>> > Sydney FC (Australia)
>> > history
>> Sort of mutually exclusive concepts here - Sydney qualified for the CWC
>> before it actually played its first league match.
> was aware of that James - was hoping for a bit of background on where
> the fans came from - whether it was a mix of Sydney United and Sydney
> Olympic from the old National Soccer League etc
Sydney FC was formed in 2004 to compete in the A League that has now
commenced in 2005. It was a brand new club, although it wears colors
similar to a club that ran around a few years ago called Sydney City. The
supporters of Sydney City are drawn from the entire greater Sydney area
(including a few I know from near by Wollongong) and come from many of the
former national league clubs. Most of the old national league clubs grew
out of ethnically based clubs but whilst these ethnically based clubs had
provided the backbone of Australian soccer during the 60's and seventies,
most of them failed to attract a wider fan base and as a result many soccer
fans were effectively disenfranchised. SYdney has been careful to try to
attract a wider range of supporters, and as the only Sydney based side has
managed to get off to a good start in this.
Playing wise Sydney were advantaged by getting a good playing roster
together quite early which allowed them to qualify for the OFC club
championships through a special pre season tournament arranged only so
Australia could get a team there. Sydney won that tournament (a knockout
format) and then went on to win the OFC Championship to qualify for Japan.
They are currently in equal second spot in the A League, 5 points adrift of
Adelaide. The side is coached by former German international Pierre
Littbarski and has current Trinidad and Tobago captian Dwight Yorke amongst
its roster of players. Former Japanese international Kazuyoshi Miura is
also now amongst the players. Australian internationals include David
Zdrillic, Sasho Petrovski and Steve Corica.
They play out of Aussie Stadium, which has a capacity of around 43,000 all
seated. Aussie stadium was the venue for the Australia-Argentina playoff in
1993, the FIFA World Youth Cup final in 1993, and an Olympic games semi
final in 2000.
> steve d