Bresciano's best Socceroos moments to mark anniversary of debut
19 years ago Mark Bresciano made his Socceroos debut before going on to become one of the best midfielders in Socceroos history.
On June 1, 2001, a 21-year-old Bresciano earned his first cap against France at the Confederations Cup and eventually made a total of 84 appearances, scoring 13 goals in the process.
The attacking midfielder played at multiple major tournaments including one Confederations Cup, two AFC Asian Cups, and three FIFA World Cups.
After a 32-year absence from the biggest stage in football - the FIFA World Cup - the Socceroos qualified for the 2006 edition following a thrilling two leg play-off against Uruguay.
In the second leg in Sydney, the side desperately needed a goal to level the play-off tie and up stepped Bresciano. After a deft touch from Harry Kewell out the ball on a platter, Bresciano slammed home an all-important equaliser.
The attacking midfielder went on to appear in all four of the Socceroo’s matches in Germany, including the heartbreaking round of 16 loss against eventual champions Italy.
Having recently joined the AFC, Bresciano was part of the first Socceroos squad to go to the Asian Cup, playing all of the games for the side as they went out on penalties to Japan.
Bresciano was a regular feature of the Socceroos squad over the next eight years, appearing in the majority of major tournaments. He played two of three FIFA World Cup games in South Africa and provided the free kick that Australia scored from in a one-all draw with Ghana. Bresciano also featured in all three of the group stage matches in the 2014 tournament.
Before retiring in February 2015, Bresciano was a part of the Asian Cup squad that would go on to win the tournament on home soil - the first major trophy for the Socceroos. He appeared in three of the six games and was an integral part of the sides success.