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Have you ever visited Palermo or Catania?
Let’s just say well watered grassy parklands are not high on the agenda.
If you’re a dirt poor football club from a small town in Sicily, you’re unlikley to have a hi tech watering system giving you a billiard top (more than likely the local council is controlled by a mafioso who is redirecting all water to their private land holdings).
I was just looking at the home ground of Gela, a provincial capital no less, but who currently are not in Serie D, and the ground looks like a clay tennis court.
But yes, Calcio Catania would be a bit better off and better resourced than all of their Serie D counterparts (at least in their conference).

What Australian takeover of Calcio Catania could mean for the A-League

It’s interesting news, but I wouldn’t hold my breath about it representing something which can benefit Australian football.
In Serie D, in what will essentially be the Sicilian conference if you will, they’re basically all amateurs and they will rarely play on anything resembling a grass pitch. Your average Vic and NSW NPL side would be better resourced.
For Catania, it’s a long, long, hard road just getting back to Serie B, never mind Serie A which for the Catanisi, would seem like the impossible dream.

What Australian takeover of Calcio Catania could mean for the A-League

All told, the proposed timing for the A-Leagues looks pretty good to me, a definite thumbs up.
As for parlaying WC support into support for the A-League, after 5 consecutive appearances in the WC, experience should tell us that that is a forlorn hope.

The A-League's World Cup break: The right move or a missed opportunity?

Yes, there is a fair bit of truth in that.
Football video games are a double edged sword. They have been very good at introducing a whole generation to the world game, they become fans of the game, but the sad reality is that the video game, more often than not, has priority over the real thing.
Futhermore, that whole generation has become conditioned into believing that only certain leagues are worthy of their tepid, long-distance support.

What is the greatest football video game of all time?

In that 91 to 99 period, corresponding with the advent of professionalism, it really did look like rugby
was to become a true force in the Australian sporting landscape, but 20 plus years on, and it hasn’t worked out how it once looked like it might work.

The moment has passed, and if we’re all truthful, the possibility is never likely to come again. Mere survival is now the name of the game.

With hindsight, we can see the folly of the Super Rugby concept. In place of a true “club” competition, Australian rugby threw its lot in with being part of a competition spread across the world, meaning clashes between Australian teams would become the exception rather than the norm. International competition is a major attraction no? Well, no, it’s a noose around your neck.

Related to that, and we see the nomenclature used in this article, and used regularly in rugby comments on The Roar: Australians keep talking about provinces and provincial rugby, as if that has some relevance in Australia.

It has zero relevance! That type of thinking guarantees you will only have 2 or 3 teams. I was going to use the word “clubs”, but that’s the problem, the Super Rugby concept was not about “clubs”. That IS the issue.

It’s too late now.

When we think back to the road which both the NRL and AFL took in establishing national club competitions, there are clear parallels. Both derive from an existing state based club comp and grew from there, in each case, one dominant state bludgeoning the rest into submission.

Unfortunately, rugby did not go down that route, perhaps because the two main states involved were too close in size to each other, I don’t know, but it’s now clear that the route to a bigger national club competition would have been to start with Sydney, add the best of Canberra, etc, etc (I’m talking about clubs, not rep teams).

The moment has passed.

The Wrap: Is Australian rugby setting itself up to sink or swim?

You’re actually backing up some of the points I made.

Spain 7, Matildas 0: 'Why this, why now' is the question as coach's kids destroyed

There is some truth in what you are saying. Australia and the North American countries were able to get a jump on most of the world (in womens football) merely from the advantage of being prosperous with relatively good opportunities for females to play sport.
That advantage has slowly been whittled away over the last five years or so, and at the same time, the big European leagues and clubs have finally got their act together, such that the ALW now has the same status as the ALM in the world of football (whereas at one point, there was some chance that the W-League could be one of the world’s top womens leagues).

Spain 7, Matildas 0: 'Why this, why now' is the question as coach's kids destroyed

“The Matildas had just 24% possession, made 250 passes to Spain’s 776 and no shots on goal. ”

Quite damning.

Spain 7, Matildas 0: 'Why this, why now' is the question as coach's kids destroyed

A few of our better players weren’t playing.
Trialling a few youngsters who may or may not be up to playing at this level.

The Socceroos have just reminded Australia of how much we love them

Also Manchester has hosted the world Lacrosse championships on three occasions.

What is the sporting capital of the world?

One important sport that was left might also favour Melbourne.
On two occasions Melbourne has hosted the World Modern Pentathlon Championships.

What is the sporting capital of the world?

There is a lot of interest in the Armed Forces of Liberia.

What is the sporting capital of the world?

Who could have imagined that hockey, volleyball and table tennis were such behemoths.

What is the sporting capital of the world?

No Australian cities make up the top 20 mega cities in the world (in terms of population) – you’d think you’d have to look to one of these mega cites as being the capital of anything, from sheer numbers alone.
Having said that, when you look through this list of top 20 mega cities, none of them provide a diversity of top level sport, with the exception of New York.
Not only does it have the most professional sporting teams of any North American city, five of the top sports governing bodies are domiciled in New York.
Not too many cities anywhere on Earth can boast that.

What is the sporting capital of the world?

It’s instructive that not even our domestic football league has P&R, and that’s after 18 years, with no immediate plans to introduce such a system either.

Relegation in the NRL is a terrible idea

Plenty of high profile socceroos have returned to the A-League over the years, occasionally still at the peaks of their playing capability.
It doesn’t do a lot to be honest.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

I would hope no young man thinks it’s acceptable to fondle a woman’s private parts in public.

Media bullying of Jordan De Goey has been a disgusting witch-hunt

Worth mentioning that Darryl Lachman has re-signed for another two years.
Was THE stand out player in what was a pretty poor season, and I can’t imagine how worse things would have been for the Glory if his experience and steadying force down back hadn’t been present.

Perth preparing for a Glory-ious return in season 2022-23

Seems a puzzling decision.
Probably would have been better off doing the Western Suburbs Magpies.

The Socceroos have just reminded Australia of how much we love them

Australian football is in a good place at the moment.

The Socceroos have just reminded Australia of how much we love them

It does cause one to scratch one’s head.
Why do these stations continually pay overs for these local sports that invariably send them broke?
A football fan is entitled to be of the view that if broadcasters are going to splash too much cash on go nowhere sports, they may as well splash cash on an important sport such as football.

The Socceroos have just reminded Australia of how much we love them

Yes, very true, and has just signed with Cadiz too, so plenty to look forward to.

The Socceroos have just reminded Australia of how much we love them

Going back to my childhood, in the media, it’s the British ex-pats who have been the biggest supporters of our game.

The Socceroos have just reminded Australia of how much we love them

Marcel
I like where you’re heading with this proposal.

Could develop into something like: Sovereign Overseas Commonwealth Countries Endgame Representatives.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

It just goes to show that whether a nick name is good or bad is not so clearcut.
There are many who would view the English nickname as being utterly ridiculous.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

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