The best current A-League Men’s player for every letter of the alphabet

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Have you been yearning for more alphabetised lists of the very best of the A-League Men’s competition? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

This list will adjudge the best current A-League Men’s players for every letter of the alphabet based on player surnames, or the name most commonly used to refer to a player such as Isaias.

Strap yourselves in for the 26 (or 24) entries into this exclusive club…

A: Tom Aldred

Brisbane Roar’s captain is a defensive rock and he has been sorely missed in the Roar’s opening couple of games this season. Comfortably takes the letter ‘A’.

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B: Mark Birighitti

The Central Coast shot-stopper has been a stand-out performer since returning to the A-League Men’s a few years ago. Still a tough call: Barbarouses, Bozanic, Brillante and Bobo all made it a tight race.

C: Anthony Caceres

Surprisingly few competitors for the ‘C’ position, but Caceres’ experience and long-term performances earn him this spot. Stefan Colakovski and Josh Cavallo both have huge potential, but for now the Sydney FC midfielder wins out.

D: Alessandro Diamanti

Diamanti. Davila. Diamanti. Davila. The Italian eventually swayed me with his ability to regularly dictate games, but Davila offered stiff competition.

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E: Jordan Elsey

Another letter with very few entrants, over 100 games of A-League Men’s experience make the Jets defender hard to beat.

F: Bruno Fornaroli

A straightforward one, Jacob Farrell and Ben Folami still have a long way to go to catch up to the electric Uruguayan.

G: Rhyan Grant

One of the toughest choices yet, fellow Socceroos Curtis Good, Craig Goodwin and Jason Geria are all unlucky to miss out. Although Grant was nearly disqualified for his questionable hairstyle choices, his consistent performances over many years earn him this spot.

H: Gary Hooper

Another tight call, Tomer Hemed is a similarly effective striker and Ben Halloran regularly impresses. But Wellington’s man up top just scores so many goals.

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I: Isaias

Adelaide’s veteran Spaniard has too much pedigree in the A-League Men’s competition to be left out.

J: Brad Jones

Resume alone gets Perth Glory’s new goalkeeper on the list. Harsh on Michael Jakobsen and Matthew Jurman.

K: Robbie Kruse

Despite an injury-plagued few seasons, the former Leverkusen and Dusseldorf man is still one of the best in the league. Goalkeepers Ivan Kelava and Filip Kurto also worth considering. Sorry Elvis Kamsoba.

L: Mathew Leckie

Australian bias and his more recent involvement in top-flight European football mean Leckie beats out Adam Le Fondre. I’m really tempted by Leo Lacroix…maybe need to see a bit more of him first.

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M: Jamie Maclaren

A three-time golden boot winner, it was always going to take something special to beat City’s goalscoring machine.

N: Milos Ninkovic

Andrew Nabbout and Craig Noone bring plenty of quality, but Ninkovic’s spot was never really in doubt.

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O: Jay O’Shea

He’s Brisbane Roar’s heartbeat through the middle of the park and I’m impressed by the Irishman every time I see him play. Perth skipper Brandon O’Neill came closest.

P: Manuel Pucciarelli

That many Serie A games has to count for something…right? Similar argument for Aleksandar Prijovic. Dimi Petratos is quality. Wellington duo Reno Piscopo and Tim Payne also often overlooked.

Q: N/A

R: Jack Rodwell

Am I just contributing to the overhyping of Jack Rodwell? Probably. He also looks like a pretty good footballer though. Marco Rojas hasn’t been at his best the last couple of years. Nuno Reis, Roderick and Josh Risdon are all similarly worthy.

S: Daniel Sturridge

Yes I’ve taken the easy way out. I’ve passed on more defenders, sorry Matt Spiranovic and Aleksandar Susnjar. My real choice is Matt Simon though.

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T: Nikolai Topor-Stanley

My neglect of defenders has gone on long enough. Yes he’s probably past his very best, but Topor-Stanley has starred consistently in the A-League Men for over a decade now. Youngsters Marco Tilio and Angus Thurgate will soon overtake Western United’s new acquisition though.

U: Marco Urena

Playing at a World Cup finals goes a long way to making you the best A-League Men’s player with a surname starting with ‘U’. Still, Steven Ugarkovic is an excellent player.

V: Harry Van Der Saag

It’s a battle of the young guns for the ‘V’ position. I’ll give Nishan Velupillay a bit more time to prove himself, and Ivan Vujica hasn’t been playing enough recently.

W: Rhys Williams

A battle between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers captains for the letter ‘W’. Alex Wilkinson is an equally worthy choice, but ultimately the swaying power of Williams’ beard has left me no choice.

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X: N/A

Y: Jamie Young

A-League Men’s experience once again wins out, as Jamie Young pips Kusini Yengi and Valentino Yuel to the ‘Y’ position.

Z: Michael Zullo

A simple one to finish. Better luck next time Chris Zuvela.

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Oscar Rutherford
Oscar Rutherford
Sports tragic studying Law/Arts at Monash University. Second-best paid Oscar working in football who has been to China.

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