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Enjoy the A-League finals, because they’re here to stay

Finals football is here to stay, and thankfully the destination of the A-League title will be decided where it counts – on the pitch.

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The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Semi-Finals

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.

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Brisbane Roar fuming after bizarre injury to Jamie Young

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.

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Sky Blues receive Ninkovic boost ahead of semi-final

Milos Ninkovic will start Sydney FC’s A-League semi-final against Perth, coach Graham Arnold has confirmed.

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Make no mistake, City will buy victory eventually

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.

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Insult and injury for Roar in ACL

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.

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Pogba ruled out of crucial Manchester derby

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.

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Brosque: Cam Smith unparalleled in Australian sport

The Sydney FC armband fits Alex Brosque a lot more comfortably these days.

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Adelaide snatch dramatic ACL draw at Gamba

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.

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Zlatan: Injuries make me stronger

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.

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Messi magic snatches El Classico win for Barca

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.

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The elimination finals showcased the best and worst of the A-League

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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Lowe talking up Perth’s finals chances ahead of Sydney FC clash

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.

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Your complete A-League semi-finals form guide

MELBOURNE, April 24 AAP – SEMI-FINAL ONE: Sydney FC (1st) v Perth Glory (5th)

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Glorious Perth crush City 2-0

Just like last week, Perth Glory have beaten Melbourne City this time coming away with a 2-0 victory at AAMI Park.

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Melbourne City vs Perth Glory: A-League finals start time, date, squads

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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Nebojsa Marinkovic Perth Glory

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Lionel Messi and Neymar for Barcelona (photo: AFP)

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Brisbane Roar player Thomas Broich

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Gabi of Atletico Madrid

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Thomas Broich celebrates a goal for the Roar

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Brisbane Roar player Thomas Broich

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The Roar of the crowd

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Remembering the contributions of AIS Men’s football to the Socceroos

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.

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Time to drop the finals format from the A-League

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.

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Ten reasons why City will always be better than United

By Janakan Seemampillai, 27 Apr 2017
Ten reasons why City will always be better than United

City and United have been doing battle since 1881. The misconception out there is that United have a superior history to City.

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Muangthong United vs Brisbane Roar: Asian Champions League live scores, blog

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).

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Urawa Red Diamonds vs Western Sydney Wanderers: Asian Champions League live scores, blog

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).

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All things Brighton beautiful

By Sally Freedman, 26 Apr 2017

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.

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Despite half a billion pounds, Manchester remains the same

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.

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Gamba Osaka vs Adelaide United: Asian Champions League live scores, blog

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).

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Rob Holding impresses in Arsenal victory

By Oscar Moore, 25 Apr 2017
Rob Holding impresses in Arsenal victory

Yesterday was a good day to be Arsenal fan for what felt like the first time in months.

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My Premier League team of the year

By Sharif Kalil, 25 Apr 2017 New author!
My Premier League team of the year

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.

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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.

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Melbourne City taking advantage of Geelong’s football passion

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.

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Wenger’s pursuit of English talent lost in translation

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.

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Melbourne City vs Perth Glory: A-League finals live scores, blog

Match result: Just like last week, Perth Glory have beaten Melbourne City this time coming away with a 2-0 victory at AAMI Park.

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Ugo Ehiogu: A sad loss

By Garry White, 23 Apr 2017

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.

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Klopp’s remarkable progression with a comparatively inferior squad

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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Alexandra Natoli of Melbourne Victory is tackled by Laura Alleway of Melbourne City FC in the W-League

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Thomas Broich celebrates a goal for the Roar

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Arsene Wenger is again under pressure to deliver.

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Romeo Castelen Western Sydney Wanderers

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