Goalkeeper: Danny Vukovic (Sydney FC) - The Hyundai A-League's highest appearance-maker was absolutely imperious, conceding just 13 goals in over 42 hours of football. To top it off, his save in the grand final penalty shoot-out was crucial as he finally won a championship at the fourth attempt. An easy choice as 'keeper in this side.
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Defenders: Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC) - It was a breakthrough season for the Sky Blues' right-back who mixed solid defence with eye-catching attacking forays down Sydney FC's right. He caught the eye of Ange Postecoglou who called him into the Socceroos squad for World Cup qualifiers in March. Our defender of the season.
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Michael Jakobsen (Melbourne City) - The best illustration of the Dane's influence was how much City struggled when he didn't play, conceding an average of two goals per game in his absence. In his first season in the Hyundai A-League, the tall, composed central defender was one of the best in the competition.
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Alex Wilkinson (Sydney FC) - Sydney FC’s incredible defensive record was due in no small part to the influence of the former Caltex Socceroos centre-back. Calm and composed, he never seemed troubled and formed the bedrock of a Sky Blues rear-guard that kept a record number of clean sheets.
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Michael Zullo (Sydney FC) - In an unfamiliar position, the former Caltex Socceroo grew quickly in his new role, mixing an already dangerous attacking game (he knocked in 110 crosses) with a new-found defensive solidity. In fact, he made more tackles than any of his team-mates this season.
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Midfielders: Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC) - A breakout season for the combative Sky Blues midfielder who did the hard yards in the Sydney FC engine-room, allowing others around him to flourish. However, he also showed an eye for the spectacular, scoring three stunning free-kick goals.
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James Troisi (Melbourne Victory) - Returned to the A-League with a bang and was a constant menace for opposition defenders. No-one in the Hyundai A-League made more passes in the attacking half and some of his performances bordered on the utterly sublime, earning him a Socceroos recall.
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Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC) - There are no more superlatives available for the competition’s best player. A universally popular winner of the Johnny Warren Medal, scorer and provider of goals and the winning penalty in the grand final shoot-out to boot. Simply magnificent!
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Forwards: Diego Castro (Perth Glory) - If Ninkovic was the season’s best player, the super Spaniard produced some of its best moments. An ability to get out of tight spaces with his audacious skill, play raking passes, score goals and provide them for his team-mates had his coach Kenny Lowe calling him the best player in the Hyundai A-League “by a country mile”.
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Besart Berisha (Melbourne Victory) - His grand final goal saw him lead all scorers this season with 21 but the Kosovo international was more than just a top-quality marksman. His voracious appetite for goals and insatiable search for success set him apart from his counterparts; there are committed Hyundai A-League players and then there’s ‘Bes’, in a league of his own.
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Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar) - Shared the Golden Boot with Berisha, but shouldered a far heavier load than he and most of the competition’s other top strikers. After his 20 goals, Roar’s next best goalscorer netted just five. Capable of the spectacular but also clinical from close range, it was a superb season for the Brisbane front-man.
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Bench: Paul Izzo (Central Coast Mariners) - Despite conceding plenty of goals, the Mariners custodian enhanced his reputation as one of the Hyundai A-League best young stoppers. He saved nearly three-quarters of the shots fired his way, among the best in the competition, displaying agility and energy as Central Coast’s last line of defence.
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Alex Brosque (Sydney FC) - A captain’s season from the Sky Blues’ skipper who led his charges brilliantly, both on and off the field. He enjoyed his best ever goalscoring campaign, hitting double figures for the first time and it was fitting the season ended with his hands on the championship trophy.
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Nico Martinez (Western Sydney Wanderers) - The Argentine playmaker was always his side’s most dangerous attacker, mixing dazzling close control and mazy dribbling with precise shooting and passing, often using his quite wonderful left-foot.
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Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory) - The “Kiwi Messi” returned to the Hyundai A-League where he left off four years, leaving defenders flailing in his wake with impressive close control, while scoring and setting up goals in equal measure.
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Josh Brillante (Sydney FC) - A forceful presence in the champions’ midfield upon his return from Italy. His two goals were both crackers, including a crucial strike to open the scoring in the semi-final against Perth Glory.
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Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City) - The goals continued to flow for City’s skipper, who has now scored 40 in 56 Hyundai A-League games. He was continually able to find the net in a variety of situations and also treasured possession, passing at an impressive accuracy, particularly in attack.
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Bobo (Sydney FC) - He was the point of Sydney FC’s attack, providing 15 goals in a season that got steadily better for the Brazilian. Able to score with both feet and his head, the Sky Blues number nine was a welcome addition to the Hyundai A-League.
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Jade North (Brisbane Roar) - A rock in Roar’s defence, the Hyundai A-League veteran brought up 200 games this season and led Brisbane in many key metrics, including clearances, interceptions and aerial duels.
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Coach: Graham Arnold (Sydney FC) - Who else could it possibly be? ‘Arnie’ masterminded the all-conquering Sky Blues campaign and was a judicious man-manager, astute tactician and master motivator. The best in the land.