It all started when Tom Met Zizou and the A-League has been changed for the better ever since. You can't have a conversation about Germans in the A-League...or a conversation about anything, without prefacing it with just how good Thomas Broich was.

The man rightly named Mozart is one of the greatest players to ever grace these shores, his engaging journey from one of the brightest talents in German football to an A-League hero the epitome of foreigner success stories.

But this isn't just about Broich, it's about the wave of German players he inspired. There had only been two in five years before Broich ventured to Australia, there have been 10 in the eight years since.

Markedly, the Bundesliga talent of Maximilian Beister, Georg Niedermeier, Patrick Ziegler and Alex Baumjohann have all called the league home in recent times, while German coaches have also made their mark (but that's another article).

But the last laugh is reserved for the always smiling Broich. Never has the A-League had a better advertisement for just how enjoyable playing football Down Under can be.

Highlight: Not just Tom, but that entire Brisbane Roar team.


Lending us a little South American flair since the A-League's inception have been our superstar Argentines who, while they haven't provided the most, have certainly provided some of the best.

Extra credit to the Sol de Mayo, they were there before imports were cool, dazzling us with the likes of Marcelo Carrusca and Marcos Flores - true (white and) blue legends who took their show-stopping skills out of the major cities and into the rural capitals.

Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners benefited particularly from the services of a flashy Argentine, but Melbourne City - boasting four over the years - have also reaped the rewards.

A trickle began in 2007, where Argentinian footballs slowly began entering the A-League and expanded notably throughout the mid 2010s. Last season, however, was the first since 2006 not to feature a single footballer from the country in the A-League.

Highlight: Fernando Brandan's rat tail was the catalyst for Rhyan Grant's mullet.