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Mike Tuckerman

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I have a feeling we’re about to be watching a whole lot less live sport over the next couple of weeks.

How will the A-League weather the coronavirus storm?

Buddy, those lower tiers should be packed because they’re tiny compared to the tier above them. I’m just going by what I saw on the TV coverage. The southern end looked virtually empty, and a crowd of 21,000-odd only makes the stadium two-thirds full.

How will the A-League weather the coronavirus storm?

Brisbane Roar battered them, Buddy. They’d have beaten every other team in the league with that performance.

Substance in the A-League: Who has it and who needs it badly?

Let’s be honest… the real reason so many football fans in Australia prefer Optus Sports to Fox Sports is because they’d rather pay $0 a month (or $15 at most) to watch football, instead of $25 and upwards.

And that’s arguably the biggest existential threat to the A-League of all.

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?

Firstly, I don’t understand this desire to compare the A-League to English lower leagues all the time. Why not lower leagues in Asia? Why not the Finnish third division?

If all it took to get more fans through the gates was quality football, then attendances would be on the rise, not going down. I’m not even sure that the average fan in Australia knows what quality football looks like.

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?

I thought attendances were diabolical across the board this weekend.

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?

They’d have got more than 15,000 at AAMI Park, in my opinion. There’s lots of anecdotal evidence to suggest that fans are deliberately staying away from Marvel Stadium.

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?

Good for Georgina. No doubt it was a refreshing change from writing how much of a mess Australian rugby is in every week.

And how did that 2018 World Cup go for Optus Sport again, by the way?

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?

I wrote nothing of the sort, and I’m surprised no one has ever sued you for libel given the incessant stream of nonsense you spout.

I once wrote that the EPL was practically invisible on Optus, which was true at the time because those who wanted to watch it needed a mobile or internet contract with the company to do so. It was because of editorials like mine, not revisionist claptrap like yours, that Optus changed that policy.

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?

I don’t mind Melbourne City. I feel like they’re a dicey proposition on a week to week basis though.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 22

Mate, I just call the game as I see it.

Is Jean-Paul de Marigny the man to restore some pride in Western Sydney?

At least it’s a change from the guy who always asks when I’m going to tip the Wanderers.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 22

I just did. Now in moderation myself!

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

Preceding sentence was the biggest oxymoron of all time.

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

I think the fact Sydney FC clearly don’t want to move permanently from the CBD to the southern suburbs says much about where they see their place in the city. Although the delays in rebuilding the Sydney Football Stadium means it sounds like they’ll have to spend another year on the road at least.

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

I don’t think (and didn’t say) that Sydney FC’s vision is to promote young players. Much of their success has clearly come on the back of signing players from other clubs. But what they have done well in recent seasons is create an environment that lets them sign players like Kosta Barbarouses and Alexander Baumjohann and bring through players like Marco Tilio and Harry Van Der Saag.

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

Absolutely Franko, and had they played on Sunday I would have written about them. You’d think attendances would be tracking upwards, not downwards, in Adelaide (I know the weather hasn’t helped) but it speaks a little bit to the disconnect between clubs and fans at the moment that such an exciting and unpredictable Reds side is largely being met with indifference.

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

I’m glad to see so many of you have picked a team. There were some fantastic games this weekend. Should be an entertaining campaign.

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

I used to always keep an eye out for Mito’s fortunes in J2. The epitome of a well-supported community club.

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

Fair call mate. Who will you back when Sanfrecce play Vegalta though?

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

Never a dull moment at Vissel Kobe these days, Rellum. They actually won the Emperor’s Cup on New’s Year Day (in the most boring final in years).

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

I’d love to see a Shonan fan in Oz. Really pleasant part of the world.

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

We’ll allow it, Mid. You deserve to follow a team that actually wins every once in a while!

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

Really good choice though, Buddy. Interestingly enough, I was in Japan for their single season in J1, so I’ve actually seen them home and away at Mitsuzawa. It’s a really fun little stadium.

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

Maybe because I retweet them so often, Ivan! You’d love Shimizu S-Pulse. One of world football’s classic cult clubs.

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