Tony Tannous, "The Round Ball Analyst", is a Sydney-based freelance football writer of all things technical and tactical, and has been covering Australian and international football for over 20 years. Tony is a pioneer of football analysis downunder, having started Australia's first football blog, "The Round Ball Analyst", in 2006, and has been an integral part of The Roar since 2009.
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Much of what went on in the terraces at Etihad Stadium was about flexing some muscle to send a message about who is the biggest club in the land. Those Wanderers fans who took it too far have since received an unequivocal message to pull their heads in.
To say it’s one of the most anticipated games of the season would be underselling tomorrow night’s clash at Wanderland between the top two, the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City.
When the Western Sydney Wanderers arrived on the A-League scene it promised to represent the region’s best values of hard work and honesty, rather than encourage one of the biggest problems in the region, gambling.
It’s been a crazy old year for the round ball game in Australia. From the highs of the Asian Cup and the win by the Socceroos on home soil in January to the fan walk-outs and boycotts of the A-League earlier this month, drama hasn’t been too far from the surface.
The one thing that’s struck me watching the Western Sydney Wanderers this season is just how calm and composed everyone is, and much of the credit for that appears to lie with the three-pronged Spanish anchor on the field and their little compatriot sitting next to Tony Popovic on the bench.
Right now, if you were looking for leadership and where the power lies in the round ball game in Australia, you’d be hard pressed to go past the Melbourne Victory and Australia’s football fans.