2007–08 Sydney FC season

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Sydney FC
2007–2008 season
Chairman George Perry;
Andrew Kemeny
Manager Branko Čulina;
John Kosmina
A-League 3rd (League)
4th (Finals)
A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup 7th
Pan-Pacific Championship 4th
Top goalscorer League: Alex Brosque (8 goals)
All: Alex Brosque (11 goals)
Highest home attendance League: 33,458 (20 January 2008, vs Melbourne);
All: 80,295 (27 November 2007 vs Los Angeles Galaxy)
Lowest home attendance 10,732 (7 December 2007, vs Newcastle Jets)

The 2007–08 season is Sydney FC's third season of football (soccer) in Australia. The club finished seventh in the A-League Pre-season Challenge Cup and competed in the A-League 2007-08 season.

After a disappointing start to the season, the club sacked coach Branko Čulina in October,[1] and appointed John Kosmina. The team recovered from its poor start to finish third on the league table, securing a place in the finals series but being eliminated in the semi-final by Queensland Roar.

The club represented Australia at the Pan-Pacific Championship in February 2008 and finished fourth after losing to American MLS sides Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy.


AFC Champions League[edit]

As A-League 2005-06 Champions, Sydney qualified for the 2007 AFC Champions League as one of the two teams representing Australia along with 2005–06 League Premiers, Adelaide United. Group matches were played from March to May 2007, during the A-League off-season. Sydney finished second in their group after two wins, three draws and one loss, a point behind Urawa Reds who progressed to the next stage of competition.

Squad preparation[edit]

For the new season, Sydney have established an agreement with Macquarie University to use the Sport and Aquatic Centre as a training base[2] and also establishing an off-field relationship offering educational, corporate and research linkages.[3][4] As part of preparations, the club staged a training camp on the Sunshine Coast with a match against a team of local players in the lead up to their opening Pre-season Cup match.[5] Sydney will also play a series of friendly matches against NSW Premier League and State League sides, to engage with the Sydney football community.[6] These friendlies and Pre-season Cup matches also provided experience for trialling players Ben Vidaic, Cameron Watson, Daniel Severino, Robbie Cattanach, Shannon Cole, Chris Nunes, former short-term Sydney player Tolgay Özbey and goalkeepers Vendram Janjetovic and Matthew Nash.

Friendly matches[edit]

11 July 2007
Sunshine Coast Select XI 1–2 Sydney FC
Tyson Holmes Goal Report Ufuk Talay GoalGoal

18 July 2007
Sydney University SFC 0–3 Sydney FC
Report David Zdrilic Goal 25'
Mark Rudan Goal 44'
Ben Vidaic Goal 80'
Valentine Sports Park, Sydney
Attendance: 100

8 August 2007
Manly United FC 2–3 Sydney FC
Andrew Mailer Goal 20'
Brad Groves Goal 77'
Report Adam Biddle Goal 15'
Michael Enfield Goal 40'
Ufuk Talay Goal 75'
Cromer Park, Sydney
Attendance: 1,900

17 August 2007
Penrith Nepean United 2–1 Sydney FC
Mitchell Long Goal 44'
Ben Gough Goal approx. 75' (pen.)
Report Mark Milligan Goal 27'
CUA Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 5,000

2007 A-League Pre-season Cup[edit]

The Pre-season Cup competition consists of two groups of four teams, each team to play each other once. All teams then progress to a playoff stage with opponents based on group position, followed by finals series to determine the cup winner. Sydney finished the group stage bottom of Group B behind Central Coast Mariners, Queensland Roar and Wellington Phoenix. After a loss and a win in the final placings matches, they were ranked seventh.


Group stage[edit]

22 July 2007
Wellington Phoenix 3–0 Sydney FC
Michael Ferrante YC 1'
Shane Smeltz Goal 13', Goal 89'
Mark Rudan (og) Goal 14'
Ross Aloisi YC 64'
Cleberson YC 77'
Report Ufuk Talay YC 84'
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 6,039
Referee: Peter O'Leary

29 July 2007
Sydney FC 0–3 Central Coast Mariners
Clint Bolton YC 51'
Nikolas Tsattalios YC 63'
Tony Popovic YC 65'
Alex Brosque YC 68'
Report Matthew Osman Goal 36'
Adam Kwasnik Goal 44'
Andre Gumprecht Goal 51'
Mile Jedinak YC 55'
Nigel Boogaard YC 90'
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 5,735
Referee: Ben Williams

Group B Table[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA BP
Central Coast Mariners 10 3 2 1 0 6 1 3
Queensland Roar 6 3 1 2 0 3 2 1
Wellington Phoenix 5 3 1 0 2 4 4 2
Sydney FC 1 3 0 1 2 0 6 0


4 August 2007
Sydney FC 2–3 Newcastle Jets
Tony Popovic YC 21'
Brendon Santalab YC 47'
Ruben Zadkovich Goal 79'
Ufuk Talay Goal 83'
Report Joel Griffiths Goal 5', Goal 76'
Adam D'Apuzzo YC 9'
Jobe Wheelhouse YC 29'
Scott Tunbridge Goal 56'
Steve Eagleton YC 82'
Parramatta Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 2,611
Referee: Peter Green

11 August 2007
Melbourne Victory 0–1 Sydney FC
Report Alex Brosque Goal 34' YC 47'
Adam Biddle YC 58'
Shannon Cole YC 79'
Terry McFlynn YC 87'
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 3,400
Referee: Simon Przydacz

2007–08 Hyundai A-League[edit]

On 5 August, David Carney was transferred for A$125,000 to English Championship side, Sheffield United. The former Sydney player signed a three-year deal with the club which has been reported to earn him around A$1.25 million a year.[7]

New players including former Socceroos regular Tony Popovic and former LA Galaxy Attacking Midfielder, Michael Enfield have signed with Sydney for the upcoming season. On 3 August 2007 Brazilian international Juninho Paulista, formerly of Celtic and Middlesbrough, signed with Sydney FC as their marquee player.[8] Sydney have also announced the signings of youth players Ben Vidaic and Adam Biddle.

Former Socceroos Tony Popovic has been named the new skipper alongside current Socceroos Mark Milligan as vice-captain for the coming 2007–08 season.[9]

On 15 October 2007 Michael Bridges was signed on a loan with Sydney FC, until the end of the 2007–08 season of the Hyundai A-League as a replacement for long-term casualty Michael Enfield, who has been ruled out for several months after sustaining a serious knee injury.

On 22 October 2007, it was announced that Branko Culina would be sacked from the club following disappointing results. It was announced on 23 October, that former Adelaide United coach John Kosmina will take the role as the new head coach of Sydney FC.[10]

Kosmina got the side of to a flying start under his tenure, his first match in charge, a clash with then table-topping rivals Central Coast, a thrilling 3–2 victory in front of a crowd of nearly 18,000 at the SFS, a sign of bigger things to come for the Blues. This was followed by an impressive 1–0 away victory over Newcastle Jets; with former England junior Michael Bridges recording his first goal for Sydney FC. An entertaining 0–0 draw at the Telstra Dome, with rivals Melbourne, followed, with Sydney FC still undefeated under Kosmina.

Sydney FC suffered their first loss under John Kosmina on 15 December losing 4–2 to bottom side Perth Glory. Sydney goals were scored by Steve Corica and Michael Bridges.

On 22 December, a crucial match against the Central Coast Mariners resulted in a 5–4 victory in favour of Sydney. The match, held at Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium, was described by critics as the best game ever to come from the A-League.[11] The crucial win moved Sydney FC up by 3 points to 4th place on the ladder, overtaking Adelaide United. The win was especially savoured after Sydney were down 2–0 after 15 minutes. The controversial sending-off of Mariners goalkeeper Danny Vukovic in the 16th minute turned the match in favour of Sydney, who scored their 5th goal via an Ufuk Taly penalty with the final kick of the match in stoppage time.

On Friday 28 December 2007, Sydney FC came from behind for the second time in two weeks to defeat a 10-man Adelaide United 3–1 and keep its unbeaten away record intact in front of a record crowd of 25,039 in Adelaide. This result forced Adelaide down to 5th on the ladder. With 3rd place Newcastle Jets unable to secure a victory over Wellington Phoenix in Round 18, Sydney leap-frogged the Jets into 3rd place, with only 3 points behind the tied leaders.

A week later Sydney travelled across the Tasman to face Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium. Sydney came out of this match once again victorious winning 2–0 with goals from Northern Ireland superstar Terry McFlynn and current leading goalscorer for Sydney in 2007/2008 Alex Brosque. This kept them in 3rd position on the A-League ladder and in good contention for a finals berth. This win also ensured that the Phoenix would not reach the finals.

As of 30 December 2007 rumours suggesting that Sydney had signed Simon Colosimo from the Perth Glory and Newcastle Jets striker Mark Bridge for the 2008/2009 Season. Although these rumours have been proved true, no statements have officially been released as neither player wanted to cause trouble at their present clubs.

On Sunday 13 January 2008 Sydney flew up to Brisbane to play the Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium. The game finished 0–0, with both sides taking a point. Sydney only needed a draw to secure their place for a 3rd consecutive finals appearance. The draw means that the top 4 teams (Sydney, Queensland Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Newcastle Jets) are all on 31 points each, although Queensland are on top due to goal difference. Both teams had excellent chances to open the scoring for their club, but good keeping and failure to capitalise on good opportunities meant that many goals went begging. In the end the 32,000 strong crowd at Suncorp Stadium went home feeling disappointed that they didn't get their moneys worth for this State of Origin Match.

The final game of the 2007/2008 regular season saw Sydney's largest crowd of the season, it drew a large crowd of 33,458 people. Sydney needed to win by at least 2 goals, and they got off to a flying start, with Steve Corica scoring in the 3rd minute. For the rest of the half Melbourne looked shellshocked, and never really recovered from to shock early goal. But they hit back 25 seconds after the break, with Sydney's minds still back in the dressing room, Melbourne midfielder Nick Ward flew down the right wing and took a shot, which ended up rebounding into Sydney defender Mark Milligan, ending up as an own goal. With 15 minutes left in the game Alex Brosque scored, making the score 2–1. But 5 Minutes later Danny Allsopp scored for Melbourne, leaving the final score 2–2. Sydney failed to claim the minor premiership which ended up going to the Central Coast Mariners with their 2–0 victory over the Wellington Phoenix at Gosford. Sydney will now play Queensland Roar in the Semi-Final which is to be held at the Sydney Football Stadium.

On Friday 26 January Sydney played their first leg home final against the Queensland Roar in front of a crowd of 23,450 at the Sydney Football Stadium. The match which was supposed to be played up at Queensland's home ground Suncorp Stadium but it was moved to Sydney because of a concert by the '80s band The Police. Recent matches against the roar, had all been mostly uneventful affairs, including a 0–0 draw a couple of weeks beforehand, and it was the same again. Both sides had few chances during the 1st half, but Queensland's Brazilian import Reinaldo missed a golden opportunity when he air-swinged a cross in the opening 10 minutes. Sydney's best chance came in the 2nd half when Alex Brosque made a break, got around defender Andrew Packer and only had to slot the ball past the keeper but ended up booting the ball over the crossbar, and into the disappointed 'cove' supporters. Late in the 2nd half Sydney suffered a blow when midfielder Robbie Middleby was fouled heavily by Roar defender Sasa Ognenovski and injured his hamstring. Middleby is now expected to miss the next leg up in Brisbane, and possibly the Grand Final. Sydney had to chance to get a double late in the game when Brendon Santalab and Patrick missed golden opportunities.

Sydney and Queensland will now play the second leg of the minor semi-final at Suncorp Stadium on 8 February 2008. Two weeks later Sydney were up in Brisbane to face off in the second leg of the preliminary final. They had suffered a knock-back the day before they flew up with Marquee player Juninho ruled out with a knee injury that he picked up in training. Ruben Zadkovich was announced as his replacement. Sydney started the match well but with lots of poor decisions by referee Mark Shield including the sending off of Midfielder Robbie Middleby for a tackle, which did not even deserve a yellow. Queensland scored in the 14th minute through their Brazilian import Reinaldo and Sydney never looked like coming back after that. Referee Shield made another poor call when Sydney captain Tony Popović allegedly shoved Roar striker Tahj Minniecon in the penalty box, and Sasa Ognenovski converted the penalty past keeper Clint Bolton. Many Sydney fans were disgusted at the poor display shown by referee Mark Shield, as most games refereed under him have turned out to be fair challenges, and as a result the small Sydney group that had travelled across the border booed him off.

Home-and-Away fixtures[edit]

Round 1
24 August 2007
Sydney FC 0–1 Central Coast Mariners
Ufuk Talay YC 43' Report Dean Heffernan YC 41'
Mile Jedinak YC 42'
Sasho Petrovski Goal 7', YC 52'
Andre Gumprecht YC 61'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 18,457
Referee: Peter Green

Round 2
1 September 2007
Sydney FC 2–2 Adelaide United
Ufuk Talay Goal 12'
Alex Brosque Goal 74'
Report Richie Alagich Goal 8'
Bobby Petta YC 45'
Nathan Burns Goal 76'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 14,233
Referee: Mark Shield

Round 3
9 September 2007
Perth Glory 0–0 Sydney FC
Tyler Simpson YC 61' Report Patrick da Silva YC 29'
Iain Fyfe YC 45'
Mark Rudan YC 81'
Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 7,907
Referee: Craig Zetter

Round 4
14 September 2007
Sydney FC 1–2 Wellington Phoenix
Adam Casey Goal 6'
Mark Rudan YC 56'
Brendon Santalab YC 64'
Ruben Zadkovich YC 86'
David Zdrilic YC 89'
Report Felipè Goal 8'
Daniel Goal 29' (pen), YC 30'
Ross Aloisi YC 85'
Glen Moss YC 86'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 11,491
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Round 5
22 September 2007
Queensland Roar 0–1 Sydney FC
Josh McCloughlan YC 33'
Danny TiattoYC 45'
Report Ruben Zadkovich YC 37'
Ufuk Talay YC 43'
Terry McFlynn YC 67'
Patrick da Silva Goal 69'
Brendon Santalab YC 87'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 16,582
Referee: Mark Shield

Round 6
29 September 2007
Sydney FC 1–0 Newcastle Jets
Alex Brosque Goal 36', YC 72'
Ruben Zadkovich YC 84'
Report Matt Thompson YC 6'
Adam D'Apuzzo YC 12'
Adam Griffiths YC 22'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 13,755
Referee: Craig Zetter

Round 7
6 October 2007
Sydney FC 0–1 Melbourne Victory
Ruben Zadkovich YC 8'
Steve Corica Red card 25'
Juninho Paulista YC 63'
Alex Brosque YC 75'
Mark Rudan YC 90'
Report Kevin Muscat YC 12'
Grant Brebner YC 36'
Joseph Keenan YC 40'
Danny Allsopp Goal 81'
Archie Thompson YC 90+3'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 18,436
Referee: Mark Shield

Round 8
12 October 2007
Perth Glory 3–3 Sydney FC
Simon Colosimo YC 41'
Naum Sekulovski YC 48'
Jamie Harnwell Goal 52'
James Robinson Goal 59'
Mitchell Prentice Goal 69', YC 73'
Report Alex Brosque Goal 40', Goal 90+3'
David Zdrilic YC 52'
Patrick da Silva Goal 71'
Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 6,876
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Round 9
20 October 2007
Sydney FC 0–1 Adelaide United
Mark Rudan YC 57'
Robbie Middleby YC 85'
Report Lucas Pantelis Goal 52', YC 73'
Dez Giraldi YC 52'
Robert Cornthwaite YC 69'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 12,922
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Round 10
28 October 2007
Sydney FC 3–2 Central Coast Mariners
Alex Brosque Goal 16', Goal 25'
Tony Popovic Goal 31'
Ufuk Talay YC 86'
Clint Bolton YC 87'
Report John Hutchinson Goal 27', YC 50', Goal 56'
Mile Jedinak YC 53'
Dean Heffernan YC 54'
Tony Vidmar YC 64'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 17,652
Referee: Mark Shield

Round 11
3 November 2007
Newcastle Jets 0–1 Sydney FC
Denni YC 25'
Adam Griffiths YC 26'
Ante Covic YC 84'
Report Mark Milligan YC 22'
Ruben Zadkovich YC 47'
Michael Bridges Goal 69', YC 86'
EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 16,433
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Round 12
10 November 2007
Melbourne Victory 0–0 Sydney FC
Grant Brebner YC 41'
Kevin Muscat YC 87'
Report Iain Fyfe YC 32'
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 31,844
Referee: Mark Shield

Round 13
17 November 2007
Wellington Phoenix 1–1 Sydney FC
Ross Aloisi Goal 29'
Steven Old Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 61', 90+2'
Kristian Rees YC 76'
Vaughan Coveny YC 78'
Report Popovic Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 27', 70'
Talay Goal 90+3' (pen)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 8,062
Referee: Peter Green

Round 14
25 November 2007
Sydney FC 0–0 Queensland Roar
Michael Bridges YC 39' Report Stuart McLaren YC 17'
Liam Reddy YC 23'
Andrew Packer Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 42', 82'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 16,659
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Round 16
7 December 2007
Sydney FC 1–0 Newcastle Jets
Robbie Middleby YC 35'
Ruben Zadkovich Red card 52'
Tony Popovic YC 66'
Steve Corica Goal 90+2'
Report Mark Bridge YC 71'
Andrew Durante YC 80'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 10,732
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Round 17
15 December 2007
Sydney FC 2–4 Perth Glory
Steve Corica Goal 50'
Mark Milligan YC 64'
Michael Bridges Goal 90', YC 90+2'
Report Billy Celeski Goal 34', Goal 35', Goal 77' (pen)
Leo Bertos Goal 49'
Dino Djulbic YC 61'
James DowneyYC 90'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 12,402
Referee: Michael Hester

Round 15
22 December 2007
Central Coast Mariners 4–5 Sydney FC
Mile Jedinak Goal 3'
John Aloisi Goal 15'
Danny Vukovic Red card 16'
John Hutchinson YC 44'
Greg Owens Goal 63' (pen)
Alex Wilkinson YC 83'
Adam Kwasnik Goal 86', Red card 90+4'
Report Iain Fyfe Goal 33'
Terry McFlynn Goal 50'
Tony Popovic YC 62'
Adam Biddle Goal 71'
Brendon Santalab Goal 76'
Mark Robertson YC 78'
Ufuk Talay YC 90', Goal 90+5' (pen)
  • Match rescheduled from 1 December 2007 due to unplayable pitch[12]

Round 18
28 December 2007
Adelaide United 1–3 Sydney FC
Kristian Sarkies Goal 20'
Travis Dodd YC 28'
Robert Cornthwaite Red card 33'
Eugene Galekovic YC 66'
Cássio YC 76'
Report Iain Fyfe YC 31'
Mark Milligan YC 40'
Brendon Santalab Goal 44'
Steve Corica Goal 54'
Robbie Middleby YC 65', Goal 67'
Brendan Renaud YC 83'
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Attendance: 25,039
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Round 19
4 January 2008
Wellington Phoenix 0–2 Sydney FC
Kristian Rees YC 14'
Shane Smeltz YC 81'
Tony Lochhead YC 85'
Ross Aloisi Red card 91'
Report Ufuk Talay YC 26'
Terry McFlynn Goal 79'
Alex Brosque Goal 83'
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 14,288
Referee: Ben Williams

Round 20
13 January 2008
Queensland Roar 0–0 Sydney FC
Andrew Packer YC 33'
Simon Lynch YC 39'
Report Terry McFlynn YC 16'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 31,933
Referee: Mark Shield

Round 21
20 January 2008
Sydney FC 2–2 Melbourne Victory
Steve Corica Goal 4'
Alex Brosque Goal 62'
Brendon Santalab YC 82'
Report Leigh Broxham YC 7'
Sebastian Ryall YC 44'
Mark Milligan (og) Goal 46'
Kevin Muscat YC 47'
Danny Allsopp Goal 76'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 33,458
Referee: Peter O'Leary

League table[edit]

Team Pld
Qualification or relegation
1 Central Coast Mariners 21 10 4 7 30 25 +5 34 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Newcastle Jets (C) 21 9 7 5 25 21 +4 34
3 Sydney FC 21 8 8 5 28 24 +4 32 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship
4 Queensland Roar 21 8 7 6 25 21 +4 31 2008 A-League Finals Series
5 Melbourne Victory 21 6 9 6 29 29 0 27
6 Adelaide United 21 6 8 7 31 29 +2 26
7 Perth Glory 21 4 8 9 27 34 −7 20
8 Wellington Phoenix 21 5 5 11 25 37 −12 20

Updated to games played on 20 January 2008
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 2008 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2008 A-League Grand Final earns qualification for the 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless the Grand Final winners are also first place, in which case the Grand Final runner up qualifies.
4Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for the 2009 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.


Semi-final – Leg 1
25 January 2008
Sydney FC 0–0 Queensland Roar
Mark Milligan YC 7'
Brendan Renaud YC 43'
Ufuk Talay YC 56'
Report Sasa Ognenovski YC 22'
Matt McKay YC 55'
Josh McCloughan YC 73'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 23,450
Referee: Mark Shield

Semi-final – Leg 2
8 February 2008
Queensland Roar 2–0 Sydney FC
Andrew Packer YC 3'
Reinaldo Goal 12'
Massimo Murdocca YC 48'
Liam Reddy YC 74'
Sasa Ognenovski Goal 83' (pen)
Report Brendan Renaud YC 15'
Robbie Middleby Red card 20'
Ufuk Talay YC 67'
Tony Popovic YC 82'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 36,321
Referee: Mark Shield
  • Queensland Roar win 2–0 on aggregate

Hyundai Club Challenge[edit]

Sydney hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy in a one-off exhibition match at Telstra Stadium on 27 November, including high-profile Galaxy signing David Beckham. Sydney won the exciting match 5–3, which included a Beckham goal from a free kick.

27 November 2007
Sydney FC 5–3 Los Angeles Galaxy
Alex Brosque Goal 5', Goal 25'
Ruben Zadkovich Goal 29'
Robbie Middleby YC 49', Goal 53'
Adam Biddle YC 76'
Iain Fyfe Goal 87'
Report Kevin Harmse Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 31', 76'
David Beckham Goal 45', YC 64'
Edson Buddle Goal 49'
Landon Donovan Goal 90'
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 80,295
Referee: Mark Shield

Pan-Pacific Championship[edit]

Sydney represented Australia in the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship held in Hawaii.[13] They placed fourth overall after losing both matches, first to American MLS champions Houston Dynamo and then Los Angeles Galaxy in the third place playoff.

20 February 2008
Houston Dynamo 3–0 Sydney FC
Dwayne De Rosario Goal 28'
Stuart Holden Goal 29'
Chris Wondolowski Goal 43'
Report Brendon Santalab YC 49'
Ryan Walsh YC 57'
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, USA
Attendance: 15,128
Referee: Alex Prus

23 February 2008
Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 Sydney FC
Ely Allen Goal 3'
Josh Tudela Goal 45'
Michael Gavin YC 72'
Report Brendan Renaud Goal 43'
Terry McFlynn YC 49'
Mark Robertson YC 51'
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, USA
Attendance: 23,087
Referee: Brian Hall

Home Attendances[edit]

# Opponent Round Attendance Result
1 Central Coast Mariners 1 18,457 L 1–0
2 Adelaide United 2 14,233 D 2–2
3 Wellington Phoenix 4 11,491 L 1–2
4 Newcastle United Jets 6 13,755 W 1–0
5 Melbourne Victory 7 18,436 L 0–1
6 Adelaide United 9 12,922 L 0–1
7 Central Coast Mariners 10 17,652 W 3–2
8 Queensland Roar 14 16,659 D 0–0
9 Los Angeles Galaxy Exhibition 80,295 W 5–3
10 Newcastle United Jets 16 10,732 W 1–0
11 Perth Glory 17 12,402 L 2–4
12 Melbourne Victory 21 33,458 D 2–2
13 Queensland Roar Semi-final 23,450 D 0–0

A-League Regular Season Total: 180,197

A-League Regular Season Average: 16,382

Season Total: 283,942

Player details[edit]

For current squad details see Sydney FC Current squad


Players included in a Sydney FC squad in the 2007–08 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 Iain Fyfe
3 Australia DF Nikolas Tsattalios
4 Australia DF Mark Rudan
5 Australia DF Ryan Walsh
6 Australia DF Tony Popović (captain)
7 Australia MF Robbie Middleby
8 Australia MF Ruben Zadkovich
9 Australia FW David Zdrilic
10 Australia MF Steve Corica
11 Australia FW Brendon Santalab
12 Brazil FW Patrick da Silva
13 Australia FW Ben Vidaic
14 Australia FW Alex Brosque
15 Northern Ireland MF Terry McFlynn
16 Australia DF Mark Milligan
17 Australia DF Jacob Timpano
No. Position Player
18 Australia FW Adam Casey
19 United States MF Michael Enfield
20 Australia GK Ivan Necevski
21 Australia MF Adam Biddle
22 Brazil MF Juninho
23 Australia MF Ufuk Talay
24 Australia FW Robbie Cattanach
25 Australia MF Matthew Jurman
25 Australia DF Cameron Watson
25 Australia FW Daniel Severino
26 Australia MF Brendan Renaud
27 Australia MF Shannon Cole
28 Australia MF Chris Nunes
28 England FW Michael Bridges
29 Australia MF Mark Robertson
30 Australia GK Matthew Nash
40 France GK Michael Herbet


With Branko Culina installed at the helm, he sought to reconstruct the Sydney squad which had been plagued by injuries and financial constraints the previous year. Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Noel Spencer left for other A-League sides at the end of the Asian Champions League, but defender Nikolas Tsattalios was rewarded with a longer term contract. New signings from foreign leagues were unveiled in American Michael Enfield, Brendon Santalab and World Cup Socceroo Tony Popović. Popović's expected role in the club was further reinforced by being handed the captaincy for the A-League season.[14] The club also fulfilled their youth player quota, signing Joey striker Ben Vidaic and winger Adam Biddle.

The club also sought to find a new marquee player as they had been unable to land a household-name since the departure of Dwight Yorke at the start of the previous season. The club unsuccessfully courted a number of high-profile internationals including Philip Cocu, Robbie Fowler,[15] Hakan Şükür,[16] Christian Vieri,[17] Jay-Jay Okocha[18] and John Aloisi.[19] On 3 August 2007 Sydney announced, (two days after media reports broke the story[20]) that Brazilian international Juninho Paulista will be their marquee player on a one-year deal. This came the same time as David Carney agreed to move to English side Sheffield United following speculation of his departure following the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. Sydney finalised their squad by signing a second Brazilian in striker Patrick da Silva.

With the season kicking off, new reserve goalkeeper Ivan Necevski suffered an injury in training expected to keep him out of action for up to two months. APIA Leichhardt custodian Matthew Nash impressed in his preseason trial to earn a short-term contract as cover. As first round matches were underway with Nash on the bench, Sydney agreed terms with veteran John Filan to join the club, having recently returned home after retiring at Wigan.[21] The short-term agreement fell through less than a week later, Filan citing outside issues.[22]


Player From League Fee Date
United States Michael Enfield Los Angeles Galaxy United States Major League Soccer Free 7 April 2007[23]
Australia Brendon Santalab Újpest FC Hungary Borsodi Liga Free 22 June 2007[24]
Australia Ivan Necevski Blacktown City Demons Australia NSW Premier League Free 22 June 2007[25]
Australia Nikolas Tsattalios Sydney FC (promoted from short-term deal) Australia A-League 2 July 2007[26]
Australia Tony Popović Al-Arabi Qatar Qatari League Free 11 July 2007[27]
Australia Ben Vidaic Sydney United Australia NSW Premier League Free 31 July 2007[28]
Brazil Juninho Paulista Flamengo (free agent) Brazil Brazilian Série A 3 August 2007[29]
Australia Adam Biddle Blacktown City Demons Australia NSW Premier League Free 6 August 2007[30]
Brazil Patrick da Silva Nacional Atlético Clube (SP) Brazil Campeonato Paulista Série A2 Free 18 August 2007[31]
Australia Brendan Renaud Blacktown City Demons Australia NSW Premier League Free 12 December 2007[32]


Player To League Fee Date
Australia Nikolai Topor-Stanley Perth Glory Australia A-League 24 May 2007 .[33][34]
Australia Justin Pasfield Sydney United (released) Australia NSW Premier League 24 May 2007[35]
Australia Noel Spencer Newcastle United Jets Australia A-League 24 May 2007[36]
Australia Luka Glavas Heidelberg United (released) Australia Victorian Premier League 24 May 2007[37]
Australia Dean Bouzanis Liverpool F.C. (loan terminated – delisted) England Premier League June 2007[38]
Australia David Carney Sheffield United England Premier League A$125,000 4 August 2007[39][40]
Australia Mark Rudan Avispa Fukuoka Japan J. League Div 2 A$100,000 17 December 2007[41][42]
Australia Brendan Renaud Retired 23 February 2008

Short-term signings[edit]

Player From Start date End date Reason
Australia Matthew Nash Australia APIA Leichhardt 23 August 2007 10 October 2007 Injury cover for Ivan Necevski[43]
21 December 2007 24 December 2007 Injury cover for Clint Bolton[44]
France Michael Herbet Australia Waverley Old Boys 6 September 2007 12 September 2007 Cover for Clint Bolton while on international duty[45]
Australia Matthew Jurman Australia AIS 6 September 2007 12 September 2007 Cover for Mark Milligan/Ruben Zadkovich while on international duty[45]
Australia Robbie Cattanach Australia Manly United FC 6 September 2007 12 September 2007 Cover for Alex Brosque while on international duty[45]
England Michael Bridges England Hull City (loan) 17 October 2007 21 January 2008 Injury cover for Michael Enfield[46][47]
Australia Mark Robertson Hungary FC Sopron 13 December 2007 24 February 2008 Injury cover for Adam Casey[48]
Australia Ryan Walsh Australia Blacktown City Demons 20 February 2008 24 February 2008 Injury cover for Robbie Middleby at Pan-Pacific Championship[49]

Team kit[edit]

For the third A-League season, all clubs released new playing strip supplied by sponsor Reebok. Sydney FC retained the established colours in a new design, a sky blue home shirt with navy blue and orange secondary colours, and a white away shirt with sky blue trim.[50]

Sydney also signed new sponsorships with Sydney-based electronics retailer Bing Lee and electronic brand JVC. The home strip will feature Bing Lee as the main shirt sponsor with JVC on the shorts, while the away shirt will feature JVC prominently and Bing Lee on the shorts. A second shirt sponsorship was secured with HBA Health Insurance, that will appear on the back of the shirt below the player number.

2007–08 home colours
2007–08 away colours
2007–08 goalkeeper


  • Sydney FC Players Player Award: Alex Brosque
  • SMH Members Player of the Year Award: Steve Corica
  • Chairman Award: John Kosmina
  • Forward of the Year: Alex Brosque
  • Midfielder of the Year: Steve Corica
  • Defender of the Year: Tony Popovic
  • Young Player of the Year Award: Adam Biddle
  • Golden Boot: Alex Brosque
  • Fans Goal of the Year Award: Brendon Santalab (Goal v Adelaide United Round 18)



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