All systems go for Sydney after season launch

In just over a week Sydney FC will begin its quest to claim the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League trophy, and on Wednesday night the club officially kicked off the count-down to its campaign when it staged its season launch at Star City.


In just over a week Sydney FC will begin its quest to claim the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League trophy, and on Wednesday night the club officially kicked off the count-down to its campaign when it staged its season launch at Star City.

“This is a new era for the club, a renaissance or a rebirth if you like,” said Sydney FC Chairman, Paul Ramsay. “There have been a large number of changes in the organisation and we are more determined than ever to become the most recognised, respected and successful football club in Australia.”

More than 300 guests were on hand to enjoy the launch and mark the start of what is shaping up as a successful season for the Sky Blues.

“Pre season has been really good and it-s working well so hopefully the season will be a good one,” said Sydney stalwart, Steve Corica. “We just want to get back to winning ways and have a great season and hopefully hold the trophy up at the end.”

After wearing the skipper-s arm band for much of2008/09 following the retirement of Tony Popovic, Coach, Vitezslav Lavicka confirmed on Wednesday night that Corica would again captain the team during the coming campaign.

"I try to lead by example. I-m the oldest player there, we-ve got a few experienced player and we-ve got to lead the young ones. I-ve got a lot of pride in the Sydney FC shirt,” the skipper explained.

“It-d be nice obviously to get off to a winning note against North Queensland next weekend. For three months now that-s been our focus, to win that game and we-ll be giving it our best.”

Sydney FC will continue the celebrations in the lead up to round one from 10am this Sunday when the players mingle with the fans at the club-s free Fan Day at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Next weekend the side will play its opening match, on the road against competition newcomers, the North Queensland Fury in Townville, before returning to the SFS for its first home game of the season against Adelaide United at 5:00pm on Sunday, August 16.

Sydney will play fourteen home games this season - thirteen of those at the Sydney Football Stadium. The Sky Blues- round six encounter with the Fury had been set down for the Sydney Cricket Ground but has now been transferred back to the SFS where it will be played at 7:30pm on Saturday, September 12.

Tickets for all Sydney FC home games are now on sale through all Ticketek agencies, including online. Great value Sydney FC membership packages are also available for the 2009/10 season, with more information available from the Memberships page of the Sydney FC website.