Leeds United will be coming to Wanderland on Saturday 20 July and what better way to get hyped than by taking a trip down memory lane?
Leeds United are set to visit Australian shores for the first time since July 2002.
They take on Manchester United on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Optus Stadium.
At the time, the Whites had just finished fifth in the English Premier League and had Caltex Socceroos stars Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka flying for the club.
The likes of Australians Paul Okon, Jacob Burns and Danny Milosevic were on the club’s books, too.
Kewell scored in Leeds’ only game of that tour, his 39th-minute strike sealing a 1-0 victory over Chilean giants, Colo Colo, in front of a loud crowd at Melbourne’s Colonial Stadium – now known as Marvel Stadium.
Australians aside, the all-star cast included former Hyundai A-League player Michael Bridges, as well as internationally familiar names such as Robbie Keane, Jonathan Woodgate and Danny Mills.
Fans may also remember Leeds’ coach at the time, none other than Terry Venables.
The Englishman coached Australia from 1996 to 1997, bringing the national team to within a whisker of the FIFA World Cup 1998 in France.
Two years later, Leeds would finish 19th in the Premier League, confirming their relegation to the Championship.
However, despite their 14-year absence from England’s top-flight, there is reason once more for optimism.
Marcelo Bielsa, a revered Argentinian coach who has influenced Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, among others, is at the helm.