Referee declares pitch ready to play

The referee has inspected the playing surface and declared the pitch ready for play

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Staff writers
The referee has inspected the playing surface and declared the pitch ready for play.

The referee for the Dodoni Series match, Jumpei Iida (Japan), has inspected the playing surface and declared the pitch ready for play.

Although an average of 80mm of rain fell in Sydney over the past 24 hours, Sydney Olympic Park only received 43 mm and only 4mm from midday today.

Supporters are encouraged to prepare for the wintry conditions and bring wet-weather protective gear.

Ponchos will be available outside the Stadium and at merchandise outlets inside the venue.

Supporters can bring umbrellas to the Stadium but, for the safety of others, are not permitted to open these once in their seats.

Rug up and come out and support the Socceroos and the Ethniki Omada!


With train travel included in all game-day tickets, fans are encouraged to take advantage of the additional and direct services in place for the event.

With a large crowd expected and weekend traffic in play, it’s best to leave the car at home.

Arrive early and enjoy the Greek-style party in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct pre-game with Greek music, food and football activities.

Please note there will be NO Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses in operation for this event

Tickets available at the venue or from

For all event information, click here


Football Federation Australia


Last time the Socceroos played Greece

The Socceroos celebrate their international friendly win over Greece in 2006.

With the Socceroos facing Greece in early June, we recall a magical night at the ‘G when the Greeks last played in Australia ten years ago.


In an unforgettable farewell friendly in front of a staggering crowd of  just over 95,000 fans at the iconic Melbourne venue, Australia left to continue their World Cup preparations buoyed by a 1-0 win over the then-reigning European champions.

The scorer was Melbourne boy Joe Skoko, who popped up to hit a curling, looping volley past Greek keeper Nikopolidis in the 16th minute.

And overall, you’d have to say the Australians under master Dutch coach Guus Hiddink controlled the match and deserved the win.

With the World Cup just weeks away, it gave cause for cautious optimism for Aussie supporters on an incredible high at finally seeing their national team at a World Cup.

With some key names missing from the starting XI – namely Kewell, Aloisi and Cahill – Hiddink tinkered with his formation in game and started with Kalac in goal and Skoko and Sterjovski further up the field.

It was a perfect hit out ahead of their flight to Europe where they would next face Holland in a friendly, which turned out to be another impressive performance in Rotterdam drawing 1-1.

And we all know what happened at the World Cup during that magical June in 2006.


Socceroos v Greece                       

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Saturday 4 June 2016

8pm kick off

Football Federation Australia

Socceroos coach and Greek star set for reunion

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou alongside FFA CEO David Gallop at Wednesday morning's press conference.

Australia’s Sydney friendly with Greece in June will be a reunion of sorts for coach Ange Postecoglou, who has a personal connection with Greek star Andreas Samaris.

Postecoglou coached the exciting midfielder when he was in charge of Greek club Panachaiki in 2008, and they are set to reunite for the clash in Sydney on June 8.

It was Postecoglou who saw talent in the then 18-year-old Samaris, giving him a start in the first team at the Greek third division club.

And, like Postecoglou, Samaris has since gone on to bigger and better things, now playing for Portuguese giants Benfica while he has 20 caps for Greece.

I’m looking forward to it, they have some great individuals. I’ve got a personal connection in Andreas Samaris whose a big part of their national team.

“I coached him when I was in Greece and he was a teenager and we were throwing him in,” Postecoglou revealed on Tuesday.

“Seeing him blossom and playing at Benfica and now part of the Greece team…I know the quality that’s in their [Greece] side and it’s going to be a fantastic challenge for our boys.”

Postecoglou added the game against Greece will see the visitors taking it very seriously as they prepare for their European World Cup qualifiers.

“What I like about this game is I know Greece are pretty determined, they had a very disappointing European Championships qualifying campaign and they are a pretty proud country.

“The country itself has been going through a pretty hard time and the football team has kind of been the beacon in recent years.

“I know when they come here they will take it very seriously, they don’t want to miss the next World Cup.”

Key points 

  • This Greece game is the last time Australia play before the final round of AFC qualifying begins in September.
  • Greece failed to qualify for Euro 2016 in June.
  • This fixture’s history goes back to 1969 when the Greeks played three games in Australia, with a win a loss and a draw.

“Even these games in March and the ones in the May-June window will be an opportunity to just make sure that leading into the final round of qualifying I’ve explored every option I have.

“I want to make sure that in every position we have enough depth to cover anything that happens over what’s going to be a pretty tough qualifying process to get to Russia.

“We’ve cast the net far and wide over this period of qualifying and even with the squad in March you will see some new faces in there and we’ll continue to do that in the games against Greece.

“By the time the main round of qualifying comes we’ll have a real solid base and foundation to cope with what’s ahead.”

The match will have extra special significance for Postecoglou, who was born in Greece before his family immigrated to Australia when he was young.

“I’ve been to World Youth Cups, World Cups, World Club Championships, we’ve got the Confeds Cup coming up…it’s definitely going to be a special moment,” the Socceroo boss said.

“It’s the country of my berth, my parents made the bold decision many years ago and without that I wouldn’t have lived the life I have.

“On the night I think it will be a very special night…. Hopefully I’ll have a good memory of it at the end by performing well and doing the country proud.”



Socceroos v Greece                       

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Saturday 4 June 2016

8pm kick off

Football Federation Australia

Tottenham Hotspur confirmed to play Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on May 30

March 7, 2015 – 12:06AM

Ian McCullough

Sydney-bound: Harry Kane and Tottenham will play Sydney FC

Sydney-bound: Harry Kane and Tottenham will play Sydney FC Photo: Reuters

Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow is confident the A-League club can lure a glamorous top European side to face the Sky Blues every year after announcing Tottenham Hotspur would face the Sky Blues on May 30.

Sydney will face the English Premier League outfit at ANZ Stadium in a game that will round off a glittering week of sport at the venue.

On Friday, May 21, NRL premiers South Sydney will face Parramatta, with a rematch of last year’s Super Rugby final between the NSW Waratahs and the Crusaders taking place 24 hours later.

The State of Origin opener will take place on Wednesday, May 27 before Mauricio Pochettino’s side head to Australia to face Graham Arnold’s team just six days after they conclude their Premier League season against Everton.

“It’s exciting for our club, our fans and I think exciting for all football fans not just in Sydney but across NSW and Australia,” Barlow said.

“People are going to travel interstate to see this game and it will be great occasion. It will be the first time Sydney FC have faced Premier League opponents since 2010 when Blackburn Rovers came to town to take part in a four-team competition that included AEK Athens and Glasgow Rangers.”

Discussions were also held with Arsenal and Liverpool before the Spurs’ deal was rubber-stamped.

Barlow believes it’s a huge coup for his players to go head to head with a side who are pushing for a top-four finish in the EPL and will be flying in their full-strength side.

“The best thing about it is that they will come straight to Sydney as soon as their season finishes, so they will be still fresh,” he said.

“They have a great history and are one of the most-storied clubs in English football with a squad packed with international players. It will be a great experience for our players.

“It is something we would like to do every year if it’s possible. Obviously, it has to be mutually beneficial for both clubs, but Spurs have been great to deal with and we look forward to welcoming them to Sydney.”

Destination NSW estimates the game will bring more than $10 million into the state’s coffers and former Socceroos midfielder Brett Emerton says the fixture will potentially be a chance for Sydney players to put themselves in the shop window.

“It will be a real chance to see what kind of level they need to be to play in the biggest league in the world,” said Emerton, who turned out in more than 250 games for Blackburn.”As a player, you always want to test yourself and see where you’re at and this is great opportunity to showcase their talent.”



Source : The Canberra Times

Tottenham Hotspur to play Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium

Eight-times FA Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur will play an exclusive one-off match against Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 30 May, it was announced on Friday morning.

The clash kicks off a huge off-season of tours with Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City and Roma confirmed to play in Australia in July.

Tottenham Hotspur have a massive following throughout Australasia with dedicated supporter groups meeting regularly at local clubs to follow the exploits of the team.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team will travel to Sydney following the end of the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League campaign to face two-time Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC.

Head coach Pochettino said:  “We are looking forward to visiting Sydney and giving our fans in that part of the world an opportunity to see the team up close.

“We all appreciate the fantastic support we receive across the world and the commitment that people in different time zones make to watch games live on TV, so to bring the team to them is a great way to say thank you.

“The trip will also serve to further support our relationship with AIA, who have a huge presence in the Australian market, and we look forward to activating our partnership during our visit.

“Our match against Sydney FC is sure to be hard-fought and entertaining , with the A-League becoming stronger every year and attracting some big name players, so we would like to thank the NSW Government and Destination NSW for the chance to visit your beautiful city.”

Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, added: “The visit to Sydney will provide the club with a perfect opportunity to engage with a growing fanbase across the Asia-Pacific region and an extremely passionate Official Supporters Club in Oz Spurs.

“We are proud of our global network of over 100 Official Supporters Clubs, and no doubt we shall see members from clubs across the region pack out the ANZ Stadium to watch us play Sydney FC on Saturday May 30.

“We would like to thank the NSW Government and Destination NSW for involving Tottenham Hotspur in what will be a week of cultural celebrations within the state and the city of Sydney.”


ANZ Stadium Managing Director, Mr Daryl Kerry, said the visit by Tottenham Hotspur ensured Sydney would host its third successive international football superclub.

“Sydney is a big events city and this is an event that will capture the imagination of sports fans around the country and even internationally,” Mr Kerry said.

“The NSW Government should be congratulated on securing yet another major event for Sydney that will ensure the city rolls out a sporting week to remember at its Olympic stadium.

“As many as 200,000 fans can be expected through the gates at ANZ Stadium for a week in May that also includes the NSW Waratahs’ Super Rugby Grand Final rematch and the crucial game one of State of Origin featuring the NSW Blues.

“In terms of football, Manchester United put on a five-goal masterclass in 2013, last year we witnessed Alessandro Del Piero’s emotional Australian farewell against his former club Juventus . . . and now we have a club in Tottenham Hotspur who have been lighting up the English Premier League coming to do battle with in-form Sydney FC.”

Tickets for the Tottenham Hotspur v Sydney FC game go on sale from 10am Monday 9 March, with an exclusive pre-sale for Sydney FC Members and OzSpurs Members.

Football Family members will be able to access a pre-sale window from 12pm, Monday 9 March until 9am, Wednesday 11 March.

Tickets to the General Public will be on sale from 1pm Wednesday 11 March.

Tottenham Hotspur are the third successive international football club secured by the NSW Government, with the Spurs visit following games featuring English champions Manchester United in 2013 and Italian giants Juventus last year.

The Spurs match is a further jewel in the crown of a big sporting week at ANZ Stadium and a huge month of major events in Sydney.


More than 200,000 fans are expected through the gates at ANZ Stadium over the course of the week. The Tottenham visit coincides with Vivid Sydney – the annual light, music and sound festival on Sydney Harbour that attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Sydney.

In announcing the exclusive one-match visit by Tottenham to Sydney, Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Troy Grant, said: “Tottenham Hotspur have been a football institution for over 130 years, and I am pleased to announce they will be playing exclusively in Sydney.  Spurs will bring a squad of top-class players to Sydney, and with Sydney FC in great form at the moment it will be a closely fought match.

“The game will be a must-see for all football fans, and will attract a huge crowd to Western Sydney. The event has been won for Sydney by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, and will provide a boost to the local visitor economy.

“This event is another example of the NSW Government’s commitment to building a world-class calendar of events as we work towards achieving our goal of doubling overnight expenditure to the State by 2020.”


Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase, said the match would be a central part of a packed sporting calendar for NSW this year.

“The Tottenham Hotspur visit joins an events calendar that is packed with major sporting matches, including State of Origin, ICC Cricket World Cup, Bledisloe Cup, Netball World Cup, Touch Football World Cup and many more,” Ms Chipchase said.

“The event will also coincide with Vivid Sydney, the annual light, music and sound festival on Sydney Harbour. So visitors to NSW for the match will also be able to take in the festival while they are here,” she said.

Sydney FC Member Pre-Sale

10am, Monday 9 March

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12pm, Monday 9 March until 9am, Wednesday 11 March

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Source : Football Federation Australia Website

Halal food success at ANZ Stadium for Asian Cup

January 25, 2015

Michael Carayannis

Rugby League Writer

The Hairdryer

In need of a monument: What honour would befit the legend of Tim Cahill? Perhaps Premier Mike Baird will come up with a solution.

In need of a monument: What honour would befit the legend of Tim Cahill? Perhaps Premier Mike Baird will come up with a solution. Photo: Getty Images

Halal food has been on sale for the first time in Stadium Australia’s history during the Asian Cup in light of the wave of different cultures converging on to the Sydney Olympic Park precinct. The food – which enables Muslims to consume it – will again be on sale for the Iraq and South Korea game on Monday night. It will be available for the final, regardless of which team features. It is understood the success of introducing halal food could see it becoming a permanent fixture on the Stadium’s menu for a range of different sporting events including throughout the NRL season.

Monumental Socceroo

He has already had an expressway named after him – albeit briefly – but what is the next honour which should be bestowed on Socceroos key man Tim Cahill? The Cahill Expressway was renamed the “Tim Cahill Expressway” for 36 hours ahead of Australia’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq. While the Cahill Express was a natural fit – and considering it worked a charm with Australia beating Iraq 1-0 to qualify for Brazil – let’s hope new Premier Mike Baird can outdo his predecessor Barry O’Farrell by renaming a Sydney monument should the Socceroos qualify for the final.

China eyes Cahill

Just on Cahill, he has a long list of clubs looking to swoop should he leave the New York Red Bulls when his contracted expires next year. The latest is Shanghai Shenhua, with reports suggesting the 35-year-old could emerge as a signing for the Chinese Super League side.

Les Murray tweet

Doyen of football Les Murray has thrown his support behind the success of the tournament by directing an interesting comment towards the Australian government. Murray tweeted to his near 50,000 followers; “So wonderful to see Australia’s diverse Muslim communities play out their joys through football at the Asian Cup. Aust Govt do take note.”

Australia Day game

About 35,000 people are expected for the semi-final clash between Iraq and South Korea on Monday night. The crowd could have nudged 55,000 had Iran progressed instead of Iraq. The Iranians have been strong crowd-pullers having dominated the 22,672 strong crowd when the side beat Qatar at Stadium Australia earlier in the tournament. There will be a host of Australia Day celebrations throughout the Sydney Olympic Park arena, highlighted by a fireworks during half-time of the clash. There will be sheep-shearing, kids’ activities and a traditional Aussie barbecue from midday.

Asian Cup final

Tournament officials are sweating on Australia overcoming the United Arab Emirates to progress to the final to ensure what would be a near certain sell-out at Stadium Australia on January 31. Sydney fans have already been robbed of a Socceroos semi-final following their shock 1-0 loss to Korea Republic. Should the Socceroos lose again, they’ll play back-to-back games in Newcastle, this time in a play-off for third spot. If the Socceroos don’t progress, a crowd of about 50,000 is expected for the final but should they win on Tuesday, a sell-out of 80,000 is expected.


Source : The Canberra Times

Security measures won’t be ramped up for ANZ Stadium Asian Cup fixtures

January 9, 2015 – 11:25PM

Dominic Bossi

Sports reporter

Not a high risk: security will be as normal for the Uzbekistan/North Korea clash on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.

Not a high risk: security will be as normal for the Uzbekistan/North Korea clash on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Security for the first Asian Cup game held in Sydney will be vigilant, but no excess measures will be in place for those heading to ANZ Stadium on Saturday night for the match between Uzbekistan and North Korea.

A normal police presence for a football match at the stadium will be present but no increased checks, searches or screening measures will be in place around the precinct for Sydney’s first hosting match. Forecasts based on ticket sales indicate a crowd of between 12,000 and 15,000 is expected to walk through the gates for a match between two nations with no significant diaspora in Australia.

The predicted attendance and nature of the Group B clash means security officials and NSW Police do not deem the game as a “high risk”.

“We continue to liaise with NSW police and our security plans are in line with NSW Police and the organisers of the event,” a stadium spokesman said.

The predicted crowd figure allays fears of an embarrassingly small attendance for arguably the lowest profile match of the tournament. While North Korea and Uzbekistan are hardly minnows in Asia, neither were considered a “drawcard” team for the tournament and have few players known by the public. The draw for the Asian Cup was made after the selection of venues and dates by the local organising committee.

The two nations form what is regarded by some as the tournament’s “group of death” alongside Saudi Arabia and China. With no powerhouse or whipping boys in the group, it is contested by four teams of a similar calibre. Uzbekistan and North Korea share recent history, being pitted together in the qualification process for the 2014 World Cup. In both games, Uzbekistan registered narrow 1-0 victories over “Chollima”.

“I think every team is dangerous if you think you’re going to win the match before the game; it’s not right and you can lose. Every team is dangerous for us but hopefully we will win all the games in the group,” defender Vitaliy Denisov said.

Uzbekistan fancy their chances of progressing further than the group and set a target of reaching the final of the tournament. “I hope we go to the final, we have a really good team now, experience and youth,” centre-back Anzur Ismailov said.

Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC in talks with Football Federation Australia to play derby games at ANZ Stadium

November 24, 2014 – 11:57PM

Michael Chammas

Rugby league reporter

"ANZ obviously has the capacity to allow more fans to see the games and is something we are keen to look carefully at": David Gallop.

“ANZ obviously has the capacity to allow more fans to see the games and is something we are keen to look carefully at”: David Gallop. Photo: Getty Images

Football Federation Australia are in discussions with Western Sydney and Sydney FC to play one of the three annual Sydney derbies at ANZ Stadium from next season.

FFA chief executive David Gallop is negotiating plans with both clubs to help maximise the potential of the cross-town rivalry, in a deal that could enable both clubs to split $500,000

At least 30,000 fans will be denied a chance to watch this Saturday’s Sydney derby at Pirtek Stadium, with the Wanderers opting to play in familiar surroundings in front of 19,000 fans rather than moving the game to Sydney Olympic Park to attract a larger crowd.

The FFA don’t have the authority to over-rule the Wanderers during the regular season, but they are in talks with Western Sydney and Sydney FC to work out an arrangement that could bring 70,000 people to a neutral venue.

The Wanderers and Sydney FC play three matches each season and the FFA hopes both clubs can host one game at their respective home grounds, with the third game to be played at ANZ Stadium.

The logistics of the exercise are still unclear. A gate-sharing option has been discussed for the clubs to split the profit from what is fast becoming the hottest show in town. Members of both clubs would have reciprocal rights if the match goes ahead at the Sydney Olympic Park venue.

“If we’re leaving people outside the stadium or they are unable to get a ticket, then we need to be looking at making sure they can see the game and maximise the potential that the game creates,” Gallop said on Monday.

“Subject to their contractual commitments, the [Wanderers] are also keen to explore those options. It’s certainly something we need to explore and make sure that both club’s financial positions are protected

“ANZ obviously has the capacity to allow more fans to see the games and is something we are keen to look carefully at.”

This year the Wanderers have two of the three games in their backyard, meaning Sydney FC might have to give up a financial gain next season for the long term benefit of both the club and the game in Sydney.

At the first Sydney derby on October 17 at Allianz Stadium a sold-out crowd of 41,213 turned out to watch Sydney FC’s come-from-behind 3-2 win.

It was the third consecutive 40,000-plus crowd for the derby at Allianz Stadium. Six of the seven contests have been sold out.

It is believed a game at ANZ Stadium could attract 70,000 but their has been some resistance from the Wanderers given the club’s priority is for an upgrade of Pirtek Stadium.

“I think the people of Western Sydney, whether it’s the Wanderers or another sport, I think the region deserves to be given the respect in terms of its infrastructure on a number of fronts,” Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas said.

“They deserve to have the same opportunities as everyone else. We’re not saying we need a 50,000-seat stadium but we need to do something more reflective of Parramatta being the second CBD. We’re focused on Parramatta Stadium. We maintain that the stadium needs to be significantly upgraded and, if not, a new stadium built on that site.

“We’re currently around the 19,000 mark in terms of memberships, which is phenomenal. But if we had a stadium that caters for 32,000 we’d be comfortable with that and we’d like to test the theory as to how big we can get.”

Gallop reiterated the importance of upgrading Pirtek Stadium for football in Sydney.

“We’ve said for a long time the Wanderers are going to bust out of Parramatta, if they haven’t already,” Gallop said.

“Parramatta needs to be renovated. We don’t believe that anything less than a 30,000 to 35,000-seat stadium is going to be anything other than a Bandaid solution.

“We support the general upgrade of stadiums across the city but we’ve certainly said for some time that Parramatta is a priority as far as the Wanderers are concerned and therefore for football.”


Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

ANZ Stadium officials defend surface

September 1, 2014 – 12:02PM

ANZ Stadium officials have pointed to August’s historic rainfall in Sydney as a factor in the state of the ground, following criticism of the surface after Saturday’s AFL game between Sydney and Richmond.

Players frequently slipped over during the course of the game at a venue which has drawn fire for its surface conditions in previous seasons.

In one instance late in Saturday’s game, Sydney key defender Ted Richards lost his footing, allowing Richmond’s Dustin Martin a clear run to score what turned out to be the match-winning goal.

A retractable roof is scheduled to be fitted as part of a major upgrade of the venue in 2018.

“Western Sydney has experienced its wettest August in history and this obviously affected playing conditions last Saturday,” an ANZ Stadium spokesperson told AAP.

“The stadium is about to undergo a major redeployment with plans for a retractable roof.

“It would be nice to have the ability to close the roof in future.”

The Swans are contracted to play three games a year at ANZ Stadium until 2016.

Saturday’s match was played just two days attar an NRL game at the venue between South Sydney and the Canterbury Bulldogs.

There are no rugby league games scheduled at the venue this week leading up to the Swans’ qualifying final with Fremantle on Saturday.

The surface conditions at the ground were also called into question after AFL games there in 2011 and 2013.

In 2011, Swans star Jude Bolton wrote to the AFL Players’ Association, noting some sections of the ground were “substandard”.

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Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Ticket holders will receive free public transport to see the Foxtel A-League All Stars v Juventus

Ticket holders will receive free public transport to see the Foxtel A-League All Stars v Juventus at ANZ Stadium.

Football fans from all over Sydney heading to ANZ Stadium on Sunday can take advantage of integrated ticketing with the cost of public transport included in tickets to the clash between the Foxtel A-League All Stars and Juventus.

The free transport includes travel to and from the match on buses, trains and ferries from all over Sydney for all ticket-holders to what will be one of the biggest matches on the 2014 Football calendar.

The stars of the Hyundai A-League, including Alessandro Del Piero, Thomas Broich and Besart Berisha, have been together for a week preparing to take on a Juventus side that won the 2013/14 Serie A title and has 11 players backing up from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Great seats for the match are still available. Go to

Fans are being encouraged to arrive early at ANZ Stadium with activities in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct kicking off from 4pm. There will be plenty of pre-game Italian party atmosphere to experience in the precinct, including:
•       Juventus photo booth, fans can pose for a photo with their mates and capture the ultimate match day memory
•       Merchandise vans  so that fans can get their Foxtel A-League All Stars gear
•       A DJ to get the atmosphere buzzing and MiniRoos skills clinics for the kids
•       Hyundai A-League club membership marquees so fans can purchase their 2014/15 season membership!
•       The AFC Asian Cup display – fans can get their photo with the tournament trophy
•       Restaurants, cafes and bars open extended hours pre and post-game;
•       An eat street with pop-up cafes serving Italian-themed street food under red, green and white festoon lighting;
•       Roving Italian street theatre including tenors, music trio and football juggling acts;
•       An outdoor extension to The Brewery Bar with human fusball;
•       An “Italian Piazza” theme with tables and chairs outside ANZ Stadium;

Gates open at 5.30pm before Del Piero takes on his former club, including World Cup winning team mates Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon.

For the first time at a football match in Australia the precinct at ANZ Stadium will be turned into an interactive social hub. Pre and post-match will see the best Juventus and All Stars tweets and photos projected onto the stadium and the surrounding buildings.

Getting involved couldn’t be easier, share as many pictures and tweets as possible on your way to the game, in the precinct, at the match, on your way home, ensuring you use the #ALvJUVE hashtag and the best ones will be projected. Remember to keep your eye out for yours.

For patrons wishing to drive, Pre-booking your parking space is highly recommended, particularly for this event due to the traffic expected in the precinct. You can pre-book parking by clicking here. Please note: pre-booked parking tickets cannot be booked on the day of the event. Fans who plan to drive should allow plenty of time to get to Sydney Olympic Park, find a parking space and get to their seat for the game.

For those who plan to drive, the below routes are advised and can help minimise traffic issues:

•       From the NORTH: Through Top Ryde, take Victoria Rd and then Silverwater Rd and Holker Street to Sydney Olympic Park;
•       From the SOUTH: Turn onto Parramatta Road then Hill Road to Sydney Olympic Park;
•       From the EAST: Take Parramatta Road then Birnie Avenue or Hill Road. If you are driving along Victoria Road, consider taking Silverwater Road then Holker Street.
•       From the WEST: Turn onto Silverwater Road then Holker Street or turn onto Hill Road, and then to Sydney Olympic Park.

Sunday’s clash is also the first football match at ANZ Stadium since changes to the transport services following a review of major event bus services into Sydney Olympic Park by Transport for NSW. These changes have been in place for major events at ANZ Stadium since 28 June.

Due to the streamlining of the major event bus services, the following bus routes are no longer operational:
•       Route 2A – Glebe via Gladesville (also via Ryde and Drummoyne)
•       Route 3 – Macquarie via Ryde and Macquarie Park.
The following routes will continue to operate unchanged:
•       Route 1A – Warriewood via Dee Why (also via Chatswood West and Frenchs Forest)
•       Route 1B – Warriewood via Mona Vale (also via Macquarie Park, West Pymble and St Ives)
•       Route 2B – Glebe via Hunters Hill (also via Ryde and Drummoyne)
•       Route 4 – Maroubra via Campsie, Rockdale, Mascot and Eastgardens
•       Route 5A – Maroubra via Campsie, Rockdale, Mascot and Eastgardens
•       Route 5B – Rouse Hill via Northmead, Norwest and North-West T-way
•       Route 6 – Menai via Bankstown and Bangor
•       Route 7 – Cronulla via Roselands, Hurstville and Miranda
•       Route 8 – Dural via Carlingford and Cherrybrook

For detailed information on the service changes and the available public transport alternatives, please refer to the All Stars v Juventus event page

Match Details
FOXTEL A-League All Stars v Juventus FC
Sunday 10 August 2014
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick-Off: 7:30 pm AEST
Click here      to buy your tickets online. To purchase over the phone, please call Ticketek on 132 849 or get your tickets from your local Ticket agency.
Ticket Prices
Category A – $169.50 all tickets
Category B – $99.50 Adult, $59.50 Concession, $258.50 Family
Category C – $59.50 Adult, $39.50 Concession, $158.50 Family
Juventus Active Area – $59.50 Adult, $39.50 Concession
Ticket Prices are inclusive of GST & Booking Fee. Transaction and credit card charges may apply.
Ticket Price includes Public Transport, conditions apply.
Hashtag: #ALvJUVE
Source : Football Federation Australia
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