Airs Wednesday July 15 7.30pm AEST
After eight gruelling weeks which has seen 15 young football players push themselves to their absolute limits, Australia’s FOOTBALL SUPERSTAR for 2009 will be revealed in the finale episode this Wednesday, July 15 at 7.30pm AEST.
The remaining three players to progress through to this Wednesday’s finale, who were chosen in a nail-biting elimination in last week’s episode, are now within close reach of their ultimate goal – to land a prestigious contract to play for Hyundai A-league champions Melbourne Victory.
Brisbane has come out in front claiming two of the three finalists – Christopher Kozionas, 20 and Jack Petrie, 20, while the third player, hailing from Canberra is 19 year-old Luke Pilkington.
Christopher Kozionas’ strong competitive spirit and excellent body strength and finishing skills have impressed head judge and Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick enough to make him a serious contender for the 2009 title.
Jack Petrie is a dedicated player who has shown a cleverness on the pitch that has outsmarted his fellow contestants throughout the competition – but whether this will be enough to take out the title remains to be seen.
And Luke Pilkington has demonstrated a strong technical ability, commitment to the game and a confidence with both his left foot and his dominant right foot as he has progressed throughout the competition.
But now it’s crunch time as the remaining three spend a nervous final week proving to the judges one last time why they should take out the title of FOOTBALL SUPERSTAR.
In the finale episode, the boys participate in their last-ever series challenge – a penalty shoot-out with none other than Melbourne Victory captain, Kevin Muscat.
They also get a ‘David Beckham makeover’, are thrown a surprise dinner with their dads and undertake a public speaking challenge where they have to explain to the judges why they should be the next FOOTBALL SUPERSTAR.
The boys are also retested on their physical strengths by the Melbourne Victory sports science team and have one last training session, alongside the Melbourne Victory 1St team, under the watchful eye of Ernie Merrick – before the final and ultimate elimination.
FOOTBALL SUPERSTAR, hosted by singer/songwriter Brian McFadden and Fox Sports News presenter Lee Furlong, has followed the journeys of 15 of the country’s finest young footballers as they took part in the opportunity of a lifetime.
Chosen from a pool of hundreds of players from around the country, the final 15 were hand-picked by Head Judge and Melbourne Victory Head Coach Merrick, along with his fellow judges, Aaron Healy (Melbourne Victory assistant coach) and Vitale Ferrante (Director of Fun Sports Group and FOOTBALL SUPERSTAR mentor).
From that point onwards, it’s been game on as the players were put through their paces with a series of gruelling challenges and football matches, while living in a state-of-the-art Melbourne mansion – all while being judged on their on-field performance and off-field behaviour.
As the finalists were pushed to their limits and weaknesses were exposed, players were eliminated, until only three remained.
This Wednesday, one of these players will be anointed Australia’s next FOOTBALL SUPERSTAR, walking off the pitch with a prestigious contract with Melbourne Victory, alongside a one-year scholarship with Monash University.