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Mustafa Amini receives possesson from the left wing at Randers Stadion, taking the ball into the penalty box while simultaneously evading a sliding challenge from an opposing defender.
More than 400,000 football fans have attended seven matches across five cities during the post- and pre-season in Australia. While the numbers were impressive, there are still question marks about what the whole charade will achieve for football in this country.
The life of a professional footballer is supposed to be all roses. Paid for kicking a ball around a field, often quite handsomely, travelling to all corners of the globe and, if you’re lucky, pulling the adoration of thousands of fans.
As Robin van Persie broke Aston Villa’s offside trap, all the time his eyes fixed upon Wayne Rooney’s delicate long ball from beyond the halfway line, there was a sense of anticipation around Old Trafford.
Unpaid player wages, snubbing competitive football matches, an uncertain financial future and corporate sponsors fleeing. No, Gold Coast United have not returned to the A-League, welcome to the current daily existence of the Brisbane Roar.
A late scrappy goal may have ended the Matildas’ World Cup dreams in the early hours of Sunday morning, yet their memorable campaign has given women’s football its biggest push yet in the rush for column inches and relevancy in Australia.