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Give A-league referees a full-time chance of success

Nothing is certain in football. Nothing, that is, except refereeing blunders. They’re an ingrained part of the game, and the constant bane of a football fan.

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A-League expert tips and predictions – Round 3

Well… While we might call this the A-League expert tips and predictions, there’s not been much expert about the tipping and predicting so far.

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Socceroos slump to new low

It may have been evident from the recent shock loss to Qatar but now it’s official: the Socceroos are at an all-time low.

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Not too long ago Kwabena Appiah was standing in the bowels of Parramatta Stadium, one of Western Sydney Wanderers’ first three signings, wide-eyed and a little overawed at the media attention he was receiving.

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Vice-captain Shane Stefanutto has denied the winless Brisbane Roar are missing Besart Berisha and Ivan Franjic, claiming the A-League champions are as strong as ever.

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Newcastle coach Phil Stubbins believes his side’s last-gasp defensive brain-snaps have masked an otherwise encouraging start to their A-League season.

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Under-pressure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will tackle troubled striker Mario Balotelli over both a half-time shirt swap and a pedestrian effort as Real Madrid ran rampant at Anfield on Wednesday.

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Melbourne City should have been upfront about David Villa

“The circus comes to town and then leaves.” So said Scott Munn, the chief executive of the club then known as Melbourne Heart, more than three years ago.

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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic admits the Asian Champions League final has been his No.1 priority this season as he finally gets the chance to focus fully on Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal.

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His club’s incredible 4-0 victory in the most recent A-League Melbourne derby might have brought the house down, but it doesn’t impress Melbourne City defender Robbie Wielaert.

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Sydney FC defender Nikola Petkovic will miss his side’s A-League clash with Brisbane on Friday night after the match review panel dismissed a review of his controversial red-carding in the Sky Blues’ loss to Adelaide on Tuesday night.

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Melbourne City’s marquee player injury curse has struck again with Robert Koren ruled out of A-League action until at least December.

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David Villa to leave Melbourne City after Round 4 – return doubtful

David Villa, Melbourne City’s Spanish star and one of the best players to grace the A-League, will depart the club after Round 4 to head to New York.

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Wright’s sights on Asian Cup bow

As Bailey Wright sat in the Craven Cottage change room just moments away from making his Socceroos debut, he must have taken a minute to revel in his achievement.

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Al-Hilal, who?

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Two goals extra time goals from Bruce Djite have booked Adelaide United’s spot in the FFA Cup semi-final as the Reds beat 10-man Sydney FC 3-1 at Allianz Stadium.

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Wanderers' fans rejoice in A-League season 2013/2014 (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Liverpool will look to midfielder Joe Allen to lead the team this year.

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The Roar of the crowd

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Brisbane Roar vs Sydney FC: A-League live scores, blog

Defending champions Brisbane Roar are out to halt a miserable start to the season when they host third-placed Sydney FC. Join The Roar from 8:00pm (AEDT) for live scores and coverage.

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Round 3 of the A-League will be poetry in motion

Brisbane host Sydney to kick off Round 3, as the winless champs look to get one over the famous FC.

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A-League preview and talking points: Round 3

By John Davidson, 23 Oct 2014
A-League preview and talking points: Round 3

An on-fire Andy Keogh, a pulsating Sydney derby and an unbeaten Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory. Round 2 of the A-League delivered big-time and there is more to come this weekend.

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The Derby derby: Is Sydney bigger than Melbourne?

By Daniel Nichols, 23 Oct 2014
The Derby derby: Is Sydney bigger than Melbourne?

A week after the the goals, the amazing crowd scenes, the noise, and the controversy of the latest instalment of the all-Sydney clash, the focus shifts to Melbourne for the southern state’s derby.

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[VIDEO] Liverpool vs Real Madrid highlights: Champions League scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: It is the result we were expecting, but painful all the same for those at Anfield. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring and thereby secured Real Madrid’s first ever goal against .

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David Villa and the City Group have made a mockery of the A-League and everything Australian football has built over the last 10 years.

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I’m writing against the grain of popular opinion; I think that Ben Williams got it spot on in sending off Sydney FC defender Nikola Petković in the FFA Cup quarter final against Adelaide.

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First, there was Italian Benito Carbone, who played three guest matches for Sydney FC. Then Brazilian legend Romario played four guest matches for Adelaide United.

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Who’d be a coach? Me, actually…

By Simon Smale, 22 Oct 2014
Who’d be a coach? Me, actually…

The career of a professional sports coach is complex, and fraught with uncertainty.

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[VIDEO] Sydney FC vs Adelaide United highlights: FFA Cup scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Adelaide United 3 Sydney FC 1

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EPLextra episode 12: Eight is great if you’re a Saint

It’s not every week you get eight goals scored against a Premier league team, but unfortunately for Sunderland fans, they decided to help their opponents out.

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[VIDEO] West Brom vs Manchester United highlights: Premier League scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Just when we thought Manchester United were getting into a rhythm and had started to build some momentum they appear to be back to the drawing board as they escape the Hawthorns with a 2-2 draw against West Brom.

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Burnley fail to finish and are punished by West Ham

By Evan Morgan Grahame, 20 Oct 2014

Sean Dyche’s squad is the least glittering in the league and the financial restrictions under which he must try and work are suffocating.

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Sydney Derby provides a magical night of football

You know it’s going to be a magical evening when the seemingly impenetrable iron fence blocking your shortcut across Moore Park suddenly loses one of its bars, allowing you to squeeze through the gap like a wizard entering Diagon Alley.

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Forget code wars – Growth is the key for football

If I could get a dollar for every time I’ve heard of a comparison between Football and the other codes in Australia, particularly in the last couple of months, I’d be a very rich man.

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A-League Round 2 wrap: Goals a plenty, as attendance records broken

The working week ahead is always made more pleasant when your team takes home all three points.

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates the opening goal during the 2013 pre-season tour match of Liverpool FC against Melbourne Victory at the MCG in Melbourne. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell)

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Brisbane Roar player Massimo Murdocca beats Perth Glory player Bas Van Den Brink. AAP Image/Patrick Hamilton

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David Villa of Melbourne City FC celebrates after scoring a goal during their round one match against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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Besart Berisha of Melbourne Victory takes on Michael Beauchamp of Western Sydney Wanderers

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring

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Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

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Everton's left-back Leighton Baynes has been a mainstay for the Toffees.

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Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero

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