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The expressive and progressive Catalan boss has earned the honour of leading the competition's best players against the Serie A heavyweights

Adelaide United's Josep Gombau will on Tuesday be announced as the coach of the A-League All Stars team to face Juventus in August and the appointment is a victory for entertainment - on and off the field.

Football fans were offered the chance to cast a vote for who they felt deserved the honour of leading the competition's representative XI against Italy's best in Sydney later this year.

Brisbane fans on Monday evening expressed their surprise on social media that Mike Mulvey - who has taken the Roar to the Premiers' Plate - was overlooked.

Perhaps they should have taken more care to formally express their support for the Suncorp Stadium boss, because it seems Adelaide fans and neutrals won over by Gombau's style of play - and touchline antics - were busy backing their man on the Football Federation Australia website.

That fact that Adelaide can still achieve a top-two finish and that their Catalan tactician will pit his wits against Antonio Conte at ANZ Stadium is an indication of the extent to which the club's season has come good following a shaky start.

By December 13 the Reds had managed just one win from nine attempts, prompting a heated training ground exchange between Gombau and a local journalist, in which the former Kitchee coach described the reporter's son, a local state league player, as a 'sh*t goalkeeper'.

It appeared the ex-Barcelona academy man had reached his breaking point, and would soon become the latest managerial casualty at a club which had often resembled a basket case with a revolving door in recent seasons.

Little did we know that the flashpoint would be followed a day later by a thumping 4-0 win over reigning champions Central Coast, the start of a seven-match unbeaten run, a stylish journey to the finals and perhaps even title contention.

The slanging match with the Adelaide Advertiser's senior football man was unseemly and rightly criticised, but also undeniably entertaining and clearly galvanised the squad.

Since then Gombau - never less than courteous and professional in his dealings with this columnist - has won points for his team's sweeping style and his own madcap antics on the sidelines.

Last month against Sydney there was a dance down the flanks to join his players in a goal celebration, topped on Friday by his ecstatic response to a late equaliser scored against Melbourne Heart.

Upon the final whistle, he scooped up teenage forward Awer Mabil in his arms, offering up the provider of the crucial assist to the Hindmarsh faithful for their acclaim.

On August 10 it will be the rest of the league's turn to herald Gombau. Let's hope they take him to their hearts the way South Australians have. It'll be hard not to if he orchestrates Juve's downfall.

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