Asian benefits yet to transpire as Australian football struggles to cash in | Mike Ticher

Continuing our series on the challenges football in Australia is facing, Mike Ticher takes a look at Asia’s impact on the A-League and a vexed relationship that is largely yet to bear fruit

It wasn’t meant to be like this. In November 2006, when Sydney FC and Adelaide were confirmed as the first Australian clubs to take part in the Asian Champions League, Sydney’s then chief executive, George Perry, was enthusiastic about the opportunity to represent Australia on the international stage and to improve the club’s finances.

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