Posts Tagged "NSL"
Yesterday afternoon, one of Australia’s fiercest sporting rivalries was played in suburban Sydney. Fans weren’t there to see the Western Sydney Wanderers play Sydney FC, not even to see the Rabbitohs play the Roosters.
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Joe Gorman’s excellent article on South Melbourne’s attempts to buy into the A-League via the Melbourne Heart have raised some fascinating and spirited discussion on the legacy the National Soccer League (NSL).
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There were a lot of National Soccer League sides that could have competed in the upper echelon of the A-League now, according to Sydney FC head coach Ian Crook.
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It is an age-old debate. Is it called soccer? Is it called football? Just as importantly, does it even matter?
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Talking with a Victory supporter the other day about the goings-on in the VPL, I could see the confusion in his eyes. He was thinking visible panty line.
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It is not unprecedented for the wealthy owner of a club to walk away from the game and refuse to play by the rules in place at the time. In 1987 one president did just that after one round of the league season. His name was Frank Lowy.
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The million dollar question for Sydney’s football market is how more Sydneysiders can take to the A-League competition.
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About this time of year I become a sporting outsider in my beloved home town of Adelaide. The footy’s finished, Test cricket is yet to reach its peak domestically, and the national XI are off on foreign shores.
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During the week, the Central Coast Mariners signed a landmark agreement with their association. The Mariners will take over the training for the association rep sides, both boys and girls, from under-11 to under-18.
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If the A-League is to settle on the current 10 teams for the next few years as seems to be the current thinking, then where should Sydney FC play?
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Over the past few weeks, the governance of Australian football, specifically the struggles of the A-League and how to address them, have been hot topics amongst fans, bloggers and journalists.
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Alan Davidson is a pioneer of Australian football. From the humble beginning of Altona, Alan has achieved many remarkable feats in a world which football is his master key. He talks about the current climate Australian football prospers and why we should take a positive outlook on the code.
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I was one of the people who jumped on the Northern Spirit bandwagon during their first season – my first interest in an Australian soccer club. In those days, Friday nights at North Sydney Oval were a huge event, the Bob Stand a cauldron of noise.
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The Australian National Soccer League (NSL) kicked off in 1977 and by 1998 the league had gone through a 21-year roller coaster of football highs and lows.
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The National Soccer League kicked off in 1977, thirty-four years ago this month. As we saw, the NSL was a brave and innovative step in Australian football, creating the first ever truly national football competition.
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1977 has gone down in the football history of Australia as the year that a giant, courageous step was taken. It was the year when football became a national club competition for the first time.
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The National Soccer League of Australia (NSL) was formed in 1977, soon after the euphoria of Australia qualifying for the first time ever for the World Cup finals held in West Germany in 1974.
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I’m sure we’ve all seen those movies where the villain takes on the hero in single combat, and the hero proceeds to take beating after beating, staggering to his feet while the villain exclaims, “Why wont you die?” This is the story of association football at the elite level in Australia.
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I think it is time that all fans of the old NSL (and I was one of them) come back to Australian football, or more specifically the A-League. It is worthwhile returning if only for one reason – to see the Brisbane Roar play.
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Any hope of last-minute salvation was dashed yesterday when Football Federation Australia (FFA) axed North Queensland Fury from the A-League; saving $2 million for the governing body but costing the league a presence in the region and exposing the flaw in the FFA’s expansion plans.
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