Posts Tagged "A-League expansion"

On a cold and breezy night at Wollongong’s WIN Stadium, Sydney FC hosted the Newcastle Jets in a trial as preparations ramp up for season nine of the A-League. The Jets took the game 1-0 thanks to a 53rd minute strike from James Virgili.

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While players from other codes allegedly set dwarves on fire, allegedly punch women in the face, oh, and prepare for high-profile finals series games, the A-League still has more than a month till kick-off.

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Since the A-League kicked off in 2005 opinions have varied from person to person about the quality of footballers coming through the ranks and the quality of international footballers coming from overseas to ply their trade in the A-League.

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I would like to preface this article by mentioning that I was a staunch supporter of Sydney Olympic in the old NSL, and have also firmly booked a seat on the Western Sydney Wanderers bandwagon from the announcement of its creation.

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To mark my one year anniversary of writing articles on The Roar, I’m going to look back at my very first article on the site, ‘Who does Melbourne Heart represent?’

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Football Federation Australia will unveil the draw for the 2012/13 A-League season on Tuesday morning; a much anticipated event given the advent of the league’s second same city derby.

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A-League fans of west Sydney, as a Canberran I’m currently feeling a great deal of jealousy of you and all the excitement surrounding your shiny new unnamed A-League club.

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On the same day that Football Federation Australia announced that Nathan Tinkler’s Hunter Sports Group (HSG) would honour its contract to run the Newcastle Jets, saving the former champions, the governing body heralded a new dawn of collaboration with A-League clubs.

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One week ago, the Federal Government announced an $8 million funding package for the development of football in Western Sydney.

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Another week, another A-League club facing extinction. As the A-League finals series plays out in the background, reminding us that yes, in fact, there’s a sporting component to the league, off field matters continue to dominate as we again question the viability of the league.

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History has been unkind to sporting teams on the Gold Coast. Three rugby league teams, an A-League club and an NBL team have all gone bust. Is it the fault of the Glitter Strip?

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I’m not sure why, but at 4:26am on Thursday, unable to sleep, I was hit with a strong opinion – the new Western Sydney A-League team will work.

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“The day the west was won? Not today,” read Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley’s statement announcing that Western Sydney will have a new club in the A-League next season. Not today, perhaps, but soon.

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As the current season is drawing to a close with the final series still to play and lots of excitement to come in April, one shadow hangs over the A-League – Gold Coast United’s future and thus whether there’ll be nine or 10 teams next season.

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This Sunday sees Gold Coast United play what could be its last ever match. Somewhat fittingly perhaps, the match will be against Brisbane Roar, the same team the played against in their first ever A-League game only three brief seasons ago.

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Since the reformation of Australian football in 2005, there has seemingly never been a more crucial period in the game’s history.

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It’s been a hectic period for Football Federation Australia, the A-League, and notably, besieged outfit Gold Coast United.

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A few days ago Football Federation Australia revoked Gold Coast United’s A-League license mainly due to Clive Palmer’s mismanagement of the club. All we’ve heard about is the battle between Frank Lowy and Palmer. But what about the fans?

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It’s a familiar sight across the globe, with Gold Coast United failing miserably to convert the wealth of one of Australia’s richest men into football success. Stakeholders in Australian football need to start thinking from the ground up.

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It was always going to come to this. Football Federation Australia (FFA) yesterday revoked Gold United’s A-League licence in an attempt to bring to an end Clive Palmer’s one-man tirade against the governing body and put the sorry club out of its misery.

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