Between them they’ve taken on the might of Manchester United and Mexico, but now Central Coast Mariners defensive duo Josh Rose and Storm Roux will combine for a crack at Italian heavyweights Juventus.
On Tuesday evening, the pair were confirmed as two of the first six Hyundai A-League stars selected by fans to join the legendary Alessandro Del Piero in the Foxtel A-League All Stars 2014 squad.
The Foxtel A-League All Stars, to be mentored by Adelaide United-s Josep Gombau, will take on Antonio Conte-s men in a friendly at Sydney-s ANZ Stadium on Sunday 10 August.
For Roux – already a New Zealand international at just 21 – the nod to joust Juventus marks his first selection in the Foxtel A-League All Stars squad.
Indeed, Roux enjoyed a breakout campaign under Phil Moss at the Mariners last season, starring in the spot vacated by Pedj Bojic when he signed for Sydney FC.
For Rose – the outstanding left back in the Hyundai A-League over the past four years – his call up for the clash against ‘the Old Lady- marks his second selection in the Foxtel A-League All Stars squad after he lined up in the inaugural match against Manchester United last year.
“It-s fantastic,” Rose said. “I think last year when I made it I said it-s a great reward for all of the hard work, and same again this year – it-s something to look forward to and something that I-ll remember forever.”
“It-s a great opportunity for the A-League guys, a chance to enjoy the experience and test ourselves against world class opponents,” he said.
The remaining fan voted players in the Foxtel A-League All Stars 2014 squad will be announced throughout this week.
And more Mariners may yet feature against Juventus as Head Coach Gombau has four (4) wild card picks.
The Foxtel A-League All Stars- match against Juventus FC will be broadcast live and exclusive on the Seven Network nationally on Sunday 10 August.
For all the news on the Foxtel A-League All Stars, please visit www.a-leagueallstars.com.au.
Match Details Foxtel A-League All Stars v Juventus FC Sunday 10 August 2014 ANZ Stadium, Sydney Kick-Off: 7:30 pm AEST