Del Piero's arrival 'cool' with Herbert

Last updated 05:00 05/10/2012
Alessandro Del Piero
MARK METCALFE/ Getty
BLINDING SIGHT: The star power of Alessandro Del Piero overwhelmed the A League season launch.

Related Links

Will this be the Phoenix's breakthrough year?

Relevant offers

Football

All Whites offer Hudson job, Bahrain dig heels in Premier League signs vanishing World Cup star Argentina star Carlos Tevez's father kidnapped Liverpool sign Belgian World Cup star Divock Origi Thai football refs swear a fixing oath to Buddha David Moyes linked with West Ham job Kevin Fallon leaves school coaching gig New Phoenix recruit is ready for NZ adventure German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer enjoys break All Whites target quits as Bahrain manager

Alessandro Del Piero touches down in Wellington today as the ex-Juventus and Italy star prepares to make his Sydney FC debut against the Phoenix at Westpac Stadium tomorrow night.

The 37-year-old World Cup winner is the highest profile footballer to reach these shores since David Beckham, and a crowd of around 15,000 is expected.

"Gee, it's a cool game to get isn't it?" Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert said.

"We got the right throw of the dice on that one. Fantastic to have Del Piero on our shores and the quality, internationally, with what he's done, it will be fantastic for the fans and kids that come along. It'll be a big day, hopefully the sales are good and the weather's kind to us - it will be a great one for us to start the year."

Herbert yesterday named a 17-man squad for the match, including Paul Ifill, who has recovered from knee and ankle injuries.

Also included are teenagers Louis Fenton and Tyler Boyd, who have graduated from the club's school of excellence.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the best player at the World Cup?

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Mario Goetze (Germany)

James Rodriguez (Colombia)

Neymar (Brazil)

Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Toni Kroos (Germany)

Angel di Maria (Argentina)

Miroslav Klose (Germany)

Mesut Ozil (Germany)

Sami Khedira (Germany)

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content