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Three Of The Most Famous Australians To Have Played In The Premier League

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Australia has not produced many soccer legends, with their biggest known sports stars choosing NFL and NBA instead. In fact, there are 9 NBA players from Australia currently playing. Kyrie Irving, who is often involved in The TwinSpires Edge NBA Rumors, is one of the most famous players in the league.

Actually, right now Matthew Ryan (Arsenal’s backup keeper) and Southampton young academy product Caleb Watts are the only Aussie players in the EPL.

Still, there have been over 50 Australian players to have played in the Premier League throughout the history of the league, but some of them have left a greater impression on the competitive league more than most.

Some of the most iconic Aussies have gone on to win illustrious honours with the sides that they have represented, while others have broke long-standing Premier League records that look unlikely to ever be matched.

Still, which three Aussie soccer stars stand out from the crowd?

Mark Schwarzer

Almost the majority of Mark Schwarzer’s career in soccer came in the Premier League, as he played for five different sides after swapping the Bundesliga for England in 1996.

His first spell in England came with Bradford City, but he made his name in the English game during an eleven-year stay with Middlesbrough. He went on to play over 445 times for the club and was part of the Boro team that won the League Cup in 2004.

He decided to leave the club in the summer of 2008, and immediately became a vital player for Fulham, as the club first achieved an unlikely escape from relegation before then reaching the final of the Europa League.

After a five-year stay at Craven Cottage, he joined cross-city rivals Chelsea, but he played just four games in two seasons with the club. However, he would become the oldest Chelsea player of all-time during his stay.

His final season in the game came with Leicester City, where he was part of the squad that would win the Premier League title. To date, he remains the only player from outside the United Kingdom to have made over 500 appearances in England’s top-flight.

Harry Kewell

There aren’t many more instantly recognisable figures in the history of Australian soccer than Harry Kewell. The winger played in the English top-flight for the first 12 years of his career, as he enjoyed spells with Leeds United, and then Liverpool.

He immediately became a pivotal player at Elland Road after bursting onto the scene in 1996 after coming through the youth set up. He went on to scored 63 goals in 242 games for the Whites before he left Elland Road in the summer of 2003 after financial problems continued to plague their ability to compete.

He swiftly signed for Liverpool, despite interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

Kewell would make history during his time at Anfield, as he became the only Australian-born player to win the Champions League as the club famously beat AC Milan on penalties in 2005. However, injury problems meant that he wasn’t able to play more than 140 games for the Reds.

Mark Viduka

Kewell’s teammate throughout his stay at Leeds United was also one of the most instantly recognisable Australian players throughout his career. Mark Viduka moved to the Premier League in 2000 after impressive during a two-year stint in the SPL with Celtic.

During his four-year stay at Elland Road, he would score four goals in the Champions League, which makes him the highest Australian scorer in the competition.

He was revered as one of the best number nines in the Premier League throughout his career with the Whites, as he scored 72 goals in 166 games. However, he was forced to move on in the summer of 2004 after Leeds were relegated from the top-flight.

Mark spent the next three seasons with Middlesbrough, as he scored 42 goals in 103 games. His final two professional seasons came at Newcastle United, but injury problems plagued his game time, as he scored just seven goals in 40 games.

Here we have it, 3 of the most famous Aussies to play in the English Premier League. Who did we miss? Should we have included Milwall and Everton legend Tim Cahill in the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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