2013 A-League All Stars Game

The 2013 A-League All Stars Game was a football match that took place on 20 July 2013 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, contested between the A-League All Stars and English Premier League champions Manchester United.

2013 A-League All Stars Game
2013 A-League All Stars Game
EventA-League All Stars Game
A-League All Stars Manchester United
Australia England
1 5
Date20 July 2013
VenueANZ Stadium, Sydney
Man of the MatchRobin van Persie (Manchester United)
RefereeMasaaki Toma (Japan)


Tickets which went on sale earlier in the year sold out in minutes.[1] A Manchester United training session which was open to the public attracted 22,000 people at Allianz Stadium.[2] It is the first time since 1999 that Manchester United have visited Australia.[3] On 18 March 2013, it was announced Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou will coach the all-stars squad, chosen by fans who voted.[4]

Some A-League players, including Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey, were not able to play due to other commitments.[5]

A-League All Stars players

Pos. Player Club
GK Australia Ante Covic Western Sydney Wanderers
GK Australia Michael Theo Brisbane Roar
DF Australia Michael Beauchamp Western Sydney Wanderers
DF Australia Pedj Bojić Central Coast Mariners
DF Australia Nigel Boogaard Adelaide United
DF Australia Connor Chapman Newcastle Jets
DF Australia Joshua Risdon Perth Glory
DF Australia Joshua Rose Central Coast Mariners
DF Australia Nikolai Topor-Stanley Western Sydney Wanderers
MF Germany Thomas Broich Brisbane Roar
MF Argentina Marcelo Carrusca Adelaide United
MF Australia Billy Celeski Melbourne Victory
MF Australia Brett Emerton Sydney FC
MF Australia Rhyan Grant Sydney FC
MF New Zealand Michael McGlinchey Central Coast Mariners
MF Republic of Ireland Liam Miller Brisbane Roar
FW Albania Besart Berisha Brisbane Roar
FW Australia Mark Bridge Western Sydney Wanderers
FW Barbados Paul Ifill Wellington Phoenix
FW Australia David Williams Melbourne Heart



A-League All Stars Australia1–5England Manchester United
Berisha Goal 51' Report Lingard Goal 10'54'
Welbeck Goal 33'70'
Van Persie Goal 86'
A-League All Stars
Manchester United
GK 1 Australia Ante Covic Substituted off 45'
RB 6 Australia Pedj Bojić Substituted off 45'
CB 2 Australia Nigel Boogaard
CB 5 Australia Michael Beauchamp Substituted off 83'
LB 4 Australia Nikolai Topor-Stanley Substituted off 73'
RM 7 Australia Brett Emerton (c) Substituted off 83'
CM 10 Republic of Ireland Liam Miller Substituted off 45'
LM 3 Australia Joshua Rose Substituted off 64'
RF 14 New Zealand Michael McGlinchey Substituted off 61'
CF 11 Albania Besart Berisha
LF 22 Germany Thomas Broich Substituted off 72'
GK 18 Australia Michael Theo Substituted in 45'
DF 12 Australia Joshua Risdon Substituted in 45'
DF 16 Australia Connor Chapman Substituted in 83'
MF 15 Australia Rhyan Grant Substituted in 61'
MF 17 Argentina Marcelo Carrusca Substituted in 83'
MF 21 Australia Billy Celeski Substituted in 45'
FW 8 Barbados Paul Ifill Substituted in 72'
FW 13 Australia David Williams Substituted in 73'
FW 19 Australia Mark Bridge Substituted in 64'
Australia Ange Postecoglou
A-League All Stars vs Man Utd 2013-07-20
GK 13 Denmark Anders Lindegaard
RB 2 Brazil Rafael
CB 4 England Phil Jones
CB 5 England Rio Ferdinand Substituted off 45'
LB 3 France Patrice Evra (c) Substituted off 75'
RM 35 England Jesse Lingard
CM 16 England Michael Carrick Substituted off 70'
CM 23 England Tom Cleverley
LM 29 England Wilfried Zaha
CF 19 England Danny Welbeck Substituted off 70'
CF 11 Wales Ryan Giggs Substituted off 62'
GK 1 Spain David de Gea
DF 22 Brazil Fábio Substituted in 75'
DF 38 England Michael Keane Substituted in 45'
MF 8 Brazil Anderson Substituted in 70'
MF 44 Belgium Adnan Januzaj Substituted in 70'
FW 20 Netherlands Robin van Persie Substituted in 62'
Scotland David Moyes

Man of the Match:
Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level


A-League All Stars Manchester United
Goals scored 1 5
Total shots 6 17
Shots on target 3 13
Ball possession 33% 67%
Corner kicks 2 15
Fouls committed 4 4
Offsides 0 2
Yellow cards 0 0
Second caution red cards 0 0
Direct red cards 0 0


In Australia, the match was broadcast live by the Seven Network, after they secured the rights to the inaugural A-League All Stars game on 23 May 2013. In the UK, the match was broadcast live on Manchester United's subscription television channel MUTV.


A-League All Stars partners:


  1. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/northern-beaches/manchester-united-visit-sydney-in-showcase-of-football-growth-in-australia/story-fngr8hax-1226681453342
  2. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2370149/Robin-van-Persie-impresses-David-Moyes-Manchester-United-continue-tour-Sydney.html
  3. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/features/6867,man-utds-crazy-australian-tour.aspx
  4. ^ "Postecoglou named inaugural coach of Foxtel A-League All Stars". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-05/big-guns-out-of-a-league-all-stars-fixture/4802634
Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero (Italian pronunciation: [alesˈsandro del ˈpjɛːro]; born 9 November 1974) is an Italian former professional footballer who mainly played as a deep-lying forward, although he was capable of playing in several offensive positions. Since 2015, he has worked as a pundit for Sky Sport Italia.A technically gifted, and creative supporting forward, who was also a free-kick specialist, Del Piero is widely regarded by players, pundits, and managers as one of the greatest players of his generation, and as one of the best Italian players of all time, winning the Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year award in 1998 and 2008. A prolific goal-scorer, he is currently the second highest all-time Italian top-scorer in all competitions, with 346 goals, behind only Silvio Piola, with 390 goals; he is also the joint ninth highest goalscorer in Serie A history, with 188 goals, alongside Giuseppe Signori and Alberto Gilardino. After beginning his career with Italian club Padova in Serie B in 1991, he moved to Juventus in 1993, where he played for 19 seasons (11 as captain), and holds the club records for most goals (290) and appearances (705). During his time at the club, he won six Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia, four Supercoppa Italiana titles, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Intertoto Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup. After leaving the club in 2012, he also spent two seasons with Australian side Sydney FC; he retired after a season with Delhi Dynamos FC in the Indian Super League, in 2014.

Del Piero has scored in every competition in which he has participated. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA's centenary celebrations. In the same year, he was also voted into the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, a list of the 50 best European players of the past 50 years. Along with six awards in Italy for gentlemanly conduct, he has also won the Golden Foot award, which pertains to personality as well as playing ability.

At international level, Del Piero has also represented the Italian national team at three FIFA World Cups and four UEFA European Football Championships, most notably winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and reaching the final of UEFA Euro 2000 with Italy. He is the joint fourth highest scorer for the Italian national team, with 27 goals, alongside Roberto Baggio, and behind only Silvio Piola with 30 goals, Giuseppe Meazza with 33 goals, and Luigi Riva with 35 goals; with 91 appearances for Italy between 1995 and 2008, he is also his nation's tenth-most capped player of all-time.

Connor Chapman

Connor Chapman (born 31 October 1994) is an Australian professional footballer who plays for Western United. He has represented Australia at U17, U20 and U23 youth level.

List of association football matches played at Stadium Australia

Since its completion in March 1999, Stadium Australia has hosted 46 association football matches, including fifteen "friendly matches", ten FIFA World Cup qualification matches, and eight A-League matches. The stadium was also one of the five venues selected to host matches in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, and hosted the tournament's final. The current attendance record for an association football match Stadium Australia is 104,098, during the gold medal game of the 2000 Summer Olympics' men's football tournament, while the attendance record post-configuration is 83,598, set by the friendly match between Sydney FC and Chelsea in June 2015.

Currently, Stadium Australia is one of two temporary home grounds of the Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League, alongside the nearby Sydney Showground Stadium. The club will be playing at the stadium until the completion of their new permanent home ground, Western Sydney Stadium. The venue is also occasionally used by rival A-League club Sydney FC and the Australian men's national football team for home matches.

Friendly association football tournaments in 2013
Match World Cup
Football Impact Cup
Commonwealth of Independent States Cup
Super Cup of Champions
Copa del Sol
Costa del Sol Trophy
Marbella Cup
Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic
Lunar New Year Cup
La Manga Cup
Desert Diamond Cup
Peter Lim Charity Cup
United Tournament
Generali Deyna Cup
Valais Cup
Spanish friendly tournaments
A-League All Stars Game
Telekom Cup
Copa EuroAmericana
Uli Hoeneß Cup
Premier League Asia Trophy
Saitama City Cup
International Champions Cup
MLS All-Star Game
Audi Cup
Eusébio Cup
Emirates Cup
Super Match
Thai Premier League All-Star Game
Philippine Peace Cup
FA Cup Finals
League Cup Finals
FA Community Shield
UEFA Champions League Finals
European Cup Winners' Cup Final
UEFA Europa League Final
UEFA Super Cup
Intercontinental Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Final
Notable league matches
Other matches

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