The English Premier League is the competition every footballer aspires to play in.
Since it’s inception in 1992 a number of Australians have taken to the pitch for multiple clubs.
We have gone through the archives to come up with our all time Australian Premier League team from the last 29 seasons.
GK – Mark Schwarzer
Middlesbrough 1997-2008, Fulham 2008-2013, Chelsea 2013-2015, Leicester 2015-2016
Unlike most of his Socceroos career, Mark Schwarzer is our undisputed number one in this lineup.
Having spent the better part of two decades in England’s top flight, making over 500 appearances and being a part of two title winning teams with Chelsea in 2014-2015 and Leicester in 2015-2016.
Although he didn’t play for the Foxes in their title winning campaign, serving only as an emergency and therefore didn’t get a medal for that second victory.
LB – Danny Tiatto
Manchester City 2000-2004
Look, nobody will accuse Tiatto of being the most composed player on the pitch with his career marred by red cards.
But in a fairly thin crop of Aussie left backs, his 51 EPL appearances for City in 2000-2001 and 2002-2004 he is the best of the bunch.
Most attackers would think twice about running at him at full steam.
CB – Craig Moore
Moore’s commanding presence will be badly needed to marshal this wild backline.
Admittedly his Premier League career was far from perfect, making just 25 appearances over two injury hit seasons with Newcastle but when he was on the field he was a huge asset.
CB – Kevin Muscat
Crystal Palace 1997
Much like his fellow centre back, Muscat’s Premier League career was quite brief making just nine appearances for Palace having helped them win promotion in the season prior.
It was a brief spell before dropping back to the Championship with Wolves in October of 1997 but his intimidation factor is well worth including in this team.
RB – Lucas Neill
Blackburn 2001-2007, West Ham 2007-2009, Everton 2009-2010
While most of us may remember Neill from the later days of his career as a central defender, he made his name as a marauding, no nonsense right back at Blackburn Rovers.
While he may have left several clubs on less than ideal terms, he was a well regarded defender making 278 appearances over a 10 year career, earning plenty of praise in that time.
Not to mention being elevated to Socceroos captain after the 2006 World Cup.
CDM – Mile Jedinak
Crystal Palace 2013-2016
Jedinak’s Premier League career may have only lasted for three seasons (and one game) but his impact is still felt at Palace to this day.
Always a reliable option in midfield, Jedinak would no doubt shoulder the responsibility from the spot should this side win a penalty.
CDM – Aaron Mooy
Huddersfield Town 2017-2019, Brighton & Hove Albion 2019-2020
Another one of the modern bunch to make this team, Mooy can provide a perfect pivot to Jedinak in midfield.
Occasionally crowded out by his fellow playmakers in national team colours, Mooy would pull the strings in attack and make full use of the players he has ahead of him.
Or do this if he was given the time and space.
LM – Harry Kewell
Leeds 1996-2003, Liverpool 2003-2008
When healthy, there were few more dangerous wingers than Harry Kewell (and few more confusing accents).
Australia’s great hope for the better part of the early 2000’s his career never quite reached its potential following a move to Liverpool in 2003 as his body broke down.
But if anyone is going to score a big goal for this team, to paraphrase a line from Simon Hill, “it just has to be Harry.”
CAM – Tim Cahill
Cahill may have “only” scored 56 Premier League goals for the Toffees but you can be damn sure that at least 54 of them were meaningful in some way.
His patented late runs into the box and powerful headers make any wide player’s job significantly easier.
Not to mention his ability to score a spectacular bicycle kick from time to time.
RM – Brett Emerton
Once described as Australia’s fittest footballer, Emerton was never the star of the show in his time with Blackburn, but was always a key player for his manager.
His versatility to play as an attacker or defender was a huge asset, as was his seemingly endless supply of energy to run up and down the right touchline week after week.
Under Pim Verbeek he formed a formidable right sided duo with Luke Wilkshire for the Socceroos and slots into this team in an attacking role.
ST – Mark Viduka (c)
Leeds 2000-2004, Middlesbrough 2004-2007, Newcastle 2007-2009
The Duke, plain and simple.
No other player is better equipped to lead the line with this team behind him, he’s also taking the armband for this squad.
He never got that goal in Germany 2006 but would be scoring for fun with the service some of these players would provide.
Not to mention his reunion with Kewell would be a sight to behold.
GK – Mat Ryan
Brighton & Hove Albion 2017-2021, Arsenal 2021
Australia’s current first choice goalkeeper beats out Mark Bosnich for the backup goalkeeper spot in a very tight call.
His shot stopping and distribution are two standout qualities and he has proven to be very effective despite a lack of height by normal goalkeeper standards.
Easy to see why Graham Arnold had plenty of faith in him at the Mariners all those years ago.
CB – Tony Popovic
Crystal Palace 2004-2005
Poppa’s Premier League career might have only lasted one season but he’s a worthwhile backup to have when one of our starting defenders inevitably gets sent off.
Perhaps we could use him as a player/coach until Ange Postecoglou becomes a Premier League manager?
CB – Tony Vidmar
Vidmar may have only made 12 appearances for Middlesbrough but those are enough to earn him a spot on our bench.
LM – Stan Lazaridis
West Ham 1995-2000, Birmingham 2002-2005
A versatile left sided player, Lazaridis can play at either end of the pitch.
Naturally more suited to an attacking role, Lazaridis has a proper left foot and would be a great option off the bench.
CM – Josip Skoko
Were it not for the two recent players, Skoko would be the next cab off the rank in that central midfield role.
53 appearances saw him nicknamed (by at least one person on Twitter) as the Wigan Wizard.
ST – Robbie Slater
Blackburn 1994-1995, West Ham 1995-1996, Southampton 1996-1998
Australia’s first ever Premier League winner has to earn a spot on the bench, even if he never scored for Blackburn in that season.
ST – John Aloisi
Coventry City 1998-2001
The scorer of Australia’s most famous penalty, Aloisi’s club resume is one of the most distinguished of any former Socceroos player.
He played in the top leagues in Belgium, Italy, Spain and to earn a spot in this list, England.
Over the course of three seasons Aloisi made 41 Premier League appearances scoring 10 goals as the club battled relegation over that time.