Macarthur FC Captain Adam Federici has announced his retirement from football due to injury before the commencement of the 2021/22 Isuzu UTE A-League season.
The 6-foot-2 shot-stopper is hanging up the boots after a successful career, appearing in over 280 matches across the English Premier and Championship Leagues and having featured in the 28 matches of the Bulls’ inaugural season.
“I have been so fortunate to have the career I’ve had. While I would’ve love to lead the Bulls this season, my body is in a different position and cannot continue. Through my journey I have played with wonderful coaches, players and clubs and I’m grateful that I got to finish my career on my home turf,” Federici said.
Macarthur FC Head Coach Ante Milicic said it’s been an honour having Adam be part of the club from the beginning.
“We’re very thankful for Adam joining us in our inaugural season. The fact that we could attract one of the best Australian goalkeepers was a great honour. To have someone of his calibre and experience in our inaugural season was a privilege,” Milicic said.
In just his first appearance in the A-League, Federici made the equal most saves and was also featured as part of the Best XI in FIFA 21.
One of the most well remarked goalkeepers in the A-League 2020/21 season, Federici’s knowledge and experience will not be lost to the game, with the keeper continuing to link with the Bulls in some capacity in the future.
“I am honoured to have been able to represent Australia and my time with the national team will stay fondly in my memories forever. For now, my focus is to work on recovery, but I look forward to what the game has in store for me going forward,” Federici said.
Coach Milicic said that Adam has been an outstanding leader in the club, and has played a large role in shaping the club’s values and culture from the beginning.
“I am extremely proud of his journey so far with the Bulls. He has been a great role model for the younger players in the squad, having shared his experience and knowledge with them. It’s a sad day for Bulls fans knowing Adam won’t be part of the squad this season, but as a club we will help and support him through his rehab and continue the relationship built to extend in some way in the future,” Milicic said.