FAIRFIELD mayor Frank Carbone is "happy" to offer Western Sydney Wanderers coach and former local resident Tony Popovic a key to the city despite his team being defeated in the A-league grand final on Sunday.
The team made it to their second consecutive grand final in their first two years in the competition.
Cr Carbone said though the team lost 2-1 to Brisbane, their performance, spirit and grassroots links to Fairfield City had connected our community into a tribalism of followers.
"With four minutes to go on Sunday, they were the champions of the A-League but their performance all year has captivated our city and has made them the champions of our city we are all proud of," he said.
"I'm happy for Fairfield Council to consider giving them a key to the city because I think they really represent our area — from the coach to the playing and to the diversity that they have."
More than 10,000 fans went up to Brisbane to cheer on the Wanderers — showing the level of support they have from our locals.
Cr Carbone congratulated the team for their great achievement.
"It really shows how the community has got behind them," he said.
"The team's achievements really encourage a lot of our younger football stars and participants to work hard in achieving their aspirations in sport."
He said his son, Antonio, along with many other young fans, was inspired.
"My son, who always wears their jersey, has now asked me for a Wanderers soccer ball, so it shows the impact they have on our local community and families in general," Cr Carbone said.