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“Maybe some canned seagull noises for the Melb City games” would definitely feel like a home game for our lads. All the more so having to play in a Sydney hub. 😛

A-League plans to resume in July

“the few supporters that can both read & write” that narrows the field somewhat 😂 😂

Could Melbourne Victory bounce back next season?

Well said and articulated. It takes somebody involved in the game to see through the smoke and mirrors and come forward with a realistic, well laid out plan. Unfortunately our previous FFA CEOs appeared not understand the wider football landscape. At least in James Johnson we have someone who understands the domestic and global football landscape. Here’s hoping.

Bruce Djite: "The immediate future of Australian football is precarious"

That’s the impression I got from your interview.

Bruce Djite: "The immediate future of Australian football is precarious"

Enjoyed this. The passion and energy that Bruce has seems to jump off the page! Clearly a football person through and through and maybe somebody that could step up beyond AU and into a role at the national level at FFA or elsewhere.

“It is not by chance that FIFA is the sporting body that overwhelmingly has the greatest diplomatic and political influence on the world.” I would add the IOC as an organisation carrying a fair bit of clout.

Bruce Djite: "The immediate future of Australian football is precarious"

I’m going to agree with you Ben. We’ve been conditioned into a certain way of living, a weekly cycle that we’ve been caught up in. The AFL tells us it’s an industry and they’ve shoe-horned us into their cycle of games, events, and post season draft BS. As if life doesn’t exist without this hoo-ha.
But families have suddenly experienced the pleasure of morning and evenings strolls together without having to rush off to the next pre-programmed ‘event’ in their weekly schedule. We’re working from home (the lucky ones) and the business keeps ticking over. They’ll be more working from home. Things will change. The sports ‘industry’ will change.

Will people realise they can live without sport?

Oh, I forgot that she may well be the reason we get the gig. All along I thought it was might ScoMo’s powers of persuasion that was our Trump card!

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

Not only have you thrown down the gantelet Stuart, you’ve actually picked it up and given FIFA a bit of a pre-decision slapping 😂
It would be a fantastic tournament to host and already yesterday on Melbourne radio I heard a host and her guest sports commentator saying they’d be lining up for tickets should we get the WC. The current health crisis has probably played into the A&NZ bid in a way that could not have been imagined just a few months ago. Hosting it here is a far safer bet for players and travelers compared to Japan, Colombia and Brazil (OMG no!). And we have the Matildas as a recognised international football heavy weight with crowd drawing power at home. And we have the very successful hosting of the AFC Asian Cup in 2015. And James Johnson has probably been working his FIFA network of contacts. And we haven’t used a giant sized kangaroo in our bid book (have we?).

If they're fair dinkum, FIFA will bring the Women's World Cup to Australia

From the article:
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But back in love with football thanks to Australia, Diamanti said: “Virus or no virus, I would have kept playing anyway. For sure I will still be playing football as long as I feel physically and psychologically like this, being able to offer great performances and loving to train everyday.

“Then to be honest, to come here gave me back that lightness and that passion you always tend to lose in Europe. I will stay here in Australia next season.”

Diamanti added: “Football is the same everywhere. Then of course there are different cultural ways to let football grow and this may change from country to country.

“According to me here football is at a good level. There are interesting players and many talented youngsters who have improvement margins ahead.

“There are foreigners who have played abroad at high levels. Here it is physical, a lot, and very competitive. At the same time it is very cheerful, something the rest of the world [of football] should be too.
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I love watching this guy play. Quality footballer and just seems to love being out there on the pitch kicking the ball around. Well done sir.

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

Roy and HG. They could make two flys climbing a wall sound exciting. Perfect for the A-league 😱

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

“Believe”

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

Whatever happens, I’ll just enjoy the ride. But getting use to seeing no crowds, well, that’ll take some getting use to.

How about a competition to see who builds the best artificial crowd noise simulator? Could be a hoot!!!

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

Stuart, lots of money disappearing and many people unemployed or about to be. We’re all going to have to tighten our belts and “put in for the greater good.” Sports included. I’m looking forward to the August “mad month of football” which will really be just a pre-season hit out for the the 20/21 season. I would like to see progress on FFA owning the broadcast production. That would be a game changer.

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

You must be running a temperature Waz 😂

Should the A-League be worried considering its players can’t go anywhere?

Thanks for this Monica, nice read. ” He set up the organisation in such a way as to allow for no debt, in case as a crisis like this was ever to occur.” Refreshing approach, far from that setup by shinny suits on $1M salaries and $$$ hungry player managers who have to justify their largess by chasing ever increasing revenues with little room to move in a crisis. We reap what we sow.

Futsal Oz will return bigger and better

And now Hyundai walking away from football so another $6M to find from somewhere

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/soccer/ffa-suffers-6m-hit-after-losing-major-a-league-sponsor-hyundai-20200512-p54sa2.html

Can FFA save a few pennies and overcome a slashed budget?

Wow, scrapping VAR, hadn’t occurred to me but that would be a step forward. Yes.

The shinny suits who have infiltrated professional sports and wish to maintain their $1M salaries at the expense of the mug punter who fronts up to the counter to buy a seat on game day. Exit these suits stage left please.

Taking control of your intellectual property by filming your games and on-selling. Honestly, this might be the most far reaching and important change that the FFA could contemplate. This must be done.

Can FFA save a few pennies and overcome a slashed budget?

Kochie is full of himself. The Chinese don’t give a s**** about AFL. We even have to truck plane loads of fans from Oz, entice a few expats over there and some curious locals to get a few thousand people to the game.

Where should the A-League expand to next?

A bright talent wasted in Scotland IMO. City Football Group has not done Daniel any favours with his placement at Celtic. He should have gone to the continent in the first place and found his feet in a well regarded, technically strong league that can develop players.

Arzani eyes Dutch move to revive career

Eminently sensible post.

Where should the A-League expand to next?

I’m going to be exhausted by the end of August. More so than the players because my prep work has consisted of pushing keys on my keyboard at home and no chance for mid-week football at the park with the boyz. Anyway, bring on August 👍 👍 👍
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A-League looking to return in August, complete season in one month

How about the Toure brothers at Adelaide United. They would have an interesting back story as migrants to Australia.

Cameron Devlin on Ufuk Talay and playing for Australia

“As long as I am on the field I am happy!” Well said Cameron. In the end, sport is about having fun. And as spectators we get enjoyment out of players enjoying themselves on the pitch and delighting us with the occasional trickery.

This is a world away from the BS coming from the AFL that they are managing an “industry.” It’s an industry to the suits who want to hang on to their $1M salaries. Football administrators are not immune to this mindset.

Thanks Jack for the article.

Cameron Devlin on Ufuk Talay and playing for Australia

People on ridiculous wages fighting among themselves while the mug EPL supporter will cop it in the neck anyway. In times of crises you get to find out what people are really like on the inside. Ozil might have a point but on hundreds of thousands a week his point is muted. As for the owners, never swim with sharks, ever.

Why Mesut Ozil is right to reject a pay cut

Keep loving the reference to “industry.” As if.

Gillon McLachlan targets October grand final