An all-star success: David Gallop
FOOTBALL Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop believes his organisation is ready to capitalise on the huge success of the A-League All Stars' match against Juventus, with another big team set to play in Australia next year.
The All Stars made the football world stand up and take notice of the vastly-improving standard of top-flight football Down Under, with a spirited 3-2 loss to the Italian champions.
Gallop all but guaranteed a top-10 club would travel to our shores for another pre-season blockbuster next year.
"We're already in heavy planning to make sure there's another big fixture," he said.
"I can't exactly announce the team yet, but I can promise it's a big one.
"A club inside the top 10 in the world and it'll be something fans will be really excited about," Gallop added.
All Stars mentor Josep Gombau said he was interested in coaching the team again next year, and went as far as saying Australian football is almost on par with its European counterparts.
"I don't see this difference between Europe and Australia," he said.
"You see the game and ask 10 people who played better, and eight or nine say the All Stars played better than Juventus."