Western Sydney Wanderers

The much-anticipated addition of a second Sydney team was realised in 2012, with the FFA announcing that Western Sydney Wanderers would enter the A-League in the 2012/13 season. The Western Sydney Wanderers adopted the ‘Wanderers’ nickname with historical reference to the Wanderers team who played King’s School team at Parramatta Common in 1888, the first recorded match of Association Football in Australia.

The Wanderers’ have been coached since their inception by Socceroo legend and former Sydney FC defender Tony Popovic. The team’s home playing colours are comprised of red, black and white.

The Wanderers proved to be heavy hitters in the competition from the outset, winning the premiership in their first season in the competition, but losing to the Central Coast Mariners in the grand final. The Wanderers again made the season decider in 2014, but went down to premiers Brisbane 2-1 in extra time after holding the lead until the 84th minute.

2014, however, wasn’t all disappointment for Western Sydney. On November 1, 2014 the side won the 2014 AFC Champions League final, defeating Saudi-Arabian club Al-Hilal FC 1-0 on aggregate at the end of a two-game finals series. Western Sydney are the only Australian club to win the competition thus far.

2015-16 continued the Wanderers’ poor grand final record, as they were easily cast aside by Adelaide United 3-1 in the season’s final match.

2015-16 season: 2nd, lost in grand final

2016-17 squad: Jerrad Tyson, Andrew Redmayne, Shannon Cole, Jack Clisby, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Brendan Hamill, Scott Neville, Aritz Borda, Robert Cornthwaite, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Jackson Bandiera, Mitch Nichols, Steve Lustica, Dimas, Nicolás Martinez, Bruno Piñatares, Kearyn Baccus, Jacob Melling, Mario Shabow, Liam Youlley, Kerem Bulut, Brendon Santalab, Jumpei, Jaushua Sotirio, Lachlan Scott.

Coach: Tony Popovic

The full 2016-17 A-League draw can be found here.

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Last updated: 22 September, 2016

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Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers: A-League live scores, blog

Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers: A-League live scores, blog

by , 12 Nov 2017 Video

The Western Sydney Wanderers need to get back to winning ways but face another tough assignment against a Melbourne City side in good form. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7pm AEDT.

Will Josep Gombau’s arrival transform the Wanderers?

Will Josep Gombau’s arrival transform the Wanderers?

by , 9 Nov 2017

Josep Gombau was a charismatic and popular coach who won fans over with his infectious enthusiasm and attractive football, but can he be a success at the Western Sydney Wanderers?

Victory and Wanderers fight out 1-1 draw

Victory and Wanderers fight out 1-1 draw

by , 7 Nov 2017

A 10-man Melbourne Victory have salvaged a 1-1 draw with Western Sydney in a pulsating A-League clash in front of 21,577 fans at Etihad Stadium.

Melbourne Victory vs Western Sydney Wanderers: A-League live scores, blog

Melbourne Victory vs Western Sydney Wanderers: A-League live scores, blog

by , 6 Nov 2017 Video

Last season’s finalists Melbourne Victory remain winless and face another tough challenge at home against a Western Sydney Wanderers outfit keen to get back to winning ways after successive draws. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm AEDT.

What does Josep Gombau’s signing mean for the rest of Australian football?

What does Josep Gombau’s signing mean for the rest of Australian football?

by , 2 Nov 2017

Yesterday, Josep Gombau was announced as Western Sydney’s new manager, taking over from caretaker Hayden Foxe, who had been keeping the post warm since Tony Popovic left in September.

Western Sydney Wanderers announce Josep Gombau as new head coach

Western Sydney Wanderers announce Josep Gombau as new head coach

by , 1 Nov 2017

The Western Sydney Wanderers have unveiled former Adelaide United boss Josep Gombau as their coach for the next three years.

Jets, Wanderers play out a draw

Jets, Wanderers play out a draw

by , 29 Oct 2017

Newcastle have managed to turn around a rather disappointing first half to come out in the second half and not only steal a draw, but almost take all three points.

Sydney sports stadiums: Oval options or oblong obfuscation?

Sydney sports stadiums: Oval options or oblong obfuscation?

by , 26 Oct 2017

In a city of many sports, it’s hard to find common ground. And competing priorities are up for grabs when the stadium funding pie is cut up.

The most pressing issue from the Sydney Derby

The most pressing issue from the Sydney Derby

by , 25 Oct 2017

In a typically feisty, atmospheric derby, the Western Sydney Wanderers were able to cause Sydney FC problems with their energetic pressing.

Reds set up FFA Cup final with Sydney FC

Reds set up FFA Cup final with Sydney FC

by , 24 Oct 2017

There will be no Sydney derby in the FFA Cup final, with Adelaide United winning through to the 2017 decider, defeating Western Sydney 2-1 in their semi-final.


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