A-League Player of the Year Thomas Broich has topped the popular vote for the A-League All Stars 32-player preliminary squad.
The double Johnny Warren Medallist and Brisbane Roar star was the fans' favourite, narrowly beating out former Sydney FC skipper Alessandro del Piero, the captain of the 2014 FOXTEL A-League All Stars.
The All Stars will meet the newly crowned Italian Champions Juventus FC at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on 10 August.
More than 50,000 votes were cast in the first selection stage.
Fans were able to choose from all 10 A-League clubs in picking 15 players for their team as well as selecting 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.
Fans can now vote for the final 16 players to make the squad at www.a-leagueallstars.com.au/vote.
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.
FFA CEO David Gallop said the All Stars preliminary squad captured the quality and excitement on show in the A-League.
“The squad is packed full of star performers who light up the competition each week,” Gallop said.
“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:
Eugene Galekovic – Adelaide United
Michael Theo – Brisbane Roar
Ante Covic – Western Sydney Wanderers
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
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
Alessandro Del Piero
Sergio Cirio – Adelaide United
Bernie Ibini – Central Coast Mariners
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 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.
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.
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