Emerton earns All Star status

Sydney FC marquee midfielder Brett Emerton promised fans attending the Foxtel A-League All Stars clash with Manchester United at ANZ Stadium on 20 July to expect a tough contest after he was one of the first three players unveiled by FFA CEO David Gallop in Sydney today.

Sydney FC marquee midfielder Brett Emerton promised fans attending the Foxtel A-League All Stars clash with Manchester United at ANZ Stadium on 20 July to expect a tough contest after he was one of the first three players unveiled by FFA CEO David Gallop in Sydney today.

Fan favourites Emerton, Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Thomas Broich were named as the inaugural trio of Foxtel A-League All Stars following the compilation of the votes from fans, players, the All Stars Expert Panel and Head Coach Ange Postecoglou.

“There-s no such thing as a friendly in world football anymore. We-re in it to win it,” Emerton said after launching the playing strip for the Foxtel All-Star side along with fellow All-Star squad members Broich and Topor-Stanley.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for all players selected to test themselves against one of the best teams in world football. Manchester United is full of world class players so it will be a tough test but it is a game I-m thrilled to be involved in.

“I-ve been fortunate enough to play them many times throughout my career and as a player you always lift against a side like Manchester United and the best players. You-ll see all of our players do that on July 20 and it will be good to showcase the A-League on such a big stage.”

The Foxtel A-League All Stars match continues a stellar period for football in Australia, following the impact of marquee players like Alessandro Del Piero on the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League and the Qantas Socceroos- qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“This is a chance to showcase the Hyundai A-League to the world, taking on one of the biggest clubs in world football,” Mr Gallop said.

“With the creation of an annual event that celebrates the most popular players and coaches in the Hyundai A-League it is fantastic to be able to announce Thomas, Nikolai and Emmo as well as unveiling the inaugural All Stars jersey.

“Hyundai A-League fans voted in resounding numbers and as the team begins to take shape under Ange Postecoglou-s leadership there is a great anticipation for the match on 20 July.”

The final Foxtel A-League All Stars squad will be announced on 13 July as the team goes into camp to prepare to take on world football powerhouse Manchester United.

The Foxtel A-League All Stars jersey, made of 100 percent recycled lightweight fabric, was unveiled today at Carriageworks in Sydney.

The All Stars will debut against Manchester United at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on 20 July with the match to be broadcast live and exclusive on the Seven Network nationally.

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