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Sydney FC’s new marquee signing only heard of the A-League when Alessandro Del Piero was lured to Australia.

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Sydney FC unveil marquee Marc Janko for 2014/15 A-League season

Austrian captain Marc Janko has been named as Sydney FC’s international marquee signing and Alessandro del Piero’s replacement for this A-League season.

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Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper wants Socceroos youngster Massimo Luongo to step up and become a leader at the English third-tier outfit.

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FFA Cup’s outstanding opening night shows potential of a connected football

Great crowds, atmosphere, play, goals and coverage, mixed with send-offs, penalties and interest aplenty. As far as opening nights go, the FFA Cup’s introduction to Australia could hardly have gone better.

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A host of fresh faces at Western Sydney has coach Tony Popovic feeling like he’s back preparing for the club’s first A-League campaign in 2012.

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The FFA Cup commenced with a flurry of goals across Tuesday’s four games with former national champions Sydney Olympic and Brisbane Strikers both securing come-from-behind wins.

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Sydney FC should avoid signing a high-profile marquee

Graham Arnold’s revolution at Sydney FC is almost ready to begin. The A-League winning coach has cut free the deadwood, made some impressive signings and pre-season is well underway.

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The FFA Cup: It’s real, and it’s spectacular

Football is such a political game in Australia that sometimes, supporters forget to stop and smell the roses. Tonight, they will be in full bloom.

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FFA Cup another giant leap for football in Australia

The day is nigh. Another chapter is being written in the increasingly busy book of Australian football.

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A Spanish judge has rejected a prosecutor’s request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.

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Some of the fallen giants of Australian soccer will return to the spotlight when the inaugural FFA Cup commences on Tuesday.

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Germany’s World Cup-winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger apologised on Monday after footage emerged of the Bayern Munich star making derogatory comments about Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.

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Spanish La Liga side Malaga were left frustrated after watching a series of golden chances go begging in their 1-1 draw with Perth Glory in Sunday’s soccer friendly at nib Stadium.

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Manager Sam Allardyce says West Ham’s new, more expansive style is still a work in progress after the English Premier League team on Saturday fell to their second defeat in three days in New Zealand.

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Some sweet strikes and a dose of luck helped Spanish club Malaga CF trounce Adelaide United 5-1 in an international soccer friendly on Friday night.

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Brazilian superstar Neymar’s brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 per cent the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on auto-pilot, according to Japanese neurologists.

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Colombia's James Rodríguez

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Seattle Sounders Make-a-wish

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Sydney FC don’t need Janko

By Brian Orange, Today

Sydney FC has signed Austrian captain and central striker Marc Janko as their marquee player for the 2014-15 A-League season.

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Life is made up of experiences. Some memorable, some forgettable. Football has given me many enjoyable times.

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Why I left my heart in Brazil

By Domenic Trimboli, 31 Jul 2014 New author!
Why I left my heart in Brazil

It’s 3:00am and I’m walking along Copacabana beach. It’s the sort of night that belittles winter as we know it. It’s lukewarm and gentle, and there’s a shorts-and-thongs type breeze flowing across the bay.

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Will Ange select cut Socceroos for the Asian Cup?

By Michael Georgiou, 31 Jul 2014
Will Ange select cut Socceroos for the Asian Cup?

The Asian Cup is fast approaching, kicking off at the start of 2015, and Ange Postecoglou and his Socceroos are thinking ahead to the tournament.

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Eibar: The little club that could

By peeeko, 31 Jul 2014

What do FC Barcelona and SD Eibar have in common? Two things. Firstly, they play in the same colours.

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A fresh new perspective for Australian football

Football on a Tuesday night? At a decent hour, featuring attractive and attacking football? It’s fairytale stuff, is this real life?

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FFA Cup embraces football’s family

By Andrew Macdougall, 31 Jul 2014

We had waited long enough, and finally it arrived. The FFA Cup Round of 32 got underway on Tuesday night.

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Although the promotion for the opening night of round of 32 fixtures for the inaugural FFA Cup was nothing to write home about, the games themselves – all of which contained semi-pro state teams – certainly was.

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As a new Premier League season approaches, the question is always asked. Who outside the top four can break into the Champions League?

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Semi-professional, fully committed: The FFA Cup could be won by an outsider

With the FFA Cup set to kick off tonight, fans will flock to support their local teams at suburban grounds, while thousands more will set up camp in their living rooms to watch live on Fox Sports.

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Coming to the Roar: EPLextra – a fan-made football podcast

As the opening weekend of the 2014-15 English Premier League season rapidly approaches, The Roar is excited to announce a new addition to the website.

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How strong is the A-League? Wellington’s win says it’s better than you think

It may have only been a pre-season friendly, but Wellington Phoenix’s 2-1 victory over English Premier League side West Ham provided an impressive sign of how far the A-League has come since its inception in 2005.

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From one cup to another: Australia prepares for the FFA Cup

No, I’m not over it yet either. The 2014 FIFA World Cup was a magnificent month for football fans. The Brazil edition was certainly one of the best ever.

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A-League’s unpredictability great for football in Australia

It is still 76 days until A-League version 10 kicks off, and already the teams are starting to take some shape. One thing is for certain ahead of 2014-15 – fans should expect the unexpected.

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Is Gareth Bale correct about La Liga?

By Steven McBain, 25 Jul 2014

Times are good at Real Madrid. They have just lifted La Décima, and over the summer they have added two of the shining stars from the World Cup.

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How will the FIFA World Cup affect the A-League?

The reporting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw football treated as a mainstream sport for the first time in Australia. Reporting was balanced and many negative stories were ignored when they could have been highlighted.

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Colombia's James Rodríguez

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Graham Arnold watches the game unfold

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Manchester United will again rely on the strikepower of Robin van Persie up front.

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Mario Balotelli against England (Source: Wiki Commons)

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Tim Cahill celebrates his amazing goal

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Luis Suárez's shirt awaits him at the Camp Nou.

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Germany lift the World Cup after their 1-0 win over Argentina in the final

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