Can Sydney FC go back-to-back?

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    Sydney FC have been impressive in recent years, establishing themselves as the A-League’s dominant club and one of the best in the competition’s history. Will they continue this dominance this season?

    They will cruise to the title again because…
    They have been so dominant over the past two seasons, so why couldn’t they do it again? Sydney FC from 2016 and onwards have without a doubt been the most consistent team the A-League has ever seen.

    They have smashed literally every record and in all honesty have played some spellbinding football.

    Sydney FC’s organisation and discipline is second to none. Their defensive record speaks for itself.

    They have only conceded 34 goals in 54 games over the past two seasons.

    To complement this, their ability to score goals and put a team away is superior to any other A-League side, with 119 goals scored across 54 games.

    That is averaging just over two goals per game. If Sydney FC continue breaking records and continue playing the football they have been playing then they will certainly be difficult to beat.

    Matt Simon

    Sydney FC wrapped up the Premiers Plate weeks before the season ended. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

    Why Sydney FC won’t win the title…
    Although over the past two seasons Sydney FC have been the dominant force, there are many reasons why they won’t win the title in season 2018-19. With the loss of Golden Boot Winner Bobô and Johnny Warren Medalist Adrian Mierzejewski, scoring goals could be a huge issue for Sydney FC this season.

    Although replacement players will certainly come in, it will be a tough task to replace the pair who shared 40 goals between them.

    Earlier this year in March, it was announced that Graham Arnold would take over the reins of coaching the Socceroos from Bert Van Marwijk at the conclusion of the World Cup. Following on from this, Steve Corica was recently announced as the head coach of Sydney FC. Previously working as the assistant coach of Sydney FC, this will certainly prove to be a major test for Corica.

    A-League season 2018-19 is really shaping up to be a huge year for football in Australia. From Keisuke Honda to Usain Bolt, this year will hopefully see improved crowd figures.

    Will Sydney FC go all the way? They certainly have it in them to do so however it certainly won’t be an easy task.

    Sydney FC at a glance over the past two years
    130 points from a possible 162 across A-League seasons 16-17 and 17-18
    FFA Cup runner up 2016 and FFA Cup winner 2017
    A-League grand final winners 16-17

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    • Roar Rookie

      August 11th 2018 @ 6:52am
      Waz said | August 11th 2018 @ 6:52am | ! Report

      “They have smashed literally every record” … no they haven’t. quite literally.

      “and in all honesty have played some spellbinding football” … that’s a matter of opinion but there is a reason they picked up the “boring” tag much to Arnies annoyance.

      How will they fair this season?

      It’s really hard to call with the loss of coach, backdoom staff and key players oh, and being in the road at home. And much depends upon whether the chasing rabble have improved – there’s no doubt SFC set the standard for the last two seasons and no team has managed more than a token challenge.

    • August 11th 2018 @ 7:33am
      punter said | August 11th 2018 @ 7:33am | ! Report

      Nothing like a SFC article to get the bitters out, very early too.

    • August 11th 2018 @ 7:43am
      Buddy said | August 11th 2018 @ 7:43am | ! Report

      Two seasons of domination, preceded by a season of desolation…….. well they didn’t get an invite to the end of season frivolity and SFC were playing some poor football at the time.
      The reason why we must learn to celebrate our successes is simply due to the fact that it is such a fleeting moment in time and you don’t know when the next opportunity will arise. This season sees massive upheavals for The team from Moore Park. A change of manager, a swathe of player movements and the upheaval of the whole club with the redevelopment of their home ground. That represents a great deal of instability and one thing most of us agree on is that stability is a key ingredient for success. Maybe Steve Corica’s best hope this season is poor recruiting amongst his rivals as there was definitely an apparent gap over the past two years (please no cries from MV fans about being champions because of a GF win – read Leroy George’s piece). As much as I personally dislike the perpetual merry go round and recycling of players in the A League it does offer hope each season when there are fresh faces and new possibilities.
      I don’t have any strong sense of how well Sydney FC will perform this season, just that in the changing times life may well be more difficult for them.

    • August 11th 2018 @ 8:15am
      MQ said | August 11th 2018 @ 8:15am | ! Report

      They failed to win the Championship last season, so at least on that score, the answer to the question is clearly no.

      • August 11th 2018 @ 8:42am
        punter said | August 11th 2018 @ 8:42am | ! Report

        Back to back premiership!!!! I know in your egg shape sport, you call it minor premiership, but in football it’s the premiership.

        • Roar Rookie

          August 11th 2018 @ 8:52am
          Waz said | August 11th 2018 @ 8:52am | ! Report

          The article title is a bit misleading as SFC can’t go “back to back” in the league this coming season, but they can win the Plate for the third season in a row which would be an astonishing achievement

          • August 11th 2018 @ 9:03am
            punter said | August 11th 2018 @ 9:03am | ! Report

            It is misleading, as they have already gone back to back in the premiership, they going for a 3 peat.
            In my association at grassroots levels, we are into the final week of the premiership & the team I coach will finish third, we hit the finals series next week.
            However, my team cannot go to the champion of champions (NSW) because we did not finish 1st even if we win the finals series.

            • August 11th 2018 @ 1:43pm
              MQ said | August 11th 2018 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

              With respect, whatever is happening in your little league is not really relevant to how we crown the Champions in the A-League, and I repeat, SFC can’t go back-to-back because they failed to win the Championship last season.

              To put it simply, they choked.

              They showed themselves to not be made of the right stuff.

              They showed themselves to be mentally weak.

              They are losers.

              • August 11th 2018 @ 2:17pm
                punter said | August 11th 2018 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

                My little league, is the Football NSW, who has more registered players then AFL has in the whole of Australia & together with Football Victoria, the 2 most powerful state federations in football in Australia.

                I also repeat, SFC are the premiers, they have won back to back premierships, egg ball games allows for mediocrity, hence allowing a team that finished 7th a couple of seasons back in the AFL to became premiers. I understand this goes hand in hand with scoring even when you miss. But in football the premiers are the top team after the home & away season, see Barcelona, Man City, Juventus, Bayern Munich & PSG in the 5 biggest football leagues in the world.

              • August 11th 2018 @ 5:28pm
                MQ said | August 11th 2018 @ 5:28pm | ! Report

                Impressive (the AFL would only have about 720 registered players)

              • August 12th 2018 @ 10:27am
                punter said | August 12th 2018 @ 10:27am | ! Report

                Can’t help it that you call the game & the competition the same.

    • August 11th 2018 @ 9:07am
      Fadida said | August 11th 2018 @ 9:07am | ! Report

      Regardless of which title is the more important, Sydney have a lot of work to do to challenge, let alone be successful. Corica feels like an underwhelming choice, his personality, or lack of the key concern.

      • August 11th 2018 @ 10:16am
        punter said | August 11th 2018 @ 10:16am | ! Report

        While I agree it will be a challenge, funny how Arnie had a grumpy personality & Coria has no personality, affects SFC’s crowds, the way they play etc.

    • August 11th 2018 @ 9:59am
      Lionheart said | August 11th 2018 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      Sydney’s tearaway success did little to improve ratings and attendance, especially in Sydney. I think it’s best for he game if Sydney resume their normal place this coming season.

      • August 11th 2018 @ 10:16am
        punter said | August 11th 2018 @ 10:16am | ! Report

        Should have just stop at Sydney’s tearaway success!!!!

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          August 11th 2018 @ 11:02am
          Waz said | August 11th 2018 @ 11:02am | ! Report

          It’s gonna be a long season for either SFC or the bitters 😂

          • August 13th 2018 @ 6:49am
            Jp said | August 13th 2018 @ 6:49am | ! Report

            It’s clear by these comments that people can’t get past the fact they don’t like Sydney FC and actually look at their achievements based on history. They have back to back premierships – winning the league by large margins both seasons. Won the FFA Cup, made the final in the other, a championship, most goals, least conceded. Stats don’t lie, they’ve been the best team for the last two seasons. Losing in the semi final last season didn’t change that. If it did in your eyes there is something wrong with you. Probably won’t see these records beaten for a long time.

        • August 11th 2018 @ 5:52pm
          Lionheart said | August 11th 2018 @ 5:52pm | ! Report

          Do you mean that SFC’s success actually improved ratings and attendances?

      • August 11th 2018 @ 1:46pm
        MQ said | August 11th 2018 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

        It’s interesting that in the history of the A-League, the season which had the highest average attendance saw the Jets and Mariners in the grand final

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