The PFA joins the football community in commending former Socceroos skipper Paul Okon, who announced his retirement this week after a career which sees him end his playing days as one of Australia’s most respected professional footballers.

PFA Executive Chairman Brendan Schwab today said that “Paul is one of the small class of players whose technical ability, professionalism and influence gave Australian players respect on the world stage.  In addition, as Socceroos skipper, he gave outstanding service to his fellow professional and was always a great supporter of the PFA.”

Okon’s achievements are extensive.  A member of the Socceroos from 1991 to 2003, he was arguably one of Australia’s greatest liberos.  He captained Australia in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns.  Under his captaincy, Australia recorded historic victories over France, Brazil and England.  At club level, his talents were displayed overseas with Club Brugge in Belgium, Italian clubs Fiorentina and Lazio, and Leeds United and Middlesbrough in the English Premier League.

He was known and respected for his leadership, professionalism and exceptional talent.  The PFA wishes Paul and his family all the best for the future.