Jet-setting Western Sydney Wanderers to round out 36,500km journey with trips to Wellington and Perth

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4 Dec 2018

The Western Sydney Wanderers haven’t got long to come down from cloud nine as they prepare for the final stretch of a 36,500-kilometre journey over the next nine days.

The Wanderers touched down in Sydney just before midnight on Monday to a sea of red and black supporters after conquering Asia with their 1-0 aggregate win over Saudi Arabian giants Al-Hilal.

But it won’t be long before they have to pack their bags for Wellington, before another short stint at home ahead of the trip across the country for a clash with Perth Glory the following week.

The trip to Perth will round out a 36,500-kilometre trek for the A-League’s jetsetters, who will rack up plenty of frequent flyer points by the end of the season.

Western Sydney, who are at the bottom of the A-League ladder after two losses this season, may play up to 15 games more than some of their finals’ rivals by the time the play-offs roll around.

They played six games in the Asian Champions League just before and after the start of the A-League season, they may play three more at the FIFI Club World Cup and have another six games in next year’s Asian Champions League before the A-League grand final on May 10.

“We all know about the games coming up and how many but that’s something we want,” Wanderers defender Antony Golec said. “We want that headache. That’s fantastic for us.

“This whole ACL experience is fantastic for the community of western Sydney. This makes it even better. Not one player won it. We all won it together. It’s going to be unbelievable to look back in 20 years’ time with a smile.”

After returning from Perth on November 16, they will host four consecutive games at Pirtek Stadium before boarding a flight for Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup in December. Their first match is against Cruz Azul, champions of the North, Central American and Caribbean Association, in the quarter-finals, where a victory will set up a showdown with European heavyweights Real Madrid in the semi-final on December 16.

Their entry into the FIFA Club World Cup means the Wanderers will have to reschedule three of their A-League fixtures for later in the season into what is already a jam-packed calendar.

The Wanderers will hardly have time to get back in the swing of things in the A-League before they again embark on Asia when their Champions League title defence begins in February. Brisbane Roar and Central Coast are the other two A-League teams earning qualification.

The players returned home on Monday to a rock-star reception from the Wanderers’ faithful as 2000 dedicated supporters sang and danced in the terminal to greet the newly crowned kings of Asia.

The Wanderers play their first home game at Pirtek Stadium on November 19 against the Central Coast Mariners, then three more home games against the Newcastle Jets, Sydney FC and their grand final nemesis Brisbane Roar, all in the space of 14 days.

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