Paul Roos AFL Champion Player

A former Aussie Rules footballer, Paul Roos is one of the few elite players to have played over 300 games for two clubs during his sixteen year career.

At the peak of his career, Paul Roos was undoubtedly the best football player in Australia as per his rating.

To this day, Fitzroy regards Paul Roos as one of their best players.

To show their appreciation for his dedication, he was named as a centre half back in the league’s Team of the Century. In addition, because of his immense contribution to the game, he was inducted in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.


Throughout his career, he has received a lot of commendations and awards. He was selected as a member of the All-Australian Team and was also a Victorian representative.

Once he ended his career as a player, he went on to become a coach for the Swans and led them through a successful season.

He continued coaching the Swans for a number of years before recently joining Melbourne as their senior coach.

Early Career

Growing up in Melbourne, Roos was introduced to football at an early age. He started playing junior football at the Beverley Hills Football Club.

Even at an early age, he showed great skill, and it was that what got him noticed by the Fitzroy Football Club. Since Fitzroy’s recruiting zone included Beverly Hills, Paul was recruited by the club and his debut was with their under-nineteen’s team.

Career With The Lions

After displaying immense potential as an under-nineteen player, Paul was selected to play senior league football for the club. He made his debut in the fourth round of the 1982 season.

His first game was against the Swans. Sadly, the Lions were not able to win the game and lost to Sydney.

When Roos joined the club, Fitzroy was facing a lot of problems financially. The club did not even have a ground they could call home. However, the Lions kept pounding on under coach Robert Walls and David Parkin. Although the club wasn’t able to gain any financial stability, it made it to the finals four times during 1981 and 1986.

Paul was able to bag sixteen votes, the highest in his career, in an attempt to win the Brownlow Medal. However, the votes were not enough to win the medal and he landed second place. Till his retirement, he had a total of 121 Brownlow Medal votes. However, despite not winning the coveted Brownlow Medal, he was the league’s favourite.

He was appointed captain of the Lions two years later in 1988. He led Fitzroy to 122 games and remained the captain till 1994. Since the club was in financial turmoil and were moving from one ground to the other, Paul was facing financial difficulties too. Therefore, he chose to depart from Fitzroy and join the Sydney Swans.

Career With The Swans

Paul started playing for the Swans in 1994 after signing a three-year contract with them.

After joining the Sydney Swans Football Club, Roos immediately established himself as one of their best players on the team. He won the club’s heart after his unmatched performance in the 1996 AFL Grand Final.

Although the Swans lost that Grand Final to North Melbourne, Paul put up a great performance. The fact that he was selected as an All-Australian that year comes to prove the spectacular performance he put up.

In addition to being the league’s golden boy, he was also a crowd favourite. During his heydays, he was cheered by the crowd. The Swans’ supporters would shout out “ROOOOOOS!” with a deep roaring sound.

After bagging 269 games with The Lions and another 87 with the Swans, Roos decided to retire in 1998. At the time, he had 356 games under his belt and had scored 289 goals.

Coaching Career

After he retired from playing Footie, he went to the United States for some time.

There he coached the Revolution, a team representing the U.S. in the game of Aussie Rules. After leading the team to a victory over Canada, he returned to Australia.

Coaching The Swans

Paul Roos returned to Australia in 2002 and joined the Swans as a care-taker coach.

The team was at an all-time low when he started coaching them. This is the reason the pervious coach, Rodney Eade was let go of. Since the team was already half-way through the 2002 season and the league was searching for a replacement, Roos was hired as a care-taker.

He immediately made a difference as the team’s performance graph started soaring upwards. Even, the league’s supporters re-started the tradition of cheering by shouting out “ROOOOOOS!” Although the administration saw the drastic improvement in the team’s performance, they were not too keen on hiring the AFL pro as a fulltime coach.

However, the administration took heed to the fact that the team players loved Roos and appointed him as a coach for the upcoming season. After Roos was appointed coach, the Swans showed up in every Grand Final till 2008. It took the Swans two years, but under Roos’ coaching, they finally managed to secure the 2005 Premiership victory.

This was the team’s first Premiership victory in the past 72 seasons.

Paul coached the Sydney Swans for over eight seasons and coached the team in 202 games. He retired from coaching after he left the Swans in 2010. During his coaching career, he led the team to 16 finals out of which Sydney won 9.

Current Coaching Career

At the beginning of September 2013, Paul Roos made a comeback as a coach for the Melbourne Football Club.

He has signed a two-year contract with the club.

Awards And Honours

During his career, Paul Roos won the Mitchell Medal five times during 1985 and 1994.

In addition, Roos received the E.J. Whitten Medal twice, once in 1985 and the other in 1988. Medals aside, he was named as a centre half back in Fitzroy’s Team of the Century and was considered as the Lions’ leading goal-kicker in 1990.

Also during his career, he was selected as a member of the All-Australian team seven times.

In 1991 and 1992, he was named as the All-Australian captain.

Paul Roos was also named as the coach for the All-Australian team in 2005. Finally, in the same year, he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

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