Chelsea brushed aside by Juventus

Barcelona and Bayern Munich qualified for the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday but Chelsea were in danger of picking up the dubious honour of becoming the first titleholders to crash out in the...


Struggles over for Sky Blues, says Del Piero

2013-14 A-League Season Launch. Alessandro Del Piero from Sydney FC. SPORT photo: Marco Del Grande 8 October, 2013

Dominic Bossi Never Again. With those two words, Alessandro Del Piero pledged that Sydney FC would finally return to the summit of Australian football after spending the past three seasons in the doldrums of the...

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Champions League draw: Bayern to face City, stiff test awaits Arsenal

Messi (L) and FC Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery.

Andy Scott Reigning European champions Bayern Munich were paired with Manchester City for this season's Champions League group stage, while the draw was particularly unkind for Arsenal and Celtic.


Alessandro Del Piero to captain Sydney FC

Sydney FC captain Alessandro Del Piero

A-League marquee superstar Alessandro Del Piero will captain Sydney FC in his second season in Australia.

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Sydney FC coup with Del Piero set to sign

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 23: Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus FC celebrates his 
goal during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Catania Calcio at Olimpico 
Stadium on April 23, 2011 in Turin, Italy


Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC has landed the biggest coup in Australian club soccer history with legendary Italian striker Alessandro Del Piero agreeing to join the Sky Blues for this coming season.


Del Piero loves feeling the pressure

Alessandro Del Piero

Sebastian Hassett No player in any domestic football code will know the weight of expectation on Alessandro Del Piero's shoulders when he makes his debut for Sydney FC next month, but the $4 million man wouldn't have...

Winning way gives Del Piero broad shoulders

Alessandro Del Piero

Sebastian Hassett NO PLAYER in any domestic football code will know the weight of expectation on Alessandro Del Piero's shoulders when he makes his debut for Sydney FC next month, but the $4 million man wouldn't have...


Del Piero keeps on kicking goals

Richard Hinds dinkus

Richard Hinds Les Murray was at Sydney FC training. Which, under normal circumstances, would be like the Pope popping into a suburban parish to watch the local priest conduct holy communion.

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Oscar's star turn as Chelsea held by Juve, Messi spares Barca blushes


Tom Williams Chelsea's Champions League title defence began with a 2-2 draw at home to Juventus on Tuesday, while Lionel Messi came to Barcelona's rescue against Spartak Moscow and a sloppy Manchester United...

Oscar no slouch but Chelsea left to rue collapse

Tom Williams Chelsea's Brazilian prodigy Oscar announced his arrival in style with two goals at Stamford Bridge but it wasn't enough for the London side, which began its Champions League title defence with a 2-2...


Fitness concerns as Del Piero misses out on trial matches

Alessandro Del Piero

Sebastian Hassett ALESSANDRO Del Piero might have excited the masses upon his arrival but awkward reality is that the Italian star may go into the A-League season without playing a single trial game.

Stars have aligned, so let the good times roll

Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett IN TRUTH, last A-League season was meant to be the most eagerly awaited of all. Harry Kewell had landed at Melbourne Victory, Brett Emerton had signed with Sydney FC and domestic football hadn't...


No quick-fix solution to settling in for Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero

Sebastian Hassett WHILE Alessandro Del Piero might have shown flashes of brilliance in his A-League debut on Saturday night, the Italian star concedes it's going to be a slow process for him to get used to his new...


Number's up on 'milestone' but Del Piero is greater than the sum

Alessandro Del Piero

Sebastian Hassett JUST as it seemed Alessandro Del Piero was set to celebrate his 800th professional game, it turns out the Sydney FC star has even more staying power than we thought.

Birthday Bhoys' joy at shock defeat of Barca

Celtic's manager Neil Lennon

Roddy Forsyth GLASGOW: The 125 candles on Celtic's birthday cake were outblazed by a result that flared around Europe as they beat Barcelona in the Champions League courtesy of a Victor Wanyama header and a...


The Italian's job: Del Piero ready to get Sky Blues back on track

Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett Alessandro Del Piero turns 38 on Friday - but the only present he wants is for Sydney FC to claim all three points in Saturday's ''Big Blue'' against Melbourne Victory.

Di Matteo gets sack following Juve loss

Roberto Di Matteo?

Jason Burt, Paul Kelso LONDON: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked after the European champions were left facing early elimination from the Champions League.

Farina shakes up Sky Blues only to find little reward

Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett FRANK FARINA'S first match in charge of Sydney FC won't be remembered as a glamorous spectacle but it at least delivered something. A draw, if an uninspiring one, at least stems the bleeding.


Rogic sees red as FC strike late in boilover

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 27:  Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners players jostle after a strong challenge between Rhyan Grant of Sydney and Tom Rogic of the Mariners during the round 13 A-League match between Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium on December 27, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Angela Habashy Canberra junior Tomas Rogic was sent off as a resurgent Sydney FC stunned A-League leaders Central Coast 1-0 at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.


Canberra teen Rogic tipped to join Celtic

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 03:  Tomas Rogic of the Mariners competes with Trent McClenahan of Sydney during the round five A-League match between the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC at Bluetongue Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Gosford, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Celtic has emerged as the favourite to sign Central Coast Mariners sensation Tom Rogic, with the Canberra product set to link with the Scottish giants on Thursday.