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Del Piero, Ono, Thompson named in A-League All-Stars side to face Man Utd

Alessandro Del Piero has been selected for the inaugural A-League All-Stars side that will take on Manchester United next month.

The Juventus icon enjoyed a stellar debut season with Sydney FC for which he has been rewarded with selection in the best A-League side of 2012/13 as voted for by an expert panel as well has head coach Ange Postecoglou.

The starting eleven also includes Melbourne Victory star Archie Thompson whilst Western Sydney Wanderers ace Shinji Ono was named on the bench.

The weighted voting system gave 50% to the fan vote, 20% to the Expert Panel vote, 20% to the players via the PFA Team of the Year selection and 10% to Postecoglou.

More than 30,000 fans voted by submitting their starting 11, plus four substitutes.

The Expert Panel included Han Berger, Craig Moore, Tony Vidmar, Mark Bosnich, Stan Lazaridis, Andy Harper, Tom Smithies and Michael Lynch, who all named their starting 11, plus four substitutes.

The Foxtel A-League All Stars will play Manchester United at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on Saturday 20 July.

2013 Foxtel A-League All-Stars side


Ante Covic (Western Sydney Wanderers)


Pedj Bojic (Sydney FC) Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers) Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast Mariners) Adama Traore (Melbourne Victory)


Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar) Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory) Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners)


Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory) Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC) Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory)


Mathew Ryan (Central Coast Mariners), Shinji Ono (Western Sydney Wanderers), Youssouf Hersi (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (Central Coast Mariners)


Ange Postecoglou (Melbourne Victory)

At this point, defenders Patrick Zwaanswijk (retirement) and Adama Traore (injury rehabilitation) are all but ruled out, while Marco Rojas and Mathew Ryan are unavailable because of transfers to foreign clubs.

Under the selection process, Postecoglou will refer to the weighted voting list of players when considering replacements for injured or unavailable players.

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