The A-League often entices talented footballers down under and while many are a roaring success some just fail to make the grade.

Whether it was a failing to adapt to Australian football or underestimating the strength of the A-League, we look back at some of the worst A-League marquee signings to grace Australian shore.

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5. Robert Koren – Melbourne City (2014-16)

The former Premier League midfielder arrived in Australia under an injury cloud and missed the first 10 games for his new club. The Slovenian international failed to live up to expectations and managed just the 4 goals from his 26 appearances at City.

After a reported relationship break down with City coach John van’t Schipt, Koren departed halfway through the 2015/16 campaign with the club agreeing to pay out the remaining $400,000 of his $1m-a-year contract.

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4. Dino Kresinger – Western Sydney Wanderers (2012/13)

Not the last Wanderers striker to appear on this list, Kresinger signed with Western Sydney with the goal of adding experience to a youthful squad. Prior to his spell with Wanderers the Croatian journeyman had played for more than five clubs.

Kresinger was released by the A-League outfit after just the one season,despite the club landing a spot in the 2012/13 A-League Grand Final. However, he only contributed two goals in his 25 appearances.

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3. Mario Jardel – Newcastle Jets (2007/08)

Jardel is no different to the other players which appear on this list, undoubtedly a talented footballer during his heyday, the Brazilian arrived in Australia in a bid to resurrect his fledgling career.

A household name from his time with Brazilian outfit, Gremio the striker made 10 appearances for the Brazilian National Team. However based on his performances in Newcastle Jardel’s time in Australia was considered a failure to say the least.

The Jets’ marquee departed the club midway through his first season at the club after being deemed surplus to requirements by coach Gary Van Egmond.

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2. Benito Carbone – Sydney FC (2006)

Carbone joined the Sky Blues on the back of a glittering career which had taken him to the heights of the Serie A and English Premier League.

After chipping in with two assists and a goal on his debut the Italian only lasted another two games before pulling his hamstring. That was the last that Sydney FC fans were to see of the Italian magician.

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  1. Federico Piovaccari – Western Sydney Wanderers (2015/16)

Possibly the worst marquee signing to grace the A-League. Piovaccari’s performances for Tony Popovic’s side left A-League fans in utter disbelief.

The Italian target man lacked composure in front of goal and showed few glimpses of the quality expected from marquee signings.

Piovaccari’s stay in Australia was short lived and fans weren’t exactly disappointed to see him leave.

From this list, it’s apparent that Wanderers’ marquee strikers have failed to set the A-League alight, will Oriol Riera prove to be the exception this season?

What are your thoughts? Let us know below.

Feature photo by Andrew B Simon.

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