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2015–16 Sydney FC season

Sydney FC
2015–16 season
Chairman Scott Barlow
Manager Graham Arnold
Stadium Allianz Stadium, Sydney
A-League 7th
FFA Cup Round of 16
AFC Champions League Round of 16
Top goalscorer League: Filip Hološko (10 goals)
All: Filip Hološko (10 goals)
Highest home attendance 40,539 vs Western Sydney Wanderers
(24 October 2015)
Lowest home attendance 8,717 vs Perth Glory
(11 April 2016)
Average home league attendance 16,071
Home colours
Away colours

The 2015–16 Sydney FC season was the club's 11th season since its establishment in 2004. The club participated in the A-League for the 11th time, the FFA Cup for the 2nd time, as well as the AFC Champions League for the 3rd time.

Contents

PreviewEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Sydney FC began the pre-season with a 7–0 win over Earlwood Wanderers.[1] The club then announced the annual Macarthur Rams pre-season clash.[2] The match took place on 30 July 2015, with Sydney FC cruising to a comfortable 5–1 victory. For both games, Sydney FC fielded mainly youth players and trialist's, of which included Matt Simon and Alex Mullen who would later go on to sign for the club.[3] The club announced a third pre-season friendly against a team of Gold Coast Premier League All-stars for mid-August.[4] However, this match would be ultimately be cancelled as the venue did not meet one of the criteria for Football Federation Australia sanctioned friendlies.[5]

TransfersEdit

Rumours throughout the end of the 2014–15 A-League season that Sydney FC had signed Newcastle Jets and Young Socceroo midfielder, Andrew Hoole were confirmed on 30 April 2015.[6] Following the Grand Final loss to Melbourne Victory key members of the team were still weighing up their options for the season. Initially it was thought the services of Golden Boot winner, Marc Janko would be secured[7] but after he left for Europe the day after the grand final to plan his wedding, rumours circled that he would not return.[8] This was confirmed a week later with the club citing the amount of games Janko would miss throughout the season as the A-League does not stop during FIFA breaks a factor in the decision.[9] Janko expressed his displeasure of how things were handled through social media site, Twitter.[9][10] Senegalese cousins Mickaël Tavares and Jacques Faty were quick to re-sign with club, extending their contracts from injury replacement players to full contracts. The club confirmed the signings of Tavares for two years on 21 May 2015[11] and one year for Faty on 27 May 2015.[12][13] The club also announced a two-year deal for striker Shane Smeltz on the same day.[13]

Sydney FC had many places to fill during the off-season, after announcing only eighteen retained players on 3 June 2015.[14] Defender Zachary Anderson was reunited with mentor Graham Arnold, signing for the sky blues on 15 July 2015 for one year.[15] This was quickly followed by the announcement of the highly anticipated foreign marquee and visa spots of Filip Hološko[16] and Miloš Ninković.[17] This appeared to spell the end of the 2014–15 Sydney FC Player of the Year Miloš Dimitrijević's time with club. However, with the departure of Nikola Petković to Westerlo[18] there still remained one visa spot available, and on 28 July 2015, Sydney FC announced that he had re-signed for a further two years.[19] With two days remaining before the commencement of the 2015 FFA Cup, Sydney FC announced the services of another former student of Arnold's (during his time with the Central Coast Mariners), when the club signed Matt Simon.[20] The club then lost the services of talented Socceroos midfielder Terry Antonis when he was transferred to Greek powerhouse PAOK on 19 August 2015.[21] On 25 August 2015, Sydney FC became the first club to utilise the "Mature Age Rookie" concept, signing Alex Mullen on a one-year deal.[22] The club also announced the signing of veteran Sydney FC gloveman Ivan Necevski (who returned to club after a stint with New South Wales Premier League outfit Rockdale City Suns)[23] alongside Sydney FC Youth captain, Jacob Tratt.[24]

SeasonEdit

Sydney FC began the regular season at home against Melbourne City. The visitors took an early lead in the 16th when debutant Wade Dekker capitalised on a defensive error by Jacques Faty. However, the Sky Blues bounced back in injury time of the first half after a clever ball from Brandon O'Neill allowed skipper Alex Brosque to set up international marquee Filip Hološko with the equaliser. Sydney FC created many chances in the second stanza but City goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen produced world-class saves time and time again to ensure the match would end 1–1.[25]

Sydney FC then travelled to Hunter Stadium to face New South Wales rivals, Newcastle Jets. Newcastle had a goal disallowed in the first half for an offside infringement. With minutes remaining skipper Alex Brosque was denied by the woodwork, and the match looked destined for a draw. However, in the final minute of the game, Brosque came up with superb header from a corner kick. Sydney won the match 1–0. The win signified Sydney FC's unbeaten streak against Newcastle to eight games.[26] The match also involved a sickening collision between Sydney FC striker Shane Smeltz and Newcastle Jets goalkeeper Mark Birighitti which left the shotstopper requiring hospitalisation and major dental surgery.[27]

The first Sydney Derby of the year was hosted by Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium. The attendance of 40,539 was the second largest on record for the fixture and everyone in the stadium witnessed another pulsating clash. For the second match in a row, Sydney FC's opponent had a goal disallowed for an offside infringement in the first half and also for the second match in a row, Sydney FC scored in the dying minutes to win 1–0. Serbian international Miloš Ninković latched onto a splendid through-ball from rookie central midfielder Brandon O'Neill to put the game to bed. Sydney FC extended its unbeaten derby streak to five matches.[28]

Sydney FC travelled to Gosford, to play Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium, on 31 October. Shane Smeltz opened the scoring in the 34th minute after some clever work from Alex Brosque, sweeping it home from close range. Mariners striker Roy O'Donovan then equalised a minute later with an easy tap-in from close range. A few minutes later, O'Donovan was through on goal, and attempted to round Sydney keeper Vedran Janjetovic before being taking down and going to ground. However, the referee did not award a penalty. Three minutes before the interval, Mariners midfielder Nick Fitzgerald was sent off for a second yellow card, swinging the game in Sydney's favour. After a lengthy stalemate, Mariners all-time top goalscorer and new Sydney FC signing Matt Simon scored after a marauding run from Filip Hološko, who unselfishly laid the ball off to Simon. Six minutes later, Simon scored his second goal after a smart run from Mickaël Tavares, and thus, the game ended 3–1, to Sydney. Sydney remained on top of the A-League ladder as the only unbeaten team remaining in the competition.[29]

PlayersEdit

SquadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Vedran Janjetović
2   DF Sebastian Ryall
4   DF Zachary Anderson
5   DF Matthew Jurman
6   FW Robert Stambolziev
7   MF Andrew Hoole
8   MF Miloš Dimitrijević
9   FW Shane Smeltz (vice-captain)
10   MF Miloš Ninković
11   MF Chris Naumoff
12   DF Jacob Tratt
13   MF Brandon O'Neill
14   FW Alex Brosque (captain)
No. Position Player
16   DF Riley Woodcock
17   MF David Carney
18   FW Matt Simon
19   DF Jacques Faty (vice-captain)
20   GK Ivan Necevski
21   FW Filip Hološko
22   MF Ali Abbas
23   MF Rhyan Grant
24   FW George Blackwood
25   DF Aaron Calver
27   MF Mickaël Tavares
29   MF Alex Mullen
30   GK Anthony Bouzanis

From youth squadEdit

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Notes
24 FW   George Blackwood 18
30 GK   Anthony Bouzanis 19
12 DF   Jacob Tratt 20 [30]

Transfers inEdit

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
7 MF   Andrew Hoole 21 Newcastle Jets Transfer Pre-season 2017 Free [6]
13 MF   Brandon O'Neill 21 Free agent Transfer Pre-season 2017 Free [31]
16 DF   Riley Woodcock 20 Perth Glory Transfer Pre-season 2016 Free [32]
4 DF   Zachary Anderson 24 Central Coast Mariners Transfer Pre-season 2016 Free [33]
10 MF   Miloš Ninković 30 Free agent Transfer Pre-season 2017 Free [34]
21 FW   Filip Hološko 31 Free agent Transfer Pre-season 2017 Free [35]
18 FW   Matt Simon 29 Central Coast Mariners Transfer Pre-season 2017 Free [36]
29 MF   Alex Mullen 23   Mars Hill University Transfer Pre-season 2016 Free [37]
20 GK   Ivan Necevski 35 Rockdale City Suns Transfer Pre-season 2016 Free [38]
17 MF   David Carney 32 Free agent Transfer Round 18 2017 Free [39]

Transfers outEdit

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
21 FW   Marc Janko 31 End of Contract Pre-season Free [40]
1 GK   Ivan Necevski 35 End of Contract Pre-season Free [41]
3 DF   Saša Ognenovski 36 End of Contract Pre-season Free [42]
18 MF   Peter Triantis 23 End of Contract Pre-season Free [42]
19 MF   Nick Carle 33 End of Contract Pre-season Free [42]
7 FW   Corey Gameiro 22 End of Contract Pre-season Free [42]
12 MF   Hagi Gligor 20 End of Contract Pre-season Free [42]
11 FW   Bernie Ibini 22 Shanghai SIPG   End of Loan Pre-season Free [42]
6 DF   Nikola Petković 29 Westerlo   Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed [18]
17 MF   Terry Antonis 21 PAOK   Transfer Pre-season $500,000 [43]
3 DF   Alex Gersbach 18 Rosenborg   Transfer Round 18 Undisclosed [44]

Technical staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Graham Arnold
Assistant Manager   Steve Corica
Youth Team Manager   Robbie Stanton
Goalkeeping Coach   John Crawley
Strength & Conditioning Coach   Andrew Clark
Physiotherapist   Stan Ivancic

StatisticsEdit

Squad statisticsEdit

N P Nat. Name Total A-League FFA Cup AFC Champions League
Apps Goals       Apps Goals       Apps Goals       Apps Goals      
1 GK   Vedran Janjetović 37 0 1 0 0 27+0 0 0 0 0 2+0 0 0 0 0 8+0 0 1 0 0
2 DF   Sebastian Ryall 30 0 7 0 0 23+0 0 5 0 0 2+0 0 1 0 0 5+0 0 1 0 0
4 DF   Zachary Anderson 9 0 0 0 1 4+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 5+0 0 0 0 1
5 DF   Matthew Jurman 34 0 4 0 0 25+0 0 3 0 0 2+0 0 0 0 0 7+0 0 1 0 0
6 FW   Robert Stambolziev 15 1 2 0 0 1+7 0 2 0 0 2+0 0 0 0 0 1+4 1 0 0 0
7 MF   Andrew Hoole 23 0 5 0 0 6+9 0 4 0 0 2+0 0 0 0 0 4+2 0 1 0 0
8 MF   Miloš Dimitrijević 33 1 5 0 0 18+7 0 5 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 7+1 1 0 0 0
9 FW   Shane Smeltz 30 5 3 0 0 12+10 4 2 0 0 2+0 1 0 0 0 3+3 0 1 0 0
10 MF   Miloš Ninković 33 5 5 0 0 23+2 4 5 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 5+2 1 0 0 0
11 MF   Chris Naumoff 18 1 0 0 0 8+2 0 0 0 0 2+0 0 0 0 0 4+2 1 0 0 0
12 DF   Jacob Tratt 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
13 MF   Brandon O'Neill 30 1 6 0 0 16+5 0 4 0 0 2+0 0 1 0 0 6+1 1 1 0 0
14 FW   Alex Brosque 15 5 3 0 0 13+0 5 3 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0
16 DF   Riley Woodcock 6 0 0 0 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 2+0 0 0 0 0 3+0 0 0 0 0
17 MF   David Carney 13 3 5 0 0 7+1 2 3 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 5+0 1 2 0 0
18 FW   Matt Simon 27 3 10 0 0 9+11 3 6 0 0 0+2 0 1 0 0 5+0 0 3 0 0
19 DF   Jacques Faty 20 1 3 0 1 17+3 1 3 0 1 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
20 GK   Ivan Necevski 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
21 FW   Filip Hološko 24 10 5 1 0 23+1 10 5 1 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
22 MF   Ali Abbas 13 2 2 0 0 2+7 2 2 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 3+1 0 0 0 0
23 MF   Rhyan Grant 33 2 6 0 0 24+0 0 5 0 0 2+0 1 0 0 0 7+0 1 1 0 0
24 FW   George Blackwood 20 1 1 0 0 8+6 1 1 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 4+2 0 0 0 0
25 DF   Aaron Calver 9 0 2 0 0 4+0 0 1 0 0 2+0 0 0 0 0 3+0 0 1 0 0
26 FW   Max Burgess 1 1 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+1 1 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
27 MF   Mickaël Tavares 26 1 4 0 0 17+5 1 4 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 3+0 0 0 0 0
29 MF   Alex Mullen 3 0 0 0 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0 0 0 0
30 GK   Anthony Bouzanis 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
Players no longer at the club:
3 DF   Alex Gersbach 10 0 1 0 1 8+2 0 1 0 1 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0

Pre-season and friendliesEdit

CompetitionsEdit

OverallEdit

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
A-League 7th 10 October 2015 10 April 2016
FFA Cup Round of 32 Round of 16 5 August 2015 26 August 2015
AFC Champions League Group stage Round of 16 24 February 2016 25 May 2016

A-LeagueEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Adelaide United (C) 27 14 7 6 45 28 +17 49 Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage and Finals series
2 Western Sydney Wanderers 27 14 6 7 44 33 +11 48
3 Brisbane Roar 27 14 6 7 49 40 +9 48 Qualification to AFC Champions League second preliminary round and Finals series
4 Melbourne City 27 13 5 9 63 44 +19 44 Qualification to Finals series
5 Perth Glory 27 13 4 10 49 42 +7 43
6 Melbourne Victory 27 11 8 8 40 33 +7 41
7 Sydney FC 27 8 10 9 36 36 0 34
8 Newcastle Jets 27 8 6 13 28 41 −13 30
9 Wellington Phoenix[a] 27 7 4 16 34 54 −20 25
10 Central Coast Mariners 27 3 4 20 33 70 −37 13
Source: A-League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for the 2017 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.


Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
27 8 10 9 36 36  0 34 5 4 5 19 17  +2 3 6 4 17 19  −2

Last updated: 10 April 2016.
Source: ultimatealeague.com

Results by roundEdit

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
Ground H A H A H H A H H A A H A H A A H A H H A A H A A H H
Result D W W W D L D D W L D W D W W L L D L D D L L D L L W
Position 4 3 1 1 1 2 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7
Last updated: 11 April 2016.
Source: ultimatealeague.com

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

  Win   Draw   Loss

MatchesEdit

FFA CupEdit

AFC Champions LeagueEdit

Group stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sydney FC 6 3 1 2 4 4 0 10 Knockout stage
2   Urawa Red Diamonds 6 2 3 1 6 4 +2 9
3   Guangzhou Evergrande 6 2 2 2 6 5 +1 8
4   Pohang Steelers 6 1 2 3 2 5 −3 5
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Round of 16Edit

ReferencesEdit

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