Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A-League Season 5 - Sydney FC, It Begins

Sydney FC has the best credentialled coach in the A-League in terms of having been a proper coach in a proper league, enjoying success with Slovan Liberec.

This season the Sydney FC squad looks more balanced than the last few seasons, particularly the left side with new left back Byun Sung-Hwan and Koffi Danning expecting to cause havoc.

The defence could be the weakest link, with Tony Popovich and Iain Fyfe departing. The hole has been filled by youth team players Anthony Golec and Mathew Jurman. However experienced Swiss defender, Stephan Keller was Sydney FC's final signing for the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League season.

The 30-year old, who has spent the last two seasons with Dutch club, de Graafschap has signed a one year deal with the Sky Blues and is looking forward to the coming campaign.

Karol Kisel, the 32 year old Slovakian attacking midfielder from Czech clubs Slovan Liberec and Sparta Prague, can play in the middle on the right and on the left of midfield.

The Korean Byun Sung-Hwan comes to Sydney FC after seven years and 134 appearances in the K-League, most recently with Jeju United. His best position is left back and my spies tell me the 29 year old is not scared to take on players, can cross well and is two footed.

A Football Story Prediction
Should make finals, but Bling FC, Drama FC, Discipline FC whatever you want to call them, will make their fans work for it, that’s for sure.

The Cove, in both sight and sound, is something to behold in full flight. A supporters group can be marred by those who want to lead and those who don’t want to follow. sfcu.com.au

Key Signing: Viteszlav Lavicka

Key Player: John ALOISI needs to redeem himself.

Coach Quote: “Discipline ,discipline, discipline!”

Something interesting: One of the best home ends in the league, the Cove in full swing goes off like a frog in a sock!!

Fact: Owned by a Russian, coached by a Czech. The communists invaded Czechoslovakia after World War Two, hopefully these two get along.

Thought: The Bling is no more, club officials say. For the sake of the whole A-League Sydney FC needs to play well and win to get the crowds to come back.

Current Squad: John ALOISI, Clint BOLTON (gk), Mark BRIDGE, Alex BROSQUE, Sung-Hwan BYUN, Adam CASEY, Shannon COLE, Simon COLOSIMO, Steve CORICA, Kofi DANNING, Brendan GAN, Anthony GOLEC, Rhyan GRANT, Matthew JURMAN, Karol KISEL, Terry MCFLYNN, Stuart MUSIALIK, Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), Chris PAYNE, Mitchell PRENTICE and Sebastian RYALL.

Re-signed: Alex Brosque (2 years), Adam Casey (2 years), Shannon Cole (3 years), Ivan Necevski (1 year).

In: Karol Kisel (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic – 1 year), Sebastian Ryall (Melbourne Victory – 2 years), Kofi Danning (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years), Brendan Gan (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years), Antony Golec (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years), Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years), Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC NYL – 2 years), Byun Sung-Hwan (Jeju United, Korea Republic – 2 years)

Out: Adam Biddle (released), Beau Busch (North Queensland Fury), Mike Enfield (released), Iain Fyfe (Adelaide United), Robbie Middleby (North Queensland Fury), Tony Popovic (retired), Brendon Santalab (North Queensland Fury), Jacob Timpano (North Queensland Fury), Nik Tsattalios (Newcastle Jets)




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No radio or broadcaster at this stage but it is something they would like to do in the future.

Here are two programmes with Football content.

Football Fever with Paul Williams and Damian Lovelock 2ky 1017 AM http://www.2ky.com.au/media/podcasts/mediafiles.php?pid=7

Football @ 5 Hosted by Andy Paschalidis featuring all the up to date scores and news in the Football world 2ky1017


Saturday, 8 August 2009
North Queensland Fury v Sydney FC
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Local kick-off 5.30pm
Referee: Stebre Delovski

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

North Queensland Fury: 1. Paul HENDERSON (gk), 2. Robbie MIDDLEBY, 3. Chris TADROSSE, 7. Jason SPAGNUOLO, 9. Robbie FOWLER, 11. David WILLIAMS, 12. Jack HINGERT, 13. Beau BUSCH, 14. Christopher GROSSMAN, 15. Fred AGIUS, 16. Paul KOHLER, 17. Osama MALIK, 18. James ROBINSON, 19. Daniel MCBREEN, 20. Justin PASFIELD (rgk)

Unavailable: Jeremy BROCKIE – quadriceps (6-8 weeks), Jacob TIMPANO – hamstring (8weeks), Ufuk TALAY – calf (2-3 weeks), Scott WILSON – foot (6-8 weeks)

Sydney FC: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 3. Stephan KELLER, 4. Simon COLOSIMO, 6. Karol KISEL, 7. Brendan GAN, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 9. John ALOISI, 10. Steve CORICA (c), 11. Kofi DANNING, 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE, 15. Terry MCFLYNN, 17. Matthew JURMAN, 19. Mark BRIDGE , 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 22. Sung Hwan BYUN.
*One to be omitted.

Unavailable: 2. Sebastian RYALL (suspended – 4 weeks).

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