Four of Sydney FC’s current Hyundai A-League squad have been selected in the initial 32-player preliminary team for the FOXTEL A-League All Stars match.
Four of Sydney FC-s current Hyundai A-League squad have been selected in the initial 32-player preliminary team for the FOXTEL A-League All Stars match.
Seb Ryall, Sasa Ognenovski, Bernie Ibini and Ali Abbas have all been rewarded for their efforts in the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season by being named in Josep Gombau-s preliminary squad, that will be cut down to 20, to play Italian giants Juventus FC at ANZ Stadium on the 10th of August.
The four selected Sky Blues players will link up with Sydney FC’s marquee man Alessandro Del Piero who was automatically selected into the squad and will captain the All-Stars against the club he spent 19 years at.
Hyundai A-League player of the year Thomas Broich of Brisbane Roar topped the fan voting for the 32-player preliminary squad for the FOXTEL A-League All Stars match.
Broich was the fans- top pick, narrowly ahead of Alessandro del Piero, the captain of the 2014 FOXTEL A-League All Stars.
In the first stage of voting for the FOXTEL A-League All Stars selection, over 50,000 votes were cast by fans who were able to choose from all 10 Hyundai A-League clubs in picking 15 players for their team. Fans were also able to select their preferred formation.
Rounding out the top five picks behind Broich and Del Piero were Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, A-League Golden Boot winner Adam Taggart of Newcastle United and Brisbane Roar championship winner Ivan Franjic.
The second stage of fan voting on the final 16 players for the A-League All Stars is now open (www.a-leagueallstars.com.au/vote) .
FOXTEL A-League All Stars Head Coach Josep Gombau will then use his voting right to include his four wild card selections to make up the 20-man squad to face Juventus FC on 10 August.
FFA CEO David Gallop said the All Stars preliminary squad captured the quality and excitement on show in the Hyundai A-League.
“The squad is packed full of star performers who light up the competition each week,” said Gallop. “The fans have shown they love the players who turn on the style and make the A-League such great entertainment.
“I think Josep Gombau will have an array of talent to choose from when it comes to facing Juventus in August.”
The top 32 players in order of fan voting for each position are:
Eugene Galekovic – Adelaide United
Michael Theo – Brisbane Roar
Ante Covic – Western Sydney Wanderers
Michael Zullo – Adelaide United
Ivan Franjic – Brisbane Roar
Matt Smith – Brisbane Roar
Josh Rose – Central Coast Mariners
Storm Roux – Central Coast Mariners
Aziz Behich – Melbourne Heart
Sebastian Ryall – Sydney FC
Sasa Ognenovski – Sydney FC
Matthew Spiranovic – Western Sydney Wanderers
Nikolai Topor-Stanley – Western Sydney Wanderers
Marcelo Carrusca – Adelaide United
Fabio Ferreira – Adelaide United
Luke Brattan – Brisbane Roar
Thomas Broich – Brisbane Roar
Matt McKay – Brisbane Roar
Gui Finkler – Melbourne Victory
Mark Milligan – Melbourne Victory
Tom Rogic – Melbourne Victory
Ali Abbas – Sydney FC
Youssouf Hersi – Perth Glory
Alessandro Del Piero – Sydney FC
Sergio Cirio – Adelaide United
Bernie Ibini – Sydney FC
David Williams – Melbourne Heart
Besart Berisha – Melbourne Victory
Archie Thompson – Melbourne Victory
James Troisi – Melbourne Victory
Adam Taggart – Newcastle Jets
Tom Juric – Western Sydney Wanderers
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