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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Football’s head office might feel it’s stuck between a rock and a hard place in terms of trying to keep everyone onside, but right now they ought to go into bat for the football family.
It’s been a few weeks since my most recent post on The Roar and as always there’s so much to talk about in Australian football.
It wasn’t that long ago that Matt McKay was the Socceroos permanent makeshift solution at left-back and there seemed no immediate specialist in sight. Now it’s the right side of Australia’s defence where the options appear barren.
It’s Sydney derby time on Saturday. If the Western Sydney Wanderers are to take anything from their trip to the SFS, their front three of Romeo Castelen, Frederico Piovaccari and Jaushua Sotirio need to find the polish and start producing the currencies that count up front: goals and assists.
Not fancied by many to make any impression this season, the three local ‘newcomer’ managers to the A-League all made a flying start in the opening round.
If the A in A-League stood for ‘ambition’ at the start of the 2012-13, when Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono were paraded around Parramatta Stadium to hundreds of journalists and photographers at the season launch, then ahead of tonight’s Season 11 kick-off, the A now stands for ‘austerity’.