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As for the Iran Iraq match I was working on the Hume highway on the day clearing African Olives. There was a constant stream of cars travelling south flying flags of Iran and Iraq – It may well have been a cracker of a game but the crowd was mostly non ACT residents.

Save the club chants for A-League games if you're supporting the Socceroos

Perfectly legitimate comment when you consider the state of the world today. There is no attempt by the author to combine the crisis in Palestine with Football for any other reason than to point out the potential dangers due to the terrible crisis elsewhere. More likely it seems you are making something of it yourself mate.

'It's horrific': Socceroos braced for emotional WCQ - is it 'bonkers' that we have to play Palestine right now?

Thursday night, weak opposition and barely any promotion – thats par for the course

Roos Control: Maclaren speeds to second half hat-trick as Socceroos start World Cup campaign in style

Just wait till someone in the stands does something stupid and it will be headlines

The Socceroos are set for their easiest World Cup qualification ever - but will that hurt Australian football?

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Achtung, baby! Adelaide kid off to Germany in Australia's most expensive football transfer

I watch most of the games on TV. It is seriously depressing from the start to see the empty stadiums. I can screen out the vacant rows sometimes and focus on the action when its a good game such as the recent Mariners /Roar match. To add to the malaise there is the inane commentary to put up with. Commentators chatting to each other instead of calling the game. Then the irritating rattle rattle of those stupid side drums as if someone is being marched to the gallows, somewhat fitting perhaps. And the mournful wailing through a loud hailer in the emptiness by some well meaning cheer leader. The exception is the Wanderers who at least have a decent chorus and use a much more sound effective Bass Drum. Yes this is a whinge but i use the remote which helps. However you cant possibly expect the masses to tune in and suffer this. I dont know how to do it but fill the stadiums and create the atmosphere. Create the atmosphere and you get the ratings, subsequent media coverage and a decent TV deal.

There is only ever one 'must-see' fixture in the A-League Men each week

Thats better Waz – fits the question – sorry for being pedantic – it was really a metaphorical question really – it would, in practice, be very difficult for the ref to change his mind after first ruling a foul then changing it to simulation. I was really saying Fornaroli got away with one imo – cheers

Don't mention the VAR: Vuck waste chance against shotless Nix, but nobody happy as ref and tech dominate

Re your first point – what i said waz,Waz, “”Looked like a dive to me”. And so it did. My statement remains.

Don't mention the VAR: Vuck waste chance against shotless Nix, but nobody happy as ref and tech dominate

If there was no foul on Fornaroli going down in the box why wasnt he booked for simulation then? Looked like a dive to me

Don't mention the VAR: Vuck waste chance against shotless Nix, but nobody happy as ref and tech dominate

Well early as it is diving and rolling on the turf is definitely back in favour – pathetic blight on our sport

Irankunda sent off as Original Rivalry kicks off big time with two reds, two goals and a heap of controversy

Only player to be nominated in all 5 times of the women’s Ballon D’or since its inception whats more.

The dark days of a divided NSL and dinosaur opinions are finally dead: Australian football is entering an unprecedented period of success

” It completely baffles me how someone could not have a interest in football when Irankunda, Bernado, Scicluna, Yull, Thurgate, and the list goes on ” – mate its an acquired taste, he probably hasnt had a taste yet thats all.

The dark days of a divided NSL and dinosaur opinions are finally dead: Australian football is entering an unprecedented period of success

They did at one time with regard the A League express that they were disappointed there was no evidence of any flow on from A League viewers to any of Channel 10’s other programmes. This might happen in time i guess if they stick with Football but it’s surely largely up to what they present. The Channel 10 News is well presented imo

If the Matildas can draw sell-out crowds, why can't the A-League Men?

Channel 10 would have to be pleased with the Matildas vs Philippines – 797000 overall, 523000 Metro –

If the Matildas can draw sell-out crowds, why can't the A-League Men?

Speaking of The Matildas if you can get to this exhibition its well worth a look >https://www.walkleys.com/spotlight-on-2023-nikon-prize-winners-and-walkley-award-photography-finalists/<. Jubilation, a great image of seven of the squad won First prize in the Beauty in Sport prize for 2023. There are several other images that were finalists including several more of the Tillies and, unfortunately, a graphic image of the Bucket Man incident. The winning image of the Matildas is also copied on an entire wall in the exhibition – top floor NSW state Library where the ex is currently on show but it may be in other states as well – not sure. Great publicity.

If the Matildas can draw sell-out crowds, why can't the A-League Men?

Well its the Matildas thats why. Crowds are not flocking to the W League either are they. But I expect they will grow after those Teeny Boppers loving our matildas get a little older. And please stop writing and posting about crowds!

If the Matildas can draw sell-out crowds, why can't the A-League Men?

Cheer up Waz – better times coming. You might have to live a long time to see it happen but our sport will prevail. And there is always our Mighty Matildas doing the job in fine style. Our Nation wouldnt dare let “the people in charge” mess them up!

Redmayne pain as Socceroo's howler consigns Sydney FC to horror start in Brisbane domination

So does that idiot from Qld with his monotonous wailing through his megaphone “Ole Ole Ole – Ozie Ozie etc

Rusty Matildas secure Olympic qualifier win - but 'unsportsmanlike' Iran tactics frustrate fans

What! crawl out of bed at 5.30 am to watch the Socceroos play NZ – fair go No Mates – maybe a possibility if it was played here or in NZ at a reasonable hour perhaps.

'If fans don’t come, how can the product improve?': Socceroos implore fans to back A-League after Matildas’ breakthrough

Yes – if near misses counted as goals we would be world champs

A Luongo Time Coming: Returning star shines after five-year absence as Socceroos brush Kiwis aside

Phase

'I’ll be supporting whoever plays against Australia': Are people engaging with the Women’s World Cup, or just along for the ride?

Of course – but if you say it cant be done – it wont be done. Australia loves our Matildas.

'I’ll be supporting whoever plays against Australia': Are people engaging with the Women’s World Cup, or just along for the ride?

Well stage more Matildas matches against quality overseas national teams in Australia then.

'I’ll be supporting whoever plays against Australia': Are people engaging with the Women’s World Cup, or just along for the ride?

There is no doubt about her ability – she seems to keep a low profile on the park then explodes out of the blue – a dynamic player who could score with venom if she keeps her balance – more to come from Kylie for sure.

Foord Fiesta! Caitlin and Raso fire Matildas into quarter finals as Kerr makes long-awaited return

She was better in the second half at keeping the ball. However an amazing player with her best to come

Foord Fiesta! Caitlin and Raso fire Matildas into quarter finals as Kerr makes long-awaited return

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