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When Besart Berisha hit a hat-trick for new club Melbourne Victory in the FFA Cup earlier this week you can bet Thomas Broich was feeling some sadness.

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FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert has set a target of the “end of October, beginning of November” to finish investigating the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.

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FFA’s national plan hinges on football reuniting

Following FFA chief executive David Gallop’s address in Sydney on Thursday, where he announced plans to develop a National Plan for the Whole of Football, it appears FFA are now ready to once again embrace old soccer.

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Western Sydney have vowed to be aggressive as they vie to book a place in the decider of their maiden Asian Champions League campaign.

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Everyone involved in soccer across Australia will play a part in making the sport the country’s No.1 under an ambitious new “whole of game” plan.

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Wanderers hold FC Seoul to stalemate

Western Sydney sit in the box seat to make the Asian Champions League decider, holding FC Seoul to a scoreless draw in the first leg of their semi-final clash in South Korea.

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Jerome Boateng has struck a last-minute goal for five-time European champions Bayern Munich in a 1-0 win over Manchester City while 2012 winners Chelsea were held by Schalke in Anglo-German duels in the Champions League.

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State of Football: In forward motion, springing more into Australia’s sporting fabric

This morning, at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay in Sydney, FFA CEO David Gallop will address the media on the current state of football.

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One year on, what do we make of the FFA curriculum?

Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the National Curriculum’s revised edition. There won’t be a celebration but outgoing FFA Technical Director Han Berger will leave his post comfortable with what he’s achieved.

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Fairytales were in short supply in the FFA Cup round of 16 on Tuesday as A-League clubs Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners eased to wins over lower league opposition.

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Italian striker Ciro Immobile has scored his first goal for Borussia Dortmund as the German side produced a dominant performance to outclass Arsenal 2-0 in their Champions League opening group game in Dortmund.

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Former Socceroos great Damian Mori says his Adelaide City side are in the right frame of mind to continue their giant-killing FFA Cup run after their shock win over Asian Champions League semi-finalists Western Sydney Wanderers last month.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Mario Balotelli has the experience required to lead the line when they return to Champions League action for the first time in five years at Anfield on Tuesday.

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Love, a slice of cheese and Haliti’s bare chest: True football returns

With the AFL and NRL finals done for another week, football takes centre stage once again across Australia. Round-ball tragics can rejoice that the magic of cup football will merge with the glamour of continental competition over the next few days.

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Radamel Falcao made his debut as Manchester United belatedly kickstarted their season with a breezy 4-0 win at home to Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.

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Perth Glory’s Kate Gill and Canberra United’s Michelle Heyman both kicked-off the W-League season in goalscoring form to help their respective sides to opening wins and stake an early claim for Women’s World Cup selection.

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Michael McGlinchey of the Central Coast Mariners slips the ball past Nathan Coe of Melbourne Victory (Photo by Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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The Joeys celebrate after scoring a goal against Japan

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Australia's midfielder Massimo Luongo

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The pitch for the whole of football

In bringing football facilities and the quality of pitches into sharp focus in yesterday’s State of the Game address, FFA CEO David Gallop has given the clearest indication yet that the FFA needs to take action on what the game is played on.

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The Spanish, English and German leagues rank as the top-three European leagues by their UEFA coefficient.

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On Thursday, FFA chief executive David Gallop announced, among other things, in his State of the Game address that “a 10-team competition is not big enough”.

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FA tells young Aussies to piss off

By Andrew Collister, 19 Sep 2014
FA tells young Aussies to piss off

If Greg Dyke of the English Football Association has his way, the overseas pathway for young Australian footballers is about to become a lot more difficult.

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Can a team really survive the relegation battle?

By Evan Morgan Grahame, 19 Sep 2014

Those fortunate enough to support a Premier League team that survives the dreaded seasonal drop – the Darwinian culling of the weakest specimens at the end of any given May – spend their British summers and Australian winters contentedly looking forward to the opening day of the next season.

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The FFA Cup brought out the best and worst of football

Viking Park in Erindale. A cold Tuesday night in the nation’s capital, and five thousand football starved Canberrans left their jobs and packed into the ground that resembles that of a League One side in England for the city’s first FFA Cup match.

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There and back again: Five not so jolly English holidays

By Evan Morgan Grahame, 18 Sep 2014
There and back again: Five not so jolly English holidays

Kostas Mitroglou scored a very tidy goal in Olympiacos’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Spanish champions Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

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[VIDEO] Bayern Munich vs Manchester City highlights: Champions League scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The clash of German and English champions proved tight as Bayern Munich prove a touch too good for Manchester City with a cracking goal from Boatang in the 89th minute proving the difference.

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Chelsea vs Schalke: UEFA Champions League scores, blog, result

MATCH RESULT: Schalke have hung on for a vital point at Stamford Bridge, drawing with Chelsea 1-1.

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Western Sydney Wanderers vs FC Seoul: Asian Champions League live scores

MATCH RESULT: The Western Sydney Wanderers come away from the opening leg of their Asian Champions League semi-final against FC Seoul with a scoreless draw – a result they would have wanted.

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Twenty years ago this month, North Ryde Soccer Club almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in cup history against NSL giants Marconi.

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Defensive paucity could derail United and Arsenal

By Evan Morgan Grahame, 17 Sep 2014 Video

There is an American sporting expression ‘offence wins games, defence wins championships’.

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[VIDEO] Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: UEFA Champions League highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: It’s all over in Dortmund, as Arsenal lose their first game of their 17th consecutive season in the Champions League.

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Liverpool vs Ludogorets: UEFA Champions League scores, result

MATCH RESULT: A injury-time penalty to Liverpool‘s Steven Gerrard saved Liverpool in their Champions League opener against Ludogorets.

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[VIDEO] Tuggeranong United vs Melbourne Victory: FFA Cup highlights, scores, blog

Having got through their first match in the FFA Cup against South Hobart FC courtesy of penalties, Tuggeranong United face a much greater obstacle in the Round of 16 when they come up against A-League side Melbourne Victory. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEST).

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Window to the Seoul: What Korea thinks of the Wanderers

This past week, I corresponded with three Korean football fans on their opinions of the Wanderers and the A-League ahead of Wednesday’s AFC Champions League semi-final first leg.

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Close-up of Jose Mourinho

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West Ham players celebrate with Mohamed Diame.

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring

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Mesut Ozil Arsenal

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Graham Arnold watches the game unfold

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White Hart Lane (Photo: Wiki Commons)

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Manchester United's Javier Hernandez

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