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Off-field headlines have dominated this A-League season with increased frequency, more so than in the past few years, and Round 7 was no different.
Two years ago Adelaide United were sitting bottom in the A-League, having opened the 2013-14 season with a winless run of eight games. Josep Gombau was under intense pressure from the media and everyone was deriding his belief in possession-based football.
As the Socceroos demolished Bangladesh in a clinical first-half display, there was one player who stood out. Not just for his performance, but for his attitude, hunger and determination.
The Socceroos have been struck with two fresh injuries as they prepare to travel to Bangladesh for a crucial World Cup qualifier, but the team will likely face much tougher mental roadblocks leading up to a potentially stressful trip to Dhaka.
At the end of 90 minutes in Canberra Stadium the Socceroos could have perhaps been 5-0 up against Kyrgyzstan. Ange Postecoglou suggested it should have been 10-0.
The belief that politics and sport do not mix is a flawed concept, as can be shown when people in power grace sporting contests in cheap publicity grabs and princes hand out rugby trophies. So what exactly offends people when a sportsperson makes a stand?