Kewell inspired me to start playing again – Melbourne Victory’s Thompson

Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson has revealed that Australian national team star Harry Kewell inspired him to start playing football again.
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Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson has revealed that Australian national team star Harry Kewell inspired him to start playing football again.

At today’s launch of his book – ‘Archie Thompson: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ – the A-League’s all-time leading goalscorer admitted that seeing Kewell on TV made him want to play football at the highest level.

Thompson was seemingly down and out and working at a Chinese restaurant about 15 years ago when he saw Kewell and decided that he wanted to revitalize his playing career.

“Certainly there was a moment in my career where I almost gave up,” Thompson said. “I found myself working in an abattoir and also cleaning dishes in a Chinese restaurant until one moment when I saw Harry Kewell on TV and in some ways he inspired me to change my life around and to start playing football again.”

Thompson also explained what his book was, in fact, about and the reason behind the title.

“One of the biggest moments of my career is described in the opening of my book, which is Grand Final day at Etihad Stadium (when Thompson severely injured his knee),” he added.

“And I think the title of the book really rang true for the injury that I did - what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger.

“It’s a book about the love of the game but it’s also a book about discipline and loyalty and to build confidence in yourself to overcome life’s challenges. I think it applies to all people, to all walks of life. The message in the book is to never give up and to push through against the odds even if you feel like you can’t do it any more.”