In the case of Adrian Vranic, I need to give full disclosure: I was his coach at Parramatta FC last season when he played in the Under 20s. He is a good lad, dedicated, hard trainer. But he did not have a stand-out season and could not crack more than one first team start, despite being given a lot of chances to impress.
What his signing with DInamo shows is the gap in talent between semi-professional football in Australia and the full-time European leagues is not as great as many would have you believe, and can be bridged with single-minded determination and a desire to play full-time.
That's a good point, Clayts, but the over-reliance on the aerial ball can bring a team unstuck. It may well play to a side's strengths, but an aerial game carries with it a heightened risk of losing possession because the ball is much harder to control in the air. What this does is then give the other side, who may be more technically proficient at keeping the ball on the deck, the opportunity to play through the lines and dominate an opposition through weight of possession. Brisbane Roar won successive titles with this approach. It's not to say that the best sides in the world can't "mix it up." Bayern Munich are great examples of this, and so to a lesser extent are Chelsea. It's just that if a game is played on a pristine surface, it makes sense to utilise it by keeping the ball on the deck where control and possesssion are theoretically easier, and by logic, more chances can be created.
Sorry Dave, don't agree. It was naïve defending from Regan and a clear penalty.