Football Season Guide



Adam Federici (gk) Stoke City; Nick Suman (gk) Western Sydney Wanderers; Mark Milligan (def) Southend United; Aleksandar Jovanovic (def) free agent; Aleksandar Susnjar (def) Mlada Boleslav; Anthony Golec (def) Perak (IND); James Meredith (def) Perth Glory; Walter Scott (def) Wellington Phoenix; Ivan Franjic (def) Perth Glory; Jake McGing (def) free agent; Yianni Nicolaou (def) free agent; Jake Hollman (mid) Sydney FC U21; Lachlan Rose (mid) free agent; Michael Ruhs (mid) Sydney United; Beñat Etxebarria (mid) free agent; Loïc Puyo (mid) free agent; Liam Rose (mid) Sydney Untied; Antonis Martis (mid) Midtjylland U23 – on loan; Denis Genreau (mid) Melbourne City; Charles M'Bombwa (mid) Central Coast Mariners; Tommy Oar (mid) Central Coast Mariners; Markel Susaeta (mid) free agent; Moudi Najjar (att) Melbourne City; Matt Derbyshire (att) Omonia Nicosia; Milislav Popovic (att) Lafnitz (AUT);


Macarthur are the newly created team to join the A-League this season and, for their debut campaign, they have very high ambitions after assembling impressive squad. Macarthur will be the third team from Sydney in the competition so they will have plenty of local derbies too. Relatively inexperienced at this level, Ante Milicic is the manager, but he has spent several years in recent times studying under the best coaches in Europe, undertook courses from the likes of Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane in recent times, so the local pundits in Australia rate him very high as a specialist. Macarthur showed huge ambitions with the quality of players they attracted. Adam Federici returns after many years in England to be starting on goal, Australia’s captain and multiple A-League champion Mark Milligan will be organising the defence that is stuffed with many other experienced players. Meanwhile, Spanish-French duo Etxebarria- Puyo will be taking care of the ball distribution. Plenty of promise up front too where wingers Susaeta and Oar would be supporting 34-year-old striker Derbyshire. Have decent depth not to be worried about an injury or two and the only question would be how fast all these new players that were just assembled would build synchrony. Considering that none of the A-League teams had proper preparations in the last 4 months, this shouldn’t be too much of a factor though and Macarthur’s ambitions are huge.


Top 6 finish is the goal and the impressive selection assembled should allow the team to achieve that.