Former Freeman Catholic College student, Anthony Pavlesic, is set to kick off his European football career this month after signing a coveted multi-year deal with German Bundesliga powerhouse FC Bayern Munich.
At just 17, Anthony has already demonstrated his potential and determination to succeed in the highly competitive world of international football, where he will thrive in his position as goalkeeper.
The former Sydney Catholic Schools student is an extraordinary talent, already making significant strides in the footsteps of Australia’s most accomplished Socceroos players.
Anthony is set to join an illustrious list of Australian football stars, who made household names for themselves on Europe’s biggest sporting stage.
“Two of my biggest sporting heroes are Mathew Ryan and Mark Schwarzer. Both players were goalkeepers for the Socceroos who played in the European Premier League and achieved so much on one of sports’ biggest international stages,” Mr Anthony Pavlesic said.
Already standing at an impressive 190cm, Anthony has repeatedly drawn comparisons to current Socceroos captain and goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, especially in the way he carries himself both on and off the field.
Melinda Melham, Principal at Freeman Catholic College, explains how the school encourages all students to pursue their talents, whether that be in sport, creative arts, debating or music.
“We are very fortunate to have teachers who support the co-curricula life of the college. Our coaches support students pursuing various sporting endeavours, with many competing at representative levels outside of school.
“It’s important that students understand the importance of working hard so they can pursue their opportunities in sport, drama or music whilst maintaining dedication to their studies,” Mrs Melinda Melham said.
When asked how Freeman Catholic College has contributed to the successful young man he is today, Anthony explains the important role his schooling and mentors played.
“Freeman Catholic College is a great school that has helped me develop and grow as a person. I have been supported throughout my professional football journey and have learned essential skills to work as hard as you can, whilst always being humble when presented with special opportunities,” Mr Pavlesic said.
Prior to signing with Bayern Munich, Pavlesic was on contract with the Central Coast Mariners. He impressed coaching staff and fellow players alike at the club with his leadership qualities and mature attitude, two important life skills honed at Freeman Catholic College and on the pitch.
Freeman Catholic College’s Principal, Melinda Melham, said the entire school will be closely following Pavlesic’s budding international career and cheering him on back home.
“We are incredibly proud of our young men and women who have been successful in their studies, sporting achievements and developing a passion for representing their school,” Mrs Melham said.
Anthony has recently returned from international duty with Australia at the Under-17 AFC Asian Cup in Thailand, where he proudly represented his country in dual roles as both goalkeeper and team captain.
A passion for playing professional football clearly runs deep in the Pavlesic family. Anthony’s brother, Adam, recently made his professional debut as a goalkeeper in the A-League for Sydney FC in the 2021-22 season.
For those wanting to follow in his footsteps, Anthony has the following advice to share.
“You need to have the right support around you and be willing to work as hard as you can. Life is also about finding the right balance, no matter what you’re aiming to achieve,” Mr Pavlesic said.