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Stuart Thomas

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Stuart Thomas is a sports writer, freelance journalist and copywriter who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. A former trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72, connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn and see his work at https://www.stuartthomas.com.au

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I’m tipping the fitness levels or lack thereof may have played a key role in that decision? The 1970 Italian team looked appalling out of gas late in the final, you guys might have given them a run on the counter.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

I agree Evan yet many told like to hear that. Perhaps it boosts their own records or makes them feel they were a better player than what they may have actually been?

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

Great to hear that from someone who lived the experience. It is hard to imagine how many terrific young players left the game around that time.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

Well said.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

COYI!!!!

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

Probably also because teams are well coached to defend in zones and double or triple team on the ball during a press. Flying solo lures in those defenders. Brisk movement of the sphere and constant switching opens holes whereas the one on one dribble is hard to pull off these days for even the most skilful of players.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

The memory of the “day’ is really the issue isn’t it? Selective parts are removed methinks.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

Such play was my greatest asset!

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

But would they. Interesting thought. Fantasy match up?

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

Okon beautiful, Crino wonderful, Lamond was a personal fave yet Slater does not deserve to be on a list with those names.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

Thanks Mr Klopp. I must admit to having been expecting more negative reaction to it.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

I don’t think I had ever watched the match from start to finish. As I said, it was enjoyable to watch yet the chasm between then and now in intensity was vast.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

It is a bit of a minefield and I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this. I think some of the criticism launched by legends of the 70’s and 80’s is very unfair, as well as doing little to help the game or the player.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

Good point Waz. Playing number 100 in the world is a much more tricky task than it once was.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

My brother in-law turned to me as we watched his 10-year-old son playing cricket and said. “We were better than this weren’t we?” Sums it up I think.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

It was amazing footage to watch. Often just one player on screen and any sort of switch just opened up the park in the most extreme way.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

It is almost like a “things were never as good as in my day” situation where rose coloured glasses distort memory.

NSL dinosaurs need to ease off the contemporary Australian footballer

Rumour is that things are far worse there than are being reported. I have no factual data to confirm this, only the word of football people in Australia reporting as such from their Asian counterparts in Japan.

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

The health concerns are very relevant in my view. Australia/NZ will be able to start planning, building and/or organising from day one, where that looks highly unlikely for the other bidders. Colombia and Japan have incredibly low rates of testing, who knows what will happen there, and Brazil looks to be the latest hot spot. Years of work goes into hosting such an event and the financial implications of the virus may even delay the planning stages further should Brazil, for example, win the rights. Being able to use 2020 and early 2021 would be an advantage for our bid in my view.

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

I believe this has been worked around. I raised this with Alen Stajcic last week and he seemed to think that it had been sorted. Hard to find any details on it though.

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

Pretty sure references to fan engagement, infrastructure, successfully hosted events of the past, the chance to begin planning immediately whilst the other nations may be pre-occupied for some time, stadia and a further boost for and encouragement of Asian football are all objective analysis. No doubt all the bids have strengths in some areas, but the Aust/NZ bid has them all and ticks the boxes……as I said. Not sure who ever said anything about passion for football, you appear to have implied something that was not stated in the piece. Best not to do that.

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

I totally agree. That being the point. The notion of a fair dinkum decision from FIFA is something of a rare occurrence. In fact, it is hard to remember the last one.

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

Jacinda to open the event.

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

Did Ola leave already? I heard about the other loss but that is quite significant for Victory. Frees up some coin immediately and should see them very active in the market…..whatever that will look like in a few months.

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

A-League and FFA were lucky in that regard. Finally, something goes their way!

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?