Frank Farina OAM
(born 5 September 1964 in Darwin
, Northern Territory
) is a retired Australian football (soccer) player. He most currently coaches the Papua New Guinea national football team
His playing career spanned Australia, Belgium, France, Italy and England, and was a major player for the Australian National Team in the late 1980s and 1990s as well as subsequently managing the Australian National team in the early 2000s.
Farina spent part of his childhood in Papua New Guinea
and grew up in Cairns
, north Queensland and went to school at St Augustine's College
. He won a prestigious position and scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport
(AIS) in 1982 and played in the National Soccer League
for the Canberra Arrows
the following year.
National Soccer League
Farina's early playing career was spent in Australia, playing the National Soccer League. He played for the Canberra Arrows, Sydney City and Marconi-Fairfield. His early seasons were solid, scoring just under 10 goals a season for Canberra in the 1983 and 1984 season. He made his full international debut as a substitute in Australia's 2-3 loss in China in 1984. Farina moved to Sydney City in 1985, and that season City made the 1985 NSL Grand Final, losing 2-0 over 2 legs to Brunswick, as well as winning the 1986 National Cup.
Farina then moved to Marconi Fairfield for 1987 and 1988, where his form and ability flourished, scoring 16 and 17 goals respectively. This form led to him cementing a... Read More