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    One of the all-time greats, Alessandro Del Piero was a star turn at Sydney FC for two seasons between 2012-14.

    Del Piero won eight Serie A titles and the Champions League during 19 years at Juventus, where he holds the record for most appearances (705) and most goals (289). He was captain for 11 years. He also won the Coppa Italia and four Supercoppa Italias and was Champions League runner-up on three occasions. He won Italian Footballer of the Year in 1998 and 2008.


    Capped 91 times by Italy, Del Piero is joint-fourth highest goalscorer for the national team, played in three World Cups and helped the Azzuri lift the title in 2006.

    Del Piero joined Sydney FC in September, 2012. He made his debut on October 6, 2013 and scored his first goal from a trademark free-kick against Newcastle Jets a week later and another week down the line, scored the winner in the first Sydney derby against Western Sydney Wanderers. He finished his first season with club record 14 goals. Named captain in 2013-14, Del Piero scored another 10 goals before joining Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League. In August, he captained the A-League All Stars against his former cklub Juventus in front of 55,000 at the ANZ Stadium, where we'll play Sydney FC on May 30.


    One of the great strikers of the Premier League era, Dwight Yorke joined Sydney FC for one successful campaign in 2005-06.

    One of only 24 players to have scored 100 goals in the competition with 123, Dwight Yorke won every domestic honour in spells at Aston Villa and Manchester United, adding the Champions League in United's treble-winning season of 1998-99. He scored 97 goals in 231 matches for Villa before joining United in August 1998 and hitting 22 goals in the treble campaign.


    Yorke was top goalscorer in the Premier League and Champions League in 1998-98, named Premier League Player of the season and in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

    He won three-successive Premier League titles with United before spells at Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney FC and Sunderland, his final club between 2006-09.

    Yorke joined Sydney in the 2005-06 season and, made skipper, led the Sky Blues to Grand Final glory against Central Coast Mariners in 2006. Playing deeper in midfield, he set up the only goal scored by Steve Corica and was awarded the Joe Marston Medal as Man of the Match.

    On the international front, Yorke played 72 times for Trinidad & Tobago, scoring 26 goals and helped them qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 2006. He captained the team in all three group matches in Germany, where they bowed out after a goalless draw against Sweden and 2-0 defeats against Paraguay and England.


    Best known in the UK for his two spells at Middlesbrough, tricky midfielder Juninho joined Sydney for the 2007-08 A-League season.

    Capped 50 times by Brazil and a World Cup winner in 2002, Juninho began his career at Ituano and Sao Paulo in Brazil before his switch to Teeside and the Premier League in October, 1995. He went on to thrill the Riverside crowd with 48 appearances over the next two seasons, scoring 13 goals. He contributed 10 goals in 36 games as Boro were relegated in 1997 and finished second in the Football Writers Footballer of the Year Award to Gianfranco Zola.


    He spent two seasons at Atletico Madrid in Spain before returning to Middlesbrough in 2002 and playing another two years on Teeside, scoring nine goals in 38 appearances. He then played for Celtic and Palmeiras before joining Sydney in 2007. Juninho's time Down Under was hampered by injuries and although he showed glimpses of his class, he was restricted to 14 appearances in the 2007-08 season and retired from playing at the end of that season.


    One of Australia's great footballers, Brett Emerton made his name at Feyenoord before spending eight years at Blackburn and then ending his career at Sydney FC.

    A strong-running, attacking midfielder who could play centrally but more often wide, Emerton made 121 appearances for Feyenoord between 2000-03 and lifted the UEFA Cup in 2002.

    He moved to Ewood Park in 2003 and helped Blackburn reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 2004 and 2006 and the League Cup in 2005, only to lose all three. He recovered from a cruciate knee injury to play 294 times for Rovers between 2003-2012, when he joined Sydney FC.


    Born in Sydney, Emerton played 57 times for his home-town club Sydney FC and captained the A-League All Stars against Manchester United in July, 2013, but he retired due to persistent back problems in January. 2014.

    On the international front, Emerton won 95 caps for Australia, scoring 20 times. The highlight was qualifying for the World Cup Finals in 2006 after a penalty shoot-out victory over Uruguay in 2005. Having lost 1-0 away, the Socceroos won the return 1-0 in front of 82,698 at the ANZ Stadium before the nailbiting shoot-out victory to take their place in the finals. In Germany, he started all three matches as the Aussies beat Japan and drew against Croatia to progress into the knockout stages. However, Emerton was suspended as his team lost against Italy in the last 16.