Fox Sports’ commentator Simon Hill selects his FOXTEL A-League All Stars side for the clash with Juventus in August. What do you think?
Fox Sports- commentator Simon Hill selects his FOXTEL A-League All Stars side for the clash with Juventus in August. What do you think?
Goalkeeper - LIAM REDDY (Central Coast Mariners) - a remarkable recovery of his A-League career, becoming one of the standout keepers in the competition. An excellent shot-stopper with good distribution, he still has many years left.
Right-back - OSAMA MALIK (Adelaide United) - Mr Versatility for the Reds in several positions. Comfortable on the ball, strong in the tackle and an accurate passer, Malik has had a breakthrough season.
Left-back - ADAMA TRAORE (Melbourne Victory) - solid tackler and a marauding wing-back who loves to go forward, Traore's recovery from injury has been vital for Victory. Sadly, he won't be able to represent Australia.
Central defence - MATT SMITH (Brisbane Roar) - the naturalised Englishman is good in the air despite his height, a great organiser, and a superb reader of the game. Part of the meanest defence in the Hyundai A-League.
Central defence - NIKOLA PETKOVIC (Sydney FC) - an outstanding addition for the Sky Blues. Vocal, has a great passing game (long and short), and a hammer of a left foot from set pieces. His partnership with Sasa Ognenovski gave Sydney a much more solid look.
Right midfield - TERRY ANTONIS (Sydney FC) - a welcome return to form and fitness after serious injury, Antonis's late season performances hint at a European - and international - future.
Central midfield - LUKE BRATTAN (Brisbane Roar) - an outstanding campaign which culminated in him hitting a Premiership-winning goal. Can tackle, pass, set up chances and score. What more can you ask for from a number 6?
Left midfield - THOMAS BROICH (Brisbane Roar) - a return to his best form for the talented German, who was the architect behind Roar's Premiership win. Has wonderful balance and eye for a pass, and would be comfortable at this level.
Right-sided attack - BERNIE IBINI (Central Coast Mariners) - his late season surge of both goals & assists were crucial for the Mariners upon his return from China. Has pace, and is wonderfully direct in his running with the ball.
Central striker - BRUCE DJITE (Adelaide United) - led the line brilliantly for the Reds, where he is integral to their play. His touch has improved out of sight under Josep Gombau.
Left-sided attack - ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO (Sydney FC) - what better way to (perhaps) end his career than a game against his former club? Has delighted fans in Australia with his goals and skills, and is worshipped by Juventus supporters. CAPTAIN.
FOXTEL A-League All Stars v Juventus Sunday 10 August, ANZ Stadium
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