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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 The Western Sydney Wanderers adopted the ‘Wanderers’ nickname with historical reference to the Wanderers team who played King’s School team at Parramatta Common in 1888, the first recorded match of Association Football in Australia.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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