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RF, I never mentioned your name!!!! My comment was more aimed at the other 2.
Never had any issues of you as a football fan or your views.
I agree with some of your pts, but I don’t agree with all the negatives you have, especially on the quality of the football.
I also don’t need to dump on the A-League, though there are many things not happy about & my thoughts on Mister Football differs from yours.
I watch football because I enjoy it, i don’t need the TV ratings & crowds figures every week to affect my enjoyment.

Six talking points from A-League Round 22

Apaway, not many, I think Spurs has the most & a few at Liverpool.
This is the same argument I use for those who say we used to produce a lot top league players in the GG time.
The English speaking type players (relying more on physical) are struggling in current trend where 1st touch is far more important & the Africans are also replacing a lot the physical (fitness, speed, strength) type players & far cheaper.
As for Brexit, like everything involved with Brexit, it’s a complete unknown.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

You could say exactly the same about Ninko, every team double teamed him & as such, they illegally stop him. Ninko has quicker feet then Broich & his first touch much better & hence was faulted a lot but no BR supporters want to believe it\’s a conspiracy.

Why opinions in football are rarely universal

This is where you always come unstuck, A-League & football totally different.
In week where other things are clearly bigger then sport & empathy & love is clearly needed, your show of fear is still so strong. Hopefully your mood gets better when the 3 state sport starts in short time.

Six talking points from A-League Round 22

Broich was the biggest penalty puller in the A-League, this is what the article was about, how we see things in different ways. Broich great player but even bigger diver.

Why opinions in football are rarely universal

A bit rich coming from a Broich fan.

Why opinions in football are rarely universal

Hehehe!!! I think the smell of fear is still strong Stevo.

Six talking points from A-League Round 22

All 3 goals were touch by the Gods. However, the last one, well.

Some things are more important than a round of football

Thanks for article Mike, very sad weekend.

However, both Barbarouses & Krishna’s goal celebration were class acts.
Crazy end to F3 Derby.
LEO MESSI’s third goal, just WOW!!!!

Some things are more important than a round of football

David, please don’t destroy this myth that some bloggers on the Roar has that Australia is the only country in the world that has more then 1 favourite sport.
I mean most of my family in Europe thinks Australia is a Rugby (yes Union) country.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Yes no doubt Stu. As JB says, football keeps re-inventing football styles.
In 2006 Argentina scored one of the goals of the tournaments with a 24 pass goal.
Barcelona played the Tikka tacka football & the whole world copied & a 24 pass goal was no longer special. Football changed & all teams started playing possession football, with a varying of styles. Liverpool play a very fast counter attacking possession type football, very direct & the ball movement is very quick. Likewise Real Madrid during their Champions league victories. While Barcelona & Man City, funny enough coached by the same coach, play a more methodical possession type, but when the situation arises, the transition is also very quick.
This type of football requires players with great first touches, great vision & lots of movement with & without the ball. This is the type of football the Socceroos have never been renowned for.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Lets just say English (British) football was left behind by the Barcelona possession revolution.
Now with some of the best coaches in the world in the EPL, the tide is turning (see 4 English teams in champions league 1/4s). This will see better players coming thru.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Seeing that there are over 200 countries playing the game, you are saying they are in the top 3 producing countries in the world?

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Yes it does.

However, I’m now talking AFL in Sydney here.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

I would say AFL is more foreign in Sydney then football, yet they don’t have the same issues.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

I think you being far too harsh. Yes there is not as many top players as Europe & Sth America as they are traditionally the best confederations, Africa of course, look at some of their best players, they are originally from Africa.
So yes I expect Asia to be behind those Federations.
I think Asia has as many players as CONCACAF has in the top leagues.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Well maybe we start with this;
Belgium made the semi finals of the last world cup better then all other confederation apart Europe.
Belgium only beat Japan with a 94th minute winner in the round of 16.
Asia, though having billions, there are not too many first world countries.
Asia has only just started in last 10 years or so, Japan/Korea abit longer spending big money on football.
However you are right, culture & tradition are important, but as we can see tradition & culture can be changed & is continuously changing.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

A bit of education is required there Ad-o.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

JB, thank you.
In my note yesterday, I actually agreed with you, but you misread what I was trying to say.
However, my point yesterday is eloquently put with your comment above.
‘how the hell are we going to rid ourselves of the “head in the sand” approach that has been with us,not for 5 years but actually nearer 45 years’.
This is not a recent issue, we are not & have not ever produced players in great numbers with touch, vision, quick ball movement (on the deck) & player movement that we see regularly with the Japanese ACL teams.
Even the other countries in Asia (who are pumping money into football) have moved on quicker then Australia.
This is not to say we have not improved, we have, but not at the rate we should have. The Asian countries had a better base, as we have always relied of physical attributes (which these Asian teams have either caught up & even surpassed) & the likes of Japan also have more money & they don’t have the poor administration we have had for the last few years.

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Haha, as you know Stevo, love my A-League & my SFC, but today it’s all about Ronaldo!!!!

Will Adelaide United make the finals?

Cristiano Ronaldo WOW!!!!

Will Adelaide United make the finals?

JB,
Now while I agree that they never reached the world domination as they did 73-78.
They had many other golden periods including winning the Euros in 1998 including the likes of Van Basten, Gullit, Rikjaard & Koeman.
The 1998 WC semi finalist which included the likes of Bergkam, the De Boer brothers, Davids, Seedorf.
The 2010 WC finalist & 2014 WC semis with Robben, Van Persie & Sneidjer.
So I do not think it’s a myth, for a country of their size to have so many golden generations, shows they are doing it right & Ajax is right in the mix here.
I know those 3 mentioned were not Dutch, neither is Messi Spanish, but he came thru the Barcelona way.

The A-League's salary cap has outlived its usefulness

Redondo, I think the output from the Netherlands is huge for such a small country population wise, only Croatia & Uruguay are comparable.
So they are bound to have generational gaps. Ajax now while struggling to produce great players in recent times for Holland, has produced Suarez, Ibra & Eriksen in recent years & this new crop looks good too.

You only have to look at the players Ajax has produced since it’s glory days of the early 70s, to de-myth the idea JB says it’s a myth. I can only think of Barcelona who has produced as many world class players as Ajax in the last 30 years & even then the Ajax connection is there.

The A-League's salary cap has outlived its usefulness

Lets use Perth as an example. Which is what Nem said as well. Forget Sydney & Melbourne.

The A-League's salary cap has outlived its usefulness

Spot on Fadida, take a look at Ajax, a little club, by European standard, beat the richest club in the world, Real Madrid to qualify for the last 8 in the champions league.
They had 8 players under the age of 22 years old & their whole squad including the reserves & youth team are worth less then 1 RM player in Gareth Bale.
They know because of their success, the bigger clubs will raid them but they are not worried because they will be paid transfer fees & continue the football factory.

http://www.espn.com.au/football/blog/espn-fc-united/68/post/3757094/for-most-clubs-losing-top-talent-is-a-killer-for-ajax-its-their-business-model

The A-League's salary cap has outlived its usefulness