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Ben of Phnom Penh

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If we calmly accepted Wellington having to play almost an entire season away then I assume we’d have reasonable tolerance for an adjusted Grand Final.

How fair is the A-League if Melbourne City can't host the grand final?

Well researched and thought-out article, The Crowd. You certainly have people engaged!

Why Paramount+ is a potential game changer

I must be in a parallel universe; I’ve found myself looking forward to games featuring Wales.

The Roar's Euro 2020 expert tips and predictions: Match Day 2 (part three)

Johan, you are assuming a zero sum game; evidence suggests otherwise.

Socceroos complete perfect second round with win over Jordan

Basra, though it depends somewhat on the willingness of the opposition. From memory they played a game or two in Erbil initially (Palestine and Thailand?).

Socceroos complete perfect second round with win over Jordan

I’d like to have China; for some reason they crumble when the pressure is on. Throw everything at them to get a goal, or possibly two, in the first 30′ and watch them fall apart. Try the same with Korea or Japan and watch them roll over you for the next 60′.

Socceroos complete perfect second round with win over Jordan

I’ve been watching a few of the games and Japan are streaks ahead of everyone else.

UAE haven’t been fantastic despite home advantage. Keep a tight watch on Ali Mabkhout (particularly on the break) and Fabio, after that they seem a bit bereft of ideas.

The Saudis are always dangerous.

Socceroos complete perfect second round with win over Jordan

A decent result given the state of the pitch and a motivated opposition.

Now onto the serious business. The draw is on 1st of July and I’ll be very happy to avoid Japan.

Pot 1: Japan, Iran
Pot 2: Australia, South Korea
Pot 3: Saudi, Iraq
Pot 4: UAE, China
Pot 5: Syria, Oman
Pot 6: Lebanon, Vietnam

Socceroos complete perfect second round with win over Jordan

Each year Mike writes about the joys of elimination finals at Dolphin Stadium?

I mustn’t be paying attention.

Nothing in the A-League matches the intensity of finals football

I assume it is McGree to start against Jodan. I’m also assuming Sainsbury and Ryan with perhaps Degenek & Grant, however who will play left back? Curtis is a decent player however he was exposed during the Taiwan game.

Should be interesting given Jordan need three points.

Socceroos beat Nepal to ease into next round of World Cup qualifiers

Thumbs up from me. No harm in having an away kit that has meaning.

The next Socceroos kit should celebrate 100 years of our team

The ACL; but too many people are frightened of it as our sides often get towelled.

Nothing in the A-League matches the intensity of finals football

Even if Jordan win they are no guarantee to proceed. It’s rather tight in the race for second with Iran in real danger of not making the third round.
EDIT: Just checked the maths and I am incorrect. They will got through if they win on goal difference.

Socceroos beat Nepal to ease into next round of World Cup qualifiers

Packed and organised defence with a goalkeeper in form, so three goals from open play isn’t too bad at all.
Next game will be interesting though as Jordan need three points; a loss means there’s no tomorrow and a draw would require two of UAE, Iran & Uzbekistan to lose. Our defence is going to finally get a work-out.

Socceroos beat Nepal to ease into next round of World Cup qualifiers

Ditto, though this could be the tournament where Kai Havertz announces his presence.

The Roar's Euro 2020 expert tips and predictions: Match Day 1 (part one)

As some wit remarked when it was stated Australia was in a group of death in 2014, “It can’t be the Group of Death, we’re in it!”

The Roar's Euro 2020 expert tips and predictions: Match Day 1 (part one)

Perth’s continued underperformance worries me far more than Victory’s current woes

Is it ever okay to laugh at Melbourne Victory?

Certainly one of the most articulate footballers we’ve ever produced.

Committee for Adelaide is a great move given the nature of the position and his level of experience; a solid stepping stone in what will no doubt be a fruitful career.

We are all hoping he moves on to bigger and better things as having true football advocates in positions of influence is good for all of us who love the game.

Bruce Djite, from the pitch to the board rooms

Which attacking mid/striker would you drop?

Socceroos thrash Taiwan to take another step towards Qatar 2022

Depending on the opposition, Qatar may be a good choice. At least that way if we do qualify we’ll be playing in a familiar environment.

Socceroos thrash Taiwan to take another step towards Qatar 2022

We hammered them twice in ’85, however things were closer prior, indeed we had a draw in ’81. Not a student of Taiwanese football however it seems their football stagnated in the early ’80’s and hasn’t recovered.

Socceroos thrash Taiwan to take another step towards Qatar 2022

Let’s see. I’ve watched one-touch football from Samurai Blue for the past couple of games and are far more concerned about our defense being light on their feet rather than big. They’d just match Yoshida or Tomiyasu up to Souttar at set pieces and that would be the end of that.

Personally I’d rather we avoid Japan in the next round.

Socceroos thrash Taiwan to take another step towards Qatar 2022

McGree looked good, however apart from that there wasn’t a lot to take from the game except the three points. Our defensive cover had several lapses, however it is the type of game where the defensive mids and full-backs switch off.
That pitch is something else though! To think there’s more football to come on it…..yeeesh.
Game of the stage is going to be Jordan v Kuwait on the 11th. Both sides are going to throw everything into that fixture.

Socceroos thrash Taiwan to take another step towards Qatar 2022

The ACL offers a chance for sponsors to be showcased to a continental audience, footballers to be exposed to a far bigger scouting network and clubs to test themselves at a far, far higher level.

Those who offer disdain to the ACL more often than not do so out of a combination of fear and low ambition.

That said, COVID travel restrictions in Australia makes participation a difficult proposition without a travel guarantee from the Australian Government. If that is the case, then an appropriate explanation should be provided.

A-League clubs withdraw from Champions League, could face sanctions

That’s ok Corky. You’re clearly passionate and are welded to the joys of Scottish football. As long as you cheer madly and keep a clean sheet under the tartan you should be fine 😀

Ange Postecoglou to Celtic is huge but not without risks

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