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Roberto,
Yes Serbia.

Firstly I do agree with our first step is trying (not easy) to renuite all the all football tribes in this country, we already have so many enemies outside of football in this country, but internally, too many with too many agendas.

I watched France v Portugal this morning, France clearly the better team, Portugal played a very defensive game hoping to hit some of their quality attackers on the break, but even then Portugal (like Holland) had some wonderfully gifted players who were able to buy some rest in defence by playing the ball out.

From golden generation to lost generation: What went wrong with football in Australia?

While I don’t disagree with a few of your comments, I think you missed some of the biggest issues.

1. In 2006 Argentina scored a goal that contained 26 passes, it was the goal of the tournament, nowadays a 26 pass goal is nothing special. Possession football has been all the go, especially since the Tika tak Barcelona style. Now even the GG were no good at this possession football, Australia has never really produced highly skilled footballers, very few & far in between, Kewell, Dukes excepted. Other countries also fell behind too, Australia has not spent the money like UAE, Japan, Korea on football to move with the times.
2. In the GG time, Australian players had great temperaments, were tough, fit, athletic, strong professionals, however the bigger leagues had found replacements in Africa, Sth America & Eastern Europeans, where the likes of Emerton, Cullina, Moore, Wilshire, Kennedy, Neill, Cahill were a dime a dozen & not only were they fit & athletic, they were cheaper & far more skillful.
3. Ange tried to take Australia to the 21st century to play possession football, but we didn’t have the players, we never have, our culture was more direct & giving 100%. Look at Bernado Silva from Man City, Portugal has always produced highly skilled players like him, but they weren’t the greatest workers or had the best temperament, now in Silva you have the full package, a guy who runs all day, has a strong temperament & highly skillful. You have a Brett Emerton with super skills.

The world of football has changed immensely since 2006, but we in Australia has not.

From golden generation to lost generation: What went wrong with football in Australia?

What’s terrible Kanggas? I’m only telling the truth, very few British players in the elite top teams.
Don’t forget that PL is the biggest & most popular football league in the world, lots of money in Football in England, much much more then Australia. Not surprised they have a decent football team. 1st decent team in the 80s & 90s, they have been in the doldrums for 20 years.
But lets put into perspective, their doldrums is much higher then Australia’s because they are one of the biggest football countries in the world.
Just like Brazil, no world cup wins in since 2002, big hole for them.

Indian Super League: An improving competition and A-League threat

The times they are a changing.

Being a big follower of the English top flight football competition since the 70s, where is was all British players playing, to the 80s & 90s where we started seeing a few foreigners including a small amount of Aussies, then the 00s where now more & more Aussies playing in the English top flight & many other nationalities.
I watched Liverpool (best team in England & close to best in world) v Arsenal (while not near the best still among the best sides in England) the other day, there was 5 British players playing in 28 players (including 3 subs on either side).
Of these 5 players 4 were defenders & 1 came of the bench.

The times they are a changing.

Indian Super League: An improving competition and A-League threat

Exactly, I just cancelled foxtel & will now no longer watch another game of AFL.

Why 2021 is about to put the A back in the A-League

We all do Johan, we all do.

Why 2021 is about to put the A back in the A-League

I love the way you play with him Stuart, I have a lot to learn.

Why 2021 is about to put the A back in the A-League

Don’t get confused with Australia’s position in the world, talking about being humble & realistic.
If either AFL or NRL were the worldwide sport that football were, the best players in the world would not be plying their trades here. The small array of world class players Australia would produce if these sports were as big as football world wide, they too would not be plying their trades in this country.
The likes of Collingwood, West Coast Eagles, Sydney Roosters & Parramatta would also only be teams of young players & journeyman.
This has nothing to do with expectations of the code here, as said many times you confuse football as a code with the A-League here, massive difference (with AFL it’s the competition is everything, with football, the A-league is only a small part). I have always said the biggest competitors for the A-League is not AFL or NRL, but the top leagues around the world.

Has Australia missed another golden generation?

That is the biggest issue the ‘requisite quality’, football has changed & football in this country is slow to react, this is my biggest issue.
Most Aussies plying their trade in the big leagues around the 06 period in the big leagues were hard working, solid, physical players, either strong or fast or big engines, very few were blessed with high technical skills (Kewell, Dukes, Bresc, Zelic & Okon apart).
Have a look at the at the Premier league around the same time & how many Scottish, Irish & Welsh players too, other countries big on more the physical side of things

Anyone bemoaning the lack of Aussies in the English Premier League is missing the point

I watched the a bit of the Bundesliga & I see a lot black players, most teams have 3-4 some more then that in their team. In Zelic’s day, there would have been 3-4 Black players in the whole Bundesliga.

Anyone bemoaning the lack of Aussies in the English Premier League is missing the point

I’m with LH here.

Every year, some of the players in my football team ask if we can finish football training early, so they can get home for the SOO. I always say ‘no worries, who’s playing this year?’, they give me a funny look as if to say, ‘same as every other year since Adam was a boy’.

Is there room for a football State of Origin?

You didn’t just have an opinion, you came out swinging.
Like I said you have SOO & then you have nothing.

A new solution to the old A-League finals problem

Like the guy said, you have nothing else!!!!
Why would we need a SOO, when we have;
World cup
Asian cup
Copa America
European Championship
Asian champions league
Champions league
The list goes on.

A new solution to the old A-League finals problem

Haha!!!!

Gripping grand final proves there's still life in the A-League yet

Thanks LH, I agree we are all bias.
I know when BR & MV & even WSW were tops & SFC were not, I didn’t envy them, I wanted SFC to get to their level both on the field & in the admin sides of things.
I’m enjoying it, but as we know in football it’s cyclic, who would’ve thought Man U would struggle to get top 4 in England during Fergies time, who would thought with Barca & RM dominating a few years back that neither team would be that competitive in the champions league like this year.
I just hope other clubs aspire to be better then SFC then complain about them.

Gripping grand final proves there's still life in the A-League yet

LH as always a balance view.

Gripping grand final proves there's still life in the A-League yet

Great post Stevo, this is how it’s done MV & WSW fans (on social media). Very good game, could’ve have gone either way.
Caceres, what a player, Glover, Metcalf & King, 3 future stars. Grant the mullet continues to grow into cult following.

I thought MC goal should have stood & also thought that SFC deserved a penalty, just shows football is & always will be about opinions.

MV & WSW fans & conspiracies haha.

Gripping grand final proves there's still life in the A-League yet

SFC here, too good this year.

Western United clear favourites, Melbourne City looming and Sydney FC making up the numbers

That is not fair, you are presenting a thoughtful, sensible comment to THE good Dr’s comments.

Would the A-League be better off if Sydney FC weren't crowned champions?

Very well put Stevo, SFC are the best team & as a football fan you want the best team to be crowned champions. I have a strong dislike for Liverpool, very strong, but it would have been a travesty for them to not been crowned champions this year.

The problem is not SFC winning, some of the biggest competitions in football are won by the same teams every year. When MV were the best, I never begrudged them, I wanted SFC to be more like them.

Like you Mike, I’m watching less live sports these days too, this again as Stevo says every sport is struggling due to the current health issues.

Once A-League is finished, so is my foxtel subscription, thank you very much, but as said above the quicker we move away from foxtel the better.

Would the A-League be better off if Sydney FC weren't crowned champions?

Thanks LH, yeah funny old season, bit of a hollow victory with the break in the season, but like you said a few factors, plus Australia being a finals country, takes away what I believe is the more important victory the premiership, winners first past the post.

Is a switch to winter the key to unlocking the A-League's potential?

LH great comment.

As you said there are lots of football fans out there, unlocking them to follow the A-League is the biggest challenge.

Is a switch to winter the key to unlocking the A-League's potential?

Yes very English!!!!

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

Yes it was Simon. great commentary. Kewell was Australia’s golden boy & Cahill was the wonder boy.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

Top player. Man City I think.

The one signing Chelsea need to become a title contender