Paul Wade ("Wadey" as he is known around the world) had a remarkable international career including the Olympic Games, 2 world cup campaigns and one of the toughest tasks in world football to "mark Diego Maradona" in the two legged world cup play off with Argentina.
In a career with over 100 appearances for his country Paul Wade also won two National Soccer League championships and was voted NSL player of the year in 1988. 46 of his 84 first class international matches were as Captain of the Socceroos.
Wade's experience and popularity as an Australian international allowed for an easy transition to a career as a sports presenter. He has worked as a commentator and analyst with both the Nine Network and SBS. He has also appeared on cable television channels TVN and Fox Sports 1 as a soccer analyst, but currently appears on Sky News.
Paul is a highly entertaining speaker who can also incorporate some very strong business and motivational messages. He also makes an excellent Master of Ceremonies for sporting and corporate events.
His passion for the game carried on after his retirement to both extensive work in the media as an expert TV presenter and in a variety of junior development roles. Wadey now takes great pride in consulting to the country’s leading soccer development programs where he aims to help kids experience the joy of "playing like a Socceroo legend".
He is currently ratified as an active supporter of Epilepsy Action Australia & is Patron of the Cerebral Palsy Sporting and Recreation Association (CPSARA) of NSW. His passion for sport & life continues today & is clearly visible in his presentations to all & sundry from school to the upper echelon of the business world.
Born in Cheshire, England in 1962, Paul Wade came to Australia in 1973 at the age of 11. He made his NSL debut in 1984 for Green Gully in Victoria and the following year went on to win the NSL Championship with Brunswick Juventus. After moving to South Melbourne, for whom he played for 8 years and won another NSL championship, he finished his career with the Canberra Cosmos.
As well as his illustrious club career, Paul Wade was one of Australia's greatest and longest serving Socceroos. In an international career spanning 10 years, in which he was captain for a large part, he won 118 caps for Australia.