Profile: Sydney FC
The first in our series looking at our tour opponents.
ABOUT SYDNEY FC
It is now five years since the inaugural A-League was launched and in that time Sydney FC have established themselves as one of Australian football’s leading lights.
The Sky Blues became the first ever A-League champions in 2006, defeating Central Coast Mariners 1-0 in the Grand Final, and secured their second title last season with a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over great rivals Melbourne Victory.
Before sweeping to that triumph they also topped the league table to land the Premiers' Plate, booking a place in the 2011 Asian Champions League in the process. It will be their second appearance in the competition having progressed to the group stage in 2007.
The Sky Blues had earlier tasted continental success, winning the 2005 Oceania Champions League before finishing fifth in the FIFA Club World Championship in the same year.
Interestingly, history would suggest Everton boss David Moyes and his players can expect a big turnout for their 10 July appearance at the ANZ Stadium. In 2007, a crowd of 80,295 turned out to witness Sydney defeat David Beckham’s LA Galaxy, the fixture setting the record for the highest attendance at a match featuring an Australian club side.
In its short but rich history, the club have consistently demonstrated their desire to attract big names to the A-League and can include Dwight Yorke, ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Juninho and one-time Leeds United forward Michael Bridges among their former players.
Australia internationals David Carney, John Aloisi, Tony Popovic and Simon Colosimo are also among those to have donned the club's colours, while England's 1990 World Cup star Terry Butcher spent a brief spell as their manager during the 2006/07 campaign.
Current first-team stars include former West Ham centre back Hayden Mullins, Socceroos striker Alex Brosque, ex-Crystal Palace midfielder Nick Carle and captain Terry McFlynn, a Northern Irishman who spent time in England with QPR, Woking, Margate and Morcambe.
Czech coach Vitezslav Lavicka's previous roles as a manager have seen him in charge at Sparta Prague, Slovan Liberec and Sparta Prague, while he also had a spell as the coach of the Czech Republic's Under-21 side. He took over the reins at Sydney at the beginning of the 2009/10 season.
Like us, our first friendly opponents of the 2010/11 pre-season campaign have also developed one of the most respected youth academies in their country and lifted the first ever National Youth League in 2009.
Chairman: Paul Ramsay
Head coach: Vitezslav Lavicka
Assistant coaches: Tony Popovic/Michal Zach
Stadium: Sydney Football Stadium*
Stadium Capacity: 45,500
Home colours: Sky blue shirts/navy blue shorts/sky blue socks
Away colours: White shirts/sky blue shorts/sky blue socks
Nickname: The Sky Blues
* Everton will play Sydney FC at the 83,500-capacity ANZ Stadium.
To ensure an enjoyable experience from start to finish, fans are urged to plan their trip and take advantage of express public transport services.
Here’s some information which we hope will help.
Public Gates open: 6:00pm (local time)
On-field warm up: 6:50pm
Kick off: 7:30pm
For ANZ Stadium Conditions of Entry or general stadium information, please go to www.anzstadium.com.au
Fans attending the Sydney FC v Everton clash at ANZ Stadium will need to purchase a separate transport ticket before they travel on the Major Event train and bus services.
Transport is not integrated with the match tickets, however the normal Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Train and Bus services are operating.
Regular direct rail services are operating from Central and Blacktown stations to Olympic Park Station. Services from Central to Olympic Park commence at approximately 4.45pm and are operating every eight minutes from 5.00pm, stopping at Redfern and Strathfield stations.
Services from Blacktown are operating every 10 minutes from 5pm, stopping at Seven Hills, Westmead, Parramatta, Granville, Lidcombe and Olympic Park.
If you’re travelling from other locations you should travel to Lidcombe Station and change for Olympic Park services, departing every 10 minutes to Olympic Park Station from 6.50am until 9.30pm.
A return rail ticket is valid until 4am on the morning after purchase so take the opportunity to buy your ticket early and avoid queues at your rail station.
Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus services will operate on all 12 major event bus routes across Sydney, commencing between 4pm and 5.30pm (depending on the route). Bus services will depart Sydney Olympic Park after the game, with the last service departing at 10.30pm.
Bus tickets should be purchased from the driver.
For timetable information, please click here.
For trackwork information, including timetable information for buses replacing trains, please click here.
Casual parking is available in the precinct.
If you haven’t pre-booked a parking space, be sure to allow plenty of time to secure a park and get to your seat before kick off.
For event parking information, please click here.
Tickets for Sydney FC v Everton at ANZ Stadium are still available across all price categories. Be sure to secure your ticket as soon as possible. Tickets are available through Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au or on 132 849.
We hope you enjoy the game!