A-League season preview: Sydney FC

The Sky Blues have landed the biggest fish to hit the A-League pond, and how big an impact Del Piero has may go a long way to measuring his side's success this season


2011-12: FIFTH [10-9-8] COACH: IAN CROOK

2012-13 SQUAD

Ivan Necevski, Sebastian Ryall, Fabio, Pascal Bosschaart, Nathan Sherlock, Brett Emerton, Adam Griffiths, Paul Reid, Alessandro Del Piero, Dimitri Petratos, Blake Powell, Mitchell Mallia, Terry McFlynn, Joel Chianese, Terry Antonis, Trent McClenahan, Krunoslav Lovrek, Vedran Janjetovic, Yairo Yau, Ali Abbas, Rhyan Grant, Hagi Gligor, Daniel Petkovski.

In: Alessandro Del Piero, Fabio, Adam Griffiths, Paul Reid, Trent McClenahan, Krunoslav Lovrek, Yairo Yau, Ali Abbas.

Out: Jamie Coyne, Michael Beauchamp, Hirofumi Moriyasu, Karol Kisel, Bruno Cazarine, Nick Carle, Shannon Cole, Juho Makela, Mark Bridge, Scott Jamieson.


STAR MAN: Alessandro Del Piero ONE TO WATCH:  Terry Antonis

Sydney got their man, and now it is time for him to show Australia of what he is made. With 321 goals in Serie A for Juventus, he has claimed he is here for no holiday.  Get ready for ADP show.        

At 18, he has a bright future. Talks linking him with a move to Europe means we might have to make the most of watching him while we can, though he must make a first XI spot his own first.          


Sydney FC have been the most talked about team of the off-season and will need to deliver on the hype this campaign. While the star status of Alessando Del Piero is a good reason for Sky Blues fans to get to games, they would feel even better with a few wins. Sydney were the only team in the finals to finish with a negative goal difference last season and need to shore up their defence before they attack.


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