Transfer news: Sky Blues part ways with marquee

Filip Holosko has parted ways with Sydney FC.

Filip Holosko has parted ways with Sydney FC.

Marquee forward Filip Holosko has parted ways with Sydney FC after two seasons with the Sky Blues, the club confirmed on Monday.

Slovakian Holosko has been with Sydney FC since the start of the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League and was instrumental in this season’s title winning side scoring at total of 17 A-League goals across his 52 games for the club and one FFA Cup goal.

The 33-year old thanked the club for one of the most memorable periods in his career.

 

“I have had two great years with Sydney FC and I want to thank everyone at the club, including David Traktovenko, Scott Barlow, the board of directors and Tony Pignata.

“I would also like to thank Graham Arnold for the big opportunity to play for Sydney FC, the greatest and biggest team in Australia, as well as a big thank you to Clarky and Elias and the rest of the coaching and medical staff.

“It has been a great season and many thanks to my team-mates who have been outstanding.

Filip Holosko celebrates his goal in Sydney's win over Perth Glory.

“Also a big thank you to all of the fantastic Members and fans who have supported me and my family throughout my two years with the club.

“Winning the Championship and the Premiers Plate was an incredibly special moment for me and my family.

“This is a hugely professional and family club and I will never forget that.

“I wish Sydney FC all the best for the future.”

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Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold praised Holosko as both a player and person.

“Filip is one of the nicest people I have worked with in football and he has had a fantastic two seasons with Sydney FC.

“He is a great player and will be remembered fondly by everyone at Sydney FC not just for his football ability but also his character.

“I wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Holosko won’t be available for Wednesday night’s match against Liverpool and has returned to Europe.

 

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Sydney FC 1- 0 Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC are one win away from having an unassailable lead in the Premiership race after grinding out a 1-0 win against the Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium on Friday night. An early goal from Filip Holosko put the home side in control, with Mariners goalkeeper Ivan Necevski pulling off multiple sharp saves in the second half to keep the visitors in the contest.

Coming up against his former side Necevski denied Bernie Ibini from the penalty spot, while he needed to dive full stretch to turn a Brandon O’Neill free-kick around the post in a man-of-the-match display. The Sky Blues jumped out of the box in the opening match of a split Round 23 with defender Jordy Buijs firing an early warning shot when he blazed over the bar. Sydney didn’t have to wait long to take the lead however when their Slovak striker empathically buried a pinpoint cross from Michael Zullo at the back post.

Recently selected Socceroo Rhyan Grant mishit a chance to double his side’s lead before the break, while substitute Ibini also stuck the crossbar following his penalty miss. The Mariners were not without some chances of their own with Fabio Ferreira and Roy O’Donovan both spurning free headers in the first-half, but they struggled to find a route to goal after the interval.

#SYDvCCM

The result sees the Sky Blues complete a season sweep of the Central Coast and the Premiers Plate will be theirs if Melbourne Victory fail to beat Perth Glory on Saturday night. Meanwhile the Mariners hopes of playing finals football have been all but extinguished but they’ll take heart from the fact they pushed the run-away league leaders all the way on their home patch.

GOALS 1-0 Sydney FC: Filip Holosko, 8’ Some crisp passing from the Sky Blues gave Michael Zullo the chance to whip in a dangerous cross to the back post, where Holosko charged onto the ball and volleyed home from the six yard line.

CROWD 11,148 @ Allianz Stadium Re-live all the action on Twitter @ALeague, @SydneyFC, @CCMariners, #SYDvCCM

 

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Christmas Day flight no worries for happy Filip Holosko

Filip Holosko has netted four goals for Sydney FC this season.

Filip Holosko has netted four goals for Sydney FC this season.

Sydney FC marquee Filip Holosko says he has had no problem adapting to Summer Football in the Hyundai A-League as he prepares to fly with his teammates on Christmas Day for the Sky Blues’ Boxing Day clash with Adelaide United.

While it means spending Christmas Day in and out of two airports, it’s no issue for Slovakian Holosko, as he explained at Monday’s Summer of Football launch.

“We celebrate Christmas in Slovakia and Czech on [December] 24,” the 32-year-old winger said.

“I’m Christian. We go to church with my family about 4pm, then we come home and have dinner at about 6pm and then open the presents.

 

“We celebrate on [December] 24 so it’s no problem to travel on Christmas day.”

Playing at this time of the year is a reality for Hyundai A-League players, with the matches coming thick-and-fast over the festive period.

Following the Boxing Day clash with the Reds, Sydney returns home for a huge match with Brisbane Roar on December 30.

With temperatures set to soar as well, it can be tough for some European players used to wintery conditions at this time of the year.

“I adapt OK. I played in Turkey for nine and a half years and also it was pretty hot there in the summer,” Holosko said.

 

“But also it’s different for me also in Turkey and Slovakia where they have a break [at this time of the year].

“There it’s winter, here it is summer so it’s a bit different for me. But I enjoy Australia, it’s a beautiful country and I enjoy living here and enjoy the football.”

And he’s had plenty of reasons to enjoy his football this season, with the Sky Blues unbeaten and seven points clear at the top of the ladder.

Holosko has been a key contributor for Graham Arnold’s side, scoring four goals, providing one assist and striking up a good combination with fellow marquee man Bobo.

But the Sky Blues have stars all over the park, with Holosko rating Milos Ninkovic as the competition’s best midfielder, while also praising the performances of gloveman Danny Vukovic.

 

While the Sky Blues strikeforce – with 25 goals from 11 games – has received plenty of plaudits, their defence has been excellent as well only conceding five times.

“He’s the best goalkeeper in this league. He’s showed that to everyone in every game,” Holosko said.

 

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Western Sydney Wanderers 0 x 4 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

In front of a record Hyundai A-League crowd of 61,880, a scorching second half ensured Sydney FC’s derby dominance over Western Sydney Wanderers continued at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night with a 4-0 win.

After a first half of missed chances – and an all-in melee – the derby burst into life after the break with four goals to the Sky Blues.

Two goals in four minutes to Sydney FC’s Filip Holosko and Bobo had the travelling fans on their feet.

The game ramped up in excitement as Wanderers pressed desperately, but despite the massive crowd’s backing, the red and black couldn’t find a way back.

And after a red card to Wanderers defender Aritz Borda, Brandon O’Neill calmly stroked home a peach of a free kick before Alex Brosque ended a forgettable night for Wanderers.

 

GOALS

0-1 Sydney FC: Filip Holosko 51’

David Carney popped up on the left, his cross wasn’t dispatched by the Wanderers backline with Holosko pouncing to smash the ball home.

0-2 Sydney FC: Bobo, 55’

Holosko was again, this time as provider receiving a ball on his chest then cutting the ball back across Wanderers’ box and with a static defence Bobo slammed home to double the lead.

0-3 Sydney FC: Brandon O’Neill, 85’

From the red card decision, O’Neill on the edge of the box curled a ripper past Redmayne who barely moved.

0-4 Sydney FC: Alex Brosque, 89’

Sub Matt Simon burst through and his cross fell to Brosque who stroked it home.

KEY MOMENT

Vukovic’s brilliant stop kept the Wanderers’ Mitch Nichols out at a crucial time with the lead just 2-0.

RED CARD

Aritz Borda: Wanderers 82’

Brosque was away and on the edge of the box he was taken down by the Spaniard.

 

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Hyundai A-League stars: then and now – Filip Holosko – 2016

Holosko came to the A-League in the shadow of golden boot winner Marc Janko and was perhaps unfairly criticised for his attacking output in comparison to the Austrian. But playing in a wide area, Holosko returned an impressive 10 goals and 4 assists in 24 appearances.

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Hyundai A-League stars: then and now – Filip Holosko

Not too much was known about Filip Holosko when he joined Sydney FC. The Slovakian has an impressive CV, capped 65 times for his country and enjoyed a successful career in Turkey with Besiktas before coming to Australia.

 

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Sydney FC 1 x 3 Wellington Phoenix

Sydney FC’s finals hopes have been dealt a big blow after an energetic Wellington Phoenix stunned the hosts 3-1 at Allianz on Saturday.

In seventh place, Graham Arnold’s men were desperate for three points to keep pressure on Perth Glory in sixth (who were playing hours later against bottom side Mariners).

But conceding three goals in a blistering first half by Ernie Merrick’s men effectively ended Sydney’s chances of getting anything out of this clash.

The Sky Blues – with an Arnie rocket ringing in their ears – took the game to the visitors in the second half, but it was too little too late in the end.

And as if the day wasn’t bad enough, key Sydney midfielder Milos Ninkovic went off in the first half with a leg injury. The Serbian joins skipper Alex Brosque on the injury list at Moore Park on a bad day for Sky Blues fans.

For Phoenix’s 20 or so travelling fans, it was a rare joyful day for them and their club.

GOALS

Phoenix 11’ 0-1 Blake Powell

Danger man McGlinchey’s cross wasn’t cleared and it was Powell the former Sydney FC man lurking in the box who made his former employers pay.

Phoenix 13’ 0-2 Hamish Watson

A through ball from Bonevacia was inch-perfect, it found Watson and the big man curled a beautiful side-footer past Janjetovic.

Phoenix 37’ 0-3 Roly Bonevacia

McGlinchey was the instigator, his ball found Watson, the striker scuffed his effort and Bonevacia was clinical enough to make it three.

Sydney FC 51’ 1-3 Filip Holosko

After Grant surged forward on the left and found Stambolziev he crossed, Moss didn’t clear with Holosko profiting making it 1-3.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

McGlinchey’s midfield promptings and skilful lead-up play were a delight. No doubt Kosta Barbarouses will be looking forward to playing alongside the classy midfielder next season.

TREATMENT TABLE

Sky Blue Milos Ninkovic went down clutching his lower leg and was subbed off in some distress on 25 minutes.

THE FINAL WORD

With key injuries and an ACL campaign concurrent, Sydney FC’s ability to make the six looks perilous. The team needs a circuit breaker in the A-League: they are looking flat and Graham Arnold needs to find a solution. Now.

For Phoenix, their finals hopes are over but that’s eight goals in two visits to the Harbour City after their recent 5-2 win over Wanderers at Pirtek.

The Kiwis simply love being in Sydney. Though their fans will be wondering why they can’t play like this every week.

TEAMS

Sydney FC Janjetovic (GK), Ryall, Calver (Faty 45’), Jurman, Grant, Dimitrjevic (Tavares 45’), O’Neill, Ninkovic (Holosko 25’), Stambolziev, Carney, Smeltz

Subs: Faty, Necevski (GK), Holosko, Abbas, Tavares

Wellington Phoenix: Moss, Durante, Sigmund, Doyle, Muscat, Riera, Rodriguez, Bonevacia, Watson (Fenton 64’), McGlinchey (Fox 83’) Powell (Ridenton 74’)

Subs: Italiano, Fenton, Gulley, Fox, Ridenton

Red Cards: Nil

Yellow Cards: Dimitrijevic, Tavares, Ridenton, Faty

Conditions: 28°C, sunny, breezy

Attendance: TBC

Wellington Phoenix 1 x 1 Sydney FC

Sydney looked set to take all three points with marquee Filip Holosko netting a stunning solo strike in 84th minute to give the Sky Blues the advantage.

But a clumsy challenge from Jacques Faty on Tom Doyle inside the box gave the Phoenix the chance to equalise, with Krishna making no mistake from the spot.

GOALS

0-1 (Filip Holosko 84’) – The Slovakian received the ball on the touchline before embarking on a mazy dribble inside leaving two Phoenix defenders in his wake. The winger moved the ball onto his left boot before curling the ball from the top of the box past the helpless Glen Moss.

1-1 (Roy Krishna 90’) – The Fijian stepped up to the spot after Faty’s indiscretion and he made no mistake, coolly dispatching past the wrong footed Vedran Janjetovic.

KEY MOMENT

With scores locked at 0-0 just prior to half-time, Sydney FC were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area with young gun Brandon O’Neill handed the responsibility. The 21-year-old unleashed a fizzing effort which left Glen Moss stranded but ricocheted off the underside of the crossbar, with Phoenix able to clear the rebound.

COACH KILLER

Andrew Hoole was brought down inside the area by Manny Muscat in the 48th minute and the winger put his hand up to take the spot kick. But Phoenix keeper Glen Moss guessed the right way and pulled off an impressive save to keep the scores locked at 0-0.

FINAL WORD

Sydney FC will be disappointed to only come away with a point after dominating large periods of the contest at Westpac Stadium.

Graham Arnold will be pleased with the turnaround in form of marquee man Filip Holosko who has now netted in consecutive matches after a patchy start to the campaign.

The Phoenix will count themselves lucky to have escaped with a point after such a disappointing performance, especially at home.

Tom Doyle will miss Wellington’s next clash against Adelaide United through suspension, while Louis Fenton is also likely to be sidelined for a few weeks with an ankle complaint.

 

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Adelaide United 2 x 1 Sydney FC

A last-gasp penalty from Marcelo Carrusca has helped Adelaide United to a thrilling 2-1 win over Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

Sky Blues fullback Alex Gersbach was dismissed midway through the first half before James Jeggo put the Reds in the lead just past the hour mark with a stunning strike from distance.

Under-fire marquee Filip Holosko appeared to have salvaged a point for Sydney with 20 minutes remaining with a audacious finish before a clumsy challenge from Jacques Faty in stoppage time allowed Carrusca to net the winner.  

GOALS

1-0 (James Jeggo 62’) – Dylan McGowan expertly knocked the ball down into the path of Jeggo on the edge of the area with the midfielder smashing a first-time drive past the helpless Janjetovic.

1-1 (Filip Holosko 70’) – Milos Ninkovic rose highest to win a header on the edge of the box before finding Holosko inside the area. The Slovakian cleverly controlled the ball on his chest before dinking a delightful shot on the turn over the stranded Eugene Galekovic.

2-1 (Marcelo Carrusca 90+4) – Jacques Faty clumsily brought down Ryan McGowan inside the area deep into stoppage time to give Marcelo Carrusca the chance to win it from the penalty spot. The Argentinian coolly slotted his shot into the roof of the net past Vedran Janjetovic.

KEY MOMENT

In an opening stanza devoid of genuine quality, Adelaide almost found the opener through an audacious free kick from Spaniard Pablo Sanchez. The striker whipped in a fizzing ball from close to the touchline which bamboozled Sydney FC shot-stopper Vedran Janjetovic before smashing into the crossbar.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Sydney FC were forced to absorb a glut of pressure in the second stanza but appeared certain to fall behind in the 55th minute before the intervention of goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic. The shot-stopper produced a stunning reflex save to deny Pablo Sanchez from point blank range after a delightful cross from James Jeggo.

COACH KILLER

Sydney FC young gun Alex Gersbach produced a moment of madness in the 28th minute, correctly shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Reds midfielder James Jeggo.

OPTA DATA

It was a largely stop-start affair at Coopers Stadium with a total of 34 fouls, five yellow cards and one red punctuating a somewhat spiteful clash.

THE FINAL WORD

Graham Arnold will be pleased with his side’s endeavor after being forced to play much of the match with only 10 players.

Skipper Alex Brosque and Andrew Hoole will be welcome additions for Sydney FC’s trip to Wellington next weekend, though Arnold will need to rejig his defensive structure with the suspension of Gersbach.

Filip Holosko’s second goal of the season will ease the pressure on the marquee and could give the Slovakian some much needed confidence after an indifferent start to the season.

 

Adelaide have now won two on the bounce and are beginning to show signs of improvement especially in the attacking third.

The Reds will look to next week’s clash against the Jets as a real opportunity to grab their third win of the season and close the gap on the top six.

TEAMS

Adelaide United:  Galekovic (GK), Marrone, McGowan, Elsey, Elrich, Carrusca, Isaias, Jeggo, Cirio, Pablo Sanchez, Goodwin

Sydney FC:  Janjetovic (GK), Grant, Ryall, Jurman, Gersbach, Dimitrijevic (O’Neill 73’), Ninkovic, Tavares, Holosko, Smeltz, Naumoff (Faty 29’)

Scorers:  Jeggo 62’, Holosko 70’, Carrusca 90+4
Red cards: Gersbach 28’
Yellow cards:  Elrich 6’, Jurman 8’, Galekovic 36’, Dimitrijevic 57’, Elsey 82’
Conditions: Fine 19c

 

 

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold alongside new marquee Filip Holosko.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold alongside new marquee Filip Holosko.

Sydney FC’s new signing Filip Holosko says he’s undaunted by the marquee tag he’ll take into the new Hyundai A-League season.

The Slovakian international signed a two-year deal last month and joins a list of Sky Blue marquees that includes Dwight Yorke, Juninho, John Aloisi, Alessandro Del Piero and Marc Janko.

“I had a lot of pressure in Turkey — Besiktas is a big club and there is a lot of pressure from fans,” Holosko told news.com.au.

“I know the marquee is like a star and I’m following some of the biggest players, like Alessandro Del Piero and Dwight Yorke.

“I want to be successful for the team and when I can help the team, I’m happy.”

Holosko spent nearly ten years in Turkey, seven of those with Besiktas where he scored 42 goals in 144 appearances.

He has also made 58 appearances for his country – including two matches at the 2010 World Cup, where he came up against his new Sydney FC strike partner Shane Smeltz.

The 31-year-old revealed it was compatriot and former Sky Blue Karol Kisel that first alerted him to the A-League back in 2009.“We have very good young players,” Holosko added when asked about the next generation of Sky Blues.

“When I came here everyone told me Australia is not good for football, but I’m very surprised about the young players.

“They are very good and they have everything, they just need to concentrate on their football and maybe they’ll go to Europe.”

Sydney FC kick-off their season at home to Melbourne City on Saturday 10 October.

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