Socceroo 1978 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1978

Written by Thomas Esamie and Greg Stock. Thanks to John Punshon for the use of his personal material. For more details see credits.


After failing to qualify for the World Cup the previous year Australian coach Jim Shoulder fielded a largely experimental team in three match series against Greece. This was a friendly match.
Played : June 11 1978 Venue : Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Australia
Peter Lauments, Gary Byrne, Kris Kalifatidis, David Jones (Steve Kokoska 73), Jim Tansey, Joe Picioane (John Davies 58), Gary Marocchi, John Stevenson (George Christopoulos 73), Mendo Ristovski, Gary Cole, John Nyskohus
Goal : Cole 62
1 - 2 Greece
Nicolaos Chrisidis, John Kyrastas, Petros Ravousis, Anthimos Kapsis, Theo Pallas, Christos Terzanidis, Petros Karavitis (Christos Ziakos 66), Nicolaos Liakos, Rigani-Eduard Kondogeorgakis (Charalambous Xanthopoulos 88), Dimitrios Gesios (Ilias Alexiadis 66), Christos Ifandidis
Goals : Ifandidis 63, 77
Referee : Peter Rampley (Australia)
Attendance : 25,000
Coaches : Jim Shoulder (Australia), Alketas Panagoulis (Greece)


The second match between Australia and Greece was played in Adelaide. This was a friendly match.
Played : June 14 1978 Venue : Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia
Australia
Allan Maher, Gary Byrne, David Jones, Col Bennett, Jim Tansey, Peter Stone, Gary Marocchi, Murray Barnes (Phil O'Connor 85), Peter Sharne, John Kosmina, John Nyskohus
0 - 1 Greece
Nicolaos Christidis, John Kyrastas, Petros Ravousis, Anthimos Kapsis, Theo Pallas, Christos Terzanidis, Rigani-Eduard Kondogeorgakis (Christos Ziakos 84), Charalambos Xanthopoulos, Christos Ifandidis, Dimitrios Gesios, Nicolaos Liakos (Petros Karavitis 68)
Goal : Ifandidis 71
Referee : Don Campbell (AUS)
Cautions : aus - Maher, Kosmina, Barnes; gr - Xanthopoulos, Ravousis
Attendance : 9,502
Coaches : Jim Shoulder (Australia), Alketas Panagoulis (Greece)


The third match of the series was played in Sydney. As things turned out this was Jimmy Shoulders last game as national coach. This was a friendly match.
Played : June 18 1978 Venue : Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia
Australia
Todd Clarke (Gary Meier 66), Savro Iozelli, Steve Perry, Col Bennett, George Harris, Murray Barnes, John Davies (John Karaspyros 66), John O'Shea, Peter Stone, Sebastian Giampaolo (Phil O'Connor 60), Joe Senkalski
Goal : Murray Barnes 77pk
1 - 1 Greece
Nicolaos Chrisidis, John Kyrastas, Petros Ravousis, Anthimos Kapsis, Theo Pallas, Rigani-Eduard Kondogeorgakis, Christos Terzanidis, Charalambos Xanthopoulos, Petros Karavitis (Ilias Alexiadis 73), Christos Ifandidis, Nicolaos Liakos (Christos Ziakos 46)
Goal : Karavitis 12
Referee : David Yelland (AUS)
Attendance : 15,000
Coaches : Jim Shoulder (Australia), Alkis Panagoulis (Greece)