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Phil Moss survives the sack to burnish golden generation of Australian coaches | Jonathan Howcroft

The former Mariners boss knew he would one day get the chop, but he’s turned it into a day that could have a lasting, positive effect on football in AustraliaPhil Moss was prepared for the sack before he was ever appointed a head coach. “I’ll never for…

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Ange Postecoglou showed us the chasm – but soon we could miss out in Asia entirely

Yokohama Marinos gave Sydney FC a footballing lesson, but losing 2022 ACL places could hurt moreIt was billed as Australia’s most anticipated AFC Champions League match since Western Sydney Wanderers faced Al-Hilal in the 2014 final. Ange Postecoglou v…

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Adelaide United set pulses racing on A-League date night | Richard Parkin

It’s an audacious supporter that suggests a trip to the A-League on Valentine’s Day, but sometimes in football, like in love, fortune favours the brave.It’s a brave supporter that suggests a trip to the A-League to their partner (actual or prospective)…

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Adelaide United set pulses racing on A-League date night | Richard Parkin

It’s an audacious supporter that suggests a trip to the A-League on Valentine’s Day, but sometimes in football, like in love, fortune favours the brave.It’s a brave supporter that suggests a trip to the A-League to their partner (actual or prospective)…

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David Squires on … Qatar’s latest World Cup ambassador

Our cartoonist looks at Tim Cahill’s dubious decision to lend his support to the 2022 tournamentTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Perth Glory reach agreement with blockchain trading firm over club’s sale

A-League deal subject to approval from FFA London Football Exchange hope to acquire other clubsPerth Glory owner Tony Sage has reached an agreement with a UK-based blockchain trading firm to sell a majority stake in the A-League club. London Football E…

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Moments of joy offer Australian football window into happiness revolution | Jonathan Howcroft

There’s delight to be found in the A-League if fans can escape a culture of ‘compare and despair’“If I only came tonight just to watch that goal, it was worth it,” remarked commentator Stan Lazaridis following Bruno Fornaroli’s superb finish for Perth …

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David Squires on … an easy start to life for the FFA’s new chief executive

Our cartoonist looks at James Johnson’s chances of solving the myriad problems facing football in AustraliaTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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The A-League’s chicken or egg question: where are the young Australian playmakers? | Richard Parkin

Fifteen years since its inception the great entertainers of the A-League remain overseas imports Diego Castro. Miloš Ninkovi?. Alessandro Diamanti. Ulises Dávila. They’re the entertainers that delight A-League fans – the players that elevate games that…

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David Squires on … the most unlikely potential saviour of Australian football

Our cartoonist takes a look at the curious case of a Shrewsbury Town player with an eye-catching nickname Take a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Hardworking and humble: Robbie Fowler’s Roar seize on football’s fortunes | Richard Parkin

Small moments can change seasons, but big turnarounds more often have deeper wellspringsIn football, games – even seasons – can turn on the tiniest of incidents. A missed chance. A moment’s recklessness. A second’s quick thinking. These are the inflect…

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‘I’ve had setbacks in my life’: Ali Abbas tries to find relaxation in football | Emma Kemp

The A-League cult hero opens up on his secret satellite dish, post-Asian Cup threats, when Iraq tried to recruit Graham Arnold and his own comeback hopesAli Abbas was 17 when he told Saddam Hussein’s men to go home. Warned them, rather, that US troops …

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David Squires on … the comings, and ultimately goings, of Markus Babbel

Our resident cartoonist looks at the departure of a man who promised much as Wanderers coach but delivered littleTake a look through David’s archive of cartoonsBuy a copy of this cartoon from our print shop Continue reading…

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Matildas’ European migration exciting but fanning W-League anxiety

Australian football’s hierarchy must catch the European wave or watch it roll on without themIn the 24 hours between the preliminary squad release and the starting XI announcement for Brisbane Roar’s game against Sydney FC on Thursday night, one W-Leag…

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Western Sydney Wanderers sack A-League coach Markus Babbel

Ex-Liverpool defender third A-League coach axedDeparts post with 10 wins from 41 games in chargeWestern Sydney have pulled the trigger on under-fire coach Markus Babbel, axing the German midway through his three-year contract. It comes in the wake of S…

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A third A-League coaching casualty looms – but is the coach or the club to blame?

Marcus Babbel is reportedly the next A-League coach to go but club leadership shares his failureThe prevailing wisdom when a football club is underperforming is that you can’t sack all the players, so you may as well sack the coach.Often said coach has…

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Sportwatch: Heat contrive record BBL collapse, Wanderers lose – as it happened

UFC: McGregor dominates on UFC returnW-League: WSW 3-1 Perth GloryA-League: Western United 3-0 CCM; Western Sydney 0-1 PerthBBL: Strikers sink Hurricanes; Heat in record collapse 11.31am GMT Well, I’m glad I stuck round for the second innings of that. …

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David Squires on … Melbourne Victory’s coaching hot seat

Our cartoonist looks Marco Kurz’s dismissal and who may replace him in the long termTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Melbourne Victory sack coach Marco Kurz after 13 A-League games in charge

German pays price for winning just four gamesKevin Muscat’s replacement leaves with club in sixthThe unhappy reign of Marco Kurz at Melbourne Victory has reportedly come to an end just 13 A-League games into his tenure.Kurz took over at the traditional…

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Revived Phoenix squatting all over David Gallop’s A-League metrics

Four years after facing expulsion, Wellington have transformed from putrescent to poster boysThe trailer for the chucklesome mockumentary series Wellington Paranormal features the fictional sergeant of the New Zealand capital’s police force warning tha…