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Sydney Football Club
Full name Sydney Football Club
Nickname(s) Sky Blues
Founded 2004
Ground Sydney Football Stadium,
(Capacity: 45,500)
Owner Russia David Traktovenko & Australia Paul Ramsay
Chairman Australia Scott Barlow
Coach Czech Republic Vítězslav Lavička
League A-League
2009–10 1st (league)
TBD (finals)
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Sydney Football Club, founded in 2004, is an Australian professional association football club based in Sydney 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. The club made further history in the A-League 2009-10 season, defeating arch rivals Melbourne Victory 2-0 to take out the Premiership.

Its home ground is Sydney Football Stadium, a 45,500 seat multi-use venue[1] in the suburb of Moore Park. Right from the beginning Sydney FC was marketed as the "glamour club" of the new competition,[2], 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.[3] 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.[4]

Sydney FC playing the Los Angeles Galaxy at ANZ Stadium during 2007.

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",[5] for Sydney's place in the 'one team per city' competition.[6] A public row broke out between the two bidders after reports that the ASA were set to vote in favour of Sydney FC,[7] causing Politis to withdraw his support for a team,[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] German 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.[11] Shortly after, Sydney set off on a tour to the United Arab Emirates to play matches against local teams FC Hatta, Al Ain FC and Al Jazira, winning all three.[12][13][14] Whilst in Dubai, 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.[15]


Sydney FC's first competitive match was held against Queensland Roar at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford 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 Tahiti. Despite an early scare against New Zealand club Auckland City FC,[16] Sydney won all of their matches in the competition and qualified for the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship in Japan. The start of the 2005 Pre-Season Cup marked Sydney FC's first match at Sydney Football Stadium, 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.[17]


Sydney FC's first season was ultimately a success. Finishing 2nd on the ladder behind Adelaide United they went on to defeat Central Coast Mariners 1-0 in the 2006 A-League Grand Final with Steve Corica scoring in the second half. However their success wouldn't last long, with German manager Pierre Littbarski leaving the club due to being forced to accept a lower pay cheque[18] and inaugural marquee player Dwight Yorke being signed by English Premier League club Sunderland A.F.C.. Former English international Terry Butcher was signed as their new coach for the 2006-07 season, however it was regarded as an overall failure, with Sydney playing poor football, despite the signing of Alex Brosque and Benito Carbone as a Guest player. Sydney also had 3 points taken away during the season, after it was found that they had breached the Salary cap, involving player David Zdrillic[19]. Despite the off field problems, Sydney scraped into the finals series, however lost out in the semi final to Newcastle Jets. Despite him leading Sydney into the finals, Sydney fans were unhappy with Butchers tactics, and both Butcher and Sydney FC went their separate ways. Sydney would then sign Branko Culina for their 2007 Asian Champions League campaign, where they finished second in the group, one point behind ultimate champions and J-League heavyweights Urawa Red Diamonds. Despite the ACL success, Sydney FC's start to the 07-08 season was poor, and the club sacked him, replacing him with former Adelaide United manager John Kosmina. Sydney FC played well for the rest of the season, but got knocked out in the finals by Brisbane Roar. However Kosmina couldn't repeat the success of the previous season, getting rid of Brazilian international Juninho and replacing him with Socceroos hero John Aloisi on a million dollar contract. However Aloisi didn't perform well at all during the season, and came under heavy fire, along with manager Kosmina, whose tactics were seen as controversial, and his relationship with the media, often becoming angry and frustrated didn't help causes either, many players fell out of favour with the coach, including Steve Corica and Clint Bolton and for the first time in the clubs history, they failed to make the play-offs. As a result Kosmina was fired, and new Owners were brought in - Russian billionaire David Traktovenko. The fresh change at the club was about to bear fruit, when Sydney announced they had signed Czech Republic manager Vitezslav Lavicka. Lavicka completely changed the structure of the club, and for its first time turning it into a serious, European style football club. He kept faith in Steve Corica and John Aloisi and several others who had threatened to walk out on the club, and as a result, Sydney FC won its first premiership in the clubs history.

International competitions

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 Wales. 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 House, 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 Stadium (commonly known as SFS, and formerly known as Aussie Stadium[20]), located in the Sydney suburb of Moore Park. 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 Station 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 Stadium in western Sydney was the venue for an AFC Champions League match against Indonesian 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 Stadium 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 Stadium in Homebush Bay, 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 University in North Ryde 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 SFS and have been seen after home games having recovery sessions at local beaches such as Coogee, Bondi Beach and Maroubra.


Sydney supporters at the northern end at the Sydney Football Stadium

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

The largest supporters group of Sydney FC are known as "The Cove"[21], 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 Cove. This settlement was located on the piece of land that is now the Circular Quay 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.[22] 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 Wales, 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.


On 21 December 2009, Sydney FC inaugurated an elite academy that will develop young players. The main goal of the academy is to produce better players by providing technical and tactical knowledge. It is also to identify potential new talent that can represent Sydney in the National Youth League and A League in future seasons. This shows a continued commitment from Sydney to invest in and develop junior talent for the benefit of grassroots football. The initial 26 players taken in, who have been drawn from the NSW State League clubs and consists of junior players aged from 14-18, started training with the academy at Macquarie University.[23]

Current senior squad

Correct as of February 20, 2010

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Clint Bolton
2 Australia DF Sebastian Ryall
3 Switzerland DF Stephan Keller
4 Australia DF Simon Colosimo
5 Australia DF Hayden Foxe
6 Slovakia MF Karol Kisel
7 Australia MF Brendan Gan
8 Australia MF Stuart Musialik
9 Australia FW John Aloisi (Marquee + Captain)
11 Australia MF Kofi Danning (Youth)
12 Australia MF Shannon Cole
13 Australia DF Antony Golec (Youth)
14 Australia FW Alex Brosque
No. Position Player
15 Northern Ireland MF Terry McFlynn
16 Australia FW Chris Payne (Youth)
17 Australia DF Matthew Jurman (Youth)
18 Australia MF Adam Casey
19 Australia FW Mark Bridge (Junior Marquee)
20 Australia GK Ivan Necevski
22 South Korea DF Byun Sung-Hwan
23 Australia MF Rhyan Grant (Youth)
27 Australia DF Sam Gallagher
28 Australia MF Sam Munro
29 Australia MF Iain Ramsay
  • McFlynn has permanent Australian residency and therefore does not count to the foreign players list [24]

Other squads

Current Youth squad

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

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia GK Mark Pullman
Australia GK Nenad Vekic
Australia DF Luke Austin
Australia DF Zach Cairncross
Australia DF Sam Gallagher
Australia DF Mitchell Speer
Australia DF Steven Tibbetts
Australia MF Hussein Akil
No. Position Player
Australia MF Joel Chianese
Australia MF Tim McGowan
Australia MF Sam Munro
Australia MF Iain Ramsay
Australia FW Kerim Bulut
Australia FW Joey Gibbs
Australia FW Ray Miller
Australia FW Dimitri Petratos

Current Women squad

Sydney FC's Women Squad play in the 8 team W-League.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Rachel Cooper
2 Australia MF Samantha Spackman
3 Australia DF Danielle Brogan
4 Australia DF Alesha Clifford
5 Australia DF Lisa Gilbert
6 Australia MF Servet Uzunlar
7 Australia MF Heather Garriock
8 Australia FW Joanne Burgess
9 Australia FW Sarah Walsh
10 Australia MF Kylie Ledbrook
11 Australia FW Michelle Heyman
No. Position Player
12 Australia MF Carlie Ikonumou
13 Australia FW Loren Mahoney
14 Australia MF Maggie Elhusseini
15 Australia DF Jessica Seaman
16 Australia MF Linda O'Neill
17 Australia FW Danielle Small
18 Australia MF Nicola Bolger
19 Australia FW Leena Khamis
20 Australia GK Nikola Dieter
22 Australia MF Kelly Golebiowski
23 Australia MF Leah Blayney

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 competitive 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







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 Germany 2005–2006 2004-05 Oceania Club Champions
2005-06 Hyundai A-League Champions
24 12 7 5 50%
Terry Butcher England 2006–2007 23 9 8 6 39%
Branko Culina Australia 2007 AFC Champions League 2007 Group Stage 9 2 3 4 22%
John Kosmina Australia 2007–2009 35 13 11 11 37%
Tony Popovic (Caretaker) * Australia 2009 0 0 0 0 -
Vítězslav Lavička Czech Republic 2009-present 2009-10 Hyundai A-League Premiers 27 15 3 9 56%
  • 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

Youth Squad Coaching Staff

  • Youth Coach: Steve O'Connor
  • Assistant Coach: Steve Corica
  • Assistant Coach: Grant Lee
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Jimmy 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
2009–10 27 (27) 15 (15) 3 (3) 9 (9) 35 (35) 23 (23) 10 1st Qualifed TBD Qualified for 2011 DNP TBD 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.


  • W-League:
    • Premiers (1): 2009
    • Champions (1): 2009





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 Casino
Macquarie University
Hyundai Motor Company (In Association with A-League)

Affiliated clubs

  • People's Republic of China 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.


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  2. ^ "Sydney FC emerging as new league's glamour club". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-10-27. Retrieved 2006-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Budget FC closes door on Benito". Fox Sports. 2006-11-07.,8659,20710852-23215,00.html. Retrieved 2006-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Soccer NSW announces bid for new national league". Soccer NSW. 7 April 2004. Retrieved December 23, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Kewell major player behind Sydney team: report". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 September 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2006. 
  6. ^ Smith, Peter (21 July 2004). "ASA delighted with number of bids for new league". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 23 December 2006. 
  7. ^ "ASA picks Soccer NSW". The World Game. 10 September 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2006. 
  8. ^ Hall, Matthew (October 10, 2004). "Harry now a Central figure". The Sun Herald. Retrieved 23 December 2006. 
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  10. ^ "Sydney FC squad list". 23 February 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006. 
  11. ^ "Sydney FC starts with emphatic 6–1 win over Manly". 6 April 2005. Retrieved December 23, 2006. 
  12. ^ "Petrovski and Carney score twice in Sydney's 7–1 win". April 12, 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006. 
  13. ^ "Talay's lone goal gives Sydney 1–0 win in Dubai". 20 April 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006. 
  14. ^ "Zdrilic goal gives Sydney 1–0 win over Al Jazira". 20 April 2005. Retrieved December 23, 2006. 
  15. ^ "Yorke completes trifecta for Sydney FC". The Sydney Morning Herald. 18 April 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006. 
  16. ^ "Steve Corica wonder goal gives Sydney a 3–2 win". 2 June 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006. 
  17. ^ "Ward comes off bench to seal Perth win". 14 August 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006. 
  18. ^ "Littbarski quits, blasting club 'lies'". 4 May 2006. 
  19. ^ "FC Won't Appeal Salary Cap Sentence". 4 January 2007. 
  20. ^ SCG Trust (2007-07-09). "Sydney Football Stadium returns as Aussie deal expires". League Unlimited. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  21. ^ Sydney Morning Herald : They're not just dribblers - these Coves are committed
  22. ^ "Barnesy and The Cove record Sydney FC club song". 7 July 2006. 
  23. ^ The World Game : Sydney inaugurate academy
  24. ^ Terry McFlynn's Aussie pride advances FC
  25. ^
  26. ^ "Roar dominates but unable to break Sydney unbeaten run". 6 August 2005. Retrieved 22 December 2006. N.B.: The 17 matches quoted includes friendly matches, which are not included in this record
  27. ^ "Sydney FC vs Central Coast Mariners FC". 5 March 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2006. 
  28. ^ Transfer fee of £200,000; "Yorke completes Sunderland move". BBC Sport. 2006-08-31. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 

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Preceded by
A-League Champions
Succeeded by
Melbourne Victory


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