A-League Teams Spend Time Abroad

Several clubs from down-under are playing games overseas yet find no coverage within its own borders
by Perry Tsangas   |   Thursday, August 15, 2013

Oz Football – column on the Australian A-League, Socceroos & the Aussie soccer scene.

It’s fair to say the A-League All-Stars vs. Manchester United and the Melbourne Victory vs. Liverpool games created a significant buzz around the country.

The mainstream media jumped on board and embraced both matches. But the football community still needs a football fix after the hype whines down.

This scenario seems to be a regular occurrence in accordance to the mainstream media’s relationship with the sport down-under. Plenty more has been happening this offseason and the media have missed the boat yet again. Luckily for us football lovers we know where to find this information through trusted and reliable outlets.

A-League clubs have been busy this offseason, with many venturing overseas. Sydney FC seems to be making more headlines abroad rather than at home. The Del Piero factor has not only given Sydney FC a high-quality marquee player, but provided the club with an international pedigree.

After having all of Sydney FC matches beamed in Italy on the Premium Calcio channel, the club has gone one further by becoming the 1st professional Australian club side to play games in Italy. Without the capture of Del Piero’s signature, the tour would never have eventuated.

The Sky Blues’ 1st game was against Padova, Del Piero’s first club. In a highly entertaining game the hosts prevailed 3-2, and Brett Emerton and Nick Carle were the scorers for Sydney. In Sydney’s 2nd game, it confronted Serie A club Udinese, which fielded a mixture of youth and reserve players. On this occasion the Sky Blues prevailed in a high-scoring affair, 5-3.

Sydney faced Serie C side Vicenza and recorded an impressive 3-1 victory. With a game to play against A.S. Cittadella, Sydney’s presence in Italy continues to grow, as the club intimately experienced in Jesolo, where thousands lined the streets and provided Del Piero and his teammates rock star status.

Sadly in Australia, Sydney’s tour of Italy has barely raised an eyebrow from mainstream media.   

Perth Glory on the other hand has explored the African continent and formed a strong relationship with the South African Football Association, through their connection with former coach and technical director Mitch D’Avray.

The Glory narrowly lost their first game 1-0 against Mpumalanga Black Aces with an undermanned team while narrowly losing to Tuks FC in their 2nd game. The true test was to come against SuperSport United, who had previously beaten EPL heavyweights Manchester City 2-0. Unfortunately for the Glory, they were beaten by the same scoreline. Irrespective of the results, it was an opportunity for Alistair Edwards to blood his new players and look at prospective players, such as Brasilian Sidnei Sciola from Cypriot club Alki Larnaca.  

The Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United will fly to South East Asia after being invited by Indonesian promoters and the Indonesian Football Association to compete in the Menpora Cup. The Mariners will face Persipura, Persiba Bantul and Indonesian super-club Arema.

The Reds, under the guidance of new manager Josef Gombau are grouped against Sriwijaya FC, Persib Bandung and the Indonesian under-23s.

Both A-League clubs will be vying for the $75,000 in prize money that will go to the eventual winner of the 8 team tournament. These games will make both clubs battle hardened and ready for season 9 of the A-League.

The growing number of football fans who want to watch their teams abroad may have to do so by streaming the Internet. They’ll be no live coverage by certain sections of mainstream media. The A-League seems to be attracting worldwide appeal, but sadly continues to be neglected within its own borders. 

Perry TSANGAS

Nationality:
Australia
College:
Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe
Club Domestic:
Melbourne Victory FC
Club Foreign:
PAS Giannina
Perry hopes he can contribute to the growth of Australian football and play the best ambassadorial role for the sport. Currently a coach of Victoria in 7-a-side football for players disabilities.
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