Ange and Bozza Pay Tribute to Socceroos’ Nearly Man from 1998

Terry Venables, who passed away at the age of 80, was a well-known coach who achieved success with Barcelona and almost took England and Australia to important victories. In 1994, he led England to the semi-finals of the European Championships, which they hosted, after failing to qualify for the World Cup finals. Later, Venables coached Australia and nearly led them to the World Cup, but was unsuccessful due to a pitch invasion during a crucial match against Iran. Despite this disappointment, he left a lasting impact on Australian football, and he shaped the careers of players such as Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka.

Following his time in Australia, Venables returned to England and continued coaching before eventually retiring. He had a varied career, including playing for several football clubs, chairing Portsmouth, and writing a book and TV series. His influence was felt by many, as evidenced by the tributes paid to him by former players and colleagues.

Ange Postecoglou, another coach of the Socceroos, acknowledged Venables as an influential figure who nearly guided Australia to the World Cup. Venables’ impact extended well beyond his coaching abilities, as he was known for his vibrant personality and wit, which endeared him to many. His death is a great loss to the football community, but his legacy lives on through the players and teams he touched throughout his career.