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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.

With a game offering up 6 goals, you would imagine the entertainment value would be very high in the Syd vBR game. Maybe I’m hard to please these days but I found the other four games a lot more interesting/entertaining/pulsating at times, certainly tense in the case of Phoenix and Adelaide’s games. It was good to see PG find some form and a great place to find it as it will “calm the farm” in relation to people gushing about MC this season. Maybe the so called experts will stop trying to over analyse a meaningless league table as well. I got sick and tired of hearing about how PG are “stone motherless last” etc and then 90 minutes later they are breaking into the top six and looking like potential champions again. Please – it’s as bengal as hearing two boys arguing over who has the toughest dad. The first 45 minutes of the WU v MV game gave us just about everything and that cross from Risdon to Berisha was sublime. He must have watched Liverpool v Everton as the cross bore all the hallmarks of the second Liverpool goal although I grant, it wasn’t scored with the head though but the precise nature of the cross and the curl on the ball were very similar. The second half was a bit ropey but the job had been done really.
Mr Babel’s comments about playing against 12 men leave me a bit cold. What he doesn’t seem to recognise are the shortcomings of the team and his own lack of willingness to try something different when things aren’t going right. The penalty “sucked” but we all know the new interpretation of the law- as bad as it may be and there are at least 89 other minutes in the game to make an impression. Excuses and blaming referees and VAR is not the way to coach and manage. Take a look at how ineffective Kamau was in the game, look at the lack of players finding space and shooting opportunities. Look at the pace of the back 4 and who can effectively deal with pacey opponents who let’s face it, don’t have much in their armoury beyond pace and the occasional shot on target. Have a look at the midfield at who the playmakers are; who can drive the team forward with incisive passing , running and beating defenders with dribbling skills creating space behind the defence and having supporting players in and around the box. It isn’t about hard luck stories every week and there needs to be some thoughtful changes in approach.

My wrap-up of Round 9 of the A-League

By all accounts, Ange requires an interpreter when coaching. It kind of tells you that football crosses the language barriers although perhaps it should be his interpreter that receives the accolades! Hope he doesn’t immediately jump ship on the back of that success though.

Postecoglou's J.League title makes him the greatest Aussie coach of all time

It is a really crap interpretation of the rules that we are saddled with but that aside, the team simply isn’t performing. Keep playing the same team, keep coming up with the same result. Look within for the mowers, it isn’t the referee and it isn’t VAR.

Markus Babbel claims the Wanderers are 'playing against 12'

I have actually read a few articles about stadiums – not Australian publications) that have mentioned central coast stadium in very positive terms, compact, appropriately sized and a good view!

The Socceroos at the Copa America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Against Mel City in the last home game their second goal came about through very poor coverage on the right side of the defence; then when that had failed nobody was picking up inside the box. As for the third, it was classic kick and chase stuff – well they call it counter attacking at pace these days but essentially it was a long clearance good pass, run down the line, cross into the penalty area and a reasonable marksman on hand to Despatch it. The side should have been awake to the potential. We could see it from where we sit – just behind the visitors coaching box so I’m sure they were alert to it as well. Poor across the park really.

The formation that can save the Wanderers

Even that has lost a lot of gloss in recent years especially since they moved it to a 5-00 pm kick off. Very few FA Cup parties here these days compared with a decade ago.

The Socceroos at the Copa America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

I’m not sure I understand Mr Babel’s plans except to look like Peaky Blinders.
He does seem willing to experiment though so there is hope.

The formation that can save the Wanderers

Personally I want to see young Sullivan given more time on the field. He lacks experience and guidance it seems and so flits in and out of the game but when he has played well he is quick and skilful and will take on defenders and create extra space….. more game time, more experience he could be a playmaker before too long.

The formation that can save the Wanderers

In my case, be thankful that you are married to someone who loves going to away games…..loves the different places and the people you meet!

The Socceroos at the Copa America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Lang park would be better known than Suncorp I shouldn’t wonder.

The Socceroos at the Copa America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

I was arguing that “most famous” will depend on where you live and what you are exposed to. We tend to be a bit Anglo centric here due to exposure of premier league. If you go to highly populated countries such as Indonesia and the Phillipines bet you would get some very different answers.

The Socceroos at the Copa America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

The team that manages to win when not playing well tends to emerge either at or somewhere close to the top. We regularly talk about Tom’s consistency whether it is good or bad and AU seem to reach a point where they look as if they will go on in leaps and bounds and then they stutter. Maybe they read and believe their own publicity, maybe they bet against the bookmakers – I can’t remember how long the odds were on a Phoenix win but it was pretty good odds. Sport is all wrapped up in motivation and reaching a certain level of intensity. As soon as it drops away and another team lifts, the playing field changes. I accept that overall there might be a lot more talent in some teams but there has to be the desire week in and week out and to me that was the missing ingredient last week. I wouldn’t say AU went through the motions as such but I still got the impression they thought they just had to turn up, kick the ball around the park and 3 points would come their way. It isn’t that simple – ask Guardiola – after all look at the talent available to him but he also has 19 other teams who want to knock off the current champions – motivation!

Was Adelaide's loss to the Nix a sign of things to come?

The tournament was on my “to do” list for a holiday until my sister decided very selfishly to get married next June. To be fair, my family generally arranges marriages outside of the European football season and so June is an ideal month except for next year so it will be a matter of finding out where I can watch the tournament once again.

The Socceroos at the Copa America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Old battle over whether you like a system and so you try and fit the players to a system or whether you look at the squad and work out the formation based on your playing strengths. What I like is flexibility in approach and making good use of the bench especially where games may not be going how you want – be prepared to change it. After all,we all understand the principle of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
On the playing side, I really thought Babbel would have developed an uncompromising pacey back four that would not give much away in the way of goals; sadly that is far from the truth. Still seeing far too many basic errors that lead to goals. Going forward and being creative is the other area of concern. To unpick defences, get around the back, make incisive runs onto incisive passes requires more than pace and passing skill and there is still a lack of players with the skill and confidence to really test defenders and have them “on the back foot”. There’s still time but it needs another look.

The formation that can save the Wanderers

Only in that where we live that is what you are bombarded with through media channels. Amongst millions of football fans around the globe the picture can be quite different. In Europe Although Barcelona and Real Madrid May be the world’s most famous names, more people follow other teams in Spain than the two combined; same applies in uk etc etc.
You could easily mount an argument that Hillsborough is the most famous stadium in the world and all down to one event.
However, irrespective of personal beliefs and subjective arguments, a trip to watch some international football at River Plate’s stadium should make the mouth water in the same way that watching test cricket at the MCG or Lords or perhaps the stadium in Chennai whose name I can’t begin to spell – but cricket fans will know to what I refer.

The Socceroos at the Copa America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

of the five sides that lost last weekend; they scored the grand total of 1 goal between them. Mind you, it was the goal of the round and will be in the running for goal of the season.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 9

Ardilles and Villa came over after the 1978 World Cup and it was the final reply against Man City that everyone remembers the Ricky dribble to effectively win the game. Falklands war saw the end of them really for all the crap excuses we use for internment etc during wartime. Still, as someone who grew up very anti Spurs – (it’s only these days I even Call them by that name) I was quite happy at the time.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 9

I seem to be forever hearing “expect the unexpected” which is a contradiction as in my book if I do that it won’t be unexpected. That means five home wins this weekend as nobody is going to tip five away wins surely?

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 9

Nem – don’t get me wrong, I’m all for expansion, but the right expansion. After all, I support an expansion side that exists because there was a genuine demand and the proper qualitative research was conducted, the boxes ticked and it was clear there was strong support at the time.
Growth in a city alone does not provide sound reasons to create a new club imo; at least not without doing the homework and I believe this was a failing. As I stated earlier, the future may be bright, so the long term picture maybe healthy but we live in the here and now. A much better idea to bring the new Sydney and Melbourne teams in at the same time surely? I don’t really believe that a third Sydney team is warranted but I’m willing to be proved wrong. The belief that more derbies will bring in the crowds and positive experiences is deeply flawed. All that happens is everything is watered down and we get bored with it very quickly.

All quiet on the Western (United) front

I am still struggling to understand why (at this stage of the A League’s expansion ideas) Western United even exists? I sat reading positive articles for a few years about how good it was going to be and I just assumed that I was not understanding bigger picture stuff. Maybe I still don’t but I could never see the sense in having a Geelong based side playing at an AFL ground and having an odd number of teams with a bye and an awful draw that has done nobody any favours. I have been to all the major stadiums used for A League but have no intention of going to Geelong. It was bad enough suffering at Spotless so why heap more torture upon us.
“More haste less speed” – old expression.

All quiet on the Western (United) front

I agree In that I Believe it is a load of drivel. My concern is that the speculation is out there and stuff like this gets written. Even if there isn’t an ounce of truth in terms of what is going to happen, it reflects the types of things people are thinking about. I think you can go to most betting agencies and get odds on who the next A League coach to be sacked will be. I’m sure that’s pretty popular amongst some journalists.

Where it's all going wrong for the Wanderers - and how they turn it around

Nem – we aren’t playing that game. We are acknowledging that all is not what it seems to be. There is an article on the SBS site suggesting that Babel might be sacked as early as this weekend if they lose away in Auckland…then there is speculation that Mr Muscat might get the gig…… that would be the end of my support for the club. It might only be media speculation but the very fact it is being talked about highlights the deficiencies being seen, not just by me!

Where it's all going wrong for the Wanderers - and how they turn it around

Yeah but this is the trouble when having this type of discussion in print and not face to face. I’m not playing “could have, should have.”. The simple point is that they are not performing anywhere near the level needed to be up and amongst the top this year. The early results tended to mask the inadequacies of the team. Having said that, I enjoyed their performance against Mel City particularly the build up to the second goal and the quick switch from one flank to the other.

Where it's all going wrong for the Wanderers - and how they turn it around

Certainly concur re Lopar. If the side fails as a whole he will probably be seen in an even better light and there will be no shortage of admirers.

The official early season A-League report cards

They could have/should have lost to both CCM and SFC and BR for that matter. If that were the case, the current narrative would be screamed out rather than spat out. There are promising signs but too sporadic and compared to other A League sides it isn’t looking to be anywhere near good enough.

Where it's all going wrong for the Wanderers - and how they turn it around