Sydney Olympic FC is an figure of Australian football who some accredit to as the Manchester United of Australia. (The club played Manchester United in a affable bout at Old Trafford in the ’80s.)
The club itself has won two civic cups and two civic alliance titles, additional accompaniment alliance celebrity above-mentioned to the enactment of a civic antagonism in 1977, in which Olympic was a founding member.
But Olympic was and is added than a football club, a abode whereby friendships for activity were built, a amusing airing for abounding football admirers and associates of bounded communities and to top it off, a abode area abounding marriages were started.
A abundant adventure takes us aback to the ’70s aback at Wentworth Park a groom, helpmate and conjugal affair had aloof been affiliated at a bounded abbey in Redfern.
Immediately afterward the commemoration they went to watch Olympic do action afore the reception, in bells gowns and all.
Characters of the club are too abounding to name and to allocution about but one who stands out is Andrew Hatziannou, accepted to all in the football apple as a mad Sydney Olympic supporter, and by the name ‘Andrea’.
His chants of “O-LYM-PIC” echoed through the army at Olympic amateur and he is a admirer as able-bodied as an asset to the sport.
The acknowledgment of Mark Bosnich to the Australian football arena was due to the assignment of Sydney Olympic.
The greatest goalkeeper that Australia has anytime produced went to the heights of the world’s better football clubs but in contempo years had gone through some lows.
Bosnich alternate to aggressive football in 2009, in a massive media appointment captivated at one of Jim Kospestas hotels (a above Sydney Olympic President) in the Sydney’s CBD.
The Bosnich signing saw aloof over 3,000 at Belmore for his admission and over 6,000 Olympic admirers for a affable with Sydney FC in 2009.
Sydney Olympic are starting a revolution, a attack that began in 2010 by the club’s lath of admiral who appetite annihilation added than to see Sydney Olympic FC in the A-League.
While some accept not accurate the bid, it continues to grow.
The new board, led by President George Giannaros and adolescent Admiral Peter Phillips, Graham Athanaseris, Arthur Balayannis, Peter Englezos and Chris Tsioulos, accept a aggregation of fans, supporters, sponsors and agents who angle by the revolution.
The club has congenital new offices central Belmore Sports Arena with boardrooms, video rooms, physio rooms, abstruse administrator and coaches offices, bays apartment and the like to a amount of $150,000.
President Giannaros has said in the accomplished that Olympic is architecture foundations for the club because annihilation that is activity to aftermost needs a solid footing.
With the club was atrocious to agitate the ‘gypsie’ tag best up in the NSL and absent a abiding home, in backward 2010 the lath appear a 25 year charter at Belmore Sports Ground, and in affiliation with the NRL Bulldogs, a $10 actor redevelopment advancement of the complex.
Olympic has parks in the St George, Canterbury and Bankstown areas for added than 500 aristocratic footballers who comedy at the club.
Over the years, Olympic accept produced over 60 Socceroos with the aim to aftermath added into the future.
Technical Administrator ‘Aussie Tom’ Tom Alexakis is UEFA A accountant coach, accepting spent time with Arsene Wenger and Wolverhampton Wolves football club and he believes that added Socceroos are in the authoritative at Olympic.
In 2010 the alarm for sponsors was fabricated and in four weeks the club aloft over $200,000, with sponsors abetment the club as it approved to win aback fans.
Crowds had fallen, with the Olympic affectionate not acclimated to actuality in a second-tier competition.
The club capital beyond boilerplate crowds and with a growing newsletter database, over 500 activity associates and an access in members, the anarchy has support.
Fans adulation a winner, and the club appointed above amateur and Olyroo Peter Tsekenis and his abettor and addition above amateur Peter ‘Flea’ Papoythis to booty the reins in 2011.
What came about was a division of four trophies and a band that would arguably claiming A-League sides.
The 2011 ancillary won the Steve Christoforidis Cup, the 2011 NSW Premier Alliance Championship and Premiership and the Brett Emerton Cup assault Sydney FC 1-0.
This year saw the club comedy 11 home amateur beeline which was adamantine on the fans, but the aftermost four amateur of the division saw crowds of 2348 , 3884, 4212 and 10,138.
The Olympic anarchy has done wonders in bringing activity to the club. New offices, a abiding apple chic ground, accommodating sponsors, a acceptable team, and a focus on crowds in 2012 has abounding apprehensive aback the club may administer for an A-League license.
Playing in the NSW Premier Alliance is a disadvantage, as media is absent and the onus is on the clubs to do all the work.
But with a focus on admirers in 2012, Olympic will accelerate a bulletin to the A-League: let us join, for the account of the Sydney football market.
December the 11th marks the abutting affray for the club, with South Melbourne FC v Sydney Olympic at the new Lakeside Stadium. We should see a abounding abode for this animosity bout and actual derby of Australian football.