Posts Tagged "football"

In every season, across Europe there is always a club or three that enjoy a season above expectations.

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Two long distance goals from Marc Janko and Milos Dimitrijevic condemned Brisbane Roar to their third defeat in three games at Lang Park on Friday night, while the hugely impressive Sydney FC have had their best start to a campaign ever, moving to nine points from their three matches.

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European football, be it the Champions League, La Liga, or the lesser-known leagues around the continent, is a very different breed to anything in Australia.

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Throughout the ages, there have been various sportsmen who have had such an impact on their chosen sport that they have similarly affected the rest of the Australian sporting landscape.

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Brisbane have started their A-League title defence with their worst losing streak in three seasons after being sunk by two Sydney FC wonder goals at Suncorp Stadium.

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Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic says his team risk being branded as big-game flops if they fail to fire against Al-Hilal in the first leg of the Asian Champions League (ACL) final on Saturday night at Parramatta Stadium.

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Al-Hilal coach Laurentiu Reghecampf has scoffed at a suggestion the Western Sydney Wanderers might have the more dominant fan base in this year’s Asian Champions League final.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa could yet face Manchester United on Sunday, according to manager Jose Mourinho, despite the Spain international being told to stay away from the Premier League leaders’ training ground after spending a night in hospital this week.

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MATCH RESULT: Brisbane Roar become just the second team in A-League history to start a campaign with three consecutive losses after suffering a 0-2 home defeat at the hand of Sydney FC.

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Nothing is certain in football. Nothing, that is, except refereeing blunders. They’re an ingrained part of the game, and the constant bane of a football fan.

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It may have been evident from the recent shock loss to Qatar but now it’s official: the Socceroos are at an all-time low.

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Not too long ago Kwabena Appiah was standing in the bowels of Parramatta Stadium, one of Western Sydney Wanderers’ first three signings, wide-eyed and a little overawed at the media attention he was receiving.

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Vice-captain Shane Stefanutto has denied the winless Brisbane Roar are missing Besart Berisha and Ivan Franjic, claiming the A-League champions are as strong as ever.

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Newcastle coach Phil Stubbins believes his side’s last-gasp defensive brain-snaps have masked an otherwise encouraging start to their A-League season.

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Under-pressure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will tackle troubled striker Mario Balotelli over both a half-time shirt swap and a pedestrian effort as Real Madrid ran rampant at Anfield on Wednesday.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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MATCH RESULT: It is the result we were expecting, but painful all the same for those at Anfield. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring and thereby secured Real Madrid’s first ever goal against .

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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.

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