Following their successful jaunt to Japan, Sydney FC are now making their way to Italy to preach the Del Piero gospel to the previously-converted-but-whose-attention-may-have-waned-slightly. Just think of Frank Farina as Richard The Lionheart.

The three week crusade does include time for Seb Ryall and Rhyan Grant to nip down to Florence and pick up some leather jackets, however Brett Emerton’s request of a day trip to Rome so he can do the speech from Gladiator (My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius… father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next) from inside the Colosseum has been denied. 

The team and staff will depart for the preseason tour on Friday, but first play Macarthur Rams tonight in a friendly at Campbelltown Stadium (7:30pm kickoff). Homebase for the duration of the tour will be Jesolo.

Setting sail; Sydney FC off to fly the A-League flag in Italy. Credit: Football Through A Lens

Sydney FC Italian Tour Itinerary:
Aug 2 Sydney FC departs Sydney for Venice
Aug 7 Sydney FC v Padova Stadio Euganeo, Padova 8.45pm (4.45am Syd time)
Aug 8 Sydney FC v Udinese Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo 5pm (1am Syd time)
Aug 13 Sydney FC v Vicenza Calcio Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo 6pm (2am Syd time)
Aug 14 Sydney FC v A.S. Cittadella Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo 5pm (1am Syd time)
Aug 17 Sydney FC v Venezia Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo 6pm (2am Syd time)
Aug 21 Sydney FC v Reggiana Mapei Stadium, Reggio 9pm (5am Syd time)
Aug 24 Sydney FC arrives back in Sydney
Sep 2 Sydney FC resumes pre season training with the full squad

Sydney FC Tour Squad: 
Ivan Necevski, Sebastian Ryall, Marc Warren, Pascal Bosschaart, Matt Jurman, Brett Emerton, Pedj Bojic, Corey Gameiro, Alessandro Del Piero, Tiago Calvano, Mitch Mallia, Terry McFlynn, Joel Chianese, Peter Triantis, Nick Carle, Vedran Janjetovic, Yairo Yau, Ali Abbas, Rhyan Grant, Daniel Petkovski, Josh MacDonald, Nick Taneski, Alec Urosevski.

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Editor of The Football Sack for three years, Matthew now spends his time sipping Merlot whilst watching the latest installment of Thursday FC.