Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  Dane Sharp...a man of many talents and one who loves his football [PlessPix]

Dane Sharp has just completed a documentary on Abbas Saad, one of Asia’s most famous football stars.

Sharp, who is a former NSL footballer and now a singer and songwriter, has been a frequent visitor to Tasmania in the past couple of years, where he has assisted with coaching clinics.

For the past few years, he has been involved in making a documentary called “The Turning Point of the Game:  The Abbas Saad Story.”

Saad was born in Lebanon but came to Australia as a child with his family and became an Australian international footballer, earning eight caps for Australia.

He was playing in Singapore when he was convicted in 1995 of match fixing and received a global playing ban by FIFA in one of the most publicised cases in Singapore football history.

An attacking midfielder, Saad played for Sydney City and Sydney Olympic before he moved to Malaysia in the early 1990s.

After his world-wide ban was lifted, he returned to Australia and played for Sydney Olympic, Sydney United and Northern Spirit in the old NSL.

It was only in 2009 that Singapore lifted the ban which prevented him from being involved in football in that country.

The official trailer of the documentary was released this week, with a world-wide release set for Asia later in 2012.

As you will see in the trailer, this is not just a story about football, but one about a journey to find the truth.

Saad was banned for life and heavily fined, but has always maintained his innocence.

The link to the trailer is at: 


Sharp, who played for Adelaide City and Newcastle, as well as with Austrian club SV Horn, will be visiting Hobart soon to launch the documentary here.

Sharp trialled with Queens Park Rangers as a youngster and also spent time at Plymouth Argyle.


+3 #4 Walter Pless 2012-03-09 12:04
It's a pleasure, as always, Dane. Oh for hair like that, mate! I'd love it. Cheers!
+5 #3 Dane 2012-03-09 10:50
Thanks Walter for running this you know how much i love Tassy and appreciate it. On the haircut comment its simple i can`t afford one please go to Itunes to help me raise some funds lol
+5 #2 Anonymous 2012-03-09 04:06
omg someone please tell him to cut his bloody hair
+3 #1 Brian Roberts 2012-03-09 01:18
He is the person who produced and as far as I know sings the SHFC Club song.

When the sound system functions at Washington st his dulcet tones will echo around the stadium.

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