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She has had her moments but lacks the class for this level of competition imo.

Matildas 35yo scores seven minutes into fairytale return as Fowler and Foord finish off Uzbekistan

I’m amazed to see V E in the squad let alone in the starting line up. And number 9 at that.

Matildas 35yo scores seven minutes into fairytale return as Fowler and Foord finish off Uzbekistan

Mine was the same. I thought the match must have been deferred. Also i have a lot of problems with live streaming on Paramount with it crashing my tv at various intervals. I have a Samsung smart tv which I understand is “not strong enough” I have no problems with live streaming on STAN.

Wanderers play victims again as Rudan launches childish, Trump-like conspiracy theories

It surely wasnt the Lads fault. Moreover you would have to question why he was selected to join the squad in the first place. A defender from a struggling team with a poor defensive record in the lowly rated Scottish league. And bringing him on at such a critical time at that.

Are we a mature enough football nation to honestly discuss the Socceroos?

There is always our Matildas!

'Devastating', 'painful', 'punished': Socceroos OUT of Asian Cup after Miller's moments of madness

Ha – fancy bringing on a Hibs player

'Devastating', 'painful', 'punished': Socceroos OUT of Asian Cup after Miller's moments of madness

But if it came to a shootout I think I’d prefer the Saudis

The Socceroos aren't the only 'favourite' battling their way through the Asian Cup... It's a bloody hard tournament

It has not all been criticism of lack of creating chances. There have been many comments acknowledging that, based on this tournament, Asian Football has come a long way. Dont just focus on the serial knockers. I think Arnie can focus on sharpening our passing game and we can win right through. Otherwise the Koreans will pick us off with relative ease.

The Socceroos aren't the only 'favourite' battling their way through the Asian Cup... It's a bloody hard tournament

Human Nature

The Socceroos aren't the only 'favourite' battling their way through the Asian Cup... It's a bloody hard tournament

There was enough in it to inspire hope but, with a few exceptions, not much to inspire confidence. Been a bit concerned about Ryan as he seemed to have been a bit shaky last few games with his ball handling and getting caught out way off line. Didnt have enough to do last night to gauge his performance. As for Souttar’s perfect header he can be both good and bad in defence. Both players have had some lucky escapes which you wont get against the big charging Saudis et al.

Socceroos finally get Harry's head in the game as they advance to Asian Cup's last eight after early struggles

The Socceroos lift against better teams – win or lose – have patience

Syria killers: Irvine strike sends Socceroos into Asian Cup knockout stages

Hope you are right but I don’t think it would make it any easier to run

A-Leagues confirm brutal staff purge as game's bold $40m vision goes up in smoke

APL need to consider the grim reality facing our game and plan for the possibility of a future without a TV deal. Im sure this would be on their agenda but wouldnt want to be letting on.

A-Leagues confirm brutal staff purge as game's bold $40m vision goes up in smoke

Have you noticed that most of the negative posts are from newbies (No Mates excepted of course!)

A-Leagues confirm brutal staff purge as game's bold $40m vision goes up in smoke

I wouldnt get carried away by a win over that lot. At least we had plenty of practice at corners but from the look of it we need plenty more. The Indian medics also had a lot of practice, very prone to injury those Indians.

Who's the Bos? Jordy and Jackson see spluttering Socceroos past India in drab Asian Cup opener

Dont forget it is a two season deal. It will be unlikely if they abandon it after this year as both protagonists (APL & Destination NSW) would lose too much faith all together. I think after next year they will be happy to see it fade away.

Tinderbox at Allianz for A-League fans as Victory, Sky Blues, Reds bring a promoter's dream double header

Off subject but if you haven’t already read this it might at least cheer you up a bit.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/one-code-to-rule-them-why-soccer-may-be-the-last-survivor-in-world-footy-20231231-p5eudj.html

Have we finally reached Peak A-League? Epic fail as wrong team go top after ALM fail to read own rules

Agreed, I was just having a friendly shot at Bruno for his turf rolls

Bruno and Zizou too good again as Victory send Socceroo off in style by going top of the table

Even without FornaROLY for 6 weeks

Bruno and Zizou too good again as Victory send Socceroo off in style by going top of the table

Poor old Macarthur, Just when they have a chance to get more than 100 spectators come along to watch a bloody good team in action the Govt takes the opportunity away from them.

Macarthur FC's AFC Cup clash moved from Australia to Thailand over visa issues for opponents

If you were totally perplexed its cos its a perplexing rule, especially as different leagues have different interpretations. The rule, of course, is intended to penalise deliberate attempts to interfere with the flight of the ball. – Many incidents lately seem clearly accidental but are ruled differently. It should be “blatant and obvious” but even that is open to interpretation. hard rule to qualify I guess, bit like the offside rule.

most incidents that i have seen lately seem purely accidental and some similar situations ruled differently

Wanderers weather storm - and Roar - to maintain unbeaten record after stunning late comeback

I think it not hard to suggest Spurs were winning against weaker teams in the run up to their 3 on the trot losses. 3 goals ruled offside in a match is a coaches nightmare, by the same player at that. Spurs did well really when you consider they had nine players out for the Villa match, seven with injuries and Bissouma and Romero out suspended.

What the EPL?!: 'Spursy' PL first puts focus on 'rash' Ange tactics, Gunners celebrate '60 million down the drain'

Contributors to this site are obsessed with “crowds” and “empty” stadiums. The 60,000 crowds of yesteryear often referred to occurred when mobs came to party. Don’t tell me otherwise. I saw it in the pubs from early on pre match kick off. In pubs at both Parra and Lidcombe. Packed to the eyeballs with “supporters”, beer coming out their ears, thumping the tables while they chanted along. The pubs were awash with grog and they must have turned over record profits. At the subsequent games I saw members among the RBB trashing the seats and chucking them on the park. There was plenty of atmosphere all right and a few beers helped you get into it i must admit. I think those at the games back then watched the carry on in a section of the stands as much as they did the game. But those days are gone and its no use bemoaning that. I used to take four mates along to those games and they loved the carry on but only one comes with me now. It occurred to me that if every member got a member signed up then attendances might nearly double and so on.

The A-League Men needs a lot more games like the Sydney Derby

Pity we cant put together a state of origin tournament or some sort of state v’s state championship

Jewel in the crown: Just how much are Socceroos and Matildas worth to the broadcasters?

They jump on the bandwagon by posing for photographs with the Matildas. What’s more they are hardly likely to throw money while there are empty stadiums. Particularly after the pressure to build a 30000 seat capacity expansion at Parramatta when they could have halved the old stadium and still had empty seats.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 5

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