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Mike Tuckerman

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So does the same sentiment extend to the 77,000 spectators who turned up to watch the Socceroos beat Honduras at ANZ Stadium? Of course not. Because it’s just a confected cultural cringe.

A grand final at Optus Stadium in Perth is exactly what the A-League needs

As I said elsewhere, you simply can’t play a game guaranteed to sell 50,000+ tickets at a 20,000-capacity stadium.

A grand final at Optus Stadium in Perth is exactly what the A-League needs

Meanwhile, over here in the real world…

A grand final at Optus Stadium in Perth is exactly what the A-League needs

Do you get the feeling, ScottyQ, that the New South Wales government preferred the Parramatta Eels to open the new stadium over the Wanderers?

Do the Western Sydney Wanderers still have fans?

Yes, but when I literally wrote a column entitled “Western Sydney Stadium is the feel-good story the A-League needs,” your comments were unsurprisingly nowhere to be seen.

Western Sydney Stadium is the feel-good story the A-League needs

Which would effectively make you the problem, Marcel, not me.

Do the Western Sydney Wanderers still have fans?

Are you happy with the decision to play the final two home games of the season at ANZ Stadium, josh, or would you have preferred them to be played at Bankwest Stadium?

Do the Western Sydney Wanderers still have fans?

It’s a fair question. I think the tendency from many sections of Australian football has been to project an answer to any specific question out of thin air, then try and build a case around it. And I feel like that’s a bit of what we’re seeing with the debate around promotion and relegation right now.

That said, this notion of Australian exceptionalism isn’t working. The A-League has gone backwards, our national teams have regressed and top tier of the game is teetering on the brink. Will promotion and relegation help that? Not in the short term. Does Australian football need it? Yes.

I think the truth of how we get to all these critical junctures in the meantime is what certain parties will find unpalatable.

Can football fans handle the truth?

The joke obviously being that SIPG scored shortly after I tweeted about Sydney FC, but made redundant as soon as the referee blew the full-time whistle about two seconds after I hit submit.

But anyway, I’m flattered so many are following my social media utterances and I just know Josh and I are going to have fun with Friday’s column!

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 25

Well the second one was an attempt at a reverse jinx… but I was so slow typing it out the ref blew the full-time whistle!

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 25

How’s The Crowd only tipping two from five last week? I’ll have to ask Paul if he’s keen to split the celebratory bottle of champers.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 25

Good, thought-provoking piece, Jack.

Why the Alex Tobin Medal doesn’t work

The only aim of these articles is to discuss the A-League. That’s it.

When it comes to the A-League, you've gotta have faith

Hard to see Broich coming back now. He’s the best of the Bundesliga’s ex-player colour commentators by a country mile.

When are we going to start talking about the football again?

I used to work for them. Don’t get me started!

When are we going to start talking about the football again?

I wasn’t talking about on here, to be honest, but I’ll tell you why I made that comment.

For years now I’ve seen posters on forums like reddit and Twitter and the old FourFourTwo forum complain about a lack of coverage in the media. They’ll bang on endlessly about how they have to turn several pages in to find A-League coverage in the newspaper… then freely admit they never buy the newspaper anyway and wouldn’t dream of doing so.

Then when you present them with the opportunity to participate in an online discussion, like The Roar has done for years, they steadfastly ignore it. All they want to do is complain.

So be it, I suppose, but it’s certainly been noticed.

When are we going to start talking about the football again?

Think the last time I tipped them they lost 5-1 to the Jets!

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 23

You might be in the minority there, RF, as I got a phone call on the back of this column from someone close to the situation to talk me through many of the pros and cons of promotion and relegation in the A-League.

Let’s just say there’s not a whole lot of alignment among the many stakeholders in the game.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

I think you’re right about that!

When did football become so difficult to like?

The Tinkler-Stubbins era was an absolute low point for the A-League, Griffo. Although I can think of a few others…

When did football become so difficult to like?

I think there’s a separate discussion to be had about where World Cup finals participants actually come from. Historically speaking, continents like Africa and Asia have long been underrepresented and as a fan of Asian football in general, that’s something I’ve long been conscious of.

My annoyance – if that’s the right word for it – stems from the fact that Infantino and FIFA are clearly just making it up as they go along. That might be good enough for one of my Roar columns, but is this really how the most popular sport on the planet should be run?

When did football become so difficult to like?

Hah, I still think Ronaldo is an exceptional footballer. Just not as good as Messi.

When did football become so difficult to like?

I still think Messi is a much better player than Ronaldo too.

When did football become so difficult to like?

Well the point is to get people to comment on it, so…

When did football become so difficult to like?

No drama Onside – I appreciate the comments.

Some things are more important than a round of football

Great read.

The F3 derby: Bringing back the passion