Scott Chipperfield

Scott Chipperfield began his career as a Bellambi junior in the hot-bed of Illawarra football. Affectionately known as ‘Chippers’, he began his professional career with the local National Soccer League club Wollongong Wolves in 1996. Chipperfield was a driving force in the Wolves team that swept to back-to-back NSL titles in 2000 and 2001, and won the Oceania Club Championship in 2001. That club success and a growing international profile with the Qantas Socceroos earned Chipperfield a move to Swiss Super League club FC Basel. It was the start of a prodigious trophy haul for Chipperfield, who won seven league titles and six Swiss Cups with Basel.

Scott played his debut game for Australia in the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane as a substitute during the 3 -1 win against Fiji on 25 September in the 1998 Oceania Nations Cup. He scored his first goal for the national team in the game against the Cook Islands just three days later. Chipperfield became a regular in the Green and Gold.

Chipperfield was a part of the famous victory over Uruguay in 2005, breaking the Socceroos’ 32-year World Cup hoodoo. He was selected to represent Australia at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and again at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. After the final group game of against Serbia, which Australia won 2–1, Chipperfield announced his retirement from international football after 68 matches and 12 goals.