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Sydney FC Sign Austrian International Marc Janko as Marquee

Written by Pauly. Posted in Sydney FC News

A very warm welcome to our new signing, Austrian international captain Marc Janko! The 31 year old has signed on to add more attacking strength to Graham Arnold’s team. Despite what some may think, this signing is a HUGE leap forward in terms of the mentality and ethos of the club at a footballing level. And here’s why:

There are a few points that need to be made here in regards to a lack of faith being shown by some fans before the guy has even had a chance to show us what he’s got. So here’s 4 reasons to get excited about Marc Janko joining us:

  1. The big ‘unknown’. Some people have the erroneous idea that simply because a player is not famous, or a ‘big name’ to them that this automatically makes the signing a failure. The fact of the matter is, we need this player to be someone who will fit the coach’s system and style of play, a player that will be one key part of the bigger machine that AS A WHOLE will make us into a championship winning team once again. What we DO NOT need is to just sign a player that will sell shirts and bring bangwagoners to games. Winning football is what will bring the crowds. End of.
     
  2. This is Graham Arnold’s signing. In the past a huge problem at SFC has been the coach not having full control over what players he has in his team and what players are signed, thus affecting his ability to properly prepare, structure and build a team into a unit playing under the right system. Not this season. For once, Marc Janko is the player GA wanted, the player he selected and the player HE believes fits this team. He is the coach. It is HIS team. Honestly who are you to say you know better than the actual coach of the team?
     
  3. His pedigree. For starters, 31 is a near-perfect age for a marquee. Still plenty in the tank. Obviously to judge him on his past exploits overseas would seem like the smart thing to do, not necessarily. Yes, Marc has done well for Porto, Twente and Salzborg, and of course the Austrian national team. His goal-scoring record is top-shelf. BUT. Time and again, it has been proven it means very little when coming to the A-League whether you won a world cup or you were playing 3rd division German Bundesliga, the likes of Berisha and Broich are now the hottest commodities in the league yet nobody had a clue who these guys were when they first came here. Yet under the right system and with proper coaching look what Brisbane were able to do with those two leading the charge…. And on the other side of the coin, we’ve had some superstar names grace this league but have they been as effective? Something to think about...
     
  4. Do you really support this club? I am not saying this guy will be an instant mega success. It’s impossible to tell at this point. But here is the final point to be made about why you should get excited: In the past 5-6 months this club has made gigantic steps forward in a number of areas. But this signing represents a great change in the mentality of the footballing department, we are finally building a squad of players in aim of creating a systematic and disciplined team that play well together, rather than signing one guy to build a squad around. Some people seem to think that the marquee is meant to be signed only to sell jerseys and put bums on seats, and that’s what they want to see, since we are the biggest club in the country. I say this, if after 10 years of supporting this club, all you care about is having a superstar name in the squad that you can put on the back of your jersey, rather than having a successful football club that plays a great style of football, no matter who the names are in the team, then I seriously think you need to question why you are bothering to support this club at all. 

So, rather than being negative and short-sighted, how about getting pumped up about the season ahead, let's get behind Marc Janko and show we have faith in him!! Cannot wait to see him in action.

Welcome to Sydney Marc!

Pauly.

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Sydney FC Preseason 2014

Written by james23. Posted in Sydney FC News

Check out Sydney FC's Preseason Schedule for 2014 as they take on a number of EPL, A-league and State league sides in preparation for the 2014/15 A-league Season. Have Your Say on our SFCU Forums.

Recent Fixtures:

Wednesday July 16
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Macarthur Rams vs Sydney FC – Campbelltown Stadium. 7.30pm AEST Kickoff

Sydney FC 5 (Duchesne og ’19, Gameiro ’33, ’38, Carle 58’, Antoniou ‘87) 
Macarthur Rams 1 (Reuben Agyei-Danso ’69)

Match Report: Click Here

Tuesday July 22

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5:30PM AEST Kickoff: Sydney FC vs Newcastle United - Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

Sydney FC 0
Newcastle United 4 (De Jong 15', Riviere 28', Yanga-Mbiwa 35', Armstrong 81')

Match Report: Click Here

Match Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvDitGhjt-8 

 

Saturday July 26

 

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12pm AEST Kickoff: Sydney FC v West Ham United - Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Sydney FC 3 (Gameiro 2', 65', Brosque 25')
West Ham United 1 (Petkovic OG' 50')

Match Report: Click Here

Match Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VwqpcGMGcE

 

Upcoming Fixtures:

Wednesday August 6

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7:30pm AEST Kickoff: Sydney FC v Bonnyrigg White Eagles - Leichhardt Oval, Sydney.

Gates at Leichhardt Oval open at 6:30pm on Wednesday, August 6 and tickets can be pre-purchased online (details tbc in Sydney FC eNews letter), priced at $5 for Members, $10 for adults and $7.50 for concessions and children 12-16 (plus booking fee). Children under 12 are free. Alternatively tickets can also be purchased on the night for $15 for adults and $10 for concessions.

Sunday August 24

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2pm AEST Kickoff: Northern Fury v Sydney FC - Townsville Sports Reserve.

Wednesday August 27

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7.30pm AEST Kickoff: Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC - Townsville Sports Reserve.

Saturday August 30

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8pm AEST Kickoff: Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar - Townsville Sports Reserve

Friday September 19

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7:30pm AEST Kickoff: Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix - WIN Stadium, Wollongong

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News: Alex Brosque home at Last

Written by james2. Posted in Sydney FC News

Alex Brosque is very happy to be back at the club as our Australian Marquee for the next 2 A-league seasons after a stint overseas in Japan with Shimizu S-Pulse and the Middle East with Al Ain while also playing 21 games for the Socceroos.

“It’s been a couple of years but it still feels like home.”

“Ever since I left it was a matter of timing of when exactly it was the right time to come back and there was never a doubt in my mind that if there was the option to come back to Sydney then I’d do exactly that."

Brosque has made 104 appearances for Sydney FC and scoring 28 goals which makes him our all time highest goal scorer. Teaming up alongside Shane Smeltz and Bernie Ibini this season will also be very interesting to watch with an all new look team and management headed by Graham Arnold.

It's only fitting for Brosque one of the most respected players among fans at Sydney FC and The Cove will be representing us for the clubs 10th Year.

Brosque also fills a special place in The Cove as he was a very close and longtime friend of William "Doggadog" Duran who was a Cove Founder and Legend. Doggadog watched and supported Brosque throughout his career and it was a special moment in the club when Brosque came back and stood Dogga's seat in Bay 23 amongst The Cove to pay tribute to a Cove Immortal.

Welcome Home Brosque and we all are looking forward to the new season which starts on Saturday 11th October 7.45PM, against Melbourne City FC at Home.

Sydney FC Fixtures - http://sfcu.com.au/sfcu/fixtures

(Source For Quotes from Sydney FC - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_PFh689bqc)

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