Posts Tagged "Johnny Warren"

The legacy of Johnny Warren has now been carved into bronze, with a sculpture of the Australian football icon unveiled at the SCG on Sunday.

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It still gives me goose bumps. A whole decade on, any snippet of that famous football night at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium can bring tears, elation and astonishingly, nerves.

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As Western Sydney Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley lifted the Asian Champions League trophy in Riyadh, football fans would have been excused for trailing off to focus on a man who has never even seen them play.

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The National Soccer League of Australia (NSL) was formed in 1977, soon after the euphoria of Australia qualifying for the first time ever for the World Cup finals held in West Germany in 1974.

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Is this a world first? This week it was announced Mark Viduka had won the Alex Tobin medal, awarded by PFA and based on the attributes of Tobin – leadership, achievement, commitment to one’s fellow professionals, and service and dedication to the game.

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Mark Viduka has been officially made a legend of Australian soccer – and is officially retired. The former Socceroos striker, who has not played since mid-2009, was bestowed with one of the highest honours in Australian football on Monday night – the Alex Tobin Medal from his peers.

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Those of us unlucky enough not to forge a career as a sportsperson will often seek an alternative route when it comes to entering the sporting industry. Sadly, the road leading to a career in sports journalism however is becoming blocked by the very stars who ply their trade in the sporting arena.

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Which is the driver of football in this country, the game itself or is it as a result of the Fox Sports cash injection?

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It’s the mullet. Go to e-bay and type in “Paul Wade”, and you’ll find a football card circa 1980-something with Paul Wade’s face on it. The top of his head is a mass of spiky hair, leading down to that much maligned, yet strangely popular cut that is “business at the front, party at the […]

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I told you so. They are the famous words of our most beloved football icon, Johnny Warren, and they ring true following Monday morning’s performance against Germany.

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Gold Coast United chairman Clive Palmer has issued a hands-off warning to overseas clubs chasing the A-League newcomers’ top players.

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If Gold Coast United coach Miron Bleiberg ever finds himself out of a job, he can always turn his hand to marketing.

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There have been plenty of good signings, it seems, ahead of the latest A-League season. But one of the most heart-warming, at least for this observer, is one of the most unheralded.

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If you’ve ever had kids, you’ve probably been asked that question a thousand times, usually coming from the back seat of your car. Just to placate them you might say; “soon mate . . . nearly there” or “won’t be long now Princess”. Is Australian football there yet?

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What looms largest when you look back at the A-League season: Melbourne’s second title, Adelaide’s extra curricular activities, a betting scandal, or Lazarus like comebacks?

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Reports of Shane Smeltz looking at Gold Coast real estate have given the clearest indication yet that his transfer saga is well and truly over.

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Wellington Phoenix chief executive Tony Pignata has hit back at claims the A-League club is trying to cash in on Shane Smeltz by agreeing to let the newly-crowned Johnny Warren medalist move to Turkey.

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Brett Emerton might have blown out his knee and given Pim Verbeek a hell of a headache, but Australia got the best kind of present on Tuesday when China declared it would not submit a bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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Wellington Phoenix and New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz has scooped the pool at the A-League awards, winning the highest individual honour in Australian soccer, the Johnny Warren Medal for player of the year.

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After the recent victory over Bahrain in a FIFA World Cup qualifier, where the Socceroos were completely outplayed for most of the match but still managed to win, there may be some truth in the claim that the ‘Curse of the Socceroos’ may finally be over.

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