KZ: How old were you when you first started playing football? LN: 6 years old
KZ: What makes a great captain? LN: Concentration, showing good leadership and always performing at a high standard
KZ: What do you do to prepare before a game? LN: I try to focus on the match ahead and just before I step out on the field I tell myself: “do yourself proud”
KZ: What was it like running onto the field for the first game against Germany in last year’s World Cup? LN: It was amazing – the best moment I’ve had in my career to date. Being able to represent your country at that level is incredible. That’s why I love the game; the experiences it has given me and the places I have been able to visit.
KZ: Do you see yourself staying on to compete in another World Cup? LN: I’d love to have that opportunity again!
KZ: What advice do you have for kids who want to become professional footballers like yourself? LN: Set yourself goals, practice hard and never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve them – believe in yourself and the rest will follow. I live by the motto: “There is no reward without sacrifice and hard work”. Also check out the Optus Small Sided Football website to watch videos of some top class players like Luke Wilkshire showing you how to do new tricks.
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KZ: Why should kids get into the action of Optus Small Sided Football? LN: Optus Small Sided Football is a modified version of 11-a side football games for kids under 6’s – under 11’s. Games are played on a smaller size pitch so players have more contact with the ball and basically have more fun while playing. With small sided football, it’s not about winning or losing – it’s how you play the game
KZ: How can kids get involved in nominating and voting in May? LN: Head to www.optus.com.au/football and nominate for Small Sided Football players, coaches and teams that deserve to be recognised. In the team award category, you can also vote for your favourite team. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs including a training session with me for the winner and their team, which isn’t half bad!
lucas neil is one of the best
21 Jan 2012
12 Jan 2012
OI OI OIII!! GO US!
08 Jan 2012
07 Jan 2012
I LOVE SOCCER!!!!
20 Dec 2011
I love soccer it’s favorite sport in the world!!!
I’m like the best at Defending in my class!!!!!!!!
07 Aug 2011
go soccer and soccer is the best sport in the universe
15 Jul 2011
SOCCER I DA BEST
I LOVE SOCCER
11 Jul 2011
great tips that help a lot
06 Jul 2011
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26 Jun 2011
go the aussies!!!
26 Jun 2011
soccer i da best footy second best then rugby
23 Jun 2011
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23 Jun 2011
Come On socceroos !!
22 Jun 2011
i love soccer so much i go for the ausiess!!!!!!
19 Jun 2011
My favorite teams are Celtic, Chelsea and Real Madrid.