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The longest-serving president of the Australian Soccer Federation (ASF), Sir Arthur George, lived 98 years. Born Athanasios Theodore Tzortzatos on 17 January 1915, Sir Arthur left a legacy in the Australian sporting world.

 

He became the godfather of Australian soccer, helping the sport transition into the mainstream. A challenge he relished.

 

Sir Arthur served as ASF president between 1969 and 1988, a period highlighted by Australia's first-ever appearance at the FIFA World Cup in 1974, and the subsequent formation of the National Soccer League in 1977. The NSL became the first national sporting competition in the country. From 1978 to 1982, he also served as president of the Oceania Football Confederation.


Known for his driven and combative personality, Sir Arthur had many confrontations with officials, coaches and the media. Nevertheless, he can be credited with a number of far-reaching reforms.

 

The ASF established the first coach education scheme in Australian sport, a visionary step in 1975. Aside from the establishment of the NSL, Australia fielded its first national youth teams (1979), hosted its first FIFA competition (the 1981 World Youth Championships), and staged a hugely successful Gold Cup tournament including then world champions Argentina and powerhouse Brazil to mark the nation's Bicentenary (1988).

 

During much of his tenure as ASF president, Sir Arthur also served on the FIFA executive, the first Australian to do so. FIFA later awarded him the Gold Order of Merit - the world body's highest honour.


Trained as a solicitor, the staunch Liberal Party man became a notable figure in Sydney and was knighted in 1972 for his contributions to the Greek-Australian community. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1987.

 

This design celebrates the life of Sir Arthur George - his iconic moustache, glasses and passion for soccer included.

Sir Arthur George T-shirt

SKU: FC0000392
$40.00Price
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    • Unisex, regular fit 
    • 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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