Sydney

Sydney

About Sydney

Sydney FC was founded in 2004, ahead of the inaugural A-League season in 2005-06. They have quickly established themselves as one of the country's most successful sides and have achieved global recognition for some of their high-profile managerial appointments and player transfers. Their main rivals are Melbourne Victory, with whom they contest what has become known as The Big Blue, one of the country's biggest derbies. The formation of the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2012 has also produced a local rival for the club. Meanwhile, Sydney FC are closely affiliated with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Upon starting play, the team enjoyed instant success. In 2005, they beat AS Magenta to win the OFC Club Championship. In the 2005-06 regular A-League season, they finished in 2nd place, behind Adelaide United in order to advance to the Finals Series. Then, they overcame the Central Coast Mariners 1-0 in the Grand Final, thanks to a goal from Steve Corica, to become the first ever A-League champions.

The team have subsequently built upon that initial success, completing the Premiership and Championship double in 2010, beating rivals Melbourne Victory in the A-League Grand Final. In 2005, they represented Australia in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Over the years, Sydney FC have signed a host of superstar players, starting in their first season with the acquisition of Dwight Yorke. Some of the other notable players to play for the club include Juninho Paulista, John Aloisi, Benito Carbone, Lucas Neill and Brett Emerton. In 2012, they made their biggest signing yet, capturing Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero. His contract is said to be the biggest professional sports contract in Australian history.

The side play their home matches at the Sydney Football Stadium, which is currently known as the Allianz Stadium due to a sponsorship deal. The venue is used for a number of other sports, including rugby league, and underwent renovations in 2007. It is now able to hold 45,500 spectators.