MICHAEL VOSS is the current Senior Coach of the Brisbane Lions and many afl trading cards were issued during his playing career, some of which are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Voss was recruited from the Morningside (QLD) Football Club and played 289 Games and kicked 245 Goals for the Brisbane Lions from 1992 to 2006. He is regarded as one of the leading footballers of his generation, with finely honed skills that enabled him to dominate Games and inspire his team-mates. Voss was revered for his hardness at the ball, whilst remaining scrupulously fair, and was respected by the AFL public as a whole, as well as by opposition players.
Michael Voss overcame many harsh injuries during his career, including shoulder surgery between the 1996-1997 Seasons, knee surgery in late 1997, a broken leg in 1998 and an ankle reconstruction in 1999. Despite these setbacks, Voss courageously fought on to see out a magnificent career which was capped by many personal triumphs and 3 Team Premiership Glories.
Voss won his First Brisbane Lions Club Best and Fairest Award in 1995 at 20 Years of age, and went on to repeat wins in 1996, 2000, 2001, and 2003. In 1996 Michael Voss took out the Greatest Individual Honour in Australian Football, when he won the Brownlow Medal in a tie with Essendon Champion, James Hird.
Michael Voss was appointed Brisbane Lions co-captain with Alastair Lynch in 1997 while only 21 years of age, and went on to resounding success in the Role , which culminated in His Captaincy of 3 successive AFL Grand Final Premiership Teams from 2001-2003 and an unsuccessful Grand Final appearance against Port Power in 2004. He was generally regarded as the most inspiring AFL Club Captain from 1999 until his retirement in 2006. Voss was an automatic selection in the All Australian Team ans was honoured as the All Australian Captain in 2002 and 2003.
The value of Michael Voss to the Brisbane Lions success is further highlighted when you consider that he won Club Best and Fairest Awards in the Premiership Years of 2001 and 2003, and his performance in the 2002 Grand Final against Collingwood was an outstanding example of courage, skill and Leadership. He had been troubled throughout the 2002 season with the effects of osteitis pubis and the debilitating impact of knee tendonitis.
Michael Voss played predominantly as a mid-fielder throughout his career, however he had such versatility that he could be utilized in almost any position, and produced a number of memorable Games late in his career when played on the Forward Line. On retirement, Voss joined the Brisbane Network 10 AFL Commentary Team and held down the Sports Anchor Role on Channel 10 Brisbane 5.00 p.m. nightly News.
After 2 years at Channel 10, Voss was expected to win a Senior Coaching Role, however after being linked to Roles at Melbourne, Carlton and West Coast, he was duly appointed to succeed Coaching Legend, Leigh Matthews, at his beloved Brisbane Lions from the 2009 Season forward. Although having played with many of the Players on the List, Voss soon established a forthright and ruthless reputation for demanding the best from every player.
Michael Voss has engineered a successful experienced Player recruitment program for Season 2010, highlighted by the acquisition of Champion Carlton Full Forward, Brendon Fevola, added to his inspired development of the younger player group, should see the Brisbane Lions competing strongly in the 2010 Finals Series. No other outcome would appear possible, as the Lions Players compete aggressively for Premiership Success in the like manner of their respected Senior Coach, Michael Voss.
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UPDATE: 13/08/2013– Michael Voss has today been sacked as Senior Coach of the Brisbane Lions Football Club.
UPDATE– 14/10/1914- Michael Voss resigned from his Media Career today, to take up the role as Midfield Manager at the Port Power Football Club.