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A really interesting and well written article.

Just a couple of questions (As a non Chelsea fan);

– how many of the young players came through the Chelsea academy, compared to how many were recruited from elsewhere? It seems they have a stockpile of young talent, which are loaned out on repeat, before being sold, without having had a chance.Kevin DeBruyn springs to mind.

– Lampard was a great player, a real Chelsea man without doubt. Was he that impressive at Derby though? From memory he took a team that finished 6th the previous season to 6th last season. Was his predecessor at Derby therefore as equally qualified for the Chelsea job?

Chelsea will exceed expectations this season. Here's why

It’s not a poor experience if your team is playing full stop. Actually, given the choice I’d watch Nix V ccm over United v City, despite following United for 40 years.

Within the EPL there are the watchable and unwatchable. Watching huddersfield go down scoring a goal every second game, watching City win 5-0 every game is tedious, likewise Barca and Real smashing all and sundry, or Juve winning 8 years straight, or PSG.

Marketing the A-League is a step in the right direction

Joined the A-league and stopped promoting themselves? I’m pretty sure FFA aren’t prohibiting clubs marketing themselves?

Marketing the A-League is a step in the right direction

I agree re bands, but once the A-league season starts anyone who is interested looks at a fixture list or has access to one.
I get endless e-mails from the Jets letting me know about upcoming games.

Surely only the most casual fan/ person with little interest could say “I didn’t know a game was on”?

Marketing the A-League is a step in the right direction

Agree. Had globalisation come earlier many of our “golden generation ” may not have broken through in Europe

Back to the future for Australian football youth development?

I don’t think it’s the increasing Asian influence, rather the rise of technology and kids having many more options. As a kid we came home from school and could either watch the 2 channels of non kid friendly tv or go outside and play sport.

Throw in too busy parents and you have the problem.

Newcastle is still very mono cultural, but kids are straight inside on devices /games consoles

Back to the future for Australian football youth development?

I agree that more young Australians need to get given game time, especially ahead of average imports. I can’t believe that the Jets couldn’t find a better home grown player than Jair for instance. Berengue before Mcgree was madness. Hopefully with more teams there’ll be more opportunities

However , whether a player makes It to a high level or not has already been decided before then. Technique and game intelligence is acquired, or not, by the early teen years.

Back to the future for Australian football youth development?

Agree. There’s a trend to look back at the AIS days with nostalgic longing. What was the age of intake? 15-16? Most of the groundwork was done.

The way forward is A-league academies. Let’s hope the quality of and accessibility to them improves

Back to the future for Australian football youth development?

Hopefully they’ve finally got a decent manager. JVS Aloisi and Joyce all played low tempo, turgid football, recruiting narrow, lopsided teams.

Let’s also hope now ownership of the league is sorted out they’ll get a big name marquee and change their history

Melbourne City: It will be different this time around, I promise

I’d question whether the league is “wide open “. City winning 5-0 away at a top 10 hopeful suggests otherwise

What happened? Premier League match day 1, 2019-20

Agree. I’d love to see SFC drop a holding midfielder. A midfield 3 of O’Neill as the 6 and Baumjohann and Ninko as 8’s, behind a front 3 of ALF, Barbarousis and Buhagia/Ivanovic. The recruitment of Brattan suggests otherwise though, a narrow midfield more likely with 2 up front

Can Steve Corica co-ordinate another successful Sydney FC rebuild?

A good conversation topic. Once I would watch 3-4 EPL games live. Now I watch the goals from some of the games.

I’ll watch 3-4 live A-league games, and the remaining recorded.

Less time and more options?

Did anyone watch an EPL game live this weekend?

Define “trouble”, the crime of not agreeing with you I presume?
As I said above, anything remotely critical of Roar invokes personal offence in you, leading to insults (see above).
Play the ball. It’s ok to question the appointment of a rookie coach. We were all questioning the appointment of Milicic for the same reason. I’m not sure how that requires mo deration

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

“Mean things “??
I said he’s inexperienced, recruited on his playing name and his recruiting is from a tiny pool. Is that “mean” or is that proving my point about how any comment about the Roar is taken personally by you?
I’m not deflecting anything. How about we save the who was right arguments until the season actually starts, as opposed to 2 months before? Or is one preseason game a big enough sample size?
Let’s move on. This article wasn’t abiut Roar or Fowler, but you’ve diverted it back to that, unfortunately giving Kanga the chance to cry “anti-English bias”!

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Another good round of meaningless pre season games and we’ll be usurping AFL at this rate

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Try and stay on topic Kanga

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

There’s an argument that you and Waz are the same person. Sky is falling/league is dead when Roar struggle, happy days when they win a pre season game, take any criticism of their team personally

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Sums it up

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Mentions of Robbie Fowler by people = 0

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

I understood what they said.

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Fingers crossed for those big Roar crowds. I remember the early days where they got 20k crowds

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

“…eventually people start to believe it because they see it so often…”
Agree 100%. Before last season there were so many Chicken Little articles that the A-league was doomed that people started to believe the narrative. Crowds stayed essentially the same. “Headed for oblivion” “will anyone watch next season” “6 months to live” etc. Sound familiar? They should do, as you wrote these articles.
Amazingly all it has taken to turn a doomsday scenario into “on the up” is Sydney and a reserve Victory team to lose and more afternoon games (questionable in the hotter cities)

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Poor crowds at WSW? They’ve been homeless for 3 years and still get 10k

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Do you never read what you write? Crisis article after crisis article. One round of FFA Cup games and things are “looking up”.

I’ve been writing positive things about the league for years and get shot down for being naive. Now your chronic negativity is reversed based on a couple of results

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

So , based on results of a preseason cup competition that a few sides take seriously, the game is now on the up? It didn’t take much to pull us out of the crisis you wrote about every week of the last season.
I thought we were “headed for oblivion”, when all it took was for Sydney to lose in the FFA Cup!

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up