Andrew Nabbout enjoyed a breakout season with Newcastle Jets in the recent A-League season to catapult himself into national team reckoning. Such was his form for the Jets, J.League heavyweights Urawa Red Diamonds snapped up Nabbout mid-season. A muscular presence in attack, Nabbout came to recognition for playing wide in the forward line, but he is also capable of operating centrally.
Born in Melbourne, Nabbout boasts Lebanese heritage — his father was a professional bodybuilder who won the Mr. Lebanon title — and was once sounded out for possible selection by the west Asian nation. A first Socceroo start came in Bert van Marwijk’s debut match in charge in March.