SYDNEY FC vice-captain Brett Emerton says he hopes the Foxtel All-Stars concept continues in the future following a successful inaugural event in Sydney earlier this year.
Emerton was the captain of the All-Stars side that took on Manchester United at ANZ Stadium in July, which resulted in a 5-1 win for the reigning English Premier League champions.
The side and coach was voted for by the fans via an online poll on Football Federation Australia's website.
Melbourne Victory manager at the time, Ange Postecoglou, was voted coach of the All Stars and selected Emerton as the captain following the side’s first training session, citing his EPL and international experience as factors behind the decision.
The event sold-out the 84,000 capacity ANZ Stadium and injected millions of dollars in to the NSW economy.
Plans are already in place to bring out the next high-profile European club and Emerton cannot wait to see who will be the next All Stars opponents.
“I hope the concept continues on,” said Emerton. “I enjoyed every minute being part of it and the buzz around Sydney.
“That particular week about Manchester United coming to town was really something special.
“It just shows how far football has come in this country that we can attract a massive crowd against Man Utd and the following week against Liverpool as well. It was a great week for football.
“I also think it’s great that the fans have as much input as possible as to who is in the line-up for the All-Stars team. I hope it continues to grow year in year out.”
Juventus has been touted as the next club to make their way down under and face the All-Stars, with Chelsea also in line to possibly make a first ever visit to Australia.
“We’ve had Manchester United but after that you look at someone like Barcelona or Real Madrid,” said Emerton.
“Whether that’s a possibility in the future who knows? But if we can make that happen I’m sure all the Australian fans will be excited about that.”
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