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Paul Trimboli
Personal information
Full name Paolo Vincenzo Trimboli
Date of birth (1969-02-25) 25 February 1969 (age 53)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1986 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987 Sunshine George Cross 28 (4)
1988–2004 South Melbourne 430 (115)
National team
1985 Australia U-17
1987 Australia U-20
1988–2002 Australia 46 (16)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14 August 2007
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14 August 2007

Paolo "Paul" Vincenzo Trimboli (born 25 February 1969) is a former Australian international football (soccer) player. Trimboli is of Italian ancestry and attended Xavier College, where he was a member of the First XI, and was captained by his brother.[1]

Club career

He had a distinguished career with South Melbourne in the NSL who are Australia's most successful Football club. He is widely considered to be South Melbourne's greatest ever player by fans and critics alike.

From 1988-2004 Trimboli won 3 Australian titles for Hellas in 1991,1998 and 1999 captaining the latter 2 titles. Additionally, he led South to the 1999 OFC Champions League which qualified them for the 2000 FIFA Club World Cup. There, he captained the side in all 3 group stage games against Vasco De Gama, Necaxa and Manchester United.[2]

Additionally he was a part of five Dockerty Cup winning sides with Hellas and 2 NSL Cup wins.

Trimboli is South Melbourne's all-time record goal scorer and holds the record for most appearances for the club.

Trimboli twice won the award for best under 21 player (in 1988 & 1989), as well as twice winning the award for player of the season, the Johnny Warren Medal (for the 1992/3 & 1997/8 seasons).

International career

He earned 48 caps (39 'A' games) with the Socceroos, marking his debut in 1988 against Fiji with a goal. His last international came in 2002 against Tahiti.

After retirement

On 21 June 2011, he was appointed General Manager of Football at A-League club Brisbane Roar.[3]

On 25 June 2012, Trimboli reunited with Ange Postecoglou to join Melbourne Victory as Football Operations Manager.[4]


With Australia:

With South Melbourne FC:

Personal honours:


  1. ^ Revealed in a speech at Xavier College in 2009
  2. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup 2000 - A samba lesson for the world -". Archived from the original on 10 September 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  3. ^[permanent dead link] Paul Trimboli appointed General Manager of Football
  4. ^ "Trimboli joins Victory family - Melbourne Victory FC 2011". Archived from the original on 30 December 2012.