Stan Lazaridis

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 16 August 1972
Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia
Height: 175cm (5' 9")
Position: Left Back / Left Midfield

Club Summary

Club Games Goals
Kingsway Olympic (junior) - -
Stirling Macedonia (1990) ? ?
Floreat Athena (1991-1992) 28 2
West Adelaide (1992-1995) 73 5
West Ham United (1995-1999) 87 3
Birmingham City (1999-2006) 222 8
Perth Glory (2006-2008) 13 0

International Summary

Games Goals
Australia Under-17 (1989) 5 2
Australia 'A' (1993-2006) 60 0
Australia 'B' (1993-1999) 11 0
Australia Under-23 (2000, overage player) 3 0

Career Brief

With 60 'A' caps to his credit, Lazaridis is one of the all-time greats of Australian football. His penetrating runs down the left flank and superb delivery into the area made Lazaridis a club and country favourite throughout a professional career that took him to the highest levels the game has to offer. It was as a fleet-footed teenager with Kingsway Olympic that Lazaridis first came to prominence by representing Australia in qualifiers for the 1989 Under-17 World Youth Championship.

Lazaridis was 18 when he debuted for the senior State team against Moscow Torpedo, after which he played a seasons and a half with Floreat Athena. Always destined to play on a bigger stage, he joined West Adelaide and in August 1992 played his first national league game against Preston Makedonia. A constant avenue into attack for Hellas, he caused many a defender headaches during his three seasons in the National Soccer League.

Lazaridis gained his first Australia caps by playing both games of a friendly series with Kuwait in April 1993. He made a handful of 'B' appearances in the months that followed as well as turning out in September's friendly draw with South Korea. 1994 was highlighted by outings with South Africa, Kuwait and Japan, while his reputation was only enhanced with standout performances against Colombia, Japan, Ghana and Argentina in the first half of 1995.

Having caught the eye of West Ham United officials, Lazaridis was quickly invited for trials then added to the London club's playing roster. An English Premier League debut arrived in September against Chelsea but after only three further appearances he suffered a broken leg which effectively ended his first season at the club. A return to full fitness for 1996/97 led to not only to regular game time but also a Socceroos call-up against Hungary in April 1997.

During the English off-season Lazaridis helped Australia negotiate the Oceania phase of World Cup qualification, figuring prominently against the Soloman Islands, Tahiti and New Zealand. But the Socceroos were denied a spot at France '98 by Iran, who came from behind to 'triumph' on a night of high drama in Melbourne. That heartbreak was tempered somewhat by Australia progressing to the final of the Confederations Cup where Lazaridis turned out against Mexico, host nation Saudi Arabia and Uruguay and Brazil, who lifted the trophy.

Lazaridis slotted straight back into the Hammers match day line-up on his return to club duty and in early 1998 signed a new five-year contract, however, it didn't all go to plan. 1998/99 was a season of endless frustration with the wingback overcoming an early groin injury only then find himself out of favour with the coaching staff. Again, the national team provided some respite in the form of 'B' outings with the World Stars and Manchester United during June 1999.

In July 1999 Lazaridis transferred to Division One club Birmingham City, playing 35 club games in his first season in addition to Socceroo appearances against Hungary and the Czech Republic. A couple of friendly appearances against Paraguay preceded his lining up at the Oceania Nations Cup against the Cook Islands, the Soloman Islands, Vanuatu and New Zealand. These were followed by trio of games an an overage player at the Sydney Olympic Games of September 2000.

Over the next few years Lazaridis became a favourite of the Birmingham faithful. He played a key role in the Blues' qualification for the 2001 League Cup Final, which Liverpool won in a penalty shootout. On the international front he turned out in friendlies with Scotland, France, England and Ireland; at the Confederations Cup against Mexico, France, Japan and Brazil; and in World Cup qualifiers with New Zealand and Uruguay.

Lazaridis helped Birmingham back into England's top flight at the end of 2002/03, beating Norwich City in the play-offs. Among the highlights of his Premier League return was the winning goal against arch-rivals Aston Villa in March 2003, and a classic strike against Everton in February 2004. A friendly outing with Venezuela that month was followed by others against South Africa and Turkey, the game in Melbourne against the latter being Lazaridis' 50th 'A' appearance.

In May and June 2004 Lazaridis featured in World Cup qualifiers with New Zealand, Tahiti and Vanuata. Over the next twelve months he played games against Norway, Iraq, Indonesia, the Soloman Islands, Greece and Liechenstein but was unable to force his way into the Socceroos line-up for any of their four matches at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Released at the end of his seventh season with Birmingham, Lazaridis headed home to play his finals years at Perth Glory. He exited the international stage to a standing ovation in the November 2006 friendly with Paraguay.

Socceroos Game by Game

Date Opponent (Venue) Result Status Comments
15.04.1993 Kuwait (Singapore) 1-0 (won) Friendly Full game
19.04.1993 Kuwait (Singapore) 1-3 (loss) Friendly Sub on after 56 minutes for Steve Corica
16.06.1993 AC Milan (Sydney) 0-1 (loss) 'B' game Full game
17.06.1993 AC Milan (Melbourne) 0-2 (loss) 'B' game Full game
16.07.1993 FC Duisbergn (Bersenberg) 1-1 (draw) 'B' game Full game
18.07.1993 DeGrafschaap (Zelham) 0-1 (loss) 'B' game Sub on after 70 minutes for Jason van Blerk
21.07.1993 NEC Nijmegen (Nijmegen) 1-0 (won) 'B' game Full game
24.09.1993 South Korea (Seoul) 1-1 (draw) Friendly Full game
04.11.1993 Colo Colo (Santiago) 2-3 (loss) 'B' game Full game
11.11.1993 Universidad Catolica Youth (Santiago) 0-1 (loss) 'B' game Full game
08.06.1994 South Africa (Adelaide) 1-0 (won) Friendly Full game
12.06.1994 South Africa (Sydney) 1-0 (won) Friendly Full game
22.09.1994 Malaysia Under-23 (Kuala Lumpur) 3-0 (won) 'B' game Sub on after 46 minutes for Gabriel Mendez
24.09.1994 Kuwait (Kuala Lumpar) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Full game
27.09.1994 Japan (Tokyo) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Full game
08.02.1995 Colombia (Brisbane) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Full game
11.02.1995 Colombia (Sydney) 0-1 (loss) Friendly Full game
15.02.1995 Japan (Sydney) 2-1 (won) Friendly Full game
21.06.1995 Ghana (Adelaide) 1-0 (won) Friendly Full game
24.06.1995 Ghana (Perth) 0-1 (loss) Friendly Full game
30.06.1995 Argentina (Buenos Aires) 0-2 (loss) Friendly Full game
02.04.1997 Hungary (Budapest) 3-1 (won) Friendly Full game
11.06.1997 Soloman Islands (Sydney) 13-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Sub off after 73 minutes for Robbie Hooker
13.06.1997 Tahiti (Sydney) 5-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Sub on after 70 minutes for Matthew Bingley
17.06.1997 Soloman Islands (Sydney) 6-2 (won) World Cup qualifier Full game
28.06.1997 New Zealand (Auckland) 3-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Full game
06.07.1997 New Zealand (Sydney) 2-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Full game
22.11.1997 Iran (Tehran) 1-1 (draw) World Cup qualifier Sub on after 58 minutes for Robbie Slater
29.11.1997 Iran (Melbourne) 2-2 (draw) World Cup qualifier Full game
12.12.1997 Mexico (Riyadh) 3-1 (won) Confederations Cup Full game
14.12.1997 Brazil (Riyadh) 0-0 (draw) Confederations Cup Full game
16.12.1997 Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) 0-1 (loss) Confederations Cup Full game
19.12.1997 Uruguay (Riyadh) 1-0 (won) Confederations Cup Full game
21.12.1997 Brazil (Riyadh) 0-6 (loss) Confederations Cup Full game
12.06.1999 World Stars (Sydney) 3-2 (won) 'B' game Full game
15.06.1999 Manchester United (Melbourne) 0-2 (loss) 'B' game Full game
18.06.1999 Manchester United (Sydney) 0-1 (loss) 'B' game Full game
23.02.2000 Hungary (Budapest) 3-0 (won) Friendly Sub on after 77 minutes for Danny Tiatto
29.03.2000 Czech Republic (Teplice) 1-3 (loss) Friendly Full game
09.06.2000 Paraguay (Sydney) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Full game
15.06.2000 Paraguay (Melbourne) 2-1 (won) Friendly Full game
19.06.2000 Cook Islands (Papeete) 17-0 (won) Oceania Nations Cup Full game
23.06.2000 Soloman Islands (Papeete) 6-0 (won) Oceania Nations Cup Full game
25.06.2000 Vanuatu (Papeete) 1-0 (won) Oceania Nations Cup Full game
28.06.2000 New Zealand (Papeete) 2-0 (won) Oceania Nations Cup Full game
15.11.2000 Scotland (Glasgow) 2-0 (won) Friendly Full game
30.05.2001 Mexico (Suwon) 2-0 (won) Confederations Cup Sub off after 78 minutes for Archie Thompson
01.06.2001 France (Daegu) 1-0 (won) Confederations Cup Full game
07.06.2001 Japan (Yokohama) 0-1 (loss) Confederations Cup Full game
09.06.2001 Brazil (Seoul) 1-0 (won) Confederations Cup Full game
20.06.2001 New Zealand (Wellington) 2-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Sub off after 68 mnutes for Danny Tiatto
24.06.2001 New Zealand (Sydney) 4-1 (won) World Cup qualifier Full game
11.11.2001 France (Melbourne) 1-1 (draw) Friendly Full game
20.11.2001 Uruguay (Melbourne) 1-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Sub off after 46 minutes for Paul Agostino
26.11.2001 Uruguay (Montevideo) 0-3 (loss) World Cup qualifier Full game
12.02.2003 England (London) 3-1 (won) Friendly Full game
19.08.2003 Ireland (Dublin) 1-2 (loss) Friendly Full game
18.02.2004 Venezuela (Caracas) 1-1 (draw) Friendly Sub off after 28 minutes for Ahmad Elrich
30.03.2004 South Africa (London) 1-0 (won) Friendly Full game
21.05.2004 Turkey (Sydney) 1-3 (loss) Friendly Full game
24.05.2004 Turkey (Melbourne) 0-1 (loss) Friendly Full game
29.05.2004 New Zealand (Adelaide) 1-0 (won) Oceania Nations Cup / World Cup qualifier Full game
31.05.2004 Tahiti (Adelaide) 9-0 (won) Oceania Nations Cup / World Cup qualifier Sub off after 46 minutes for Ahmad Elrich
04.06.2004 Vanuata (Adelaide) 3-0 (won) Oceania Nations Cup / World Cup qualifier Full game
16.11.2004 Norway (London) 2-2 (draw) Friendly Sub off after 54 minutes for Danny Tiatto
26.03.2005 Iraq (Sydney) 2-1 (won) Friendly Sub off after 46 minutes for Tony Vidmar
29.03.2005 Indonesia (Perth) 3-0 (won) Friendly Sub off after 60 minutes for Lucas Neill
06.08.2005 Soloman Islands (Honiara) 2-1 (won) World Cup qualifier Sub on after 71 minutes for Scott Chipperfield
25.05.2006 Greece (Melbourne) 1-0 (won) Friendly Sub on after 73 minutes for Mile Sterjovski
07.06.2006 Liechenstein (Ulm) 3-1 (won) Friendly Sub off after 66 minutes for Archie Thompson
07.10.2006 Paraguay (Brisbane) 1-1 (draw) Friendly Sub off after 50 minutes for Archie Thompson

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