalty took Australia through to the World Cup, as the highlight of his career.
He returned to ANZ Stadium in his last major game as captain of the A-League All Stars against mighty Manchester United.
“Most football fans can remember where they were on that special night in 2005 when the Socceroos qualified for the FIFA World Cup after 32 long years,” Emerton said.
“The most memorable moment of my career was being part of that Socceroos team that won a heart-stopping penalty shootout victory against Uruguay in 2005. There were 80,000 fans at the Stadium and 8.5 million Australians tuned in on television that night.
“There have been so many memorable football moments at ANZ Stadium . . . including the Socceroos’ AFC Asian Cup win in 2015 and the back-to-back World Cup qualifying wins in 2017.
“Fans have also been able to see some of the great football clubs of the world play at the Stadium in recent years . . . Manchester United (2013), Juventus (2014), Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea (2015), Liverpool Legends (2016) Liverpool and Arsenal (2017).
“No doubt there are many more special football moments to come at the Stadium.”