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Paul Trimboli
Personal information
Full name Paolo Vincenzo Trimboli
Date of birth (1969-02-25) 25 February 1969 (age 54)
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)
International career
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

South Melbourne FC

Signed as a 19-year old from Sunshine George Cross, Trimboli would show right away why he was considered one of Australia's brightest talents.

Primarily playing behind the striker, Trimboli would begin to terrorise opposition defences with his skills and football knowledge. In his first 2 season at the club, Trimboli would capture the Sam Papasavas medal back-to-back for the best U/21 player in the NSL and the Theo Marmaras medal for South Melbourne's player of the season in 1988,1989 and 1990. Additionally, he would taste his first silverware with the club winning the Dockerty Cup in 1988 and 1989.

In 1990/91 Trimboli would lead South to their first second NSL Championship by providing the all important assist for the equaliser to Joe Palatsides in the last minute against Melbourne Knights.

Trimboli continued to dominate and was rewarded with the Johnny Warren Medal in 1992/93 for the best player in the NSL. He would continue his stronghold over the Theo Marmaras medal by winning it between 1996-1998.

In 1997/1998, Trimboli would captain the all-conquering Ange Postecoglou-led South Melbourne side to the Championship with a 2-1 win over Carlton in the Grand Final whilst claiming his second Johnny Warren medal. Trimboli would repeat the championship heroics in 1998/1999 by contributing a goal in South Melbourne's 3-2 win in the Grand Final over Sydney United.

This win led South Melbourne to competing in the 1999 Oceania Champions Cup to determine the best side in Oceania. Trimboli would Captain South Melbourne to the title which qualified them for the 2000 Club World Cup.

Trimboli led the Hellas players in the tournament against footballing giants Manchester United, Necaxa and Vasco De Gama.[2] Trimboli garnered praise for his performances against the likes of Roy Keane and Romario in the tournament. Trimboli would once again find himself captaining South Melbourne to a grand final in 2001 as they would lose to Wollongong 2-1. Trimboli would play for South until the demise of the NSL in 2004 and ultimately retire prior to the start of the A-League.

Trimboli is widely considered to be South Melbourne's greatest ever player by fans and critics alike. He was voted as captain of the South Melbourne team of the century in 2002. He is still South Melbourne's all-time record goalscorer (115), record games holder (430) and most decorated player in terms of individual accolades and silverware won.

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. Trimboli would score 16 goals for the green and gold.

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.