Cheryl Salisbury named Australia's greatest woman footballer

LAMBTON Jaffas junior Cheryl Salisbury was named Australia’s greatest woman footballer at a Johnny Warren Football Foundation awards ceremony in Sydney last night.

Salisbury, 38, is the most capped Australian footballer in any code, playing 151 A internationals for the Matildas and scoring a record 38 goals.

The winners of the Greatest Ever Australian Footballer awards were chosen by a combination of public vote and a judging panel of leading players, commentators and administrators including Jack Reilly, Andy Harper, Craig Foster, Melissa Barbieri, Les Murray, Jamie Warren, Moya Dodd and George Negus.

Salisbury’s international career began in 1994 against Russia and she represented Australia at the 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups, the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games and the 2006 and 2008 Asian Football Confederation Women’s Cup.

She was captain of the Matildas from 2003 until her retirement in 2009.

FIFA named her in its Women’s World XI squad in 2004 and 2007.

Harry Kewell was named greatest male footballer in a side featuring Newcastle legend Ray Baartz and coached by Guus Hiddink.

Greatest Australian team (4-3-3): Mark Schwarzer, Lucas Neill, Joe Marston, Craig Moore, Alan Davidson, Johnny Warren, Ned Zelic, Tim Cahill, Baartz, Kewell, Mark Viduka.

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