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Football follower since our 1974 Socceroos competed at a 16 team world Cup A League follower for 18 years Sydney FC member for 17 years Macarthur FC member for 3 years

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You make a lot of sense – and you support Victory?

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

Serbia has so much talent and so little in the way of results. According to you Australia has little talent, but our results are so much better. Sounds strange. Maybe they need Graham Arnold to coach them. Maybe he could bring them up from their ranking of 33 to the low 20s like Australia. No wonder they are struggling against teams like Hungary. Maybe he could get them to win a game at the World Cup. Sorry SS, I respect your football knowledge, but with all these supposed outstanding players – what is happening?

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/sport/stephen-conroy-discusses-challenges-facing-the-aleague/video/ec9e1a4e2129b85c00b4c4d33c9dd7f2
Hear from the APL chief.

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

An underfunded and fragile health system with high rates of malaria and diabetes and one in thirteen children dying each year from preventable diseases, mothers and babies dying during birthing procedures. police violence, violence in villages, birth registrations not being done so children are being trafficked, one quarter of students not attending school, dreadful violence against women and girls, etc, etc, but let’s give $600 million for them to have a rugba loig team! How dumb is this? Surely there are more intelligent ways to win the hearts and minds of Papua New Guinea.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

Remind me to leave your house before dessert.

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

And that’s where Australia has to try and accumulate FIFA ranking points – in hot and hostile environments that aren’t always conducive to good football.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

The only time I’ve seen Australia play Serbia was in the 2010 World Cup and Australia completely outplayed them. Were they underprepared for that game as well? Or was there more backstabbing happening then as well?

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

As do all our clubs, unless fields are taken away by concerts, etc. Sydney’s last few games of the season –
H A H A A (2 in a row away) H A H A.
Aways included Perth and Wellington as well as Macarthur and WSW. With 6 teams in NSW that is always going to happen. Your argument is nonsense. If there were more teams in SA then the same would happen for them.
We better look at the Wellington situation for next season. I believe they’ll play Auckland away, but they won’t have to leave NZ. We need to look into this.

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

The Jets? They have just signed a defender, though. No talk, but that indicates a future?

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

Very clever post

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

Sounds pretty disrespectful to me. Maybe some of those players in second 11 leagues need to replace some of those players in first 11 leagues – but then there’s the politics! And politics can be more important than talent.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

I think it’s the CCM that’s providing the rare good news stories we get. They have been a great team for goodwill and PR.

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

Great post Waz

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

Interesting article and as you wrote we don’t know. There is no reliable information to read at this moment.
The present leaders of the APL may be just what we need as they make cuts that are necessary to keep the competition alive after previous administration spent/wasted money. Perhaps they have a plan or perhaps they are floundering? Perhaps we are moving to an Adelaide/CCM model as broadcasting money dries up.
We will find out! One thing I do know – the federal government’s probable gift of $600 million for an NRL team in Papua New Guinea or their $250 million dollar gift to the AFL for a stadium in Tasmania would make a huge difference to football in Australia. The code that genuinely competes against a real world and is the pinnacle for the greatest amount of participants in the country could do with a hand (out too).

A-Leagues facing financial oblivion, or just spiteful anti-football media seeking an easy kill?

International rankings points are easy to achieve – just go out there and win, that’s how you do it!
It seems that countries such as Scotland, Serbia and Norway don’t do enough of that.
And they are important. That’s how the pools are formed for the World Cup and World Cup qualification games. Our 24 needs to become higher so we can move past S Korea and ensure our qualification pool isn’t more difficult. Every nation is aware of this and would be aiming for a higher ranking.
No numerical system will be perfect, but they give a good idea where you sit. We currently sit at 24, which is good when there are over 220 nations. I’d rather be 10 and wouldn’t it be fantastic to be 1, as Argentina are.
No country in the top 10 is not a top footballing nation.
I also realise a lot of work still needs to be directed towards our young football players, so we can grow further.
With more players in the top leagues we may become a top 10 nation, roughly where our women presently sit, which would be brilliant.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

I find her so hard to listen to. She then proceeded to attack football’s broadcast deal, which had nothing to do with what was being discussed. And Roy Masters – I think he needs to be retired. His views are too old school, which just don’t fit today.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

Funding for our junior national teams – facilities, coaches, enough fields for our grassroots players, etc would go a long way. I’m sure the countries you mentioned have football as a high priority. Instead of the federal government giving $600 million to the NRL to fund a team from Papua New Guinea, or $250 million for an AFL stadium (that is not needed or wanted by many people) that money would make a huge difference to our player development in football.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

That sounds accurate.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

We are ranked higher than every country you mentioned, except for Denmark.
And we beat Denmark at the last World Cup and drew with them at the World Cup previous to that.
Actually just being in Europe would make a huge difference to how many of our players would be in those top leagues.
In basketball we have a great number of participants (which helps our success) and a golden generation that is competing in the NBA and in Europe and hopefully it continues. We will see.
And in tennis … it’s certainly popular. Lots of people watch it (like lots of people watch league and AFL). I assume participation numbers are decent, but results aren’t great. True world sports are difficult to succeed in.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

And comedy genius

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

Never!

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

All from NSW, Queensland and a few Pacific Islands – amazing! If only those other sports had to compete with even a bit of a world, not even the whole world. It would certainly put things in perspective.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

It’s true, and I like to reinforce how so few can succeed in genuine world games (as Stevo’s article pointed out). It’s even funnier how you write anything at all in the football section – Grand Panjandrum, GP, Nick, Ed Flanders, Tufanooo, did I miss anyone?

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

Both those sports and tennis are right up there as well. True world competition to be compared against. To excel in these sports would make you a superstar or legend.

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

The reality is you are competing against every talented football player from the world. And as every nation on earth plays football, you are actually competing against the world. That is more than difficult. Wouldn’t it be unreal to watch players like Messi (who didn’t just make it, but became the elite) close up. It really does highlight how funny it is when our local sports journalists rate certain players from various codes as superstars and legends!

Garang Kuol is miles away from Premier League breakthrough

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