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Nowhere else to put this but Nix have just signed Gary Hooper. The former Celtic, Norwich and Sheff Wed striker is only 31, almost 200 career goals.

This is a fantastic signing. This is how you use a visa spot!

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 2

Classic Nick. Robertson is highly rated in junior ie kids football. He’s never played a first team game. Not even close. There is zero evidence that he’s not the next Nicky Rizzo, Jamie McMaster or Kaz Patafta. From memory Francois has played in the EFL Cup and nothing else.

How about we make people earn a cap, as opposed to calling them up based on nothing other than being juniors at big clubs? Or players you’ve heard about in Football Manager?

Takeaways from Australia's win over Taiwan

Good to get a win, but you can’t draw any conclusions against such weak opponents. We aren’t yet ruthless and we haven’t solved the goal issue yet

Takeaways from Australia's win over Taiwan

Only City have the finances

Dear A-League fans, it's time to take off the rose-coloured glasses

The Roar isn’t a great friend of football

Dear A-League fans, it's time to take off the rose-coloured glasses

Things have changed. A new governing body is in place. Expecting an instant fix is so unrealistic

Dear A-League fans, it's time to take off the rose-coloured glasses

Great marquees are valuable (for that season). The ADP experiment shows it carries no long term benefits though.

Making them non-negitiable though? Telling clubs they must go for a bling recruit that may not even suit their philosophy? No way

Dear A-League fans, it's time to take off the rose-coloured glasses

Well said LH

Groundhog Day over again for football in Australia

The biggest shift in the league’s history occurred a few months ago. How this affects the league we won’t know until into next season and beyond. There hasn’t been time for many significant changes (bench sizes shows the type of thinking we’d exoect).

Nothing will change much this season. Writing the A-league off every week is akin to moving a struggling child to a different school only to declare after the first day of term “he hasn’t gotten any better!”. What were you expecting, particularly given the failure to promote the upcoming season at all is akin to the child going to school without pen, paper or laptop.

Groundhog Day over again for football in Australia

Surely Nick you aren’t seriously suggesting that WSW would have their goal cancelled out and replaced by a penalty for -WSW? The goal would stand, advantage would be played.

So many VAR articles, despite 6/6 decisions being correct! One wonders the furore had it erred!

The match should stop during the VAR process

“We have a tendency to get things out of proportion or make assumptions based on how we would like things to be…”

Spot on Buddy. We at times set unrealistic goals e.g. 100k to the first round, and then when crowds are pretty much exactly what could be reasonably expected we claim it is “poor”.

It’s going to be a long season ahead, the expectation that the new body can instantly fix all ills is so unrealistic

Groundhog Day over again for football in Australia

Your comments suggest beer goggles Nick, rather than rose-tintee ones.
Marquees “non-negotiable”? What, you want the governing body to insist each club has one? Who is considered a marquee? How much must they be paid? Ludicrous. Throw out a coach’s plan to incorporate a player they don’t want? So much for clubs having independence!
Is there even any evidence marquees have any long term impact? No. Unearthing more Arzani’s and selling them on for profit will however be a benefit. Look at the minutes played by young Australians, around 600 I believe, compared to 5 minutes in the corresponding round last season.
Last time I checked the new body have been in charge a few months. Were you really expecting a dramatic change in such a short period of time? Clearly you were. As someone said last week, at best this season will be a plateau. Next season (and yes, the league will still exist) we’ll see the impact of the new body. Everyone seems to be overlooking the new bench rules btw, the aim to get more young Australians game time. It may not be as shiny as marquees but it has the potential to have much longer term benefits.
One round in and the doomsdayers appear. Again.

Dear A-League fans, it's time to take off the rose-coloured glasses

It is indeed GHD Stu. Wailing and gnashing over crowds one week in. Happens every season. The “poor” opening week crowds were only poor because you tipped 100k. Those of us who tipped 80-85k are saying “par for the course”.
Traditionally PG get 9k
WSW don’t have 25k fans. Never have. At their peak they weren’t filling Parra. Threats of rain keep Sydneysiders away- every time
Nix – 8k is average
AU – 10k is actually pretty good. Adeleaide fans more than any like to see if their side is any good before tbey commit. Poor team 9k. Good team 12-13k
The Melbourne Derby? Marvel is a horrible stadium for football. Sadly MV have a contract to 2025(?) So have no choice but to put their best drawing games there. Still, 33k fans. NSL would have killed for that.
Imagine had they promoted the start of the season!!

Groundhog Day over again for football in Australia

The downside to My Football is that on a 7″ screen every Roar player looked like Brad Inman!

Late drama as the Roar make their point

The frame rate argument suggests even offside is still coloured

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

Ha ha! Just got it! I’m not a pie eater, prefer protein to carbs.

There is going to be log jam of teams from 1-8 I think

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

“Going hungry”?

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

“If a player and I had a disagreement we’d talk about it until he agreed I was right”

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

Roar had a couple of headers that went over, but didn’t create a lot. They did build pressure though, looking fitter than Glory, and deserved their goal

First half PG got in behind both flanks a few times, and Ikonomidis should have scored early. Roar were much tighter second half, and PG had trouble playing through Roar’ s midfield, who were noticeably more athletic and competitive than previous versions

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

Agree totally. If they can’t make a decision on 2-3 replays then it isn’t “clear and obvious”

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

There were a lot of crosses fired in, which would have suited the Big Unit who came on late, but not ROD so much. The pace of DWH playing off the shoulder would be interesting, given how much possession BR had in attacking midfield areas second half

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

Celebrations are definitely tempered.

Alternately, without VAR Roar would have gone away feeling totally robbed

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

ROD inactive in the first phase, on in the 2nd. Goal correctly given (because of VAR)

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

On VAR, all 6 incidents were adjudicated correctly. Without VAR BR would have been robbed a deserved equaliser, MC robbed of a deserved point. The headlines would have all been how refereeing would turn people away from the A-league.
I would like to see a 1 minute time limit to make a decision though. If not conclusive after this minute the original decision stands.
On the round, I thoroughly enjoyed the football. It looks a tight season. Some very organised teams. Noticeably most teams are light in the striker department still.
On imports, it’s going to be hit and miss again. Diamante looks absolute quality, the others at WU pretty good. MacDonald sharp. But it’s a very old team. Very old. The hot weather will really test them. Aldred and O’Shea looked excellent for Roar. That tackle by Aldred on Ikonamidis was Matt Smith-esque. WSW imports looked pretty anonymous. MV likewise, though I liked the look of Basha. City’s Uruguayans so so. The Mexican at Nux likewise.
What was with AU and the high backline with such slow CB’s?
Very exciting to see so many young Aussies coming through. The increase in bench size is a great incentive.
On the inevitable tv ratings, I watched all 5 games on My Football. How many others did, and how skewed are the tv figures?
Great strips. Glory v Roar was a sartorial feast. Loved the City and Sydney shirts.
Don’t care about debating crowd figures. Not sure what they even were.
Marvel stadium is horrible
Time to stop playing marquee fixtures in round one.

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

Lovely negative headline there. Keep on building that negative narrative Roar

Ola Toivonen and City defender's embarrassing last-minute 'fight' is peak A-League