Today's Birthday, October 12: Australian footballer Alex Brosque (1983 - )
Alex Brosque is about to embark on a final score for silverware as the Sydney FC great slips on the boots for one last season.
The respected Sky Blues skipper regains the armband for 2018-19 ahead of Sydney FC's season opener away to Adelaide United next Friday.
The two sides will again battle it out less than a fortnight later for the first trophy of the season, the FFA Cup.
The 35-year-old veteran, who is likely to start on the bench more often this season, was thrown on as a 73rd-minute substitute during Sydney FC's 3-0 semi-final win over Western Sydney.
Brosque, who has won 21 Socceroos caps, was all but assured to retire at the end of last season but eventually recommitted to the club as it transitions to new coach Steve Corica after the Graham Arnold era.
On the eve of his 19th professional season, the three-time A-League champion's hopes of adding another title were buoyed by the recent loan acquisitions of former Ajax star Siem De Jong and English import Adam Le Fondre.
Born in Sydney in 1983 to Uruguayan parents, Brosque honed his skills as part of the Westfield Sports High and the Australian Institute of Sport.
He made his National Soccer League debut with Marconi Stallions at age 18 and after three seasons left for Dutch giants Feyenoord in 2004 and spent a season on loan at Belgian side Westerlo.
But the teen striker struggled to find his feet and returned to Australia to play with Brisbane Roar in the inaugural 2005-06 A-League season.
After Brosque tied for the golden boot, reigning champions Sydney FC lured him back to his home city.
In his first Sky Blues stint, the prolific Brosque won three successive club player of the year awards - his final coming in 2009-10 when Sydney FC snagged the premiership/championship double.
Two seasons apiece for Japan's Shimizu and UAE side Al Ain followed before he returned to his home club and was appointed captain.
He oversaw Sydney FC's 2015 grand final berth - interrupted by a seventh-place blip in 2015-16 - and then their path to becoming the most dominant force in Australian football, losing just five league games in two seasons.