Preview: Sydney FC v Arsenal

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque will be two of the stars on show at ANZ Stadium tonight.

A near capacity crowd will be on hand in Sydney on Thursday night as Arsenal take on Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC in the Premier League club’s first visit down under in more than 40 years.

WHERE: ANZ Stadium, Sydney

HOW TO WATCH IT: The clash is being shown live on SBS VICELAND from 7.30pm

KICK-OFF: The match gets underway at 8pm

SQUAD NEWS

*Wenger confirmed Arsenal’s record-signing Alexandre Lacazette would feature during the match.

*Championship heroes Danny Vukovic, Filip Holosko, Bernie Ibini and Milos Dimitrijevic are no longer at the Sky Blues.

*Gunners stars Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are in the squad, although Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez didn’t make the trip to Sydney.

WHAT THEY SAID

Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold:

“Arsenal is a club that a lot of football coaches in Australia would look at and admire the way they play. In a lot of ways we try to replicate what they do in the way they play the game.

“We know it will be a massive crowd and there will probably be more Arsenal fans than Sydney FC but it’s for the good of the game in this country.

“We played Liverpool not that long ago and there was 80,000 people there. To get the clubs like Arsenal to come out and promote football in our country is big for us.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

“I don’t know a lot about them [Sydney FC] but I know they have been very successful. We don’t have the privilege to watch Australian football in England.

“It will be good to have to try and adapt quickly to a team that we don’t know and I believe that’s part of pre-season as well.

“I’m sure we’ll meet two teams of quality and two teams that will play with plenty of enthusiasm against us to show their level. It will be difficult games.”

 

PREDICTION

Sydney FC 1-2 Arsenal

It’s never easy to predict what’s going to eventuate in what is a first pre-season hit-out for both teams. But it should be a wonderful occasion in what should be an entertaining clash in front of a huge and noisy crowd in Sydney’s west.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Sydney FC to play waiting game on recruitment

Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold says the reigning Hyundai A-League champions are in the market for ‘three or four’ players.

Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold says the reigning Hyundai A-League champions are in the market for ‘three or four’ players but insists the club will be patient with their recruitment for the new campaign.

SYDNEY FC SQUAD REBUILD

*The Sky Blues have kept the core of their double-winning squad but have lost key players in Danny Vukovic, Bernie Ibini, Filip Holosko and Milos Dimitrijevic.

*The loss of Caltex Socceroos keeper Danny Vukovic is the biggest blow, with the club linked to former Newcastle Jets shot-stopper Mark Birighitti as a potential replacement.

*The loss of Ibini and Holosko opens up at least one spot in the attacking third, with the club re-signing super-sub David Carney for the 2017/18 campaign.

ARNOLD ON POTENTIAL RECRUITS

“We’re early days in recruitment. We have a long off-season and we’ve still got a few months to go,” Arnold told reporters on Tuesday.

“The plan is to bring in better than what we had. We’ve got three or four spots to fill.

“We’ll take our time, be patient and make sure we bring in the right player who wants to make the team successful and make sure they have the right qualities. We’re not in a hurry.”

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Sydney FC unveil new Hyundai A-League kit

Sydney FC players parade the club's new home and away jerseys for Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Season.

Champions Sydney FC have unveiled the club’s new home and away PUMA kits for Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Season.

Skipper Alex Brosque was among six players from the Sky Blues double-winning squad on hand at Bondi Icebergs on Wednesday to reveal the new strips.

REVAMP OF SKY BLUES JERSEY

*Following the club’s third Championship in the 2016/17 Season, the strip has a new silhouette, branding and logo.

*It has been designed with PUMA’s latest DryCELL tech fabric to aid player performance and features updated neckline and arm bands.

Sydney FC home kit*Sydney FC’s official new club crest is woven and adorns the front of the shirt along with the Hyundai A-League’s new logo, designed to suit the club’s colours.

*The silver star above the team’s badge now features the number three, representing the club’s third Championship last season.

WHAT THEY SAID

“I love the design and colour scheme of the new shirt, which aligns perfectly with our new logo,” Brosque said.

“It looks fantastic, feels great to wear, and the cut is more comfortable than ever.

“With the number three in the star above our crest, we will step onto the field wearing the jersey with enormous pride to be part of such a great Australian football club.”

Sydney FC away kitThe reveal of Sydney FC’s new home and away Kit took place on the same day as the launch of Arsenal and the Sky Blues’ new third kit at Sydney’s Fort Denison and the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Graham Arnold’s side takes on the Gunners at ANZ Stadium tomorrow (Thursday) night.

Sydney FC third kit

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League fixtures: ‘The Chase’

Sydney FC players celebrate after downing Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

The run-in towards the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Season Finals Series is set to reach even greater excitement levels thanks to a new feature of the draw known as ‘The Chase’.

In a thrilling new twist to the draw – which was announced last month – the final nine rounds will see every club play each other in the lead in to the Finals Series.

As opposed to recent seasons, teams will play each other twice in the first 18 rounds, setting up a blockbuster run home to make the top six.

“We have added a new feature to this season’s draw with all clubs playing each other twice between rounds 1 to 18,” head of the Hyundai A-League Greg O’Rourke said.

“The remaining nine rounds will see each club play each other once in the lead-up to the finals series.

“This stretch of nine rounds will be known as the ‘The Chase’ with 27 points on offer in the run home to Round 27.

So which club will come home with a wet sail to charge to the Premiership or seal a spot in the Finals Series?

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Arsenal confirm squad for Sydney FC, Wanderers matches

Arsenal have named a 25-man squad for their tour of Australia.

A star-studded Arsenal squad including the likes of Mezut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and new signing Alexandre Lacazette will make the trip to Australia to face Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers this week.

Arsene Wenger has named a 25-man squad for the Gunners’ two-week tour of Australia and Asia, with the English giants set to land in Sydney on Tuesday morning.

Arsenal face Sydney FC on Thursday (July 13) at ANZ Stadum before tackling the Wanderers on Saturday (July 15) at the same venue.

And Australian fans will see the best of Arsenal with almost all their big guns making the trip.

Most interest will be on new French striker Lacazette, who is likely to make his club debut in Australia after completing a club-record £52m move from Lyon last week.

Other big names include German playmaker Ozil, Welsh wizard Ramsey, French striker Olivier Giroud, England internationals Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck, as well as veteran keeper Petr Cech.

Chile’s Alexis Sanchez and German defender Shkodran Mustafi have been left out after their exertions for their respective countries at the recent FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Arsenal’s squad is set to arrive in Australia early on Tuesday, with an official welcome ceremony set down for Tuesday morning at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Arsenal’s squad to tour Australia:

Petr Cech (GK), Emi Martinez (GK), David Ospina (GK), Krystian Bielik, Cohen Bramall, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi, Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Donyell Malen, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Sydney FC’s tribute to ‘unbelievable’ Liverpool

Liverpool outclassed Sydney FC 3-0 at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

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Sydney FC striker Matt Simon admitted it was an eye-opening experience seeing Liverpool’s quality up close after the EPL side dismantled the Sky Blues 3-0 at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

Despite arriving into Sydney from England some 11 hours before the game, the blistering Reds turned it on for the big crowd and were three goals up at the break.

The opening 45 minutes largely thanks to Steven Gerrard’s majestic midfield performance – the Reds legend out of retirement but clearly not out of shape at 36 years of age.

Though there were no more goals in the second half, there was only team in the contest played in front of almost 73,000 fans.

 

It was a great experience to come out against a world class side,” Simon, a second half substitute, told ABC TV.

Liverpool players celebrate one of their three first half goals in the win over Sydney FC.

The Reds’ technique, ball movement and rotations had a rusty Sydney on the back foot from the first whistle.

“You just can’t get close to them [Liverpool],” Simon added.

“They’re just unbelievable, watching them in the first half.

“So rapid and they even had a few more gears to go.

“To be on the same pitch as those guys [Liverpool] is a pleasure].”

Sydney FC certainly missed the class of imports Milos Ninkovic and Jordi Buijs, and were also without Filip Holosko and Bernie Ibini (both have left the club since Grand Final day).

Former Everton player David Carney hit the bar on the stroke of half-time to offer some hope for Sydney.

David Carney gets a rare shot away for the Sky Blues.Simon too with a late effort palmed away by Reds keeper Simon Mignolet.

Those two moments were the best it got for the Sky Blues who ended the game with about half of their outfield players from their youth ranks.

“It was good for the fans, I suppose, a good exhibition game,” Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold told reporters after the game.

“It’s good for our boys, the Australian kids especially, to come up against that quality.

“A lot of young boys haven’t played at international level and to play against that type of quality is a bit of a reality check.

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Brazilian Roberto Firmino adds a third goal for the Reds before the break.“You think you’re doing well, but then there’s still a long way to go until you get to the level of an English Premier League player.

“It’s been tough the last two weeks to keep the boys going after the grand final, but give them the credit for doing their best.

“It’s time for a holiday now.”

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Preview: Sydney FC v Liverpool

Sydney FC's star defender Rhyan Grant and Liverpool's Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino.

Wednesday night will be a celebration as Liverpool return to Oz to face recently crowned champions of the Hyundai A-League, Sydney FC, in a high-profile friendly at the 82,000-seat ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Over 70-80,000 fans singing You’ll Never Walk Alone? Klopp v Arnie? Bobo and Lallana?

 

How can any fan miss this?

Fresh from finishing fourth in the English Premier League and claiming a coveted Champions League spot, Liverpool will be in celebration mode.

Sunday’s final day 3-0 win over Middlesbrough secured the Reds fourth spot and a Champions League berth next season (albeit initially in the qualifying stage).

But since that win, the Reds have been on a plane traversing the globe.

Liverpool arrive in Sydney 24 hours before kick-off, so perhaps fresh isn’t the best word to describe them on their first night in Sydney.

With this in mind, expect a raft of substitutions for the jet-lagged Reds with club legends and “guest” players Gerrard, Carragher and McManaman also expected to make late cameos as the pace slows.

Clearly Australia and the region love Liverpool.

The club have enjoyed memorable (and lucrative) trips Down Under since 2013 when they packed out the MCG.

Similarly, Sydney FC are on a high after completing the domestic double two weeks ago, with that a return to Champions League football across Asia in 2018.

And despite no Holosko and Ibini (both have moved on) and star man Milos Ninkovic (back in Serbia for family reasons), the Sky Blues will certainly be fresher than the Reds and keen to finish an incredible season with a win against EPL opposition.

They’ve gone close in the past against Chelsea and Spurs. Perhaps this is their best chance to produce a famous win to end a majestic campaign?

SQUAD NEWS

No Brazilian star Coutinho (though Aussie fans can see him for Brazil next month in Melbourne) for the Reds, but Firmino, Origi, Sturridge and Wijnaldum ensure it’ll be an attacking side with plenty of firepower.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

A joy to watch. Always wants the ball, creates from just in behind the strikers and can score. One of England’s best players right now.

Adam Lallana pokes fun at a team-mate.

Bobo (Sydney FC)

Sky Blues’ top scorer. Will relish the spotlight and will have sweet memories of ANZ after he scored in last October’s Sydney Derby.

Sydney FC have re-signed marquee striker Bobo on a new one-year deal.

Firmino (Liverpool)

Livewire Brazilian striker. Second only to Coutinho in total shots this season (106/100), topped chances created with 77, and scored 11 times.

Liverpool celebrated a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough in the final game of the EPL season overnight.

Dave Carney (Sydney FC)

The winger was in super form as a late sub in the Grand Final and being a former Everton player, he’d love to put on over on the Reds. With two strikers out, expect him to start.

David Carney

FINAL WORD

A perfect way to end the season for both clubs. Liverpool will bask in the glory of a near full house at ANZ and will still be celebrating returning to Europe’s top table, while there’ll be plenty of Sky Blue fans still in celebration mode after the fabulous season they’ve just witnessed.

It should be a noisy, passionate and entertaining contest.

PREDICTION

Sydney FC 2 Liverpool 2

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia