Olympic biographies – Alan Sothern

Debut: vs Scotland, November 2006 (0-0 draw)
Age: 29
Caps: 140
International goals: 59
Current club: Pembroke
Previous clubs: Den Bosch (Netherlands), Racing Club de Bruxelles (Belgium)
School: St Andrew’s
Position: Forward

Alan Sothern. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Alan Sothern. Pic: Adrian Boehm

One of the most prolific goalscorers of all-time on the Irish club scene, Alan Sothern fired home five times in the World League Round 3 in Antwerp, goals that ultimately qualified Ireland for the Olympic Games.

His sharpness in the circle is rarely equalled with a supreme poacher’s instinct. Indeed, he got the only goal in a 1-0 win over Pakistan to boost Ireland’s chances and also netted in the 4-1 win over Malaysia to land the ticket to Rio. He also scored a hat trick against China in that tournament for good measure.

He was a central squad member from 2009 but injury cruelly ruled him out for the 2012 Olympic qualifiers. He returned to the panel in 2013 to top score in World League Round 2 in India and his tally currently sits at 59 goals. Sothern also netted in the 4-2 win over England last August in the European Championships bronze medal win.

His club career has revolved around Pembroke with whom he grew up and won everything in the game, usually at the fulcrum of the attack, and is another who was part of the club’s 2009 quadruple winning side. He studied at St Andrew’s College and is a personal trainer.

Twitter: @alansothern23

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