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Eamon Stocker

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MVFC, Arsenal and Australia. Don't mind F1 and cycling too. All sport is good. "I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art" (Arsene Wenger).

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Hehe a Rugby League fan talking about stagnation. Try to get recognised as a sport before you slag football off.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/not-officially-a-sport-rugby-league-misses-out-to-pole-dancing-and-foot-golf-20171024-gz70n4.html

Bolting out of the A-League: Usain's Central Coast sojourn comes to an end

“humble enough”?

I’d have more respect if he didn’t demand a $3 million salary that would make him the highest paid player in the league. It’s one thing trying to fulfil a dream – I think this was a clear marketing ploy from Bolt, or he would’ve taken the contract offered.

Bolting out of the A-League: Usain's Central Coast sojourn comes to an end

On another note, has anyone noticed that Fox Sports don’t broadcast Asian Champions League despite having the rights for it? I’ve tried to watch some Hiroshima games earlier in the season – I can understand why they wouldn’t broadcast that – but today I discovered that they don’t show the ACL Final. Surely the ACL final would secure better ratings than replays of V8 supercars and the Prime Ministers’ XI playing SA?

Streaming may be the A-League's future, but is it enough to pay the bills?

But VAR wasn’t just checking whether it was in/out of the box. If the foul is inside the box then they are allowed to overturn it based on it not being a foul. How we can still have these issues with VAR is beyond me. When it first came in it was made quite clear that it would only be used for clear mistakes, but it has transformed into micromanagement of every major incident. Hasn’t solved anything.

VAR debacle cuts through a meaty Melbourne Derby

What is the point of VAR if the on-field referee is still making all the decisions? How could he possibly make a better decision on a small TV screen than a bunch of people in a box?

VAR debacle cuts through a meaty Melbourne Derby

Are you really a football tragic if you leave that easily?

Time for FFA to simply let football be football

Fairly sure Arsenal replays are on Foxtel too.

Premier League live stream: How to watch the 2018-19 EPL season online and on TV in Australia

Maybe Wenger’s Arsenal didn’t develop the same level of players post-2008 – although talents like jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott are far more capable footballers than they ever get/got credit for at Arsenal.

But anyway – is it really Wenger’s fault? It’s unrealistic to suggest that a manager could change their methods so drastically and that it could have such an impact on the development of players.

For me, Mesut Ozil is another of these underrated players, to a lesser extent. His incredible technical ability is widely recognised, but he does far more work off the ball than what is acknowledged. It’s a bit strange anyway for a creative midfielder to be criticised so heavily for not doing enough defensively and not being ‘tough’. When Arsenal signed Ozil, it wasn’t for his defensive work.

It’ll be interesting to see if he can prove his doubters wrong this season w/out international football to worry about.

The end of Germany

“Ozil was somewhat finished anyway, but there’s certainly a good and bad way to end things. What was Wenger’s Arsenal if not a graveyard for high-level careers?”

Questionable statements – Ozil’s in his prime and still a world-class player, while Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal was the birthplace of high level careers. Wenger transformed players like Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Marc Overmars and Freddie Ljungberg. I can’t tell if you’re just poking fun at Arsenal or these are serious statements?

The end of Germany

If nothing else, the marquee fund generates publicity for the A-League – but at least one major star (preferably one that has played football professionally) must be signed after missing out on Iniesta and Torres. Would be great to see Honda + Crouch.

Why the marquee fund is the best thing for the A-League

But the fact that Sydney finish 14 points clear of second seems to hold no weight. Of course finals rewards the top 2 but the fact is, finals don’t always, and increasingly rarely lead to the best team winning. If there were 9 more matches in the league and no finals series do you honestly think Sydney would’ve lost the league – let alone Melbourne win it.
Had Victory kept Milligan they would’ve had an extra Defensive Midfielder to rotate so they only would’ve been less tired. Plus his tireless performances for the socceroos prove that he has good stamina.
It’s true our midfield at the start of the season was weak, but you were blaming our defenders so I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make. As I said Antonis was solid, but for a Box-to-Box midfielder his goal/assist numbers weren’t anything exceptional.
We certainly didn’t sign George for his defensive work or his work rate in general, he was signed for his technical ability and his work rate shouldn’t take away from his incredible efficiency on the ball. Barbarouses played on the opposite wing so to say he covered George isn’t correct – he did however, have a much better defensive work rate.

The point I’m trying to make is that Victory were certainly not the best team in the A-League this season, but to say Barbarouses and Antonis carried the rest of the team when Berisha had the highest shot accuracy of any player that took over 20 shots (in the league), George was involved in 60% of all MV goals (more than any other player in the league) and Rhys Williams won 80% of contests is simply false.

Leroy George slams A-League standard as "not very high", says players "booze all week"

The fact that Victory got a lot of wins with Antonis doesn’t prove anything. He had a good season but I wouldn’t even put him in our best 3 (78% pass accuracy in midfield is decent, but only 1 goal and 3 assists in 17 starts isn’t anyhting exceptional).
To say “its not the finals structure” is a bit silly because Victory would have finished 4th 20 points of the top of the league otherwise.
Leroy George played on the wing either side of Berisha – so yes he had no creative force behind him and didn’t benefit from the same amount of opportunites he had in previous seasons – Troisi only picked up 4 assists with 69% pass accuracy.
I’m not going to bother to respond to anybody accusing MV players of being drunk during the season.
Deng was solid both in defense and on the ball, while Donachie – though he isn’t a Ball Playing defender, rarely gave the ball away and was always solid alongside Rhys Williams, with a few rare exceptions.
Can I ask how many Victory matches you watched last year because it sounds like you only watched the semi-final? I understand people have different opinions but to claim Victory were carried by Antonis and Barbarouses is ridiculous. The truth is, MV simply didn’t play that well and were allowed a second chance in finals.

Leroy George slams A-League standard as "not very high", says players "booze all week"

What are you on about?

Leroy George slams A-League standard as "not very high", says players "booze all week"

I think this article is a little inaccurate. He wasn’t criticising MV players for ‘boozing all week’, and it certainly didn’t happen throughout the season. He was talking about AFTER the grand final. To say we were carried by Barbarouses and Antonis is ridiculous and frankly shows a lack of understanding – yes, Victory were lucky to win the championship, but that’s down to the A-League’s structure. Berisha was decent with 13 goals despite not having a creative force behind him, George was excellent with a bunch of assists and goals, while Deng, Williams and Donachie were brilliant in defense. George made a statement recently claiming that he never said the A-League was “not very high standard” anyway. I think all of this can be solved if the A-League transitions to a European structure. There’s barely any point in having finals in terms of TV revenue and crowd sizes because only really the grand-final sees a distinguishable increase in these, there should be at least 3 marquee player slots and the salary cap could be relaxed a little.

Leroy George slams A-League standard as "not very high", says players "booze all week"

But that’s his job

Where does all the money football generates actually go?

How was Craig Foster involved in the Socceroos match fees?

Where does all the money football generates actually go?

Clubs can negotiate this type of fee (sell-on fee) themselves anyway though – I’d say that’s what a lot of them do, at least the ones who don’t terminate their players’ contracts.

Farcical transfer system holds back A-League clubs

I’d like to see the A-League move towards a more European transfer system. It is frustrating watching players switch clubs, season after season, searching for the highest paycheck. Plus, how can we attract top talent (Australians and foreigners) to the A-League with a strict salary cap that forces clubs like MVFC to turn a profit every year that can’t really be reinvested into players. It would be huge for Australian clubs to be able to compete in Asia. The only issue is that it would definitely hurt the competitiveness in smaller clubs – but at this point, what do we have to lose? MVFC and Sydney tend to sit around the top 4 every season anyway, and the rest of the league’s financial might is fairly equitable – not to mention finals will give these clubs a chance to upset the odds.

The only positive step the FFA has taken is the loyalty player allowance introduced in 2015. I think long-term contracts should get partial salary-cap exemptions as well, but I doubt much will be done to the salary cap under the FFA.

Farcical transfer system holds back A-League clubs

But surely anything is better and more fair than ‘fair play’? It isn’t as if this is a common occurrence, just a tiebreaker to prevent teams being knocked out for simply being assertive. Plus, FIFA are revising the rankings system, so in 4 years time it should be far more representative of non-European teams.

The unfairness of the 'fair play' rule

Wouldn’t a better solution be to use FIFA’s rankings?

The unfairness of the 'fair play' rule

Bes never dived though…

Berisha leaves A-League for Japan