After a nearly 14 hour flight, the voyage through customs and the wait for more than 40 bags worth of gear and personal items, we have finally arrived at our hotel here in Sydney. Sitting right on the waterfront, we couldn't ask for more with the hotel staff and the FFA (The Australian FA) taking care of every last detail.
There were more than 100 fans and media waiting for the players as they got off the bus and made their way to the elevators, stopping to sign autographs and accepting gifts and trinkets from some of the children.
However, there was no time for rest, especially for yours truly, once we were checked in, with breakfast being served straight away, while also having to unpack and our cell phones and internet access sorted.
Straight from breakfast it was over to the Star Theatre to check out where we would be holding our press conference in a few hours time. After a quick shower and change, it was down to the press conference where Ruud, David and Landon were joined by Sydney FC players Tony Popovic, Juninho and coach John Kosmina.
Next, it was up to lunch before we got some time off to post this.
We're off to training now but we'll have a full report of Ruud's first training session with the club and much more, including a Chris Albright photo gallery...he was the photographer for us on the flight out!!!
More to come.