Top 10 Most Exciting A-League OS Marquees

From EPL legends to World Cup Champions, we look back on the Top 10 most exciting imported marquees that had a huge impact on Australian football. This feature originally appeared in our October 2014 A-League Special Edition of FourFourTwo magazine.
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10. William Gallas, Perth Glory

After 12 years in London playing for Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, William Gallas made the decision to move down under to Perth. He brought with him a wealth of experience and a strong presence to the centre back position – but was let down by injuries and a lack of match fitness.

9. Kazuyoshi Miura, Sydney FC

Kazuyoshi Miura only ever played four games for Sydney FC including the 2005 FIFA World Cup Championship, but the guest star signing of a Japanese superstar meant a lot to the league in its first year and (briefly) brought an influx of Japanese fans.

8. Patrick Zwaanswijk, Central Coast Mariners

A former Dutch Eredivisie player, Patrick Zwaanswijk brought his experience to Central Coast and helped them win a Premiership and Championship during his 87 games for the Mariners. 

7. Romario, Adelaide United

Adelaide United pulled off a monster transfer coup when they convinced former Barcelona player Romario to sign a five-game guest star contract. It was huge having a player who had won the World Cup (Brazil, 1994), although his impact on the field was limited. 

6. Thomas Broich, Brisbane Roar

The signing of Thomas Broich was a big move for Brisbane Roar and gave them a platform for their rise to the top. Broich had played more than 100 games in the German top division and although little known when he arrived, he has set the league alight. 

5. Emile Heskey, Newcastle Jets

With 150 games for Liverpool, the burly ex-England striker was a top notch capture for the Jets. After a lacklustre spell at Aston Villa though, little was expected of him, but he hit the ground running and banged home goals before hitting a slump.

4. Shinji Ono, Western Sydney Wanderers

A brand new team needs a marquee signing to take off, and boy did Western Sydney get one. Japanese international Shinji Ono was signed over ex-Chelsea superstar Michael Ballack, and in hindsight it was a brilliant move.

3. Dwight Yorke, Sydney FC

An EPL superstar and Aston Villa/Manchester United legend, Dwight Yorke’s move to Sydney FC was an absolute treat. He’d won nearly everything in England and now All Night Dwight was in Australia.

2. Robbie Fowler, North Queensland Fury/Perth Glory

The sixth-highest goal scorer in EPL history joined North Queensland Fury in 2009, much to the shock of everyone. While he’s most known for his time at Liverpool, Fowler also had stints at Manchester City (pre-mega rich days), Leeds United and Cardiff City. He joined Perth Glory in 2010 after Fury. 

1. Alessandro Del Piero, Sydney FC

Sydney FC’s signing of Alessandro Del Piero was without a doubt the greatest move in A-League history. The Sky Blues had acquired a legend of the game that had won practically everything. A World Cup, a Champions League, half a dozen Serie A titles and even a Serie B title for good measure. Del Piero wasn’t short of suitors, yet he still chose Australia.