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How Japan match up against the Socceroos

For both teams striding out onto the Saitama Stadium pitch on the 31st – the Japanese soaking in the whoops and roars of the home crowd, the Roos doing their best to shut them out – the significance of the fixture will be firmly in mind.

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Socceroos are “overweight”: Sepp Blatter

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter reckons the Socceroos are “overweight” and are built more like a rugby team.

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Ronaldo labels five-match ban ‘ridiculous’

Cristiano Ronaldo has called his five-match ban for pushing a referee “exaggerated and ridiculous” and claims he is being persecuted after failing to have the sanction overturned on appeal.

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Roar and Against: The A-League should follow the EPL and ditch the finals

And so the Premier League is underway for another season. Ahead of us is nine months and 38 rounds of football to crown the finest club in England.

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Ange Postecoglou names 30-man Socceroos squad for critical World Cup qualifiers

Ange Postecoglou has unveiled an initial 30-man Socceroos squad for their crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

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Ronaldo scores winner, takes of shirt, pushes referee and gets five-match ban

Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five matches for pushing the referee after he was shown a red card against Barcelona in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first leg victory on Sunday.

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In the midst of this governance farce, it’s time for fans to take back football

If self-interest lead to the demise of the National Soccer League, then Football Federation Australia is in danger of dying a similar death by a thousand self-inflicted cuts.

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FFA congress skullduggery a rank distraction

So when will the mini-series come out? What Logie-baiting cast will be assembled and to what depths of melodramatic villainy will they have to sink to do the whole noxious affair justice?

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Mixed fortunes for Mooy, Ryan on EPL debut

Life in the Premier League has got off to a flying start for Aaron Mooy and Huddersfield Town while Mat Ryan’s Brighton suffered a reality check at home to Manchester City.

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Victory’s system arranged around a robust trunk

It seems unkind, and a little cheap, to label Joe Caletti and Matt McKay’s performances in their 5-1 FFA Cup loss to the Melbourne Victory as lightweight, considering the modest stature of the two.

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FIFA leaves Australia without completing deal

The future of Australian football rests in the hands of FIFA after accusations FFA chairman Steven Lowy twice derailed political consensus over an extraordinary 24 hours.

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Okon masterminding a Mariners renovation

Australia loves a renovation.

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Victory beat Roar in lopsided FFA Cup tie

The arrival of ex-Italian international Massimo Maccarone could not stop Melbourne Victory thrashing Brisbane Roar 5-1 in their FFA Cup Round of 32 clash at Perry Park.

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Brisbane set to emulate Ange’s infamous 3-4-3 system

Brisbane’s Brett Holman says the controversial back-three defensive structure used by the Socceroos could be successfully employed at the A-League club this season.

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Massimo Maccarone set for FFA Cup appearance

Italian striker Massimo Maccarone will play for Brisbane against Melbourne Victory in Wednesday’s FFA Cup clash, after receiving a last-minute visa clearance.

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Women are undoubtedly the future of football

Instead of writing long-winded screeds about the state of the game, Football Federation Australia would be better off making the Matildas the new face of Australian football.

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Chelsea celebrate their 2016-17 EPL title

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Paris and Germany footballer Julian Draxler

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Matildas Football 2017

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The Matildas score a goal against Brazil at the Tournament of Nations

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Thomas Broich celebrates a goal for the Roar

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Lionel Messi and Neymar for Barcelona (photo: AFP)

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Tomas Rogic congratulated by team generic football

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The Roar of the crowd

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EPL Round 1: Five quick takes and Round 2 predictions

The EPL’s first round has come and gone. Here’s what we thought – and what we think might happen next week.

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A Socceroos starting XI to beat Japan

By Ben Sewell, 17 Aug 2017
A Socceroos starting XI to beat Japan

Ange Postecoglou has named his 30-man preliminary squad for the Socceroos upcoming World Cup qualifiers. These are two vital games for Australia as a loss in either game will likely put an end to Australia’s direct World Cup qualification hopes.

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English Premier League Round 1: What we learnt

By Ben Talintyre, 16 Aug 2017
English Premier League Round 1: What we learnt

After a long wait, the EPL is back. Here’s what we learnt from the first weekend of action.

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Last chance for the Socceroos

By Michael Thompson, 16 Aug 2017
Last chance for the Socceroos

Ange Postecoglou has named a 30-man Socceroos squad to take on Japan and Thailand in two crucial World Cup qualifiers.

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Why eight-year-olds fall in love with football

By Stuart Thomas, 15 Aug 2017 Video
Why eight-year-olds fall in love with football

For some reason, sports like to label themselves. Spin doctors construct sexy catchphrases in an attempt, I think, to convince themselves and the rest of the planet that they are indeed the most watchable and purest game.

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Six talking points from Round 1 of the English Premier League

The English Premier League was back again which meant lazy weekends spent missing football were over.

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AC Millan and Tottenham Hotspur: A tale of two transfer windows

The transfer window is one of the busiest times in football. The rumour mill is in full swing and fans, including myself, feverishly hit refresh on BBC sport or any other club pages anticipating news.

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FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Spanish Super Cup leg 1 live scores, blog

Match result: Real Madrid finished all over the top of FC Barcelona en route to securing a 3-1 win that all but secures another trophy for Zidane.

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Lack of Aussies playing regular football overseas a cause for concern

With the new European season already underway, its sad to see that there are very few Australians starting for big clubs across the top leagues around the world, which is alarming for football in this country going forward.

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Why Barcelona won’t get their way with Coutinho or Dembele

Hasn’t it been some huge days of real and fake news surrounding Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona?

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Why are there so many Alvaro Morata doubters?

By Christian Montegan, 12 Aug 2017
Why are there so many Alvaro Morata doubters?

When Romelu Lukaku shockingly turned down the chance to reunite with his old club and move to the red half of Manchester, Chelsea fans were left to wonder if they would ever find the right player to replace outgoing striker Diego Costa.

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How the A-League got it all wrong

By Ben Sewell, 11 Aug 2017
How the A-League got it all wrong

With the ongoing feud between the FFA and A-League owners continuing this offseason, perhaps this has distracted many A League fans from the real issue facing football in Australia today – The A-League’s inability to distinguish itself between a fully fledged independent league or a nursery for bigger European clubs.

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A new system for the Australian football pyramid

With all the talk about expansion of the A-League, I thought I’d have a crack at designing a model system for our league.

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Tottenham playing transfer market catch-up with big spenders

With every other side in the ‘top six’ strengthening their squads, will Tottenham reap the rewards or the repercussions of a lack of spending?

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Premier League week 1 predictions

By Ben Talintyre, 11 Aug 2017
Premier League week 1 predictions

The Premier League is back, so here’s some tips for the first batch of games.

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Grumbles over governance threaten to disrupt football’s growth in Australia

Football in Australia should be on a high.

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City's Aaron Mooy (left) is tackled by Victory's Fahid Ben Khalfallah

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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, left, and Sunderland's Billy Jones battle for the ball

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Lionel Messi and Neymar for Barcelona (photo: AFP)

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Could Australia be thrown out of the AFC?

By Nick Symonds, 9 Aug 2017

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Sydney FC A-League 2017 Grand Final

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FFA Cup winners Adelaide United

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Michael Marrone Adelaide United Football FFA Cup 2017

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