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Del Piero to get 1st taste of A-League _ in NZ
By STEVE McMORRAN
Associated Press
2012-10-04 02:40 PM
Alessandro Del Piero's ability to revitalize the A-League and breathe more life into Australian football will begin on Saturday, incongruously, in New Zealand.

The ex-Juventus and Italy star, now 37, will travel with the Sydney FC squad for its season-opening match against the Wellington Phoenix in what may be an early and revealing test of the box office buzz which local officials hope the league's most expensive and high-profile signing will generate.

Del Piero's potential A-League debut has already boosted ticket sales in Wellington, New Zealand _ the A-League's only offshore outpost _ where professional soccer has a precarious foothold. But that may only translate on Saturday into a walkup crowd of about 14,000, a faint hint of the crowds he has played for at Europe's great venues.

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