I am proud to be participating inThe Celebrity Football Charity Challenge, a “pro-am” style fundraising match at Hensley Athletic Field, Eastgardens, to be played on 6 September ahead of the Eastern Suburbs’ men’s senior first division Grand Final. A slew of stars will join forces to kick a goal in the fight against epilepsy.
Supported by both Eastern Suburbs Football Association (ESFA) and Sydney FC, the match will combine celebrity players with sponsored amateurs – all raising funds for the cause.
Please donate now for this fantastic cause!
Željko ‘Spider’ Kalac began his professional career for Sydney United in the National Soccer League as a 16-year old. The 6’7” goalkeeper made 92 league appearances before transferring to English side, Leicester City. After a relatively short stint, Kalac was denied a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers due to work permit issues, and returned to Sydney United in 1996.
Missing out on yet another move to England, with Portsmouth in 1997, due to the same work permit problems, the Australian spent one more season in the NSL before signing for Roda JC in the Dutch Eridivisie. After 115 league appearances with Roda, Kalac spent 7 years in Italy with Perugia and A.C Milan, with ‘Spider’ winning a UEFA Champions League with the latter.
A.C Milan released the Australian in 2009, with Kalac signing for Greek Super League side Kavala F.C. Playing for only one season in Greece; Kalac called quits on a superb professional career in 2010. ‘Spider’, capped 54 times for the Socceroos, joined the Sydney FC coaching staff in 2011, as goalkeeping coach.