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Graham Arnold
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Personal information
Full name Graham James Arnold
Date of birth 3 August 1963 (1963-08-03) (age 46)
Place of birth    Sydney, Australia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Manager (former Striker)
Club information
Current club Australia (Asst.)
Youth career
Sutherland
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1980–1981
1982–1990
1990–1992
1992–1994
1994–1995
1995–1997
1997–1998
1998–2001
Canterbury-Marrickville
Sydney United
Roda JC
Liège
Charleroi
NAC Breda
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Northern Spirit

178 (68)
061 (22)
060 (23)
016 0(1)
063 (35)
028 0(7)
047 0(5)   
National team
1985–1997 Australia 056 (19)
Teams managed
1989–1990
1998–2001
2000–2006
2006–2007
2007
2007–2008
2008–2009
2010–
Sydney United
Northern Spirit
Australia (Asst.)
Australia
Australia (Asst.)
Australia U-23
Australia (Asst.)
Central Coast Mariners

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Graham James Arnold (born 3 August 1963 in Sydney, New South Wales) is a former coach of the Australian national football (soccer) team. He was appointed to work as an assistant to Frank Farina in 2000. The two replaced Raul Blanco, who was the interim coach in charge after Terry Venables decided not to renew his contract with Soccer Australia after the failed World Cup campaign in 1997. Although Farina was sacked in 2005, Arnold and the rest of the coaching team survived and worked with coach Guus Hiddink for the Australian 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign, in which they made the second round of the finals. After Hiddink left, he became acting coach of the Socceroos.[1] He is a member of the Football Federation Australia Football Hall of Fame.

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Playing career

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Club

Arnold was a striker who started his career at Gwawley Bay in 1969. He played for them until 1979 when he moved to Canterbury-Marrickville in the New South Wales Premier League. He then moved to Sydney Croatia in Australia's now defunct National Soccer League, where he was both the league's top goal scorer and player of the year in 1986. This was followed by a move overseas, where he made a name for himself in the Netherlands, playing for Roda JC and NAC Breda. He also spent time in Belgium with R.F.C. de Liège and R. Charleroi S.C.. He went on to play for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan towards the end of his career, before finally returning home to play for the Northern Spirit FC.

International

Graham Arnold has represented Australia's senior national team 56 times, scoring 19 goals (85 caps, 33 goals including unofficial matches and "B" internationals). He was given his full debut by Frank Arok in a World Cup Qualifier against Taiwan at Adelaide's Hindmarsh Stadium on 23 October 1985. He scored on his debut as the "Socceroos" went on to record a 7-0 victory. His international playing career came to a sad end on 29 November 1997 in a World Cup Qualifier against Iran at the MCG when the score ended 2-2 and Australia was eliminated on the away goals rule after leading 2-0.

Managerial career

Arnold had a cameo role as a coach very early on in his career. He was coach for 2 games whilst he was a player at Sydney Croatia during the 1989/90 season. However, his proper coaching career started in 1998, when he was appointed player/manager of the Northern Spirit FC. He was the coach for 2 seasons, making the playoffs in their debut season. He was then appointed to the position of Australian assistant coach in 2000, becoming acting coach in July 2006, then appointed head coach in December 2006.

On 6 September 2006 Australia was defeated 2-0 in an Asian Cup qualifying game against lowly-ranked Kuwait. The FFA confirmed Arnold would remain Head Coach through to the end of 2007 Asian Cup campaign.

Australia started their Asian Cup campaign poorly, drawing with Oman in its opening Group stage game in Bangkok. Media pressure focused on Arnold and on 13 July 2007 Australia were beaten 3-1 by Iraq in the 2007 Asian Cup. Following the match, Arnold told the assembled media (in reference to some of the team's higher profile members), "There's some players who seem like they don't want to be here. I'm extremely disappointed."

In a poll conducted by Four Four Two, Graham Arnold, as voted by the subscribers, was found to have been the most influential reason for Australia's failed progression at the 2006 Asian Cup, with an overwhelming 78% of the vote[2]

Since the tournament, Arnold has continued his role as Manager of the Australian U-23 side that is in the final qualification stages for the 2008 Olympics. He was also linked with the manager's position at Bolton Wanderers and Norwich City in England but lost out to Gary Megson and Glenn Roeder respectively.

With the appointment of Dutchman Pim Verbeek as new Australia manager, Arnold along with Henk Duut will serve as his assistant with the national side.

On 9 February 2010, it was announced that Arnold will take on the position of head coach for the Central Coast Mariners until the end of the 2012/2013 season.[3][4]

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Awards
Preceded by
Graham Honeyman
NSL Player of the Year
1986
Succeeded by
Andrew Zinni
Frank Farina
Preceded by
Charlie Egan
NSL Golden Boot
1986
Succeeded by
Frank Farina

Simple English

Graham Arnold
Personal information
Full name Graham James Arnold
Date of birth 3 August 1963 (1963-08-03) (age 47)
Place of birth    Sydney, Australia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1982-1990
1990-1992
1992-1994
1994
1995-1996
1997-1998
1998-2001
Sydney Croatia
Roda
Liégeois
Charleroi
NAC Breda
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Northern Spirit
National team
1985-1997 Australia
Teams managed
1989-1990
1998-2001
2006-2007
2010-
Sydney United
Northern Spirit
Australia
Central Coast Mariners

Graham Arnold (born 3 August 1963) is a former Australian football player. He has played for Australia national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
AustraliaLeague
1985Sydney CroatiaNational Soccer League2811
19862512
19872417
1988237
19892710
1989/90266
NetherlandsLeague
1990/91RodaEredivisie288
1991/923314
BelgiumLeague
1992/93LiégeoisFirst Division3216
1993/94287
1994/95CharleroiFirst Division161
NetherlandsLeague
1994/95NAC BredaEredivisie1510
1995/963016
1996/97189
JapanLeague
1997Sanfrecce HiroshimaJ. League 1186
1998101
AustraliaLeague
1998/99Northern SpiritNational Soccer League285
1999/0060
2000/01130
CountryAustralia 20068
Netherlands 12457
Belgium 7624
Japan 287
Total 428156

International career statistics

Australia national team
YearAppsGoals
198521
198664
198763
1988164
198942
199000
199120
199200
199361
199400
199521
199630
199773
Total5419

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