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Love football first and foremost although I keep one eye on most ball sports. Watching live rather than TV is my preference and away games are always more fun even when you lose.

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A-League: The interminable wait

Sorry Greenday, but ‘Wake me up, when September comes’ is all wrong. It should be October, when the A League finally finishes the long hibernation and joins in with the rest of the planet and plays league football once more.

Agree with your marketing synopsis event if I do resist those giant chains for all I’m worth.
I set my under 12’s a challenge this season with the reward being dinner on me – the coach and they succeeded and chose McDonalds of all the choices on offer!

Marketing the A-League is a step in the right direction

I agree with you when watching various leagues and comparing the standards. Having been to two MLS games last month I don’t think there is much difference in the standard overall. Having said that I did see Zlatan in one game and he makes an enormous difference. He plays at an entirely different level to those around him and you can almost see their collective brains click into gear a few seconds after his has performed – it is almost surreal at times. I too though encounter many people who say “I won’t watch A League, I have it a try once etc etc. I think there is a great deal of snobbery out there. In Sydney it seems people also prefer to watch tv rather than live sport – goes for all sports, not just football though.

Marketing the A-League is a step in the right direction

fadida – having visited all the clubs with the exception of our newest one and having bought tickets from most of them I get regular emails from most. Funnily enough I get the most email from a club with fairly low attendances so at least I know they are trying something!

Marketing the A-League is a step in the right direction

Failing to qualify for champions League group stage!

Marketing the A-League is a step in the right direction

Yes all true but they still prefer not to. A trip from London to Manchester or Liverpool to Birmingham, Paris to Lyon, Amsterdam to Eindhoven is far more preferable!

International Champions Cup: A Trojan Horse for a Super League?

Gotta find a builder that can come in under budget or else there is going to be a big building site at Moore Park for a few years yet!

Marketing the A-League is a step in the right direction

Certainly agree with doing some research into the why no longer going. I ask the questions quite regularly and the answers don’t vary that much. However, it might make an interesting discussion topic for a separate piece during this ultra long enforced break. I don’t want to see any more articles on how well SFC are going to perform this season….but we do need topics of conversation to mull over.

Marketing the A-League is a step in the right direction

Yes I noticed that pointed little comment and tried to ignore it as it is slightly out of place in relation to the rest of the article. I’d be inclined to say that the objective of the club is to be the dominant club in Manchester, to build a dynasty that lasts longer than the reign of SAF, to become the club that kids and future fans support by choice and generally dominate the landscape.
There is a slight difference between the club and fans in outlook though. Whilst there is no doubt the club wishes to become a European powerhouse which has many other benefits, most fans want the epl title and if it comes with other silverware that’s a bonus. Fans want the title of “top of the tree” way above all else. If you have any doubts, survey a group of Liverpool supporters and ask them whether they would have traded their euro trophy for the EPL. It speaks volumes for the mindset of the majority of fans and personally I believe it gives an insight as to why a European super league isn’t as mouthwatering as it may appear at first sight.

Melbourne City: It will be different this time around, I promise

If there is a stronger connection between the A League and grassroots football, the potential is huge. Whilst I have argued many times that registered playing numbers do not have a direct relationship with interest in the game at the top local level, if it is well managed, planned and the timing is good then there remains a huge opportunity to put more bums on seats. This is especially true in cases where large stadiums are employed that regularly have swathes of empty seats.
When you visit a local club on member’s badge draw nights or raffles and similar events, the clubs are always incredibly busy – once the draw is completed, the crowd thins very fast. That concept could so easily be transposed into a half-time event which means you would swell the ranks for at least 45 minutes if not longer.
Whatever methods are employed we know that you need to “spend a buck to make a buck” and I for one am looking forward to seeing something different. I’m looking forward to observing what WSW has learnt over the period in the wilderness. There is huge potential to be realised at the new stadium and the club should be re-engaging with the city of Parramatta and business in the area to generate a new level of interest and to get the place humming again.

Marketing the A-League is a step in the right direction

Can you enlighten me – maybe others by the term “Popovic lite” – are you referring to management style, playing style, recruitment policy, rotation of players, all of the above? Might make an interesting discussion topic on its own. Thanks

Can Steve Corica co-ordinate another successful Sydney FC rebuild?

I swear we have discussed, debated, argued about SFC and the season ahead already this off season, or was it last year? I don’t go much on pre season stuff and didn’t get to see the FFA cup game against Brisbane anyway so I have no qualitative data to base an opinion on likely outcomes. I guess I will wait to see how the trip to Adelaide pans out before the mystery of the ever rotating squad begins to unravel.

Can Steve Corica co-ordinate another successful Sydney FC rebuild?

That’s good news – do you mean along the Newell? We are e perimenting with Optus at the moment as even in Sydney coverage is sporadic with Vodafone and Optus. I told my wife to test it where she uses it most but certainly going through country areas has been a major headache for years.

You get so used to losing signal that when I was in the uk a few years ago, I asked which was the better network for country and rural areas and didn’t understand why I got confused looks……. totally forgot geography and lack of distance. At one point we seemed to be in the middle of nowhere and then came to a junction that had a signpost “25 miles to Manchester”. They swap tyranny of distance and rural coverage for overcrowding of networks and slowdown!

Did anyone watch an EPL game live this weekend?

Nem – it is purely about personal preferences. All I was stating is that I prefer to watch live games on a large screen. Actually I prefer watching live games by attending although it isn’t possible! Talking to teenage football players and many young adults, they all say they watch on small screens and are quite happy to do so. Their parents dictate what goes on the large screen at home. I was visiting friends who have 2 teenage boys and a 10 year old girl. The television was on yet all five members had either a phone or tablet and were watching something else. Maybe that is how we are doing family time in the 21st century. It certainly isn’t uncommon from what I hear.

Did anyone watch an EPL game live this weekend?

Although you can download a BeIn app and watch on phone, tablet etc and the have Spanish and German football too but not in those neat little chunks that the younger consumers seem to go for.

Did anyone watch an EPL game live this weekend?

I watched the Leeds v Nottingham Forest game as well and I’m fairly sure it would have benefitted from VAR! I also saw a bit of QPR vs Huddersfield and to answer the query posted earlier; BeIn sports either via Foxtel or you can just subscribe if you seek championship and lower divisions in England, plus plenty of other stuff. Watching live football these days I feel the need for HD and a large screen. Highlights and mini games are fine on the tablet but not for 90 minutes.

Did anyone watch an EPL game live this weekend?

Mmmm I like the subject as a debate but come down more on the side that says it won’t happen anytime soon as the football power base won’t expand in that way. Maybe if the skies are filled with supersonic aircraft that will reduce travel time etc, otherwise ?I can’t see European clubs travelling to away games in Asia anytime soon. They think Turkey and Russia are great distances!
10 -16 hour flights are still the domain of the ACL.

International Champions Cup: A Trojan Horse for a Super League?

Got some wires crossed here JB. I was only referring to the annual game played between the 2 winners of the European competitions which first came in during early 70’s. The upcoming game between Liverpool and Chelsea is the euro super cup now isn’t it?

International Champions Cup: A Trojan Horse for a Super League?

If the current competition is a Trojan horse then it will have died and gone to the Trojan glue factory well before any cunning plan comes to fruition. I only say that as the annual fixture has been around for over 40 years. It used to be the European Super Cup and was played over 2 legs. For a while it was an early season but of fun played out in Monaco each year although the venue now moves each year.
It doesn’t really hold any more prestige or glamour than the annual pre EPL opener referred to these days as the community shield. There has been almost as much talk about an elite euro super league as there has talks on Brexit down the years and neither seems to have the drive and determination to create an outcome that satisfies everyone. I see it remaining as a regular talking point and nothing more for decades to come and along with it the domination of many leagues by a handful of clubs. It mirrors so much that we encounter in business and politics almost irrespective of the type of regime governing the country.

International Champions Cup: A Trojan Horse for a Super League?

If Rooney wants to get into management when he hangs up his boots then this is a golden opportunity not to be missed. He has enjoyed a fair bit of exposure and limelight in the MLS although he has played second fiddle to Zlatan and he will enjoy the spotlight on him again in his home country even if the media circus is somewhat cruel.

Rooney swaps DC for Derby County

Part of the loan deal was that he signed a new contract at Huddersfield. They were protecting their investment really. If his contract had expired, he would have been a free agent. This result is a three way win! Let’s hope he doesn’t get relegated with Brighton.

Why Aaron Mooy’s move to Brighton makes perfect sense

Where have you been watching high quality football though? The top handful of dutch sides play some good football but there is a fair bit off dross even in the top league in the years that I have followed the Eredivisie although sadly I am struggling to find streams these days. Always love watching the dutch national side though whether they are doing well or struggling as they were only a short while ago. There again I might have it all wrong as I am only a quarter dutch!

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

The whole business of feeling positive or negative “we’re all doomed” or “we are going to take on the world and thrash them” is akin to anyone who has violent mood swings. Moods in sport are short lived and things change quickly. It applies to just about every sport I can think of (although the focus is on team sports). Only last week there was wailing and gnashing of teeth when Australia was 8 down for 120 odd runs and I was copping all sorts of amusing stuff from friends and relatives in the UK. Come day 4 and especially day 5 and now the whole country (those that are interested) is now optimistic enough to believe the series could be a whitewash and I cannot get a word out on the subject from the UK as apparently it is now the football season.
Likewise, SFC losing in the FFA Cup. The immediate thought is that the whole dominating run is coming to an end and the team has come back to the pack. That is until their next pre season game when everything starts to flow again, or maybe look back just a week or so to see how positive and upbeat the reports were when they played PSG in a pre-season game.
One week we are up, the next down. The A League and its constituent clubs have provided plenty of “downers” in recent times so it is surely time to enjoy “the uppers”. Like a few others posting, I may not be a Bris Roar supporter but I’m a supporter of wanting RF to do well, to make an impact, a statement and for some of the doomsday merchants to be proved wrong.

This weekend the EPL kicks off and many of us either follow or support a team or teams in that league and there will be the usual emotions that go hand in hand with the season starting. By about round 5 or 6, the result, disaster or fantastic day will become a distant memory as the long and arduous fight for the title or to avoid relegation takes shape.

It is all part and parcel of being a fan, a critic and a contributor.

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

I’m in a quandary Nem – Kayo Sport’s suits me but not my wife so I have to be able to get her the programs she currently devours through Foxtel before I can make the change! Thanks for reminding me though.

Robbie Fowler makes dream debut against Sydney FC

I had the dubious privilege of being at home last night with nobody fighting for the tv remote. I sat and watched the designated game between Mel Knights and Adelaide, but oh for a choice of viewing. Whatever happened to the halcyon days of selecting the game of choice rather than being stuck with someone else’s opinion of the best offering? In spite of 7 goals and the commentators trying to constantly talk up the atmosphere and how exciting it was, I confess to having a few minutes break to see the selection of 500 great goals on BeIn Sports. I wanted to see a bit of the SFC v Brisbane game – surely curiosity alone was enough to take a peek? Same goes for Nabbout vs Jets – but no chance! Oh well onwards and upwards!

Robbie Fowler makes dream debut against Sydney FC

My biggest complaint about J and K League is that I can’t find it to consume very easily. In Seoul a few weeks ago I watched a really entertaining match between a K League XI and Juventus minus CR. I doubt that it got a mention here as we tend to be somewhat insular. Do we even know what is happening in the ACL now there is no Aussie sides left?
Maybe broadcasters don’t worry about small minorities anymore – which is part of the reason why we watch streams of doubtful legality etc or find alternatives to mainstream media outlets.
Still we get some MLS which is pretty entertaining for the most part.

Ange Postecoglou is still the most interesting Aussie coach around