33 Facts About Sydney FC


Sydney FC Football Club is an Australian professional soccer club based in Sydney FC, New South Wales.

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Sydney FC is the most successful association football club in Australian history, having won five Championships and four Premierships in the A-League, as well as one FFA Cup and the Oceania Champions League in 2005, prior to Australia joining the Asian Football Confederation.

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The club has rivalries with the Western Sydney FC Wanderers, named the Sydney FC Derby, and Melbourne Victory, known as The Big Blue.

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Shortly after, Sydney FC set off on a tour to the United Arab Emirates to play against local teams FC Hatta, Al Ain FC and Al Jazira, winning all three.

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Whilst in Dubai, Sydney FC announced that it had agreed to terms with former Manchester United player Dwight Yorke as the club's "marquee player"– one paid outside of the $1.

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However it was regarded as an overall failure, with Sydney FC playing poorly despite the signing of Alex Brosque and Benito Carbone as a Guest player.

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Sydney FC had 3 points deducted during the season, after it was found that they had breached the Salary cap, involving player David Zdrillic.

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Sydney FC would go on to sign Branko Culina for its 2007 Asian Champions League campaign, where they finished second in the group, one point behind ultimate champions and J-League heavyweights Urawa Red Diamonds.

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Sydney FC played well for the rest of the season but were knocked out in the finals by Brisbane Roar.

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Fresh change at the club was about to bear fruit, when Sydney FC announced they had signed Czech Republic manager Vitezslav Lavicka.

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Sydney FC kept faith in Steve Corica and John Aloisi and several others who had threatened to walk out, and as a result, Sydney FC won its first premiership.

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Sydney FC made it to the Grand Final of the fifth season of the A-League after defeating Wellington Phoenix in the preliminary final.

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Sydney FC took the lead after 61 minutes through a Mark Bridge header, just seconds after Melbourne had a goal disallowed for offside.

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Sydney FC managed to pick up a few points over the next few rounds but another five-game losing streak ensured they would not qualify for the finals competition, finishing ninth.

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Sydney FC cited the role was "a constant burden" and was adversely affecting his health.

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Sydney FC won half of these six games however upon returning home lost five consecutive friendly games in the lead up to the season proper.

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Sydney FC then announced signings of prolific A-League goalscorer Shane Smeltz and Socceroo Alex Brosque.

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Sydney FC's season began with the highly anticipated match-up against the newly re-branded Melbourne City FC and guest superstar David Villa.

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Sydney FC continued on an eight-game undefeated streak that ended when Perth Glory FC came from behind to score two goals in the final seven minutes to claim victory at Allianz Stadium.

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Whilst slipping up twice at home to Melbourne City and Adelaide United FC during the final six rounds, Sydney FC managed to win all four other games away from home to finish second on the ladder with 50 points for the season.

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Sydney FC progressed to the knockout stages for the first time, losing on away goals to Chinese side Shandong Luneng with Hao Junmin scoring a 90th minute equaliser to finish the Sky Blues continental hopes.

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Sydney FC drew Melbourne City, marking the third battle between the two in the cup.

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On 22 July 2022, Sydney FC secured the signing of Elvis Kamsoba from rivals Melbourne Victory.

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Primary club colour of Sydney FC is sky blue, which represents the state colour of New South Wales.

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Current Sydney FC badge was released on 17 May 2017 and is a reworking of a design submitted by the club's supporter group, The Cove.

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The Opera House represents an iconic landmark of Sydney FC, the sky-blue represents the club's primary colour and the state colour of New South Wales, and the Commonwealth Star, found on the Australian Flag, is a symbol representing the Federation of Australia.

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Sydney FC plays its home matches at two stadiums, Leichhardt Oval and Jubilee Oval.

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Parramatta Stadium in western Sydney FC was the venue for an AFC Champions League match against Indonesian football side Persik Kediri in April 2007 when the SFS was unavailable due to an NRL match being played there.

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In December 2011, Sydney FC played a match at Kogarah Oval against Brisbane Roar, as the SFS was unavailable due to concerts being held at the ground that weekend.

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Occasionally Sydney FC have been seen after home games having recovery sessions at local beaches such as Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, and Maroubra.

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Rhyan Grant holds the record for Sydney FC appearances, having played 280 first-team matches between 2008 to 2022.

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Players to have featured in a first-team matchday squad for Sydney FCNote: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.

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On 16 March 2015, Sydney FC inducted eight members into its inaugural Hall of Fame at the club's 10-year anniversary lunch.

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