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Have you thought about how often you use the phrase “how I laughed” or similar? You should, and also reflect upon why you use a phrase like this. Why exactly do you need to preface so many posts with verbal gestures of contempt towards other posters who are simply offering an opinion?

The A-League without a salary cap? Be careful what you wish for

Your argument in paragraph one doesn’t hold up to examination. All the clubs still receive the same share of tv money. Why should they go broke if the cap is removed? Their financial situation doesn’t change.
Removing the cap will allow the bigger clubs to spend as much as they are able to build better teams. Teams without those resources will have to rely on developing young local players, but still with the same tv deal money they have now. In my view, the A League and football in this country can only benefit from both.

The A-League without a salary cap? Be careful what you wish for

Indeed, be careful what you wish for. Trump, Brexit. The madman in Brasil.

But the A League isn’t working. Too small, stale, losing money hand over fist, losing tv viewers hand over fist, failing to provide quality football across the league, attendances low and plateaued.. Our clubs fail every year in Asia. There is no respect for our national professional competition among the wider Australian population.

We have reached for a point where a game change is necessary, and we have no choice but to gamble.

The A-League without a salary cap? Be careful what you wish for

Rarely in the public sphere will one see such a lame brained attempt by an alleged professional to set themselves up to fail.

You can be positive without sailing out into la la land.

Will positive vibes help the Socceroos tame Asian opponents?

Oh this news gives me such pleasure. Could not happen to a nicer bunch of creeps.
Tell you what, the NRL and AFL are looking waaaaaay overvalued right now. All because of network owners wanting to prove they had the biggest swinging duck (as I temporarily acquire a Kiwi accent).
Karmic return hitting now.

Does Adam Taggart’s rich vein of form have Socceroos ramifications?

Genreau is back with Melb City, Nick.

Does Adam Taggart’s rich vein of form have Socceroos ramifications?

“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