Posts Tagged "A-League"

One of the joys of walking around central Sydney at the moment are the posters displaying artworks from the 2017 Archibald Prize. Near Martin Place a poster shows a slender young woman with tattoos on her arm. I recognised the face but couldn’t quite place the name.

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With less than two weeks until the new season kicks off, now seems like the perfect time to put out a wish list of some of the things we’d like to see in Season 13 of the A-League.

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The excitement and demand for new teams to enter Australian football has reached a tipping point, however we must proceed with caution, for there are just as many negatives as positives.

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While Sydney FC fans bask in the glow of their premiership, championship and an unrivalled and stellar season, there are nine other ambitious clubs circling A-League silverware in 2017-18.

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It’s common to choose a team to support based on family allegiances, but what happens when you follow a completely different team to someone else in your immediate circle?

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The Football Federation Australia (FFA) is a distracted organisation that is unable to make strategic decisions to improve the footprint of football in this country.

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As the thirteenth running of the A-League draws ever nearer and excitement builds around what promises to be another gripping season, membership numbers continue to build, new international signings arrive and fresh kits are unveiled.

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Ange Postecoglou is at the crossroads of his Socceroos coaching tenure. After failing to obtain direct qualification to the 2018 Qatar FIFA World Cup, he has been singled-out by many as the major culprit.

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A national second division can be an emotive topic of discussion, especially when it comes to who gets in.

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The head of Fox Australia has welcomed CBS’s takeover of Channel 10. Peter Tonagh said that CBS were in for the long haul and would bring plenty of free-to-air TV knowledge with vast experience from the US market.

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I thought I’d have a crack at a regular column. The football world moves like an express train so every now and then it’s worth getting off at a station and taking a moment to reflect.

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Yesterday morning, Bruno Fornaroli accidentally assumed the role of communications manager at Melbourne City, tweeting out a photo of him posing with Fernando Brandan, Iacopo La Rocca and, most interestingly, Marcelo Carrusca.

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So, to the second half of our reading. Waiting as they are with bated breath and wrung hands, we shall not keep the rest of the clubs on tenterhooks. Again, let’s draw from the deck…

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Sydney FC broke all manner of records in the most recent A-League season but incoming chief executive Danny Townsend says it’s “only the beginning” for the powerhouse.

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Season previews always involve some sort of tentative hoist into the veiled unknown.

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Football is a game of contrasts. Precision, structure and class play an obvious role, as forwards scythe their way through defences, yet professional defenders and aggressive challenges, designed to combat the effectiveness of skilful opposition players, also exist.

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Where have all the commenters gone? With Aaron Mooy scoring the winner for Huddersfield in the EPL overnight, it’s time to put the call out to the football fans who have gone silent on The Roar.

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Steven Lowy finds himself under pressure from all quarters and it’s going to be the fight of his life.

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It seems unkind, and a little cheap, to label Joe Caletti and Matt McKay’s performances in their 5-1 FFA Cup loss to the Melbourne Victory as lightweight, considering the modest stature of the two.

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With the ongoing feud between the FFA and A-League owners continuing this offseason, perhaps this has distracted many A League fans from the real issue facing football in Australia today – The A-League’s inability to distinguish itself between a fully fledged independent league or a nursery for bigger European clubs.

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