Australian actor ANTHONY LaPAGLIA is taking his soccer obsession to the next level, by joining the board of directors of SYDNEY FOOTBALL CLUB.

The WITHOUT A TRACE star, married to My Big Fat Greek Wedding funnywoman Gia Carides, played semi-professional soccer during his youth in Adelaide, South Australia before launching his Hollywood career.

LaPaglia enthuses, "I am excited about being involved with Sydney FC at a time when football in Australia is embarking on a new journey.

"I have long had a passion for football and watching from afar I saw that the game was heading in the right direction and I wanted to be a part of it.

"I'm looking forward to coming home for a break and I will be devoting a lot of attention to Sydney FC while I'm back in Australia."

07/04/2005 17:04