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Roar hit form under Fowler

I thought the Aussie guys looked a match technically for the Uzbekistanis. It’s really just game time that most are lacking. The South Koreans looked better technically, but it’s hard to tell how much better because they were obviously more match-hardened and more familiar with each other.

Olyroos end Olympic exile

And yet, we qualified for the Olympics by beating them. Ironically, I bet commenters on the Uzbekistani Roar website are wondering what lessons they can take from Australia’s success.

Olyroos end Olympic exile

Mostly the Aussies did pretty well but looked suspiciously like they don’t play football as much as they should, either together or at their clubs. Most problems aren’t from a lack of skill but from indecisiveness and hesitation.

Their chances at the Olympics will depend on having players like Arzani and McGree available, not to mention whichever 3 overage players Arnie manages to persuade to play.

Olyroos end Olympic exile

If that was the Roar hitting form they are in big trouble.

Roar hit form under Fowler

It’s the small details that count.

Is Marco Rojas the man to turn Melbourne Victory's season around?

Not sure about Basque naming for an Aussie audience, but then again Uncle Les would surely concur.

Hyphenation? Yes – a grievous error. Apologies.

Is Marco Rojas the man to turn Melbourne Victory's season around?

Nice try, but you could actually be unqualifiedly positive with a small rewrite or two e.g.

“And we shouldn’t kid ourselves that signing players of his calibre isn’t somewhat of a coup, just because Susaeta never played in the English Premier League or spent years as a full international.”

…could be:

“Signing a player of Susaeta’s calibre is a real coup for the A-League. Susaeta played 11 seasons for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, arguably the top European league during that time, and was a favourite of the great Marcelo Bielsa. Susaeta managed to break into the Spanish national team – albeit only briefly – at a time when Spain was flooded with once in a generation midfield talent.”

Is Marco Rojas the man to turn Melbourne Victory's season around?

Name and shame them Mike, the ungrateful boogers.

Is Marco Rojas the man to turn Melbourne Victory's season around?

It would only be fitting if the WSW coaches and players came out and said what they really think of Babbel’s coaching. That’s what he does. J-P de Marigny should start the ball rolling.

Markus Babbel-ing about the A-League shows the danger of foreign coaches

I agree Caltex but don’t forget someone like Schmeichel who led from the rear at Manu without being captain (except for that Champions League final I think).

Three basic steps for Jean-Paul de Marigny to begin the Wanderers rebuild

If WSW wanted one B to prosper they needed to get rid of the other B first, but they de-B’eed in the wrong order.

Three basic steps for Jean-Paul de Marigny to begin the Wanderers rebuild

At the very least, Babbel will need to leak details somehow or he’ll struggle to get his next decent-paying coaching job.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

Relevant? Absolutely. It’s on Kayo so I’ve watched bits and pieces of the group stages and all of the QF.

Piscopo and Glover have been very good. But, as has become an Aussie tradition, the passing out of defence is terrifying, and the lack of ideas up front is frustrating to watch.

Baccus has been pretty ordinary, compared to his WSW form, losing the ball a lot. Devlin would be better.

The biggest ‘if only’ = if only Buhagiar’s touch matched his pace. He blitzed the Syrians with speed when he came on but couldn’t do anything much with the ball when he was clear. Maybe he lacks game time.

South Korea will be a real challenge.

Can Carl Robinson rescue the Jets?

Lordy, there are naive comments here about the depth of the 2 rugbies.

The Wanderers need a reset - and so does the rest of the A-League

From memory you said the Roar would be so good under God they’d get a wildcard entry into the ACL and win it in a canter, and Aldred would get a call-up to the England squad. Or, something like that.

Another A-League coach sacked as Wanderers axe Markus Babbel

Sometimes I stay tuned for the after-match commentary just to watch Tara Rushton emoting as she wills Bozza to finish a sentence

The Wanderers need a reset - and so does the rest of the A-League

No – missed it. Manu fans won’t win a banter battle for as long as L’pool is Klopped and Manu is Solskjaered.

Another A-League coach sacked as Wanderers axe Markus Babbel

I guess I assume you’ll assume ‘I think’ is implied when anyone comments.

Another A-League coach sacked as Wanderers axe Markus Babbel

I can’t remember a single funny thing Bozza has ever said, but I guess most sports banter is curiously unfunny. All the actual funny stuff must be too blue for the tele.

Another A-League coach sacked as Wanderers axe Markus Babbel

Fair enough – I know bvgger all about Foxe’s coaching credentials.

Another A-League coach sacked as Wanderers axe Markus Babbel

Not sure what I’m making up…

Roar are doing OK but little better than under the previous much maligned regime.

The foreign recruits are no better than any number of locals playing at other clubs, which was the original objection I made to Fowler’s recruitment strategy. It’s mostly an irritating waste of squad places.

I agree the scheduling is crazy. I can’t wait for the day when every club has regular home/away fixtures. Habit is good.

Another A-League coach sacked as Wanderers axe Markus Babbel

I don’t disagree that others are underperforming at WSW. My gripe is that he seems to be held in high regard despite his lack of skill and his preference for mindless action over thinking.

The Wanderers need a reset - and so does the rest of the A-League

Butcher was a genius

Another A-League coach sacked as Wanderers axe Markus Babbel

Fowler makes good sense on the tele. Always worth listening to.

Another A-League coach sacked as Wanderers axe Markus Babbel