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Hall of fame honour for Lazaridis
Hall of fame honour for Lazaridis

Stan Lazaridis struggles to single out the most memorable moment of his glittering career.

His Socceroos debut against Kuwait in 1993 still sticks in the mind as does Australia's qualification for the 2006 World Cup.

Then there are the moments from a club career that started with Kingsway Olympic and took him to the English Premier League with West Ham and Birmingham City.

"It's difficult to pinpoint one highlight because there have been quite a few but Australia making the World Cup was massive," Lazaridis told _The Weekend West _.

"For me, after four World Cup campaigns, that night was very special."

Four years after he played his last competitive game for Perth Glory in 2008, Lazaridis is preparing to add another scene to his personal highlights reel with induction into WA soccer's Hall of Fame at a city function tonight.

He will be one of nine players granted Hall-of-Champions status at a ceremony that will recognise the contribution of 32 WA greats, including former Glory stars Bobby Despotovski and Scott Miller.

"When you get acknowledged with something like this it's special," said Lazaridis, who was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame in 2010.

"This is the place I love, it's where I live and I'm a very proud West Australian, so I'm honoured to be in the Hall of Fame."

A career which started in the local competition with Kingsway, Floreat Athena and Stirling Macedonia took off after Lazaridis' performances for the WA State team.

Almost 20 years ago he played for WA in a thrilling 3-2 win over visiting German team Werder Bremen and just a few months later signed for National Soccer League side West Adelaide.

"It was fantastic to play for WA," he said. "It wasn't representing Australia but it had that sort of feel. You played because you loved it, you wanted to do well and you wanted to win."

That attitude earned Lazaridis a move to West Ham United in 1995 and four years later he joined Birmingham City.

"I remember playing for Birmingham against Liverpool and I was walking to take a corner and the fans were singing," he said. "I remember saying to myself 'don't ever, ever forget this moment'. It was amazing. I played with my heart and the Birmingham fans could see that."

·Lazaridis' former club Floreat Athena will host Sorrento in an All Flags Premier League match at Litis Stadium today. In other games today, Inglewood United are at home to Bunbury, ECU Joondalup take on Perth, Bayswater City host Balcatta and Western Knights take on the National Training Centre team.

Tomorrow, Armadale play Stirling Lions at Alfred Skeet Reserve.

"This is the place I love, it's where I live and I'm a very proud West Australian, so I'm honoured …"" *Stan Lazaridis *

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