This week we look back at the stats and facts of Sydney FC’s “Big Blue Man” and inaugural captain Mark Rudan, who spent three prosperous seasons at the Sky Blues between 2005 and 2007.
This week we look back at the stats and facts of Sydney FC-s “Big Blue Man” and inaugural captain Mark Rudan, who spent three prosperous seasons at the Sky Blues between 2005 and 2007.
Rudan signed for Sydney FC as an inaugural squad member in 2005 and was handed the captain-s armband for the Sky Blues first foray into Hyundai A-League football.
The Sky Blues number four was a consistent performer on field and quickly became a fans favourite for his solid defensive displays as he led the line from the heart of Sydney FC-s backline.
In total Rudan made 61 appearances for Sydney FC as he racked up 3778 minutes of match time, starting all but six games during his total time spent at the Harbour City club.
Central defenders are never known for their goal scoring prowess, however Rudan managed to appear on the score sheet six times in a Sky Blues jersey including the winner against Adelaide United in the second leg of the Major Semi Final with a sweetly timed volley on the slide.
In another milestone, Rudan became the first Sydney FC captain to lead the Sky Blues in Asia during the 2007 AFC Asian Champions League, playing all six games in the tournament.
The six foot three Sydney born defender was sent off twice during his Hyundai A-League career.
Rudan claimed three accolades during his time with Sydney FC, earning a winners medal in the 2004/05 Oceania Club Championship, a Hyundai A-League Championship in 2005/06 and the inaugural Sydney FC Chairman-s award.
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