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Sydney FC, founded in 2004, is an Australian professional association football club based in Sydneymarker and competes in Australia's premier competition, the A-League.

Sydney FC won the inaugural A-League Championship in 2005–06 by defeating the Central Coast Mariners 1–0 in the Grand Final. After winning the 2004–05 Oceania Club Championship, Sydney FC competed in and finished fifth (of six teams) in the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship in December 2005. As inaugural A-League Champions, Sydney FC competed in the 2007 AFC Champions League, and finished 2nd in its group behind Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds. Sydney FC also went on to compete in the 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship in Hawaii as the representative of Australia and its A-League. In February 2009, Sydney FC again made Australian football history when its Youth Squad won the inaugural 2008–09 National Youth League Championship.

Its home ground is Sydney Football Stadiummarker, a 45,500 seat multi-use venue in the suburb of Moore Parkmarker. Right from the beginning Sydney FC was marketed as the "glamour club" of the new competition,, with the involvement of the club's high-profile personnel, including investor and actor Anthony LaPaglia, ex-Manchester United star Dwight Yorke as the team's first "marquee player" and 1990 FIFA World Cup winner Pierre Littbarski as manager in the first season. Sydney went on to sign Former English International defender Terry Butcher as the 2006–07 season coach, Brazilian superstar midfielder Juninho Paulista in the 2007–08 season, and Socceroos legend John Aloisi as striker in their 2008–09 season, with each as the highest paid footballer in Australia in their respective seasons. Strikers Benito Carbone of Italy, and Japanese legend Kazuyoshi Miura have also made appearances in the sky blue jersey.



The first steps towards the foundation of Sydney FC were taken in April 2004 when Soccer New South Wales (now Football NSW) announced their intention to bid for a licence in the new Australian football competition.
The bid was lodged with the Australian Soccer Association (now Football Federation Australia) on 19 July, challenged only by a consortium headed by Nick Politis, known as the "Sydney Blues", for Sydney's place in the 'one team per city' competition. A public row broke out between the two bidders after reports that the ASA were set to vote in favour of Sydney FC, causing Politis to withdraw his support for a team, and leaving Sydney FC as the only candidate remaining.

Sydney was officially launched as a member of the new 8-team A-League on 1 November 2004, with a 25% stake in the club held by Soccer NSW, the remainder privately owned. Walter Bugno was announced as the inaugural chairman of the club.

By February 2005, Sydney had filled 16 of their allowed 20 squad positions — attracting Socceroos Clint Bolton, Steve Corica and David Zdrilic as well as youth internationals Justin Pasfield, Mark Milligan, Wade Oostendorp, Iain Fyfe and Jacob Timpano. Germanmarker Pierre Littbarski was signed as Head Coach, to be assisted by former Norwich City player Ian Crook. Sydney FC played its first ever match against Manly United FC on 25 March 2005, winning 6–1. Shortly after, Sydney set off on a tour to the United Arab Emiratesmarker to play matches against local teams FC Hatta, Al Ain FC and Al Jazira, winning all three. Whilst in Dubaimarker, Sydney FC announced that they had agreed to terms with former Manchester United player Dwight Yorke to join Sydney as their "marquee player" – one paid outside of the $1.5 million salary cap — for two seasons.


Sydney FC's first competitive match was held against Queensland Roar at Central Coast Stadiummarker in Gosfordmarker as part of an Australian qualifying tournament to enter the 2005 Oceania Club Championship. After winning the match 3–0, Sydney went on to defeat Perth Glory and the Central Coast Mariners to win their first piece of silverware and qualify for the Oceania Club Championship, to be held in Tahitimarker. Despite an early scare against New Zealandmarker club Auckland City FC, Sydney won all of their matches in the competition and qualified for the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship in Japanmarker. The start of the 2005 Pre-Season Cup marked Sydney FC's first match at Sydney Football Stadiummarker, as well as Dwight Yorke's first appearance for the club — Yorke scoring the first goal of Sydney's 3–1 win which stretched their unbeaten run to 9 competitive matches (15 including friendlies). Upon reaching the semi-finals, Sydney's unbeaten run finally ended at 11 with Perth Glory midfielder Nick Ward scoring in injury time to inflict the new club's first ever loss.

League 2005–06

Sydney FC entered the inaugural A-League season as heavy favourites for the title, and hosted their first league match against Melbourne Victory on 28 August 2005. This event drew a then-record crowd for a regular season match in Australia. The stated figure was 35,208 although this is likely to be an underestimation of the true crowd size. A large number of people who 'walked up' to the game was unmanageable for ticket sellers at the gate, and for only the second time in the history of the SCG Trustmarker (the operators of Sydney Football Stadiummarker), the gates were opened twenty minutes after the game had started, permitting around two–thousand fans to enter for free.

The season saw mixed results for Sydney in the new competition, including a 5–0 loss to Melbourne in October followed by a 5–1 win over a month later. With a place in the finals-series on the line, Sydney lost just one of their last seven games to secure second place at the conclusion of the twenty–one game regular season, seven points behind Adelaide United. Sydney had beaten Adelaide 2–1 in the final round and again faced them in the Major Semi–Final. Over two legs, they defeated Adelaide 4–3 on aggregate, ensuring a home Grand Final which produced a sell–out crowd of 41,689 (above the stated capacity of Sydney Football Stadiummarker). On 5 March 2006 they faced Central Coast Mariners, the nearest club to Sydney by distance, in the inaugural A-League Grand Final. Sydney won the match 1–0 after Dwight Yorke set up Steve Corica for the deciding goal, to claim the first A-League Championship.

During the off-season, coach Pierre Littbarski left the club following a dispute over his contract which involved a significant pay cut from his reported $700,000 first year salary. He was replaced by former England international and Motherwell manager Terry Butcher on 17 May 2006. Preparing for their second season, Sydney FC recruited Ruben Zadkovich (previously on a short-term contract with Sydney FC), Alex Brosque (Queensland Roar) and Jeremy Brockie (New Zealand Knights).

League 2006–07

The second season of the Hyundai A-league ("dubbed Version 2.0") was ultimately an unsuccessful and disappointing season for the defending champions. The club's administration had spent far more than it had earnt over the course of the past two years, and subsequent budget cutbacks included the sale of marquee forward Dwight Yorke, a significantly reduced advertising campaign, and the loss of German coach Pierre Littbarski. The team's displays on the field were widely reported by Australian sports media to have ranged from showing glimpses of strong form to marked disappointment, and no real challenge for the premiership was mounted.

The off-field administration of the club came under equally heavy criticism. There were disruptions and disagreements within the club's controlling board, and disruptions in the dressing room involving several senior players and coach Terry Butcher. Amongst many other unfortunate events, the club was fined AU$129,000 and three competition points for an alleged salary cap breach involving David Zdrillic. The Sydney FC squad also suffered through remarkably bad fortune with regards to injuries; at one point, only thirteen players were fit & available on the team sheet, including regular second-choice keeper Justin Pasfield . All of this amounted to disappointing attendances, ugly displays of football from what were previously regarded as a good team to watch and relatively poor performances.

Eventually, Sydney progressed to the finals series only by way of a hard fought draw against the Queensland Roar in the final match of the regular season. The Newcastle Jets were drawn as the team's initial play-off opponents in the final series. Sydney Won the first leg 2–1 at home but lost the second leg 0–2 away and they were ultimately defeated by the Jets 3–2 over the course the two (home and away) legs.

League 2007–08

Sydney FC fans before kickoff during the 2007–08 A-League finals series.
the third Hyundai A-league season, Sydney FC's playing squad retained a majority of players from the previous AFC Champion's League campaign, but was nonetheless altered through activity in the transfer market. On August 5, David Carney was transferred for AU$125,000 to English Championship side Sheffield United. The former Sydney player signed a three year deal with the club which was reported to have been earning him around AU$1.25 million a year.

New players included former Socceroos regular Tony Popovic and former LA Galaxy attacking midfielder, Michael Enfield. On August 3 2007 Brazilian international Juninho Paulista, formerly of Celtic and Middlesbroughmarker, signed with Sydney FC as the team's marquee player. They also secured youth players Ben Vidaic and Adam Biddle. Tony Popovic and Mark Milligan were named as captain and vice-captain, respectively. On October 15, 2007 Michael Bridges was signed on a season-long loan deal from Hull City as a replacement for Michael Enfield, who had sustained a serious knee injury.

After an early season run of disappointing results, on October 22, 2007, it was announced that manager Branko Culina would be sacked from the club. On October 23, former Adelaide United coach John Kosmina was presented as the new head coach of the team. Kosmina got the side off to a flying start under his tenure, winning a clash with table-topping rivals Central Coast in a thrilling 3–2 victory before a crowd of nearly 18,000 at the SFS — a sign of bigger things to come for the Blues. This was followed by an impressive 1–0 away victory over the Newcastle Jets, as with former England junior Michael Bridges recorded his first goal in the A-League. An entertaining 0–0 draw at the Telstra Domemarker with rivals Melbourne Victory followed, as Sydney FC — still undefeated under Kosmina — began climbing the competition's ladder.

During all of this, the Los Angeles Galaxy played a one-off exhibition match against Sydney FC at Sydney's Stadium Australiamarker on 27 November 2007. Sydney FC won the match, which was broadcast nationally on free-to-air TV by Network Ten, 5–3. David Beckham scored the first goal for the LA Galaxy from a free kick right on half time, as a crowd of over 80,000 looked on.

On 22 December, a crucial match against the Central Coast Mariners resulted in a 5–4 victory in favour of Sydney. The match, held at Bluetongue Central Coast Stadiummarker, was described by critics as the best game ever to come from the A-League. The win was especially savoured after Sydney were down 2–0 after 15 minutes. The controversial sending-off of Mariners goalkeeper Danny Vukovic in the 16th minute turned the match in favour of Sydney. Ufuk Talay scored their 5th goal via a penalty in stoppage time.

On Friday the 28 December 2007, Sydney FC came from behind for the second time in two weeks to defeat Adelaide United 3–1 and keep its unbeaten away record intact in front of a record Adelaide crowd of 25,039. A win over Wellington Phoenix and draws with Queensland Roar in Brisbane and Melbourne Victory in Sydney in front of the highest crowd of the season (for all A-League teams) gave Sydney a final league position of 3rd.

On Friday the 26 January, Sydney played out a nil–all draw for the first leg of the semi-final against the Queensland Roar in front of 23,450 fans at the Sydney Football Stadiummarker. The teams then met again two weeks later in Brisbane to face off for the second leg. Marquee player Juninho, who had been in and out of the team all season with various leg and back problems, had been ruled out with a knee injury that he picked up in training, and Ruben Zadkovich was announced as his replacement. The Roar scored in the 14th minute through their Brazilian import Reinaldo, and Sydney FC was subsequently defeated and knocked out of the running for the 2007/2008 A-league championship and AFC Champions League qualification. Instead, the team was placed into the 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship.

League 2008–09

Main Article: Sydney FC season 2008-09

Sydney FC again recruited heavily going into the fourth season of the A-League, with three major signings to the club; Socceroos stars John Aloisi from the Central Coast Mariners and Simon Colosimo from Perth Glory were acquired, along with the only goal scorer in the 2008 grand final, Olyroo Mark Bridge. Shortly after, midfielders Stuart Musialik from the Newcastle Jets and Mitchell Prentice from Perth Glory were transferred in. Alongside this heavy recruitment, a large number of players whose contracts had endeded after the 2007–08 season were let go: Mark Rudan (Avispa Fukuoka), Ufuk Talay (Avispa Fukuoka), Ruben Zadkovich (Derby County), David Zdrilic (released), Patrick da Silva (released), Ben Vidaic (released), Mark Milligan (uncontracted), Juninho (released), Brendan Renaud (released), Mark Robertson (released).

The season began with early wins against Perth Glory, the Mariners, and Adelaide United, as well as draws against rivals Melbourne Victory, Queensland Roar, and Newcastle Jets. For a while, the 'glamour club' sat second on the ladder, 2 points behind Melbourne. A milestone was achieved for the club when veteran midfielder Steve Corica scored a goal against Adelaide United and became the club's highest ever goal scorer, a title previously held by Sasho Petrovski. On November 11, captain Tony Popovic announced his immediate retirement, and became the club's assistant coach. Sadly, and following an increasingly alarming yearly pattern, the team's performance slumped in the second half of the season, and the club sank to 6th place (of eight teams)on the A-League ladder.

A late rally saw Sydney FC finish the 2008–09 season in 5th place, two points outside the top 4. This was the first season where the harbour city team had failed to qualify for the finals series, and coach John Kosmina was swiftly, officially sacked on Saturday, 31 January 2009. The club's fortunes had, by now, noticeably declined since its blue ribbon debut, and with the end of the 2008–09 season several there came another clearing out of the player roster. Brendon Santalab, Robbie Middleby and Jacob Timpano left, but would reunite at new franchise club North Queensland, whilst Adelaide-born Iain Fyfe headed home to Adelaide United. Dutch player Bobby Petta and Americanmarker midfielder Mike Enfield were released by the club, and Dez Giraldi's loan spell finished with a return to the NSWPL.

National Youth League 2008–09

With Sydney FC boasting a number of star youth players such as former Sutherland striker Brendan Gan, AIS product Kofi Danning and rising star Rhyan Grant, all of which experienced time in the senior team, it came as no surprise that Sydney comprehensively swept the league away with a stunning 41 points in 18 league games. In total, Sydney won 13 games, drew 2 and lost 3 in a season which saw them as the league's top attacking team with 43 goals and the second best defence, only leaking 22 goals in the regular season. Controversially, on the 21 February 2009, despite Sydney winning the league, Adelaide hosted the grand final as the curtain raiser to the A-League's Preliminary Final between United and the Roar. Sydney won the game 2–0 with goals from the head of Ibrahim Haydar in the 21st minute and substitute Robbie Mileski in the 77th minute crowning Sydney FC the inaugural National Youth League Champions.

A change in ownership

During the 2008–09 season it was announced majority shareholder and FFA chairman Frank Lowy would relinquish his majority of shares of the club to Russian businessman David Traktovenko, the former owner of Zenit Saint Peterburg. Lowy's role as FFA chairman seemed to have had an effect on his direct control of Sydney FC with fans becoming uneasy at the fact controversy was surrounding the coach and players, as well as the overall culture at the club.

Traktovenko alongside his partner Paul Ramsay were announced to take control over the club at the end of March, but this date was moved forward following former CEO Andrew Kemeney's departure, along with the Russian's urge to prepare for next season. Traktovenko's son-in-law, Scott Barlow, who up until recently was on the board of directors, was expected to be appointed to a higher role. The new ownership had a sudden impact when the club announced that John Kosmina would have his contract terminated by mutual consent.

A day after John Kosmina was sacked, it was confirmed that Sydney FC had been in talks with former AC Sparta Prague manager Vítězslav Lavička, and that a one-year contract to manage the team had been proposed. On the 4th of February 2009, the Czech coach was announced as the new club manager. Former Czech U21 coach Michal Zach and former club captain and Socceroos defender Tony Popovic are the current clubs assistant managers. Popovic remained as temporary caretaker coach until Lavička's arrival in April.

According to news sources around the country, Vítězslav Lavička had been in the stands watching Sydney FC's matches during the preceding two weeks, and a press conference was held early in March 2009 to officially present Lavička as Sydney's 5th manager. The incumbent naturally found himself under enormous pressure, being the club's fifth manager in five seasons of the Hyundai A-League.


See Sydney FC season 2009-10

International competitions

Oceania Club Championship 2004–05

Sydney participated in the 2004–05 Oceania Club World Championships after defeating the then Queensland Roar, Perth Glory, and Central Coast Mariners to qualify. The event was being held in Tahitimarker, and Sydney's first match was against New Zealandmarker team Auckland City FC, Sydney won 2–1, and would go on to defeat AS Pirae and Sobou FC, before winning against Tafea FC 6–0 in the Semi-Final. In the Final against AS Magenta Sydney won 2–0 with goals coming from Matthew Bingley and David Zdrillic.

2005 FIFA Club World Championship Campaign

In December 2005, Sydney FC competed in the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship as the Oceania Football Confederation's entry to the tournament following their 2004–05 Oceania Club Championships success in June.On December 12, in front of a crowd of over 28,000 at Japan's Toyota Stadiummarker, Sydney FC narrowly lost to Costa Rican champions Deportivo Saprissa 1–0, denying the club a semi–final match against European champion Liverpool FC. Four days later, Sydney FC defeated the African "Club of the Century" Al-Ahly 2–1 to finish the competition in fifth place.This was to be any Australian football club's last year to qualify for the Club World Championship through the Oceania Club Championship. The FFA (Football Federation of Australia) announced soon after Sydneys grand final win that Australia will depart from the Oceania Football Confederation to join the higher ranking Asian Football Confederation. The A-league now participates AFC's inter-city club tournaments such as the Asian Champions League held annually during the off-season of the A-league, and also the international cup tournaments such as the Asian Cup held every 4 years. Sydney FC went on to represent Australia in the Asian Champions league in 2007.

2007 Asian Champions League Campaign

On November 22, 2006, Sydney FC and Adelaide United, as 2005–06 Champions and Premiers, were nominated as the first clubs to represent the Australia in the AFC Champions League 2007. Expectations were low for Sydney after a troubled season — many key players left the club at seasons end and coach Terry Butcher was replaced by former NSL coach Branko Culina. Culina named a revamped 21-man squad and in their opening game on 7 March 2007 had 2–1 away win over Shanghai Shenhua with Ufuk Talay scoring a thunderous goal outside of the 18 yard box. That result was followed up with a 2–2 draw at home against Japanese club Urawa Reds after being up 2–0 in front of 21,010 — a bigger home crowd than had attended any of the last season's regular matches[26]. In a game delayed by a day after near monsoonal rain, they struggled against Indonesian side Persik Kediri, losing 2–1 and showing their lack of match fitness against a better than expected Persik side.

In the return match a fortnight later, Sydney FC revenged the loss at Parramatta Stadium in Western Sydney, defeating Persik 3–0 with goals from Steve Corica and Alex Brosque.[27] Sydney's final matches in the group finished in stalemates, first at home to Shanghai and then in Japan at Urawa Reds. Sydney was one point behind Urawa in their group ladder going into the final match, faced with needing to win in order to progress. Unable to capitalise on good ball possession, the match ended 0–0 and thus ended Sydney's Asian Champions League campaign.

2008 Pan-Pacific Championship Campaign

On the 20th February, Sydney were pitted against Houston Dynamo, who had won the previous season's MLS Championship. The match was played on artificial turf (fake grass) at Aloha Stadium. Sydney FC were never really settled in the unfamiliar conditions, and suffered a 3–0 loss. Sydney newcomer Ryan Walsh was dispossessed of the ball 8 metres from the 18-yard box by Brian Ching, and the Canadian International Dwayne De Rosario put the ball past keeper Clint Bolton. Then, straight after the restart by Sydney, Stuart Holden received a 'through-ball' pass from Dwayne De Rosario, and shot past a stunned Sydney defence from the edge of the 6-yard box. When Chris Wondolowski scored before half-time to make the score 3–0, Sydney FC had really lost hope of coming back.

An understrength Sydney went into the 3/4th playoff against Los Angeles Galaxy fairly confident, as they had already beaten them during the November 2007 friendly match. However, Sydney fell behind only 3 minutes into the match when multi-million dollar English signing David Beckham sent in a pin-point cross from the right wing to find striker Ely Allen, who volleyed the ball past Sydney keeper Ivan Necevski. Defender Brendan Renaud then scored with a powerful shot from 30 metres out in the top right corner, but the Los Angeles team regained the lead soon after, as David Beckham again sent in a cross that Necevski couldn't handle and palmed to the feet of Los Angeles midfielder Josh Tudela, who tapped the ball into the net. LA went on to win the match 2–1, and Sydney finished 4th in the inaugural tournament. Japanese Side Gamba Osaka finished 1st, after a 6–1 thrashing of MLS Champions Houston Dynamo.

Colours and badge

Sydney FC's badge since founding in 2004

The primary club colour of Sydney FC is sky blue, which represents the state colour of New South Walesmarker. The secondary club colour is navy blue, with additional contrasting colours of orange and white.

The Sydney FC badge was created and used since the clubs founding in 2004. It features a football set centrally in a stylised crest shape. Above the ball is the shape of three shells of the Sydney Opera Housemarker, an internationally recognisable symbol of the city of Sydney. Below the ball is the Commonwealth Star, a seven-pointed star symbolising the Federation of Australia.


Sydney FC play their home matches at Sydney Football Stadiummarker (commonly known as SFS, and formerly known as Aussie Stadium), located in the Sydney suburb of Moore Parkmarker. It was built in 1988 to be the premium "rectangular field" for rugby league matches. It is also now used for association football and rugby union for major matches and domestic competition.

The stadium has easy access from the city centre, with shuttle buses running from nearby Central Stationmarker on match days. It has been the venue for several Australian international matches (notably World Cup Qualifier against Argentina in 1993). The stadium's capacity was stated at 41,159 prior to renovations in 2007, although the attendance of the 2006 A-League grand final exceeded this number by over 500. The currently stated capacity is 45,500.

Sydney FC have played matches at other Sydney venues. Parramatta Stadiummarker in western Sydney was the venue for an AFC Champions League match against Indonesianmarker football side Persik Kediri in April 2007 when the SFS was unavailable due to a NRL match being played there. A friendly match against LA Galaxy was played at ANZ Stadiummarker in November 2007 due to its greater capacity, which drew a crowd of 80,295. Some argue that if the home stadium of Sydney FC was moved to the ANZ Stadiummarker in Homebush Baymarker, then it would attract much larger crowds, making it an easier travel distance from the stadium to the south and south-west districts of Sydney. However, the FFA has said they would like a separate team in Western Sydney

Training ground

Sydney FC's primary training ground is at Macquarie Universitymarker in North Rydemarker where they use the grounds, they also have advantage of the aquatic centre which they use for post match recovery sessions, leasing the facilities until at least late 2009. Occasionally Sydney will train at the SFSmarker and have been seen after home games having recovery sessions at local beaches such as Coogeemarker, Bondi Beachmarker and Maroubramarker.


Sydney supporters at the northern end at the Sydney Football Stadium

Sydney FC primarily draw support from right across the city of Sydneymarker as the only A-League team from Australia's largest city.

The largest supporters group of Sydney FC are known as "The Covemarker", and are located at the northern end of Sydney Football Stadium. The name came from the original name given to the settlement of Sydney — Sydney Covemarker. This settlement was located on the piece of land that is now the Circular Quaymarker ferry terminal. Cove members attend every home match and also travel as a group around the country to support the team at away matches. As a vocal group, The Cove demonstrates its support by singing football chants, wearing club colours, waving flags and holding banners.

On 7 July 2006, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes recorded a club song entitled 'Sydney FC For Me' with 25 members of The Cove singing back-up vocals. It was released prior to the start of the 2006–07 season.


Melbourne Victory (see also The City Derby) — The clash between Australia's two biggest cities is considered the biggest rivalry in the league by both sets of fans. Sydney and Melbourne have been historical rivals for over a century, and their football teams are no exception. The rivalry between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory has become arguably the most bitter in the A League, with almost every match between the two teams characterised by spiteful confrontations, controversy and consistently record-breaking crowds when the 2 teams go head-to-head.

Other rivalries include:

Adelaide United — The two strongest teams in the first season have continued their bitterness with each other. While Adelaide took out the Premiership in the regular season, Sydney went on to take out the Championship title in the league finals. Since then, there has only been one game between the two sides decided by more than one goal. However on 21 September 2008 in the Sydney v Adelaide game at SFS Sydney FC took away the game with a 3–0 win, breaking this streak.

Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets — 2 local derbies of New South Walesmarker, with easy travel between Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast. Central Coast finished as runner-up from the first season as Sydney took the Championship title. The minor rivalry was expressed in a fantastic 5–4 game in season three, with Sydney victorious due to a penalty kick in stoppage time. Newcastle defeated Sydney FC in the 2006/07 season 3–2 on aggregate to progress to the minor semi finals. However, Newcastle has not defeated Sydney in a regular season match since September 2005. Sydney won all 3 encounters in the 2007/08 season.

Current senior squad

Correct as of November 13 2009

Other squads

Current Youth squad

Sydney FC's Youth Squad plays in the A-League National Youth League.

Current Women squad

Sydney FC's Women Squad will be playing in the new 8 team W-League. Players in bold have received international caps for their country.

Notable former players

Below is a list of notable footballers who have previously played for Sydney FC. Generally, this means players that have played 50 or more first-class matches for the club. However, some players who have played fewer matches are also included, as they were the club's integral founding members, were integral members of a championship winning team, have at least one senior international cap or made significant contributions to the club's history


Brazil England Italy Japan Trinidad and Tobago

International players


Managers by Years (2005-present) Hyundai A-League games only.

Name Nat Period Honours Managed Won Drawn Lost Win %
Pierre Littbarski 2005-2006 2004-05 Oceania Club Champions

2005-06 Hyundai A-League Champions
24 12 7 5 50%
Terry Butcher 2006-2007 23 9 8 6 39%
Branko Culina 2007 AFC Champions League 2007 Group Stage 9 2 3 4 22%
John Kosmina 2007-2009 35 13 11 11 37%
Tony Popovic (Caretaker) * 2009 0 0 0 0 -
Vítězslav Lavička 2009-present 13 8 1 4 62%

  • Tony Popovic was appointed caretaker after Kosmina had been sacked. He was manager of the team for 1 game, a friendly against Shanghai Shenhua during the 2008-09 off-season. Sydney lost the match 2-1

Other staff

Senior Squad Coaching Staff
  • Head Coach: Vítězslav Lavička
  • Assistant Coach: Tony Popovic
  • Assistant Coach: Michal Zach
  • Strength/Conditioning Coach: Craig Duncan
  • Goalkeeping Coach: John Filan
  • Chief Medical Officer: Dr. Daniel Biggs
  • Club Doctor: Dr. Andrew McDonald
  • Club Physio: Stan Ivancic
  • Assistant/Masseur: Joe Niutta

Youth Squad Coaching Staff
  • Youth Coach: Steve O'Connor
  • Assistant Coach: Steve Corica
  • Assistant Coach: Grant Lee
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Jim Fraser
  • Physiotherapist: Stuart Turner
  • Trainer: Kylie Johnson

Management Team
  • Chief Executive Officer: Stefan Kamasz
  • Head Coach: Vítězslav Lavička
  • Financial Controller: Phil Coy
  • Chief Commercial Officer: Ken Sharp
  • General Manager, Football: David Mason
  • General Manager, Marketing and Memberships: Kate Lalak

Board of Directors
  • Chairman:Paul Ramsay AO
  • Vice Chairman: Scott Barlow
  • Director: Chris Rex
  • Director: Elliott Rusanow

Year by year history

Sydney FC League and Tournament Qualification History
Season P W D L F A Teams League


Finals Series

ACL Qualification ACL Placing Pan-Pacific

FIFA Club World Cup
2005–06 21 (24) 10 (12) 6 (7) 5 (5) 35 (40) 28 (31) 8 2nd Qualified Champions Qualified for 2007 DNP DNP 5th*
2006–07 21 (23) 8 (9) 8 (8) 5 (6) 29 (31) 19 (22) 8 4th Qualified Minor Semi-Finals DNQ Group Stage (2nd) DNP DNP
2007–08 21 (23) 8 (8) 8 (9) 5 (6) 28 (28) 24 (26) 8 3rd Qualified Minor Semi Finals DNQ DNP 4th DNP
2008–09 21 (21) 7 (7) 5 (5) 9 (9) 33 (33) 32 (32) 8 5th DNQ DNP DNQ DNP DNP DNP

Sydney FC Pre-Season Cup History
Season P W D L F A Position
2005–6 4 (4) 2 (2) 0 (0) 1 (2) 5 (5) 1 (2) Semi-Final
2006–07 4 (6) 3 (4) 1 (1) 0 (1) 7 (10) 2 (4) Semi-Final
2007–08 3 (3) 0 (0) 1 (1) 2 (2) 0 (0) 6 (6) Group Stage
2008–09 3 (3) 1 (1) 0 (0) 2 (2) 4 (4) 7 (7) Group Stage

Sydney FC Asian Champions League History
Season P W D L F A Position
2007 6 2 3 1 8 5 Grouping Stage (2nd in Group)

P = Played
W = Wins
D = Draws
L = Loss
F = Goals For
A = Goals Against
DNQ = Did Not Qualify
DNP = Did Not Participate
TBA = To Be Announced
( ) = statistic including A-league Finals
* = Participated as OFC member.

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International Teams Wins/Loss

Club Pld W D L GF GA GD
Al-Ahly 1 1 0 0 2 1 1
AS Magenta 1 1 0 0 2 0 2
AS Pirae 1 1 0 0 6 0 6
Auckland City FC 1 1 0 0 3 2 1
Deportivo Saprissa 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
Houston Dynamo 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
LA Galaxy 2 1 0 1 6 5 2
Persik Kediri 2 1 0 1 4 2 2
Shanghai Shenhua 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
Sobou FC 1 1 0 0 9 2 7
Tafea FC 1 1 0 0 6 0 6
Urawa Red Diamonds 2 0 2 0 2 2 0
Total 17 9 3 5 46 23 23


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Years Kit Manufacturer Major Sponsor Minor Sponsor
2005–2007 Reebok Healthe HBA Heath Insurance
2007–2009 Reebok Bing Lee/JVC HBA Health Insurance
2009–present Reebok Bing Lee/Sony MBF Health Insurance

Other sponsors include:
PULSAR Watches
Star City Casinomarker
Macquarie Universitymarker
Hyundai Motor Company (In Association with A-League)

Affiliated clubs

  • Shanghai Shenhua — In December 2008 Sydney management released a statement that Sydney had signed a permanent sister-club relationship with Chinese Super League Club Shanghai Shenhua, both clubs will trade players, as well as coaching tips and medical and training methods.


  1. Carney Makes Blades Parade, 5 August 2007
  2. Juninho signs as marquee player, 3 August 2007
  3. Millsy Gets Vice Captain, 7 August 2007
  6. Sydney Morning Herald : They're not just dribblers - these Coves are committed
  8. N.B.: The 17 matches quoted includes friendly matches, which are not included in this record
  9. Transfer fee of £200,000;

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