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RIP Kevin Correia, a terrific striker

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Former WA State team and Fremantle City striker Kevin Correia sadly passed away aged 38 on November 15.

Correia represented the WA State side on three separate occasions, including matches against Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade and the Iraqi national side.

The striker made an impressive debut for the Black Swans with a 4-0 win over the Malaysian Under-23 team at Litis Stadium in 2000, setting up one goal and being responsible for another when he was taken down in the penalty area.

WA head coach at the time Paul Wormley then selected Correia to be part of the State side that put on a brave performance against Red Star in an international challenge in front of a crowd of 3,500 at Litis Stadium in 2001.

Red Star, whose side included $30 million striker Goran Drulic, won 2-0 but the former European Cup winners were forced to fight for the win.

Correia’s final State team appearance was in an international against Iraq in 2003. The Iraqis were led by former Perth Glory coach Bernd Stange and won 4-0 in the contest in Albany.

Correia also enjoyed a season in the Portugese first division side Maritimo before returning back to Perth.

He played most of his club football with Fremantle City, turning in some brilliant efforts that made him one of the best young players of his generation and played a key role in the club’s league championship in 2000.

Former Fremantle City teammate Steve Bourne told the Football Hall of Fame WA that he was one of their strongest players.

“Kevin was a terrific young player, probably one of the best in Western Australia at the time we won the league,” He said.

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