Mark Schwarzer is an Australian association football player of German descent who plays as a goalkeeper. Schwarzer's first club was Colo Cougars in Richmond, New South Wales. He left the Sydney-based club to play in Germany with Dynamo Dresden and FC Kaiserslautern. He then travelled to England to play for Bradford City, where he eventually joined Middlesbrough in 1997. In Middlesbrough, his profile took a professionally palpable turn. Schwarzer made his debut for Middlesbrough against Stockport County in the League Cup semi-finals. He was part of the side, who beat Bolton Wanderers to win the 2004 League Cup Final. On 21 May 2008, Schwarzer signed a two-year deal at Fulham, ending an 11-year association with the Teesside club. Schwarzer made his Fulham debut in a 2–1 defeat to newly-promoted Premier League side Hull City. He received the Fulham Player of the Year 2008–09 in his first year at the club. He was also named Barclays Premier League's Player of the Month for February 2010. Schwarzer signed a contract extension with Fulham on 18 January 2012, committing himself to the club until at least the summer of 2013.
Schwarzer made his international debut for Australia against Canada in Edmonton in a 1994 World Cup qualifier. He was instrumental in Australia's qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is currently Australia's most capped player at international level with over 100 international appearances