From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
It’s home sweet home for Melbourne Victory this month as they play five straight at their AAMI Park base.
Socceroos stalwart Mark Bresciano will put his spot at next year’s World Cup at risk by appealing a four-month suspension for an alleged illegal transfer.
Andrea Migliorini’s sensational brace against Adelaide finally has Melbourne Heart feeling they can find the back of the net, but Western Sydney gloveman Ante Covic says he’s ready for whatever the Italian midfielder throws at him when they clash on Saturday.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says Australia will put up a fight at next year’s World Cup regardless of the quality of their opposition.
Most A-League teams would sweat on former Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller’s return from injury.
Perth Glory have suffered a major double blow, with defender Steve Pantelidis quitting the A-League club and star striker Shane Smeltz ruled out for up to four weeks with an ankle injury.
In a few decades’ time when someone writes a novel commemorating the first 50 years of the A-League, debate will raise over the moment which caused the greatest boom in Australian football.
You’d never guess from the celebrations that Melbourne Heart was a club rooted to the bottom of the A-League table.
Perched in third spot, Sydney FC feel like genuine A-League title contenders and midfielder Matthew Thompson says the suspensions and injuries plaguing the side can also provide an advantage.
Fans flocked to stadiums in record numbers to watch the A-League’s opening round this season, but now just seven weeks later attendance figures have more than halved.
Both Chelsea and Manchester City have capitalised on Liverpool’s shock defeat by Hull to leapfrog the Merseysiders and close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Every so often a pundit comes along who sees the game with such clarity, it becomes impossible to ignore their force of conviction. One such pundit is Twitter sensation @USASoccerGuy and he has run the rule over the A-League in an exclusive interview for The Roar.
Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond rates his potentially lethal strike force of England veteran Emile Heskey and young gun Adam Taggart as a work in progress.
Cool heads in front of goal will be the focus for the Wellington Phoenix after they couldn’t put the Western Sydney Wanderers away despite dominating their A-League clash.
Record books were re-written for both good and bad as Brisbane Roar continued their tenure at the top of the A-League after eight rounds.
Reigning A-League champions Central Coast Mariners have suffered another personnel blow with long-serving sports science boss Andrew Clark following ex-coach Graham Arnold to Japan’s J-League.
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“Every season you can look at Ryan Giggs moments, and to be playing so well at his age is terrific as well – a great example to young players about how you should dedicate yourself throughout your career.” – David Moyes
It’s a concept that has slowly been discussed over the years, with many European club presidents and coaches suggesting that UEFA should allow the best clubs to partake in a Europe-wide Super League.
In recent weeks debate has arose surrounding the feasibility and right of the Central Coast Mariners’ strategic move into Sydney’s northern suburbs.
Everton will look to give their top four hopes a massive boost when they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in what should be a cracking contest. Join us for live scores and commentary from 6.45am AEDT.
Heading into the 2014 World Cup draw this weekend, many media personalities point out that the Socceroos rank last in the rankings of all 32 teams heading to Brazil.
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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has made it clear to World Cup aspirants that they need to be playing regular football if they want to be on the plane to Brazil.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on this site with regards to whether the FIFA World Cup should expand to 40 teams. Football fans who responded to that article in the main favoured the World Cup to remain as a 32-team tournament.
After successful club friendlies in Australia which had Manchester United and Liverpool play against the A-League All Stars and Melbourne Victory respectively, I’ve wondered whether the Premier League should nominate one round per season where the teams can play at a stadium of their choice in the world.
This Saturday sees the 2014 FIFA World Cup group draw held in the Brazilian city of Bahia, and collective breaths are being held as we wait to see who the Socceroos will come up against.
Nearly two weeks have passed since the latest drama involving Socceroos captain Lucas Neill. Although the media coverage has died down, the question remains: Is Neill’s spot in the side still tenable?
As a long suffering true believer and student of football, I have to pinch myself sometimes to see if what I’m watching is actually really happening.
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Time and time again in the A-League, coaches have shakily begun their coaching tenures and within five games have fans breathing down their neck to be sacked.
Doom and gloom seemed to be in the air at the Emirates Stadium in mid August when Antonio Luna slotted the ball into the net to cap off an fantastic 3-1 away win for Aston Villa against Arsenal on the opening day of the season.
Liverpool fell to a 3-1 away defeat to Hull overnight, seeing them slip to fourth place on the Premier League ladder, seven points behind leaders Arsenal who maintained the pace with a 3-0 defeat of Cardiff on Saturday.
Arsenal has enjoyed a memorable week. A solid home victory against Marseille in the Champions League, followed by a convincing 3-0 away victory at Cardiff has seen the Gunners book their place in the Champions League round of sixteen and go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi will be desperate to see his side pick up three points when they take on fellow strugglers Adelaide United at AAMI Park this evening. Join us for live scores and commentary from 5.00pm AEDT.