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SBD Global/September 4, 2012/International Football

A-League Club Sydney FC To Sign Former Juventus Striker Del Piero

A-League club Sydney FC has "landed the biggest coup in Australian club football history" with striker Alessandro del Piero agreeing to join the Sky Blues this season, according to Sebastian Hassett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The 37-year-old Italian spoke with Sydney CEO Tony Pignata and player agent Lou Sticca and "expressed his desire" to make Sydney his first stop after two decades with Italian club Juventus. Reports indicate the club offered him a A$2M ($2.05M) contract for a six-month stint. The fee would make him the "highest-paid player in A-League history." Sydney FC Chair Scott Barlow said, "This is huge for Sydney FC, huge for the A-League and huge for Australian football. 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" (SMH, 8/31).
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