Happy birth­day to Aus­tralian soc­cer player Alex Brosque (1983-).

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Brosque is about to em­bark on a fi­nal quest for sil­ver­ware as the Syd­ney FC great slips on the boots for one last sea­son. The re­spected Sky Blues skip­per re­gains the arm­band for 2018-19 ahead of Syd­ney FC's sea­son opener away to Ade­laide United next Fri­day. The 35-year-old vet­eran, who is likely to start on the bench more of­ten this sea­son, was thrown on as a 73rd-minute sub­sti­tute dur­ing Syd­ney FCs 3-0 semi­fi­nal win over West­ern Syd­ney. Brosque, who has won 21 Soc­ceroos caps, was all but as­sured to re­tire at the end of last sea­son but recom­mit­ted to the club as it tran­si­tions to new coach Steve Cor­ica af­ter the Gra­ham Arnold era. Born in Syd­ney in 1983 to Uruguayan par­ents, Brosque honed his skills as part of West­field Sports High and the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport. He made his Na­tional Soc­cer League de­but with Mar­coni Stal­lions at age 18 and af­ter three sea­sons left for Dutch gi­ants Feyeno­ord in 2004 and spent a sea­son on loan at Bel­gian side Westerlo. But the teen striker strug­gled to find his feet and re­turned to Aus­tralia to play with Bris­bane Roar in the in­au­gu­ral 2005-06 A-League sea­son. Af­ter Brosque tied for the golden boot, reign­ing cham­pion Syd­ney FC lured him back to his home city. In his first Sky Blues stint, Brosque won three suc­ces­sive club player of the year awards — his fi­nal com­ing in 2009-10 when Syd­ney FC snagged the premier­ship/cham­pi­onship dou­ble. Two sea­sons apiece for Ja­pan’s Shimizu and UAE side Al Ain fol­lowed be­fore he re­turned to his home club and was appointed cap­tain. He over­saw Syd­ney FC’s 2015 grand fi­nal berth — in­ter­rupted by a sev­enth-place blip in 2015-16 — and then its path to be­com­ing the most dom­i­nant force in Aus­tralian foot­ball, los­ing just five league games in two sea­sons.

Pic­ture: AAP/Jeremy Ng

Alex Brosque

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