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AUSTRALIA/ EXCLUSIVE, Graham Arnold: "Del Piero¹s signing is massive for Australian football"

06.09.2012 12.10 by TM W  read 1450
Source: Marco Conterio
© foto di Andrea Ninni/Image Sport

Graham Arnold, coach of Central Coast Mariners, will be the next opponent in A-League of Alessandro Del Piero, with Sydney FC jersey. He has spoken to TMW about the arrival of the former captain of Juventus

First of all, let's speak about football in Australia: why is it not so famous in your country?
"Football is a famous sport in Australia however it is reality that the game competes with a number of other codes ­ Rugby Union, Rugby League, and Australian Football ­ for fan attention. The Australian National Team generates large interest and while the Hyundai A-League is still growing, we are collectively working hard to ensure football becomes more successful in Australia". 

Which is A-League's level right now?
"The A-League has come a long way in the past seven years. Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar have been the two best teams over the past two seasons and tactically the level has improved enormously in the past few seasons. Each year clubs are implementing more professional practices". 

What do you think about Del Piero's signing by Sydney FC?
"Del Piero¹s signing is massive for Australian football ­ it is something everyone involved with the game here is excited about. Alessandro will generate enormous interest for the game here and if he has half the effect on Australian football as David Beckham has had on American football it will help take the game to new heights. I personally am delighted to see Alessandro Del Piero in the Hyundai A-League". 

What do you think he's gonna bring to your League and to football in Australia?
"He brings a lot of experience for his teammates to learn from, a lot of quality, but most importantly he brings his brand. Internationally fans will take interest in Sydney FC and the Hyundai A-League, and that is great for the game. People will see that there are some quality teams and players playing in Australia and it is up to Australia¹s football community to welcome Alessandro Del Piero to our game. My team plays Sydney FC in a pre-season friendly in late September and hopefully this may be the first game he plays against an Australian team".

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