With the arrival of Italian soccer player Alessandro Del Piero in Sydney yesterday, the first Sydney A-league derby game at Parramatta Stadium looks set to be the match of the year.
Del Piero was greeted at Sydney Airport by a sea of black and white, and sky blue — the colours of Juventus and Sydney FC.
Any thoughts the 38-year-old was here for a holiday were quickly put to bed by the forward.
‘‘I am here not for the end of my career but for the start of my new career,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m here for winning ... I’m here because I trust in the win.’’
Del Piero will cost Sydney FC $2 million a season and the Western Sydney Wanderers look set to cash in on the former Juventus forward.
A sell-out Parramatta Stadium on October 20 would provide the league’s newest club with a large cash injection.
The Wanderers kick off their A-league campaign two weeks earlier at the same venue that has now been dubbed ‘‘Wanderland’’.
A fan day will also be held on the corner of Church Street and Market Street, Parramatta, on October 4 from 3pm-6pm.
Tickets go on sale this Friday and fans can become a foundation member for $7.
Sydney FC might have Del Piero on their side but the Wanderers will have the whole of western Sydney in their corner.
It’s a match that will have every fan excited, even before a ball is kicked.