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George Sorras
Personal information
Full name George Sorras
Date of birth (1972-04-11) 11 April 1972 (age 49)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
0000–1989 Sydney Olympic
1989–1990 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990-1996 Sydney Olympic 78 (3)
1996-1997 Canberra Cosmos 19 (2)
National team
1989-1991 Australia U20 27 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 January 2021

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George Sorras (born 11 April 1972) is an Australian former professional soccer player who played as a Defender.[1]

Career[edit]

Sorras began his junior career at Sydney Olympic. He quickly showed his talent and potential, which caught the eye of Australian Institute of Sport head coach Ron Smith, who handed George a fulltime scholarship position in 1989.[2] After 2 years of development at the AIS, George returned to Sydney Olympic[3]. A physical and dynamic forward in his younger years, George scored his first professional goal against Melbourne Knights in a 3-3 draw in the 1990-91 National Soccer League season.[4] As seasons passed George adapted to a more defensive role and is most well remembered for his time in the National Soccer League as a ball playing defender. In 1996 Sorras moved on from Sydney Olympic to Canberra Cosmos, where he played his last season of professional football, retiring from knee injuries at the seasons end.

International Career[edit]

Sorras made 27 international appearances for the Young Socceroos and enjoyed international tours of Asia, Europe and North America. George was instrumental in Australia's successful qualification series for the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship against Israel at the Sydney Football Stadium in 1990[5]. At the tournament the next year, Australia progressed all the way to the Semi-Final. In front of a 112,000 spectator crowd in the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal, Australia were beat by eventual Champions Portugal 1-0 through a remarkable strike outside the box from Rui Costa[6][7]. Sorras started and played all 90 minutes of the match alongside teammates Mark Bosnich, Kevin Muscat, Tony Popovic and Paul Okon.[8]

References[edit]

  1. "Australian Player Database - SO". www.ozfootball.net.
  2. "FFA Centre of Excellence". February 7, 2021 – via Wikipedia.
  3. "List of Sydney Olympic FC players". January 1, 2021 – via Wikipedia.
  4. "1990/91 National Soccer League results". www.ozfootball.net.
  5. "Young Socceroo 1990 Matches". www.ozfootball.net.
  6. "Young Socceroos in Portugal 1991 | Sports & Editorial Services Australia".
  7. "Portugal v Australia, 26 June 1991". 11v11.com.
  8. "Sydney FC Head Coach Steve Corica: 'Double or Nothing'". August 21, 2020.

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