Season Preview- Sydney FCPosted: September 28, 2011
Last season: 9th
It was a poor season last year for Sydney who suffered a classic case of a “grand final hangover” in the 1st half of the season, although they did finish the season slightly better, unbeaten in their last 8 games or something. The ACL experience may not have seen them get out of their group but im sure they’ll build on it.
New Kit: Adidas
Very nice kit actually with the pinstripes, perhaps the sky blue is a bit too bright for my liking but its not that bad. I’ll bet that Reddy is delighted with having to wear a lime green top thou. Also its very strange that the team in the biggest city in Australia cant attract any sponsors for their kit, either on shirt or shorts, kinda makes a mockery of their claim that Sydney is “Footballs Capital”.
Coach: Viteslav Lavicka
The Czech had a dream 1st season, but his reputation took a hit last season by missing the finals and not getting out of the ACL group, but in a good move by the Sydney board, they have stuck by him for the sake of stabilitiy. However if this season starts heading south like last season, they may be forced into action yet again at a club which if history serves correct is not affraid of sacking coaches early in a season. Just ask Branco Culina.
Captain: Terry McFlynn
The Sydney captain wasnt at his best in the last campaign, but the foundation player from Northern Ireland has shown that he is more than capeable of playing at this level and having an impact on the game. Alot more will be expected, and he should be able to deliver.
Possible starting 11
Full squad: 1) Liam Reddy, 2) Sebastian Ryall, 3) Jamie Coyne, 4) Pascal Bosschart, 5) Michael Beauchamp, 6) Hirofumi Moriyasu, 7) Brett Emerton, 8 ) Karol Kisel, 9) Bruno Cazarine, 10) Nick Carle, 11 )D Dimitri Petratos, 12) Shannon Cole, 15) Terry McFlynn, 16) Joel chianese, 17) Terry Antonis, 1 8 ) Juho Makela, 19) Mark Bridge, 20) Ivan Necevski, 21) Scott Jamieson, 22) Nathan Sherlock, 23) Rhyan Grant.
* foriegners in italics.
Transfers In: Karol Kisel (Slavia Prague), Jamie Coyne (Perth Gloy), Michael Beauchamp (Melbourne Heart), Joel Chianese (Sydney FC Youth), Nathan Sherlock (Sydney FC Youth), Pascal Bossschart (ADO Den Hag), Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers)
Obviously Emerton is the biggest in and to us football fans in Australia he needs absolutly no introduction, but the signings of Beauchamp, Kisel and Bosschart will also be important to any success they could have. A defensive pairing of Beuachamp and Bosschart could be a very handy pairng indeed and stop the leaks in defence from last year.
Transfers Out: Matthew Jurman (Brisbane Roar FC)m Byun Sung-Hwan (Newcastle Jets), Stephan Keller (Willem II), Stuart Musialik (Central Coast Mariners), Kofi Danning (Brisbane Roar FC), Brendan Gan (Bonnyrigg White Eagles), Anthony Golec (Sydney United)
A number of their 2010 championship winning squad have departed with Byun, Gan, Keller and Musialik all playing a part in that success. Of those 4 it will be Musialik who will be missed the most, but the duo signed by Ange Postecoglou would be the biggest losses of them.
Key In: Brett Emerton
While Harry Kewell and Melbourne Victory have been getting all of the media attention for their returining socceroo, for mine it will be Emerton who will have the bigger impact on the games. Coming straight from the EPL, and being only the 3rd player in history to do so – after Dwight Yorke and Craig Moore- Emerton will surely bring alot of class from that level to Sydney’s play.
Key Out: Matthew Jurman
No, im not being bias here, I really think that the young Jurman is the loss that Sydney will feel the most. For starters they dont have alot of youth and they criminally ignored Jurman last season until it was too late and for mine he’s set for a big season.
One to Watch: Terry Antonis
The young midfielder impressed with sporadic gametime last season and should be in line for more in this. Wanted by Everton at age 16, big things are expected from the young attacking midfielder.
Strenghts: The front third
Any time you can combine the talents of Emerton, Carle, Cazarine, Makela and Bridge you should have more than enough options to score the required goals. Add in youngesters Antonis and Petratos and Sydney should be potent enough going foward, at the back however…
Neither Reddy or Necevski flattered to decieve last season with both getting their opportunity, and neither taking it, so Lavicka will be probably unconvinced about either option. Also- we up here know only too well how poorly Reddy plays when is heart isnt in it.
Stadium: Sydney Football Stadium
Such a pain to get to really with no public transport close to it, but as a stadium its not a bad place to watch the football, just a shame that we havent had alot of success against them there over the years.
Preseason form: Played 8- Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 3
They started out alright, but no wins in the last 4 games in preseason isnt the greatest way to be going into the season. Also, call me a hater of the lower leagues if you will, but fulltime professional A-League players and squads should be beating semi-professional lower league sides every day of the week so losing 2 games against that calibure of opposition isnt the best sign.
Macarthur Rams 1-1 Sydney FC
St George FC 0-3 Sydney FC
Paramatta Eagles 0-6 Sydney FC
Bankstown City 2-4 Sydney FC
Sutherland Sharks 3-0 Sydney FC
Sydney Olympic 1-0 Sydney FC
Newcastle Jets 1-0 Sydney FC
Sydney FC 2-2 Perth Glory