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Sorry for this late reply but as for the future of the club, under CFG, their system of satellite clubs around the world are there as feeder clubs. These smaller clubs revolve around the focus of CFG which is Manchester City FC. My ‘gripe’ with CFG is that their view of football as a global business run from corporate HQ in Manchester and Abu Dhabi has overtones of a colonialist mentality, at least that’s the way they approached the take over of Melbourne Heart. Coming in and stripping a team’s colours is guaranteed to p!ss supporters – and it did.

Melbourne City will continue no doubt and this season at least, the appointment of Erick Mombaerts and seeing the younger brigade come through is creating a bit of excitement. Compare that with the almost ‘chaos’ under Wazza and the public falling out he had with star players and at least this season we can focus on getting the football right.

The existential threat to Melbourne City

Is it OK for me just to enjoy our ladder position for the moment and not bother with endless doom-sayer punditry? What about some commentary on the $15M spend at La Trobe on facilities (seems to have been forgotten), on Metcalfe, Genreau, Colakovski, our W-league success, JMac banging in a few, great pickup in Brillante (why did SFC let him go??), enticing Arzani down from SFC when Arnie thought the kid was untrainable (LOLz), who could forget Mooy/Bruno/Novillo, who could forget Wazza 😂 ⚽

The existential threat to Melbourne City

The figures are official government stats not BS. You’re confusing people participating in sport with people having a favourite AFL or NRL team. The two are very different. AFL and NRL are embedded in Aussie culture, spanning decades and decades and so it’s not hard to see that following a team is the done thing or it’s simply what you do to start a conversation, etc. If you went to a round of weekend junior soccer matches the parents will also be talking about the round of AFL/NRL matches that weekend.

Six talking points from A-League Round 5

To put some context around these numbers. From Ausplay 2018
https://www.clearinghouseforsport.gov.au/research/smi/ausplay/results/sport

Football
Overall Participation
The annual population estimate for Adults 15+ participating in Football/soccer was 1,086,094 (or 5.4% of the Adult 15+ population). Adult participation was heavily skewed towards males (838,862 or 8.4% of the male population), with males accounting for 77% of participation. However, it was still one of the most participated in team sports by women in Australia with AusPlay estimating that 247,232 (2.4%) women played Football/soccer.

Australian Football
Overall Participation
The annual population estimate for Adults 15+ participating in Australian Football was 517,792 (or 2.6% of the Adult 15+ population). Males accounted for a large majority (84%) of participation.
Participation rates were significantly lower in New South Wales and Queensland compared to other states. A high proportion of Adult 15+ Australian Football participation was organised (75.8%), with the majority of organised participation (87%) in sport clubs.

Rugby League
Overall annual adult (15+) participation 172,600

Rugby Union
Overall annual adult (15+) participation 140,400

Six talking points from A-League Round 5

“Mariners will be desperate not to lose so will play 10 at the back again.” Agree and City will be desperate to win given it’s our 10-year anniversary game this Friday. Nothing like a milestone game to get the lads over the line. City to win.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 5

Originally it was about goal technology and helping the ref decide if the ball crossed the line or not. The Poms were put off by a goal Frank Lampard should have been awarded in the 2010WC. Somehow the concept morphed into reviewing other aspects of the game. Oh well, something about putting the genie back in the bottle.

Is it time for the A-League to scrap VAR?

Your comment is strange. Who said anything about benching him because he may not emulate one of our greatest players. Strange indeed.

Riley McGree finally sheds the jinx of Joyce

Was a tongue and cheek comment. See above 😊

Riley McGree finally sheds the jinx of Joyce

Top tier football players get noticed early. Kewell playing first team football at Leeds at the age of 17. Dukes being a Johnny Warren medalist before he turned 20. For Riley and the majority of others it will most probably be a good career but not a brilliant career.

Riley McGree finally sheds the jinx of Joyce

Wet blanket.

Riley McGree finally sheds the jinx of Joyce

Correct young Stuart. Not only did Riley find himself dispirited under Seargent Joyce but you can add Cahill, Bruno, Kilkenny, Jakobsen, Brandan and Caceres. That’s not a bad list to form a squad around!

Good luck to Riley. He needs to have people around him that have his best interests at heart. He’s 21 so he has the football world at his feet but as Arnie says kids need game time not sitting on the pines. I look forward to seeing him develop along with the rest of the yoof this season.

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/soccer/structure-to-blame-for-end-of-socceroos-golden-years-says-arnold-20191104-p537cn.html

Riley McGree finally sheds the jinx of Joyce

“docklands and MCG were built with minimal government”. Hmmm, this is a throw away line, yes? The state government has played a key role in the history of both stadiums. Last year the state government announced a $500M upgrade to docklands and the MCG.
The Ponsford stand at the MCG was redeveloped with the assistance of state government funds.
https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23178717/bracks-government-secures-mcg-redevelopment

Docklands has passed its use-by date

This is the dilemma that grabbing a BIG NAME STAR for the sake of boosting eyeballs delivers but will it help or hinder team structure and morale? Popovic would have to make it work on the pitch while Tony “the big ideas man” Sage engages in the marketing side.

Dump the doubters: The A-League needs Zlatan Ibrahimovic

😂 I’ve just posted this.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2019-10-29/zlatan-ibrahimovic-spain-la-liga-galaxy-mls

Yes he is soooooo humble 😛

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 4

So Zlatan was/is on USD$7.2M one year contract with La Galaxy. He also took a swipe at the MLS.

“If I don’t stay, nobody will remember what MLS is,” he said after the game.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2019-10-29/zlatan-ibrahimovic-spain-la-liga-galaxy-mls

Chance of Zlatan coming to play in the A-league is ZERO. Would I go to pay to watch him in a competitive game. Sure.

Dump the doubters: The A-League needs Zlatan Ibrahimovic

WU are calling their games against Victory as the Westgate Derby. The original A-league derby between Victory and Heart/City need only be know as THE DERBY! Just like the British Open need only be referred to as The Open 😂

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 4

No, keep all your spots and add him as a guest player using the 6th visa spot that’s available to all clubs. Would be interesting if he came but would it unbalance the team?

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 4

Wow, didn’t realise how ‘wrong side of 30’ that Glory squad is!!!!! If you add a dose of Zlatan that makes it even worse 😛

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 4

Romario.

Perth Glory launching stunning bid for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Yeah, your comment reminded me of the nervousness we felt watching Redmayne ply his trade with us. He then went to Sydney and is now heroic between the sticks! Life throws up many strange things.

Fun factor back in A-League opening rounds

Not as disappointing as Josey Wales. The kid needs a system reboot so that he can find some form.

Red-hot Maclaren sidelined by hamstring

Whole of the ball did not cross the whole of the line. It pretty much ran along the line. Bad luck ShydneyFC 😁

Steve Corica goes completely troppo after Sky Blues controversially denied a goal

“flog the horse” is an unfortunate turn of phrase these days 😢

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 3

Bobby Burns – for a split second I thought you were talking about a lovely drop of Rutherglen red!

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 3

I’m going to be watching Jets v Reds to see more of Al Hassan ‘the real Arzani-like’ Toure. This has got me excited about this season, watching the younger players go round.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 3