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All Stars v Juventus Clash May Be One to Remember

  • All Stars v Juventus Clash May Be One to Remember

The A-League All Stars will take the field against Italian powerhouses Juventus on Sunday evening at ANZ Stadium in Sydney in a match that is testament to how far Australian football has come, and just how much further it can go.

With a crowd in excess of 60,000 expected to turn up, the match is already being deemed a success by its organisers, regardless of the result.

It is a showpiece for the A-League and Australian football in general, which put the world on notice after some strong performances at the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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With the Asian Cup to be staged here in 2015, the world is definitely watching.

Exhibition matches are more often than not taken lightly by the teams that are involved in them, but there is evidence this will not be the case on Sunday.

A-League players Thomas Broich and Bershart Berisha have likened being selected for the All Stars to playing for Australia.

Berisha has expressed the desire of the team to win, stating he and his fellow players will be doing everything they can to get a result against the Serie A champions.

There is a strong Adelaide United flavour about the All Stars, with Eugene Galekovic and Marcelo Carrusco selected for the playing squad that Reds coach Josep Gombau will take charge of on Sunday night.

Gombau has steadily built his training regime since the squad came together, with reportedly their slickest session on Thursday focussing on structure and combinations.

There are a number of sub-plots in the match, none more compelling than the chance for All Stars captain and former Juventus player Alessandro Del Piero to sign-off on his A-League career against the club he represented for 19 years.

Alessandro has reportedly been giving his fellow All Star players insight into his former club and team-mates in an attempt to pull off an upset that would continue to grow the reputation of the A-League.

Juventus captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said earlier in the week it will be a “beautiful experience” to come up against his friend – evidence of the good will that is sure to permeate the clash.

He did follow that with the assertion that he won’t be giving any gifts to the player he spent 10 years alongside in the black and white shirt, also evidence that once the whistle is blown, competitive instincts will take over.

The Italian Giants are in form, coming off an 8-1 thrashing of an Indonesian Select XI in the first stop of their Asian tour, and have most of their stars in the squad.

The match promises to provide a fantastic exhibition of the best of both football leagues.

Should the All Stars match it with their counterparts for even some of the 90 minutes, they will have done their job.

It will no doubt be a clash every one of those players will remember.

It may be that we, and the rest of the world, will remember it too.

For all the right reasons.

Do you think the All Stars can match it with Juventus?



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