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Soccer Del Piero 2012 News

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Former Italian international and Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero took part in his first news conference as a Sydney FC player in Australia on Monday September 17th. SCRIPTING INFORMATION Former Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero took part in his first news conference as a Sydney FC player in Australia on Monday. The veteran striker stated that he he has no fear of the high expectations attached to his arrival in Australia - and the hopes his star power will revitalise the A-League. Del Piero calmly answered questions in English and Italian and said that he welcomes the pressure that will go with being the A-League s biggest name. He told reporters I know there will be a lot of expectation and I love that. I played 19 years with Juventus and in Juventus you have to win every game every year. The 37-year-old joined Sydney FC as the biggest signing in the history of the 10-team A-League. He passed up offers from Southampton among other clubs to play in Australia and said he hoped to make a difference to Sydney FC and to the A-League. First of all I am here for Sydney FC. Competing for Sydney FC. Then we hope about the A-League growing up day by day ... and this is hard work. Del Piero a member of Italy s 2006 World Cup-winning team scored a club-record 286 goals for Juventus and is expected to help bring greater exposure -and spectators - to the struggling A-League which has suffered from declining crowds and the folding of two teams in the past two seasons. His impact was immediate and hundreds of fans turned out at Sydney Airport for his arrival on Sunday September 16th some waiting for hours to welcome him on his arrival. Del Piero s decision to play in Australia is being compared with David Beckham s impact on the game in the United States when he signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Sydney chief executive Tony Pignata who travelled to Turin nearly two weeks ago to get Del Piero s signature on the contract said he was pleased with the response of fans - more than 2000 club memberships have been sold since Del Piero s contract was signed. Pignata also said 15000 Sydney FC jerseys with Del Piero s number 10 and name on the back had been manufactured and were selling fast with orders from around the world. Tickets for Sydney s first home match at the 45000-seat Sydney Football Stadium on October 13th have not yet gone on sale. A Sydney official said although the match was unlikely to be a sell-out it could be the team s biggest first-match crowd in its history. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Del Piero was due to train with his Sydney teammates for the first time on Tuesday September 18 and his first official public appearance in Sydney is expected next Sunday - September 23rd - when the players will be handed their jerseys for the upcoming season. His first game for Sydney could be against Newcastle next Saturday a preseason match scheduled to be played in the Central Coast town of Budgewoi north of Sydney. However if Del Piero p