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Finals football is here to stay, and thankfully the destination of the A-League title will be decided where it counts – on the pitch.
Now things are getting serious. With only four teams (and three games) left this A-League season, the matches are getting very difficult to pick in our expert tips and predictions.
Brisbane Roar could have no choice but to throw untried teenager Tomislav Bilic into the mix for Sunday’s A-League semi-final against Melbourne Victory as they sweat on the availability of back-up keeper Jamie Young.
Milos Ninkovic will start Sydney FC’s A-League semi-final against Perth, coach Graham Arnold has confirmed.
In front of Manchester City executives, as well as Roy Hodgson, Ange Postecoglu, and less than 10,000 others, Melbourne City’s season ended with a weak parp. As the last few trumpets and trombones trailed off, the bandwagon finally eased creakily to a stop.
Brisbane Roar could be down to their third-choice goalkeeper for their A-League semi-final after Jamie Young was injured in a 3-0 defeat to Muangthong United that has ended their AFC Champions League hopes.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss the Premier League trip to rivals Manchester City but the rested Antonio Valencia is set to return, said manager Jose Mourinho.
The Sydney FC armband fits Alex Brosque a lot more comfortably these days.
Adelaide United will need to beat Group H winner Jiangsu Suning at Hindmarsh Stadium on the final match day of the Asian Champions League if they are to advance to the knockout stage of the competition.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is certain his illustrious career will not be ended by the serious knee injury that has cut short a fine first season at Manchester United.
Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal for Barcelona in the final minute of El Clasico to give the Catalans a dramatic 3-2 win over 10-man Real Madrid on Sunday (Monday AEST), leaving the Spanish La Liga title race wide open.
The football on the pitch was outstanding for the first week of the finals, but Football Federation Australia deserve a roasting for their administration off it.
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Now one game away from an A-League grand final, Perth Glory believe a repeat of their desperate play against Sydney FC will earn them a place in the decider.
MELBOURNE, April 24 AAP – SEMI-FINAL ONE: Sydney FC (1st) v Perth Glory (5th)
Just like last week, Perth Glory have beaten Melbourne City this time coming away with a 2-0 victory at AAMI Park.
The second A-League elimination final features Melbourne City hosting the Perth Glory in an exact re-match of last year’s elimination final, with kick off scheduled for 7:00pm (AEST) on Sunday, April 23 at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.
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The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has announced that it will be closing its Centre of Excellence (originally AIS Men’s Football) at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra at the end of the year. It is worth reflecting on the contribution of the AIS men’s program to football in Australia.
This season has been dominated by Sydney FC. To force them to play off for the right to be crowned champions proves once again that the A-League finals are unnecessary.
City and United have been doing battle since 1881. The misconception out there is that United have a superior history to City.
It’s top against bottom in Group E as Muangthong United look to book their spot in the Round of 16 of the Asian Champions League when they host a struggling Brisbane Roar. Catch all the live scores, highlights and action on The Roar from 10:30pm (AEST).
The Western Sydney Wanderers are on the brink of elimination in the Asian Champions League as they face a Urawa Red Diamonds side looking to lock in their passage to the next round. Catch all the live scores, highlights and action on The Roar from 8:30pm (AEST).
It’s official. Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club are flying. They will play in the top flight of English football in the 2017-18 season.
This is a teachable moment. It can educate us about life, about ploughing full-speed down incorrect avenues, about being organic versus the inability to buy the intangible.
Adelaide United are looking to hang on to their Asian Champions League finals spot as they make the trip to the last-placed Gamba Osaka. Catch all the live scores, highlights and action on The Roar from 8pm (AEST).
Yesterday was a good day to be Arsenal fan for what felt like the first time in months.
With one month of Premier League football remaining, teams are still fighting for a top-four finish while others are aiming to stay in the top flight of English football for another season.
It is fantastic from a neutral point of view to see Brighton and Hove Albion securing the first automatic spot for promotion to the Premier League next season.
Melbourne City are slowly but surely winning the hearts of Geelong’s football fans. More and more kids (and adults) are wearing the sky blue and white jersey around town and the club is making a concerted effort to build its relationship with the region.
Arsene Wenger has publicly asked his English players to take control of Arsenal’s future, short and long term. But the longstanding coach has never managed to recruit English players capable of dominating the Premier League.
Match result: Just like last week, Perth Glory have beaten Melbourne City this time coming away with a 2-0 victory at AAMI Park.
So, Ugo Ehiogu. I will be honest and admit that I had entirely forgotten about him until his name came sharply back into focus this morning.
Liverpool’s growth since last season has gone relatively under the radar due to their rough January and inconsistent results against bottom half teams.
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