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Afternoon All,
I know most of the regulars here will be saying “here he goes again”, but what we need to do is to unite the tribes.
The beauty of the old NSL clubs is that they have not only good footballers, but they have cultural community cash and bucket loads of it. Wollongong, Marconi, South Melbourne, Brisbane Olympic, Brisbane Strikers etc. If we unit the tribes, watch the crowds go up, because the cultural communities will support their clubs.
Yes, I would say that it must come with a caveat that the old racial/cultural divides must be kept out of the game, otherwise there will be hefty recourse, but the quality of teams like the Smurfs, City, even the Jets, will only facilitate bring good NPL players to another level of quality again, thus deepening our talent pool.
Finally, the broadcast deal will hold more weight as well. With the cultural communities tuning in, the tv audience will be significantly larger. And if the National Felonies and Midemeanours comp is in as much trouble as it appears, they have hundreds of millions of dollars of debit, they even spent the players superannuation, then there is going to be a significant broadcast gap if it doesn’t survive.

How the FFA can expand successfully

Chris I might be wrong but I heard that the economic/trade war between China and US was hitting the Jets owner pretty hard.

What happens if there's no more A-League?

Well done that man

What happens if there's no more A-League?

Actually include Newy in that with all the miners that came to the Hunter Valley

Is Jean-Paul de Marigny the man to restore some pride in Western Sydney?

What is it about hard coaches? Ferguson, Stuart Pearce, Paul Muscat and naturally his second in charge for many years, De Marigny. I believe that JPD has that ability to establish a “them vs Us” mentality. Back in the day at Marconi, that’s exactly what the mentality was. A similar mentality pervades Western Sydney by default.

Not having met the man, or worked with him, you would have to think that JPD would go to bat for his lads, but at the same time, if they didnt trump up on the pitch, by geez they’d know about it.

Having played football for a lot years, there are two types of coaches in this world. Those that try to be leaders and issue the sermon from the mount ie. they coach, they instruct, but they dont really connect with their lads. And then there are those who are born to be leaders. They dont see themselves greater, more important, elevated from their lads. They take the time to understand how Billy the right back ticks, they take the time to work out what motivates Johnny the stricker, they have a geninue interest and connection with their lads both on and off the pitch. And when needed, they have the ability to remind the lads of who’s calling the shots.
For Wanderers to thrive, they have to have that “Us v Them” mentality. If you are not from Emu Plains, St Marys, Leumeah or Campbelltown, then you are not a member of the club.

All I know is that tonight’s game is going to be a cracker. A hard working Liverpool lad leading some pretty hard lads from the lower leagues of the UK up against the Western Sydney mentality with a tough leadere and a team that is now eating and breathing that “Us v Them” mindset and a healthy dose of Aussie talent thrown in and you have a very interesting football match.

Is Jean-Paul de Marigny the man to restore some pride in Western Sydney?

When you combine these lads with the likes of Mooy, Boyle,Mabil,Taggart, and co, I am like a kid on Christmas Eve when thinking about the next lot of WC qualifiers

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Agreement from me. Mac have the foresight to establish an indigenous football academy. Imagine someof the talent they are going to unearth

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

I would agree with that and a roof would enhance the atmosphere by keeping the sound in to a degree. Guess it’s good that Adelaide is reasonably influenced by the desert and doesn’t get too much rain. Or I might be wrong

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

I agree but the only reason the inferiority complex exists is because we don’t stand up to the backyard sports. We need some polar opposites to Gallop. Someone who can unite the massive numbers football has through true leadership.

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Andy take solace and have faith in the fact that Adelaide are producing more talent than just about every other club in the league. What you guys have got going on down there is going to be something along on the future. You have solid attendance figures, you have a boutique stadium. It’s all happening and it’s only going to get better.

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Thanks Stuart, there’s still some of us left. I work with a scouser and it’s been an enjoyable week sending him emails asking “what was the score in the Liverpool game”? How did Liverpool go last weekend? What’s wrong with Liverpool?

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Well said that man. Struth, there’s so much excitement in La Liga because I know Real Madrid and Barcelona will fight it out, in what, a 20 team competition. What about Bundesliga, well in their case, let’s see if Bayern Munich can beat every other team in the league. EPL, well the good thing there is that Brendan Rogers has upset the apple cart by getting Leicester in mix and totally upsetting the conventional big 6. I guess there is a little drama in the EPL because Man City failed to implement and ethics program. I guess the Serie A is not too bad with a few points between most teams. I honestly believe that if some sort of derivative of our system was applied to Europe it would really enhance the football. Just shows how much Eurosnobs know, they cannot see good football and it’s right under their noses.

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

the good thing about Archie is you are getting a footballer to footballer pespective. I have a limitless respect for Tara, she’s a professional operator and she knows and loves her football, but it’s the same when you see Bozza and Fowler interact, it’s that footballer to footballer interaction.

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Stuart,
This is a great article. I believe that this was coming for the A-League. There is steady growth in quality, in players, in parity and results. You may not see it with a superficial look but if you take the time to have a closer look, and know what you are looking for it’s there.
What’s not to like about the league at them moment! Hyphen’s goal for Newy last weekend against Perth will get played time and time again. The speed and quality of technical play in the Brisbane v City match is definitely evidence to the aforementioned growth, there were shades of Yokohama v Sydney in that game at times with the passing. At the moment you can literally say that any team can win. Yes, I am a Jets supporter, and the boys are starting to fire, but they have not played bad football all season. But what about the consistency and quality of Perth, the Smurfs are the Smurfs of course, but by gee for their first year, Western have brought us some beautiful football. Senor Diamanti is just a privilege to watch. Even Wellington are growing consistently. Young Devlin, Piscopo and Devila, coupled with Steve Taylor and Gary Hooper have delivered some solid, respectable and high quality football. I have so much respect for Adelaide, but they love a good rollercoaster ride. They can play the socks off anyone on their day I reckon.
I dont know about you, but I am in football heaven at the moment and what excites me most is the next gen kids. Piscopo, D’Agostino, D’Arrigo, McGree, the Toure lads, Thurgate, and the list goes on. To the whingers I say this, ‘get your head out of the sand, use your football brain and take an analytical look at the current state of football, the remaining rounds and the finals are going to be something special. Soak it up football fans, soak it up!~!!

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Stuart
Great article. It astounds me when a Eurosnob Liverpool fan that I work with has the audacity to bag the A-league. Liverpool are over the line and there is still two almost three months to go. On the other hand we have a tightly fought race to the finals producing goals like Topor-Stanley’s and Nabbout’s. The speed of the passing and the tactical are wrestle in the City v Bris game was extraordinary. We have a brilliant league that is on a trajectory. I cannot wait for the rest of the season.

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Just watch a replay of Ange’s Yokohama v Sydney Griffo. The speed, the movement, the accuracy, the discipline. One viewing and if that doesn’t appeal nothing will. It was beautiful to watch. You could see the Sydney lads saying where did he go. I reckon the chances of Ange not ending end up in Europe, are about the same as me being the next signing for the Jets at 50 years of age.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Mike this is a fantastic piece. My wife and I have travelled through Japan on our way to visit her family in Europe and we have grown to love the place to the point that she suggested we go to a game.. I guess the best approach is to take being in Asian football holistically and learn to love it all. Watching the Smurfs get sliced and diced by Marino’s the other night, what’s not to like about Japanese football

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Got some players it just takes them longer to achieve both mental and physical synchronicity with the team

Don't be sucked in by recent form, raw Roar still have to improve

Shabab
You have to respect what Fowler is doing. He’s not taken the Man City approach and employed a cocktail of limitless cash, hidden political agenda and just bulk purchase to put a title on the credit card. He’s been considered, he’s calculated player chemistry, youth development, and a steady progression so as not to overcook it, to build something lasting and to leave a legacy that sees the club stronger well into the future, and he’s only just started to build. What till he gets to lock up stage. It’s going to be something to admire. And he’ll be a better manager for it.

Don't be sucked in by recent form, raw Roar still have to improve

Oh and you can possibly chuck McGree into that lot… ever seen a grown man weep tears of joy

Has the A-League ever had this many quality kids or better camera angles?

Chris if we have a fully fit squad with Macca, Taggart, Arzani, Nabbout, Mabil, Irvine, Boyle, Mooy, Rogic etc bring it on. And if young Al Hassan Toure is eventually added….stuff me’ mushrooms, it’s freakin’ Christmas!!!

Has the A-League ever had this many quality kids or better camera angles?

My old boy would rate you highly. He often describes football as “Chess on Grass”. He says that if you don’t have the mind for the strategy and the tactics that come with football you are free to go and watchtch something mindless. Each to their own. Personally if football does not have excitement the what about the Asian Cup Final we won against South Korea, I was at that game and it was a cracker, and the Australia v Croatia gamr at the 06 WC, not to mention Timmy’s performance v Japan in the opener, how about the A-League final where Bris-Vegas came from behind and won with a screamer from big Eric Paartalu. There have been plenty of awesome games and there are plenty still to come

Has the A-League ever had this many quality kids or better camera angles?

A good mate had a similar dog Sasha was a little bit nuts but just take liveliest dog out

Has the A-League ever had this many quality kids or better camera angles?

Do the kids know that? He’s not.a Belgian Sheppard is he?

Has the A-League ever had this many quality kids or better camera angles?

It was a bit of a grind but I reckon that was Rudan’s tactic Fowler’s teaching his lads to play attacking football. There’s a way to go but……and you can add Muratovic to my previous posts.

Has the A-League ever had this many quality kids or better camera angles?