'Where Are They Now' - Marc Janko
In our ‘Where Are They Now’ series we’ll be taking a look back at some of our past players and hearing from them as they provide an update on what they’re up to these days.
This week, we heard from former Sydney FC marquee and star striker Marc Janko, as he hosted a special live Facebook chat on Friday night.
Janko joined the Sky Blues as the first marquee under new Head Coach Graham Arnold in July 2014.
Famed for his goalscoring prowess, Janko immediately made an impact as he scored his first goal in a pre-season hit out against Brisbane in Townsville in August, before bagging his maiden Hyundai A-League goal two months later against the same opposition with a 35-yard volley that dominated the weekly highlight reels.
Janko would form a integral part of Graham Arnold’s first Sydney FC squad, with the big Austrian being awarded the PFA Player of the Month Award for February 2015, while also setting new club and league records as the Sky Blues’ marched towards the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.
Janko set a new club record at the time for most goals scored in a season, finding the back of the net 16 times, while also setting a Hyundai A-League record at the time for most consecutive goalscoring appearances, scoring in seven games in a row.
While defeat in the 2015 Grand Final brought a disappointing end to the season, Janko still picked up silverware as he was crowned club Golden Boot and also voted into Sydney FC’s Team of the Decade alongside a host of former Sky Blue Legends.
After departing the Sky Blues in 2015, Janko went on to claim silverware at Swiss side Basel, before joining Czech club Sparta Prague and later Swiss side FC Lugano before calling time on his career in 2018.
Hear from Marc Janko:
“I retired last summer, I said enough is enough, at 36 years old I hung up the boots.
“I’m really grateful for everything I experienced in my career, and at the moment my main job is to be a father for two young girls, aged 4 and 2.
“My holiday job I call it is working for Pay TV station Sky where I can still follow football in Austria and Champions League games. It’s a nice occupation.”