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I notice the usual troublemakers on this forum, who follow other codes, are nowhere to be seen on this thread. International competition not their area of expertise 🙂

The Socceroos at the Copa America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

You haven’t heard of “The Chocolate Box” Waz? It’s all Les Murray ever went on about

The Socceroos at the Copa America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

I’ve seen Perth play each week. They are a mile behind Sydney, who’s games I have also seen each week. Agree on WSW totally

Perth Glory: The good and the bad

Am I alone in thinking that Perth have flattered to deceive, and are exactly where they deserve to be?

Why?
1) defensively porous, partly due to personnel changes, partly due to a lack of screening from an unathletic midfield (and Djulbic in defence)
2) overplaying in the final third. Castro is no doubt talented, but his failure to play an early ball into the box is killing them. How many times does Fornaroli make a run, only for Castro to change directions 4 times before either playing the ball back, or into the areas around the D? Ikonomidis is guilty also, but not to the same degree.

Their play in the final third is deeply flawed and the lack of width and insistence of trying to play 1-2’s centrally around the box makes them very predictable. Throw in a lack of a runner from midfield getting into the box and they are toothless.

3( Popovic Jr’s. The elder may have scored a goal but he is the most immobile 18yo I have ever seen. Add him to Kilkenny and Juande and you have a pedestrian midfield. That the younger one has seen any game time shows a lack of squad depth this season.

They won’t finish last but they aren’t finishing near the top either, unless they find pace, mobility and a better structure in the final 3rd – a big transfer window needed.

Perth Glory: The good and the bad

They always looked short on creativity. I recall being mauled on here for suggesting just that before a ball had been kicked 🙂

Imagine Davila in that midfield…

Six talking points from A-League Round 8

Watching any test cricket mate? 75% of the time players are appealing knowing that it’s not out. They are trying to con the umpire. Good Aussie blokes trying to cheat. But not in an un -Australian way obviously

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

That’s probably true Kanga

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

I just DWH single mindedness, see the goal and shoot, it changes momentum. Perth coild take note. Opponents drop off. His team push up and look for the early ball bebind. He hits the target a decent amount of the time too (if you’re reading this Troisi)

Six talking points from A-League Round 8

Can C-P play as a left sides CB? Gillesphey hasn’t impressed that much? Not that I could see RF going with inexperience.

Young was a no brainer. He’s not terrible with the ball at his feet, nor was Crocombe impressive with the ball at his. Ultimately a keeper needs to keep the ball out of of the net, and organise his defence. Young does both of those much better

Six talking points from A-League Round 8

Following Mike’s theme, if someone streams the A-league and no one counts the streamers, only the tv watchers, did you really watch the games at all? 🙂

I’m a month into Kayo, dropped Fox, watch every game, not counted in viewing figures.

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Agree totally on ticket prices

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

That turns the argument to choices. Go to the football on a wet winters day and then go to the pub, or just go to the pub?

We are spoilt for choices in an Australian summer.

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Agree totally. Staying at home to stream the game is a lot cheaper than taking the family

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Agree

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Cheating? Like ball tampering, appealing for a wicket when you know it’s not out, sledging. Australia’s national sport is rife with cheating.
NRL have salary cap breaches and doping as cheating.

The problem Australia has with diving is that it’s an un-manly, Un-Australian form of cheating. A punch to the back of the head would be more acceptable

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

The lowest A-league crowds would have been celebrated in the NSL

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Agree Buddy, but for many you can just stay home and stream the game. How many us unknown as we only have tv figures…

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Perhaps their soy cappa frappe chai latte espressos are too hot?

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Makes a change from the usual “FFA are responsible for tbe bahaviour of security”!

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

You can’t watch football from anywhere in the world then.

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

NSL levels were sub 4k average A-league is 10k. No comparison

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Pim criticised the A-league from a position of knowledge. He actually watched games, though I still feel he needed more diplomacy ( Iknow, he was Dutch!). The usual critics of the standard of league don’t. They either watch European leagues or other sports entirely.

Roar changed formation, something many of us called for, and dropped their sub par players, again something we called for. DWH came in, along with Young and changed the whole dynamic. Who didn’t see that coming?

WU were always going to struggle. It’s an old and slow team. Time to start Burgess and Pereias to inject some life. Durante needs.to go. A faster defender can pass the ball across the backline under no pressure as easily.

WP have been impressive for much of the season, their one touch interplay delightful. Finally getting their reward

Six talking points from A-League Round 8

I’d shape the argument slightly differently. Appropriate sized and covered stadiums are essential. It was a foolish idea to base a new team, out of area, into a giant AFL stadium. Small crowds in a huge stadium create a negative feedback cycle; poor atmosphere leads less people to go, atmosphere gets worse, less people go.

Anyone been to Coopers? The ground is incredibly exposed. If it’s going to rain you are going to get soaked. If it’s scorchingly hot you are going to be very very uncomfortable. A nice Friday or Saturday night and they’ll get 10-12k every time. If not people stay home and watch it on tv. Or do they?

Who watches tv? Honestly? I saw all 5 games, not one on Fox, not one on a tv. I count in the attendance at the Jets game but do my 4 Kayo games watched on my tablet get counted anywhere? And I’m not even in the key streaming demographic.

Active areas? I love them, but Australian sports like a family friendly atmosphere. The half time kids activities would never be seen in England for instance, the face painting and competitions.

None of this totally explains why attendances are flat. Jets v WSW used to get 13k. This year it got less than 10k. WSW looked like they had 1/3 of the travelling support they used to bring, which accounts for much of the shortfall, but again the thunderstorms no doubt kept many Jets fans home (to stream?).

Are Australian football fans fair weather fans only? If so perhaps it’s best we don’t move to winter!

The death of active support will be the death of the A-League

Venables team threw away a 2 goal lead.and failed to qualify. Nothing else matters

Pim Verbeek deserves a place in the pantheon of Socceroos greats

Agree totally with both your posts nemesis.

Very sad that Pim had died at such a young age. From a football perspective he was extremely negative though, tedious football.

On Ange, the revisionism has begun. Our qualifying was awful, his tactics wrong, his inflexibility and stubbornness infuriating. You choose tactics to suit the available players internationally. As a club coach you can recruit players to suit the system.

Pim Verbeek deserves a place in the pantheon of Socceroos greats