Tony Popovic in action for Sydney FC © Getty Images

The PFA pays tribute to retiring Sydney FC captain and former Socceroo Tony Popovic.

Tony called time on his professional playing career this week by announcing his retirement from football.

His professional club career which spanned two decades has taken him overseas with clubs in England, Japan and Qatar.

He made 59 appearances for the Socceroos scoring 8 goals in the process and was part of the historic 2006 FIFA World Cup squad in Germany.

Tony will now be embarking on a coaching career having being appointed this week as an assistant coach with Sydney FC.

PFA Chief Executive Brendan Schwab said, “Tony has been an excellent professional and has represented Australian football with utmost quality and class. His leadership skills are there for all to see. He is a true champion of the game.”

“The PFA wishes Tony all the best as he embarks on the next chapter of his amazing professional career.”

Simon Colosimo, PFA President and Tony’s former team mate at Sydney FC said, “As a youngster Tony was a player I looked up to. To be able to play with him firstly in the national team was a tremendous honour.”

“Having him then as my club captain for the first half of this season has been great. I have seen first hand what it is to a true leader on and off the pitch on a day-to-day basis. I wish Tony all the best for the future.”