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Alessandro Del Piero reflects on Sydney FC, Australian legacy

So much of what would unfold over the next two years is as hard to believe today as it was back then. Did all that really happen? Did Del Piero actually knock back Liverpool to sign for Sydney FC? Was Australia truly that obsessed with the A-League?

The Sydney Morning Herald’s back page Monday, September 17, 2012.Credit:Fairfax Media

Yes, yes, and yes. Friday marks a full decade since one of Italy’s greatest players stepped off the plane at Sydney Airport, met the hundreds of fans who packed into the arrivals hall to greet him, and completely changed the Australian sporting landscape.

The following day, 10 years ago today, The Sydney Morning Herald produced one of its most famous back pages. On pink paper, imitating Italy’s renowned daily sporting newspaper, it was La Gazzetta Del Piero. Lunedi, Settembre 17. ‘BENVENUTO ADP’. The whole page was in Italian, including pointers…


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