With 2017 now over and the New Year upon us, FourFourTwo’s Ben Somerford reflects on the top 10 moments in Australian football across the calendar year.
Let it be known, this list is all the happy/positive/warm fuzzy moments, rather than the key/significant/potentially negative moments, such as Ange Postecoglou’s resignation.
10 Troisi puts Australia ahead against Chile in Confederations Cup
In June, the Socceroos made a fist of things at the Confeds Cup in Russia, claiming two draws and a credible 3-2 loss to Germany. However, the performance in the final group game 1-1 draw with highly rated Chile was the highlight, with James Troisi’s neat lofted finish putting Australia 1-0 at half-time. It wouldn’t be enough for Australia to progress to the semi-finals though.
9 Sydney FC wins the FFA Cup, completes calendar year treble
In November, the Sky Blues sealed the domestic treble across 2017 when Bobo scored an extra-time winner in a 2-1 triumph over Adelaide United in the cup final at Allianz Stadium. Sydney’s cup run included five wins, 20 goals scored and two goals conceded, capping a dominant year.
8 Rogic’s last-gasp Scottish Cup Final winner
It’s not every day an Aussie steps up in stoppage-time in a cup final in Europe to score a dramatic winner to seal a domestic treble. That was the case back in May when Tom Rogic drove forward in the 92nd minute of Celtic’s 2-1 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park, firing home on his non-preferred right foot. Rogic had battled injury during the 2016-17 season and started the final on the bench, but made the most telling impact at the right time.
7 Sydney FC wins the Premier’s Plate
In the most underwhelming of circumstances, Sydney officially were crowned premiers whilst in Perth during a team dinner, by virtue of second-placed Melbourne Victory's 1-0 loss to Brisbane Roar in March. The club put out a video of players and coaches exchanging handshakes which was all very low key, but that shouldn’t lead us to under-estimate the magnitude of the achievement, winning the premiership by a whopping 17 points with three rounds to go.