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football legend

senior coach, former professional footballer and media personality

John Kosmina is a former professional footballer who captained Australia and represented English Premier League team, Arsenal. He is also a senior coach and recent inductee to the Football Federation Australia Football Hall of Fame.

Born in South Australia, John represented Croydon FC (formerly Polonia) and National Soccer League outfit, West Adelaide before he signed on with Arsenal in 1978. John’s stay in England was short-lived, making four first team appearances. However, he soon picked up where he left off, going on to become one of the National Soccer League’s most clinical strikers, representing Adelaide City, West Adelaide, Sydney City FC (winning the championship and receiving top scorer accolades in 1982), Sydney Olympic FC and A.P.I.A Leichhardt.

After retiring from professional football in 1989, John turned his focus to coaching, and since has coached numerous teams at state and national level. In particular he was previously appointed to Sydney FC, and more notably, was Adelaide United’s inaugural coach, where he led the team to a minor premiership and grand final appearance. He has also coached at international level, being appointed as the Socceroos assistant coach in 2007.

More recently John appeared as a guest analyst and host on Fox Sports football segments, and has also participated in various public speaking engagements.


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