An Australian football legend Ned Zelic has been a standard-bearer for Australian footballers throughout his career.
He was one of the early football pioneers who went overseas to embark on a career in Europe. Ned is part of an elite group of Australian footballers that have competed in a major European final and had experience in playing for 8 major football playing nations and a regular with the Socceroos.
A product of the now named Canberra FC (formerly Canberra Croatia Deakin Football Club), Ned started his professional career in the National Soccer League where he played with clubs Sydney United and Sydney Olympic.
As a Socceroo representative from 1991 he played 32 times for his country and scored three goals, representing Australia in the 1992 Summer Olympics where they finished 4th.
Since his retirement from the game Ned has become a much-loved football commentator and analyst on SBS television taking part in their productions of the FIFA World Cup in 2006 and 2010 and the 2008 European Championships.
Throughout his career as a player and as a TV commentator and football analyst, Ned Zelic has always been a strong advocate of football. He has inspired many youngsters to take up the game through his actions at club and international level. Showing a passion for the sport that is almost second- to-none he is a widely recognised face within the game.
Ned Zelic is a highly credentialed player and role model. Throughout his playing career he demonstrated sound values of fair play, honesty, commitment to his professional player status and serving his country. He is well recognised and respected for his contributions to football and is both modest and gracious when it comes to acknowledging his achievements.
Ned has paved the way to enable many Australians to ply their trade in the top European leagues and was inducted into the ACT Football Federation Hall of Fame in 2010.
Born: 4 July 1971