2011–12 Sydney FC season

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Sydney FC
2011–2012 season
Chairman Paul Ramsay
Manager Vítězslav Lavička
A-League 5th
Finals Qualified
AFC Champions League DNQ
Top goalscorer Bruno Cazarine (8 goals)
Highest home attendance 18,180 (Round 23 vs Melbourne Victory
Lowest home attendance 8,508 (Round 21 vs Perth Glory
Average home league attendance 13,420
Home colours
Away colours

The 2011–12 season was Sydney FC's seventh consecutive season in the Hyundai A-League since its foundation season in 2005–2006. The club will not compete in the 2012 AFC Champions League after failing to qualify during the previous season. The 2011–12 season also marks a new chapter in the history of the A-League, with new kit manufacturers for all teams. Reebok had held the rights to jersey manufacturing rights for the first six A-League seasons. Sydney FC announced Adidas as their new kit maker.

2011–12 A-League squad[edit]

Players included in a Sydney FC squad in the 2010–11 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 Liam Reddy
2 Australia DF Sebastian Ryall
3 Australia DF Jamie Coyne
4 Netherlands DF Pascal Bosschaart
5 Australia DF Michael Beauchamp
6 Japan MF Hirofumi Moriyasu
7 Australia MF Brett Emerton (Marquee)
8 Slovakia MF Karol Kisel
9 Brazil FW Bruno Cazarine
10 Australia FW Nick Carle (Australian Marquee)
11 Australia FW Dimitri Petratos (Youth)
12 Australia MF Shannon Cole
No. Position Player
15 Northern Ireland MF Terry McFlynn (Captain)
16 Australia MF Joel Chianese (Youth)
17 Australia MF Terry Antonis (Youth)
18 Finland FW Juho Mäkelä
19 Australia FW Mark Bridge
20 Australia GK Ivan Necevski
21 Australia MF Scott Jamieson
22 Australia DF Nathan Sherlock
23 Australia MF Rhyan Grant (Youth)
24 Australia FW Mitchell Mallia (Youth)
30 Australia GK Ryan Norval



Player From Date Fee
Slovakia Karol Kisel Czech Republic Slavia Praha 8 February 2011[1] Free Transfer
Australia Jamie Coyne Australia Perth Glory 20 April 2011[2] Free Transfer
Australia Michael Beauchamp Australia Melbourne Heart 20 April 2011[2] Free Transfer
Australia Joel Chianese Australia Sydney FC (Youth) 17 May 2011[3] Free Transfer
Australia Nathan Sherlock Australia Sydney FC (Youth) 17 May 2011[3] Free Transfer
Netherlands Pascal Bosschaart Netherlands ADO Den Haag 17 June 2011[4] Free Transfer
Australia Brett Emerton England Blackburn Rovers 25 August 2011[5] Free Transfer


Player To Date Fee
Australia Matthew Jurman Australia Brisbane Roar 10 February 2011[6] Free Transfer
South Korea Byun Sung-Hwan Australia Newcastle Jets 11 April 2011[7] Released[8]
Switzerland Stephan Keller Netherlands Willem II 6 July 2011[9] Released[10]
Australia Stuart Musialik Australia Central Coast Mariners 25 July 2011[11] Released[10]
Australia Andrew Durante New Zealand Wellington Phoenix 14 May 2011[12] Loan return
Australia David Williams Australia Melbourne Heart 22 June 2011[13] Free Transfer
Australia Kofi Danning Australia Brisbane Roar 27 June 2011[14] Released[10]
Australia Brendan Gan Australia Bonnyrigg White Eagles 4 July 2011[15] Released[10]
Australia Anthony Golec Australia Sydney United 30 June 2011 Released

Loan In[edit]

Player From Date Duration

Loan Out[edit]

Player To Date Duration





  • 18th: Sydney FC announce that Adidas will be replacing Reebok as their kit supplier, signing a 4-year deal.[18]



  • 1st: Club stalwart and long time serviceman from season one Terry McFlynn is announced he will retain the captaincy for the upcoming season.[28]
  • 10th: Sydney FC go down to NSW Premier League club Sydney Olympic 1–0.[29]
  • 17th: Sydney FC lose their first pre-season game against A-League opposition going down to Newcastle Jets 1–0 in Cessnock.[30]



  • 6th: ROUND 5 v Gold Coast United at the Sydney Football Stadium ends up with Sydney FC taking all 3 points in a miraculous second half comeback. Down 1–0 at half time, which was doubled to 2–0 seconds into the second half, 2 goals in as many minutes saw Bruno Cazarine and Nick Carle claw Sydney back to 2–2, before a penalty kick was awarded to Sydney FC deep into stoppage time. Karol Kisel converted, to give Sydney a 3–2 win.[35] Gold Coast coach Miron Bleiberg accuses referee Peter Green of match fixing for "the sake of the game".[36]
  • 12th: ROUND 6 v Perth Glory at NIB Stadium sees Sydney win their second game on the trot, with a 1–0 win. Striker Mark Bridge giving the visitors all 3 points after converting a low cross from Nick Carle. The win moves Sydney FC into 2nd position on the ladder, at the time only 2 points behind reigning Premiers & Champions, and currently undefeated in 2011–12 team Brisbane.[37]
  • 19th: ROUND 7 v Central Coast Mariners at the Sydney Football Stadium results in a 3–2 loss to the Sky Blues, ending their 4-game unbeaten streak. The Mariners opened the scoring with a bullet free kick via Dutch import Patrick Zwaanswijk before extending the lead mid way into the 2nd half through New Zealand international Michael McGlinchey. Nick Carle however pulled one back, effectively scoring his 4th goal of the season, and for a short time it looked like a repeat of the 3–2 heroics against the Gold Coast a fortnight earlier, but those hopes were quashed when the Mariners striker Troy Hearfield put a third past Liam Reddy. In the dying minutes, Brett Emerton was fouled near the box, and he skillfully put the free kick up, and around the wall, scoring his first competitive goal in a Sydney FC shirt.[38]
  • 27th: ROUND 8 v Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand results in the second consecutive loss for the Sky Blues, going down 2–1 this time to New Zealand club Wellington Phoenix. Wellington were up 2–0 with goals through Paul Ifill and Tim Brown, before Sydney's Bruno Cazarine picked up his 2nd goal of the season with a consolation goal in the 70th minute. The loss means Sydney drop a further place down in the ladder to fourth, allowing rivals Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory to move into 2nd and 3rd respectively after they won their games.[39]


  • 4th: ROUND 9 v Brisbane Roar at Jubilee Oval, Carlton in Sydney's South-East ends with Sydney FC defeating Brisbane 2–0, ending the current defending Premiers & Champions 36-game winning streak, which is a record in Australian sport. An early goal, after just 36 seconds from young striker Dimitri Petratos got Sydney underway. Marquee man Brett Emerton got a flukey second goal from a corner kick midway through the first half, which the wind took and blew into the Brisbane goal, despite the best efforts from Goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos and former Sydney FC defender Matthew Jurman. The loss ends Sydney's 2-game losing streak, and moves them back into 3rd position behind Central Coast Mariners.[40]
  • 7th: Sydney FC were supposed to be playing the Perth Glory at Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah as part of the A-League's regional round. However, the match was postponed until further notice due to Perth Glory being unable to fly out from Perth Airport due to heavy storm activity in the area which prevented planes from arriving or departing to and from the airport. Due to the long distance between Sydney and Perth, the Glory are unable to fly the next morning.[41]
  • 11th: Round 10 v Gold Coast United at Skilled Park Robina on the Gold Coast ends up with a disappointing 0–0 draw for the Sky Blues, against a Gold Coast United outfit sitting last on the A-League ladder.[42] The game was slightly marred post game, when it was revealed that Sydney FC defender Shannon Cole would be fined by the club, after being found guilty of Diving, breaching the clubs no tolerance policy regarding simulation, which is frowned upon by the world governing body FIFA and fans world wide.[43]
  • 17th: Round 11 v Newcastle Jets at Ausgrid Stadium, Newcastle results in a come-from-behind victory against Sydney's Northern New South Wales rivals. The Jets scored first after dominating the first half hour of the game via a strike from New Zealand international Jeremy Brockie before Sydney FC clawed their way back into the game. Brazilian striker Bruno Cazarine leveled the scoreline, 19 minutes into the second half, after a smart cross from Karol Kisel in front of goal, followed by a simple header from Finnish striker Juho Makela on 84 minutes. The game also marked the debut of youth player Mitchell Mallia who came on as a substitute in the second half.[44]
  • 22nd: Round 12 v Adelaide United at the Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park saw Adelaide arrive in Sydney, having sacked their coach Rini Coolen only days previously.[45] replacing him with Vitezslav Lavickas predecessor John Kosmina,[46] who had also been Adelaide United manager from 2005 until 2007. The game finished 2–2, with Daniel Mullen opening the scoring for the Reds, following a brain explosion from Sydney FC captain Terry McFlynn who miskicked a back-pass which ended in a corner. Bruno Cazarine was brought down in the penalty area. Slovakian Karol Kisel fired the ball home. In the second half Dario Vidosic won a penalty for the Reds, which he converted himself, however Sydney youth star Dimitri Petratos gave Sydney a share of the points when he fired home a ball from the edge of the penalty area, and took a glance off the inside of the post, ending the game 2–2.[47]
  • 29th: Round 13 v Melbourne Heart at the Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park brought Sydney FC's largest crowd of the season thus far for the final game of the year. However, it was not to be a happy time for the Sky Blues, completely dominated from the opening whistle. Despite showing early promise through Brazilian Bruno Cazarine, the Heart opened the scoring through Eli Babalj in the 32nd minute. Heart doubled their advantage right on the stroke of half time, through Mate Dugandzic. The game was all but over for Sydney FC when Jason Hoffman made it 3–0. However Heart's Brazilian striker Alex Terra would have the laugh last in the dying minutes of the game when he made it 4–0 after Sydney FC goalkeeper dropped the ball right in front of him, in his eagerness to get the ball up the field after intercepting the cross, Terra calmly dribbled the ball to the goal line before booting it in the net, ending the rout and a painful 90 minutes for the harbour team. The loss would also see Wellington leapfrog them into 4th, with Sydney dropping into 5th.[48]


  • 4th: Round 14 – Big Wednesday v Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand saw Sydney travel to the "Cake-Tin" for the second time the season, in the hope of burying the memories of their previous game with a win. However, it was not to be despite Sydney FC getting the scoring underway via a penalty from Brett Emerton. Goals from Daniel, Dani Sanchez, Ben Sigmund and Paul Ifill would see Sydney FC concede 4 goals for the second week in a row. Bruno Cazaerine added a 2nd goal for Sydney in the second half, but it would be nothing more than a mere consolation goal, for a team struggling to find at consistency at the back, or in front of goal.[49]
  • 8th: Round 15 v Central Coast Mariners at Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park saw a short turn around of just 4 days after the mid-week round, and had Sydney FC facing the table topping Mariners in what would be considered to be a crucial game for Sydney coach Vitezslav Lavicka who it was revealed had 4-weeks remaining to turn the season around, or face an inevitable axing once the season had finished. With the passing of one of Sydney's most loyal fans, "Doggadog" who was remembered with a minutes silence before the game, it was expected that Sydney would lift and play hard against their South NSW Derby rivals from the very start. However, this was not the case, with Sydney struggling to find any cohesion within themselves, and as has been the story for so many games this season, they went behind first through Central Coast's birthday boy Oliver Bozanic who was given too much room and buried the ball in the net. The Second half would show a much better performance from Sydney FC, having the best part of the possession and chances, however the Mariners defence held strong, and the score remained the same until the final whistle, leaving Sydney with 1 point from their last 5 games.[50]
  • 14th: Round 16 v Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland sees Sydney FC travel north of the border the venue where they have failed to win since early 2007. A goal from Mark Bridge not only ended his goal scoring drought, but also allowed the Sydney FC team to believe they might get their first win in 4 years. However, the dream was to be shattered, late into Extra Time, when former Bahraini criminal Sayed Mohamed Adnan scored from a free kick. A now rejuvenated Brisbane, refused to lay down against a tiring Sydney FC defence, and Albanian Besart Berisha scored from a suspicious handball cross from Mitch Nichols to seal a 2–1 victory and all 3 points against a Sydney FC team who were shocked at not taking him the 3 points.[51]
  • '19th: Community Round v Perth Glory at Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah saw Sydney play Perth a month later than originally planned. Due to the 5:30 pm kick-off many fans were unable to attend. Sydney FC took the lead once more just before the half time interval, and once more Sydney fans held their breath in the hope of taking away 3 points and hopefully kick starting their season which had seemingly stalled, having lost 5 on the trot. However, it scenes becoming all to familiar Sydney's defence fell asleep in the dying minutes of the half, and conceded what was arguably a soft goal from a corner, levelling the scores at 1–1, to the final whistle.[52]
  • 23rd: Round 17 v Gold Coast United at Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park. After 6 games without a win, Sydney FC finally got a much needed 3 points against a Gold Coast team who were coming last on the ladder. However, the match started with familiar scenes with Gold Coast opening the scoring through Ben Halloran in the 55th minute, it looked like Sydney FC would never be able to control a game for 90 minutes. However a late comeback saw Slovakian Import Karol Kisel peg a goal back in the 71st minute, before turning provider in the 81st for Brazilian Bruno Cazarine in the 89th minute. The win moved Sydney back into finals contention having dropped out of the 6.[53]
  • 26th (Australia Day): Round 18: v Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park, Melbourne. The City Derby clash between Sydney and Melbourne always brings excitement and entertaining football between the two rival clubs, and this game, billed on Australia Day was no exception. Both Sydney and Melbourne were having poor seasons, and struggling to make it into finals contention, and 3 points to either side would have done a good deal to getting either team into the finals. Melbourne Victory looked the team to do it, with a double blow just before half time through Isaka Cernak and Fabio gave the hosts a convincing 2-0 lead at half time. However Melbourne's weakness this season is their ability to hold onto a lead, and once again they failed. Bruno Cazarine pegged a goal back for Sydney, scoring his 2nd in as many games, and his 6th for the season, and right at the death from a free kick, former Melbourne Victory player Sebastian Ryall scored his first ever professional goal, giving Sydney a hard earned and well fought for point away from home.[54]


  • 3rd: Manager Vitezslav Lavicka announces at a press conference that he will not renew his contract for next season, as he will be leaving the club at the end of the 2011-12 season, citing personal reasons.[55]
  • 5th: Round 20: v Newcastle Jets at Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park has Sydney concede 5 goals for the first time in 4 years as they lost 5-2. First half goals from former Sydney FC players Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Ruben Zadkovich and Jeremy Brockie see Sydney FC slump to a 3-0 deficit at half time. The second half saw a small comeback fought, with Hirofumi Moriyasu and Michael Beauchamp scoring their first goals of the season to bring it back to 3-2, however two further late goals from Brockie and Ali Abbas Al-Hilfi gave Sydney a loss nobody expected.[56]
  • 11th: Round 21: v Perth Glory at Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park has Sydney win a tightly fought contest, their fourth home win of the season. After being locked in 0-0 at half time, stand in captain for suspended Terry McFlynn, Brett Emerton scored the opener firing home a cross from Karol Kisel. Emerton turned scorer into provider, when he set up a cross which saw Bruno Cazarine header the ball into the Danny Vukovic who could only push the ball into the roof of the net, thus scoring his 7th of the season. Perth got a late consolation goal through Billy Mehmet but Sydney held out to win 2-1.[57]



2011–12 Hyundai A-League[edit]

The Round 9 fixture against the Brisbane Roar was moved from the Sydney Football Stadium to Jubilee Oval due to an Eminem concert being held at the Sydney Football Stadium on the same day [58]

The Round 10, regional fixture against Perth Glory was postponed until further notice, due to the Perth squad unable to leave Perth Airport due to bad weather.[41]


Goal scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Goals
1 Brazil Bruno Cazarine 8
2 Australia Joel Chianese 4
2 Australia Nick Carle 4
2 Slovakia Karol Kisel 4
2 Australia Brett Emerton 4
6 Australia Mark Bridge 3
7 Australia Dimitri Petratos 2
7 Australia Shannon Cole 2
9 Australia Jamie Coyne 1
9 Australia Sebastian Ryall 1
9 Finland Juho Makela 1
9 Australia Michael Beauchamp 1
9 Australia Mitchell Mallia 1
9 Japan Hirofumi Moriyasu 1

Disciplinary record[edit]

Correct as of Round 14

Name YC YCYCRed card Red card
Australia Mark Bridge 0 0 1
Australia Nick Carle 3 0 0
Australia Scott Jamieson 5 0 0
Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn 5 0 0
Australia Michael Beauchamp 2 0 0
Australia Brett Emerton 1 0 0
Australia Shannon Cole 1 0 0
Australia Liam Reddy 1 0 0
Australia Terry Antonis 1 0 0
Australia Jamie Coyne 2 0 0
Netherlands Pascal Bosschaart 2 0 0
Slovakia Karol Kisel 5 0 0
Brazil Bruno Cazarine 2 0 0
Finland Juho Makela 1 0 0

Home Crowds[edit]

Round Opponent Attendance
2 Brisbane 15,789
5 Gold Coast United 11,051
7 Central Coast 13,947
9 Brisbane 11,555
12 Adelaide United 10,212
13 Melbourne Heart 16,007
16 Gold Coast 8,550
18 Newcastle 10,232
20 Perth 8,508
22 Wellington 10,208
25 Melbourne Victory 18,200
27 Newcastle 15,005

The Round 9 fixture against the Brisbane Roar was moved from the Sydney Football Stadium to Jubilee Oval due to an Eminem concert being held at the Sydney Football Stadium on the same day .[58]

Results by round[edit]

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 28
Ground A H A A H A H A H H†
Result D L W D W W L L W
Position 5 9 5 6 4 2 3 4 3
Last updated: 6 Nov 2011.
Source: Competitive Matches

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Team Pld
Qualification or relegation
1 Central Coast Mariners 27 15 6 6 40 24 +16 51 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Brisbane Roar (C) 27 14 7 6 50 28 +22 49 2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
3 Perth Glory 27 13 4 10 40 35 +5 43 2012 A-League Finals Series
4 Wellington Phoenix 27 12 4 11 34 32 +2 40
5 Sydney FC 27 10 8 9 37 42 −5 38
6 Melbourne Heart 27 9 10 8 35 34 +1 37
7 Newcastle Jets 27 10 5 12 38 41 −3 35
8 Melbourne Victory 27 6 11 10 35 43 −8 29
9 Adelaide United 27 5 10 12 26 44 −18 25
10 Gold Coast United 27 4 9 14 30 42 −12 21 Disbanded at end of season

Updated to games played on 25 March 2012..
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 2012 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2012 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless first place are champions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

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