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A-League 2018-19 preview part two: Newcastle Jets to Western Sydney Wanderers

Sydney FC have recruited well, Perth and Newcastle are contenders, but a long season awaits Phoenix and WanderersSeason preview part one: Adelaide to Melbourne VictoryIns: Mitch Austin (Victory), Jair (Yanbian Funde FC), Lewis Italiano (Stirling Lions)…

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FFA narrows A-League expansion bid field to six applicants

Wollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride bids cast asideTwo successful applicants to be announced in NovemberWollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride FC have failed in their bids to win an A-League licence after Football Federation Australia narrowed the field t…

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A-League 2018-19 preview part one: Adelaide United to Melbourne Victory | Jonathan Howcroft

Keisuke Honda has made headlines but there are plenty of other reasons to get excited about season 14With the help of a World Cup and seismic change in the corridors of power, the usually interminable A-League offseason has flown by. We can now look fo…

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Usain Bolt offered European professional football deal – reports

Unconditional two-year contract reportedly tabledSprint champion currently training with Central Coast Usain Bolt could walk out of his open-ended A-League trial with the Central Coast Mariners amid reports of an unconditional two-year offer from a Eur…

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Usain Bolt scores first two goals in bid to become a professional footballer

Jamaican nets second-half brace in Mariners’ winStruggles for touch in 75-minute outingUsain Bolt scored twice in his second trial match for the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners to boost his chances of realising his dream of becoming a professional fo…

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FFA Cup semi-final: Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC – live!

Updates from the second FFA Cup semi final from PenrithThoughts? Join the conversation: via email or twitter 10.50am BST 10 min: And for fans of random one-hit wonder songs from over a decade ago, let it be know that every time your humble scribe tonig…

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FFA Cup semi-final: Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC – live!

Updates from the second FFA Cup semi final from PenrithThoughts? Join the conversation: via email or twitter 10.50am BST 10 min: And for fans of random one-hit wonder songs from over a decade ago, let it be know that every time your humble scribe tonig…

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Bentleigh Greens eye history as FFA Cup semi finals are drawn

Apia Leichhardt 0-2 Adelaide UnitedBentleigh Greens 1-0 Heidelberg UnitedBentleigh Greens coach John Anastasiadis has declared his side can be the first grassroots club in the FFA Cup final after winning through to a semi-final date with Adelaide Unite…

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A-League plan for in-game music hits bum note, but clubs have other ideas

Mariners to allow safe smoke after flare experiment at Usain Bolt game, ground announcers and bands being consideredThe prospect of music during corners, goal kicks and substitutions at A-League matches appears dead in the water after clubs distanced t…

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Mariners sign key duo as Sydney FC survive FFA Cup scare

Ross McCormack and Socceroo Tommy Oar return to A-LeagueSydney FC 4-2 Avondale FC (extra time)Sydney FC coach Steve Corica has shown his relief and delight at the club’s passage through a tight FFA Cup squeeze.The Sky Blues led 2-0 but were forced into…

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Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti: do short-term marquee signings really have an effect?

Do Pirlo and Totti still have what it takes to play 90 minutes of intensely competitive football against A-League opposition? The reaction to news that Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti have been approached with offers to come to Australia to play in th…

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Usain Bolt not fazed by critics of football debut with Central Coast Mariners

Track legend ‘in good shape and feeling young’Jamaican confident of contract in four monthsUsain Bolt says he isn’t fazed by potential criticism from opposing supporters or the media, after a cameo appearance off the bench for Central Coast Mariners.Th…

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All eyes on Usain Bolt as he makes debut as footballer | Jack Austin

The world’s fastest man was neither good nor did he disgrace himself, but there is a great deal of work to be done“It’s not about Usain Bolt.” Those were the pre-match comments of Central Coast Mariners head coach Mike Mulvey ahead of the game with the…

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Sweden World Cup striker Ola Toivonen set for Melbourne Victory

32-year-old to link up with Keisuke Honda Toivonen has scored 14 goals in 64 caps for SwedenMelbourne Victory have pulled off a second stunning transfer coup, convincing Swedish striker Ola Toivonen to join the A-League champions. Toivonen is poised to…

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Adelaide United ‘lucky’ to scrape through to FFA Cup quarter-finals

A-League side beat plucky Lions FC 1-0Avondale FC drawn with Sydney FC in last eightAdelaide United coach Marco Kurz is taking his team’s rusty pre-season form for what it is – a by-product of the so-called “magic of the FFA Cup”.The Reds were outplaye…

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Siem de Jong given chance to turn page on chequered injury history at Sydney FC | Louise Taylor

The gifted Dutchman’s body has at times been unable to keep up with his exceptional football brainSteve McClaren was attending a funeral and his phone had remained switched off for some time. When Newcastle United’s then manager turned the device back …

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Sydney FC set to unveil latest marquee signing Siem de Jong

Dutchman to be presented with Adam le FondreDe Jong played 22 times for Newcastle in Premier LeagueSydney FC are tipped to unveil former Premier League player Siem de Jong as their marquee player on Thursday.The Sky Blues will hold a press conference i…

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FFA Cup shock as Melbourne Victory dumped out by Apia Leichhardt

Part-time Opera House cook Tasuku Sekiya scores twice in 3-2 winSydney FC scrape 2-1 over Cairns The Sydney club Apia Leichhardt have claimed the biggest scalp yet in the FFA Cup after they defeated A-League champions Melbourne Victory 3-2 on Tuesday n…

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This is another chance for me to prove people wrong, says Usain Bolt – video

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has begun training with Australian A-League side, the Central Coast Mariners. The sprinter is currently on trial with the side. Bolt speaks confidently about his chance to ‘prove people wrong’ about his foot…

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This is another chance for me to prove people wrong, says Usain Bolt – video

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has begun training with Australian A-League side, the Central Coast Mariners. The sprinter is currently on trial with the side. Bolt speaks confidently about his chance to ‘prove people wrong’ about his foot…