Sydney FC open their AFC Champions League 2020 Group H campaign away against Japanese Champions Yokohama F. Marinos on Wednesday night (kick off 9:30pm AEDT).
Handed another challenging group, the Sky Blues will also lineup against Korean Champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC and star studded Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.
The Sky Blues know the importance of securing points on the road in the competition, and travel to Japan full of confidence with a commanding 10 point lead at the top of the Hyundai A-League.
Yokohama are yet to kick off their domestic season, with their opening J1 League clash set for Sunday 23rd of February.
The reigning J1 League Champions boast a strong squad of local Japanese talent mixed with Brazilian flair in Marcos Junior, Thiago Martins, Erik and Edigar Junio.
Thai international Theerathon Bunmathan also joined Yokohama in 2019, after featuring with Lucas Podolski and Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe, and provides an added element of skill in Yokohama’s back line.
Wednesday, 19th February 2020
Kick-off: 9:30pm AEDT
Venue: Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
Broadcast: Fox Sports Football 505, Kayo Sports
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Sydney FC AFC Champions League squad:
1. Andrew REDMAYNE, 2. Patrick FLOTTMANN, 3. Benjamin WARLAND, 4. Alexander WILKINSON, 5. Alexander BAUMJOHANN, 6. Ryan MCGOWAN, 7. Michael ZULLO, 8. Paulo RETRE, 9. Adam LE FONDRE, 11. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 12. Trent BUHAGIAR, 16. Joel KING, 17. Anthony CACERES, 18. Luke IVANOVIC, 19. Christopher ZUVELA, 20. Thomas HEWARD-BELLE, 21. Harry VAN DER SAAG, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 24. Marco TILIO, 26. Luke BRATTAN, 27. Jordan SWIBEL, 28. Calem NIEUWENHOF, 29. Anton MLINARIC, 30. Adam PAVLESIC, 31. Thomas MAIN, 32. Callum TALBOT.
Did you know?
- Sydney FC are taking part in the AFC Champions League for the sixth time in their history – only Melbourne Victory (8) have participated in the competition more amongst Australian teams.
- This will be the first ever game between Yokohama F. Marinos and Sydney FC in the AFC Champions League.
- Yokohama F. Marinos have won four and lost none of their last five home games in the AFC Champions League, winning the last two in a row. They have never managed three consecutive home wins in the competition before.
- Ange Postecoglou’s last match managed against Sydney FC came in the Hyundai A-League on March 16th, 2013. The game ended in a 1-1 draw between the Sky Blues and Melbourne Victory.