Craig Foster is one of Australia's most renowned and respected football identities. Foster achieved on-field success in Australia and England before transitioning into the media as an expert commentator and analyst. He holds a post-graduate degree in international sports management and an AFC Pro-Licence in coaching.
In 1988, Foster began his football career in the National Soccer League with Sydney United upon completing his tenure at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. He moved on to Sunshine George Cross and later found success at Adelaide City and Marconi.
In 1997, his transfer to English side, Portsmouth, coincided with Australia's FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign led by Terry Venables. He then spent two seasons at Crystal Palace before returning home to sign for Northern Spirit in the NSL. His leadership was exemplary, captaining Palace and Spirit, before retiring in 2003.
Foster represented Australia on 29 occasions, once as captain. He scored nine goals in the green and gold.
Following his retirement from professional football, the former Socceroos midfielder became a regular panellist on SBS' weekly football program, On the Ball. When Foster joined SBS full-time, alongside his soon to become lifelong friends and mentors Les Murray and Johnny Warren, he became synonymous with football media coverage in Australia.
He remains a valuable member of SBS' weekly football forum, The World Game. His chief football analyst role has led him to cover World Cups for the public broadcaster from 2006 to 2018. In 2019, SBS won the Logie for Most Outstanding Sports Coverage, attributed in large part to the work of Foster and Lucy Zelic in Russia.
Foster has been a strong advocate for the role of players in the growth of football, having served on the Professional Footballers Australia Executive, and formerly as a director of the PFA's commercial wing, PFAM (PFA Management) which developed the model for the Australian Premier League. He served as a member of the PFA Advisory Board and was the PFA's chief executive in 2005 and interim Chair in 2016.
Most recently, Foster has become a human rights advocate. His high-profile in football led him to play a significant role in the release of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi in 2019. Al-Araibi was detained upon arrival in Thailand in November 2018 while on his honeymoon with his wife, owing to an Interpol red notice put out by Bahrain. Foster and his team exhausted all avenues, home and abroad, to ensure al-Araibi's safe return to Australia. He continues to fight for asylum seekers.
Add his well-established role as a voice for Indigenous football, Foster is a true believer. A football visionary.
Either as a nineties jersey-style replica or a more casual t-shirt, this design pays respect to a cultural warrior. A man who puts football first and believes in the humanitarian spirit of Australia.
Socceroo 419 T-shirt
- 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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