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You cant be serious City are not a major club, they are actually the third worst club in supporter base. Brisbane and Perth are the two next biggest clubs after the big three. Then you have Adelaide. The finally Newcastle, Wellington and Central Coast. That City and Western United got that smallish grand final crowd together its proof of the pudding.

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

Point 3. First unlike the Olympics all the costs were paid for by FIFA.
Olympics everything is given to them for free the village the food even.
What about when they threw in the flghts into the country for everyone and family members to get the Sydney and recent Comm games.
All flights hotels etc are paid for by FIFA, that includes all the teams refs broadcast.
The revenue in US terms was 570m and the money given in prize money and grants to all who made it was 152m. I find Infantinos claims dubious that it just broke even, of course the last he wants to do is say they made money because then that would mean they have to match the mens prize money.

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

Why is it that teams travelling overseas and playing in Asia despite spending 1000% more time in the air are immune to any of these travel issues not to mention playing extra games.
This has got to be the biggest running joke on this forum where CCM have got all the titles travelled 1000% more distance than Adelaide, spent 1000% more time in the air, played more games 16 more games in the season.

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

The difference between last year and this year is the most popular Melb side made it, veruss City who is number two, the two worst supported sides are from Melb and Syd. The irony is though Western United have signed up Ibusuki and Adelaide cant afford him.
The difference in Scotland they dont have the weirdos who talk about Glasgow clubs and Patrick Thistle as being part of the conspiracies. Here in the A-league we have the Sydney obsessives and they sort of tag in Melbourne into the conspiracies and all clubs are included.
We cant afford to make the competition fair in the eyes of the nutters, the financial cost of making Sydney teams fly to Adelaide and Brisbane to play home games there to even up the comp travel is too much.

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

Phil Rothfield has come out with an A-league own goal grand final article saying the Mariners Victory would have 40k at Allianz also all the bigger corporates and 10k Victory fans would have travelled and that would have earnt 2m extra. I certainly dont think they would have got 40k, they would have about 30k. They did charge top dollar though for most seats in Gosford unlike Parramatta last year but Parramatta does have a massive corporate area
Its the hosting money that is the big factor which now supposedly was 10m a season. If thats been used to pay for Unite round then they still get it anyway.
We dont know how much Danny Townsend has wasted and where. That money if it had been used wisely could have kept the A-league going for 10-20 years.
What we do know is there are more teams than ever min 13 so there are more expenses than ever. The APL is somehow also paying for the womens which is also super expensive now with a 22 game season. This is what people just the cost of refs for so many games is astronomical once you have them flying around. Of course the VAR adds extra to the mens as well so it seems all a bit weird that they are in financial trouble supposedly have not done the sensible thing and dumped the VAR. FFA are not only free of all these things they used to pay for, I think they receive a portion of the broadcast rights per year and who knows what else. So the FFA should be chockful of cash. The APL on the other hand are not in a sustainable position because of all these costs. They could well decide to dump the womens and not pay for it.
The most amazing thing is how 8-0 win by the A-leagues has dissapeared from the face of the earth. All these media lap up the touring teams like a dog in heat, so the one thing you could count on them in the past is reporting on the touring teams.
The fake code war they run NRL over the AFL is the biggest joke in the country as well. The truth is the A-league is not only the no 1 sporting target in this country by the media but its basically the only target as well.

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

Maybe not all but against Sydney he choked massively, Sydney chose not to make subs so they could keep their penalty takers, as a result they were there for the taking if Popovic attacked , instead they played a 0-0 draw and Redmayne destroyed them in the penalty shoot out.
Bos ultimately pulled them out of the fire down a man against CIty. Popovic should have realised the running power of a Bos is what saved him, and could fix his end of match issues.
Use the subs and the use Bos earlier in the half and they would have run away winners.

Edmondson brace caps epic Grand Final comeback as Mariners seal historic treble

Why cant Channel 10 evem do a tenth of that, whats stopping them. I saw more commercials and promos for the FA and even the Scottish cup in the middle of the night. Channel 10 are beyond bonkers.
I see the Matildas all the time on 9.

Edmondson brace caps epic Grand Final comeback as Mariners seal historic treble

Sorry but this is a clear indication your clueless.
OFI Crete play in the Greek super league.
I think your confusing Crete with Cypriot league.
Though even the Cypriot league is not bad.
Kamau in his last season scored 9 goals in his last season at almost a goal per 90 minutes.
Before that he was good at beating players at least.
He has come back and not scored a goal and he doesn’t dribble past players.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

AFL gets high reach but the ratings are only 549k I presume it because all the people tuning in for the news on 7.
Horse racing ratings are only 121k the same effect.

Edmondson brace caps epic Grand Final comeback as Mariners seal historic treble

Thats the reach you cant compare that to previous years but the actual rating is very good 316 compared to 174 last year its a massive increase and the best free to air ratings for ages.

Edmondson brace caps epic Grand Final comeback as Mariners seal historic treble

Lets have a look through the line up they put out
Ashby 22 loaned out to the Championship 13 apps there before that West Ham 1 premier league app, and 3 cup and 3 europe appearances with minnows I assume.
Joe White 21 has 4 premier league appearances I assume off the bench.
Murphy 19 has token 2 app 11 mnutes premier league.
Diallo 21 has 1 app in the premier league.
Parkinson 19 1 appearance premier league.

Clubs of course put players on for token appearances to increase their value.
Maybe thats the difference between Man U and Newcastle cup matches versus regular season.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

Diallo passing was terrible, maybe its was because of the finger tip save he produced, but the so called shot was a cross to no one close enough to the keeper. Kuol had two precisely delivered two balls that could have led to goals. I will agree that Diallo was energetic in a zombie like youth team.
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Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

Why is it I saw how many articles on the Sherrin and the EPL teams, and not one on the result of the All Stars.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

I think there is a totally different problem in Europe. Its certainly not pressure related its the reverse a lack of pressure. They get put on good money with secure long term contracts, they get loaned out to a club who doesn’t own them and doesn;t care what they do. The players who succeeded in the old days, they didnt get any money , some didnt even get to train with a club in the case of Craig Johnston, they had to do everything they could to succeed or else they were out on the street with no money. Knowing that you end up on the street is pressure.
To me it seems all the promising players who got to Europe end up going downhill its not the step up is too big its they fail to even maintain their A-league standard in Europe let alone improve.
What about Kamau for example are you telling us he is a better player now that when he was in the A-league before. What happened to him why is a promising player virtually useless now.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

The media is usually all over this stuff, but once the scoreline hit 8-0 there has been absolutely no media coverage at all. Its like the match never happened.
Helped the APL coffers?
We dont have a clue about that, if Danny Townsend was involved with Barcelona that could be another reason for the financial black hole.

Edmondson brace caps epic Grand Final comeback as Mariners seal historic treble

Thats looking at players that join from the age of 8 though. If they are talking about 4000 over 5 years well thats 800 a year which more than the whole premier league. So just off the bat you have to cull it down to 50 out of 800 being about the max possible. So 3% is actually only half of 6%.
If you were too look at players who make into the reserves or youth team you will find a different story, clubs will give players minutes and in the cups in particular just to say they played for the senior team and increase their value. So there would be a lot more players who have played for premier league teams in the cups.
Wooton and Tuncliffe are ex Man Utd youth team players and both did play for the senior team in cups. Wooton got a go in the Championship because of that before falling through to being a League One level player. Tunclifffe on the other hand has a solid Championship career and got a bit of time back in the premier league in one season , but he seems to have fallen off late in his career.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

Aluo Kuol has a terrible touch but good physically, strong despite being lean, tall and fast. If you think he and Garang Kuol are the same your clueless . The elder Kuol he scored 7 as poacher with less minutes in the 20-21 Mariners team who delivered more balls into the area, this Mariners team certainly does not do that despite being top of the table. I remember when he started a game that season though and he was just terrible, as a sub who basically stayed in the box you never got to see how bad he was. So this season he has played twice as many minutes for only 5 goals despite being 3 years older. The only reason the Mariners are top is their defence.
The question over Garang Kuol is his physical strength for Europe. He is only 19 so thats one factor you have to take into consideration . Where he is being loaned is all wrong Northern Europe the refs allow more physical play and the slighter players have less chance.
Diallo is 21 , the one you labelled as the stand out, he showed good control, fitness and carried the ball well, but there was no end product. Cernes the 18 year old looks a good physical type with good technique but very poor fitness I think he spotted a good one two opening and the biggest fault I had with Kuol was he didnt do the return the ball.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

Popovic choked yet again. MV have a good bench Popovic should have subbed earlier and kept on top of the Mariners, they chose to fall back and let Nisbet get the ball where before it was being blocked off . The Nisbet lay back was amazing, it looks simple but it was genius he placed it into a gap so Edmonson a free shot from within the area. This is what I said about Nisbet very early he should be the one player playing 90 minutes in every game, he has no issues with 120 either extra time does not affect him.
I think Victory should try and get Edmonson the Mariners their service from crosses was poor, Victory are a dominant team and Fornaroli is useless against a good defence. Fornaroli only scored against weak defences , he has no height for crosses, he has no speed . If they make the mistake of keeping Fornaroli then the same issues will plague them next season.

Edmondson brace caps epic Grand Final comeback as Mariners seal historic treble

There was a dodgy penalty just before the red but the red was a red.

'Got robbed by a bad ref': Harry loses his Kewell as Asian Champions League dream ends in controversial loss

Utter and complete nonsense. It cost 9 dollars to and back from Central Coast to Sydney by train and just over an hour. Going interstate is totally different as the airport is in Sydney.
Mainly neutral fans? There were more 50% more Mariners fans in Sydney on previous occasions and heaps of whinging about missing out on tickets. The APL was very generous to Victory fans, they had 6 full bays so there was about 8000 less Mariners fans than last year. The atmosphere would have been bigger because the Victory fans made a lot more noise than lame City support last year.
What made this grand final bigger was the late comeback victory. The irony about sport is there is no rush bigger than making a last minute comeback from a losing position, versus an easy win. Of course the flip side is they could have easy lost this game, then what would they have been saying.

Edmondson brace caps epic Grand Final comeback as Mariners seal historic treble

Interesting phenomena the media are running scared spent half and hour scrolling through the sports section on Microsoft and it seems the all stars victory is a taboo subject.
Could not find an article on it.
This 8-0 seems to have them really rattled.

A-League All Stars embarrass Newcastle youth 8-0 for first ever victory

Mens All star was a good selection from the A-leagues men.
It was an entertaining thrashing against a team that didnt really track back.
I prefered the mens match as a spectacle if it had been the other way around,
it would have been front page of every paper in the country and people would be saying how good a performance it was.
A-leagues women on the other hand it was mixed all sorts not all stars.
At least the mixed all sorts showed the value of packing the area.
Was it the best spectacle no, from the A-league womens point of view they kept it down to 1 and could have equalised with that late chance.

A-League All Stars embarrass Newcastle youth 8-0 for first ever victory

Maybe they were pushing the absolute deadline when they had to release the players, why play the game on the Friday after a Wed match.

'Held our own': Arsenal pip A-League Women All Stars as Matildas teammates battle it out in front of bumper Melbourne crowd

Heyman was decent, shehardly got given a clear opportunity.

'Held our own': Arsenal pip A-League Women All Stars as Matildas teammates battle it out in front of bumper Melbourne crowd

The selection of the women All stars was a joke and then compounded further with the choice of the starting line up. Sermani was an amazing selector but since Stajic came in there has been a Matildas club which seems to control selection, I thought it was just the coaches but its seems to be the whole network, these selections made Gustavson look half sensible, though Gustavsson has famously selected some of these players injured in squads.
Kellod Knight was ineffectual physically , she couldn’t defend up the field , at least she got back into the area unlike the midfield of the Newcastle United youth team and blocked things off. Its not like she is better in the A-league womens the injuries and time out have even affected her passing which is no longer any good . I think she is one of the weakest in the competition and no longer fit to play in it.
Yallop and Simon are average players in the A-league at the moment, Yallop she struggles to compete physically, and this was compounded against Arsenal, she should not be selected in the Matildas certainly let alone the all stars. Simon technically she is still solid, but lacks speed these days to make an impact.
Lydia Williams looked dodgy physically she could not have done anything about the goal not tested otherwise, she was struglling in the A-league when she did play and has not played since January till now. Whyman looked good and has been great in the A-league, where your spoilt for choice. Casey Dumont also a super goal keeper. These two are useful with their feet as well. Aquino got the award seen her make a lot of great saves. So with so much talent in that position why go for the player who has been out for months and why is Gutsavsoon considering here for Paris.
Sophie Harding got the Dolan Award for best player as a striker maybe because she monopolised the points while others shared it with their teammates. Her shooting is great and she is tall and can head the ball. Her touch though is poor and she is certainly not a winger and there are a lot of better players for winger. Ibini surely the biggest joke selection of all time, 1 goal all season and walks around she is even worse in the state leagues with her effort.
The best striker in the A-league womens is Hannah Keane she was injured not that she would have been selected anyway. I think she would be a hit with a top team, or the USA national team.
Cerne to me is an average fullback, done over by Ford, Matos similiar. Stott and Morrison are good on the ball thats why they would have been selected not the best aerially and physically center backs but wasted with that terrible midfield. Foster she was solid but not the fastest and threatening left fullback.
The biggest travesty was the lack of game time for Mackenzie Hawkesby . She should be selected for the Matildas as well. Chidiac is down on her level this season , no longer makes up for it with box to box running like she did in the past.
Then you have the players who should have been selected, they definetly needed Galica great winger, then Canberras star atacking midfielder she got stolen by Serbia Milosevic and the strong woman of defensive midfield Gomes.
It was not the All stars it was a few stars, average players and two of the worst.

'Held our own': Arsenal pip A-League Women All Stars as Matildas teammates battle it out in front of bumper Melbourne crowd

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