Macarthur FC 2020/21 season preview

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New season. New team. Macarthur FC are the newest side to join the A-League for the 2020/21 season. The Bulls roster shows a range of hungry, young talent and experienced players, looking to make their mark during the side’s first campaign.

Last season…

The 2020/21 A-League season will be Macarthur’s first appearance.

They’ll win the league because…

Macarthur are the new team on the block. They will be looking for an impressive first campaign and to prove their rivals – Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers – they will not be easy to push around.

Experienced players – such as Mark Milligan, Beñat Etxebarria, Markel Susaeta, Adam Federici, Ivan Franjic – will give the side a boost of confidence and provide leadership to the younger players in the squad.

Head coach Ante Milicic is familiar with the league from his stints at Melbourne Heart (now known as Melbourne City) and the Wanderers, both as assistant coach. At Wanderers, he was part of the coaching staff that led them to their first premiership title and grand final.

Milicic has spoken about the importance of his team to play their part when facing their rivals. He has recruited young and experienced players to build his team to compete with the best and his delighted to see the A-League expanding with the addition of the Bulls.

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They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

It’s their first season in the league and the expectations of the side winning the title or becoming premiers is unlikely.

It’s also the first time the squad will play together in a professional competition and a lot of aspects could go wrong for the Bulls. Tactics can go wrong and players will take time to adapt.

Talk around the water cooler… look smart in front of your colleagues with this valuable piece of information

Sydney FC are the only Sydney-based team to be crowned champions (five times) and Wanderers are the first, and only side, to conquer Asia by winning the 2014 AFC Champions League.

Could the Bulls become the second Sydney-based team to win the A-League title, or the second team in the A-League to win the most prestigious trophy in Asia?

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The off-season brought

Despite the rather balanced pre-season results – two wins, a draw and a loss – Macarthur and its community are delighted to finally be joining Australia’s top-tier football league.

From informing their bid to Football Australia in December 2017, to being granted entry to the 2020/21 A-League season. The club and the community have begun to further build their foundation and identity for the upcoming season.

Key player

Mark Milligan. The Socceroos midfielder is overflowing with experience having been to four world cups, the Confederation Cup, Olympic Games and winning the 2015 AFC Asian Cup on home soil.

The Bulls’ official website announced in October Milligan would be the inaugural captain for the side. It will be a vital asset to try and lead them to success in their first A-League appearance.

One to watch

Beñat Etxebarria. The former Athletic Bilbao and Betis player, with 251 appearances in La Liga, including the Champions League and Europa League, is known for pulling the strings in the centre of the park.

He is also known for his set piece accuracy, assists and free kicks at his former clubs.

The Spaniard’s pin-point crossing will provide golden opportunities for Macarthur this season and should be the side’s conductor.

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INS: Ivan Franjic (Perth Glory), Antony Golec (Perak FA, Malaysia), Aleksandar Jovanovic (FK Željezničar Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Jake McGing (Brisbane Roar), James Meredith (Perth Glory), Yianni Nicolaou (Salford City, England), Walter Scott (Wellington Phoenix), Aleksandar Šušnjar (Busan IPark, South Korea), Beñat Etxebarria (Athletic Bilbao, Spain), Denis Genreau (Melbourne City), Jake Hollman (Sydney FC Youth), Antonis Martis (on loan from Fc Midtjylland, Denmark), Mark Milligan (Southend United, England). Charles M’Mombwa (Central Coast Mariners), Tommy Oar (Central Coast Mariners), Loïc Puyo (Red Star FC, France), Liam Rose (Sydney United 58), Matt Derbyshire (AC Omonia, Cyprus), Moudi Najjar (on loan from Melbourne City), Milislav Popovic (SV Lafnitz, Austria), Lachlan Rose (Australian Schoolboy), Michael Ruhs (Sydney United), Markel Susaeta (Melbourne City), Adam Federici (Stoke City, England), Nicholas Suman (Western Sydney Wanderers)

OUTS: N/A
Full squad list

Goalkeepers: Adam Federici, Nicholas Suman

Defenders: Ivan Franjic, Antony Golec, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Jake McGing, James Meredith, Yianni Nicolaou, Walter Scott, Aleksandar Šušnjar

Midfielders: Beñat Etxebarria, Denis Genreau, Jake Hollman, Antonis Martis, Mark Milligan, Charles M’Mombwa, Tommy Oar, Loïc Puyo, Liam Rose

Forwards: Matt Derbyshire, Moudi Najjar, Milislav Popovic, Lachlan Rose, Michael Ruhs, Markel Susaeta

Feature image credit: Macarthur FC

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Daniel Gualterio
Daniel Gualterio
Bachelor of Sports Media student from Charles Sturt University covering Macarthur FC. Passionate for the world game.

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