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I agree that WSW have the potential to lead the revitilisation of the league – But will they actually do it with their squad and under Carl Robinson, who knows…

Things are looking up for A-League Men

This is probably pretty common of A League fans who have drifted in and out of actually watching and attending games. Which shows that all the recent good publicity of our media deals, renaming the leagues, sponsorships, etc, may goa long way in getting those people missing from the league back and enjoying it.

Things are looking up for A-League Men

I’ve got no problem as long as it’s legit, because you win some and lose some. Whether it was Croatia or Aus I think would’ve both been fine (for him), only he could truly say how he feels about representing us and singing the anthem. If he’s doing it purely because he’s a better chance of making the squad and playing at a WC, compared to trying to make Croatias team then that’s on him and he may well live to regret the decision later in life.

I instead wonder about how some Brazilian players manage to represent China, or Qatar, or some other rich nation – Those scenarios a bit stinkier IMO.

Divided loyalties: Fran Karačić's unusual Socceroos circumstances

Unfortunately I think we’ll be battling for 5th, with pressure on Coricas head by seasons end.

Steve Corica expects Sydney FC to bounce back

There’s a lot riding on Max Burgess, because the squad is older and we’ll likely continue to play the boring build up and possession style that Corica plays. I’m actually feeling okay about Elvis Kamsoba joining as he brings energy and pace and could revitalise the style of play (when he comes off the bench – he shouldn’t be starting)

Steve Corica expects Sydney FC to bounce back

Technically Sydney may have finished 2 points behind City, but that’s only because City basically had the league wrapped up several weeks prior. In reality City were way better than us and easily deserved to be Premiers. However that game at Leichhardt definitely could’ve gone the other way

Steve Corica expects Sydney FC to bounce back

Me too, apart from us I really want Japan going through to represent our confederation at the WC.

The Socceroos aren't Japan's biggest rival, but Arnie's men can change all that

From everything I’ve seen and heard it’s nothing but positive what Ch.10 have been doing in terms of promotion.
And nobody should think that football is near those other trash reality shows you mentioned, because they rate big time. Without MasterChef and the Bachelor Ch.10 would sink.

The Socceroos aren't Japan's biggest rival, but Arnie's men can change all that

Yeah a draw this morning between Japan and Saudi would’ve been ideal.
Although the 2nd game against Japan at the end of the campaign will be at home, played to a full stadium cause it’s not until March next year.

I’m still hoping we can play our ‘home’ home game in Sydney against the Saudi’s in November, even if it’s a small crowd, anything to get an advantage. Although I’m not too confidant, if they have to quarantine then it’ll be played in Doha again

HISTORY MAKERS! Socceroos charge on with record 11th straight World Cup win, as Japan falter again

This purchase really is on the nose and I feel pretty uncomfortable about the Saudi’s embarking on more sportswashing. The only upside and silver lining is that the Newcastle fans will finally start to see some good results, and it will add another serious competitor to the EPL landscape.

'Grotesque moment for football', 'Dare to hope': Wild range of reaction as Saudis cleared for $550m Newcastle takeover

These are the type of matches we struggled to win during the Russia 2018 qualifying, even though we played very entertaining football.
This time around we’re getting the results, and all away from home.
While yes we have played the 3 weakest teams so far, we’ve won each game so not much more we could do…
Also we and the Saudi’s have opened up a 6 point gap over Japan which is quite promising.

HISTORY MAKERS! Socceroos charge on with record 11th straight World Cup win, as Japan falter again

This backs up your article nicely:

Interestingly Serbia are the 4th highest exporter of talent around the world.

'The best technical players in Europe': The A-League’s bridge to the Balkans

If the Dragons turned into a permanent Illawarra team I reckon you’d lose 80% of traditional St George fans, me included, which represent a pretty big number.

But I agree Perth and Adelaide teams are of big importance to actually turn this league national, but whenever there’s relocation involved the league and applicable team need to be aware that support will be lost in the short-term. Definitely a long-term play.

Manly and Sharks to relocate, two new teams in Qld plus Fiji and PNG: Tough expansion calls NRL should make

Victimless crime

How is the NRL still getting Mad Monday so wrong?

What’s the big deal really, literally nobody (apart from those caught) were hurt out of this.
Young guys on big money enjoy the drug of choice for people with disposable money, shocked!

How is the NRL still getting Mad Monday so wrong?

Chromecast forms the basic function of Google TV, Google TV is just the next level of Chromecast where you can a remote and a pretty awesome interface on your TV.

'It's just football': Rebrand spells end of the W-League

Google TV is the best technology change I’ve experienced in a long time, it’s the best!

My football related channels I’m subscribed to on YouTube are:
– A-League Couch Critics
– Athletic Interest
– COPA90 Stories
– DW Kick Off!
– Football Meta
– Tifo Football
– Tifo IRL

'It's just football': Rebrand spells end of the W-League

“I think A League was one of the first to use VAR as well.”

I wouldn’t put this down as a positive though, more of a suck up to FIFA IMO to keep them happy with our annoying little league down under who don’t have pro/rel. 😛

'It's just football': Rebrand spells end of the W-League

But the media will be instructed to use the proper terminology of A League Mens, not A League. This will catch on and likely become the more common way of describing the men’s comp.
Or as I mentioned, just easier to say ALM (and give those Sokkah Twitter guys free press 😊 )

'It's just football': Rebrand spells end of the W-League

Definitely parity and equalisation in how the two leagues are referred to and considered which is great, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, there won’t be equal salaries for many many years, maybe even decades.
The only way to achieve equal salaries is if was mandated by the APL which won’t happen because the economics of it make no sense. It would have to be through a salary cap, which seems to be getting looser by the year. And then it would mean either the ALW are getting overs, or the ALM are getting unders which will have an impact on the quality of players either league would be able to attract.

'It's just football': Rebrand spells end of the W-League

I think we’ll need to shift our whole thinking away from “A League” and “W League” and instead adopt ALM & ALW.

3 letters flows well and is easy to say, compared to the messy AFLW for example. NRL and AFL are what 99.9% of people would refer to it as, so I don’t see a big issue in future.

'It's just football': Rebrand spells end of the W-League

I’m yet to be won over by the new badge, but I don’t care too much about that. Although completely agree it should be ‘hidden’ on the shoulder instead of the chest.
But I disagree the name changes are a bad move. The two leagues do have different names, one is the ALM and the other ALW. And the question that half the population would ask is why do the women have to be differentiated by name and not the men. ‘A League’ by itself doesn’t really exist anymore.
In time people will just refer to each comp by the acronym, just like everyone does with the NRL and AFL.
“Hey did you catch the ALM / ALW on the weekend?” See, rolls off the tongue just like the others. 👍

'It's just football': Rebrand spells end of the W-League

I think this is a positive move and should be celebrated for equalising the professional men’s and women’s leagues, in spirit at least.
This is especially relevant for a sport such as football where there is huge participation for women along with men.
It’ll feel a bit strange for many people early on, but it’s the way of the future and will become totally normalised.

'It's just football': Rebrand spells end of the W-League

This is top notch and exactly what I needed to read this week.

Anyway, weighing it all up, it’s still very easy to support Souths losing, to that young pack of jerks from Penrith 😂

Stuck in neutral: Reasons to support – or boo – the Panthers and Souths in the NRL grand final

I think the 4 Corners story was quite lacking, if anything it just gives us all more reason to dislike Melbourne City now, especially now they’re the strongest on the park. That vison of the the guy in the desert 😢 that was bad.
The Bakries / Brisbane seemed like a stretch to find something bad, there’s nothing in the Sydney ownership and the Adelaide ownership is a bit strange, but we have no reason to be critical of them.

It’s a cushy A-League draw for the east coast, while Perth Glory should be furious

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