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Football tragic. A-League and South American football in particular.

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Sorry Anthony but an error in one of the article’s first few paragraphs . Other teams have won 3 European cups in a row. (Madrid, Bayern, Ajax)
It’s only since the change to the name of the competition to the “Champions League” that no ones won it back to back until Madrid.

The UEFA Champions League belongs to Ronaldo

I was watching highlights of Neymar last night on youtube. Unreal player and so enjoyable to watch. Still not as good as Maradona though.

Respecting the brilliance of Neymar Jr

I miss Les. I remember the World Soccer days fondly along with the all day Sunday football programming on SBS. They used to show South American football, and now, it’s not shown anywhere in Australia.

How the '80s made football my life

Thank you. I enjoyed that article. I remember the FA Cup finals from the 1980’s and 90’s. It seemed to me like it was the only match that was broadcast in Australia at the time. In the early 80’s, as a young Melburnian used to only Aussie Rules, I couldn’t grasp the idea of a league and separate cup competition and always thought that the FA Cup winner was the ‘top champion’ of England. It was probably only from about my mid teens that I appreciated the difference between the two competitions. Now if only we could get the A League and FFA to grasp the idea and have an even league season and get rid of finals it would be great.

How the 1970s made me a football tragic

@Nat. Polyamory is not ‘playing up on the missus’. There are many people (I would suggest millions) who are not capable of limiting their romantic love to only one other person, or sharing their sexuality with only one other person. I am one. This is our natural state of being. Consenting adults should be legally allowed to live how we want and express our feelings how we want. It is grossly wrong that our government unfairly retains outdated anachronistic laws that discriminate against us, and big corporations refuse to come out and support us for fear of a backlash from ‘the public’. As I said in my first post, I think the NRL is playing it safe, and I would love for them, and others, to come out and support all forms of diversity. I believe that our nation is ready.

If you don't like the NRL TV ad, you may need to change

Corporate Australia and our government just pay lip service to equality and inclusiveness.
Polyamorous people are still actively discriminated against by our government. To date, not one major sports governing body has come out and said they support the rights of polyamorous people.

If you don't like the NRL TV ad, you may need to change

@soapit, My eyes are wide open, and everyday I see discrimination against multi-partner relationships. It is time big corporations, and in fact our lawmakers moved to end discrimination and recognise the rights of all people of all sexual orientations and all religious faiths. Discrimination needs to end.

If you don't like the NRL TV ad, you may need to change

Your straw man argument doesn’t hold true. As I said, “When I see…”
The NRL and other big corporations have NOT shown that they support multi-partner relationships.

If you don't like the NRL TV ad, you may need to change

I will believe the NRL is inclusive and welcomes ALL people when I see an advertisement where a man and his 3 wives, all wearing burqa’s, are shown watching a game.
Until then, I really think the NRL and in fact all other big Australian corporate entities are just ‘playing it safe’ and following where they think the values of the general population lay on certain issues.

By the way, for the sake of clarity, I fully support the right of any number of consenting adults of any gender to enter into any relationship they wish to enter.

If you don't like the NRL TV ad, you may need to change

I agree with you Shabab. I think Elvis deserves his spot in the team at the moment. He is working hard and just needs a change of luck, and maybe a little more confidence.

Why Victory should persist with Elvis Kamsoba

@ Waz.
I highlighted the top football nations as an example of how the best do it. We should aim to be like the best.

The main reason I have advocated against finals for years is that Football, due to it’s difficulty in scoring and relatively low scoring rate, is the sport where a ‘one off’ match can deliver a result that allows a lesser team to upset a better team on the day.

However, over the course of a long league campaign, these abnormal results will become less statistically significant and best team will accrue the most points and rightly be crowned as the best team of that season.

A finals series is just what the A-League needs right now

Just a straw poll for anyone who is reading/commenting.
I’d be interested to know how much you would pay per month to be able to watch a) one 8 team division containing your team, b) all three divisions containing 24 teams.

A discussion on potential broadcast rights structure for the A-League

England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Argentina, The Netherlands.

All of the major football countries with the biggest and best leagues and the biggest and best clubs understand that finals are an anathema to a league system. We need to get rid of finals and have a true league system.

A finals series is just what the A-League needs right now

Thanks Nemesis.
It seems to me that the telephone network providers are now becoming more important than the t.v networks in terms of providing entertainment to consumers, and obviously where the consumers go, is where the advertising and advertising money’s going.

A discussion on potential broadcast rights structure for the A-League

So Catalans Dragons show Rugby Australia how easy it is to respect all people.
Good on Catalans dragons for supporting LGBTQIP people whilst also supporting people with religious faith.

Folau’s club offers invite to LGBT group

“It’s not often that a top-tier sporting competition can claim such parity as the A-League achieved on the weekend just passed.”

Actually Stuart, top tier football around the world is pretty competitive and exhibits remarkable evenness.

Take a look at the leagues in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico etc and you’ll see there is a really tight race for most titles and throughout most of the league table.

To me, it seems like most leagues a re becoming more even, with the exception of the few mega teams dominating the top few European leagues.

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

Our federal government actually discriminated against its own citizens based on their sexual orientation, but that doesn’t seem to be of any concern to the author of this article.
Israel Folau on the other hand plays alongside and works with people of different sexual orientations, but has a deeply held religious belief and the author compares him to men who have committed and been convicted of acts of violence against innocent people.
If we want to promote tolerance, equality and freedom of belief and speech, we should allow Israel Folau to play.
Of course we can still pressure our government to stop discriminating against Australians on the basis of our sexual orientation.

Why Israel Folau could be playing NRL next year and what it says about us

@ Fadida, VAR fails its whole miserable life. It needs to go away.

Sydney FC have a vision, but do their A-League rivals?

The concerning thing is that they have not yet even lodged an application for planning permission.
They need to start the formal planning permission process soon if they want to achieve permission by the end of this year.

You have to build it if you want them to come

I do remember when Lineker went there, thinking they sounded like a cool team. They were nagoya grampus eight then though weren’t they?

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

By its very nature, VAR for offside has an inherent flaw that means it is not and cannot be 100% accurate. Unless there is a sensor within the ball that measures the exact milisecond that it leaves contact with the player passing, you cannot know the exact moment that the ball leaves the foot/head/whatever. the only thing you can tell is when you see a ‘gap’ between the ball and contact point of the passing player on the screen. this may take 1,2,3 or whatever miliseconds and 1,2,3 or whatever ‘frames’ of film or whatever they use to record the vision. the receiving player may have been onside but moved 1, 2, 3 cm or whatever in this intervening period of delay between ball leaving contact with passing player and gap being visible on t.v screen monitor.
If VAR is to be retained for offside calls, then there must be research/measurement work done in the off season to find out the actual average margin of error that is inherent in every VAR analysis, and then build that margin of error in to the measurement tool.

Wenger proposes huge VAR change

Ridiculous suggestion by Wenger.
The change to the offside law he is proposing is a change that is not able to be adjudicated by a human being on the sideline.
The current law allows that a linesman can judge what he/she CAN SEE. the change proposed by Wenger is asking someone to judge what they CAN’T SEE.
It is a theoretical impossibility.

Wenger is saying in effect, linesman cannot ever make another offside call, and only VAR can be used to judge offside.

Wenger proposes huge VAR change

I like watching the J league, as it’s a good standard of football, but I can’t bring myself to choose a team to follow, especially as I’d hate to see that team then play against Victory in the ACL. Although i must admit I did enjoy seeing Bali United come here and play against Victory after I chose them and managed to get a few of their kits from street vendors when I was over there. PS. They have won the Indonesian League for the first time this past season, so I’m claiming I’m their good luck charm.

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

Yokohama look scary good. That was one of the most impressive performances I’ve ever seen in an ACL match.

Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama puts on a clinic to smash Sydney FC

I’ve also had a go at the broadcast partner requirements:
Any company buying the rights to broadcast the 3 division league must comply with the following requirements:
– A minimum payment of at least $55 million per annum for rights to broadcast/stream on any platform all matches of the 3 divisions. The buyer of the rights can ‘on-sell/offload’ separately the A1, A2 or A3 matches to a different broadcaster, subject to the minimum broadcast requirements below being met. Production costs must be guaranteed by the the winning rights bidder, but they may recoup those costs from whomever they ‘on-sell’ the rights to.
– Obligation to either broadcast/stream in HD all A1 division matches, with at least 3 matches live per round (one of which must be in Saturday night prime time) and a weekly highlights package of at least 1 hour per round containing content from all A1 matches. Each live broadcast match must be covered by at least 4 cameras, 2 commentators and 1 pitch side interviewer at the ground.
– Obligation to either broadcast/stream in HD all A2 division matches, with at least 1 match live per round and a weekly highlights package of at least 1 hour per round containing content from all A2 matches. Each live broadcast match must be covered by at least 4 cameras, 1 commentator and 1 pitch side interviewer at the ground.
-Obligation to either broadcast/stream either in SD or HD all A3 division matches, with at least 1 match live per round and a weekly highlights package of at least 1 hour per round containing content from all A3 matches. Each live broadcast match must be covered by at least 2 cameras and 1 commentator.
Obviously, the goal is for all matches to have full coverage, and these are only the minimum standards.
TV/Stream requirements.
Matches shown live must be broadcast in full. Banner ads may be shown across the bottom of the screen taking up no more than 20% of the total area of the screen and generally not obscure the ball in play. 5 banner ads per half are allowed for a maximum of 35 seconds per banner ad. Cut aways to full screen advertisements may occur at specified events, which are : scoring of a goal; any injury break where a player requires treatment on pitch; scheduled drinks breaks in play. The half time break must include at least 3 minutes of football content by way of commentators/pundits discussing the match being shown in A1 broadcasts, or in A2 and A3, 3 minutes of discussion on any match in the league (eg. an A3 might show highlights of a match the night before).

A radical proposal for a revised A-League