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Besart Berisha is the A-League’s best ever foreign player

Mike Tuckerman Columnist

By Mike Tuckerman, Mike Tuckerman is a Roar Expert

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    Besart Berisha is the greatest foreign player in the history of the A-League and with 99 goals to his name, he deserves to be recognised as such.

    The irrepressible Melbourne Victory frontman turned on the style in their 4-1 demolition of Perth Glory on Saturday night, scoring one and setting up Fahid Ben Khalfallah with an outrageous piece of skill that had to be seen to be believed.

    You wouldn’t have seen it if you tuned in to the ABC’s sports round-up Offsiders on Sunday morning – although it must be said Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is a regular guest on the show – and there was a pervasive feeling around this weekend’s split round that much of the football would be swiftly overlooked.

    That often seems to be the case when it comes to Berisha, whose prickly disposition and insatiable will to win makes him a difficult player for neutrals to enjoy.

    But love him or loathe him, there’s no denying his incredible assist just before half-time on Saturday was one of the most impressive pieces of skill seen this season.


    And with Berisha closing in on becoming the first player in A-League history reach 100 goals, the fiery frontman deserves to be recognised as one of the greatest footballers to have ever graced our shores.

    He’s at least being rewarded via international recognition, although it’s safe to say Berisha’s call-up to the Kosovo national team came as an unexpected bolt from blue.

    It really shouldn’t have the effect of depriving a blockbuster clash between Victory and Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on March 25 of the game’s key protagonist, but having failed – yet again – to factor in international breaks to the A-League season, that’s the situation we currently find ourselves in.

    Perhaps if Football Federation Australia didn’t want an army of critics with internet connections to chastise their every move, they could try not making so many ridiculous decisions?

    As it is, we now look ahead to a Round 24 that will effectively be ruined by international call-ups.

    And in the meantime, we just sat through a split round that left most of us scratching our heads and wondering where the rest of the action was.

    It’s all well and good to try and give A-League teams a fighting chance in the AFC Champions League, but any good will evaporates when such concessions aren’t applied consistently or effectively communicated to fans.

    So it is that we’re left with three fixtures remaining in Round 23 to be played next weekend – with no Sunday game yesterday and no Friday night clash next week.

    And with Berisha on the cusp of scoring a historic 100th goal – which should have been the major selling point of a gargantuan showdown against his former club – we’re instead lamenting, for the umpteenth time, the fact the A-League doesn’t break for internationals.

    Berisha could now bring up his century at home to Wellington Phoenix on April 2, by which time Sydney FC might have already wrapped up the Premiers’ Plate.


    The Sky Blues were workman-like in their 1-0 win over Central Coast on Friday night, on a cow paddock of a pitch that Mariners coach Paul Okon labelled “embarrassing”.

    There must be serious doubts over the quality of the surface for any potential title decider at Allianz Stadium – not that the SCG Trust will do anything, having made it abundantly clear they couldn’t care less about anything to do with football.

    So it is that the competition is left to struggle on against an onslaught of apathy and neglect, with the A-League badly in need of some positive headlines.

    We should celebrate one in the form of Berisha, who, despite his occasionally over-the-top antics, is the best foreign player the A-League has ever seen.

    He deserves high praise for his 99 goals with two different clubs – and more importantly, a huge celebration when he racks up the century.

    Mike Tuckerman
    Mike Tuckerman

    Mike Tuckerman is a Sydney-born journalist and lifelong football fan. After lengthy stints watching the beautiful game in Germany and Japan, he settled in Brisbane, and has been a leading Roar football columnist from December 2008.

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    • Roar Guru

      March 13th 2017 @ 7:23am
      Ben of Phnom Penh said | March 13th 2017 @ 7:23am | ! Report

      Whilst “best” is an accolade that is fraught with subjectivity (a brilliant defensive player is often overlooked as the negation of an opponent may result in the ball not moving into that part of the field so often), it is hard to deny that he has been the most consistent performer over a significant duration; no mean feat.

    • March 13th 2017 @ 7:36am
      Buddy said | March 13th 2017 @ 7:36am | ! Report

      How about rather than using “best” we simply agree that he is the player that has provided the most talking points that split the football community in two depending upon loyalties and who is playing who each week. Personally I love watching him play, especially when he pulls out a juggled cross such as the one on Saturday night. However, I loathe the other side of his character, appearing to regularly bait opposition players and he has a menacing, unpleasant look about him in many situations but then a few minutes later is an emotional wreck, all teary eyed and “butter wouldn’t melt”. He has certainly been an enormous asset to the A League and any player that provides as many talking points and polarizes the fans the way he does must be good for the game.

    • March 13th 2017 @ 7:48am
      Swanny said | March 13th 2017 @ 7:48am | ! Report

      His own teammate Rojas is a better all round player . Castro is better . Berisha number 3 for mine

    • March 13th 2017 @ 7:55am
      punter said | March 13th 2017 @ 7:55am | ! Report

      No I personally rate Ninkovic, Broich & Castro as better players.
      But as with Buddy & Ben, there is no doubting that Berisha is one of the biggest stars the A-League has ever had, his goals, his passion, his antics have all contributed to the man many love & many hate, but only because he was that good.

      • Roar Guru

        March 13th 2017 @ 3:58pm
        Kaks said | March 13th 2017 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

        Dont understand all the love for Broich.

        He was great for 2, maybe 3 seasons but has since been good at best.

        Berisha on the other hand has performed consistently for 5-6 years at two different clubs, winning a plethora of trophies along the way for both clubs while continuously being the golden boot, or there abouts. Has to be Berisha.

        • March 13th 2017 @ 5:02pm
          punter said | March 13th 2017 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

          Broich has won as many trophies as Berisha. he also got 2 Johnny Warren’s to Berisha’s none. there are some, me including who thought he should have won it when Roar won the double, but Flores got it.

    • Roar Rookie

      March 13th 2017 @ 8:07am
      Stevo said | March 13th 2017 @ 8:07am | ! Report

      I thought Offsiders was a little disappointing this weekend but then Mel McLaughlin offered her highlight of the week as Barca’s come back against PSG so it did squeeze in a modicum of football. As for the best, Broich and Zwaanswijk must rate right up their. Probably Thomas for me. And Castro certainly one of the players of the HAL.

      • March 13th 2017 @ 8:11am
        punter said | March 13th 2017 @ 8:11am | ! Report

        I have always thought Offsiders as a Melbourne sports show.

        • March 13th 2017 @ 8:23am
          millane said | March 13th 2017 @ 8:23am | ! Report

          and ‘the drum’ is a sydney news service …. swings and roundabouts if we’re talken value for taxpayers money

          as an aside, mel mclaughlin might want to work on her presentation – came across as rambling and incoherent at times

        • March 13th 2017 @ 8:52am
          Midfielder said | March 13th 2017 @ 8:52am | ! Report

          Don’t get me started on offsiders … bad enough they spent some much time on cricket and AFL … but recently their backing of Netball has been so so so out of balance with its size … poor old Basketball far more players international competition, second biggest international sport globally…

          It is a very much pro Melbourne anti Global show…

          • March 13th 2017 @ 9:05am
            punter said | March 13th 2017 @ 9:05am | ! Report

            Watched it many moons ago, but never watch it anymore.

          • March 13th 2017 @ 1:52pm
            pauly said | March 13th 2017 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

            Also gives a lot of coverage to horse racing as well.

            Starting to wonder if the Libs were right about the ABC being out of touch…

          • March 13th 2017 @ 4:42pm
            AR said | March 13th 2017 @ 4:42pm | ! Report

            ” is a very much pro Melbourne anti Global show…”


            Regular guest Ange Postecogou is just another anti global football hater.

        • March 13th 2017 @ 9:51am
          Ian said | March 13th 2017 @ 9:51am | ! Report


    • March 13th 2017 @ 8:55am
      Midfielder said | March 13th 2017 @ 8:55am | ! Report


      Best is a difficult word … but for mine he is up their..

      Just on the coverage …. have you considered if main stream Australia Football journalism and journalist starting writing mostly positive articles instead of writing mostly doom and gloom & FFA is inept etc … that the mainstream may pick up on that…

      • March 13th 2017 @ 9:12am
        Waz said | March 13th 2017 @ 9:12am | ! Report

        Mid, seriously – if football wants positive articles and mainstream coverage it has to earn it. Ask yourself why there is so much negative stuff out there? Who’s causing it? What could be done differently? It is not the fault of bloggers on this site that’s for sure!

        • March 13th 2017 @ 9:41am
          Nemesis said | March 13th 2017 @ 9:41am | ! Report

          In 12 years, domestic football in Australia has gone from a collapsed semi-professional competition to a full-time pro comp that will turn over around $150,000,000 per year (combined FFA & club revenue) with the new TV deal.

          Isn’t that a massive achievement? I think it is.

          Given the constant whining from football fans in Australia I have to either assume

          a) they are all supremely successful in their careers & every decision they make turns to gold & their bank accounts are bulging; or

          b) they are miserable people whose live 24×7 complaining.

        • March 13th 2017 @ 9:45am
          punter said | March 13th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

          Sydney Derby 62K, biggest normal club match ever.
          Sydney FC won 4 nil & went on to have one of the most dominant seasons ever.
          Timmy Cahill’s wonder goal
          Melbourne City beat Melbourne victory with maybe the best performance by an Australian club side
          Brisbane Roar beats a star studded Chinese side with 1 player payment that would pay for the whole A-League.
          Brilliant Brisbane Roar youngster, Caletti, one of the most impressive performance by a youngster I have seen in a long time.
          Ibini’s recovery from career threatening injury
          Paul Okon.

          • March 13th 2017 @ 10:42am
            Waz said | March 13th 2017 @ 10:42am | ! Report


            All good points and correct me if I’m wrong but there’s been plenty of positive articles written on those areas already? The first derby got plenty, the quality of young players gets plenty, so to do other aspects of our game – even the tv contract has been recognised by the balanced media as a decent outcome. So there has been plenty of positives.

            There are always less positive side too though and when those appear it’s unfair to complain, we make our own bed as a code and we must lie in it as granny used to say. As an example, the current dispute between ffa and FIFA has been 7 years in the making, surely we can expect better from our leaders who could have worked quicker and smarter to resolve it; as it is they are now in a lose-lose situation of their own making: hold the Extraordinary AGM before the end of March and they contravene their own constitution, hold it after March and they miss a FIFA deadline which could set the process rolling towards sanctions – we don’t need that negative press and it should have been avoided.

            Positive news without negative news is called propaganda – we don’t want that because people see through it!

            • March 13th 2017 @ 11:03am
              punter said | March 13th 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

              Waz, there is a very good podcast on Outside 90, with Jack Reilly (ex Socceroo GK, one who actually makes sense, ex FFA board member & successful business man), who not only highlights the issues in football in this country, provides a very balanced & constructive insights to how to fix the game in this country.
              There are many issues & the current FFA leaders are far too conservative, we need action to progress.
              However as shown recently, the doom & Gloom brigade, are too agenda driven, we talk expansion, we want expansion, 2 famous football identities talk expansion with huge financial backing or Red Bull investment. They come up with excuses on why it would not work, we need to expand elsewhere, why isn’t South Melbourne added, we need youth development first, get the 10 teams right first, kick out the Nix, we need Pro/Rel.

              Let’s all get together to make this game better, we all have our views, but they are just opinions, lets not scream & shout on every decision made that doesn’t meet our views.

              • March 13th 2017 @ 12:24pm
                Waz said | March 13th 2017 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

                I heard that one. I actually think some of the best coverage on football today is coming via podcasts, basically made by people who love the game. Outside90 are doing some good ones.

        • March 13th 2017 @ 10:28am
          Midfielder said | March 13th 2017 @ 10:28am | ! Report


          Let me tell you a little secret, its called promotion..

          This is a strange term very strange…. the theory goes something like this … you say all these good things about something and how great it is…. this is very funny but people actually watch and go…

          Now when you want to do the dirty on a business … its even funnier you simply write all these bad reviews… works every time soon everyone keeps saying how bad it is .. works every time…

          BTW who said never complain… BUT who said only complain…

          As N says above to create what we have has been amazing… find balance …

          Also please please please please please please please please please please answer my question either YES or NO… its all I ask…

          In case you forgot my question… and its a YES or NO answer only I want … and given everyone knows the importance of International breaks.

          Do you think four years ago when FFA signed the media deal with Fox, they would not have suffered major revenue effects if the insisted on International breaks.?????????

          • March 13th 2017 @ 10:46am
            Waz said | March 13th 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report

            Promotion or propaganda? There is a big difference.

            And another secret mate, when you’re trying to promote your sport don’t keep shooting your self in the foot – tell me someone the ffa hasn’t had a public disputes with in the recent past?

            Players? Yup they have

            Clubs? Yup

            SBS? Yup

            Fans? Yup to the point of a boycott

            NPL? Yup who are now setting up their own national competition

            FIFA? Yup, 7 years and counting

            • March 13th 2017 @ 10:49am
              Midfielder said | March 13th 2017 @ 10:49am | ! Report

              please to the power of please to the power to the power of a trillion… answer the question YES or NO…

              • March 13th 2017 @ 11:26am
                Waz said | March 13th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

                No Mid, they would not have suffered major revenue loss by having 1, maybe 2 or a maximum 3 international breaks – possibly using split rounds as they are at the moment.

                And Berisha is up for his 100th A league goal, what an achievement that will be, and what a tv drawcard that would be if he were going for it at Suncorp against his old side instead of being overseas playing for Kosovo. I’m pretty sure Fox would have preferred Berisha to be there.

              • March 13th 2017 @ 12:12pm
                Midfielder said | March 13th 2017 @ 12:12pm | ! Report


                You again added a lot of your subjective assumptions on the media deal…. unless you were at the meeting you have no idea of the effect and neither do I … but I accept I don’t know, your post if taken as read.. reads you know for certain the answer

                I am sending an article to the Roar on it and will open the question to all.

                I answer both yes and no…

                You will see why I only want a yes or no answer…

              • March 13th 2017 @ 12:38pm
                Waz said | March 13th 2017 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

                err, what “subjective assumptions”???

              • March 13th 2017 @ 12:57pm
                Midfielder said | March 13th 2017 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

                What suggestive assumption…

                You said “”” No Mid, they would not have suffered major revenue loss by having 1, maybe 2 or a maximum 3 international breaks”””

                You don’t know that … you can’t know that unless you were part of the negotiation team or have been shown the working paper notes to the deal… therefore its your assumption… and you post strongly that your assumption is right thereby making it a selective assumption.

                When all available evidence I am aware of indicates Fox strongly oppose such breaks… maybe you have evidence where Fox have said they don’t care and encourage international breaks…

              • March 13th 2017 @ 3:53pm
                Waz said | March 13th 2017 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

                “You again added a lot of your subjective assumptions on the media deal…” so not a lot of subjective assumptions then Mid – just the one lol.

                And that’s not a subjective assumption that’s opinion, you asked me whether I believed it would have an impact so I gave you my opinion.

                And I can’t believe that my opinion is “subjective assumption” when your opinion it would have an impact is not “subjective”. Doesn’t make sense Mid – your attitude seems to be you’re right/I’m wrong. Hardly the basis for a discussion?

              • March 13th 2017 @ 7:13pm
                AR said | March 13th 2017 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

                Midfielder, please to the power of please to the power to the power of a trillion… answer the question YES or NO…is a “subjective assumption” just a logical deduction?

                If yes, this site could do with a few more of those.

            • March 13th 2017 @ 10:56am
              Nemesis said | March 13th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

              Nothing unusual about a big org having disputes with stakeholders & authorities.

              Pick any Blue Chip company. Do they have disputes with

              Emplyees? Yes
              Business Unit management? Yes
              Media? Yes
              Customers? Yes
              Government agencies? Yes

              If you ever own, or manage a business, you’ll understand the number of people pulling you in different ways. And every night you lie awake sweating about how you’ll pay the bills.

              • March 13th 2017 @ 11:22am
                Waz said | March 13th 2017 @ 11:22am | ! Report


                that’s okay, so if it’s normal then it’s normal that the press will write about it. End of debate. It’s normal.

        • Columnist

          March 14th 2017 @ 8:50pm
          Stuart Thomas said | March 14th 2017 @ 8:50pm | ! Report


          As the stupid fool who always tries to be positive (i hope you like my piece of referees tomorrow) I see your point about positive and negative articles and the earning of the positive slant.

          However, it is not restricted to football. My article published this morning on some of the wonderful athletes in league at the moment, versus a piece on the admitted gambling, drug addicted NRL player Tim Simona was identified by a Roarer as having one third of the amount of comments.

          I was unaware of this, as I don’t write for numbers. I write because I love everyone who comments and feel inspired by the ensuing debate.

          Yet, it did reflect a tendancy across the board to focus on the negative aspects rather than the positive. You are right in that it isn’t the people on this or a similar site that cause it. It is more an unfortunate trend towards negativity in the media that fails to celebrate the great things about the games we play.

          I couldn’t help but think what the headlines would have been if they Moomba antics of the last week had occured at an A-League match.

      • March 13th 2017 @ 9:35am
        Lesterlike said | March 13th 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

        The FFA is inept and deserve every bit of terrible media that they are currently getting.

        • March 13th 2017 @ 11:43am
          Caltex & SBS support Australian Football said | March 13th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

          Isn’t that the sad truth. Where is the vision; where is Gallop ? When Gallop was first presented as the new CEO of the FFA he was out there in the press promoting Australian Football. Now all we get from him is: “We need time to formulate a new ownership model; we have to postpone expansion” (sic) ect. ect. We need a football man with vision with action. Gallop out, and Lyall Gorman in..!!

          • March 13th 2017 @ 12:21pm
            Midfielder said | March 13th 2017 @ 12:21pm | ! Report


            The addition of the new team has been the same date for about 12 months or more … were do you get the delay from…

            • March 13th 2017 @ 3:07pm
              Caltex & SBS support Australian Football said | March 13th 2017 @ 3:07pm | ! Report


              Mid, have a listen to this, this sums up the inept attitude of a lazy FFA administration. We need an administration with some balls.

              • March 13th 2017 @ 3:31pm
                punter said | March 13th 2017 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

                This is far better Caltex, because he is providing solutions to the problems, not just shooting off like the Fox boys.

                You need to listen to get the whole context, one big message is, we have to all work together, we have too many factions & all with agendas.

              • March 13th 2017 @ 5:49pm
                Midfielder said | March 13th 2017 @ 5:49pm | ! Report


                FFA have made heaps of errors … no one is denying that…

                You have been around a long time in Football … we have never had it so good…

                That it should be better I agree … however the over criticism and simplification that all our issues are the fault of FFA is simply not true…

                All I am trying to do is put some balance into the argument … are you seriously saying over the past three years no club, no player, the PFA, no media broadcaster, no sponsor has made an error … every single thing wrong is the fault of FFA.

                Tis worth remembering we have gone from bankrupt with no media to a 150 million dollar per season, nationally broadcast, won the Asian Cup and made the last three world cups, joined the Asian Football Confederation, been now accepted as a mainstream sport, and grow our player numbers when all other sports aside from Basketball had a decline and have 15 or so bidders many with government backing wanting in… Thats not bad in 12 years..

                Should it be better YES … but others have made mistakes it not only FFA… and its a collective thing…

                Great article by Mike Cockerill in news today about P & R …. best I have read on the matter … essentially the clubs are going to build there own to prove it will work and then FFA will have no choice… thats reporting and shows its kinda everyone getting in and doing something..


              • March 13th 2017 @ 7:06pm
                Fadida said | March 13th 2017 @ 7:06pm | ! Report

                Agree totally Mid, we have never had it so good.

                There is a choice, focus on the positives, of which there are many, but recognise the many areas for improvement.

                Or focus wholly on the negative, ignoring totally the fact we have never had it so good.

                Roar posters are split 50-50.

                Those in the latter camp seem intent on causing a wave of panic, a culture of negative hysteria

              • March 13th 2017 @ 6:15pm
                punter said | March 13th 2017 @ 6:15pm | ! Report

                Well put Mid, there are some who accuse us of not seeing the bad in football in Australia or the FFA. We do, but we also see a lot of good.
                Change is required, but for change to happen we need a plan, we need to work together, the FFA, the clubs, the NPL clubs, the owners the PFA, the State federations, the fans, the Journalists, the media, we all need to work together & drop our agendas.
                As Jack Reilly says we need to work to the good of the game.
                Not because I’m a SFC fan & do not want a Southern Sydney team taking my fans, I’m a South Melbourne & want my team in or else it’s that R word, not because I think Woolongong should be first off the rank in expansion.

                This is all agenda driven, we need to be together, there is already enough outside this game that doesn’t want us to succeed.

              • March 13th 2017 @ 7:15pm
                AR said | March 13th 2017 @ 7:15pm | ! Report

                Genuine question…

                12 months ago you guys vociferously defended everything Gallop did.

                Do you still think he’s the man for the job?

                Do you think he has justified his $1.6m salary?

                And if yes, why?

              • March 13th 2017 @ 6:49pm
                Midfielder said | March 13th 2017 @ 6:49pm | ! Report


                Totally agree FFA may have been caught napping and 12 months or so behind were some expect them to be … that does not merit what is said… in fact it masks the mistakes of others …

              • March 13th 2017 @ 8:11pm
                Waz said | March 13th 2017 @ 8:11pm | ! Report

                Mid, I’m not hostile to the FFA although I am very critical as you will know, the current situation is unacceptable and goes beyond the normal “speed bumps” any organisation might expect in their day to day running of an organisation. We now enter a period where the ffa must navigate change successfully or have change thrust upon them by outsiders – be that FIFA or the HAL owners or even the NOL clubs themselves who’ve suddenly found a voice. Let’s hope whatever happens next fiesntdoesnt damage the itigress made, because you are right in that, we have made progress.

              • March 13th 2017 @ 8:01pm
                Caltex & SBS support Australian Football said | March 13th 2017 @ 8:01pm | ! Report

                “Should it be better YES”… Mid, precisely what we are now all wanting.

              • March 13th 2017 @ 9:00pm
                Midfielder said | March 13th 2017 @ 9:00pm | ! Report

                Waz & Caltex

                We all want the same thing … if things are not perfect then there is normally a raft of issues not a single issue and normally it is a serious of things…

                This is my very very very simplistic view and I heard Craig Foster express very similar views ..

                Almost everyone in Football sees the following, its all essentially about timing…

                Stage 1] Implementation of A-League … completed…
                Stage 2] Stability … the argument … FFA say more needs doing, those pushing for change say go to stage 3 now we are ready.
                Stage 3] Expansion and growth..

                IMO FFA have been caught out by the Football community wanting to move to stage 3 now… caused by some extent by FFA negotiations of the next media deal and there public statements that we will expand and develop a system within a short time frame…. I don’t think they expected what followed first Tassie, Then the Strikers and then it went wild and within a month or so they had 15 bids … Unprepared for this they have made mistake after mistake trying to regain control of the conversation..

                Other things are P & R and as I have posted I believe that Mike Cockerill nailed it today and its the best article I have read on it and it makes just so much sense …. in that the clubs / teams involved will do it themselves and prove it can work … what a great idea … FFA don’t have to organise and develop the Football community will …

                Beyond this there has been a meeting of the minds and FFA maybe a tad slow have agreed to met with all stakeholders to develop a new system… thats gotta be good..

                BUT and this is my one of my two main points… whoever or whatever is in charge has the identical issues as FFA today nothing will change that..

                Second is you don’t build what FFA have and get 15 + bidders many government backed for new teams and a 150 million dollar revenue organisation from nothing and be a hopeless inept organisation.. You don’t throw the baby out with the bath water…

              • March 14th 2017 @ 8:24am
                AR said | March 14th 2017 @ 8:24am | ! Report

                “Beyond this there has been a meeting of the minds and FFA maybe a tad slow have agreed to met with all stakeholders to develop a new system… thats gotta be good..”

                You must be joking.

                How on earth could somebody say with a straight face that there’s been a meeting of the minds.

                The FFA tried to secretly ask FIFA to enforce the status quo, FIFA said no, and the FFA was forced to perform a backflip.

                All this after signing a six year deal, mind you.

              • March 14th 2017 @ 9:11am
                Waz said | March 14th 2017 @ 9:11am | ! Report


                There’s no doubt the FFA have been caught out and yes, they have been disconnected from many supporters expectations. More so outside of the HAL.

                The announcement last month that the HAL commercial model is broken and cannot possibly work is a bombshell that’s been largely ignored on these pages.

                If it is broken do we trust the FFA to find a new one?

                Is introducing PE capital the right way to go?

                Is it the HAL model that’s broken or the FFAs cost model?

                It would seem the HAL raises enough cash to support itself but the ffa does not?

              • March 14th 2017 @ 9:26am
                Nemesis said | March 14th 2017 @ 9:26am | ! Report


                Why is it a surprise to hear that the start-up model favoured by the FFA will not work during the Growth Phase?

                I’d say that’s the norm for every start-up in every industry.

                As is the need to access fresh capital to take the business to the next level. Again, this is normal in every industry that the founders have big plans that far exceed the size of their bank accounts.

                When this happens, private companies can seek to raise funds via : Debt, Private Equity, or Public Equity.

                Which is the best option? Impossible to know without a forensic examination of the A-League’s financial statements – current and projected – and exploring the cost of the different capital options.

                Of course, the majority of private companies will say “too hard, I’m happy remaining small & relatively successful”. No harm in that either, but that’s not what the football community wants.

              • March 14th 2017 @ 2:02pm
                Waz said | March 14th 2017 @ 2:02pm | ! Report


                After 12 years we are no longer a “start up”, we just aren’t and any suggestion we are is absurd. So do we critique the FFA for:

                1. Holding on to the start up model for too long?

                2. Launching a strategic plan and a whole of football plan with no mention of reviewing the operational model?

                3. For allowing owners to lose more than $200m in a flawed model?

                4. For lacking transparency and accountability in their decision making prices?

                It does not matter how much lipstick you stick on the donkey, it is still a donkey. The ffa are making a mess of things year after year.

              • March 14th 2017 @ 9:59am
                Midfielder said | March 14th 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report


                I have no idea what you do for a living …

                My experience over 40 years in business and over 30 working in my own practice. Its impossible to read media articles without access to working papers to make an informed decision.

                You constantly post they are out of touch etc..

                Your post come across as its only FFA making mistakes and running Football in Australia is so easy a blind monkey could do it.

                You have posted for days as an example on the international breaks … I repeatedly asked you for a simple yes no answer..

                Let me tell you why .. by answering both ways

                Answer NO
                If the answer is no, I will personally lead a demonstration outside the FFA head Office demanding all FFA board members and senior FFA staff resign. Further I will start a petition to be sent to the federal sports minister demanding the Federal government withhold all funds to Football until the board resigns.

                Answer Yes

                This changes the entire conversation from FFA are inept, incompetent and out of touch to how much should we pay for international breaks and what would we lose. This makes invalid most articles written on this issues as the presumption is FFA had a choice.

                Essentially IMO FFA choose revenue over International breaks. This is the debate. So the debate on the effect on SFC and MV and Nix is about how much should the salary cap be reduced or whatever other expense is not paid, have international breaks.

                Maybe I am wrong maybe you are right and every single decision FFA make should be without flaw and all working papers should be posted online and a podcast broadcast explaining why decisions were made.

                No business I have ever been involved with is error free ..

                What I am glad is happening is FFA have acknowledged their errors and are talking to all stakeholders to determine a way forward…

                I have posted many times when their contracts are up we need new leadership … but if I read the whole of football report and look at its conclusions and what FFA have attempted to do …. contrary to many perceptions they are working at it… they have also achieved a lot … but who wants to talk about what they have done right …

                At the end of the day I hope between the FFA, the clubs, the PFA and the Associations under the watchful eye of FIFA we develop a good system that works for all.

              • March 14th 2017 @ 10:38am
                j binnie said | March 14th 2017 @ 10:38am | ! Report

                Mid – For many years I served in “committees” that ran football clubs,& football Federations, and the one thing I took away with me was the total frustration one experienced when idea after idea was “knocked back” usually because of the political support the head of a committee had built around him/her.
                It was this factor that caused the departure of many good people from “committees”, exasperated beyond belief..
                I suspect it is in this area that Waz finds himself today. The initial impetus caused and underwritten by the establishment of the HAL has now began to “stall” and it is this “stalling ” that causes angst like that displayed by thinkers like Waz.
                Let me cite you an example of an occurrence like this.
                Some years ago I used to write articles for an official football magazine in Brisbane.Here is a summary of one of those articles,headed
                Junior Coaching—- the Professional way.
                Things I would like to see happen in junior football.
                (1) Abolishment of premiership trophies and points tables up to the age of 10.
                (2) No pressurised coaching up to the age of 10
                (3) Seven a side teams up to the age of 10
                (4) Use of small pitches up to the age of 10.
                (5) Introduction to larger teams and pitches, 10-12
                (6) Introduction to teamwork and positional coaching 10-12
                (7) Introduction to physical work 12-15.
                (8) Introduction to premiership aims. 12-15
                (9) All this done across the nation a.s.a.p.

                Mid ,This magazine was headed “The Official Magazine of the Queensland Soccer Federation” and was dated 18th of September 1976, almost 30 years before the much lauded ,and dare I say very expensive National Curriculum , was foisted upon us.
                Perhaps this will let you understand how I can sympathise with Waz . Cheers ,your mate jb.

              • March 14th 2017 @ 12:08pm
                Midfielder said | March 14th 2017 @ 12:08pm | ! Report


                I fully agree and feel for Waz…

                However what I am trying to do is to put a degree of balance into the argument.

                My example of International Breaks… if there was little or no penalty to FFA by having International Breaks then I would demand they all be sacked… however if there was a revenue penalty as all available points too in insisting on international breaks… then the debate needs to change … from inept incompetent FFA to what price should we pay and what gets cut.

                I also want change … but I don’t want decisions made on assumptions that are incorrect.

                There is depending on how you gauge things a difference of opinion as to the strength of the Australia Football market.

                FFA have plenty of faults, by I struggle, to think of anybody today who is capable, of managing things today without issues.

              • March 14th 2017 @ 1:57pm
                Waz said | March 14th 2017 @ 1:57pm | ! Report


                There is no balance in your commentary. You feel compelled to defend the position of the ffa on everything.

                The Titanic made good progress but look how that ended.

                You keep harping back to international breaks and applying your assumptions as fact and mine as grossly inappropriate. There is no cost in taking a weeks break, none, nil, zip. If there were we wouldn’t be in the middle of a split round would we?

              • March 14th 2017 @ 2:17pm
                Nemesis said | March 14th 2017 @ 2:17pm | ! Report


                By any definition the ALeague was a Start-Up for the first 8yrs.

                Like the majority of business Start Ups, the ALeague nearly collapsed when, in mid-2012 when Palmer & Tinkler walked away, the year after NQF had been cut loose..

                Then WSW came along, plus Del Piero, Ono, etc and the ALeague was rejuvenated.

                For the past 3 years I’d describe us being in a Consolidation Phase.
                We aren’t growing.
                We aren’t going backwards.
                We’re just doing the same thing every year.

                Now, we have growth opportunities presenting.

                Not artificial growth forced upon the market by Head Office.
                Growth is being driven by demand from new “business units” (clubs) wanting to be part of the competition.

                Remember only 5 years ago we had people walking away.

                I have ZERO sympathy for owners who lose big money operating an ALeague club.

                We have 3 clubs with 3 different ownership structures in 3 different markets showing how to be financially successful.

                If Victory, WSW & Adelaide can do it, it is evidence financial distress in the ALeague is due to poor corporate management; not a flawed model.

                Stop blaming others.
                Point the finger at your poor ownership at Brisbane.
                Rubbish business management of a football club, which has finally turned around with the new CEO.
                And, fickle fans who show no permanent love for the Club.

              • March 14th 2017 @ 8:09pm
                Fadida said | March 14th 2017 @ 8:09pm | ! Report

                Agree Fuss

              • March 14th 2017 @ 2:33pm
                Midfielder said | March 14th 2017 @ 2:33pm | ! Report


                I have often criticised FFA… I have defended FFA against IMO articles that ignore facts or ignore other issues…

                Yes I keep harping back to the international break for a reason…. your opinion which you post as if it is totally correct is FFA had a choice to have international breaks and choose not to.

                I maintain there would have been a revenue penalty from Fox if they did.

                You offer one spilt round which is still a round and I offer statements made by teh head of Fox and 9 and the treatment of Super Rugby…

                Again if you are right I will lead the charge to throw FFA out …

                If you are wrong then the entire debate changes … and almost every article written about this is invalid …

                The real question becomes how are we willing to pay to get international breaks.

                Thats why I get ignored … neither you or I know the truth …

                BUT hand on heart do you seriously think 4 years ago if there was no penalty FFA would have scheduled no breaks for internationals on purpose.

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