Football legends Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon and Carlos Tevez will be among a star-studded Juventus line-up to take on the cream of the A-League in Sydney on Sunday.
Italian football giants Juventus named a full strength squad for the All Stars clash which includes World Cup young player of the tournament, Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal.
The 28-member Juventus squad boasts 11 players who took part in the 2014 World Cup as well as new signing Patrice Evra.
This will be Evra’s second appearance in an All Stars match after representing Manchester United in last year’s fixture.
The Serie A superpower will be up against an A-League side led by one of the Old Lady's greatest all-time players, Alessandro Del Piero, lining up for his final match in Australia after a two-year stint with Sydney FC.
Del Piero played 705 matches for Juventus and holds the record for the most games and goals in the famous black and white strip of the Bianconeri, scoring 289 goals.
The Italian maestro will be joined by A-League stars Thomas Broich, Besart Berisha, Gui Finkler, Youssouf Hersi and Socceroo goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic in what is shaping as another memorable day for Australian football.
“We are incredibly excited to be welcoming Juventus to Sydney for the Foxtel A-League All Stars match and fans are in for a real treat now that we have had the Juventus side confirmed,” Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop said.
“Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon, Carlos Tevez, Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra are global football stars and their presence in Sydney will not only be a thrill for the fans at ANZ Stadium, but signals yet another significant moment in what is a breakthrough period for Australian football.”
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Andrew Stoner said Juventus boasted a world-wide fan base of 250 million, including 1.4 million Juventus faithful in Australia.
“Juventus has confirmed all of its stars will be in Sydney for the match and I have no doubt Australian football fans will be excited to see Alessandro Del Piero line up against some of his former Juventus team mates," the Minister said.
Del Piero will train with the All Stars squad for the first time on Monday at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon, Marco Storari, Rubinho, Emilio Audero
Defenders: Leonardo Bonucci, Marco Motta, Martin Caceres, Giorgio Chiellini, Angelo Ogbonna, Luca Marrone, Carlos Blanco
Midfielders: Stephan Lichtsteiner, Romulo, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal, Simone Padoin, Paul Pogba, Roberto Pereyra, Patrice Evra, Kwadwo Asamoah, Simoe Pepe, Mattia Vitale
Strikers: Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez, Sebastian Giovinco, Kingsley Coman, Sergio Buenacasa
A-League All Stars squad
Alessandro Del Piero (uncontracted), Marcelo Carrusca (Adelaide United), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United), Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar), Matt Smith (Brisbane Roar), Jade North (Brisbane Roar), Nick Montgomery (Central Coast Mariners), Josh Rose (Central Coast Mariners), Storm Roux (Central Coast Mariners), David Williams (Melbourne City), Besart Berisha (Melbourne Victory), Gui Finkler (Melbourne Victory), Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets), Youssouf Hersi (Perth Glory), Michael Thwaite (Perth Glory), Ali Abbas (Sydney FC), Bernie Ibini (Sydney FC), Manny Muscat (Wellington Phoenix), Albert Riera (Wellington Phoenix), Tomi Juric (Western Sydney Wanderers).
FOXTEL A-League All Stars v Juventus FC
Sunday 10 August 2014
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick-Off: 7:30 pm AESTcomments