The new A-League season is just around the corner, and in honour of the Sky Blues’ upcoming 10 year anniversary, we here at Sky Time have compiled our Sydney FC Team of the Decade.
The club has been blessed with many loyal servants - along with a few genuine world football superstars - since its inception back in 2004, all of whom have proudly worn the sky blue shirt every time they’ve taken the field.
With so many top candidates to choose from, let’s take a look at which players made the cut in our 4-2-3-1 formation.
GK Clint Bolton
One of only two Sydney players to appear in both of the club’s grand finals, the under-rated Bolton played a total of 144 matches over five seasons for the Sky Blues in all competitions. He was not only a mark of consistency between the sticks, but a great club man as well.
LB David Carney
Carney signed with the club as a 21-year-old prior to the inaugural A-League season and played primarily as an attacker, scoring a total of 14 goals from 61 appearances during his two years in the Harbour City. His strong form saw him catapulted into the Socceroos’ starting 11, where he was a regular at left-back for several years.
CB Mark Rudan
Sydney’s original club captain is fondly remembered by the Sky Blues faithful for his toiling efforts at the back during his two-and-a-half-year stint at the club. ‘Rudes’ also netted six times in A-League matches for Sydney FC.
CB Stephen Keller
Signed by Lavicka ahead of the 2009-2010 campaign, the towering Keller was a rock in defence for Sydney during their only premiership/championship double. Although his form - along with practically every other Sky Blues player - dropped off the following season, the former Swiss international’s contribution cannot be ignored.
RB Seb Ryall
Despite being only 25, Seb has already racked up over 100 A-League appearances for Sydney, sitting in equal third with Steve Corica on the club’s most capped list. He has found a home at right-back over the past two years and was one of the club’s top performers last season.
CM Dwight Yorke
The A-League’s original international marquee was an instant hit with Sky Blues fans upon his arrival in 2005. Although the converted midfielder only played the one season for Sydney, his class was there for all to see – from his opening goal in Sydney’s maiden A-League match, to his sublime chip-pass that allowed Corica to settle the 2005-2006 grand final.
CM Terry McFlynn
By far the longest-serving player in the club’s history, the industrious Northern Irishman gave his heart and soul to Sydney for nine long years, making a total of 214 appearances for the Sky Blues, before announcing his retirement early in 2014. Far from being the most gifted footballer talent-wise, McFlynn’s courage and commitment were second to none.
AM Steve Corica (c)
‘Bimbi’ was one of the club’s first signings, with the then 32-year-old returning home from England’s lower leagues. He quickly established himself as the pivotal man in Sydney’s attacking third and was arguably one of the A-League's very best performers over the competition’s first five seasons.
LW Alex Brosque
It didn’t take Brosque long to endear himself to Sky Blues fans upon his arrival in year two of the A-League, and the Sydney native went on to score 34 goals in all competitions for the club, before departing for Japan in 2011. He returns this year via a stint in the Middle East, and will be looking to pick up where he left off.
RW Mark Bridge
The other half of the ‘Killer Bs’, Bridge forged a lethal combination with Brosque up front for Sydney during the club’s title-winning 2009-2010 campaign. He now plies his trade for bitter cross-town rivals the Wanderers, but we didn’t want to hold that against him.
ST Alessandro Del Piero
Words can’t describe the impact ADP made on not only Sydney FC, but Australian football as a whole during his two-year stint in the A-League. His endless dazzling displays of cunning skill on the pitch will live on forever in the hearts and minds of all of those who were lucky enough to witness the Italian legend play.
Subs: Vedran Janjetovic, Mark Milligan, Brett Emerton, Juninho, John Aloisi
Coach Pierre Littbarski
Whilst the German was only at the club for one season, the fact that he guided Sydney to the first ever A-League championship and possessed a winning percentage of 50 - 11% higher than the only other realistic candidate Vitezslav Lavicka - makes him an obvious choice as coach of the decade.