In the Eastern Suburbs of Australia’s largest metropolis, Sydney, the home of rugby league in the Commonwealth, a renaissance, a Sky Blue renaissance of indigenous gloriousness has made Graham Arnold’s Sydney Football Club the best in the A-League through four rounds.
What is in that water fueling the men and women of the Eastern Suburbs, of which Sydney FC is based, and the Allianz Stadium, which the club shares with the contrastingly underachieving Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club, those headless chickens trading, aptly, as the Sydney Roosters and who finished 15th in their own competition not too long ago? Perhaps it has chosen to put association football over rugby, especially with the happy-go-lucky heroes of the neighboring Sutherland Shire, the Cronulla Sharks, winning the NRL.
Led by the likes of the two Miloses-Dimitrijevic and Ninkovic-Filip Holosko, and the new man, Brazilian Bobo Da Silva, Sydney FC are in some resounding form. On Oct. 8, Sydney crushed the Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium on goals from Holosko (51′), Bobo (55′) Ryan O’Neill (85′) and Alex Brosque (89′). Holosko’s brace in the 18th and 65th minutes helped replicate things at home against the Central Coast Mariners on Oct. 15. Bobo (38′) and Brosque (70′) again were on goal.
Sydney have proven that they can win tight contests as well, adding to their diverse production profile and portfolio. Ninkovic proved that all too well in the second minute of second half stoppage time in Sydney’s 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium on Oct. 23. And this past weekend, on Oct. 29, Brosque (8′) and Ninkovic (49′) teamed up to shut down the Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Thus, Sydney FC have a goal differential of +11, scoring 11 goals, allowing zero goals, and going perfect in October for a record of 4-0-0. On this form alone, Sydney have been tapped by the Stoppage Time to win a shootout over Melbourne City in the FFA Cup Final in November. And what a November that will be.
Big opponents are on the docket next month for the resurging Sky Blues: Perth Glory (Nov. 13), Brisbane Roar (Nov. 19), Adelaide United (Nov. 26) and the team that Sydney could have faced in the FFA Cup Final: Melbourne Victory at home, a team that is suddenly not the best team in Melbourne anymore thanks to the form of Fernando Brandan, Luke Brattan and the king of Australian soccer, Tim Cahill.
With the form that Sydney FC has, don’t be surprised if this November is just as successful, as fruitful, as…wonderful as October. Like Melbourne, Sydney loves its soccer, and right now, just like in the inaugural season, it’s Sydney FC leading the way. You Sky Blue beauty!