Alessandro Del Piero the top draw as A-League kicks off

Australia's A-League has struggled to capture the interest of Australian Rugby League and Australian Football League obsessed fans, but the presence of the international trio could signal a turnaround in fortunes.

updated: October 04, 2012 16:01 IST
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Sydney: The eighth season of Australia's A-League season kicks off on Friday amid unprecedented interest sparked by the signings of overseas stars Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono.

The prized capture of Italian World Cup winner Del Piero has stirred interest in his homeland with a pay television company to broadcast all of Sydney FC's games live.

The Juventus legend, with 91 international appearances, may now be 37 but Sydney FC has secured a coup with Del Piero opting to come to Australia's fledgling A-League rather than play for Liverpool in the English Premier League.

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