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Name's Kenny John, living in Hong Kong. 15 years old and planning on moving to university in a few years. Perhaps Uni of Melbourne. Have family members who live in SA, so an AUFC fan. Go the Reds. Getting a job related to soccer would possibly be a dream come true, and every one has to start somewhere. So why not sport opinion writing?

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“I want to win trophies and I want to be a big part of a big team.”
Victory is a bigger team than Sydney and he has won trophies with them. I’m no Victory supporter but what is that supposed to mean?

Kosta Barbarouses signs with Sydney FC

Personally I’d throw all three of them into the Socceroos’ best eleven.
Apart from Grant nobody in the defence impressed me at the Asian Cup.
Everyone in the Socceroos midfield was poor (Milligan, Luongo, Irvine, Rogic)
And apart from Ikonomidis and Mabil nobody shone in the attack.

Arnie’s search for taegeuk in his Socceroos squad

‘Arnold spoke of a desire to not rely on the “same 14, 15 players over the next four years”.’
Based on the performances in the Asian Cup, how can I rely on any of them?

Arnie’s search for taegeuk in his Socceroos squad

“Let’s hope a few of the young men on display against South Korea will eventually make the trip to Qatar.”
The only players I consider ‘young’ in Arnold’s squad are Thomas Deng (22), Harry Souttar (20), Brandon Borrello (who turns 24 in a month) and Awer Mabil (23). Everyone else is 25 years old or over.

Arnie’s search for taegeuk in his Socceroos squad

C’mon LFC!! We did an Istanbul in the Semi by knocking off Barca. But credit to Tottenham if they win.

How to watch the UEFA Champions League final online or on TV in Australia: Liverpool vs Tottenham live stream, TV guide

As an Adelaide supporter, so far things look pretty bleak for the Reds. Losing Kurz is of course going to be difficult but Isaias and Galloway are departing and they’ve been sensational. Thomassen, Ilso, Statemopoulous and Diawara are leaving. Lia and Blackwood are off contract as well. And of course we have an eccentric new coach who received 700 death threats and only won 2 games out of 21 with his last club at PEC Zwolle.
So now our midfield is significantly weakened, we have no strikers (except Blackwood who’s been playing as a CAM) and only five defenders in our squad including Ryan Kitto who is actually a wingr.

A way-too-early look at the 2019/20 A-League

Halloran, Duke and Yeboah are too old and not good enough in my opinion.

Graham Arnold unveils Socceroos squad full of fresh faces for South Korea friendly

Personally I think Gersbach, Davidson and Smith are all better than Behich. I wasn’t impressed with Behich at the world Cup, confederations Cup and the Asian Cup.

Graham Arnold unveils Socceroos squad full of fresh faces for South Korea friendly

Well, I guess I can’t argue with this squad too much. Very happy to see Borrello, Deng, Goodwin, O’Neill, Redmayne, Smith, Souttar and Taggart given a chance.

Graham Arnold unveils Socceroos squad full of fresh faces for South Korea friendly

I don’t know what you think the requirements are for a player to be capped for the Socceroos. Perhaps my expectations are low, but you should remember this is a friendly.
As for Timotheau, I’ve heard of him a few weeks ago. He also made the bench three times. And I think someone with Schalke’s first team should certainly be considered for the Socceroos, especially since he could develop.

The squad Arnold should take to South Korea

I respectfully disagree with your view Roarfan. There is no guarantee that this team will not get out of the qualifiers, and there is no guarantee that the current Socceroos will get out of the qualifiers with their Asian Cup squad.
I don’t see exposing more young players and ex-Socceroos to gametime as giving away caps. I see this as an opportunity for them to develop and for the Socceroos to build up squad depth.

The squad Arnold should take to South Korea

I doubt Muscat will change formations. I would expect Kamsoba to play as a left central mid, or for Valeri to come in and for Baena to come further forward.

Match preview: Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory

I wonder what Rhyan Grant has done.
And perhaps you’re being rather harsh on Isaias.

The Roar’s A-League team of the season are Johnny Warren Medal contenders

Reddy has made quite a few blunders this season, most that went unpunished, so I would certainly not put him in goal. Despite this, he has improved under Tony Popovic.

The Roar’s A-League team of the season are Johnny Warren Medal contenders

I made my own team/squad of the season which was rather controversial as well. Surprisingly, only three of the eleven players in your team of the season made my starting eleven (Craig Goodwin, Ritchie De Laet and Ola Toivonen.
Personally I wonder why everyone raves about Ninkovic. He’s in his mid thirties, and I don’t think he’s setting the league on fire at all.

The Roar’s A-League team of the season are Johnny Warren Medal contenders

I’m just saying we all thought Victory would do well in the AFC Champions League and look at how poorly they are doing. Don’t assume Victory will lift for the finals, remember Acton, Niedermeier, Honda, Baena and Toivonen haven’t played finals before. And of course, Berisha always lifted for finals and he isn’t there.

Are Melbourne Victory contenders or pretenders?

The injury of Louis Fenton was a huge blow for Wellington. Now they are playing David Williams at right wingback who just isn’t suited for it. That is probably a huge reason for Wellington losing convincingly to Perth.

Are Melbourne Victory contenders or pretenders?

If you went on their form, you’d go for Victory and Adelaide.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Elimination Finals

City 1 Roar 0
Jets 1 Wsw 3
Sydney 1 Victory 1
Adelaide 1 Nix 1
Mariners 1 Perth 2

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 24

To be honest, I think I would actually let Oriol Riera go. Despite scoring a few goals, he goes missing in games and a few of his goals are from the penalty spot (including some from rebounds). Duke, Yeboah, Baumjohann and Bonevacia seems like a good front four for next season. So perhaps a defender can help.

Western Sydney don't need Barbarouses, they need defenders

Personally I don’t think Kurz has given the youngsters enough game time; such as Apostolos Stamatelopoulos (brace in FFA Cup match against Mariners), Carlo Armiento (set up a winner and is dangerous off the bench), Pacifique Niyongabire (good form in NSL), Louis D’Arigo (young talent), Nathan Konstandopoulous (Adelaide’s best young player last season).
Lia is very old, Diawara and Thomassen delivered naught. Ilso wasn’t flash. Goals dried up from Goodwin and Kurz played a promising Blackwood out of position.
Elsey wasn’t at his best this season, he got injured and Regan left. Why didn’t Kurz bring in a centre half from Adelaide’s Youth Academy?
No wonder why Adelaide fans are frustrated and want change.

Why did Adelaide United sack Marco Kurz?

Are you serious? Putting someone who plays mainly as a right winger off the bench for Newcastle up the front for the Socceroos? He’s in his mid-twenties as well. Are you seriously saying THIS is all the Socceroos have got?

Kaine Sheppard - the Socceroos' unlikely striker solution?

Brisbane 1 Sydney FC 2
Wellington 3 Newcastle 1
Western Sydney 0 Melbourne City 1
Perth Glory 3 Melbourne Victory 1
Central Coast 1 Adelaide United 1

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 23

It actually wasn’t a bad performance considering the pitch and the conditions. Although Cambodia was woeful, gave away possession far too easily and panicked when under pressure. And their marking was terrible for the first goal.

Easy road to 2022? Forget it!

Well, it’s never an easy road to 2022, especially considering the poor performances of the Asian Cup. I think the Socceroos have to go rebuilding mode and throw out half the players from the Asian Cup squad, players which aren’t performing well and/or players who are 27 or older.

Easy road to 2022? Forget it!