With preseason games fast approaching we look back at the statistics of some of Sydney FC’s greatest players, starting with the man who nabbed the Sky Blues first piece of silverware Steve Corica.
With preseason games fast approaching we look back at the statistics of some of Sydney FC-s greatest players, starting with the man who nabbed the Sky Blues first piece of silverware Steve Corica.
Corica was a foundation player, joining the Sky Blues in 2005 for the start of their first Hyundai A-League season and went on to play for Sydney FC until the end of the 2009/10 season.
In total he made 107 A-League appearances, starting 100 of those, for a total of 8,365 minutes playing time. Corica also made 14 appearances in the Preseason Cup, five in the Oceania Champions League, two in the FIFA World Club Championships, and six in the AFC Asian Champions League.
Playing across so many competitions earned the former Leicester City and Wolverhampton midfielder third spot in the list of all time highest appearance makers for the Sky Blues, topped only by Clint Bolton (125) and Terry McFlynn (214).
Deployed as primarily an attacking midfielder, “Bimbi” had a keen eye for goal scoring 21 times during the regular season and twice in the Finals series, including the goal that won the Sky Blues their first Championship against the Central Coast Mariner at Sydney Football Stadium in 2006.
Running off Dwight Yorke, Corica received the ball on the edge of the area from the Sky Blues Marquee and, without needing a touch, coolly side-footed the ball into the back of the net to send the Sky Blues faithful into delirium.
Corica also scored key goals in the preseason cup and, most notably, in the AFC Asian Champions League to take his overall tally to 31 goals and place him second in the list of all-time Sydney FC top goal scorers.
The fleet footed midfielder has a host of accolades at both club an national level. With the Sky Blues he has claimed the Championship on two occasions, the Premiership once and the Oceania Club Championship in 2005.
As the first to play at every youth and senior level for Australia he won the Oceania Nations Cup in 2000, scoring during the competition against the Cook Islands in a 17-0 win for the Socceroos.
Now a Championship winner at coaching level with Sydney FC’s Foxtel National Youth League squad, Corica will be hoping to defend his title when the league kicks off later this year.
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