Sydney FC will play six matches against sides from Italy’s Serie A, Serie B and Serie C when they depart for Italy on Friday for an historic three-week pre season tour, where the Sky Blues will be based in Jesolo on the Adriatic Sea.
Sydney FC will play six matches against sides from Italy-s Serie A, Serie B and Serie C when they depart for Italy on Friday for an historic three-week pre season tour, where the Sky Blues will be based in Jesolo on the Adriatic Sea.
The Sky Blues will play a marquee match against Alessandro Del Piero-s first professional club Padova, as well as fixtures against Venezia, Vicenza Calcio and Reggiana while they will also take on the reserve sides from Serie A side Udinese and A.S. Cittadella.
The matches offer coach Frank Farina a wide range of opponents to allow a strong test for the 23 members of the squad travelling to Italy, where they will combine the six matches with twice-daily training sessions at the Stadio Comunale Picchi in Jesolo.
“I-m really happy with the matches we-ve secured,” Farina said. “This tour will give us a great opportunity to put into practice the changes we are making to our style of play while taking on good opposition in hot conditions similar to what we will experience during the season.
“We will also be training twice a day to make sure we come back from the tour ready to enter the final phase of pre season leading up to the start of the A-League.
“We-ve also managed to organise a good cross section of games against opposition of varying quality so every member of the squad will be able to take part in matches where they will be tested.”
Sydney FC Italian Tour itinerary: Aug 2 Sydney FC departs Sydney for Venice Aug 7 Sydney FC v Padova Stadio Euganeo, Padova 8.45pm (4.45am Syd time) Aug 8 Sydney FC v Udinese Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo 5pm (1am Syd time) Aug 13 Sydney FC v Vicenza Calcio Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo 6pm (2am Syd time) Aug 14 Sydney FC v A.S. Cittadella Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo 5pm (1am Syd time) Aug 17 Sydney FC v Venezia Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo 6pm (2am Syd time) Aug 21 Sydney FC v Reggiana Mapei Stadium, Reggio 9pm (5am Syd time) Aug 24 Sydney FC arrives back in Sydney Sep 2 Sydney FC resumes pre season training with the full squad
The Sydney FC squad for the tour is: Ivan Necevski, Sebastian Ryall, Marc Warren, Pascal Bosschaart, Matt Jurman, Brett Emerton, Pedj Bojic, Corey Gameiro, Alessandro Del Piero, Tiago Calvano, Mitch Mallia, Terry McFlynn, Joel Chianese, Peter Triantis, Nick Carle, Vedran Janjetovic, Yairo Yau, Ali Abbas, Rhyan Grant, Daniel Petkovski, Josh MacDonald, Nick Taneski, Alec Urosevski.
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