Mark Schwarzer Biography

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Mark Schwarzer is a former professional footballer with an interesting story. Sportmob brings you all the details about Mark Schwarzer Biography in this article.

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is Australian. The retired footballer is a product of Colo Cougars in Richmond, New South Wales. The legendary footballer is highly regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Football pundits praised him for his outstanding performances on many occasions. Find out all the details about this remarkable player in this article.

At the time Schwarzer served at Fulham, then-manager Mark Hughes stated about him: “His immediate future is here at Fulham and we're hopeful we can show him where we want to go and what we want to do in the future. Obviously I've made it known to him that I want him to be a part of that.”

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Over the years Schwarzer came a long way and fully dedicated himself to the task. He managed to build a solid reputation for himself as a talented player. His remarkable performances didn’t go unnoticed, and he has been listed among the top goalkeepers in Premier League history. We will walk you through all the details regarding Mark Schwarzer life story so stay tuned and let’s begin.

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Mark Schwarzer Bio

  • Full name: Mark Schwarzer

  • Nickname: Warz

Personal information

  • Mark Schwarzer date of birth: 6 October 1972

  • Zodiac sign: Libra

  • Place of birth: Sydney, Australia

  • Mark Schwarzer religion: Christian

  • Father’s name: Hans Schwarzer

  • Mother’s name: Doris Schwarzer

  • Mark Schwarzer nationality: Australian

  • Marital status: married

  • Wife’s name: Paloma Schwarzer

  • Date of marriage: 1998

  • Children: Julian Schwarzer, Amaya Schwarzer

Football Information

  • Position: goalkeeper

  • Debut in profession: Marconi Fairfield (1990)                                                       

  • Clubs served: Dynamo Dresden, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Bradford City, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea, Leicester City                                                               

Mark Schwarzer Early Life

The former footballer was born on 6 October 1972 at North Richmond which is located in north-western Sydney to his parents Hans Schwarzer and Doris Schwarzer. In 1968, Hans-Joachim and Doris emigrated to Australia from Germany. As a result, Mark is fluent in the German language. He went to Richmond North Public School and Colo High School and completed his education. According to

Mark Schwarzer date of birth

, his zodiac sign is Libra.

As a child he was very passionate about football and dreamed of one day becoming a professional footballer. The dream of playing football professionally wasn’t just a passing fantasy. Mark’s parents encouraged him to pursue his dream and make a name for himself. He went on and played for the local soccer club the Colo Cougars.

The footballer revealed the details of his childhood and his family’s immigration by stating: “The feeling of being an outsider was something my parents tried hard to protect us children from. They wanted to integrate when they arrived in Australia in 1967. They didn’t want our family to be seen as different. We were living at Grose Wold when the boy called me that name. It’s a lovely area, where the Yarramundi and Nepean Rivers meet to form the Hawkesbury, in the far north-west of Sydney. It was semi-rural, where the blocks were about five acres each.”

Mark Schwarzer Profile

Over the years the footballer came a long way and made a name for himself as a skilled footballer. Based on

Mark Schwarzer bio

he played as a goalkeeper in his days on the pitch. We have gathered all the details about his career both in clubs and on the international level. Join us in this journey and find how the footballer set foot on the road to fame in the following.

Early Career

Mark started his professional career while he was 19 years old joining the Marconi Stallions in the National Soccer League. In 1994 he left Sydney and went to Germany to play for Dynamo Dresden and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. In 1996 he went to England to play for Bradford City and one year later he ended up at Middlesbrough.


On 26 February 1997, Mark debuted for the side in a game over Stockport County during the League Cup semi-finals. In an interview he recalled his days at the club and stated: “My Premier League debut was a pivotal moment and was like a drug, you just want more and more of it which pushed me on. At


we established ourselves as a PL outfit for over ten years, making League Cup and UEFA Cup finals on the way.”

He also featured in the 1998 League Cup final against Chelsea. However, they were defeated 2-0. Mark played in the game against Bolton Wanderers which was a 2-1 victory but he made an error which BBC Sport described to be a “howler” and allowed Kevin Davies a consolation goal for Bolton. During the last game of the 2004-05 season over Man City, he managed to save a Robbie Fowler penalty in stoppage time to preserve a 1–1 draw.

The results put Middlesbrough in seventh on the final league table and saw them qualify for the UEFA Cup. On 6 January 2006, the goalkeeper requested to join another club on the transfer window however he changed his mind and rejoined the team. In a game over

West Ham United

Mark fractured his cheekbone and looked like it ruled him off the pitch for the rest of the season. But this didn’t prevent the goalkeeper to feature in the UEFA Cup final against Sevilla. He guarded the net while wearing a protective mask. Stay tuned for more details about

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Premier League Longest-Serving Foreigner

On 29 December 2007, Mark’s appearance at the 1-0 win against Portsmouth made him the Premier League's longest-serving foreigner at one club. He was ahead of Dennis Bergkamp who made 315 appearances. The footballer made his final appearance in an 8-1 thrashing of Man City on the last day of the 2007–08 Premier League season.

The footballer further explained: “They sent me a letter, which was typed out, three or four months later, which was very disappointing. There were a whole lot of different things going on at the time, and Gareth wasn’t quite in control of a lot of things. They wanted to sign me on for another year, but they were kind of half-hearted about it. They weren’t really committed to it and kept giving a lot of excuses and reasons why they believed one year was all they were prepared to offer.” Find out further details about Mark Schwarzer biography in the following.


On 21 May 2008, the footballer reached an agreement with the London based club


. Later the footballer revealed in an interview with The World Game that he had offers from clubs like Bayern Munich and Juventus as well. However, he rejected all offers due to that fact that they could not guarantee that he would be the number one goalkeeper of the team. He made his debut for the side in a 2-1 loss to Hull City. Later Mark kept a clean sheet in the next game during a 1-0 victory against



His great performance saw him feature in all the games of the 2008-09 season. Thanks to the goalkeeper’s contributions Fulham secured its position in the seventh-place finish and also place in Europe for the next season, after the club had only just avoided relegation during the 2007–08 season. During the Europa League final in 2010, the goalkeeper played an important role however he missed his second European final with a narrow defeat to Atletico Madrid. Find out more details about

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Mark Schwarzer 500th Premier League Appearance

Schwarzer’s performance didn’t go unnoticed and Arsene Wenger Arsenal manager was looking forward to signing a contract with the goalkeeper. In May 2010 it was reported that the club offered £2 million. However, Fulham eventually rejected the offer. On 18 January 2012, the footballer extended his contract with the side keeping him until the summer of 2013. In November 2012, Schwarzer sustained a crucial injury while saving a penalty over Mikel Arteta. In that game Fulham had a 3-3 draw with Arsenal. The goalkeeper made his 500th Premier League appearance in a game over Arsenal and he became the first ever non-British footballer to earn the tittle.

On 5 June 2013, Schwarzer announced he was parting ways with the club upon

Maarten Stekelenburg

arrival. He stated: “I’ve been hearing that for a while. It's no great surprise and I'll be looking for another club.” Later in an interview Schwarzer recalled his days at the club and commented: “Fulham - five years in the top flight, making another European final. A band of misfits and players written off and a manager written off in Roy Hodgson. We were brought together and the first two years were incredible.” Find out more details about Mark Schwarzer biography in the following.


On 9 July 2013, the footballer reached an agreement with


for a year. Upon joining the club, he stated: “It’s one of the biggest and best clubs in the world, and it's an honor to sign for Chelsea. I didn't take much convincing to come here.” He debuted for the side in a 2-0 away win against Swindon Town in the League Cup. The goalkeeper made a good impression and kept a clean sheet during his second appearance with the side. The Blues managed to eliminate Arsenal from the League Cup in a 2–0 win on 29 October.

On 11 December, the goalkeeper became the oldest footballer to debut in the UEFA Champions League while he was 41 years old. He kept his third clean sheet in three appearances for the side in a 1-0 home win against Steaua Bucuresti. Thanks to his contributions Chelsea progressed to the knockout round as first in their group. On 19 April 2014, while aged 41 years and 195 days Schwarzer became the oldest player to represent Chelsea in the Premier League in a game over


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The Goalkeeper with The 150th Premier League Clean Sheet

The player became the side’s oldest ever footballer while getting ahead of Graham Rix who last played in a game for the side while he was 37 years and 203 days old for the club. On 22 April, the player substituted injured

Petr Cech

in the first half of a Champions League semi-final over Atletico Madrid and guarded the net to keep the results at 0-0.  The goalkeeper made an impact by keeping his sheet clean. He also made a remarkable performance against Liverpool while guarding the net in his 150th Premier League clean sheet.

Of course, only two other goalkeepers (Cech and David James) managed to make their way to this position. On 30 June 2014, Schwarzer signed a new contract with Chelsea. He recalled in an interview: “It was the time in my career, the age of my kids and a conversation with my wife that persuaded me to sign for Chelsea. It was an amazing experience, and I know they never would have signed me as a number one. But I got to fulfill an ambition that I thought I would never have any more, which was to play Champions League football.”

Leicester City

On 6 January 2015, Schwarzer joined Leicester City on a free transfer while filling the injured Kasper Schmeichel’s shoes. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admired the goalkeeper’s contributions to Chelsea and declared that the club will miss him. Schwarzer made his debut for the side on 24 January in a 2-1 away victory against

Tottenham Hotspur

in the fourth round of the season's FA Cup. He became the oldest player at Leicester City who achieved this. The footballer made his Premier League debut for the side in a 3-1 loss to Man United.

During the 2015-16 premier league he didn’t feature in any league games. At the same time, Leicester became champions and this made him disqualified for a winner's medal which required a minimum of five league games. Aside from all of this he managed to become the first player since Eric Cantona to be in the championship-winning squad at different clubs in successive seasons. At the end of 2015-16, he was released from the club while he was 42 years old. Stay tuned for more details about

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International Career 

Schwarzer debuted for Australia during the 1994 World cup qualifier back in 1993 in a game over


. He replaced Milan Blagojevic after first-choice Robert Zabica was sent off 15 minutes into the game. During the return leg in Sydney Schwarzer showcased his great talent and saved two crucial penalties to send his country to the final phase of qualifying against Argentina. In Australia's qualification for the 2006 World Cup, the goalkeeper played a vital role.

He featured in all the games of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. During the quarter-finals, he failed to match Japanese goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi in the penalty shootouts and as a result, Australia was ruled out of the competition. Later Schwarzer stated that the penalty in the Asian Cup quarter finals was the first one he ever missed in his entire career.


His great performance made him be the first choice goalkeeper for all three games of the group stage in the 2010 World Cup. Following the competition, the footballer stated that he was interested in playing at the 2014 World Cup while he was 41 years old. However, he declared he was retiring from international duty on 5 November 2013.

Style of play 

An agile goalkeeper with great talent. Even at the age 39 the goalkeeper kept his spot in games with performances that defy logic. His capability in blocking shots while the team was under pressure was beyond compare. In an interview Schwarzer stated: “Football is the biggest sport on the planet and we have got to stop calling it soccer.


won a massive new audience by qualifying for the last World Cup. Now we must do it again.”


Schwarzer received the Fulham player of the year during his first year at the club. In February 2010 he was named the Premier League’s player of the month. At the time he only conceded one goal in his team's two victories and two draws that month, which made him the first Australian to do so. In 2009, the talented goalkeeper was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.

While he was at Chelsea he didn’t make any league appearances for the 2014-15 seasons however prior to his move to Leicester City,

Jose Mourinho

then manager of the Blues declared that he would be receiving a replica winner's medal for his contributions that season and was welcomed back for a celebration dinner at the end of the season. Stay tuned for more details about Mark Schwarzer biography.

Goal Celebration

Since Schwarzer plays as a goalkeeper he never scored goals however when his team score a goal he celebrates.

Mark Schwarzer Outside Football 

In June 2007 the footballer co-wrote the book “Megs and the Vootball Kids” along with Neil Montagnana-Wallace. The book was a short children’s novel focused on the titular 'Megs', aka Edward Morison, during his move from his home country of England to Australia. While trying to settle in Megs starts a friendship with a quirky Hungarian cleaner who works at the primary school.

The novel made an impact and was followed by four sequels. Following his retirement, Schwarzer pursued his career as a football commentator, such as UEFA Euro 2020 for Optus Sport. He also wrote articles on The Sydney Morning Herald along with another author. Find out details about

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Mark Schwarzer Personal Life

The former footballer is a married man. He tied the knot with the stunning Paloma Schwarzer back in 1998. Schwarzer further stated in an interview: “My family’s immigrant story has similarities to that of my wife’s family. Paloma was born in the Philippines to Filipino and Spanish parents.”

 Family Children and Relationships 

As they say behind every successful man there is a woman. The same goes for the legendary goalkeeper as well. Paloma supports her husband in every up and down and she always cheered him every time he had a game in the front row. The couple is blessed with two children, Julian Schwarzer and Amaya Schwarzer. Julian is a goalkeeper just like his father and he joined Fulham academy back in 2018.


Mark Schwarzer religion

is Christian and he is United Nations ambassador for refugees and he has done a lot of charity work.

Legal Issues

As far as we know the former footballer hasn’t faced any legal issues. 

Mark Schwarzer Career statistics

Over the years the footballer came a long way and established himself as a talented footballer. We have gathered all the information about his career in different clubs. Find out all the details in the following.


As for the footballer’s career statistics he started his professional career back in 1990 joining Marconi Fairfield. He stayed at the club for four seasons and overall, he made 58 appearances for the side. For the 1994-95 season he went on and joined the Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden. He stayed at the club for only one season and guarded the net for two games. The next season he reached an agreement with the German club

1. FC Kaiserslautern

while making only four appearances. For the 1996-97 season he had a short spell at Bradford City.

Later he moved to the premier league club Middlesbrough. Schwarzer stayed at the club for 12 years and he made a lot of wonders at the club. For the 2008-09 season he joined the English side Fulham. He stayed at the club for five seasons and overall, he made 218 appearances for the side. For the 2013-14 season the goalkeeper reached an agreement with Chelsea. He made an impact at the club while staying there for two seasons. His next stop in his professional career was at Leicester City. Overall, he made 11 appearances for the side.


On international level overall he made 109 appearances. 

Mark Schwarzer Honors

During his career the footballer earned honors both individually and in different clubs or on international level. Find out all the details in the following.


  • Football League Cup: 2003–04


  • OFC Nations Cup: 2004


  • Fulham Player of the Year: 2008–09

  • FFA Australian Football Awards: Footballer of the Year: 2009, 2010

  • Football Media Association Australia International Player of the Year: 2009

  • Order of Australia Medal: 2009

  • Australian Professional Football Association Player of the Year: 2010

  • Premier League Player of the Month: February 2010

  • Alex Tobin OAM Medal: 2014



  • Most international appearances while a Middlesbrough player


  • Chelsea oldest all-time player: 41 years and 218 days

Leicester City

  • Leicester City oldest all-time player: 43 years and 32 days


  • Australia all-time top appearance maker: 109

  • Australia all-time most clean sheets: 44

  • Longest Australia career: 20 years, 38 days

  • Australia oldest all-time player: 40 years and 336 days

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