is an Australian association football
(soccer) club from Brunswick
, a suburb of Melbourne
. The club was a participant in the National Soccer League
, where they were champions in 1985, and Victorian Premier League
, in which they won eight titles. In 1996, the senior side was merged with Bulleen Lions and Box Hill Inter to form the Bulleen Inter Kings, who later changed their name to Bulleen Zebras
. The Brunswick Zebras Junior Soccer Club, formed in 1996 when the senior team merged with Bulleen and Box Hill, still operates from the original Brunswick Zebras clubrooms at Sumner Park, East Brunswick.
The club was formed in 1948 as 'Juventus' by Italian migrants from an amalgamation of several smaller clubs. Brunswick Juventus became the dominant side of Victorian football in the 1950s, winning six titles, including five consecutive titles from 1952–1956, and were arguably the club which ushered in the European migrant dominance of Victorian football, which remains to this day. In the 1960s while the club remained more than competitive, the rise of other migrant clubs, principally South Melbourne
, saw this dominance ended, and the club would have to wait until 1970 to add to its trophy collection.
The club largely struggled in the league during the 1970s after their 1970 championship, though there were also four Dockerty Cup
wins during this time. The club was not a foundation member of the NSL in 1977. In 1980 the club changed... Read More