Born in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1932, Ferenc "Frank" Arok played football for Fudbalski klub Jedinstvo, then migrated to Australia in the 1960s. Arok coached St George Budapest in two separate spells, the second of which saw him guide the club from State-level football to the National Soccer League title in 1983.
Arok's success lead him to the Socceroos job, a post he held for seven years. Although the Socceroos failed to make the FIFA World Cup in that time, Arok helped Australia reach the quarter-finals at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
Prior to the Olympics, Australia hosted Brazil, Argentina and Saudi Arabia in what was billed as the Bicentennial Gold Cup, making the final after thumping reigning World Cup holders Argentina 4-1. His celebrations after each goal made every news bulletin in the country.
The Socceroos were Arok's "mad dogs" or "real bastards" as he would say.
In 1990, Arok was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his "service to soccer, particularly as the Australian national coach" during the Australia Day honours. He spent a number of years coaching in the NSL before retiring to Serbia, where his wife and family called home.
Arok passed away on 12 January 2021, aged 88.
Frank Arok's Mad Dogs T-shirt
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- Crew neck
- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton
- Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
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