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Adelaide United’s Sergio Cirio says A-League pre-season is too long

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FFA Cup goal machine Sergio Cirio says the A-League season is still about 10 games too short.

Despite the FFA Cup adding much needed competition time into the legs of professional players Cirio suggested the pre-season is still way too long for his liking.

Nicknamed the Tank, Cirio is hoping Football Federation Australia also adds the Super Cup — a one off clash between the cup winner and champion which is a popular fixture in Europe — to its calendar.


The concept is on the FFA agenda but won’t happen this season.

“Maybe with more A-League teams the league would be more interesting,’’ Cirio said. “The other leagues (in Europe) they have 20 teams and we need more competition.

“That’s something the federation has to have a look at.”

Cirio scored six times in the inaugural FFA Cup knockout competition last year, winning the Golden Boot.

He is frustrated at having to wait another 67 days for the Reds A-League season kick off against Melbourne Victory at Adelaide Oval on October 9.

Especially when his former colleagues in Spain kick off their seasons in 20 days.

Cirio, 30, is hoping to get his FFA Cup campaign off to a flying start tonight when Adelaide plays minnows Darwin Olympic in a round of 32 clash in Darwin.

“I think the FFA Cup is good for everyone because it is an official competition,’’ Cirio said. “The pre-season here is a little bit long, three or four months.

“It’s good to have this Cup before starting the A-League, we can test ourselves and also get fit for the season.”

But Cirio doesn’t believe Olympic will be the walk in the park may expect despite the Darwin side’s part-time status.

“It won’t be easy for us,’’ Cirio said. “They are playing at home, they will want to beat us because it’s just one game and they have a good chance to go forward in the competition.”

Cirio scored most of his 14 goals — eight in the A-League — for Adelaide last season from the left wing but has been shifted centrally and to the right wing in United’s recent friendly games against Manchester City, Liverpool and Blue Eagles.

© 2015 | This article was first appeared in on the 4th August, 2015.

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