Top five A-League talking points: Round 4

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    With the season now in full swing, each contest is proving vital in the race for the premiership.

    With Sydney having got off to the blazing start, all other teams will need to ensure they don’t switch off and give Sydney a larger lead. With four rounds of action complete, Sydney already find themselves three points ahead of second placed Melbourne City, but with more key match ups taking place in Round 5, there is potential we could be faced with a logjam at the top of the ladder come the conclusion and would create for another week of interesting debate regarding who really are the favourites for season 2016/17.

    With that said, let’s look at the top five A-League talking points for Round 4.

    1. Sydney FC’s start the greatest we’ve seen
    Four games down, 11 goals scored and not a single one conceded – Sydney FC is officially off to the best start any team has had in the competition’s history. Despite the great start, Sydney FC fans remain conscious of getting too excited just yet. They’re quick to remember the start to last season when they also had one of the best starts to a season, yet it amounted to nothing.

    When taking into account their form in the FFA Cup though, things start to look even more impressive. Sydney FC is currently on an eight-match winning streak, and in the process has scored an amazing 22 goals and are yet to concede.

    They say goals win games, defence wins titles, and when you have a defensive back four consisting Alex Wilkinson, Matthew Jurman, Rhyan Grant and Michael Zullo, you’ve got to look to be shaping well as title contenders already – and that is without mentioning the rest of the team.

    What helps make Sydney work so well is their ever-reliable and experienced keeper, in Danny Vukovic. Now playing for his fifth A-League club, I think it might be fair to say he is playing in career-best form. Attributed to Sydney’s having yet to concede, heading into the last match of the round, Danny Vukovic lead the league with most saves with 12.

    With all that said, and their attacking prowess not even delved into, I think it would be fair to say they won’t fade away like last season and have the potential to really run away this season if their current form continues.

    2. The Fornaroli show
    Try as hard as they might, Adelaide had no answer to the might of Melbourne City and Bruno Fornaroli. Unlike many foreign imports before him, it appears there will be no second season blues for Melbourne City’s marquee man. The Fornaroli show keeps on giving as he continues to score at a rapid rate.

    It wasn’t long ago people lauded the arrival of one Besart Berisha. Upon his arrival, he set the A-League on fire like no striker before him. In his first season he scored an amazing 21 goals in 29 matches and helped Brisbane in winning back to back A-League grand finals.

    Besart Berisha currently stands as the third highest scoring striker in the history of the A-League with 85 goals and is only six away from breaking Archie Thompson’s record of 90. Upon breaking the record, which he almost but guaranteed to do, he will have done so in record time. Archie played 224 times to get his 90 goals, whereas Berisha has currently played a total of 134.

    Not many would have thought Berisha’s feats would have been beaten in any short space of time, but Fornaroli had other ideas.

    In his first season of the A-League, he went on to break the goal scoring record by getting a total of 25 goals throughout the course of the whole season (including finals).

    Though, despite his record tally, something was still missing – titles.

    After Melbourne City lost Aaron Mooy and Harry Novillo during the off-season, City fans feared that they would also lose Fornaroli and with it, be relegated once again to fighting to even making the finals. John van’t Schip had other ideas though and although discussions took a while, City got their man and upgraded Fornaroli to marquee status and handed him the captaincy – and he has yet to disappoint.

    At present, Fornaroli now has 29 goals to his name in 33 matches. No striker comes even close to the scoring rate of Fornaroli in the history of the A-League, not even Besart Berisha.

    Though just as impressive is Fornaroli’s work rate off the ball. Against Adelaide it was on display for all to see. He would constantly place himself in positions throughout the whole match which either created opportunities for his team and himself.

    The attention he would draw would create space for players like Brandan and Kamau to have room to move, and when players quickly realised the error in reading the play, the ball would quickly find its way back to the marquee man and well, it is none more so evident than in the first goal scored against Adelaide.

    With four goals already to Bruno Fornaroli’s name and having broken the goal scoring season and overall records, the sky is the limit for City’s marquee man as his aim is to not only score goals this season but win titles. Can he help in taking them all the way this time round?

    Bruno Fornaroli Melbourne City

    3. Brisbane midfield monster Perth
    Going into the match, Perth were one of two teams undefeated after three rounds. Other than letting slip their three-goal lead against Central Coast in Round 1, Glory have been impressive, even knocking off title favourites, Melbourne City.

    Coming to Brisbane, though, history always seems to play a part. With Glory’s horrible away record at Suncorp Stadium, Glory would have to go against the grain in order to win. From kick-off though, history looked as though it would repeat as Brisbane Roar completely dominated the Glory in all facets of the game, but none more so than the midfield battle.

    After Brisbane played out a dour match the week prior against the Mariners, not many would have expected a performance as dominant as this one.

    Brisbane’s midfield duo of Kristensen and McKay were involved in everything. Distribution was a key factor in the Roar’s dominance of midfield and they suffocated the Glory’s midfield, mounting constant pressure through the middle of the park.

    At one stage, Brisbane had asserted their dominance so much that they had a total of 100 completed passes to Perth’s 18. What was also good to see was Jamie Maclaren get on the scoresheet to start his 2016/17 account. With Ange Postecoglou having set the challenge to all Australians, Maclaren will want to improve on last season’s performance if he is any chance of making it into the Socceroos squad once again.

    It was a much needed win for Brisbane as it now has them sitting fifth, only outside of the top four based on goal difference. There is still much more work to do for both sides, but with home matches for both teams set for Round 5, there will be another opportunity for both sides to continue with their run of form and bounce back, respectively.

    4. Wanderers switch off as Mariners begin to click
    The Wanderers conceded four in the second half against Sydney, left it to the last minute to win against Adelaide, blew a two-goal lead against the Jets and were lucky to hold onto a draw against the Mariners. The Wanderers appear to have an issue with the second half and are making it a habit of switching off.

    Whether it is the vast changes in playing roster that took place in the offseason or a mental aspect of their game the players are struggling with, it is something the Wanderers will need to address and rectify quickly.

    The season is already in full swing and each week is proving vital in the race for the premiership. Although Sydney FC have come out of the blocks blazing and started perfectly, no matter how well they’ve played no team is guaranteed the three points each week.

    With Wanderers holding aspirations to once again be title contenders, they will need to bounce back and start winning sooner rather than later. Adelaide’s slow start to last season and their amazing resurgence to win both titles was an anomaly and most likely will not be replicated for some time, but the benefit to Wanderers is that they are no strangers to slow starts and won’t want to leave it until Round 9 to start their hot run of form.

    In their short history, their achievements have been impressive and you cannot write them off, but with each passing week, it is only going to get harder. One loss could make the difference between the top spot or missing out on the finals all together.

    The Mariners, despite not fairing as well on the ladder compared to the Wanderers are faring a hell of a lot better than last season under the guidance of Paul Okon. To be fair, the Mariners were written off by all at the start of the season, though against the Wanderers, they were unlucky not to have won the match as they went close on a number of occasions.

    Despite not yet having won a match, you can see what Mariners coach, Paul Okon is trying to achieve in such a short time with this team. This may not be the season for the Mariners in terms of winning titles or even making the finals, but what they can aim to do is perform more competitively and consistently. Other than their performance against Sydney FC, they are doing just that.

    5. Halloween horror for Wellington
    The traditional pre-Melbourne Cup match between Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix was once again taking place centre stage at Etihad Stadium.

    After being knocked out midweek by Melbourne City in the FFA Cup, Victory would have been hurting and for Phoenix it would have been the perfect opportunity to pounce and claim their first win of the season.

    What took place though was a calamitous effort from the Phoenix. Despite Victory leading 2 nil at the break, the match was still in the balance until Dylan Fox was sent off in the 59th minute. From that point onwards it was just carnage as Victory went on to score a further four goals.

    For Victory it was a much-needed win that will ease the pain slightly of not being able to defend their title in the FFA Cup, but for Phoenix the pressure will continue to mount for Ernie Merrick and his players.

    Having had the pressure placed on them last season by the FFA to perform and show why they deserve to remain in the competition, they have a long way to go at proving why they are an asset to the league when although they have the quality of players to perform, they can not even muster enough of an attack to score from open play.

    The only consolation for the Phoenix is they scored a goal through a penalty. As Barbarouses said pre-match, once the first goal is scored the flood gates will open. Let’s hope he is right as they go back home next week to play in the cavernous Westpac Stadium and will need to show the people of Wellington why they should come and support the club to ensure its longevity in the competition.

    That’s a wrap for the Top five A-League talking points for Round 4. What did you make of the action this week?

    Do you agree or do you have other talking points to add that I have not addressed? Look forward to reading your thoughts Roarers and we look forward to next week in bringing you the top five A-League talking points for Round 5.

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    • November 2nd 2016 @ 7:08am
      Waz said | November 2nd 2016 @ 7:08am | ! Report

      Big analysis there FC ? some thoughts:

      1. Every team would swop places with the smurfs but they’re right to be cautious with Victory, Roar and Glory coming up. Win those though and they might become unstoppable

      2. The table is taking on a familiar pattern even this early in the season will AU be able to repeat last season if they keep dropping behind?

      3. Roar looked like a team that’s played together for the first time on Sunday, but for me the biggest improvement is in defence which looks far more solid than last year.

      4. Wanderers are struggling to put games away, Bullut is now on the fringe so will they have a striker problem all season?

      5. Victory didn’t play well and still scored 6, that should be concerning for everyone else in the comp. Nix on the other hand looked like a team where the coach has lost the dressing room – so much talent just not performing, why?

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        November 2nd 2016 @ 8:51am
        Cameron Kellett said | November 2nd 2016 @ 8:51am | ! Report

        Thanks for the comment, Waz. The analysis and this version was mistakenly published and has since been edited due to copywrite issues. Hopefully it still holds good talking points.

      • November 2nd 2016 @ 11:55am
        Mark said | November 2nd 2016 @ 11:55am | ! Report

        Victory have the same problem City did last season.

        If Rojas, Berisha, Troisi and Austin are firing, they will be unstoppable up forward. But they are very suspect at the back even with all first choice starters playing, and as soon as one is injured or rested they are even more suspect.

        • November 2nd 2016 @ 12:19pm
          pete4 said | November 2nd 2016 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

          Adds to a real blockbuster with Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory this weekend

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            November 2nd 2016 @ 1:08pm
            Bob Brown said | November 2nd 2016 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

            Got my tickets, selling well and should get 20K+.
            The Sydney bandwagon is coming back!

            Roll out the barrels,
            lets have a barrel of fun . . .

            Couple more wins with clean sheets and we’ll fill the joint for those MeIb City pretenders.

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              November 2nd 2016 @ 2:15pm
              tully101 said | November 2nd 2016 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

              the sydney city game(s) have got me really excited, counting down the days

            • November 2nd 2016 @ 4:43pm
              Mark said | November 2nd 2016 @ 4:43pm | ! Report

              “Got my tickets”

              Are you not a member?

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                November 2nd 2016 @ 5:01pm
                Bob Brown said | November 2nd 2016 @ 5:01pm | ! Report

                I have 4 membership tickets, but we usually go as a group so I buy more as needed.

                We had a group of 24 for the Sydney Derby, although that was not a SFC home game.

              • November 2nd 2016 @ 5:45pm
                Mark said | November 2nd 2016 @ 5:45pm | ! Report

                Fair enough. I had thought surely you must be a member.

                Pulling together a group of 24 is impressive.

                I’ve got my ticket as well. Will be driving up from Canberra for the game. I’m hoping we can derail that bandwagon you’ve got going.

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                November 2nd 2016 @ 10:40pm
                Bob Brown said | November 2nd 2016 @ 10:40pm | ! Report

                Why are you coming up from Canberra, the GWS MeIbourne RuIes Midgets aren’t playing this weekend.

      • Roar Guru

        November 2nd 2016 @ 1:11pm
        Bob Brown said | November 2nd 2016 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

        If Bulut ever scores, he’ll rip his shorts, undies and shirt off and get a red card!

        Then he’ll race up into the stands and set off a flare!

      • November 2nd 2016 @ 2:57pm
        punter said | November 2nd 2016 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

        Last year, when SFC were doing well, there was a few critics, especially here on the Roar. I didn’t see it as I am maybe a bit bias & just was happy with results.

        This year, I’m approaching it with a bit more trepidation, after our capitulation last year & ended up struggling to clean the eggs out of my eyes nose & ears. However, I don’t see too many critics, too many boring football calls of Arnie’s team. There seems a little more respect for what & more importantly how SFC have done it so far.
        Yes they have played teams not expected to be near the top this year, but they have dispatched them quite easily, apart from Wellington, where is was plain robbery. Other teams have struggled against these same teams or at least dropped pts.

        Now the tests comes thick & fast & I’m embracing it, I want to see where we stand this year. I think players like Ninkovic, Grant, Zullo, Brillante, O’Neill & Vukovic have been some of the best players this year, especially Ninkovic, who I have rated the standout.

        • November 2nd 2016 @ 2:58pm
          punter said | November 2nd 2016 @ 2:58pm | ! Report

          BTW Cam, another great summary, loving it.

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            November 2nd 2016 @ 11:31pm
            Cameron Kellett said | November 2nd 2016 @ 11:31pm | ! Report

            Thanks for the kind words, punter. Really appreciate it.

        • November 2nd 2016 @ 7:59pm
          Waz said | November 2nd 2016 @ 7:59pm | ! Report

          Punter, that’s a fair observation – last season SFC exhibited a do not concede/do not lose mentality which rightly brought criticism. Not so this season with a more attacking approach, the irony being of course that they haven’t conceded.

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      November 2nd 2016 @ 8:31am
      Kaks said | November 2nd 2016 @ 8:31am | ! Report

      We’ve almost always had a striker problem apart from Tomi Juric, and we’ve still made three grand finals! Our issue has been the leaking of goals and defensive lapses which never occurred with such continuity.

      • November 2nd 2016 @ 2:44pm
        punter said | November 2nd 2016 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

        Imagine a couple of GF wins if you had a decent striker.

        • November 2nd 2016 @ 10:17pm
          Waz said | November 2nd 2016 @ 10:17pm | ! Report


    • November 2nd 2016 @ 9:17am
      Buddy said | November 2nd 2016 @ 9:17am | ! Report

      Personally, I’m curious to see how the season unfolds for Adelaide. I thought they were quite capable of gaining a point last Friday night but the ball ended the wrong side of the posts on several occasions. Are MC really that good…time will tell. Phoenix are a concern. i relly thought they would come out a lot stronger this season with their Melbourne acquisitions and although they were unlucky against SFC, that was a shocker on Monday night and they have to regroup quickly. WSW and striking issues… really? Who would have noticed? It is just a matter of changing the names that fill the positions each season. The storyline does not alter. Maybe Lachlan Scott will get a run but surely not as substitute when the team is getting to desperation stakes?

    • November 2nd 2016 @ 11:10am
      Lionheart said | November 2nd 2016 @ 11:10am | ! Report

      From where I sit, the standard’s up a notch or two this season. The football’s been more attractive across all teams than previous seasons, great time to negotiate a TV deal.
      But what are we going to do about our referees? They have been poor, to say the least. Few matches go beyond 30 seconds without the whistle blower getting involved, every small technical fault called out. I watched replays of a Premier League and a Championship match last night and honest, while our playing standard can be compared, our referees destroy our game as a spectacle. It’s time they lifted their game.

      • November 2nd 2016 @ 11:51am
        Nemesis said | November 2nd 2016 @ 11:51am | ! Report

        What is the average number of fouls per game in A-League?

        This season In the Premier League the average fouls per match are 23 (Highest 27 for matches involving Watford & Spurs; Lowest 20 for matches involving Leicester, Arsenal & Burnley).

        This season’s average in the Championship is also 23 fouls per match.

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          November 2nd 2016 @ 12:22pm
          Cameron Kellett said | November 2nd 2016 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

          • November 2nd 2016 @ 12:36pm
            Nemesis said | November 2nd 2016 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

            Thanks Cameron. So, if the 25% figure is correct, we’re looking at an average of 3 fouls more per half in the A-League than the Premier League. Our average is similar to matches in EPL involving Watford and Spurs. That’s not a major issue to me.

            PS: I just checked the average for Bundesliga this season and it’s 29 fouls per match. Which would be exactly the same as A-League, if that “25% more than EPL” is applied.

            • Roar Guru

              November 2nd 2016 @ 1:16pm
              Kaks said | November 2nd 2016 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

              You are definitely Fuss in disguise

              • November 2nd 2016 @ 1:33pm
                Nemesis said | November 2nd 2016 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

                I keep reading that. It seems that everyone who is committed to football and uses data to validate an opinion is assumed to be that person?

              • November 2nd 2016 @ 4:47pm
                Lionheart said | November 2nd 2016 @ 4:47pm | ! Report

                uses data to validate an opinion?
                right, so you do that? Fuss never did that.
                If you watch EPL you will see that some fouls don’t stop play, they are given without stopping play. I’m not convinced by your superior knowledge, which I think is the give-away as to your identity.
                It’s not a problem really, use whatever name and express your own opinion; that’s the idea. My opinion is that our refs are below par and stop play too much, backed up by my observation of English football.

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                November 2nd 2016 @ 7:46pm
                Mister Football said | November 2nd 2016 @ 7:46pm | ! Report

                Fußball ist unser Leben was a much loved and much respected member of the community.

                We are all the poorer for his loss.

                There can be only one Fußball ist unser Leben.

            • November 2nd 2016 @ 1:17pm
              Lionheart said | November 2nd 2016 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

              20 in the EPL match CRY v LFC, 17 in the EFL QPR v BRE and 29 in the A League match I last watched (MV v WPH), stats from the match reports.
              Their refs let the game flow much more than ours, by issuing words on the run without stopping play or they’ll often wait for a break in play. Our refs stop play unnecessarily too often in my opinion, sometimes not even allowing advantage play.
              I know it’s subjective, but that’s my observation.

              • Roar Guru

                November 2nd 2016 @ 7:48pm
                Mister Football said | November 2nd 2016 @ 7:48pm | ! Report

                There might be too much of a willingness to put whistle to mouth, but it might also be partly due to the robust nature of the Australian game.

        • Roar Guru

          November 2nd 2016 @ 5:07pm
          Bob Brown said | November 2nd 2016 @ 5:07pm | ! Report

          You’re not fooling anyone the way you ask yourself a question and then argue with yourself.

          Give up your obsession with Fussball, let go man . . . take a deep breath . . . exhale slowly . . .

      • Roar Guru

        November 2nd 2016 @ 5:14pm
        Bob Brown said | November 2nd 2016 @ 5:14pm | ! Report

        Honestly, sometimes I wonder why some of my harmless comments get moderated . . .

        Anyway please stop poretending to be someone else and your obsess1on with FussbaII . . .

    • November 2nd 2016 @ 12:15pm
      Nemesis said | November 2nd 2016 @ 12:15pm | ! Report

      After 11 seasons of A-League I think we can safely predict that nothing that happens during the opening 4 matches is relevant to how teams finish after 27 matches. Is it a positive sign to be undefeated and Top of the Table after 4 rounds? Is it a calamity to be bottom without a win? Well, review the table after 4 rounds last year and you’ll soon figure it out. 12 months ago Sydney FC was top with 3W 1L; Adelaide was bottom without a win. How did that story end?

      • Roar Guru

        November 2nd 2016 @ 12:21pm
        Cameron Kellett said | November 2nd 2016 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

        Some one is a sour puss. I think what you’ve said is fairly evident. But had you read the article, you’d had seen that I highlighted that already.

        • November 2nd 2016 @ 12:34pm
          Nemesis said | November 2nd 2016 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

          Apologies, Cameron. Definitely wasn’t meant to be having a go at your article. But, as far as I’m concerned, in a 27 match competition, early season predictions are meaningless. Normally, I’d say it’s definitely better to be winning than losing. But, Sydney FC and AUFC last season showed us even that basic tenet is not valid in the A-League.

          • Roar Guru

            November 2nd 2016 @ 12:57pm
            Cameron Kellett said | November 2nd 2016 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

            No need to apologise, I know you weren’t having a go, Nemesis. Just thought I’d highlight what you’ve said is somewhat made evident in the article.

          • November 2nd 2016 @ 1:08pm
            Realist said | November 2nd 2016 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

            The author has simply stated that Sydney FC have had the best start of any team in the history of the A-League and finishes off the paragraph by stating that their good start last season amounted to nothing.

            He has simply stated facts – no predictions at all.

            His last sentence for that point comes with a caveat “IF”. I am pretty certain that any team that can keep a 100% win record in any competition will pretty much run away with the title.

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              November 2nd 2016 @ 11:32pm
              Cameron Kellett said | November 2nd 2016 @ 11:32pm | ! Report

              Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks, Realist.

    • November 2nd 2016 @ 2:10pm
      Midfielder said | November 2nd 2016 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

      Totally off topic but the new A-League head has just had an interview published…. full transcript here

      This stood out for me it was a question and answer … I through FMD is this a sign we are leaving Fox for Optus…

      That’s a fascinating point. How will the game be consumed in the future, do you think?

      If you think about subscription TV and how it’s consumed and where it can be rolled out, it brings a natural restriction.

      But if this game is going to be consumed through a Telco, it actually opens up a much broader application of consumption and therefore commercial ability.

      The reasons now are very different to the reasons four years ago about where [to expand] because if you grab your phone or a device and watch a game, you could be anywhere.\

      So a consumer in Asia having a Telco with rights to the A-League could watch on their device?

      We are more and more getting asked that question.

      I have already asked our media guys to give me an answer in two areas of Asia in respect to inquiries people have who want to tap into our game from Hong Kong, Indonesia…

      I think that’s the future.

      • November 2nd 2016 @ 3:10pm
        Buddy said | November 2nd 2016 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

        staying off topic then….. The Melbourne Cup was broadcast “live” on twitter yesterday. There were plenty of complaints about internet speeds, horses still running when the cup was being presented!
        I have 100/40 NBN but at times such as peak evening that runs into problems and doesn’t make for happy viewing. A good friend who works for Optus is not enjoying the EPL experience as he deals with the complaints.
        I doubt we are ready for a changeover at present although I reckon we will end up there either kicking and screaming or otherwise.

      • November 2nd 2016 @ 5:09pm
        Lionheart said | November 2nd 2016 @ 5:09pm | ! Report

        Agree MF, interesting couple of questions and answers, but I think fairly obvious way to go too, even with our dumbed down NBN.
        A couple of questions before that he says he expects 1 or 2 more games on FTA next TV deal, on top of the Friday night game so I don’t think he’s hinting a total move to streaming just yet.
        This past week I was travelling and spent my time in NSW country motels, which was nice but frustrating as their broadband was poor and while they had Fox Sports on the TVs, they all had the old ‘three channel’ deal, so no Fox 5 football. Mostly those three channels were showing NZ rugby, netball and NZ live cricket tests. Country motels need to updater their Fox packages.
        But thanks for posting the link above, he sounds like a decent guy to have in charge.

        • November 2nd 2016 @ 5:54pm
          Mark said | November 2nd 2016 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

          It’s not just the country motels. A lot of city hotels have that exact same problem.

          I have to say, I stayed at Crown Perth over the weekend and I was very impressed with their TV offering…all 5 Fox Sports channels, both ESPNs and Eurosports, the 3 BeIN Sports channels, the LUFC/MUFC/Chelsea TV channels AND the 10 Optus Sports channels. First hotel I’ve ever stayed at that had BeIN Sports and Optus Sports.

          The only downer was it did confirm my strong suspicion about the laughable nature of claims from Optus boosters that it has ’10 channels of 24/7 football’. Optus 1 was fine, showed old games, news and other EPL related programming. Optus 2 had replays of very old cricket matches on some of the time, commercials other times. Optus 3-10 had the exact same event programming guide/commercials on loop. Confirmed my previous suspicion that the 10 channels will only ever have unique, live programming for around 2 hours in a whole year (last day of the EPL season),

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        November 2nd 2016 @ 5:12pm
        Bob Brown said | November 2nd 2016 @ 5:12pm | ! Report

        The A-League is already shown in over 100 countries around the world, live and on delay.

        With the growth in Telco and Online/Streaming applications the world reach will only grow.
        That is becoming a greater source of revenue for the FFA.

        O’Rourke was recruited because of his outstanding marketing skills particularly in this part of the world.
        The jigsaw pieces are fitting together.

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          November 2nd 2016 @ 8:04pm
          Mister Football said | November 2nd 2016 @ 8:04pm | ! Report

          This is your lucky day because the FFA is about to release its financial statements – Bonita Merciades has written about it here:

          She writes: Revenue in 2016 (excluding interest) was $103.4 million, consistent with last year’s result of $103.1 million (excluding interest and one-off Asian Cup revenue). Comparative total adjusted expenditure increased by a little over $2 million to $106.3 million, 85% of which is due to an increase in grant distribution to $32.1 million, mainly to A-League clubs.

          She makes the point that the FFA has not provided a breakdown of revenue since 2010, so it is unclear in 2016 how much of the $103 mill is from TV rights, sponsorship, gate receipts, etc.

          She makes the point that the AFL does provide a breakdown of revenue, and even helpfully provides a link:

          So if you go to note 3, you’ll see that in 2015, the AFL’s $559 million was split up as follows:
          Broadcasting and AFL Media: $256.6 million
          Commercial Operations: $182.5 million
          Football Operations: $5 million
          Game Development: $10 million
          Other Revenue: $76.6 million
          Contra Advertising: $27 million

          • November 2nd 2016 @ 8:31pm
            Midfielder said | November 2nd 2016 @ 8:31pm | ! Report


            Sigh you are approaching my don’t read list …. you could point out the past between Bonita and FFA … finally its obvious FFA want to play their cards close to their chest …. there is nothing wrong with this …

            • November 2nd 2016 @ 9:42pm
              punter said | November 2nd 2016 @ 9:42pm | ! Report

              Slow learner Midfielder!!!!

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            November 2nd 2016 @ 10:36pm
            Bob Brown said | November 2nd 2016 @ 10:36pm | ! Report

            Be Patient Mister MeIbourne RuIes.
            The FFA provide a lot of detail in their annual report, which is due out in a few days.

            Ms Merciades has a history with FFA and a lot of bad blood since she was sacked.
            Like you, she needs to learn to move on with her life, its not good for her blood pressure to continue to harbour such an angry grudge.

            FFA is a not for profit organisation and spends all profits on the football family, so what does it matter, unless of course, you want to brag once again about how much money MeIbourne RuIes Incorporated makes.

            With that much money at their disposal, compared to the FFA, they should be ashamed of their performance.

      • Roar Guru

        November 2nd 2016 @ 11:34pm
        Cameron Kellett said | November 2nd 2016 @ 11:34pm | ! Report

        Some very interesting times ahead, Midfielder.

        I’m still a bit dubious on Optus, but if that’s the direct FFA take then I guess I’ll be forced into changing phone companies for I really can’t go without my A-League. I will miss FoxSports as well for that’ll be the first thing to go. I get enough NRL on channel 9.

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