Broich tops fan voting for FOXTEL A-League All Stars

Hyundai A-League player of the year Thomas Broich has topped the fan voting for the 32-player preliminary squad for the FOXTEL A-League All Stars match.

Hyundai A-League player of the year Thomas Broich of Brisbane Roar has topped the fan voting for the 32-player preliminary squad for the FOXTEL A-League All Stars match, Football Federation Australia has revealed today.

Broich was the fans- top pick, narrowly ahead of Alessandro del Piero, the captain of the 2014 FOXTEL A-League All Stars.

The A-League All Stars will meet the newly crowned Italian Champions Juventus FC at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on 10 August later this year.

Go to www.a-leagueallstars.com.au/tickets to buy your tickets online. To purchase over the phone, call Ticketek on 132 849 or get your tickets from your local Ticketek agency.

In the first stage of voting for the FOXTEL A-League All Stars selection, over 50,000 votes were cast by fans who were able to choose from all 10 Hyundai A-League clubs in picking 15 players for their team. Fans were also able to select their preferred formation.

Rounding out the top five picks behind Broich and Del Piero were Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, A-League Golden Boot winner Adam Taggart of Newcastle United and Brisbane Roar championship winner Ivan Franjic.

The second stage of fan voting for the final 16 players for the A-League All Stars is now open. Click here to cast your vote!

FOXTEL A-League All Stars Head Coach Josep Gombau will then use his voting right to include his four wild card selections to make up the 20-man squad to face Juventus FC on 10 August.

FFA CEO David Gallop said the All Stars preliminary squad captured the quality and excitement on show in the Hyundai A-League.

“The squad is packed full of star performers who light up the competition each week,” said Gallop. “The fans have shown they love the players who turn on the style and make the A-League such great entertainment.

“I think Josep Gombau will have an array of talent to choose from when it comes to facing Juventus in August.”

The top 32 players in order of fan voting for each position are:

Goalkeepers Eugene Galekovic - Adelaide United Michael Theo - Brisbane Roar Ante Covic - Western Sydney Wanderers

Defenders Michael Zullo - Adelaide United Ivan Franjic - Brisbane Roar Matt Smith - Brisbane Roar Josh Rose - Central Coast Mariners Storm Roux - Central Coast Mariners Aziz Behich - Melbourne Heart Sebastian Ryall - Sydney FC Sasa Ognenovski - Sydney FC Matthew Spiranovic - Western Sydney Wanderers Nikolai Topor-Stanley - Western Sydney Wanderers

Midfielders Marcelo Carrusca - Adelaide United Fabio Ferreira - Adelaide United Luke Brattan - Brisbane Roar Thomas Broich - Brisbane Roar Matt McKay - Brisbane Roar Gui Finkler - Melbourne Victory Mark Milligan - Melbourne Victory Tom Rogic - Melbourne Victory Ali Abbas - Sydney FC Youssouf Hersi - Perth Glory

Forwards Alessandro Del Piero Sergio Cirio - Adelaide United Bernie Ibini - Sydney FC David Williams - Melbourne Heart Besart Berisha - Melbourne Victory Archie Thompson - Melbourne Victory James Troisi - Melbourne Victory Adam Taggart - Newcastle Jets Tom Juric - Western Sydney Wanderers

In addition, Football Federation Australia (FFA) today also announced that BLK will be the official apparel supplier for the FOXTEL A-League All Stars in 2014.

BLK is an international sports brand owned by the WRS Group and currently outfits 14 professional sporting teams and 3 National Teams.

BLK Chief Marketing Manager Jason Sintome is looking forward to BLK supplying the FOXTEL A-League All Stars.

“BLK are extremely excited to be the official apparel partner of the 2014 FOXTEL A-League All Stars, an event made even more special for football fans across the country as the match will draw a curtain on the amazing career of International super star Alessandro Del Piero.” Sintome said

“As a brand BLK has enjoyed tremendous growth, both here in Australia and internationally with our cutting edge, high performance apparel now the choice of more than 5000 teams around the world. We couldn-t think of a better way to celebrate our expansion into football than by supporting the very best players in Australia as they host the touring Juventus Football Club in Sydney on Sunday the 10th of August.”

“As BLK continues to evolve as a global leader in sportswear innovation and design, we are excited by the opportunity to work with organisations like FFA and to partner with teams the calibre of the FOXTEL A-League All Stars as it provides us with an opportunity to continually showcase our advanced technologies in elite competition, assisting our partners to go beyond limits known,” conclude Sintome.

Go to www.a-leagueallstars.com.au/tickets to buy your tickets online. To purchase over the phone, call Ticketek on 132 849 or get your tickets from your local Ticketek agency.

Official travel packages for interstate and international visitors are also on sale now. For the latest information please visit www.a-leagueallstars.com.au/travel.

Corporate hospitality packages are available from ANZ Stadium (www.anzstadium.com.au).

For all the latest news on the Foxtel A-League All Stars, go to www.a-leagueallstars.com.au