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Loves all live sport. Played rugby codes as a youth, cricket and athletics. Threw away the golf clubs and bought two bikes. Now a gentle road and mountain bike rider and a football fanatic with age. It's so big, we've just got to be part of it. Brisbane Roar member, NQ Cowboys fan.

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Know a fan who refused to attend a concert at Old Trafford with his family because he could not enter the home stadium of a major opponent. Just the way it is with many EPL fans.

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MV’s attack looks much better on paper than it does in play, but then, so too does the Phoenix attack. It’s likely to be a boring game made worse by the NZ commentary team. Let’s hope not, that’s a worse case scenario.

Logic says ho-hum Victory can't beat the Phoenix and 34,000 hyped-up Kiwis - but it doesn't matter in the slightest

JCP is not really youth anymore. He had his major growth years at Roar, Sydney have got a fairly mature CB now, still with loads of potential. Although I agree with Vic Ram’s sentiment, they should sack him immediately and send him back home to Brisbane. You can keep Bratts for now but we’ll take our girls back any day.

Sydney FC do not deserve to be in A-League Grand Final, yet still have a chance - and that should worry Mariners

he has a long history here, he’s a Sydanee fan

Sydney FC do not deserve to be in A-League Grand Final, yet still have a chance - and that should worry Mariners

Thanks for keeping the lights on Stuart, although I’ll admit I am with Waz in seeing you as a SFC fan out to jinx the opponent. Sydney can be good enough to win, they have tried to play attacking football through the season unlike a few who’ve done many things to get a point or three. Really impressed watching the p/r battles going on in England the last couple of weekends, all leagues, definitely something we should be working towards, even if our timeline is a way off. Said it before, Mariners have already won, we need to highlight that more than the winner of the end of season Cup, which I think Mariners will take too.

Sydney FC do not deserve to be in A-League Grand Final, yet still have a chance - and that should worry Mariners

lots of diversity to come through there

Get rid of the A-League pretenders: We want to see the Mariners bombard the Phoenix bus, the perfect grand final in waiting

diversity? I think you mean adversity. If so, they’ve had far less than several clubs, but ok, a little more than a few other clubs. They’re not so diverse.

Get rid of the A-League pretenders: We want to see the Mariners bombard the Phoenix bus, the perfect grand final in waiting

the delicate pat on the back that sends an opponent reeling head over tail

Get rid of the A-League pretenders: We want to see the Mariners bombard the Phoenix bus, the perfect grand final in waiting

is it because Sky Sports NZ have the A League rights in NZ and thus 10 lose out? If that’s the case, that’s bad.

Get rid of the A-League pretenders: We want to see the Mariners bombard the Phoenix bus, the perfect grand final in waiting

We, football that is, us lot, did get our fair share of the extra funds she promised post WWC.

Get rid of the A-League pretenders: We want to see the Mariners bombard the Phoenix bus, the perfect grand final in waiting

I agree with you chris1, we already do more than enough for NZ football, but that said, this is where we are at. Their participation is now a given and I think it would be unfair and spiteful even, not to give them the same rights as everyone else. I do think they should be encouraged top start an Oceania professional league, lots of good players to be developed in the Pacific islands.

Get rid of the A-League pretenders: We want to see the Mariners bombard the Phoenix bus, the perfect grand final in waiting

I love defence too Stuart, the long sliding tackle, the disciplined positioning of the back two cum four, the smart positioning to stop or intercept passes or the quick turn of play to attack. Phoenix, from what I can see, play a back four switching to six when the attack gets into the final third, and to eight or nine when it gets near or inside the penalty box. It’s disciplined but it’s not pretty, just crowding the space that invariably results in the attack passing sideways and backwards. It shuts the game down as far as goal scoring goes. Good luck to Phoenix, hope they prove me wrong and play an all out attack, but I doubt they will. Bring back Ricki Herbert.

Get rid of the A-League pretenders: We want to see the Mariners bombard the Phoenix bus, the perfect grand final in waiting

Norwich 0 – Leeds 0, Round One in playoffs for promotion.

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FC has to recruit and retain smarter. Mariners do better from NPL Qld than FC, and Sydney do well to retain key players (both captains last night and Sydney’s ALW captain all former FC).

Mariners claim advantage in A-League semi-final tie after victory over nine-man Sydney FC

it’s FC Waz, get with the programme

The Roar's A-League Men expert tips and predictions: Semi-finals, first leg

they think you’re serious Grem

The Roar's A-League Men expert tips and predictions: Semi-finals, first leg

but they do that when they buy their licence

Show us the bottom line! Football fans deserve to know the state of the APL's finances and the leagues they support

Would like to look at ASM Global’s books

Show us the bottom line! Football fans deserve to know the state of the APL's finances and the leagues they support

they hide government grants in their assets and don’t list them separately.

Show us the bottom line! Football fans deserve to know the state of the APL's finances and the leagues they support

Mariners have already won, what’s the fuss? This finals cup, Nix have played a very defensive, long ball game whenever I’ve seen them, not impressive though obviously they’re capable given their position on the ladder. But really, I don’t care. I’ll watch when I get ho,e to help the numbers, but without my team this whole series is meaningless. Good luck to them all I guess.

A-League's 'good guys' winning the comp would be the best thing that could possibly happen - and nearly everyone's behind them

Worse than 20 years or so ago, before motorways, in the days of step-throughs and long distance trucks mixing it with suburban traffic on the major trunk roads. It’s all relative Chris, maybe I’ve got a few more years up. I first went to MY in 1972, visited very regularly (4 times monthly at one stage), lived there for 2 years in the early 90’s, more an occasional visitor these days. Believe me, travel and traffic is very much better in the areas I go ( west coast Pen. MY).

With fans opting for international comps over domestic football, what are some lessons for the A-League from Singapore?

Lost earlier reply in the ether. Comment regards NZ was more FIFA related, assuming AFC and Oceania would use the same rules. Very odd they don’t. Indians were always the best squash players in MY, but overall the country is probably the most multi- sports minded country at least in SE Asia. Travel has improved significantly in recent times, just got to go with it.

With fans opting for international comps over domestic football, what are some lessons for the A-League from Singapore?

Sad to hear the Singapore league is struggling to pull a crowd. It’s been a while now but I was based in Malaysia for a couple of years back in the day, the Malaysian League, with Singapore teams, was quite strong, got lots of press and attracted decent crowds. Quite a few Ausys played there then, still a few I believe. Football was the main game by far in Malaysia, with martial arts, bad mitten and sepak tekraw popular too, but they’ll play anything. Kids played football after school outside our house (beach) every day. Indonesia is next level when it comes to SE Asia football but language is a barrier for tourists (I speak bahasa). They’re serious about a World Cup bid. Not sure why Singapore has to have it’s own pro league to pacify AFC, NZ get away with it.

With fans opting for international comps over domestic football, what are some lessons for the A-League from Singapore?

I’m in East Anglia at present, lots of excitement around Ipswich and Norwich still a chance. Two local teams in the EPL would be massive. The money that would flow to Ipswich would be a major benefit to their other teams, Tractor girls quite excited about it. They’ve got quite a decent stadium.

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You should look at the system FQ has implemented Middy, at least compare when pushing the MLS model. It’s only been implemented in very recent years so time will tell. My understanding is that it’s the FA system, just that FQ is first to implement. The objective is to identify/develop players for State/National carnivals/teams.

A-League Ready: Australian football needs a more formal and streamlined player development program like MLS Next

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