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If Ange Postecoglou really is the sort of coach Australia needs, then he won’t care who the Socceroos are grouped with in tomorrow night’s highly anticipated World Cup draw.
Melbourne Heart have bigger problems than whether star midfielder Harry Kewell will be fit enough to play the Western Sydney Wanderers this weekend.
Faced with the least difficult road or the most daunting one paved with the possibility of unfathomable glory, which would you prefer?
Flattery will get you nowhere with Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey.
It’s been a case of the walking wounded at Perth Glory this week, but defender Michael Thwaite still has his heart set on securing all three points in Friday night’s A-League clash with Wellington at nib Stadium.
Preview of A-League Round 9 matches (all times AEDT).
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.
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On paper, tonight’s Round 9 clash between Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar seems equivalent to a David and Goliath battle. Join us for live scores and commentary 7.30pm AEDT.
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Australia haven’t faced an African nation since June 2010, when they drew 1-1 with Ghana in Rustenburg but in Friday’s World Cup Group Stage draw the Socceroos have every chance of being pitted against another of the continent’s sides.
Tomorrow morning at around 3am, much of the world’s population will clamour around televisions to witness the laying of next year’s FIFA World Cup foundation in the form of the group stage draw.
2013 has been a bright year for Caitlyn Cooper. The former Central Coast Mariners captain and two-time Matilda has signed for Western Sydney Wanderers and is feeling right at home.
Picture this: Tottenham and manager Andre Villas-Boas, coming off a 6-0 battering at the hands of Man City, have Man United next up at home.
“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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