Socceroo 1971 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1971

Written by Jean-Michel Cazal, Thomas Esamie and Greg Stock. Thanks to Kevin Christopher for the use of his personal material and to John Punshon for the cross-referencing of material. For more details see credits.


In November 1971 the Israeli national side arrived in Australia to play three friendly internationals. For the star studded Israelis this tour was seen as a warm-up for the 1972 Olympic games, while Australias players had been idle for two months since the end of the domestic competetion. The press justifiably had the Israelis as the overwhelming favourites for the series. Some sources credit the first Israeli goal to Borba. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 11 1971 Venue : Lang Park, Brisbane, Australia
Australia
Roger Romanowicz, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Frank Micic, Adrian Alston, Jim Rooney, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz, Bill Vojtek, Max Tolson, Alan Ainslie
Goals : Tolson 19, Alston 72
2 - 2 Israel
Itzhak Visoker, Shraga Bar, Yeshaayahu Schwager, Zvi Rozen, Menachem Bello, Yehoshua Gal (Yehuda Shaharabani), Itzhak Shum, Mordechai Spiegler (c), George Borba, Roni Kalderon, Yeoshua Faigenboim
Goals : Kalderon 11, Spiegler 63
Referee : Vince Dobinson (Australia)
Attendance : 5,040
Coaches : Rale Rasic (AUS), Edmond Shmilovich (ISR)


The second game of the three match series was played in Sydney. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 14 1971 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Roger Romanowicz, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Frank Micic, Adrian Alston, Jim Rooney, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz, Bill Vojtek, Max Tolson, Alan Ainslie
Goal : Ainslie 12
1 - 0 Israel
Itzhak Visoker, Shraga Bar, Yeshaayahu Schwager (Gabriel Rosendorn 38), Zvi Rozen, Menachem Bello, Yehuda Shaharabani, Itzhak Shum, Mordechai Spiegler (c), George Borba (Shlomo Ninio 46), Roni Kalderon, Yehoshua Faigenboim
Referee : Tony Boskovic (Australia)
Attendance : 11,282
Coaches : Rale Rasic (AUS), Edmond Shmilovich (ISR)


The third and final match of the Israel tour was played in Melbourne. With Israels victory of 3-1 it represented the first time that one of these sides had beaten the other by a margin of more than two goals. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 21 1971 Venue : Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Australia
Roger Romanowicz, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Frank Micic (Ernie Campbell 73), Adrian Alston, Jim Rooney, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz, Bill Vojtek, Max Tolson (Brian Turner 73), Alan Ainslie
Goal : Baartz 87
1 - 3 Israel
Itzhak Visoker, Shraga Bar, Shlomo Ninio, Zvi Rozen, Menachem Bello, Yehuda Shaharabani, Itzhak Shum, Gabriel Rosendorn, George Borba (Mordechai Spiegler), Roni Kalderon, Yehoshua Feigenboim
Goals : Rozen 15, Shaharabani 46, 84
Referee : Roger Lamb (Australia)
Attendance : 9,639
Coach : Rale Rasic (AUS), Edmond Shmilovich (ISR)