In light of NBA All Star weekend we decided to reboot the old A-League All Stars exhibition match axed after the 2014 edition and took a look at who would make the starting eleven in 2018.

While our selections may be deemed controversial we’ve given it our best go to represent who we feel have been the best players in each position this season.

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Opting for a 4-3-3 formation take a look at our picks for a revamped All Stars XI.

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GK – Vedran Janjetovic (Western Sydney Wanderers)

Leading the league in saves made the Croatian born goalkeeper is having his finest season to date.

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RB – Luke Wilkshire (Sydney FC)

The Socceroos veteran making his experience count providing width to a very strong Sky Blues attack.

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CB – Alan Baro (Central Coast Mariners)

A rock at the back for the Mariners who are among the lowest conceding sides in the competition.

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CB – Bart Schenkeveld (Melbourne City FC)

A tough tackling presence providing the City attack a strong platform to move up the pitch.

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LB – Michael Zullo (Sydney FC)

Second in assists this season Zullo is proving to be the perfect modern fullback for Sydney.

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CDM – Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory)

Another Socceroos stalwart Milligan would cement a spot in any of the A-League’s sides at the moment.

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RCM – Isaias (Adelaide United)

The silky Spaniard with some of the best passing and vision the league has ever seen. Isaias simply couldn’t miss out.

LCM – Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC)

One that we feel can’t be left out of the squad last years Johnny Warren medalist has picked up where he left off and would likely be one of the stars of the show.

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RW – Andrew Nabbout (Newcastle Jets)

Having the season of a lifetime Nabbout ranks in the league’s top five for both goals and assists and is playing a big part in the Jets high-flying season.

ST – Bobo (Sydney FC)

On track to break Bruno Fornaroli’s record of 25 goals in a season the big Brazilian is blitzing it up front this time around.

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LW – Leroy George (Melbourne Victory)

Almost single-handedly keeping the Victory afloat this season the Dutchman leads the league in assists with eleven.

Manager – Ernie Merrick (Newcastle Jets)

Leading the Jets revolution Merrick has brought the refreshing approach that Newcastle have long been waiting for.

Subs: Diego Castro (Perth Glory), Adrian Mierzejewski (Sydney FC), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets), Andrija Kaluderovic (Wellington Phoenix), Rhys Williams (Melbourne Victory), Dean Bouzanis (Melbourne City).

To no surprise the squad is dominated by the powerful Sky Blues with five players while last years finalists Victory have three along with two from City and the Jets.

To add to the All Stars game itself why not introduce some of the skills challenges and make a weekend out of it?

Some of the cross-sport translations could include a set skills course, a top bins/crossbar challenge and a celebrity match to provide a spectacle that will draw some much-needed attention towards the sport in Australia.

As far as the opponents go it will be hard to match the profile of previous challengers Juventus and Manchester United but with a pre-season trip scheduled for Chelsea in July the reigning English Premier League Champions would draw a huge amount of interest.

 

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Recent Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Love all things football and can't wait to be part of the growth of the game in Australia. Waiting for the day the FFA come to their senses and hand us an A-League team... but could be waiting a while.