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Leeds United announce squad for Australian Tour including game at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday

Leeds United have today confirmed the playing squad that will travel to Australia for their two-game tour in Perth and Parramatta.

The team fly to Perth today to renew old rivalries with Manchester United, before heading to Sydney to face the Western Sydney Wanderers in the historic first football game at Bankwest Stadium.

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Head coach Marcelo Bielsa has split his squad in two, with half heading Down Under and half staying back to continue to work on fitness ahead of the new season.

The squad travelling to Australia is:

  • Kiko Casilla
  • Kamil Miazek
  • Barry Douglas
  • Liam Cooper
  • Stuart Dallas
  • Gaetano Berardi
  • Bryce Hosannah
  • Clarke Oduor
  • Adam Forshaw
  • Pablo Hernandez
  • Jack Harrison
  • Kalvin Phillips
  • Jordan Stevens
  • Mateusz Bogusz
  • Kemar Roofe
  • Patrick Bamford

Bielsa will stay back in the UK until early next week, when he will travel to Perth to be on the bench for the game with Manchester United in Perth.

Leeds players and staff are looking forward to seeing the travelling support and the Australian-based fans in the coming days.

Western Sydney Wanderers name squad for Leeds United game at Bankwest Stadium on 20 July

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has named his squad for next Saturday night’s historic clash against iconic English club Leeds United at Bankwest Stadium.

24 players have been named in the side that will face the storied football club at the Red & Black’s very first match at their new home ground.

Babbel has named a squad mixed with experience and youth with Wanderers fans getting the first opportunity to see some of the club’s new off-season signings don the Red & Black for the very first time.

Daniel Lopar, Daniel Georgievski and Pirmin Schwegler have all been named as well as more recent signings Radoslaw Majewski and Dylan McGowan who touched down in Western Sydney this week.

The Wanderers will be without Jordan O’Doherty and Vedran Janjetovic due to long-term injuries.

Leeds United will be coming into the match next Saturday night off the back of a mid-week friendly against Manchester United at Optus Stadium in Perth.


Western Sydney Wanderers v Leeds United

Saturday 20 July, 7:00pm

Bankwest Stadium

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Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Daniel LOPAR, 4.Dylan MCGOWAN, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Kosta GROZOS, 10.Radoslaw MAJEWSKI, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Mitchell DUKE, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 14.Mathieu CORDIER, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 28.Fabian MONGE, 29.Daniel WILMERING, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 32.Patrick ZIELGER, 40.Nicholas SUMAN

Academy players selected: Mo AL-TAAY, Noah PAGDEN, Lochlan CONSTABLE, Marley PETERSON, Mo ADAM, Jarrod CARLUCCIO

Leeds United fans to take over Bankwest Stadium next month for Wanderers v Leeds

Thousands of Leeds United fans will travel to Western Sydney next month to watch their team play in the historic first football game at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday 20 July.

Around 7000 fans of the iconic English club are expected at the game against the Western Sydney Wanderers with around 1000 Leeds faithful making the trip from England.

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Leeds United captain Liam Cooper says the team can’t wait to get to Australia and see all the fans.

“On behalf of myself and all the players and staff at Leeds United, we want to let you all know how excited we are to be heading to Sydney to meet you all,” said Cooper.

“We appreciate the support you give us all the way from down under and we hope to see you all when we land in July. Take care, we’ll see you soon.”

Leeds’ visit to Australia coincides with the club’s 100th anniversary with celebrations set to begin while they’re Down Under. Sydney-siders will be some of the first to get their hands on the new Leeds anniversary merchandise.

Yesterday the first group of Leeds fans stepped in to Bankwest Stadium to visit the seats they will call home in the southern end of the Stadium on 20 July.

Leeds are well-known for their passionate and vocal support and they’ve promised to bring the noise next month.

Leeds United NSW supporters group chairman Brendan O’Neill believes the fans will make Bankwest Stadium a cauldron of sound.

“The volume Leeds fans bring to any game is off the Richter scale,” said O’Neill.

“Whatever happens, we will always sing loud and proud for our team.

“It’s a great chance for the Wanderers fans to come out and experience the loudest fans in the world.”

Leeds have a strong connection with Australia, and Sydney will be haven for their fans with a number of events planned.

On Friday 19 July, Leeds faithful will swarm to Cheers bar for the official fan party that will feature a host of prizes to be won and a Q&A with Leeds United special guests. Fans can register their interest here.

A pre-match gathering for Leeds fans will also be held at the Commercial Hotel in Parramatta on the day of the game.

Leeds will also begin their 100th anniversary celebrations while on tour.

Safe standing installed at Bankwest Stadium one month out from Wanderers v Leeds

Preparations for the first football match at Bankwest Stadium are well underway with the Australian-first safe standing area installed and tested with just one month to go until the game.

The Western Sydney Wanderers will face iconic English club Leeds United on Saturday 20 July with football fans itching to be part of the historic event.

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A small group of Wanderers Members became the first fans to see the safe standing in action today when they were joined by Wanderers defender Tarek Elrich and Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas at the Stadium.

Only a section of the active support area was tested, but when fully deployed 1260 seats will be removed from Bankwest Stadium’s northern end and replaced with rails to accommodate 1260 standing spaces.

“This is a new beginning for the club,” said Elrich.

“The fans, the players and the coaches all expect results here and hopefully we can fill the Stadium.

“When the fans are out here supporting us we feel that on the pitch and we’d love to see this new active support area packed with the Red and Black.

“Leeds have a very rich culture and they’re a massive club so to have them come out here and play against us in the new Stadium next month is something we’ll never forget.”

Western Sydney Wanderers v Leeds United on 20 July will be the first time the safe standing area is activated at Bankwest Stadium and the first time it will be implemented in Australia.

The dedicated active support area is being hailed as a game-changer for fans and will only add to the Wanderers famous atmosphere.

“This safe standing represents a landmark moment for Australian football,” said Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas.

“It’s something we’ve lobbied for long and hard and now it’s come to fruition. It’s the first time an Australian football team has been able to have a safe standing area, and we’re glad to be leading the charge in terms of active support.

“Tomorrow marks 30 days to go until we play Leeds here and it’s going to be a monumental day for the Western Sydney Wanderers.”

The Wanderers are set to play all 13 home matches at Bankwest Stadium from the 2019/2020 Hyundai A-League season onwards.

The Wanderers’ W-League team will also play matches at Bankwest Stadium from next season.

150 Days until first football game at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday 20 July

150 Days until first football game at Bankwest Stadium

Julian Keith

Today marks 150 days until football comes to Bankwest Stadium with the Western Sydney Wanderers to host English giants Leeds United on Saturday 20 July.

The Wanderers Bankwest Stadium debut will be the first chance for fans to bring the famous Red and Black atmosphere to their new home.

And what better way to introduce football back to Parramatta than with an international fixture against high-flying Leeds United.

Leeds, who currently sit 3rd in the English Championship with a game in hand, are well on track to win promotion back to the Premier League and could visit Sydney having secured their spot in England’s top flight.

Under the guidance of head coach Marcelo Bielsa and behind goals from Kemar Roofe (14) and assist leader Pablo Hernandez (11), Leeds are having one of their best seasons in recent memory.

As many as 5000 Leeds United fans are expected at the game in July, a testament to their strong Australian following.

But make no mistake, it’ll be a Wanderers crowd at Bankwest Stadium on a historic day for football in Western Sydney.

“Our incredible members and fans have waited a long time to see this stadium come to fruition and we cannot wait to play our first match there against a club with so much history and tradition in Leeds United,” said Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas.

“This will be a historic event for the club and the people of Western Sydney and we look forward to working in partnership with the Stadium to bring this match to life.”

The Wanderers are looking to make a late-season run under new coach Markus Babbel which would set up an exciting encounter in July.

The countdown to football’s Bankwest Stadium debut is officially on – make sure you’re part of this historic day.

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Eels v Tigers Easter Monday Blockbuster to be First Sporting Event at Western Sydney Stadium

  • 30,000-seat Western Sydney Stadium to open in April 2019;
  • Fans closer to the action than ever before with the best sightlines of any rectangular stadium in the country;
  • A food & entertainment village outside the Stadium for fans to enjoy;
  • A free family and kids’ play area outside the Stadium;
  • New technology within the Stadium that will deliver an amazing audio and visual experience to enhance the game-day atmosphere and accentuate home-ground advantage.

It’s Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers on Easter Monday 22 April in a spectacular first NRL game at the magnificent Western Sydney Stadium.

The new 30,000-seat Stadium, featuring the steepest grandstands in Australia and offering a lively entertainment precinct, will host home games for three Sydney clubs in its debut season.

The Parramatta Eels, who have played out of the precinct since 1947, will host 9 home games at Western Sydney Stadium in 2019. With the Round 6 Easter Monday event poised to be a first-up sell-out for the new venue.

In quick succession, the Eels then host the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday 5 May (4.05pm kick-off) in Round 8, the Penrith Panthers on Thursday 23 May (7.50pm) in Round 11 and the Rabbitohs on Friday 31 May (7.55pm) in Round 12.

Wests Tigers will play four home games at the new Stadium on top of the Easter Monday game, in which they are the away team.

View the full 2019 Telstra Premiership Draw here.

The Tigers play the Raiders on Friday 7 June (7.55pm) in Round 13, the Rabbitohs on Thursday 27 June in Round 15, the Roosters on Friday 5 July (7.35pm) in Round 16, before they host the Eels in a School Holidays special on Sunday 14 July (4pm).

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will play one home game at Western Sydney Stadium in season 2019 – against the Penrith Panthers on Saturday 3 August in Round 20.

The Bulldogs are keen to give their Members and supporters a taste of the new Western Sydney Stadium, which is likely to host more Bulldogs games while their traditional home ground ANZ Stadium is under redevelopment from 2020.

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