Del Piero agrees to finalise Sydney FC contract

Friday, 31 August 2012 6:42 PM

Del Piero agrees to finalise Sydney FC contract

In the biggest coup in Australian sport history, Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero has agreed to finalise details on a contract with Sydney FC after rejecting all other offers.

Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata will fly to Italy over the weekend to conclude the signing of the contract in what is the most exciting signing in Australian sports history.

“This is huge for Sydney FC, huge for the A-League and huge for Australian football,” Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow said.

“We feel honoured that Alessandro has decided to play for Sydney FC and we share his excitement that a move to Sydney FC will create a lasting legacy for football in this country.

“I want to thank Tony Pignata and Lou Sticca for the outstanding work over the last few days in progressing discussions with Alessandro.”

Following the intense reaction to the news late Friday night, the club issued a clarifying statement saying that no deal was done yet.

“Alessandro Del Piero has not signed a contract with Sydney FC as yet. The two parties have agreed to have a meeting in Turin early next week to confirm the possibility of signing a contract,” Barlow said.

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Comments (14)
Sarei felice di conoscere otri zie relative al andamento della squadrato l'apporto di Del Piero Alessandro grazie infinite per il vostro lavoro
Riccardo MENEGHIN  |  
12 Sep 2012 02:58 AM
Alex you will always be our Captain. I wish you continued success in Sydney. Forza Sydney! Newest Sydney FC fan from Ireland
Ger  |  
7 Sep 2012 04:07 AM
"DEL PIERO" my favorite, probably the best player of football in the world, it's a clubman Congratulations for the FC Sydney If you have a place for me to see a match, i come Thanks
RENZO  |  
6 Sep 2012 08:35 AM
the best italian player the best Italian football player of all time, and a great man, it tells one who has followed his career from the beginning. Congratulations to the team of Sydney.
claudio  |  
5 Sep 2012 10:15 PM
Congratulation, I'm a Juventus supporter and I'm really happy that our gratest legend will play in Australia. It would have been easy for him to find another contract in Italy or Europe because, despite he's 37, he's still well trained and he didn't have serious injuries in the latest years, but I'm sure that this choice has been made for his own life, not for money. Dear aussie, enjoy with his magical feet!
Fabio  |  
5 Sep 2012 09:32 PM
Juve was too stupid to send him away. Del Piero is the essence of Juve and the same no matter where they play, will always be a Juventus player. For those who criticize him, you do not understand anything or football or life. Australian, someone comes along who teaches the real football.
Matteo  |  
5 Sep 2012 07:50 PM
great signing ,good for the young strikers ,he will help them develop
william  |  
3 Sep 2012 10:12 PM
Glory14 you idiot! Del Piero is a legend, and one of the most fair play sportmen in the world, not a celebrity like Beckham.
juvee  |  
2 Sep 2012 08:00 AM
Hey Reuben, sorry that the word soccer annoys you so much, maybe your brain is a bit too sensitive, I can't quite see why it bothers you, I for one am happy to call it soccer. And I have been playing it for over 40 years so I think my opinion counts for something. And, no, I am not aussie, I am from Dublin, I am soaked in soccer, I grew up being soaked in it, and it is irrelevant whether it is called soccer or footie or football or peile (look that up in an Irish dictionary). And to me it is soccer. Which is what we always called it. To distinguish it from 'gaah', gaelic football, probably. ps - welcome, mr del piero, we've been a bit lost here at SydFC since Brosquey left and Carney left and Corica retired and Kazu returned to Yokohama and UpAllNight went back to bed and Ceccoli's left foot left us.
PK  |  
1 Sep 2012 08:35 PM
this is great for the a-leauge, hopefully it will start a "beckham effect"
glory14  |  
1 Sep 2012 07:27 PM
Another Roar supporter here. I hate Sydney but signing Del Piero can only be good for the league and the game in general in Australia, especially with the tv contract renewals coming up. Lets hope this draws big crowds in Sydney and around Australia.
Graeme  |  
1 Sep 2012 01:37 PM
Australian Football* Don't say "soccer" It hurts my brain.
Reuben  |  
1 Sep 2012 07:46 AM
Great signing. I hope he plays great, and I'm a Brisbane supporter, I think he will attract a lot of first time attendances and hopefully many new fans. Can't wait
Christopher  |  
31 Aug 2012 09:49 PM
A great player, this will be big for Australian soccer
Campbell  |  
31 Aug 2012 09:28 PM