Western Sydney Wanderers FC have been officially unveiled as the Hyundai A-League’s newest club at a media launch at Parramatta Stadium.
Wanderers Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman and inaugural head coach Tony Popovic presented the club’s first three player signings - western Sydney products, Aaron Mooy, Tarek Elrich and Kwabena Appiah-Kubi.
The players were wearing the Wanderers home strip, designed by inaugural apparel sponsor Nike.
The red and black hoop jersey with white shorts and black socks provides Western Sydney Wanderers FC with a distinctive identity in the Australian sporting landscape.
To view the new jersey and club logo, go to www.wswanderersfc.com.au.
The official club logo was also unveiled, incorporating the key elements of the Western Sydney landscape; the mountains, valleys and winding river system that runs throughout the region.
The badge captures the unity and intertwined multicultural community that the Wanderers will represent.
Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman said the announcement was a landmark occasion for western Sydney, for the game of football and for Australian sport.
“The arrival of the Wanderers in the Hyundai A-League is a truly monumental event,” said Gorman.
“Football’s heartland will have its own team in the national competition.
“The sons and daughters of western Sydney’s rich football heritage will get to represent their region on the national stage and beyond across Asia and the world.
“Even more important is that this club will be different – it will be powered by the proud people of the west.”
The announcement was the culmination of a three month collaborative process between Football Federation Australia and the Western Sydney football community.
More than 1,000 passionate fans attend seven fan forums across the region and over 15,000 people completed an online survey to help define the name, colours, culture and values of their football club.
The six western Sydney football associations and NSW Premier League clubs from the region were active partners in the process.
The new jersey is a reflection of the colours chosen to represent the region by the fans with world leading sports brand Nike designing what is sure to be a standout jersey in the Hyundai A-League for the 2012/13 season.
“Football is a core focus for Nike and our commitment to the sport is long-standing. We are extremely proud to build on our existing support of the FFA and A-League with the sponsorship of the Wanderers,” said Nike Pacific Managing Director, Paul Faulkner.
“Supporting grassroots football is a key driver for Nike, and one of our key initiatives for young players is the Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC).
"Considered the premier Under-15 tournament in the country, Nike brings together the best teams from around the Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific with the finals being held in Melbourne over recent years
“As part of our association with the Western Sydney Wanderers FC, we are pleased to announce that the MUPC tournament finals will now be held annually in the Western Sydney region.
"This hosting right offers the Wanderers organisation a fantastic connection to the youth of the game and will uniquely position the club as a connection between Australian grassroots football and the world stage,” he added.
Dubbed as “Australia’s newest, oldest club” in deference to the long history of football in the region, the Western Sydney Wanderers FC have, through their name, a linkage to the first ever game of football played in New South Wales on 3 August 1880 between the King’s School and the Wanderers in North Parramatta.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC will play its first match in the Hyundai A-League on Saturday 6 October against Central Coast Mariners.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Official Nike Home jerseys will be available in all major retail outlets, Western Sydney Wanderers FC Online store and the Nike Online store soon.