Sydney FC Season Preview 2015/16

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They came so close last year. Second fiddle to Melbourne Victory in both the regular season and the Grand Final the Sky Blue are hot favourites in 2015/16. As per every year of the Hyundai A-League ever.

 

Last season
A-League: 2nd
Finals: 3-0 in the Grand Final, losing to Melbourne Victory
Looked great against Adelaide United in the Semi Final however were well and truly thumped by a Victory outfit full of class.

They’ll win the league because…
They’re 2011/12 Central Coast in disguise. Graham Arnold is at the helm and Matt Simon is on the bench. Classic Mariners. They won that season proper however didn’t do so well in the Finals Series and it could be much of the same for Sydney this year.

They’ll be cellar dwellers because…
Their backline doesn’t inspire a great deal of confidence. Faty notwithstanding, the ‘experienced’ defenders aren’t really up to scratch, and Sydney will this year learn that the A-League has outgrown these players. Seb Ryall and Matt Jurman are the stalwarts whilst Rhyan Grant is more midfield cover than actually a defender. It will be up to the new breed of confidence to keep balls flying into the Cove rather than into their own net.

Talk around the water cooler… look smart in front of your colleagues with this valuable piece of information.
Zachary Anderson and Shane Smeltz both played for the now defunct Gold Coast United, but only featured together for a total of 30 minutes across two games.

The off-season brought…
Football signings for football fans. Holosko and Ninkovic are no big name superstars, but they are smarter than your average bear. Fans should expect them to provide a good deal of firepower and to fit in nicely in the Sydney FC system.

Key player
Last year’s club player of the year Milos Dimitrijevic unexpectedly decided to stay on with the Sky Blues and that alone will whet the whistle of those attending Allianz Stadium throughout the year.

One to watch
Ali Abbas will be back at some point this season. He’s something of a club legend, and watching him back in action – fit and healthy – will take precedence over winning for many Sydney fans.

Full squad list
1. JANJETOVIC Vedran, 20. NECEVSKI Ivan, 30. BOUZANIS Anthony, 2. RYALL Seb, 12. TRATT Jacob, 16. WOODCOCK Riley, 19. FATY Jaques, 23. GRANT Rhyan, 3. GERSBACH Alex, 25. CALVER Aaron, 4. ANDERSON Zac, 5. JURMAN Matt, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 22. ABBAS Ali, 27. TAVARAS Mickael, 29. MULLEN Alex, 7. HOOLE Andrew, 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 11. NAUMOFF Christopher, 14. BROSQUE Alex (C), 18. SIMON Matt, 21. HOLOSKO Filip, 24. BLACKWOOD George, 6. STAMBOLZIEV Robert, 9. SMELTZ Shane

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