Now that we are in the second half of the season, the Hyundai A-league ladder is shaping up. Not only are teams fighting for a finals spot, the minor premiership is also up for grabs. It is anyone's to win and the next few weeks are promised to be exciting and full of non stop football. However, Sydney FC have been a team this season who have been their and just haven't gone away. Is it their year to once again lift up the A-league trophy?
Sydney FC have a proud history in the A-League and were the first team in the competition when it was introduced in the 2005/06 season. Many coaches and players have come and gone for the club. Some names such as Dwight Yorke, John Aloisi, Brett Emerton but none bigger than Italian superstar and Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero. Staying at the club for two full seasons, Del Piero definitely left his mark not only on the club but on the A-League competition. When he departed the club, he was replaced as captain by returning Sydney FC player Alex Brosque.
This season has so far been a successful one for the sky blues. Introducing a new coach in Graham Arnold and picking up players, Bernie Ibini-Isei, Shane Smeltz, Alex Gersbach and Marc Janko who have contributed to the style of football played. Currently sitting in 5th spot on 29 points, Sydney FC are in contention to make the finals and repeat success and win the competition again. The road will be difficult as the top four teams Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United as well as 6th placed team Brisbane Roar will be looking for the glory of lifting up the trophy.
Sydney FC is a team that can surprise many as which is why they will be a team that must not be taken lightly and definitely must not be underestimated. Having the former Australia coach who has been in the finals before and came minor premiers with the Central Coast Mariners in the 2011/12 season and then winning the competition the following year is a definite advantage but as football is known, any team can win on the night. One thing is for sure but, Sydney FC will suprise many.