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Yes they were true entertainers, but they were not in the class of the aforementioned 3. They were despite the butchers a class above in that era.

Was that the most entertaining A-League round of all time?

As mentioned, we not as good as last year, yet only 1 pt behind MV. We already took 3 similar players, Bobo, Adrian & Bujjis. Their replacements DeJong for Adrian hasn’t played much due to injuries. Var Der Linden for Bujjis hasn’t worked out, however Le Fondre for Bobo has been good. But we hanging in there 1 pt behind the mighty MV despite not being the best team.

Was that the most entertaining A-League round of all time?

Sydney still getting the job done, clearly not quite as good last year, came back to field the lost of some special players, transition of new coach, older playing aging & a real lack of speed, they are stil only 1 pt behind the all conquering Melbourne Victory (who I admit looks half the side without Honda). Lets also forget ‘with Lowy gone, SFC getting lots of dodgy decisions (especially penalties) against them, where’e Kanga?
However, while I agree SFC, not playing the football of last couple of years, but for the goal posts (and Austin) could’ve won 4-0.

Was that the most entertaining A-League round of all time?

‘The likes of Billy Bremner, Ron Harris, Norman Hunter, Peter Storey, Tommy Smith,’, makes the likes of George Best, Pele & Cruyff sound even better.

Was that the most entertaining A-League round of all time?

I watched Juventus play Parma, with Juve winning 3-2 last min of added on time, Mandukic, had ball on his own goal line, with 2 attackers on him, hold on to ball& hold attackers off, kick ball into the attackers to earn a throw in or corner or put boot behind & boot it long.
No Mandukic, chips ball over attackers head back towards his goals, misses his defenders & right onto the feet of a Parma player who tapped it across goal for a last kick tab goal to draw game for Parma.
It was comical defending, terrible error from a player playing for one of the best teams in the world & also played in the world cup final. Ok not a defender, but an experienced player. As Ago says it happens all over the world.

Was that the most entertaining A-League round of all time?

Exactly, says nothing about the game.
Plus Mister AFL is banned, but not his other aliases are still on the football tab.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

AFL is also minor outside of 3 states. Deal with it.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Harold, What are you talking about? The A-league isn’t football, whoever said that?

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

WHAT!!!!!! You realise that football players earn alot more then AFL players, don’t you.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Christo, yes professional club comps of the codes in this country, yes.

Internationals no way, the Socceroos way above the Kangaroos, even in NSW, no competition in Victoria, SA or WA.
International teams visiting our shores, viewers following O/S leagues. The likes of Wigan & Huddersfield (small cities in England) can’t match Barcelona, Chelsea or Bayern Munich.
Interest in the top world class players like Ronaldo & Messi, way higher considering we are not a football nation.

Parramatta stadium was rebuilt because of the Wanderers, not the Eels.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Sadly but true about Lokingloy, so looking to his impact instead of Simon, but just shows nothing. As someone else said hope he proves me wrong, but….

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Yes Mike another amazing story!!!!! Wrote his whole book & sent by sections via a mobile phone.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Saw Iran play Qatar I think in Asian cup in 2015 & there was 30K in the ANZ stadium & large portion Iranian fans & the atmosphere was electric.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

The A-League averaged around 10k last year, amid the worst season ever in the A-League history, with all the negatives of the FFA from both the clubs & the fans. It was a depressing year, it led to the chairman of the FFA standing down. The FFA spent more time defending itself then any marketing or any innovative actions. It was not fun being an A-League fan in 2018.
Also one of it’s biggest clubs (crowd wise) WSW, has had it’s issues, no home ground, poor results & their active crowds behaviour, now whether they all come back I don’t know.
However, Parramatta stadium was rebuilt because of the Wanderers, not the Eels, if that helps.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Love the theme of this movie. Very similar to what Craig Foster is trying to do with the Australian refugee in Thailand.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Yes it is & I agree A-League is struggling.

However, I was answering to this comment.
‘Maybe the reality is that despite football being a dominant code throughout most of the world, it just isn’t in Australia? And realistically that won’t change for the foreseeable future?’

This is not true.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

I think I have Christo, I haven’t disputed that the A-League is a secondary competition to the AFL & the NRL & even the joke that is BBL (I see that fading) & I love cricket.
No arguments from me. I also have no issue that A-League in this country struggles for a varying of reasons, including competitions for other sports in this country, but this is not the main reason it struggles, administration being the big one, standard & agenda driven issues with the sport within the country among some of the biggest issues. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot.

However, my beef with you calling football a secondary code, it is not, it is easily the 2nd biggest code in Sydney & Melbourne, in Adelaide it’s AFL, daylight & then football. I’m not sure in Perth & Brisbane. Again I’m not saying A-League v AFL or NRL, I’m saying football v Australian Rules football and Rugby League.

This last paragraph I find both AFL fans (especially) & NRL fans have difficulty to understand, mainly due to the smallness of their sport.
Even if Mike the prophet, his prediction comes thru that A-League ceases in 6 months time. I would still be able to watch more football (park football, the NPL, the Socceroos in Asian & World cups, my O/S teams in their domestic & champions league competitions) then any AFL or NRL fan can with their sport.
There are many countries that call themselves footballing countries where the Domestic competition average attendances fall far smaller then the A-League.

This is what you get with an international sport.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Lets get 1 thing right, A-League is not a sporting code. Football is.
If Football is such a secondary code, why does;
The Socceroos get such good crowds & ratings & rated as one of premier national sides?
Why are there so many kids wearing Liverpool, Barcelona & Juventus jerseys?
Why whenever Real Madrid, Man United or AC Milan tour are the biggest stadiums in Australia near capacity?
Why is Sam Kerr the popular sportswoman in Australia.
Why is Ronaldo or Messi better known the Johnaton Thurston in Melbourne or Dustin Martin in Sydney?

I could go on & on. My point being don’t confuse A-League with the sport of football, just because the major football competitions in this country the AFL & the NRL, there is really next to nothing outside of these competitions in their respective sports.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Post under the wrong post, should have been the one above. I’ve read 3 times & still scratching my head.

Why a lack of trust in the FFA is leading to a lack of growth in football

Why does this worry you so much.

I’m sure when it’s something the FFA needs to work towards, a financial viable pro/rel. Until then no need for you to worry about.

Three reasons why the A-League should adopt promotion and relegation

Excellent player, excellent marquee (well will be), great professional, horrible team.

Terrific Toivonen highlights A-League striker struggles

Waz, of course they are the oldest, don’t forget they invented women’s sport & introduce sport to China as well.

If the A-League did have relegation, perhaps the bottom four should all go?

Where do I start JB.

I suppose I can start with 2001, we just beat New Zealand in a world cup qualifier & about to eventually lose to Uruguay for 2002 WC. I was lucky to get into the Novotel in Homebush & the whos whos of Australian football were all there, the players & the administrators.
I looked around the players & was impressed, but when I looked at the administrators at the time of Soccer Australia, i was depressed & thinking where to for football in this country? 5 years later I was in Germany & we just qualified for the 2nd round of the World cup, this was after attending the GF in which Sydney beat Mariners in a packed SFS.

My point being we have been down before far further down then now. Yes 100% the Asian teams are developing at a far greater rate then the Socceroos, we have no given right to qualify everytime out of Asia. Competition is good.
However, I remain hopeful, hopeful, that we continue to evolve from a footballing perspective. We have hit an alltime low in the A-League era. Poor administrators, TV ratings & crowds down, sacking of the women’s coach 5 months out of WC, knocked out of Asian cup at 1/4s.
Yet we still can have 10k average attendances, we have investors willing to invest, we are talking Pro/Rel, a few years at best away, someone smarter then me like Waz can explain how it works better. I’m hearing of some quality kids coming along. Lets hope the government just on board too & invests in the game.
All teams/countries has ups & downs, who would have ever thought Italy not qualifying for the world cup or Germany knocked out in 1st round. The times are a changing, more & more new countries & competition is strong.

If the A-League did have relegation, perhaps the bottom four should all go?

Why is what? Do you fear relegation?
If they find the right process to handle Pro/Rel, why would it not work in Australia, because certain investors would be swayed away if they got relegated?

If the A-League did have relegation, perhaps the bottom four should all go?

Only people with no understanding of Pro/Rel fear relegation.

If the A-League did have relegation, perhaps the bottom four should all go?