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The star of the show proved his worth once again as he seeks a new challenge, while the jury remains out on Juve as they embark on a new chapter under Massimiliano Allegri

1. Del Piero's still got it ...

Less than three months shy of his 40th birthday and without a minute of organised football since April and the maestro more than held his own against the reigning Serie A champions, creating one of the first real chances and lasting until the 60th minute.

Don't be against him starring wherever he ends up next season. Sydney FC and the A-League's loss will be their gain.

2 ... but do Juve?

'ADP' might still have it but what of the Italian title-holders? After finishing top three seasons in succession under Antonio Conte, the Bianconeri are still very much finding their feet with Massimiliano Allegri at the helm.

Yet to repair the damage done to his reputation after being badly undermined by Silvio Berlusconi late in his tenure at AC Milan, the former Cagliari boss needs to try and match the exploits of his predecessor to rehabilitate himself.

They got the job done late on in Sydney, but with clubs circling both Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba, Napoli and Roma could push them close this season.

3. Juric a natural finisher

Barely on the field for 60 seconds before smashing the All Stars into a 2-1 lead, the Western Sydney Wanderers striker demonstrated a quality not in abundance among young Australian centre-forwards - an instinctive eye for goal.

In no way overawed by the quality of his opponents, Juric served notice of his potential to become, if he stays fit, a potent threat and not just in red and black. A strong first half of the 2014-15 A-League season could see him book a Socceroos berth for the Asian Cup in January.

4. More to the All Stars than brand awareness and ticket sales

Some observers have questioned the value of the All Stars concept and raised pertinent concerns about it overshadowing the inaugural FFA Cup. There's certainly room for improvement in terms of scheduling and execution and we shouldn't pretend it's anything other than an exhibition game.

But the genuine excitement felt by the A-League players and coaches able to take on world class opposition demonstrates there's at least some sporting merit to offset any distaste at the corporate gouging. And the long-term benefits of putting the domestic competition in the global spotlight, no matter how briefly, shouldn't be so quickly discounted.

5. Gombau's stock rises again

He kept us entertained with his team and his antics throughout the 2013-14 campaign, rampaging up and down to touchline while guiding to Adelaide to a finals berth.

Quickly achieving cult status with Reds supporters, the Spaniard was rewarded with the All Stars coaching gig and he didn't disappoint, drilling a talented but unfamiliar group of players from across the country into a team capable of matching a genuine European powerhouse for much of the game at ANZ Stadium. No small task.

Ange Postecoglou led the inaugural All Stars to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of David Moyes' Manchester United and went on to earn the country's top job. So just what will the coming season have in store for Australia's favourite Catalan coach?

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