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ISSUE 10 • SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2016


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CONTENTS

Message from the Coach

Feature Story

‘Brandon O'Neill’

A-League Match Recap

10 Questions with

‘David Carney’

Past Matches

'Past Glory'

Academy Recap

Junior Blues Corner

A-League Squads

'Sydney FC & Perth Glory'

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MESSAGE FROM THE COACH

GRAHAMARNOLD

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ARE PROUD

TO SUPPORT

SYDNEY FC

ood evening and welcome to

Allianz Stadium for another

big game, this time against Perth

Glory FC.

We’ve nine matches to go in the

Hyundai A-League and there is

still everything to play for. A lot

is going to happen between now

and the end of the season but we

have been playing good football

of late, the second half last Friday

in Adelaide was a case in point,

and I’m confident we are going to

be there in the final analysis.

Tonight’s match is the first of two

home games in a week and we

will need everyone’s backing in

order to make the most of these

opportunities. Perth are just

outside the top six and will be

looking at tonight’s game as a

chance to put themselves back

in contention so we will need to

make sure we are switched on

and focussed.

It is a very competitive league

this year with results not always

going the way we expect. That is

why we all need to stick together

for the final few home games and

we’ll use the support you give us

to spur us on.

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NSW 2021

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It’s often called the business

end of the season and we’ve

put ourselves in a great position

to challenge for the top spots.

We have a large squad which

is what we planned at the start

of the campaign, taking AFC

Champions League into account,

and hopefully we can put a run

together which will make the

next few weeks last long in

the memory.

#SydneyIsSkyBlue

Graham Arnold

www.sydneyfc.com

WE ARE SYDNEY


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PLAYER FEATURE

BRANDONO'NEILL

Recalls Tough Allianz Trips

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s Brandon O’Neill gets set to

welcome his former club to his

new home, the young midfielder

recalls the tough encounters at

Allianz Stadium from his time with

the Glory.

Playing a handful of Foxtel

National Youth League matches,

and one Hyundai A-League clash,

against the Sky Blues at his new

home ground, O’Neill said Sydney

was always a tough place to travel

to and is grateful for the move and

not missing the extensive travel

from Western Australia.

“It’ll be another weird experience

playing against good footballing

friends that I spent a lot of time

with,” O’Neill said.

“I played at Allianz Stadium a

couple of times in the Youth League

and A-League and I always found

it hard coming to Sydney.

“It was a really, really hard game

because Sydney were always a

very tough opponent for Glory.

I’ve always got memories of

coming to Sydney and always

expecting a tough game,

especially at Allianz.

“It’s one of the positives of moving,

not having to fly 4 or 5 hours every

second week for a football match,”

he continued.

“Being with Sydney now

everywhere you go you’re only

travelling an hour, an hour and a

half, so it definitely plays in your

advantage a bit more.

“It’s good, I don’t have to wake up

at half past five to pack my bags

anymore, it’s much easier now.”

It’s been a standout year for

O’Neill, making nearly the same

amount of appearances for the Sky

Blues as he did in four years with

Perth, as he said it certainly wasn’t

the first season he was expecting

when he joined in May 2015.

“I thought coming here I wasn’t

experienced in the A-League, I

didn’t have many games under my

belt,” O’Neill said.

“I had about 19-20 appearances

for Glory all up in my four seasons

there and I’ve already made 15-16

here at Sydney so coming here

I didn’t expect to play as many

games straight away.

It's been a standout year for O'Neill

“I thought I’d have to bide my time,

but just the way football happens,

if you have a coach that believes in

you, Arnie thought it was right for

me to play the first game and from

there I’ve just tried to grasp every

chance I’ve got.

“It’s been a really good season for

me, probably my best to date. I’ve

loved every minute of it, obviously

to be involved as I have been, to

be playing and back enjoying my

football.

“The job isn’t done now though,

we need to push on, I think top

two needs to be our minimum goal

and to progress through the ACL so

there’s exciting times ahead.”

Join in the conversation on this

afternoon’s game on social media

by using the hashtag #SYDvPER

and #SydneyIsSkyBlue.

Cameron Laundry

MATCHRECAP

RD18•Friday 5 February 2016

Putting in another

great defensive

display, the Sky Blues

balanced that with a

well-rounded attack

in their 2-2 draw with

Adelaide United at

Coopers Stadium on

Friday.

Sydney FC

dominated the

attacking statistics,

registering 11 shots

in total compared to

Adelaide’s six, with

six of the Sky Blues

shots on target and

one blocked.

The Sky Blues peppered

Galekovic’s goal from all areas

of the field, testing the Reds shot

stopper from distance with seven

shots from outside the box, and

POSITION

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2015/16

LADDER

Sydney FC peppered Galekovic’s

goal with 11 shots from all

ranges over the 90 minutes.

Red represents off target, green

represents on target.

TEAM P W D L F A +/- POINTS

Western Sydney Wanderers 18 10 4 4 30 20 +10 34

Brisbane Roar

Melbourne City FC

Melbourne Victory

Sydney FC

Adelaide United

Perth Glory

Newcastle Jets

Wellington Phoenix

Central Coast Mariners

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(2', 45') Cirio

Coopers Stadium

Attn: 11,785

Rhyan Grant was particularly

strong in defence making numerous

recoveries and interceptions.

Yellow represents recoveries, blue

represents interceptions, green

represents tackles, purple represents

clearances.

four shots from inside the box, to

end the match with a 60% shot

accuracy compared to the Red’s

50%.

On the defensive side the Sky

Blues were just as dominant,

finishing the match with a 100%

MATCH RECAP AND LADDER

18 10 4 4 30 21 +9 34

18 8 4 6 44 33 +11 28

18 8 4 6 28 22 +6 28

18 7 7 4 24 19 +5 28

18 7 6 5 26 23 +3 27

18 6 4 8 27 28 -1 22

18 5 4 9 15 27 -12 19

18 4 4 10 20 32 -12 16

18 3 3 12 23 42 -19 12

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(37') Simon, (45'+3) Holosko

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tackle completion rate from

the 11 tackles attempted

compared to the Red’s 60%

from 15 attempted challenges.

The Sky Blues were only

called to make seven

clearances, with their

attacking danger evident as

Adelaide were forced to clear

22 times over the 90 minutes.

Rhyan Grant was particularly

adept in defence as his ball

recovery and interceptions set

the Sky Blues on the attack

numerous times.

Grant made a total of eight

recoveries, three coming in

the attacking third of the field,

while the number 23 also made

four interceptions in the Sky

Blues defensive third to halt any

Adelaide United advances.

*current as of 9 February 2016

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10 QUESTIONS

DAVIDCARNEY

Ahead of tonight's match against Perth Glory, get to know the returning David Carney in the

latest edition of 10 Questions.

Find out what would be his

last meal, who he thinks is

the funniest team mate and

what his nickname is...

What was your junior club?

Macarthur Rams

What’s your nickname at

Sydney FC?

Carns

Who’s your best mate at

Sydney FC?

Alex Brosque

Which sporting teams do you

support?

Everton

What would your last meal

be?

Roast Dinner

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ROUND 4

2012/13

Emerton's winner seals a

2-1 comeback victory at

ANZ Stadium

PASTGLORY

WE LOOK BACK ON SOME PAST CLASHES BETWEEN

SYDNEY FC AND PERTH GLORY

PAST MATCHES

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Who’s the funniest team

mate?

Alex Brosque

What song did you sing for

your initiation?

Stand By Me

Any pre-game superstitions?

None

What’s your greatest football

achievement?

Playing in the World Cup

What are your goals for the

2015/16 season?

Win the Hyundai A-League title

and qualify for the last rounds of

the AFC Champions League.

PERSONAL INFO

Name

David Carney

Date of Birth

30 November 1983

Place of Birth

Sydney, Australia

ROUND 26

2009/10

Aloisi's late winner ensured the race for the

Premiers Plate went to the last day

ROUND 27

2013/14

Garcia scores a 93rd minute

winner to send Sydney FC to

the Finals Series

ROUND 3

2008/09

The Sky Blues thrash

the Glory 5-2 for our

biggest home win

against Perth

Carney during his first

stint in Sky Blue colours

ROUND 17

2006/07

Brosque's 80th minute winner secures

our first home win over Perth Glory

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ACADEMY RECAP

ACADEMYRECAP

Sunday 7 February 2016•Valentine Sports Park

Nathan Manno of the

U18's on the ball

The FREE Stadium app and

super fast Wi-Fi are the perfect

game day combination.

Perry Thomas of the

U18's challenges for

the ball

Express food and drink ordering,

new and improved!

Sydney FC’s

Academy

sides

continued

their build

up to the

start of the

Playstation 4

NPL Men’s 2

season with a friendly clash against

Hakoah Sydney City East FC on

Sunday at Valentine Sports Park.

OVERALL THE DAY WAS

SUCCESSFUL, NOT ONLY IN

TERMS OF RESULTS BUT

ALSO IN BUILDING THE

SYDNEY FC STYLE OF PLAY...

Every age group from under 13’s

to first grade were in action on

a largely successful day for the

young Sky Blues with five wins, one

draw and one loss coming out of

the contests.

Sydney FC under 13’s Head

Coach Alex Epakis spoke highly of

the matches.

FC won 3-0.

play,” he said.

“The personal

highlight for me

was the high

calibre of play

in the under

13’s match

which Sydney

Academy Director Kelly Cross

added "Other than in U13's,

Sydney FC Academy players

are one year younger than their

opponents in order to challenge

them to reach a higher level of

performance"

RESULTS

U13’s: 3 - 0 [W]

U14’s: 2 - 1 [L]

U15’s: 2 - 2 [D]

U16’s: 4 - 1 [W]

U18’s: 4 - 0 [W]

U20’s: 4 - 2 [W]

1st Grade: 3 - 0 [W]

Plus...

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a Signed Sydney FC jersey

Exclusive game day entertainment,

Q & A cards, competitions and offers

Take your photo with Fan Cam and

share your sporting memory

Connect with social media, latest

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Maps, sync your event calendar

& venue information.

“Overall the day was successful,

not only in terms of results but also

in building the Sydney FC style of

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Nathan Manno of the U18's has a shot at goal

photo credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Hi! Welcome to another edition of Junior Blues Corner, for all your

activities, trivia and quizzes!

Come and visit the Sydney FC Junior Blues Zone, which will be

active behind the ICC Theatrette on Driver Avenue, and includes

mini football clinics and the opportunity to meet Sydney FC players!

Can you unscramble the player’s names and then

match them to their photos?

A B C D

DAWNER

LEOHO

YAHRN

ANRGT

ROHCETHSIRP

AOFMUFN

CUAJSEQ

AYFT

I joined Sydney FC this season after previously

playing for the Central Coast Mariners and overseas

in Korea for the Chunnam Dragons.

I’ve also played for the Australian National Team.

I scored with a diving header against Adelaide United

in last week's game.

WHO AM I?

Answer: Matt Simon

Answers: A: Yahrn Anrgt = Rhyan Grant; B: Dawner Leoho = Andrew Hoole; C: Cuajseq Ayft = Jacques Faty; D: Rohcethsirp Aofmufn = Christopher Naumoff

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SQUADS

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RD

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2016

ALLIANZ STADIUM · KICK OFF: 5:15PM AEDT

GK

DEF

DEF

DEF

FWD

MID

VEDRAN JANJETOVIC

Age: 28 Height: 187cm

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SEB RYALL

Age: 26 Height: 180cm

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ZAC ANDERSON

Age: 24 Height: 191cm

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MATT JURMAN

Age: 26 Height: 190cm

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ROBERT STAMBOLZIEV

Age: 25 Height: 181cm

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ANDREW HOOLE

Age: 22 Height: 178cm

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MID

FWD

MID

FWD

DEF

MID

MILOS DIMITRIJEVIC

Age: 31 Height: 180cm

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SHANE SMELTZ

Age: 34 Height: 185cm

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MILOS NINKOVIC

Age: 31 Height: 180cm

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CHRISTOPHER NAUMOFF

Age: 20 Height: 182cm

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JACOB TRATT

Age: 21 Height: 190cm

BRANDON O’NEILL

Age: 21 Height: 179cm

FWD

DEF

MID

FWD

DEF

GK

ALEX BROSQUE

Age: 32 Height: 181cm

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RILEY WOODCOCK

Age: 20 Height: 174cm

DAVID CARNEY

Age: 32 Height: 180cm

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MATT SIMON

Age: 30 Height: 188cm

JACQUES FATY

Age: 31 Height: 183cm

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IVAN NECEVSKI

Age: 35 Height: 190cm

FWD

MID

DEF

FWD

DEF

MID

FILIP HOLOSKO

Age: 32 Height: 185cm

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ALI ABBAS

Age: 29 Height: 170cm

RHYAN GRANT

Age: 24 Height: 176cm

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GEORGE BLACKWOOD

Age: 18 Height: 189cm

AARON CALVER

Age: 20 Height: 186cm

MICKAEL TAVARES

Age: 33 Height: 186cm

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ALEX MULLEN

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GK

ANTHONY BOUZANIS

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HC

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1. Ante COVIC 2. Alex GRANT 3. Marc WARREN 4. Shane LOWRY 6. Dino DJULBIC 7. Gyorgy SANDOR 8. Ruben ZADKOVICH

9. Andy KEOGH 10. Nebojsa MARINKOVIC 11. Richard GARCIA (c) 12. Jerrad TYSON 13. Diogo FERREIRA 14. Chris HAROLD

15. Hagi GLIGOR 17. Diego CASTRO 18. Mitchell OXBORROW 19. Joshua RISDON 21. Kosta PETRATOS 23. Krisztian VADOCZ

25. Jacob COLLARD 29. Aryn WILLIAMS 30. Jordan THURTELL

Head Coach Kenny LOWE

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2015/16 HOME FIXTURES

ROUND OPPONENT DATE VENUE ATTN/TIME

1 Melbourne City FC Sat 10 Oct Allianz Stadium 17,051

3 Western Sydney Wanderers Sat 24 Oct Allianz Stadium 40,539

5 Brisbane Roar Fri 6 Nov Allianz Stadium 12,857

6 Melbourne Victory Sat 14 Nov Allianz Stadium 15,947

8 Wellington Phoenix Thur 26 Nov Allianz Stadium 9,253

9 Newcastle Jets Fri 4 Dec Allianz Stadium 9,155

12 Central Coast Mariners Sat 26 Dec Allianz Stadium 12,648

14 Newcastle Jets Sat 9 Jan ANZ Stadium 15,127

17 Brisbane Roar Sat 30 Jan Allianz Stadium 12,548

19 Perth Glory Sat 13 Feb Allianz Stadium 5:15pm AEDT

20 Western Sydney Wanderers Sat 20 Feb Allianz Stadium 7:30pm AEDT

23 Wellington Phoenix Sat 12 Mar Allianz Stadium 5:15pm AEDT

26 Adelaide United Sat 2 Apr Allianz Stadium 7:30pm AEDT

27 Perth Glory Sun 10 Apr Allianz Stadium 5:00pm AEDT

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