In light of Brisbane Roar fielding the oldest team in A-League history earlier this season, we decided to take a look at the oldest players introduced into the competition over the years.

John Aloisi’s wine and cheese mentality reflected in his squad this season has backfired up to this point with maturity losing out to younger fresher legs for cellar dwellers Brisbane.

The A-League has long been the retirement home of world football but how old were some of the oldest to debut in the competition? Take a look and find out.

10.  Mark Bosnich, 36 years, 7 months and 18 days, Central Coast Mariners.

Starting out strong with one of Australia’s finest players to grace the pitch, Bosnich has done it all from claiming an English Premier League winner’s medal with Manchester United to scoring penalties for the Socceroos.

Making a return home from an illustrious career in Europe to play for the Mariners in 2008, Bosnich only managed four appearances in the competition. The shot-stopper now makes a living as part of the Fox Sports football team.

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9. Alessandro Del Piero, 37 years, 10 months, 27 days, Sydney FC.

Undoubtedly the biggest signing in A-League history, Del Piero made the voyage to Sydney in 2012 and the Italian legend did not disappoint earning his keep with a goal every second game.

The Sky Blues proving to be the World Cup winner’s second last stop on the road to retirement before moving on to Delhi Dynamos and eventually hanging up the boots in 2015.

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8. Tony Warner, 37 years, 5 months, 5 days, Wellington Phoenix.

The next goalkeeper on the list has well and truly done the rounds after playing for 19 different clubs over the course of a 21-year career.

Warner made Wellington his 16th home in 2011 before moving on to Maltese champions Floriana the following year but the Trinidad and Tobagan never seemed to make a big impact throughout his career.

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7. Brian Deane, 37 years, 6 months, 19 days, Perth Glory.

When Perth signed the English international back in 2005 you wouldn’t have blamed the fans for getting excited but Deanes proved to be more flop than the cream of the crop.

The former West Ham and Leicester striker made just seven appearances and bagged a solitary goal before long-term injury cut his season short.

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6. Luis Garcia, 37 years, 6 months, 29 days, Central Coast Mariners.

The Reds legend made a lot of noise when he joined the Mariners for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, initially persuaded by former physio Andrew Nealon after a Liverpool legends game in Sydney.

The silky Spaniard enjoyed a solid six-months with the Mariners bagging two goals and three assists in just seven games before announcing his retirement the same year.

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5. Massimo Maccarone, 38 years, 1 months, 0 days, Brisbane Roar.

Spearheading Aloisi’s ‘dads army’ is Italian frontman Maccarone who decided to try his luck in Australia after spending the majority of a successful career in his home country.

Part of a front four with an average age of 34-years old, Maccarone has had his work cut out for him but the striker has shown how lethal he can be when given some quality service with three goals to his name this season.

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4. Ian Ferguson, 38 years, 7 months, 1 days, Central Coast Mariners.

The Scottish midfielder has played just three A-League games during his time in Australia but Ferguson has made more of an impression as a manager on our shores taking charge of two clubs in the competition.

Initially joining former NSL side Northern Spirit, Ferguson went on to play for the Mariners in 2005 before taking on coaching roles with expansion club North Queensland Fury and then Perth Glory.

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3. Kazuyoshi Miura, 38 years, 8 months, 15 days, Sydney FC.

Edging closer to 40 now and it is Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura taking out third on the list after going out on loan to Sydney FC from Yokohama FC in 2005.

Holding the record as Japan’s top scorer with 56 international goals, Miura only spent a short amount of time on our shores but a record of two goals in four games was not a bad return for the veteran.

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2. Thomas Sorensen, 39 years, 3 months, 28 days, Melbourne City FC.

Sorensen goes down as one of the best goalkeepers to ply his trade in the A-League after a stint with City between 2015 and 2017 making 37 appearances along the way.

The former English Premier League shot-stopper cemented starting spots with the likes of Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke City as well as making over 100 appearances for the Danish national side.

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1. Romario, 40 years, 9 months, 27 days, Adelaide United.

The imposing striker had a formidable scoring record with the likes of Barcelona, Valencia and the Brazilian national team but he certainly will not be remembered for his stint with Adelaide in 2005.

Labelled a publicity signing, Romario joined the Reds on a five-game contract but only managed to score in his final game before re-signing with boyhood club Vasco da Gama.

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