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A-League

A-LeagueThe A-League is Australia’s premier national football competition, having replaced the defunct NSL in 2004. Kicking off its inaugural season in 2005-06, the A-League currently features ten teams from Australia and one from New Zealand. The Brisbane Roar are the defending champions after defeating the Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 in extra time in the 2014 grand final. The A-League reaches its 10th season in 2014/15.

The A-League commenced its ninth season in October 2013 with the league scaled back to ten teams after the removal of North Queensland Fury, two years after expansion saw both the Fury and Gold Coast United enter the A-League, and Melbourne Heart following the year after. Melbourne Heart have since been renamed Melbourne City after their takeover by the owners of English Premier League club Manchester City. The Western Sydney Wanderers were the latest team to be added to the league, in 2012/13. In what was one of the sporting stories of the Summer, the Wanderers captured the premiership plate in their first attempt.

Previous winners of the A-League include Sydney (twice), Melbourne Victory (twice), Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar (three times). Currently, the two highest-ranked teams gain entry into the group phase of the Asian Champions League.

2014/15 A-League fixture and draw

A League Articles

Melbourne City should have been upfront about David Villa

Melbourne City should have been upfront about David Villa

by , 23 Oct 2014

“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. He was referring to Harry Kewell, who at the time had just signed with crosstown rivals Melbourne Victory in one of the biggest coups the A-League had […]

A-League preview and talking points: Round 3

A-League preview and talking points: Round 3

by , 23 Oct 2014

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. Here we take a peek at Round 3, which will see the first Melbourne derby of the season, the Roar try and claim their […]

The Derby derby: Is Sydney bigger than Melbourne?

The Derby derby: Is Sydney bigger than Melbourne?

by , 23 Oct 2014

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. As usual whenever a big sporting event happens in either Sydney or Melbourne, fans in each city claim their version of the […]

After the Villa debacle, it’s time to scrap the guest player

by , 23 Oct 2014

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. To promise the Australian public 10 games, and then cut it short for ‘promotional reasons’ is absolutely disgraceful. One can be sure that Frank Lampard’s stint at Manchester City won’t be […]

City out for more derby success

by , 23 Oct 2014

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. The Dutch centre-back said while the scoreline might have been impressive – the performance was not. “If you look back at that game, we started very poor,” he […]

Sydney FC’s Petkovic ruled out of Brisbane clash

by , 23 Oct 2014

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. Petkovic was sent off for a high tackle on Fabio Ferreira three minutes from time in the […]

Melbourne City’s marquee madness: Robert Koren out until December

by , 22 Oct 2014

Melbourne City’s marquee player injury curse has struck again with Robert Koren ruled out of A-League action until at least December. The Slovenian midfielder has suffered a recurrence of a calf muscle injury and coach John van `t Schip says it’ll be four weeks before he can even resume training. “We had big hopes he […]

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

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

by , 22 Oct 2014

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. Villa is contracted with New York City, and is playing in the A-League as a guest stint, with Manchester City the owners to both Melbourne and New […]

Wanderers unconcerned about ACL opponents

by , 22 Oct 2014

Al-Hilal, who? Western Sydney Wanderers might be preparing for the biggest match in their history, but they don’t appear overly concerned with familiarising themselves with their Saudi Arabian opposition for Saturday night’s first leg of the Asian Champions League final. “I wouldn’t have a clue who they are to be honest,” said Wanderers’ defender, Antony […]

Adelaide see off 10-man Sydney in FFA Cup

by , 22 Oct 2014 Video

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. Sydney, who made seven changes to the side that beat Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League on Saturday, played the final 35 minutes of the game […]


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