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Tony Tannous, "The Round Ball Analyst", is a Sydney-based freelance football writer of all things technical and tactical, and has been covering Australian and international football for over 20 years. Tony is a pioneer of football analysis downunder, having started Australia's first football blog, "The Round Ball Analyst", in 2006, and has been an integral part of The Roar since 2009.

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Overall a very good squad. From the 22 I nominated, 15 picked. 10 of my 12 Europeans, 5 of the above 10 A-Leaguers.

The most surprising omissions to me were Galekovic & Troisi. Galekovic esp, I’ve got him ahead of Langerak & Jones, vying with Ryan for the no.1 spot, Ange obviously not of the same view.

Also thought Zullo would be close.

But understand Postecoglou would want to have a look at the likes of Good, Luongo, Herd

The A-Leaguers Postecoglou might be eying for Ecuador

hey Sheek, really nice to meet you, and thanks for dropping by here to say hi

Assessing each A-League team a third of the season in

Any critique of the skipper’s character in putting down the kids?

Ange keen to build a bubble of belief after first up win

He does have a right to air his view. I disagreed with him though, it was never the kids, it was Holger. You don’t blame the kids, especially after his performances.

But the point is, if he can have a go at the youngsters (essentially boo them), don’t the paying spectators have a right to boo him? Isn’t it a tad hypocritical to complain about the boos?

Ange keen to build a bubble of belief after first up win

Two great comments gentlemen, very good observations. I agree, spot on

Analysis: Mooy and Spiranovic helping the Wanderers in possession

Bit rich of our skipper to be complaining about the boo boys when it was only a short time ago he was putting down our youngsters?

Ange keen to build a bubble of belief after first up win

Thanks JB,

Great step back into the 80s & your right to see that most of these blokes were products of the NSL which was very strong at the time. I missed the Bicentennial Gold Cup (had to watch on tv) & Israel match in 89 (updates on radio) as I was too young & had no one to take me, so 93 was very formative for me in terms of live support.

I reflect fondly on how often we played back then, and around the country

20 years on: Memories of a green and gold year like few others

Awesome Towser, it was reverse for me, watching the “Agostino’s done it” call from Gary Bloom on the box, & being at the final

20 years on: Memories of a green and gold year like few others

Lol, hooligan

20 years on: Memories of a green and gold year like few others

Great contribution Fuss,

I remember itching to go to Israel in 89 but was too young & had no-one to take me, so had to make do with getting updates on the radio. I was like a cat on a hot tin roof, & obviously disappointed in the end. Trimmers was a fave.

97? I sulked about the g for at least half an hour post ft, & stil haven’t watched it back.

Been some roller coaster, hopefully some fresh highs soon

20 years on: Memories of a green and gold year like few others

Thanks Mid, you referring to the Roos or young’uns?

20 years on: Memories of a green and gold year like few others

Thanks Nearpost, didn’t realise you were here as far back as Canada, what a ride, all formative stuff.

Not sure, Ange says he selected him & was surprised he pulled out

20 years on: Memories of a green and gold year like few others

Welcome Franko, and thanks for the contribution.

Adelaide City were absolutely the heart of the team. Ivanovic, what a legend, ice cool, great combo with Tobin, Zabica a freak, the Viddies ever-present, what a club under Matic.

Re Slater, you may remember he got Diego’s strip, even though Wadey had it on most of the game 😉

20 years on: Memories of a green and gold year like few others

Brilliant Jukes getting on the team bus, why not. We fell in love with that Ghana side, what a ride…

20 years on: Memories of a green and gold year like few others

You’re spot on guys, Milan was also in 93 & I was also there. Incredible to see the talent they brought over. I was so happy seeing Baresi & Maldini, & loved Papin at the time. We were spoilt.

The only disaster in Sydney was the Socceroos fluoro yellow strips, shocking….

20 years on: Memories of a green and gold year like few others

Thanks jaji, and very true re the Olympics announcement that year, what a night that was, added to a great year

20 years on: Memories of a green and gold year like few others

That’s fair enough. As I said towards the end, that’s the test for JA & them all, to evolve beyond a base

Building a base gives Jets, Heart, Glory and Phoenix fans hope

Hi rellum, thanks for the comment. I’m not quite sure what you’re disagreeing with because your analysis of the Heart is pretty much how I’ve seen & said it. ie. sitting deep & countering.

What I’m saying is that they’re building a defensive base first. Whether they eventually come out remains to be seen, but we’re agreeing they’re taking a defensive/pragmatic approach, and I say that’s building a base.

Building a base gives Jets, Heart, Glory and Phoenix fans hope

brilijant, Ljubo

EXCLUSIVE: Ljubo Milicevic opens up about Perth, football and life

If you read closely, I haven’t said anything about him being a tactical genius, but in my opinion he’s a man of technical detail, a clever technician who knows and sees football

2013/14 A-League season preview: Western Sydney Wanderers

Definitely interesting to see what effect any sale does have, on & off the pitch

2013/14 A-League season preview: Western Sydney Wanderers

Agree, would be great if Mooy has a big year

2013/14 A-League season preview: Western Sydney Wanderers

The big q Nathan. As I wrote, everyone will be coming at Poppa. WSW will need to be switched on, from the start

2013/14 A-League season preview: Western Sydney Wanderers

Good comment Chris,

I had similar thoughts re Santalab when he was signed, but was impressed with the 2 goals he scored preseason against the Nix. They were classic number 9 goals, near post headers. Also keen to see how he’s evolved and continues to evolve under Poppa.

2013/14 A-League season preview: Western Sydney Wanderers

Speaking of Rickie Lambert, check out his winning goal for England on debut this morning in the 3-2 win over Scotland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnOVxsYdQlE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

2013/14 EPL season preview: Southampton