A-League All Stars top 35 announced

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    The top 35 players have now been selected for the inaugural A-League All Stars match. Over 30,000 votes were cast by fans who were able to choose from all 10 A-League teams in picking a squad of 15.

    The fans vote counts for 50 per cent of the final 18-man squad that will be involved in the match up against English Premier League champions, Manchester United.

    The top players in each positional category selected are:
    Goalkeeper – Mat Ryan (Central Coast Mariners)
    Defender – Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers)
    Midfielder – Shinji Ono (Western Sydney Wanderers)
    Striker – Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC)

    Fans were also able to select their preferred formation and the consensus was a 4-4-2.

    The A-League All Stars Expert Panel, which includes Han Berger, Craig Moore, Tony Vidmar, Mark Bosnich, Stan Lazaridis (ex Socceroo, WA), Craig Foster, Andy Harper, Tom Smithies, and Michael Lynch, who account for 20 per cent of the overall vote and will now take charge of the squad’s evolution with key selections set to take place in the coming weeks.

    A-League All Stars Coach Ange Postecoglou (Victory coach) will then use his 10 per cent before including his three coach selected players.

    An announcement in regards to the A-League All Stars Coaching support team will be made on the 13 May. It will include an assistant coach, goalkeeper coach and medical and support team.

    The top 35 players in order of fan voting

    Goalkeepers
    1. Mathew Ryan (Central Coast Mariners)
    2. Ante Covic (Western Sydney Wanderers)
    3. Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United)
    4. Michael Theo (Brisbane Roar)
    5. Nathan Coe (Melbourne Victory)

    Defenders
    1. Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers)
    2. Pedj Bojic (Central Coast Mariners)
    3. Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast Mariners)
    4. Adama Traore (Melbourne Victory)
    5. Michael Beauchamp (Western Sydney Wanderers)
    6. Lucas Neill (Sydney FC)
    7. Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar)
    8. Trent Sainsbury (Central Coast Mariners)
    9. Michael Thwaite (Perth Glory)
    10. Joshua Rose (Central Coast Mariners)

    Midfielders
    1. Shinji Ono (Western Sydney Wanderers)
    2. Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar)
    3. Youssouf Hersi (Western Sydney Wanderers)
    4. Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners)
    5. Aaron Mooy (Western Sydney Wanderers)
    6. Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory)
    7. Dario Vidosic (Adelaide United)
    8. Marcos Flores (Melbourne Victory)
    9. Richard Garcia (Melbourne Heart)
    10. Marcelo Carrusca (Adelaide United)

    Strikers
    1. Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC)
    2. Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory)
    3. Emile Heskey (Newcastle Jets)
    4. Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory)
    5. Daniel McBreen (Central Coast Mariners)
    6. Besart Berisha (Brisbane Roar)
    7. Jeremy Brockie (Wellington Phoenix)
    8. Shane Smeltz (Perth Glory)
    9. Mark Bridge (Western Sydney Wanderers)
    10. Bernie Ibini (Central Coast Mariners)

    Formation
    1. 4-4-2
    2. 4-2-3-1
    3. 4-3-3
    4. 3-5-2
    5. 4-3-2-1

    With the top 35 now selected who would you choose as your final 18?

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    • May 7th 2013 @ 1:19pm
      Titus said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

      Pretty good team, maybe this is how we should select the national team.

      • Roar Guru

        May 7th 2013 @ 1:25pm
        Cameron Kellett said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

        Maybe 😉

      • May 7th 2013 @ 1:25pm
        fadida said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

        Couldn’t be a worse selection than Holger’s

        I’d get my mates to vote for me. First cap at 44!
        Actually Holger may not have written me off yet…. 🙂

        • May 7th 2013 @ 5:11pm
          Titus said | May 7th 2013 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

          If you buy me two beers and a bucket of chips you have my vote fadida.

          Anyway

          _____________Hugene_______________

          Bojic__Neill__ Sainsbury__Traore

          Hersi____McGlinchy____Ono___Broich

          _____Del Piero_____Berisha_________

          • May 7th 2013 @ 6:42pm
            Bondy said | May 7th 2013 @ 6:42pm | ! Report

            Titus,

            Hugene is unbalanced as a goalkeeper I’d stick M Ryan in, lucas barely holds a spot for mine, i’d have J Rose at Lft Back. The rest is ok.

            Indecently that’s the type of squad needed for Asia to win the Chmps Lge for an A League club, although financially unachievable .

            • May 7th 2013 @ 6:50pm
              Titus said | May 7th 2013 @ 6:50pm | ! Report

              I’ve been unimpressed with Ryan in the ACL and the last few times I’ve seen him, Bondy, I think he has a lot of developing to do.

              Realistically though, take your pick from any of the keepers(and throw in Janjetovic if you are a SFC fan)

              I really like Rose but Traore on fire offers more, for mine.

              PS There is nothing indecent about it Bondy ; )….. and one day a-league teams playing in the ACL wll have a similar quality about it.

          • Roar Guru

            May 7th 2013 @ 6:54pm
            Cameron Kellett said | May 7th 2013 @ 6:54pm | ! Report

            Titus,

            Are you serious about Neill? And Galekovic might actually get a serious look at if Mat Ryan leaves.

            • May 7th 2013 @ 6:58pm
              Titus said | May 7th 2013 @ 6:58pm | ! Report

              Yes Kellett….ignoring questions about match fitness and contribution to the a-league season, I think Neill is the best starting CB in that lot.

              • Roar Guru

                May 7th 2013 @ 9:01pm
                Cameron Kellett said | May 7th 2013 @ 9:01pm | ! Report

                His performances in recent memory haven’t indicated to me the best starting CB. Regardless of his experience I believe a younger player should be provided an opportunity. Each to their own though.

    • Roar Pro

      May 7th 2013 @ 1:24pm
      Max Weber said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:24pm | ! Report

      Only major gripes are Lucas Neill (??) and Thwaite making the top 10 defenders over Polenz, but in general good representation for Wanderers. Craig Goodwin unlucky to miss out.

      Ryan

      Franjic – Sainsbury – Beauchamp – Traore

      Mooy – Milligan

      Rojas – Ono/del Piero – Hersi

      Berisha/Ibini (not really, but I like the guy)

      Bench: Covic, Topor-Stanley, Bojic, Broich, Vidosic, McGlinchey, McBreen

      Squad-wise, there needs to be another defensive-minded midfielder there, but still pretty solid.

      • Roar Guru

        May 7th 2013 @ 1:28pm
        Cameron Kellett said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

        I guess that’s the fan vote for you. Ange may be able to grant you your wish (CDM)?

    • May 7th 2013 @ 1:33pm
      BES said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

      —————– Theo

      Franjic — Zwansik — Sainsbury — Rose

      Hersi — Ono — Vidosic — Broich

      —– Del Pierro — Berisha

      • Roar Pro

        May 7th 2013 @ 1:38pm
        Max Weber said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

        The idea of a midfield four of

        Hersi — Ono — Vidosic — Broich

        is equal measures terrifying and hilarious.

    • Roar Guru

      May 7th 2013 @ 1:34pm
      dinoweb said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

      Given the one-off natue of the match, I expect Ange atleast to favour players he is familiar with, so probably a leaning towards the Roar/Victory players.

      Regardless,I think it’s a fairly predictable selection so far, and certainly most of the best available.

      I’m starting to look forward to this quite a bit.

      • Roar Guru

        May 7th 2013 @ 1:40pm
        Cameron Kellett said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

        What do you believe or what would you have the make up be Dino?

      • May 7th 2013 @ 8:16pm
        Ballymore said | May 7th 2013 @ 8:16pm | ! Report

        Watching Roar players under Ange again will be weird. Oh memories.

        • May 7th 2013 @ 9:51pm
          Ian said | May 7th 2013 @ 9:51pm | ! Report

          Especially Broich for ‘those’ comments (taken out of context) and Berisha ..if he makes it. Broich is looking in a good position to be there.

    • Roar Pro

      May 7th 2013 @ 1:44pm
      Football United said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

      No Brox, no interest.

    • May 7th 2013 @ 1:49pm
      Melange said | May 7th 2013 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

      —————– Ryan
      Franjic — Zwanswijk — Sainsbury — Traore
      Hersi — Ono — Milligan — Broich
      —– Del Pierro — Thompson

      • Roar Guru

        May 7th 2013 @ 2:00pm
        Cameron Kellett said | May 7th 2013 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

        Only three different to my final 11. I fully endorse Traore and I believe he’ll be chosen.

        • May 7th 2013 @ 8:41pm
          Melange said | May 7th 2013 @ 8:41pm | ! Report

          Yeah, I’m a Rose fan and wish he’d be given a chance for the Socceroos before now, but it’s too late, I’d prefer to see a potential given a chance. Tried for a balance of youth and experience all over the field, but for the strikers I couldn’t resist seeing how Archie would perform playing off ADP.

          McGlinchey was unlucky to miss out on my team, but for me he faded a bit in the GF.

          • Roar Guru

            May 7th 2013 @ 8:54pm
            Cameron Kellett said | May 7th 2013 @ 8:54pm | ! Report

            Could always be utilised on the bench?

            What about Berisha, Brockie or McBreen?

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