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“if you’re anything like me you probably spend every spare second browsing social media, watching football videos and reading The Roar”

Good grief no.

Can the A-League persuade fans to look up from their phones?

The relevant question is where the money would come from.

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Oh come on fellas. That is absolute hogwash.

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Fad, that is a serious oversimplification of some nuanced views on complex issues. As far as the A League goes, there is a case for seeing this season as last chance saloon.

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Good work!

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Mid, you will see that I have already posted the piece above, or a version of it.

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

I withdrew it because it was off the cuff, petty and inappropriate in relation to a fine and positive article. Among other things I do, I’m a professional editor and part time academic and can be unnecessarily pedantic at times.
My job is to be brutally direct with writers. I also have to apply the same standards to myself!

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Also interesting, from goal.com, with implications for the A League down the line:
Optus Sport reveal massive subscription base
18 hours ago 14:46
The telco turned football broadcaster claims it has a subscription account base of over 700,000 as it further strengthens its grip on the world game Down Under.
That subscriber reveal comes in the wake of Optus Sport securing the sole and exclusive rights to show every Premier League game in Australia this season with SBS no longer showing one match each round.
“Having the Australian rights to show every single match of the Premier League exclusively live is an enormous opportunity for Optus Sport,” Optus’ Head of TV and Content, Corin Dimopoulos, said.
“Our suite of exclusively live premium sport content, which also includes the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, notably increases with the renewal of the Premier League this season.
“We are extending our production of mini-matches and highlights, giving our customers the ability to watch Premier League action when they want and how they want so they don’t miss a minute of their team’s action.”
Optus Sport also boast the rights to the Champions League and Europa League in Australia with the telco hitting a record number of viewers during last season’s UCL final between Liverpool and Tottenham.

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Agreed. With a succession of poor teams. Remarkable.

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Speaking personally, this is the first season that has looked genuinely interesting for years.

Finally, football in Australia is again on the up

Roar were impressive, but I also liked what I saw of Adelaide. They demonstrated at times a level of speed, cohesion and fluidity in attack that is a cut above usual A League fare. The battle for the top 4 places is going to be tight.Early days, but it looks to me as if the standard of football could be lifting a notch for this season.

Robbie Fowler makes dream debut against Sydney FC

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Robbie Fowler makes dream debut against Sydney FC

I personally am looking forward to my serving after my comments on his UK recruits.

Never been happier to consume humble pie.

Robbie Fowler makes dream debut against Sydney FC

You are a serial distorter of other people’s posts. Either you don’t read them properly or you are simply malicious.

And I am far from alone, I know, in viewing your tiresomely constant claims to expertise in matters such as these – where you cannot possibly have inside knowledge – with considerable skepticism, to say the least.

You are simply responding to media reportage, like everyone else here.

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

Is Petratos overweight again? That really is critical for him, because he only has the requisite pace when as trim as possible.

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

An acceptable crowd, really, is whatever it takes to keep a club solvent. I would have thought an average of 8k would be a good result for WU in their first year.

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

Any promising youngsters ready to break through?

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

Agree, Fad. It’s hard to see it ending well.
But at least we have a new team in the comp for the coming season. God knows we needed something to change. And if they are competitive – and I think they will be, very – then WU will add read spice to the new season.
How are things looking at the Jets? It looks pretty dismal from the outside.

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

It absolutely is the model going forward, Mike – the only way the A League can really build form the current plateau.

As I noted above, I have no confidence that this will happen, but we all hope it will.

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

Rbb, I think, by definition, the bid can’t have been the fourth or fifth best. Why would FFA select a bid of that status? They were chosen as one of the two expansion clubs. There is absolutely no reason for FFA to sabotage the process.

They obviously had the money, and a plan, as evidenced by their strong in augural squad. It does appear, however, that the deal was based on the stadium, and I would have thought a far more prudent course of action would have been to admit them starting in 3 years when they would have (allegedly) a stadium.

Like you, I think the homeless status is a recipe for disaster.

Frankly, though I wish them all the success in the world, I have zero belief that the stadium will ever be built and little confidence that the club will still exist in 3 years time.

I suspect that a very likely scenario is that the stadium plans will be abandoned and, if the club is to survive at all, it will be rebadged as Geelong. My suspicion is that this scenario is behind the omission of the word “Melbourne” from the name.

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

To say that is not encouraging would be a world class understatement.

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

I’m expecting them to make the finals first attempt.

I just wish that I felt more confident about them (a) having any supporters and (b) ever building that stadium.

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

I can completely understand this.

The English Premier League is slowly killing the beautiful game

Thanks Nick – look forward to reading.

Yes, the extent of our problems is approaching an existential crisis, and rapidly.

The English Premier League is slowly killing the beautiful game

In broad agreement with both Sheek and Onside.
Globalisation, of which football is part, is a vast ponzi scheme based on the logical impossibility of infinite growth. Once upon a time in a land far away my major was political philosophy, and my speciality was Karl Marx. I then of course have since spent my working life in private enterprise, but I’ve increasingly come to believe that Marx was essentially correct in his analysis, if somewhat wayward in his projected solutions – any system based on infinite expansion occurring within a context of finite resources must logically collapse, particularly when that system is based on rank exploitation and dispossession of the most numerous part of the global population. The only question is how effectively that collapse can be managed to minimise damage, and the speed with which it will occur. Marx foresaw change as a sudden, cathartic and violent event, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Football now is a commercial nonsense. Interestingly, there is a convincing argument that the vast NRL and AFL tv deals (and then cricket too) were fuelled by ego driven competition between the owners/CEOs of the networks, and in football we are seeing something similar but driven by geo political ambitions.
The Bale case has been illustrative. A Chinese club being willing to pay him a million a week is nothing to do with football and all to do with China’s desire to make a statement on the global stage. It is one more manifestation of China’s geopolitical ambitions and strategy. Bale sits alongside those notorious islands in the South China Sea.

The English Premier League is slowly killing the beautiful game