2009–10 Sydney FC season

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The 2009/2010 season was Sydney FC's fifth consecutive season in the A-League since its inception.

Sydney FC
2009-2010 season
Chairman Scott Barlow
Manager Vítězslav Lavička
A-League 1st (League)
Champions (Finals)
Top goalscorer League:
All: John Aloisi, Mark Bridge 9
Highest home attendance 25,407 Rnd 27 vs Melbourne Victory
Lowest home attendance 8,359 Rnd 26 vs Perth Glory
Average home league attendance 12,987
Home colours
Away colours

2009-10 squad[edit]

Players included in the Sydney FC squad for the 2009-10 season 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 Sebastian Ryall
3 Switzerland DF Stephan Keller
4 Australia DF Simon Colosimo
5 Australia DF Hayden Foxe
6 Slovakia MF Karol Kisel
7 Australia MF Brendan Gan
8 Australia MF Stuart Musialik
9 Australia FW John Aloisi (Marquee)
10 Australia MF Steve Corica (Captain)
11 Australia MF Kofi Danning (Youth)
12 Australia MF Shannon Cole
13 Australia DF Antony Golec (Youth)
No. Position Player
14 Australia FW Alex Brosque
15 Northern Ireland MF Terry McFlynn
16 Australia FW Chris Payne (Youth)
17 Australia DF Matthew Jurman (Youth)
18 Australia MF Adam Casey
19 Australia FW Mark Bridge (Junior Marquee)
20 Australia GK Ivan Necevski
22 South Korea DF Byun Sung-Hwan
23 Australia MF Rhyan Grant (Youth)
27 Australia DF Sam Gallagher (Injury replacement player**)
28 Australia MF Sam Munro
29 Australia MF Iain Ramsay
31 Australia FW Joey Gibbs
Australia MF Mitchell Prentice

Injury list[edit]

Player Injury Set date to return
Australia Kofi Danning Anterior cruciate ligament injury Next season
Australia Matthew Jurman Foot Injury End of season
Australia Steve Corica Hamstring tear/Retirement Retirement
Australia Rhyan Grant Ankle Injury End of season
Australia Adam Casey Hamstring Injury Indefinite

Transfers[edit]

Out

Player To League Fee
Australia Iain Fyfe Adelaide United Australia Hyundai A-League Free
Australia Brendon Santalab North Queensland Australia Hyundai A-League Free
Australia Robbie Middleby North Queensland Australia Hyundai A-League Free
Australia Jacob Timpano North Queensland Australia Hyundai A-League Free
Australia Beau Busch North Queensland Australia Hyundai A-League Free
Australia Nikolas Tsattalios Newcastle Australia Hyundai A-League Free
Australia Ryan Walsh Blacktown City Demons Australia NSWPL Loan spell ended
Australia Dez Giraldi Wollongong FC Australia NSWPL Loan spell ended
Australia Adam Biddle Released - Released
Netherlands Bobby Petta Released - Released
United States Michael Enfield Released - Released

In

Player From League Fee
Australia Sebastian Ryall Australia Melbourne Victory FC Australia Hyundai A-League Free
Slovakia Karol Kisel Czech Republic AC Sparta Prague Czech Republic Gambrinus Liga Free
South Korea Byun Sung-Hwan South Korea Jeju United FC South Korea K-League Free
Switzerland Stephan Keller Netherlands De Graafschap Netherlands Eredivisie Free

January transfer window transfers[edit]

In

Player From League Fee
Australia Hayden Foxe Free agent Injury cover for Matthew Jurman
Australia Sam Gallagher Sydney FC Youth Team A-League National Youth League Injury cover for Sebastian Ryall

Out

Player To League Fee
Australia Mitchell Prentice released

Events[edit]

Pre-season

After a disappointing 2008–09 season, Sydney FC went straight into action, sacking coach John Kosmina.[2] A week later, Czech coach Vítězslav Lavička was signed as Sydney's fifth manager in as many seasons.[3]

Sydney had a friendly match in China, with new sister club Shanghai Shenhua.[4] Sydney FC lost the match 2–1, with their goal coming from striker Alex Brosque, who scored halfway through the second half to level the scores at 1–1. John Aloisi, who had a poor last season, showed he had hit form, but being very unlucky to have two goals disallowed during the first half. It was the first game for former Sydney and Socceroos Tony Popovic as caretaker coach.

On 3 April, it was confirmed that new coach Lavicka had signed his first player, former Slovakian International Karol Kisel, who had played under Viteslav when he coached AC Sparta Prague.[5]

Sydney was thrown into scandal involving new signing Sebastian Ryall, who was charged with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl, while he was playing with Melbourne Victory. He was stood down by the Football Federation Australia (FFA) from the Sydney FC, and national team until 3 September.[6] These charges were later dropped.[7]

When the FFA announced that the usual A-League pre-season cup wouldn't be held due to financial reasons, it meant that teams would have to organise their own friendlies in the months before the start of the season. This opened up many possibilities. Across the A-League, a few teams managed to bring over some well known sides. Sydney was linked with English Premier League side Everton for their Asian Tour,[8] and recently relegated Middlesbrough FC,[9] who both pulled out in the last minute, and stated that if they were to tour Australia, they would want to play more than one team.[10] At one stage, Spanish team Barcelona FC were being rumoured to be coming out.[11] Nevertheless, the new coach organised a dozen friendlies with strong New South Wales Premier League and New South Wales Super League teams. Despite the opposition being weaker than expected, Sydney had a fantastic start. Sydney also trialled several overseas players and on 25 June Lavicka signed South Korean Left Back Byun Sung-Hwan.[12]

Sydney FC V Central Coast Mariners, friendly, 2009

Along with the new outfits, Sydney FC also welcomed a new major sponsor, Japanese electronic company Sony, who signed a contract with Sydney.[13] They replaced JVC, who decided not to renew their sponsorship due to the global financial crisis of 2008–2009. New South Wales-based electronics retailer Bing Lee continued to sponsor Sydney FC. Bing Lee's logo was featured on the front of the home jerseys and on the front and back of the right leg of the away jerseys, whilst Sony will now take up the away jersey, and the front and back of the right leg of the home kit. Coach Vitezslav Lavicka signed his last player of the season, Stephan Keller, on a one-year contract,[14] who had recently been released by then Eredivisie club De Graafschap after they had been relegated. He played in the final trial game against the Jets and impressed significantly in the 1-1 draw.

Season

V North Queensland Fury (away at Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville)

Sydney flew to Townsville to face newcomers North Queensland Fury, boasting an impressive squad that included all their VISA players. Just after 4 minutes, marquee man John Aloisi put last season's troubles behind him, opening the score on the back of a counter-attack that came off a saved Robbie Fowler free kick down the other end of the field. Sydney would double that lead to 2-0 20 minutes later through Kofi Danning, before North Queensland managed to get back into the game shortly before half time with a headed goal through a corner. The scoreline would be drawn to 2-2 several minutes after the resume of play, when Shannon Cole fouled Jason Spagnuolo in the box. God stepped up and coolly slotted the ball past Bolton who remained glued to the spot. It seemed like it would end a draw, but with 17 minutes remaining John Aloisi slotted a ball straight into the box, and a chasing Alex Brosque was tripped by a beaten Paul Henderson. John Aloisi calmly sent the keeper the wrong way and put the penalty straight down the middle, to give the visitors their first win of the season.[15]

V Adelaide United (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

In front of a decent first home crowd of nearly 15,000, Sydney came up against arch rivals Adelaide. Always a fiery and closely contested contest, there was once again nothing between the 2 teams both looking very dangerous and despite some close opportunities to take the lead from both sides, they both went into the half-time break locked at 0-0. The second half looked to be a battle for fitness; with Sydney dominating possession in the second half and a tired Adelaide struggling to stay in the contest, former Jets striker Mark Bridge proved to be the difference between the two clubs, coming on for Steve Corica half-way through the half, and a few minutes after coming on played a 1–2 move with Kofi Danning and belted the ball past the Adelaide keeper. Sydney held on to the lead, almost conceding minutes from time but managed to pull off a narrow victory and move into 2nd on the ladder, with two wins from as many games, behind Gold Coast United.[16]

V Central Coast Mariners (away at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford)

The South NSW derby was once again played out in front of a smallish crowd of 10,000 on a warm Gosford afternoon, in a game which turned out to be once more a stalemate, similar to the 0-0 stalemate played at Leichhardt Oval a few months beforehand. Both sides had their chances, and despite Sydney looking fitter, it seemed to be a typical A-League style long-ball game; both sides not really gaining the upper hand. Sydney had their chances; main striker and marquee player John Aloisi coming close on 76 minutes, denied by the fingertips and reflexes of the Mariners keeper Danny Vukovic. However it was to be the custodian between the sticks for the sky blues, Clint Bolton pulling off a wonder save penalty after John Hutchinson was brought down in a clattering tackle by Simon Colosimo and Byun Sung-Hwan, who were both lucky to not be booked. Adam Kwasnik took the penalty and was denied by Bolton, regaining the faith and trust of some Sydney FC supporters who believed was past his prime. He would save Sydney yet again minutes later, pulling off another fantastic save from Dylan MacAllister, earning himself man of the match, in what was ultimately a dull match.[17]

V Wellington Phoenix (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

The Sydney V Wellington Trans-Tasman matches had always proven to be Sydney's bogey, especially at the SFS. Wellington had won 2 of the 3 matches played there since their inaugural season, and Sydney knew it would be a tough battle. The first half was locked in a difficult stalemate, with both sides feeling each other out as both sides struggled to gain the upper hand possession wise. Midfielder Terry McFlynn was subbed off early for Brendan Gan with what looked to be an unfortunate thigh injury. Despite the loss of McFlynn, Sydney remained strong and dominated the possession early in the second half. Options seemed to be running out for coach Vitezslav when he put Steve Corica on for Kofi Danning but soon after, the fitter Sydney side gained the upper hand through a corner which was whipped in by Karol Kisel and Brendan Gan who managed to lose his defender, got his head on the end of the cross, and buried it into the back of the net in the 77th minute. What little air was left in Wellington's sails blew away only minutes later, when a counter-attack from a Wellington corner had Alex Brosque crossing the ball into the box where marquee striker John Aloisi angled the ball past a tired Wellington shot stopper for Sydney's well-deserved second goal. Aloisi would be subbed minutes after the goal for Matthew Jurman but the Sky Blues Held on for a convincing 2-0 win which leapfrogged them past Gold Coast United into No. 1 Position, after the Newcastle Jets had earlier defeated them, 1-0 in Newcastle.

V Gold Coast United (away at Skilled Park, Gold Coast)

Sydney travelled to the Gold Coast's Skilled Park for the top-of-the-table clash, one point clear of opponents Gold Coast United. Gold Coast were with without Socceroo marquee player Jason Culina whilst Sydney was without Northern Ireland midfielder Terry McFlynn who was replaced with former National Youth League player Rhyan Grant. The first 10 to 20 minutes saw Gold Coast dominate but Sydney's strong-knitted defence held them off. Joel Porter made a promising start to the game for the home team but in the 19th minute he was forced to be substituted due to a calf injury and was replaced by Brazilian import Robson. Alex Brosque should have scored for Sydney in the 30th minute following a clever one-two with John Aloisi but the attacking midfielder sprayed his shot wide. It took a piece of magic from Shane Smeltz just before half-time for the crowd to erupt. Matt Osman's free kick was directed at Shane Smeltz, who looped a header into the corner of the net, giving goalkeeper Clint Bolton little chance. In the 56th minute, Shane Smeltz finished off the contest by beating Shannon Cole to an awful Karol Kisel back-pass and calmly slotting the ball past the keeper. Sydney FC gave themselves a chance of saving a draw when substitute Steve Corica headed home a Shannon Cole cross in the 75th minute and then John Aloisi had a free kick just outside the box in the 89th minute - but he slammed the ball into United's wall. The final score, Gold Coast United 2, Sydney FC 1, in front of another disappointing Gold Coast crowd of 6,406. Gold Coast United over took Sydney FC on the table and now sit in first place with Sydney slipping down one spot to second.

V North Queensland Fury (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

Sydney FC V North Queensland Fury 2009

Sydney would pair up against Robbie Fowler's North Queensland side, sooner than expected. The match was originally scheduled to be played next door to the SFS at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground. Sydney FC were coming off a loss to Gold Coast United, and were expected to beat a stronger North Queensland Fury who had yet to win a game, despite putting in solid performances against Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar in the previous weeks. A crowd of 16,699 showed up to see Robbie Fowler in town, seeing as the NRL finals were being played at the same time. Sydney started strongly up until the 26th minute, when Sydney FC got a penalty, in almost identical fashion to the one received up in Townsville. John Aloisi stepped up, and in a miraculous piece of goalkeeping Paul Henderson pulled off a wonder save, denying John Aloisi, and Sydney FC the chance to go 1-0 up, leaving the fans in the stand devastated. The save was more important for Henderson, as he had been dropped the previous week, in response to calls of his somewhat lazy goalkeeping, in which he had conceded 12 goals in 5 rounds. The morale of Sydney FC dropped, and played second fiddle to a confident North Queensland attack, lucky to go in at the break 0-0. After the break, it was clear who was on top, Sydney FC were at the mercy of North Queensland, rarely getting the ball into the North Queensland half, and when doing so, lost the ball easily. It was only a matter of time before North Queensland scored, and in the 56th minute, they did so through Robbie Fowler, chipping an out-of-position Clint Bolton who was caught in no mans land, outside of his 6-yard box. Any life left in Sydney's attack was immediately drained, with Fowler unlucky not to score a second 5 minutes later. Despite a late frenzied attack, with Kofi Danning at the helm, Sydney were unable to equalise, and ended up losing the game 0-1, their second straight defeat.

V Newcastle Jets (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

Both teams were coming off back to back losses in this highly anticipated round 7 clash. Both teams were suffering from an injury laden squad, with Newcastle having to bring Albanian-Australian Labinot Haliti and Iraqi International Ali Abbas Al-Hilfi on loan to replace injured players, while Sydney were relying on a third-string squad with key players out injured Karol Kisel (flu), Stephan Keller (Calf), John Aloisi (knee) and Terry McFlynn (thigh). Young Guns Kofi Danning and Chris Payne were also out of the squad on Young Socceroos duty. The game started strongly, with both teams taking advantage of several mistakes. Newcastle had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 23rd minute, when they got a penalty, for a push in the box. The penalty was saved by a heroic Clint Bolton, saving his second penalty out of three this season. This save gave Sydney a massive boost of confidence, and no less than 5 minutes later, Mark Bridge fired a rocket of a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box, into the top corner, giving Sydney the lead, and his second goal of the season. Although the lead wouldn't last long, 6 minutes later, a cross into the box had Clint Bolton saving the shot, but tipping it away to an open Matt Thompson, who tapped it in, past an outstretched Bolton. The scores stayed locked 1-1 going into half time, but 10 minutes into the second half Alex Brosque was fouled by Ben Kennedy in the box, in very much similar fashion to the two penalties he received against North Queensland Fury in both Townsville and a week earlier at the SFS. Steve Corica coolly stepped up and slotted it in the top right corner, past an outstretched palm. Despite a desperate Newcastle attack, Sydney held on for a very unconvincing 2-1 victory, giving them confidence to face Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium next week.

V Brisbane Roar (away at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)

Sydney flew up to face Queensland rivals Brisbane Roar in what was considered to be the State of Origin clash in the A-League. Brisbane were coming off a 4-2 loss to Perth Glory the week before and Sydney were coming off a 2-1 victory, but were still seen as the underdogs despite key players Karol Kisel and Stephan Keller being included back in the squad, after returning from minor injuries. Sydney started strongly, their confidence from a stronger squad showing, and had some early chances, however Brisbane would not be deterred, and the game swung back and forth until half time when both teams went in 0-0. The second half was much of the same affair, Sydney having a lot of good opportunities, including 2 skied shots from striker Mark Bridge, which commentators, and fellow Sydney supporters thought should have gone in. However Sydney couldn't hold their defence. 15 minutes before full-time, Brisbane had 90% of the possession and despite a brave Sydney defence doing their best to stop Brisbane from scoring, the effort fell through 5 minutes before full-time when Dutch striker Serginho van Dijk managed to get one past Bolton on Brisbane's third consecutive corner, giving his 4th goal against Sydney FC in two meetings. The final 5 or so minutes, Sydney threw everything but the Kitchen sink at the Brisbane defence, in the hope to salvage a draw, however despite them coming close on a couple of occasions, Liam Reddy's goal remained a fortress, and Brisbane hung onto a narrow 1-0 Victory.

V Central Coast Mariners (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

The South NSW derby clash is always a highly anticipated clash between the fierce rivals of Sydney and Gosford. Geographically the teams are only 90 km away from each other, and a short drive up and down the freeway, and the rivalry is always intense. This week was not to be different, Sydney FC welcomed back Northern Irish midfield maestro Terry McFlynn who had been out of the squad for the best part of a month with injury, but also welcomed the birth of his new child. He got his return debut off to a flying start in the 21st minute, when Stuart Musialik held the ball outside the box, to put in a pinpoint accurate cross, which Terry Slammed into the top right hand corner. It couldn't have been a better return to football, as it gave the entire team the belief they could steamroll over the unpredictable Mariners. And they pretty much did that as well. For the remaining half Sydney looked the dominant team, Terry McFlynn unlucky not to score minutes later, and Steve Corica going centimetres wide of the post from a spectacular scissor-kick. The Second half would remain the same sort of story, the Mariners threw everything at the defence, but couldn't break the strong wall of Stephan Keller, Shannon Cole, Sebastian Ryall and Simon Colosimo. Sydney held on, and in the last 10 minutes, despite a massive thunderstorm above, continued to attack in the driving rain. With minutes to go defender Stephan Keller was involved in a nasty head clash attempting to head a ball, and was lying motionless on the ground, and had to be stretchered off. It was feared he had seriously injured his knee, however it was later revealed his knee was fine, and was suffering minor-concussion. He is expected to play next week against the Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium. It was a clean match considering the derby, with controversial referee Matthew Breeze not awarding a single yellow or red card to either sets of players.

V Melbourne Victory FC (away at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne)

Round 10 was the perfect opportunity to hold the A-League's Biggest Rivalry. Sydney and Melbourne fans hated each other with a passion, and this season it was no different. Sydney and Melbourne were positions 1 and 2 respectively on the table, the first time this had ever happened, and it only served to fuel the rivalry even more. Over 30,000 packed into Melbourne's Etihad Stadium to see the clash, both sides were at full strength, aside from Sydney FC missing Swiss defender Stephan Keller with a knee injury he had picked up the week before. The match started strongly, with Melbourne having good opportunities in the first 10 minutes through their imports Ney Fabiano and Carlos Hernández. However it would be Sydney FC who turned up the heat, in a blitz of goals, that left not only the Melbourne players in shock, but left the crowd silent (aside from the 1,000 Cove who had flown down). In the 14th minute, Sydney had a free kick outside the box, which Steve Corica took, the ball found its way soon after to Simon Colosimo on the wing, who whipped it in, and found a rising Alex Brosque header, which found its way into the back of the net. Alex Brosque scored his first of the season, and the first of what would become a landslide of pressure. Minutes later after the kickoff, Sydney were breaking once more, Terry McFlynn got a lovely ball through to striker Mark Bridge, who swivelled, and slotted the ball through Evan Berger's legs, and into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. The crowd was stunned, 2 goals in almost as many minutes had the entire state of Victoria reeling. Once again after the kickoff, Sydney raced down the win, Shannon Cole this time putting in a perfectly weighted cross, which Mark Bridge latched onto and put away to make it 3-0. It Seemed Sydney were unstoppable, and were unlucky to get a fourth through Terry McFlynn who attempted to chip keeper Glen Moss. He beat the keeper, and just when it seemed they had the goal, it bounced off the post and out of play. The Second half started as deadly as it had finished. Shannon Cole made a break, using some tricky footwork to get past the defence, and drove a shot, beating a diving Moss and narrowly scraping the outside of the post. Sydney would hold onto the lead, despite a spirited Melbourne fightback, in which Archie Thompson came close, but Sydney held on to the 3-0 win, leaving them at the top of the table, with by 4 points, which would be narrowed down to 2, due to other results. They play Adelaide next week, at Hindmarsh Stadium.

V Adelaide United (away at Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide

Sydney travelled to Adelaide on the back of their largest win against Melbourne Victory full of confidence. Everything was pointing towards a massive Sydney win - Adelaide themselves had come off a loss, were missing several key players. Adelaide lost Defensive Midfielder Fabien Barbiero in the opening 10 minutes after he pulled down Mark Bridge as he made a break and was bound to score from a 1-on-1 with goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic. Despite the one-man advantage, Sydney couldn't convert all the first half, and were put immediately on the back foot when Cristiano put Adelaide up 1-0 from a corner. Sydney went into the break 1-0 down, despite being 1-0 up, and came out into the second half more focused, after being berated by coach Vitezslav Lavicka at half time. It only got worse for Sydney FC, conceding yet another goal from a corner half way through the second half. Clint Bolton got his gloves to the ball, but they were too slippery from the rain to get much grip and the ball trickled into the side netting, giving Cristiano his second. Some strong resilience was shown from the Sydney team, and marquee striker John Aloisi got 1 back with 10 minutes remaining, and Sydney would consider themselves very unlucky not to get themselves a second. However Adelaide United held on for a gutsy victory.

V Brisbane Roar (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

Sydney had their first home game after being on the road for 2 weeks, against a Brisbane Roar who were still reeling from their losing streak, and coach of 4 years Frank Farina being sacked for Drink Driving. It was the first game in charge for coach Ange Postecoglou who had previously taken former-NSL team Melbourne Knights to a double-championship. Sydney were hoping that the "curse of the new coach". Brisbane were also going into the game with a cut-down squad, key players of Craig Moore and Scottish internationals Charlie Miller and Bob Malcolm out with injury. Despite going into half time 0-0 Sydney were the stronger team, and their strength would prove shortly after half time when striker Alex Brosque beat 2 defenders in his trademark style and put the ball away to give Sydney a 1-0 lead. Shortly after that new Slovakian import Karol Kisel opened up his goal account after being found in open space, and drove a powerful low shot, past Liam Reddy to make the scoreline 2-0. It appeared that would be enough for the Sydney side, but the Roar dug deep, and minutes after Sydney's second got a goal back through their youth player Isaka Cernak which inspired great confidence through the Brisbane team, and despite some very good shooting, and close calls, Sydney's defence held strong, and remained strong to hold onto a 2-1 victory, and not for the first time this season, - retaking their lead on the top of the ladder, pleasing the manager.

V Wellington Phoenix (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

Sydney came into the game looking to extend their 1-point lead the a healthy 4-point lead over arch-rivals Melbourne Victory, and were up against trans-Tasman rivals Wellington Phoenix - who the week before had come off a season-record 6-0 thumping of Gold Coast United in Wellington. Under previous administrations the Phoenix had been the "bogey" team for Sydney FC, but went into the game with some confidence, boasting a strong squad and the knowledge, they had already beaten them 2-0 earlier that season at the same venue. Sydney got off to a cracking start with Striker Alex Brosque setting up Mark Bridge to open the scoring for Sydney. Not too soon later, Brosque would once more weave his magic past the Phoenix defence, and play a square ball to captain Steve Corica who tapped it in from no more than 2 yards. Wellington were backpedaling fast and losing confidence quicker than they could count the accurate passes the Sydney team were firing to each other. Shortly before the half time interval Alex Brosque put the final icing on the cake, making a marvelous run down the far wing, outpacing the Wellington defence, setting Bridge up for his 2nd. They went into the sheds 3-0 up at the interval, something which was almost reminiscent of the scoreline against Melbourne a month earlier at Etihad Stadium. The second half started off as it finished; Sydney controlled the match from the defence through to the strikers. Despite the best efforts Sydney couldn't extend the lead, but the Nix managed to get a consolation goal through substitute Costa Barbarouses. Alex Brosque, and John Aloisi both came agonisingly close in the second half but the match finished 3-1 and Sydney scooted to a short 4-point lead before Melbourne beat Perth Glory 2-1.

V Gold Coast United (away at Skilled Park, Gold Coast)

Sydney FC returned to the coast confident they'd be able to serve up revenge on the Gold Coast after losing to them 2-1 earlier in the season, however despite Gold Coast's consistent off-field drama containing owner Clive Palmer Gold Coast managed to get there season back on track and win 1-0 via a Shane Smeltz goal early in the first half.

V Perth Glory (away at ME Bank Stadium, Perth)

Sydney FC's troubling away form this season would once again be the main talking point after this match. Only having won twice in from all their away games, something which not only troubled the fans, but the players and the coach. The match was to be a tale of two-halves. Sydney dominated the first half, creating chances, and generally putting the Glory under plenty of pressure, despite the pressure put on the team by the Glory support group "The Shed". However the table would be turned in the second half, with Perth getting 2 goals through Scott Bulloch and their Serbian import Branko Jelic. Perth would hold onto the lead and win 2-0.

V 'Newcastle Jets (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

Sydney FC V Newcastle Jets, November 2009

Sydney went into the first home game in a fortnight confident they would be able to get there season back on track, having previously beaten Newcastle 2-1 earlier in the season. Newcastle were also languishing at the bottom of the table, and their coach, and former Sydney coach Branko Culina under increasing pressure to make their team perform, especially after some controversial comments in the media during the week. However the crowd of just over 10,000 would be shocked to the foundations when early in the first half, young player Rhyan Grant gave away a penalty, former Sydney FC striker Michael Bridges who played for the club on loan from then Premier League club Hull City stepped up to take the penalty, and despite loud heckling from the Sydney supporters, put the ball past Bolton. If Sydney fans were not worried, they now had a reason to be, as Sydney had never come back from a 1-0 deficit. The Halftime Scoreline read 1-0, but early into the second period of play, a momentarily lapse in concentration by the Sydney defence gave Michael Bridges his second, and his fifth for the season. The fans fell silent for the first time all day, and would be stunned to their seats minutes later when Newcastle club captain and new Melbourne Heart recruit Matt Thompson knocked in a third to make it 3-0 to the visitors. Sydney managed to pull back a consolation goal through some good tough attacking play by Marquee player John Aloisi who put in a cross to Alex Brosque who knocked it in, but it was a case of too little, too late for the Sky blues, leaving them languishing in second place, 5 points behind rivals Melbourne Victory and only one point clear of Gold Coast United and Central Coast Mariners, as well as reeling from their third straight loss, and in the midst of a form slump.

V North Queensland Fury (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

North Queensland Fury are considered the Dark Horses of the Hyundai A-League, and Sydney FC treated this match very carefully, knowing full well that North Queensland had come away from the Sydney Football Stadium with a 1-0 victory earlier in the season, However it was clear from the outset, that the form slump that had been troubling Sydney FC in the previous month had cleared, as a well defined attack tore the North Queensland defence to shreds. Sydney FC were up 2-0 at the half time break, thanks to goals by marquee John Aloisi and in-form Striker Alex Brosque. The second half was a similar tale to that of the first, Brosque got his second goal of the game, after a free kick left him with a mile of space to head the ball home, and despite North Queensland getting a scrappy goal late in the half, Sydney FC would be too powerful, with ageing star midfielder Steve Corica rising above players much younger than him to head the ball into the back of the net from a cross, to give Sydney 4 goals, and a much needed 3 points.

V Wellington Phoenix (away at FMG Stadium, Palmerston North, New Zealand)

Wellington and Sydney games had always been closely contested affairs, but Wellington had already lost twice against the Sky Blues, and were undefeated at home at their regular home ground of Westpac Stadium, Wellington. It was a very windy day with winds of up to 100 km/h recorded, making it difficult to keep possession. However a penalty won by striker Alex Brosque in the first half would prove to be the difference between the teams with Captain and team veteran Steve Corica slotting the goal home. Goalkeeper Clint Bolton made vital saves during the game to keep Sydney in the lead, and move them to the top of the ladder.

V Central Coast Mariners (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

Round 19 for the 2009/10 season had been scheduled so that each team would play a midweek game. Sydney FC and the Mariners squared off on 23 December and a healthy crowd of 12,689 were present to witness Sydney FC defeat their F3 Freeway rivals 1-0 via an Alex Brosque goal in the 34th minute of play. It turned into a dirty match with the Central Coast picking up several yellow cards towards the end of the game, capping a good 9 points in 3 games for the team from Sydney.

V Melbourne Victory (away at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne)

The Sydney V Melbourne rivalry was played in front of a crowd of approximately 30,000 people at Melbourne's Docklands, in a match which always provided excitement, flair, controversy and some good football. Both teams had strong squads, and at the current time were sitting first and second respectively on the ladder, the winner of the match to either keep or take first spot. However Melbourne started the game the stronger but Sydney FC's waterproof defence held its nerve once more and refused to give in, despite some shots going off the cross bar from Archie Thompson and Carlos Hernández. Sydney counter-attacked when it was able too, but could not break the Victory defence either. At the end of 90 minutes the game was still locked at 0-0 and the game finished a draw, both sides taking a point from the encounter.

V Adelaide United (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

Adelaide United came to Sydney with low expectations despite beating Sydney 2-1 at Hindmarsh Stadium earlier in the year. On the bottom of the ladder, low on confidence and goals, with their coach Aurelio Vidmar being in the news for all the wrong reasons, they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. However they were never in the game from the start, and some good solid possession from Sydney, kept Adelaide at bay, and despite Sydney FC winning 1-0, possession wise it was a thrashing. Sydney remained at the top of the ladder, keeping Adelaide rooted to the bottom of the ladder, scratching their heads looking for more answers then excuses.

V Perth Glory (away at ME Bank Stadium, Perth)

Sydney's first game after the new year would be a tough one, having several key players out (Alex Brosque & Simon Colosimo out in Kuwait on national team duty, and Matthew Jurman, Rhyan Grant, Seb Ryall, Kofi Danning all out injured for the rest of the season. Now lacking depth in the defence, Vitezslav Lavicka quickly signed former Socceroo Hayden Foxe on a short-term deal until the end of the season, and promoted Sam Gallagher from Sydney's youth squad. Confidence was high, as Sydney were sitting 5 points ahead of rivals Melbourne Victory and held on to a 0-0 draw, with Sydney unlucky not to score 2 goals at the death via captain Steve Corica and young striker Chris Payne.

V Gold Coast United (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

Sydney FC V Gold Coast United January 2010

Gold Coast United under coach Miron Bleiberg had become a force to reckon with in their inaugural season, unlike their counterparts North Queensland Fury, Gold Coast had built a strong squad around Socceroo Jason Culina, and marquee player and New Zealand Striker Shane Smeltz. Gold Coast had overtaken Melbourne Victory into 2nd on the ladder after 2 strong performances the week previously against Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets. Sydney started the game poorly, coming under a lot of pressure from a fired up, confident Gold Coast team. Gold Coast would end up scoring the only goal of the game halfway through the first half through former Hartlepool United striker Joel Porter. Despite a good performance from John Aloisi Sydney failed to hit the straps and shoot, and succumbed, dropping one place to second on the ladder, with Gold Coast snatching the top spot by 1 point.

V Newcastle Jets (away at EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle)

After going down to Gold Coast United the week before Sydney were keen to avenge their 1-3 loss earlier in the season to Newcastle at home at the Sydney Football Stadium. Sydney started the game the better side, unlucky not to get a couple of early goals, however the Jets patience paid off when Jobe Wheelhouse scored for the home team a little over half an hour into the game. This spelt bad news for the travelling sky blues, as they had a curse of not being able to come back after conceding. However the gods were smiling upon the Sydney faithful when marquee player John Aloisi broke through the Jets defence in Extra Time of the first half and slotted the ball into the side netting for the Sky Blues, leading them into the half time whistle 1-1. The goal was an obvious puncture in Newcastle's balloon, and they came out a deflated side, Sydney all over the home side, and halfway through the second period Sydney FC were rewarded when midfielder (and former Newcastle Jets grandfinalist) Stuart Musialik fired off a shot from 28 meters out, beating a stunned Newcastle defence, and an even more shocked Ben Kennedy who failed to move a muscle due to him not being able to see the shot. Young striker Chris Payne sealed the victory late into Extra Time of the second period when he danced around several tired Newcastle defenders and fired a low shot past the Keeper to seal a 3-1 victory for Sydney FC.

V Brisbane Roar (away at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)

A win against Brisbane would see Sydney FC back to the top of the ladder however their record away from home at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium was far from good, having last won there in the early rounds of the A-League 2007-08 season. Both teams were playing some good football, and Sydney FC had the majority of the chances, but like most weeks, despite their good ball passing and possession they failed to put their chances away. Goalkeeper Clint Bolton can thank some poor refereeing for not being sent off midway through the first half, when he clearly handled the ball outside the 18-yard box after attempted to save an on-target attempt from Brisbane Brazilian striker Reinaldo. Despite several clear cut chances, Sydney failed to score, and Brisbane grabbed a goal at the death, from their leading goalscorer and striker Serginho van Dijk

V Perth Glory (home at Parramatta Stadium, Sydney)

A must win game this was for Sydney FC, as it would keep them in contention for a top 2 finish providing Gold Coast United lost. Sydney started strongly and got their reward when Shannon Cole was tripped in the box early in the first half. Steve Corica slotted the resulting penalty straight down the middle to give Sydney a 1-0 lead. However Perth equalised on the stroke of half time, through Wayne Srhoj after some sloppy Sydney FC defending from a corner levelled the scored at 1-1. However Sydney would retake the lead through marquee man John Aloisi when he mistimed kick appeared to have been cleared, however the ball controversially went through a hole in the side netting, with referee Chris Beath ruling no goal. Protests from the Sydney players, led by a fired up Aloisi led to Beath consulting with his assistant on the Eastern side of the ground who confirmed it was a goal. Beath overruled his earlier decision and ruled a goal, much to the delight of the Sydney FC fans and supporters, however 10 minutes later Perth would score again, through Daniel McBreen who scored his 4th goal for the club in as many games. It looked like the game would finish a tie, however Swiss import Stephan Keller launched a cross which found a leaping John Aloisi who headed the ball powerfully past the keeper into the back of the net to give Sydney a 3-2 win, and ultimately put the decider against Melbourne Victory next the next week.

V Melbourne Victory (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

The title decider had come to the final game of the final round, between the A-Leagues biggest rivals, Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory. The pressure was on Sydney, who needed to win to claim the Premiership, with Melbourne needing a draw at worst. Nearly 26,000 fans packed into the SFS to watch the game, with the majority of those clad in Sky Blue. Both teams started the game off strongly with early chances for both sides, however in the 34th minute Sydney's Slovakian import Karol Kisel who had been criticised all season for his inaccurate shooting, sent the Sydney fans in the stands into raptures, when a shot from 25 meters out fired into the back of the net. A 1-0 lead was crucial and it sent the Melbourne fans in the away bay crazy, turning on each other, with a fight starting. Police and security rushed to the away bay, but it took a good 10 minutes to calm the away bay, after several flares had been lit, and bottles and beer cups thrown onto the field. The second half started the same way it had finished both sides testing each other's strengths and it would be Sydney who broke the game in half, with marquee man, and hero John Aloisi getting the ball on the half way line and sprinting up the field uncontested, before launching a rocket of a shot into the net, past a stunned Mitchell Langerak who could do nothing but watch as the ball bounced past him. The Sydney players and fans went wild, and it took a good 4 minutes for play to restart. With 10 minutes to go the fans were getting edgy and glancing at the clock, and with 2 minutes to go started a countdown till the final whistle. Sydney would hold onto the 2-0 lead, and claim the championship, sending the fans into celebration, despite the pouring rain which had started earlier. It would also be Steve Coricas final game for the club, who had announced his retirement at the end of the season, however an injury in the 18th minute of play meant that he would ultimately not play in the finals series, however he received a well earned standing ovation and did a lap of honour with the premiers plate.

Finals

Semi final Leg 1

V Melbourne Victory (away at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne)

Sydney travelled back down to Melbourne for the third time this season to play Melbourne in the first leg of the major semi final. Sydney were without team legend Steve Corica who had announced his retirement due to a hamstring injury. As a result Vitezslav Lavicka promoted youth team midfielder Iain Ramsay. The pitch at Etihad Stadium was a disgrace, with many parts of it brown and dead, after having an ACDC concert earlier in the week. Melbourne got the upper hand early, when Nick Mrja, Melbourne controversial loan signing scored in the 16th minute. Later in the half Costa Rican international Carlos Hernandez scored to make it 2-0. However John Aloisi scored 3 minutes later to peg one back. However the score remained the same, meaning for Sydney to win, they need to win 1-0 during the next leg in Sydney.

Semi final Leg 2

V Melbourne Victory (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

A large crowd greeted the two rivals back up to Sydney and despite Melbourne coming into the game 2-1 up, the knowledge that the last time they had come up to Sydney they had lost the Premiership 2-0. However it would be Melbourne who would strike first Robbie Kruse turned his defender from 25 years and fired in a shot that slammed into the top corner, inching past the fingetips of a flying Clint Bolton, it looked possibly over for the habourside team. However Sydney would get right back in it when striker Alex Brosque was tripped in the box. Slovakian International Karol Kisel slotted home the penalty to even the scores at 1-1. They went into half time 1-1, however Sydney would come out the stronger team and soon after the second half started, Mark Bridge fired home a goal from just outside the penalty box. Sydney led 2-1 and the scores were locked at 2-2 on aggregate. The rest of the half was played out at an exciting tempo - both sides attacking, with Melbourne and Sydney both coming close to taking the lead. However full-time blew with Sydney leading 2-1 but on aggregate only 2-2. The game went into Extra Time, both sides well aware of a possible penalty shootout - however late into extra time it would be Melbourne who would score the decisive goal. A dubious handball call on Sydney FC's Terry McFlynn allowed Melbourne a free kick just outside of the penalty box. However Sydney were slow to react and make the blocking wall - many player still arguing with the referee. Melbourne took a quick free kick and Archie Thompson slotted the ball past a stunned Clint Bolton to level the scores at 2-2 and give Melbourne a 3-2 aggregate lead. Melbourne would go on to win the game, and gain their spot in the Grand Final down in Melbourne, Sydney would be forced to play the Wellington Phoenix in the Preliminary final, who had earlier defeated the Newcastle Jets 3-1 at Westpac Stadium.

Preliminary final

V Wellington Phoenix (home at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney)

A smaller than expected crowd of just over 13,000 showed up at the SFS to watch the Premiers take on the Wellington Phoenix whose run into the finals had been very good. However, it was tipped that Sydney would dominate the game from the start and that's exactly what happened. Chris Payne would be the hero for Sydney - scoring first. However Wellington would equalise and claw back into the game, but the turning point of the match would be late in the first half from a free kick. Karol Kisel whipped the ball into the box, and from the initial play, it appeared Payne had headed the ball into the net past a stunned Liam Reddy - however despite celebrations from the Sydney team, the entire Wellington team blew up at the referee. Replays would show, that whilst attempting to head the ball into the net, the ball had deflected off his hand. The goal was dubbed 'Hand of Payne' and later in the post-match interviews, Wellington manager Ricki Herbert would compare the goal to Theirry Henry's deliberate handball against Ireland 'Hand of Frog' and Diego Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God'. However Wellington never recovered from the incident and in the second half, two great goals from Alex Brosque and Mark Bridge stretched the lead to 4-1, however Eugene Dadi would get a consolation goal back for Wellington in the dying seconds of the second half, in pouring rain. Sydney went on to win 4-2 and book their spot in the 2010 A-League Grand Final.

Grand Final

Main Article 2010 A-League Grand Final

V Melbourne Victory (away at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne)

The grand final that, the FFA, A-League, and football fans all around Australia had been waiting 5 years for. A grand final between the two best teams in Australia, Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory. Throughout the season they had been at loggerheads with each other, never allowing either to be on top of the table for more than 2 games at a time. However Sydney had already dealt a blow to Melbourne, taking the Premiership plate off them back in the Round 27 clash at the Sydney Football Stadium, however Melbourne had got a little revenge by winning the semi-final - allowing them to host the final. Melbourne were also looking to win te grand final in consecutive year, the first time they would have done that - it was the first time any A-League team had been in the grand final in consecutive years, so it was only fitting that Melbourne went into the game as favourites. A crowd of 48,000 packed out Melbournes Etihad Stadium the tension had been building all week. Melbourne's hopes took a massive blow early on in the game when start striker and marquee player Archie Thompson suffered an Anterior cruciate ligament injury, scans later revealing this, meaning he would not play for at least 12 months. The scores were deadlocked 0-0 at half time, with what had been described as an uneventful game up until half time. This would all change in the second half. In the 63rd minute Rodrigo Vargas looked to have scored for Melbourne, however his celebrations were cut short by an offside flag. In the confusion that followed Sydney counterattacked and 10 seconds later, Mark Bridge scored, sending the away bay into fits of hysteria. Sydney were up 1-0 and Melbourne looked shellshocked, Sydney had the opportunity to go 2-0 up, however nerves got the better of young striker Chris Payne who missed an open goal shot. However Sydney's defence got sloppy, and later in the 81st minute, it would be Adrian Leijer who equilised for the home side, sending the entire stadium bar the Sydney away bay into celebrations. As a result Sydney's confidence took a blow to the belly, and Melbourne could smell blood in the water, and can be considered very unlucky when young Aziz Behich missed a chance to go 2-1 up.

With the Full-time scores locked at 1-1, the game went into extra time, however neither side managed to have many good attacking opportunities, fatigue getting the better of most of the players. With the end of extra time - 120 minutes, still deadlocked at 1-1 the game went into penalties, yet another first for a grand final. It was deemed Sydney would take the first shot on goal.

Simon Colosimo calmly put the ball past Mitchell Langerak to give Sydney a 1-0 advantage. Kevin Muscat stepped up next, however his shot hit the right upright, sending Sydney players and fans alike into celebrations. It would be a bad omen for Melbourne. Shannon Cole next stepped up for Sydney, however his shot was saved, dragging Melbourne right back into the shootout. Grant Brebner would level the scores at 1-1 putting all the pressure back onto Sydney. However, if there was any pressure, the Sydney players were not showing it, Hayden Foxe nearly ripped the net off with his penalty, whilst Clint Bolton pulled off a wonderful save from Melbourne's Costa Rican international Marvin Angulo. Karol Kisel would score his penalty to give Sydney a 3-1 lead. Leigh Broxham would give Melbourne a faint glimmer of hope, when he scored to make it 3-2, however Sydney FC's Korean import Byun Sung-Hwan stepped up to take the final penalty. If he scored, Sydney won, if he missed or it was saved the shootout would continue. However he calmly stepped up and sent Langerak the wrong way. Sydney FC had won the 2010 Grand Final, doing what nobody had predicted at the beginging of the season - not only winning the grand final, doing the double, and taking the Premiership and Championship of Melbourne.

2009-10 A-League season[edit]

Pre-season matches[edit]

Leading up to the start of the A-League 2009-10 season, clubs will have to organise their own pre season matches as the Pre Season Cup competition has been scrapped.

Sydney FC failed to snare Fulham FC as well as Everton FC, with Fulham playing other A-League clubs on their tour. Sydney still have the opportunity to snare other Asian or Middle Eastern clubs. Sydney have arranged several matches with New South Wales Premier League clubs for preparation for the 2009/10 season.[18] It has also been revealed that Sydney FC has managed to get Premier League club Middlesbrough on a friendly on 18 June.[19]

28 February 2009
20:00 UTC+10
Shanghai Shenhua China 2 – 1 Australia Sydney FC
Barcos Goal 32'
Lei Goal 88'
Report Brosque Goal 58'
Hongkou Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
13 May 2009
19:30
Macarthur Rams Australia 0 – 1 Australia Sydney FC
Report Gan Goal 10'
Lynwood Park
Attendance: 3,350
20 May 2009
19:30
Bankstown City Lions Football Club Australia 0 – 2 Australia Sydney FC
Report Payne Goal 18'
Brosque Goal 55'
Jensen Oval
Attendance: 2,500
27 May 2009
19:30
Sydney Tigers Australia 0 – 3 Australia Sydney FC
Report Brosque Goal 2'5'8'
Lambert Park (Leichhardt)
Attendance: 3,300
3 June 2009
19:30
Northern Tigers FC Australia 0 – 3 Australia Sydney FC
Report McFlynn Goal 25'
Aloisi Goal 35'
Latronico Goal 73'
Mills Park
Attendance: 2,000
9 June 2009
19:00
Penrith Nepean United Australia 0 – 2 Australia Sydney FC
Report McFlynn Goal 28'
Corica Goal 75'
CUA Stadium
Attendance: 4,000
16 June 2009
19:00
Manly United Australia 0 – 4 Australia Sydney FC
Report Byun Sung-Hwan Goal 20'
Payne Goal 60'
Gan Goal 63'
Cole Goal 75'
Cromer Park
Attendance: 1,500
23 June 2009
19:30
Sydney United Australia 0 – 1 Australia Sydney FC
Report Grant Goal 89'
Sydney United Sports Centre
Attendance: 2,500
27 June 2009
19:00
Sydney FC Australia 4 – 0 Australia North Queensland Fury
Corica Goal 7'
Gan Goal 47'
Danning Goal 73'
McFlynn Goal 87'
Report
Shark Park, Cronulla
Attendance: 5,283
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
1 July 2009
19:30
Sutherland Sharks Australia 1 – 4 Australia Sydney FC
Villazon Goal 90' Report Payne Goal 19'
Gan Goal 35'
Bulut Goal 53'
Trefiro Goal 80'
Seymour Shaw Park
Attendance: 2,300
Referee: Gerard Parsons
6 July 2009
Central Coast Mariners Australia 0 – 0 Australia Sydney FC
Report
Leichhardt Oval
Attendance: 1,540
Referee: Stuart Wolfe
12 July 2009
Newcastle Jets Australia 0 – 2 Australia Sydney FC
Report Aloisi Goal 6'53'
19 July 2009
Sydney Olympic Australia 0 – 1 Australia Sydney FC
Report Danning Goal 28'
Belmore Oval
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Kris Griffith-Jones.
26 July 2009
Sydney FC Australia 1 – 1 Australia Newcastle Jets
Brosque Goal 28' Report Song Goal 73'
Sydney Football Stadium
Referee: Gerard Parsons

2009-10 Hyundai A-League Fixtures[edit]

8 August 2009
North Queensland Fury 2 – 3 Sydney FC
Griffiths Goal 41'
Fowler Goal 60' (pen.)
Report
Summary
Aloisi Goal 4'74' (pen.)
Danning Goal 28'
Dairy Farmers Stadium
Attendance: 8,897
Referee: Srebre Delovski

16 August 2009
Sydney FC 1 – 0 Adelaide United
Colosimo Booked 26'
Corica Booked 35'
Cole Booked 52'
McFlynn Booked 64'
Bridge Goal 77'
Report
Summary
Booked 70' Jamieson
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 14,924
Referee: Matthew Breeze

22 August 2009
Central Coast Mariners 0 – 0 Sydney FC
Booked 77' Hutchinson Report
Summary
Booked 29' Sung-Hwan
Booked 78' Kisel
Bluetongue Stadium
Attendance: 10,092
Referee: Srebre Delovski

30 August 2009
Sydney FC 2 – 0 Wellington Phoenix
Gan Goal 77'
Aloisi Goal 81'
Report
Summary
Booked 22' Ifill
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 11,718
Referee: Srebre Delovski

5 September 2009
Gold Coast United 2 – 1 Sydney FC
Smeltz Goal 45+1'56'
Robson Booked 7'
Report
Summary
Corica Goal 75'
Skilled Park
Attendance: 6,406
Referee: Srebre Delovski

12 September 2009
Sydney FC 0 – 1 North Queensland Fury
Grant Booked 34'
Sung-Hwan Booked 89'
Report
Summary
Booked 25' Henderson
Fowler Goal 53'
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 16,699
Referee: Ben Williams

20 September 2009
Sydney FC 2 – 1 Newcastle Jets
Bridge Goal 26'
Corica Goal 55' (pen.)
Sung-Hwan Booked 90'
Report
Summary
Thompson Goal 37'
Booked 70' Petrovski
Booked 54' Kennedy
Red card 89' Elrich
Booked 90' Costanzo
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 10,357
Referee: Ben Williams

27 September 2009
Brisbane Roar 1 – 0 Sydney FC
Moore Booked 43'
D. Dodd Booked 70'
Miller Booked 74'
van Dijk Goal 85'
Report
Summary
Booked 39' Gan
Booked 76' Cole
Booked 83' Ryall
Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 7,677
Referee: Srebre Delovski

5 October 2009
15:00 UTC+11
Sydney FC 1 – 0 Central Coast Mariners
McFlynn Goal 20' Report
Summary
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 13,887
Referee: Matthew Breeze

9 October 2009
Melbourne Victory 0 – 3 Sydney FC
Report
Summary
Brosque Goal 14'
Bridge Goal 16', Goal 19'
Booked 40' Colosimo
Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 30,688
Referee: Peter Green

16 October 2009
Adelaide United 2 – 1 Sydney FC
Barbiero Red card 8'
Cristiano Goal 29' Goal 54'
Galekovic Booked 75'
Hughes Booked 87'
Jamieson Booked 90+1'
Report
Summary
Aloisi Goal 78'
Brosque Booked 86'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 10,291
Referee: Srebre Delovski

25 October 2009
Sydney FC 2 – 1 Queensland Roar
Brosque Goal 55'
Kisel Goal 69'
Byun Booked 90+5'
Report
Summary
Cernak Goal 73'
Packer Booked 77'
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 8,456
Referee: Matthew Breeze

1 November 2009
Sydney FC 3 – 1 Wellington Phoenix
Bridge Goal 15', Goal 35'
Corica Booked 30'
Corica Goal 31'
Cole Booked 60'
Kisel Booked 71'
Musialik Booked 90+3'
Report
Summary
Lia Booked 38'
Barbarouses Goal 81'
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 10,653
Referee: Gerard Parsons

7 November 2009
Gold Coast United 1 – 0 Sydney FC
Shane Smeltz Goal 36'
Culina Booked 38'
Pantelidis Booked 88'
Report
Summary
McFlynn Booked 24'
Cole Booked 25'
Musialik Booked 38'
Skilled Park
Attendance: 5,364
Referee: Ben Williams

22 November 2009
Perth Glory 2 – 0 Sydney FC
Bulloch Goal 57'
Sikora Booked 69'
Jelic Goal 88'
Report
Summary
Ryall Booked 47'
Colosimo Booked 66'
Subiaco Oval
Attendance: 8,932
Referee: Strebre Delovski

29 November 2009
Sydney FC 1 – 3 Newcastle Jets
Brosque Goal 75' Report
Summary
Song Booked 1'
Bridges Goal pen' (24), Goal 50'
Thompson Goal 58'
Kantarovski Booked 73'
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 10,114
Referee: Strebre Delovski

5 December 2009
Sydney FC 4 – 1 North Queensland Fury
Aloisi Goal 14'
Brosque Goal 19', Goal 55'
Corica Goal 62'
Colosimo Booked 66'
Report
Summary
Griffiths Booked 19'
Smith Booked 54'
Griffiths Goal 58'
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 11,871
Referee: Ben Williams

12 December 2009
Wellington Phoenix 0 – 1 Sydney FC
McKain Booked 15'
Lia Booked 34'
Daniel Booked 90+1'
Report
Summary
Corica Goal pen' (16)
Corica Booked 71'
Brosque Booked 78'
Colosimo Red card 80'
Bolton Booked 84'
FMG Stadium
Attendance: 6,936
Referee: Michael Hester

23 December 2009
Sydney FC 1 – 0 Central Coast Mariners
Brosque Goal 34' Report
Summary
Crowell Booked 35'
Wilkinson Booked 53'
Boogaard Booked 57'
Macallister Booked 86'
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 12,689
Referee: Matthew Breeze

19 December 2009
Melbourne Victory 0 – 0 Sydney FC
Broxham Booked 43' Report
Summary
McFlynn Booked 25'
Musialik Booked 58'
Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 27,344
Referee: Strebre Delovski

27 December 2009
Sydney FC 1 – 0 Adelaide United
Corica Goal 49'
Colosimo Booked 53'
Brosque Booked 86'
Report
Summary
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 11,741
Referee: Chris Beath

10 January 2010
Perth Glory 0 – 0 Sydney FC
Coyne Booked 57' Report
Summary
Members Equity Stadium
Attendance: 9,319
Referee: Strebre Delovski

17 January 2010
Sydney FC 0 – 1 Gold Coast United
Colosimo Booked 26'
Bridge Booked 55'
Report
Summary
Porter Goal 19'
Brown Booked 70'
Fitzsimmons Booked 87'
Culina Booked 90+5'
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 14,941
Referee: Ben Williams

24 January 2010
Newcastle Jets 1 – 3 Sydney FC
Wheelhouse Goal 33'
D'Apuzzo Booked 40'
Report
Summary
Aloisi Goal 45+1'
Musialik Goal 50'
Keller Booked 70'
Payne Goal 90+4'
EnergyAustralia Stadium
Attendance: 9,892
Referee: Peter Green

30 January 2010
Brisbane Roar 1 – 0 Sydney FC
Zullo Booked 55'
van Dijk Goal 89'
Report
Summary
Keller Booked 46'
Cole Booked 50'
Colosimo Booked 90+3'
Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 8,613
Referee: Michael Hester

7 February 2010
Sydney FC 3 – 2 Perth Glory
Corica Goal 24' (pen.)
Aloisi Goal 48'87' (pen.)
Report
Summary
McGarry Booked 40'
Srhoj Goal 45+3'
Vrteski Booked 49'
McBreen Booked 65' Goal 79'
Parramatta Stadium
Attendance: 8,359
Referee: Chris Beath

14 February 2010
Sydney FC 2 – 0 Melbourne Victory
Kisel Booked 28'
Kisel Goal 34'
Aloisi Goal 49'
[Report]
Summary
Brebner Booked 26'
Leigh Booked 48'
Leijer Booked 63'
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 25,407
Referee: Matthew Breeze

2009-10 A-League finals[edit]

Semi-final[edit]

19 February 2010 (Leg 1)
Melbourne Victory 2 – 1 Sydney FC
Nick Mrdja Goal 16'
Carlos Hernandez Goal 40'
Nick Mrdja Red card 73'
Report John Aloisi Goal 43'
Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 18,453
Referee: Peter Green

7 March 2010
17:00 UTC+11 (Leg 2)
Sydney FC 2 – 2 (AET) Melbourne Victory
Kisel Goal 36' (pen.)
Bridge Goal 54'
3-4 on aggregate
Report
Summary
Kruse Goal 15'
A. Thompson Goal 113'
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 23,818
Referee: Strebre Delovski

Preliminary final[edit]

13 March 2010
20:30 UTC+11
Sydney FC 4 – 2 Wellington Phoenix
Payne Goal 21'31'
Brosque Goal 63'
Bridge Goal 71'
Report
Summary
Durante Goal 27'
Dadi Goal 81'
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 13,196
Referee: Peter Green

Grand Final[edit]

20 March 2010
19:00 UTC+11
Melbourne Victory 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Sydney FC
Leijer Goal 81' Report
Summary
Bridge Goal 63'
  Penalties  
Muscat Penalty missed
Brebner Penalty scored
Angulo Penalty missed
Broxham Penalty scored
2 – 4 Penalty scored Colosimo
Penalty missed Cole
Penalty scored Foxe
Penalty scored Kisel
Penalty scored Byun
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 44,560
Referee: Strebre Delovski
Melbourne
Sydney
MELBOURNE VICTORY:
GK 1 Australia Mitchell Langerak
DF 2 Australia Kevin Muscat (c) Booked 62'
DF 5 Thailand Surat Sukha Substituted off 71'
MF 6 Australia Leigh Broxham
FW 8 Scotland Grant Brebner
FW 10 Australia Archie Thompson Substituted off 16'
DF 12 Australia Rodrigo Vargas
MF 16 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández
FW 21 Australia Robbie Kruse
MF 22 Australia Nick Ward Substituted off 76'
DF 23 Australia Adrian Leijer Goal 81'
Substitutes:
GK 20 New Zealand Glen Moss
MF 11 Costa Rica Marvin Angulo Substituted in 16'
DF 17 Australia Matthew Foschini
DF 19 Australia Evan Berger Booked 100' Substituted in 71'
FW 25 Australia Aziz Behich Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Scotland Ernie Merrick


Joe Marston Medal: Australia Simon Colosimo

Assistant Referees:
Fourth Official:Matthew Breeze

SYDNEY FC:
GK 1 Australia Clint Bolton
DF 2 Australia Sebastian Ryall Booked 26'
DF 3 Switzerland Stephan Keller
DF 4 Australia Simon Colosimo Booked 51'
MF 6 Slovakia Karol Kisel Booked 84'
MF 8 Australia Stuart Musialik Substituted off 105'
FW 14 Australia Alex Brosque Substituted off 116'
MF 15 Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn (c)
FW 16 Australia Chris Payne Substituted off 75'
FW 19 Australia Mark Bridge Goal 63' Booked 31'
DF 22 South Korea Byun Sung-Hwan
Substitutes:
GK 20 Australia Ivan Necevski
DF 5 Australia Hayden Foxe Substituted in 105'
MF 7 Australia Brendan Gan
DF 12 Australia Shannon Cole Substituted in 75'
FW 31 Australia Joey Gibbs Substituted in 116'
Manager:
Czech Republic Vitezslav Lavicka

Stadiums[edit]

Sydney FC will play 13 home games at the Sydney Football Stadium and 1 game at Parramatta Stadium.

The reason for the match against Perth Glory being moved from the SFS to Parramatta Stadium is due to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Sydney have played at the western Sydney stadium before when they moved their venue of the AFC Champions League group match against Persik Kediri to Parramatta due to the annual Anzac Day NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and St. George Illawarra Dragons.

Stadium Capacity
Sydney Football Stadium 45,500
Parramatta Stadium 20,857

Other venues that Sydney FC will play away from home are:

Stadium Capacity
Bluetongue Stadium 20,059
Dairy Farmers Stadium 26,500
Energy Australia Stadium 26,000
Etihad Stadium 56,437
FMG Stadium 18,000
Hindmarsh Stadium 15,600
Members Equity Stadium 18,156
Skilled Park 27,400
Suncorp Stadium 52,500
Westpac Stadium 26,500

Table[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sydney FC (C) 27 15 3 9 35 23 +12 48 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Melbourne Victory 27 14 5 8 47 32 +15 47
3 Gold Coast United 27 13 5 9 39 35 +4 44 2010 A-League Finals Series
4 Wellington Phoenix 27 10 10 7 37 29 +8 40
5 Perth Glory 27 11 6 10 40 34 +6 39
6 Newcastle Jets 27 10 4 13 33 45 −12 34
7 North Queensland Fury 27 8 8 11 29 46 −17 32
8 Central Coast Mariners 27 7 9 11 32 29 +3 30
9 Brisbane Roar 27 8 6 13 32 42 −10 30
10 Adelaide United 27 7 8 12 24 33 −9 29

Source: the-AFC.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1First place through to sixth place qualify for the 2010 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2010 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless first place are champions.
4Second place qualifies for the 2011 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless they qualify for the 2010 A-League Grand Final alongside first place or become A-League Champions, subsequently third place then qualify for the 2011 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off.

Season statistics[edit]

Leading scorers[edit]

Sydney FC A-League Top Scorers

Total Player Team Goals per Round
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Total
9 Australia John Aloisi Sydney FC 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 9
7 Australia Steve Corica Sydney FC 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
6 Australia Mark Bridge Sydney FC 1 1 2 2 6
6 Australia Alex Brosque Sydney FC 1 1 1 2 1 6
2 Slovakia Karol Kisel Sydney FC 1 1 2
1 Australia Kofi Danning Sydney FC 1 1
1 Australia Brendan Gan Sydney FC 1 1
1 Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn Sydney FC 1 1
1 Australia Stuart Musialik Sydney FC 1 1
1 Australia Chris Payne Sydney FC 1 1
A goal was scored from a penalty kick
Two goals were scored from penalty kicks

(Current as of Round 26)

Discipline[edit]

Name Booked BookedBookedRed card Red card
South Korea Byun Sung-Hwan 4 0 0
Australia Simon Colosimo 1 0 0
Australia Shannon Cole 2 0 0
Australia Steve Corica 1 0 0
Australia Rhyan Grant 1 0 0
Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn 1 0 0
Slovakia Karol Kisel 1 0 0
Australia Brendan Gan 1 0 0
Australia Sebastian Ryall 1 0 0
Australia Alex Brosque 1 0 0

(Current as of Round 9)

International Selections[edit]

2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification

The following players from Sydney FC were chosen to represent their country in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification for the 2011 Asian Cup:

2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup

The following players from Sydney FC were chosen to represent their country in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt:

AFC U-19 Championship 2010 qualification

The following players from Sydney FC were chosen to represent their country in the AFC U-19 Championship 2010 qualification in Indonesia:

Team Kit[edit]

A new kit was designed for the upcoming 2009-10 season. The home kit is a sky blue shirt with dark blue trim, dark blue shorts, and sky blue socks. The away kit is very similar to previous season's kits, white shirt with sky blue trim, sky blue shorts and white socks. Bing Lee will be the home shirt sponsor for the upcoming season and Sony Australia will be the away kit sponsor.

Home

Sydney FC home kit season 2009-10

Away

Sydney FC away kit season 2009-10

References[edit]