2005–06 Sydney FC season

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Sydney FC
2005–06 season
Chairman Walter Bugno
Manager Pierre Littbarski
A-League 2nd (League)
1st (Finals)
Oceania Club World Cup Qualifying Champions
Oceania Club Championship Champions
Pre-Season Cup Semi-finals
FIFA Club World Cup 5th
Top goalscorer Sasho Petrovski
Highest home attendance 41,689 v Central Coast Mariners
5 March 2006
Lowest home attendance 9,132 v Newcastle
30 October 2005
Home colours
Away colours

The 2005-06 season was Sydney FC's first season, formed to compete in the new Australian A-League competition. The club finished second on the table in the regular season, and won the first A-League Grand Final, defeating Central Coast Mariners 1-0. Sydney also represented Oceania at the FIFA Club World Championship 2005 where they were placed fifth.

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Clint Bolton
2 Australia DF Iain Fyfe
3 Australia DF Alvin Ceccoli
4 Australia DF Mark Rudan
5 Australia DF Steve Laurie
6 Australia MF Ufuk Talay
7 Australia MF Robbie Middleby
8 Australia MF Matthew Bingley
9 Australia FW David Zdrilic
10 Australia MF Steve Corica
11 Australia FW Sasho Petrovski
12 Australia MF David Carney
No. Position Player
13 United States FW Alejandro Salazar
14 Australia MF Andrew Packer
15 Northern Ireland MF Terry McFlynn
16 Australia DF Mark Milligan
17 Australia DF Jacob Timpano
18 Australia DF Wade Oostendorp
19 Trinidad and Tobago FW Dwight Yorke
20 Australia GK Justin Pasfield
21 Japan FW Kazuyoshi Miura (guest player)
22 Australia FW John Buonavoglia (short-term signing)
23 Australia MF Ruben Zadkovich (short-term signing)
24 Australia FW Tolgay Özbey (short-term signing)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Player From League Fee Date
Australia Clint Bolton APIA Leichhardt Australia NSW Premier League Free 17 November 2004
Australia Alvin Ceccoli Wollongong Wolves Australia NSW Premier League Free 17 November 2004
Australia Steve Laurie unattached 17 November 2004
Australia Robbie Middleby unattached 17 November 2004
Australia Sasho Petrovski Bankstown City Lions Australia NSW Premier League Free 17 November 2004
Australia Andrew Packer Queensland Lions Australia Brisbane Premier League Free 17 November 2004
Australia Steve Corica Walsall FC (released) England Football League One 1 December 2004
Australia Mark Milligan Blacktown City Demons Australia NSW Premier League Free 4 December 2004
Australia Justin Pasfield Bray Wanderers A.F.C. (released) Republic of Ireland League of Ireland 4 December 2004
Australia Jacob Timpano Wollongong Wolves Australia NSW Premier League Free 4 December 2004
Australia Wade Oostendorp AIS 4 December 2004
Australia Mark Rudan Public Bank FC Malaysia Malaysian Super League Free 9 December 2004
United States Alejandro Salazar University of Portland United States NCAA WCC Free 9 December 2004
Australia David Zdrilic SV Eintracht Trier 05 (released) Germany 2.Bundesliga 13 December 2004
Australia Ufuk Talay Mersin Idman Yurdu (released) Turkey Türk Telekom League A 5 January 2005
Australia Iain Fyfe Hamilton Academical (released) Scotland SFL Div 2 16 February 2005
Australia David Carney Hamilton Academical (released) Scotland SFL Div 2 11 March 2005
Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn Morecambe (released) England Conference National 12 March 2005
Australia Matthew Bingley Central Coast United Australia NSW Premier League Free 15 March 2005
Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke Birmingham City England FA Premier League Free 16 April 2005

Short-term signings[edit]

Player From Start date End date Reason
Australia Mitchell Blowes Australia Kemblawarra FC (loan) 16 May 2005 30 June 2005 Signed for Oceania Club Championship
29 November 2005 17 December 2005 Signed for Club World Championship
Australia Todd Brodie Australia Marconi Stallions (loan) 16 May 2005 30 June 2005 Signed for Oceania Club Championship
Australia Brendan Renaud Australia St George Saints (loan) 16 May 2005 30 June 2005 Signed for Oceania Club Championship
Australia John Buonavoglia Australia Sydney Olympic FC (loan) 16 May 2005 30 June 2005 Signed for Oceania Club Championship
1 September 2005 3 September 2005 Cover for Sasho Petrovski while on international duty
4 October 2005 4 November 2005 Replacement for Steve Laurie
29 November 2005 17 December 2005 Signed for Club World Championship
Japan Kazuyoshi Miura Japan Yokohama FC (loan) 4 November 2005 17 December 2005 Guest player
Australia Dustin Wells Australia Belconnen Blue Devils (loan) 29 November 2005 17 December 2005 Signed for Club World Championship
Australia Ruben Zadkovich England Notts County F.C. (released) 29 November 2005 17 December 2005 Signed for Club World Championship
21 January 2006 6 March 2006 Injury cover for Ufuk Talay
Australia Tolgay Özbey Australia Blacktown City Demons (loan) 9 February 2006 6 March 2006 Injury cover for David Zdrilic

Matches[edit]

2005 Oceania Club Championship Qualification[edit]

  Round 1
(7 May)
Semi-finals
(11 May)
Finals
(15 May)
                           
   
   Perth Glory 1  
     Sydney FC 2  
 Sydney FC 3
   Queensland Roar 0  
     Central Coast Mariners 0
   Sydney FC 1
   Central Coast Mariners (pso) 0 (4)  
 Newcastle Jets 0 (2)  
 Central Coast Mariners 4
     Adelaide United 0  
 Adelaide United (pso) 0 (4)
   Melbourne Victory 0 (1)  


2005 Oceania Club Championship[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Sydney FC 3 3 0 0 18 4 9
AS Pirae 3 2 0 1 6 7 6
Auckland City 3 1 0 2 8 5 3
Sobou FC 3 0 0 3 4 20 2

2005 Pre-season Cup[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Sydney FC 3 2 1 0 5 1 7
Central Coast 3 2 0 1 4 3 6
Queensland Roar FC 3 1 1 1 6 3 4
New Zealand Knights FC 3 0 0 3 1 9 0
Semi-finals Final
12 August
 Melbourne Victory 1  
 Central Coast Mariners 3  
 
21 August
     Central Coast Mariners 1
   Perth Glory 0
14 August
 Sydney FC 0
 Perth Glory 1  

2005-06 Hyundai A-League fixtures[edit]

2005–06 Finals series[edit]

Ladder[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Adelaide United 21 13 4 4 33 25 +8 43 2007 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Sydney FC (C) 21 10 6 5 35 28 +7 36
3 Central Coast Mariners 21 8 8 5 35 28 +7 32 2006 A-League Finals Series
4 Newcastle Jets 21 9 4 8 27 29 −2 31
5 Perth Glory 21 8 5 8 34 29 +5 29
6 Queensland Roar 21 7 7 7 27 22 +5 28
7 Melbourne Victory 21 7 5 9 26 24 +2 26
8 New Zealand Knights 21 1 3 17 15 47 −32 6

Updated to games played on 5 February 2006
Source: theworldgame.sbs.com.au
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1First place through to fourth place qualify for the 2006 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2007 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2006 A-League Grand Final earns qualification for the 2007 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless the Grand Final winners are also first place, in which case the Grand Final runner up qualifies.
4New Zealand Knights cannot qualify for the 2007 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.

  Semi-finals Preliminary-final Grand Final
    L1 L2    
    February 10 & 17                        
1  Adelaide United 2 1     5 March
2  Sydney FC 2 2     26 February          Sydney FC 1
       Adelaide United 0      Central Coast Mariners 0
  February 12 & 19      Central Coast Mariners 1  
3  Central Coast Mariners 1 1
4  Newcastle Jets 0 1  

2005 FIFA World Club Championship[edit]

Team kit[edit]

All A-League club kits were supplied by Reebok through a sponsorship deal with the A-League, and all clubs initially had a white change strip, Sydney adopting a light blue trim to their away shirts. The home shirt colour of sky blue adopted the NSW representative colour, contrasted with the navy blue and orange trim.

Shirt sponsorship was secured with health insurance provider Healthe.

2005-06 home colours
2005-06 away colours
2005-06 goalkeeper colours

End of season awards[edit]

Club Awards[edit]

A-League Awards[edit]