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The much-anticipated addition of a second Sydney team was realised in 2012, with the addition of the Western Sydney Wanderers to the A-League. With arguably the most passionate fans in the league, Wanderers games are always an event – no matter where the club is on the ladder.
After winning their first match last season, the Wanderers endured the next eight games without a win. While they were a competitive outfit for the rest of the season, the horror start consigned them to seventh place and no finals.
With Josep Gombau’s time as coach finally up, pundits aren’t sure as to whether Western Sydney are on the way back up, or just starting their revival. The prevailing opinion is, for this season, finals are beyond them.
Coach: Markus Babbel
Captain: Brendan Hamill
2017-18 finish: 7th
2017-18 top scorers: Oriol Riera (19)
Danijel Nizic, Josh Risdon, Brendan Hamill (c), Kosta Grozos, Nick Fitzgerald, Jordan O’Doherty, Oriol Riera, Alexander Baumjohann, Bruce Kamau, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Mathieu Cordier, Jaushau Sotirio, Keanu Baccus, Marc Tokich, Mark Bridge, Vedran Janjetovic, Tarek Elrich, Rashid Mahazi, Lachlan Scott, Raul Llorente, Kwame Yeboah, Roly Bonevacia, John Roberts, Tate Russell, Patrick Ziegler, Nicholas Suman, Abraham Majok