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  • The Western Sydney Wanderers have drawn the Hellenic Athletic Club of Darwin in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

    Markus Babbel's managerial career at the Western Sydney Wanderers will kick off in the far north of Australia, as the Western Sydney Wanderers will head to the Darwin Football Stadium at the Marrara Sporting Precinct. Hellenic Athletic Club convincingly won the NorZone Darwin Premier League title only to be beaten after Extra Time in the Grand Final by Darwin Olympic. Their FFA Cup run saw them defeat Darwin Olympic 4-0, University Azzuri 2-0, Palmerston Rovers 5-0 and a demolition of Verdi FC by 9 goals to 0. Their key attacking weapon is Sulav Maskey who was born in Nepal and has played in their national youth teams. 

    The matches will be held over 4 match nights over a month from late July to August. With the FFA's draw tailored to ensure specific combinations of teams the fixtures for A-League team games are Adelaide United vs Central Coast, Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City.

    For the NPL vs NPL Fixtures, the draw is Northcote City vs Devonport, Port Melbourne vs Apia Leichardt, Lions FC vs Olympic FC, Heidelberg United vs Charlestown City Blues, Gwelup Croatia vs Adelaide Comets, Canberra FC vs Broadmeadow Magic, Cairns FC vs Armadale WA, Bonnyrigg White Eagles vs Hakoah East Sydney, Avondale FC vs Marconi.

    The NPL vs A-League clashes are Hellenic Athletic Darwin vs Western Sydney Wanderers, Gold Coast Knights vs Newcastle, Bentleigh Greens vs Wellington Phoenix and Rockdale vs Sydney FC.

    Western Sydney Wanderers have appointed Markus Babbel, confirming the new manager at a press conference this afternoon.

    The former FC Luzern club manager will replace Josep Gombau, who was sacked by the club after finishing 7th in the 2017/18 A-League regular season.

    Markus Babbel, 45, is one of the most high profile coaching appointments in the history of the A-League, having played 51 times for the German National team, with a glittering playing career that included winning the Bundesliga and UEFA Cup with Bayern Munich, the FA Cup & UEFA Cup again with Liverpool and the 1996 European Championship with Germany.

    His coaching career took him to Stuttgart and then to Hertha Berlin, where he won the German 2nd Division title in 2010/11. His most recently appointment was at FC Luzern in Switzerland where he stablised the club back into the top half of the competition before leaving due mid-season after he decided to not renew his contract.

    Babbel spoke at the press conference about wanting a new challenge at the club, "It wasn't a difficult decision to come to the Wanderers, I am looking forward to the challenge". Tomi Juric was mentioned as having sold the club to Babbel, comparing Wanderers supported with the much quieter people of Switzerland. Babell will return to Europe for a brief holiday with his family, before returning to take on the role heading into the pre-season.

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