Rale Rasic OAM

Born in the former Yugoslavia in 1935, Rale Rasic was selected to play for the Yugoslavia Youth team at the age of 17.

He went on to secure a Physical Education degree at Belgrade University.

After coming to Australia, he joined Melbourne JUST in 1962, helping to win the State League championship and Dockerty Cup.

Rasic represented Victoria nine times before retiring as a player in 1966.

His coaching career blossomed with a Victorian State League championship and a national Under-16 title.

Rasic was appointed national coach in August 1970, starting a run of success for the Socceroos that included a 12-match unbeaten streak in the 1972 world tour, an undefeated tour of Asia and a 2-2 draw with Pele’s Santos.

Rasic took the team through the 1974 rounds to line up matches against West and East Germany and Chile, culminating in Australia’s first appearance in the World Cup Finals in Germany.

Rasic was the inaugural NSL Coach of the Year with Marconi Fairfield in 1977, an honour he received again in 1987 with Apia Leichhardt.

He has also won the national league championship and the NSL Cup.

In 2001 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal and the Centenary Medal for "services to soccer", and in 2004 the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for "service to soccer as a player, coach and administrator."

Hall of Fame 1999 Inductees

Johnny Warren, MBE, OAM

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Julie Dolan AM

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Rale Rasic OAM

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Joe Marston, MBE

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Charlie Yankos

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Harry Williams

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Connie Selby

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Cliff Sander

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Ray Baartz

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John Perin

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Harry Dockerty

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Frank Parsons

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Jeff Olver

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Sjel "Mike" De Bruyckere

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Gordon "Bunny" Nunn

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Attila Abonyi

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Sergio Melta

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Gary Marocchi

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Tom Jack

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Allan Johns

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Jimmy Mackay

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Manfred Schaefer

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William "Bill" Henderson

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John Kosmina

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Jack 'Digger' Evans

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William "Bill" Coolahan

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Jim Armstrong

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Peter Wilson

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Jimmy Rooney

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Ron Adair

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John Watkiss

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Zoran Matic

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Ray Richards

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Graham Jennings

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Col Curran

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John Nyskohus

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James McNabb

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William Maunder

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Frank Loughran

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Bob Lawrie

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Alf Quill

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James "Judy" Masters

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Ron Lord

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Bob Bignell

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Reg Date

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Sir Arthur George AO

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Ron Wright

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Sir William Walkley

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Frank McIver

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Graham McMillan

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John "Martin" Royal

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Peter Nikolich

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Des Miles

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Ron Smith

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William Thomas

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Joe Vlasits

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Fred Barlow

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Donald Campbell OAM

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Harry Croft

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Pamela Gilbert

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Keith Gilmour

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Tom Grimson

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Tony Kovac OAM

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Brian Le Fevre

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Jack Logan

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Eric Worthington

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Laurie Schwab

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Julius Re

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Sam Papasavas OAM

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Dieter Klose

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Brian Corrigan AM

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Ian Brusasco

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Giacomo "Jim" Bayutti OAM

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Michael Weinstein AM, BEM

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Elaine Watson OAM

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Vic Tuting MBE

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Robert Telfer

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Theo Marmaris MBE

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Arthur Gibbs

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John Walter Fletcher

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Tony Boscovic

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