Sydney FC’s tribute to ‘unbelievable’ Liverpool

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

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd
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

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.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League season 2016/2017 review: Sydney FC

A near flawless season saw Graham Arnold’s men claim the double and a place in history as one of the Hyundai A-League’s best-ever teams.

A near flawless season saw Graham Arnold’s men claim the double and a place in history as one of the Hyundai A-League’s best-ever teams.

A near flawless season saw Graham Arnold’s men claim the double and a place in history as one of the Hyundai A-League’s best-ever teams. We look at their memorable campaign and look ahead to next season.

Position: Premiers, champions
Record: Played 29, Won 21, Drawn 7, Lost 1
Goals: 59
Conceded: 13
Leading Goal Scorer: Bobo (15)
Best home crowd: 41,546 – Grand Final against Melbourne Victory

Star performer: Milos Ninkovic
In a star-team, the superb Serb shone the brightest. While the Sky Blues were far greater than the sum of their parts, Ninkovic had a quite wonderful season as week after week he produced football of the very highest quality. His ability to score and create goals was just one part of his game, but the stats are worth noting – nine goals, 11 assists and 47 chances created. But he was also a tremendously hard worker and even when teams set out to stymie his influence by double-teaming him, he still found a way to be influential. A worthy winner of the Johnny Warren Medal and a host of other awards and accolades in 2016/17.

Milos Ninkovic claimed a clean sweep of Sydney FC's major awards on Friday night.

Breakout player: Brandon O’Neill
After just 16 appearances across four seasons for Perth Glory, the Western Australian-born youngster signed for Sydney FC before the 2015/16 campaign, featuring 21 times. This season though he took things to another level, starting 24 of the side’s 29 games and becoming a crucial cog in the Sky Blues’ engine-room. His unstinting and industrious work in midfield allowed the others around him to shine, but he was no shrinking violet when it came to free-kicks, with two memorable set piece goals against the Wanderers and Melbourne City on his season CV. At 23 years of age, the world is at his talented feet.

Goal of the year: Bobo
A couple of long-range bullets from Josh Brillante spring instantly to mind, but Sydney FC’s second goal in 3-1 round 19 cakewalk against Wellington summed up everything about this team in one supremely elegant passage of play. Ninkovic picked the ball up in midfield and after a flowing move involving five sumptuous one-touch passes, Bobo clinically headed home Rhyan Grant’s cross to complete one of the most magnificent team goals in Hyundai A-League history.Brazilian marquee Bobo scored a brace in Sydney FC's comfortable 3-0 win over Melbourne City.
Highlight: Winning it all
It was an utterly unmatchable season for Graham Arnold’s men as they broke record after record in a simply stunning 27-game regular season. Perth were brushed aside in the semi-final and despite going a goal down to a fired-up Victory side in the grand final, the Sky Blues found a way back through a Rhyan Grant equaliser and after a tense period of extra-time, eventually prevailed in the penalty shoot-out. It would have been cruel for Sydney FC to fall at the final hurdle of a remarkable season, but they ensured their extraordinary story had the ending they had craved since early October.

Lowlight: Derby defeat the sole blemish
A 19-game unbeaten streak came to an end in the season’s third Sydney derby, with a compelling contest decided by former Sky Blue Brendon Santalab’s composed first-half finish. Two confident penalty shouts in the second half were waved away by referee Chris Beath as Sydney fell to their first and – as it turned out – only loss of the season.Sydney FC and Wanderers players come together in Saturday night's Sydney Derby.
What they need:
Very little, really. The bulk of the championship-winning squad is either re-signed or close to it. Securing Ninkovic was a major piece of business and it looks highly likely captain Alex Brosque will also shortly re-commit to the Sky Blues. Doubt remains over Filip Holosko, and should he depart a first-choice striker will be needed, especially given the loss of Bernie Ibini to the USA.

Acquisitions for next season:
TBC
Bernie Ibini is heading to the MLS to play with Vancouver.Losses for next season:
Bernie Ibini, Riley Woodcock

Outlook for 2017/18:
After their record-breaking campaign, some would say there’s only one way for Sydney FC to go next season. Instead, Graham Arnold has challenged his side to get even better. That’s a frightening thought for the other nine Hyundai A-League teams who were largely unable to do anything to stop the Sky Blue juggernaut this season. When October rolls around, Sydney FC will be firm favourites to go back-to-back, throwing down the challenge to the likes of Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar and others – catch us if you can.

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has challenged his Hyundai A-League double-winning side to defend their championship next season.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Sydney FC unveil new logo and announce stadium deal

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Sydney FC has begun a new era in the club’s history with the unveiling of a new logo and renewal of a ten-year lease with Allianz Stadium.

The Sky Blues new logo is an evolution of the existing crest and represents an iconic club for an iconic city.

Chairman Scott Barlow believes the design will provide fresh impetus and drive to Sydney FC as the club moves into the next phase of its development.

“This new crest represents a coming of age for our club. It is an evolution of the previous design with a number of respectful nods to the past,” he said.

“It is a premium and authentic football crest that will stand the test of time and be a true reflection of our club and our identity.

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSydneyFootballClub%2Fvideos%2F1507539109265469%2F&show_text=1&width=560“A big thank you to those Sydney FC members who were involved throughout the design process.”

The logo reveals the sails from the Sydney Opera House as seen from the Sky Blues home ground of Allianz Stadium with the Federation star remaining a feature from the previous badge.

Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold says it shows the club is moving forward.

“It is important the club is continuing to evolve and grow as we improve as a team after the fantastic season that we have experienced.

“The city of Sydney is a big, beautiful and iconic city and this logo represents it very well.”

 

1Club captain Alex Brosque is delighted with the new look.

“I really like the design, the colours are our traditional colours.  I think it’s a very modern logo.

“I showed a couple of the boys and we were impressed and will be extremely proud to wear it next year.”

A recurring theme in recent conversations with Members and supporters at club forums has been the need for a new and improved crest and a select band of Members helped in the consultation towards the new logo.

Sydney FC and Cove Member Brendan Slowey was part of the consultation group and says the logo looks fabulous.

“It’s been an honour for The Cove to be part of the process of the redesign of the club’s crest.

“The club wanted something that would be timeless but that also honoured the crest which came before. We feel strongly that this design achieves that.

“We look forward to seeing it on our shirts along with the golden A-League Champion badge.”

The club will be phasing in the logo over the next few weeks with the official changeover set to happen on July 1 and the crest to appear on next season’s new team kits.

Sydney FC have also reached an agreement with the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust for the club to continue to use Allianz Stadium as its home ground for the next ten years.

“Allianz Stadium is a fantastic venue and one we are very proud to call our home,” said Barlow.

“We have had some great occasions playing at this stadium, none more so than winning the A-League Championship last weekend and I envisage we will have further success in the future.”

SCG Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd said: “Sydney FC have grown into one of the city’s biggest sporting clubs and we’re delighted that they will call Allianz Stadium home for the next decade.

“Their passionate fan base continues to grow, with more than 256,000 supporters cheering on the Sky Blues this season at one of the best football venues in the country. The atmosphere and excitement that the club’s supporters create at every event is unique in Australian sport.

“Football has a long and proud history at Moore Park and we’re excited to see Sydney FC build on that heritage in the years to come.

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Sydney FC duo in EA Sports’ FUT Community TOTS

Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant and goalkeeper Danny Vukovic.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Staff writer
Sydney FC’s record-breaking season has been recognised with two of its players named in EA Sports’ FUT Community Team of the Season.

Caltex Socceroos duo Rhyan Grant and Danny Vukovic were both named in the squad after their superb performances in the Hyundai A-League this season.

 

The Community Team of the Season is made up of three squads (Gold, Silver and Bronze) and is entirely selected by the FIFA community and features players who have performed at a high level through the season without earning a Team of the Week in-form.

Vukovic was named in the ‘silver’ squad while Grant was selected in the bronze team.

Over the last month, the FIFA 17 Community posted in the forums to help decide the players that make up each squad.

Only those who had consistent seasons but were never selected to the weekly Team of the Week squad were eligible.

It’s just reward for two of Sydney’s most consistent performers over the campaign which saw both players earn call-ups to Ange Postecoglou’s Caltex Socceroos squad in March.

The accolade follows on from Besart Berisha’s ‘purple hero shield’ which he earned last month after becoming the first player in the Hyundai A-League to score 100 goals.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Sydney FC fans have a new cult hero in defender Jordy Buijs

Sydney FC fans have a new cult hero in defender Jordy Buijs.

Sydney FC fans have a new cult hero. The mo-hawked head and wholehearted commitment of Jordy Buijs has made him a fan favourite since his arrival at the club.

And now the Dutch defender has a Hyundai A-League championship medal.

“I try my best to be myself,” Buijs told www.a-league.com.au as he celebrated with his team-mates in the Sydney sunshine.

“When I start to play for a club, I need to have the connection to the club.

“When I feel that connection and the confidence of everyone involved with Sydney, my game play [gets] better and better.

“In the last few games I was growing as a player,” he said.
BERISHA BATTLE A ‘STREET FIGHT’

Buijs joined the Sky Blues in the January transfer window as a replacement for Matt Jurman.

He started 12 of Sydney FC’s last 13 games, playing a crucial role in their championship win.

Jordy Buijs

And his battle with perennial grand final goalscorer Besart Berisha was a fascinating layer to Sunday night’s season finale.

“I like the battles with him because he is a street-fighter like me,” smiled Buijs.

“We have good duels.

“He scored, which is good for him

“Next time we need to keep him closer,” he said.

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia