Sydney FC: A Club On The Rise

Sydney FC is a football team based in Sydney Australia playing in the A-League. They have been around since 2004 since the beginning of the A-League. They have had numerous stars over the years including Harry Kewell, Lucas Neill, Dwight Yorke and even until now Brett Emerton who have both played for Australia and Trinidad respectively on many occasions… including World Cup appearances by all players.

Its fair to say that Sydney FC is one of the most successful teams in Australia and look to be on the rise as they develop their youth and buy more international stars. The game of Football is forever picking up in Australia, while it may never be as good as European leagues the A-League provides a great base for Australian football players to start their career and give them the great start needed to be successful in any of the overseas competitions.

Football in Australia is really on the rise and who knows maybe one day we will even see a world cup held in Australia which would be amazing just think how good the Sydney Olympics where!

Sydney FC have won 2 championships in 2006 and in 2010 and have come close many other times. Sydney are also the only club to have won the OFC Champions League. With their home ground at Allianz stadium (Formerly known as the SFS) holding over 45,000 people.

The club has high profile directors, board members and backers in general and a growing fan base making them a force to be feared in the Asian competitions in the next 5-10 years. Who knows maybe we will see Sydney FC take on some giant clubs in the future such as Manchester United and cause an upset.

With its youth, strong backing and great management team Sydney FC really is a club on the rise.


The A-League

The Australian top level league known as the A-League is also a competition on the rise. Started in 2004 after the failure of the National Soccer League. There are at the moment 10 teams in the league but they are looking to expand.

All 10 teams bar one are based in Australia with one team based out of New Zealand somewhat like the NRL Rugby League competition and the NBL which all include 1 New Zealand team. The competition is held in the summer months of Australia from October to April. the main reason they did this is there is less competition in Summer for sport in Australia with the only other competition for fans being the cricket.

In the winter there is AFL, Rugby and Rugby League all in Australia which make up the most popular sports. But the A-League has found its niche in summer as a new high growth sport. With more and more young fans and players joining all the time and crowd levels on the rise, the A-League will hopefully one day be known as in international standard football league.

With more and more players coming to join the A-League all the time not just to join Sydney FC but other A-League clubs, it won’t be long before its recognised the world over as a top flight football league


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Adelaide vs Sydney FC: A late Adelaide winner rubs deeper in Sydney’s wound


After last week’s performance, Sydney FC fans were hoping Steve Corica was drilling the defence this week in hope of a less embarrassing performance against the league leaders Adelaide.

Adelaide however, was coming into this game breathing easy, hoping that Sydney’s bad luck will continue for just one more night. Sydney do have some good omens, as their last match against Adelaide ended in victory for the sky blues, even though their recent form seems to be against them. With the prospect of Jason Culina coming onto the pitch however, Sydney FC are looking and sounding optimistic ahead of this rigid fixture.

In terms of training before the match, Sydney were fast paced and athletic, maneuvering with muscular endurance, while Adelaide seem far more relaxed, having a laugh with each other and not going all out in their pre-game training – were Sydney overworking themselves or were Adelaide coming into this game a little too relaxed and unacquainted?

As the players start to arrive on the pitch ready for the game, Jason Culina receives a standing ovation by many fans around the stadium as Adelaide start off the game. As the ball leaves Necevski’s hands, Terry Antonis is on the ball; energy just exploding from his skillful and tight passes.

Adelaide’s first chance came in just the third minute as three of their players get a crack at goal – the ball made possible by a fantastic run down the left side by Fabio Ferrera – but Sydney’s defence was there to nervously kick the ball away from harms reach. Emerton also had a nice chance not long after Adelaide’s as he swiftly made his way around the Red’s defence but failed to create a goal worthy chance for Sydney.

It only took 14 minutes for a controversial decision to be made. Adelaide’s number 8 Marcelo Carrusca tapped the ball comfortably into the net, but was shocked to see the offside flag up while he started his celebrations. Replays showed after the decision that the winger was on the right side of Sydney’s defence and the assistant referee had made a crucial judgment that could have cost Adelaide the game.

But Adelaide needn’t have worry, as they soon scored the first goal of the game. Just seven minutes after their notorious ‘offside’ goal, Vidosic neatly flicked the ball over to Fabio Ferreira who blazed the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards out. Just seconds after Adelaide’s goal, Sydney fans immediately start chanting for Steve Corica to bring on the famous Socceroos right back, Jason Culina.

Adelaide nearly scored in the 24th minute as Ivan Necevski makes another spectacular save following another blunder from his defensive counter parts. Yau receives the third yellow card of the night, leaving Steve Corica eyeing his players with an anxious expression upon his face. Following that, Del Piero and Brett Emerton sees through two wasted chances which would have easily seen Sydney back in the game. Just before half time though, Del Piero sent a stunning free kick just inches over the bar, sending apprehensive gasps around the stadium.

The second half started optimistic for the home side as Terry Antonis sent the ball just wide after an impressive pass from the Italian magician. Less than a minute after that chance came an actual goal for Sydney FC, scored by the youngster Yau. The ball was sent over the heads of defenders, finding Yau’s feet. His first touch was magic, setting up his splendid right-footed goal.

McFlynn was subbed off in the 58th minute for Joel Chianese – a wave of applause greeting him upon his arrival to the sideline.

Seb Ryall had an inspiring chance in the 65th minute as he sent a surge of energy behind the ball which just deflected off the Adelaide goalkeeper into the safe feet of his team mates. But it was the 68th minute which made the crowd go crazy. It was the time everyone was anticipating since the news of his return had leaked out. Jason Culina was making his way onto the pitch for number 22 Abbas. A surge of applause was sent from the stands as Culina graciously made his way onto a football pitch for the first time in 22 months.

Adelaide was given another chance as their number 22 was given plenty of space to sneak in a kick which just missed the Sydney goals. Sydney had a dozen or so more chances to score but they were all spoiled by the linesman as they were all held back by the offside flag – sparking outrage from both players and fans. Ivan Necevski had a great save in the 85th minute after safely securing a dangerous Adelaide corner but nothing could stop what was coming.

Adelaide ended the game in the 88th minute with a smashing goal from none other than Dario Vidosic. Nigel Boogard’s shot hit right off the crossbar but Vidosic’s volley sealed the deal for Adelaide, leaving Sydney in shatters.

“Sydney’s last (on the ladder) but they don’t deserve to be there, they’re tough to beat away from home.” Galekovic expressed after the match.

“Today we had to grind it out … but we got the goal we needed.”

Terry Antonis was left disappointed after his team’s loss as he felt they deserved more.

“We had plenty of chances,” he said.

“We played well at times, they (Adelaide) went down three times and they scored two goals.

“We’ve got to keep working on our game, and we’ll start getting the results.”

This victory for Adelaide leaves them five points clear of second place Central Coast Mariners, who face arch enemies Brisbane Roar on Sunday.


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Juventus: Del Piero officially signs for Sydney FC

Del Piero signs for Sydney FC

Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero has officially signed for Sydney FC tonight agreeing to a 2 year contract with the option of a 3rd year. This has come to a shock to some supporters around the world as Sydney FC were up against some of the biggest clubs in Europe with the likes of Liverpool, Celtic and Tottenham all interested.

The talks began last week after club marquee Nicky Carle went to the Middle East on loan so it opened up a spot for Del Piero. Most wrote them off until Sydney FC started being vocal and letting their fans know what’s going on. Confidence started to grow and as Sydney FC confirmed that negotiations will be going further as Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata and player agent Lou Sticca travelled to Italy to continue the negotiations.

Negotiations went on for a couple more days and then a deal was confirmed with Del Piero signing on for the 2012/13 season which begins at the start of October.

Sydney FC are hoping to break even on this deal with a boost in membership sales and also home attendances because of Del Piero’s arrival which will be sure to attract interest from the Italian communities around Sydney and even around the world. This will also be sure to put Sydney FC firm on the world map after already trending worldwide on deadline day last week and is now currently trending worldwide in wake of the move.

Del Piero is regarded as the biggest name to ever play in Australian Football with a World Cup, European Championship and 6 domestic titles to his name. He is also a part of the ‘FIFA 100’ which is a list of the 100 Greatest Living Footballers voted by Pele in 2004. He will not only become the biggest signing in history but also the highest paid in Australian football history which is reportedly around $2 million a season.

Del Piero is expected to join his teammates within the next 2 weeks with the season just over a month away.


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Juventus: Del Piero agrees terms with Sydney FC

Alessandro Del Piero

On Transfer Deadline Day Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero has agreed to join Sydney FC. Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata will fly to Italy this weekend to finalise the contract which would make him the biggest signing in Australian sport history and will also become the highest paid sportsman in Australia.

Sydney FC have been in talks with Del Piero for a few days now and they were very public over the negotiations giving public updates on the talks over Twitter and their website. Tony Pignata worked alongside Lou Sticca from Tribal Sports Management in engineering the move which wasn’t even alive a few days ago.

This is a massive boost to Australian football and the A-League with all fans pushing and supporting the move over the past few days since negotiations started. Many fans expressed their support for Sydney FC as they took on clubs like Celtic, Sion and Tottenham and even clubs in the USA.

Sydney FC expect to break even with the deal with Del Piero expected to earn $2 million in a 6 month contract although you can expect Sydney FC’s crowd attendances and especially memberships to be on an all time rise in the coming weeks after pulling off the biggest coup in Australian sport. This signing will put Sydney FC on the footballing world map with them trending worldwide tonight on Twitter.

Another incentive that may have persuaded Del Piero is the way he could leave his stance on Australian football, just like what Beckham has done in the United States and also the strong support of Italy in Australia. He also has the luxury of the Australian summer and its sandy beaches.

Australian football can’t wait for him to arrive, which will be sure to be a rockstar welcome.


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