Posts Tagged "A-League"

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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Australia loves a renovation.

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The arrival of ex-Italian international Massimo Maccarone could not stop Melbourne Victory thrashing Brisbane Roar 5-1 in their FFA Cup Round of 32 clash at Perry Park.

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This year shapes as critical in football’s future. FFA signed 20-year agreements with all nine Australian A-League clubs in 2014, giving the owners a 20-year license, providing security and stability, thus making the owners more likely to invest in their clubs long-term.

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David used the thumb recognition sensor on the arm rest of his lounge to turn on the projector.

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Moneyball is a 2011 sports drama. It revolves around the true story of Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane and assistant Peter Brand, a Yale economist, who revolt against traditional baseball logic and build a team of ragtag misfits based off mathematical algorithm.

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Having seen his team routinely beaten by Heidelberg, Kenny Lowe must have felt a foreboding shudder rumble through him. Ken Athiu’s goal, punched into the top corner, may not be the only serving of public embarrassment served up to Lowe and Perth this season.

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A-League icon Thomas Broich has begun his coaching career in Brisbane — but not with the Roar.

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The Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix will kick off their charge towards the new A-League season with their opening games of the 2017 FFA Cup. Catch all the live scores, highlights and action on The Roar from 7:30pm (AEST).

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The A-League has learned the hard way that producing attractive and entertaining football does not always get people through the gates.

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The A-League is often compared to other leagues around the world but it isn’t as big as it can be.

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It’s a good thing we have the FFA Cup to distract us from our off-field issues, because Football Federation Australia’s laundry list of problems keeps growing by the day.

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As A-League teams around the league joyously announce new signings, fresh names perfumed tentatively with the scent of hopeful expectation, Sydney FC are sitting off to one side, quietly and contentedly out of the spotlight.

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When European managers come to the A-League, often the first thing they are puzzled by is our persistence in utilising a salary cap system.

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Socceroos midfielder James Troisi insists Melbourne Victory was always his preferred home after signing on with the A-League runner-ups.

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The last few champion A-League teams – Sydney last season, Adelaide the season before, the great Victory and Brisbane teams – have all had at their creative hearts a foreign playmaker.

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Melbourne City have signed midfielder Stefan Mauk but are playing a waiting game on Socceroo James Troisi as the A-League club look to build a squad to challenge for the title.

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A-League hopefuls, including South Melbourne, could be waiting until 2018 until they learn FFA’s criteria to enter the competition.

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