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Category: A-League

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Emergence of new teenage crop best advert for returning A-League

The pre-season promotion may have underwhelmed, but young talent lit up the opening A-League round The A-League has returned – and for all the criticism surrounding a lack of promotion ahead of the season’s launch, it appears the best marketing remains…

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David Squires on … what was left out of the A-League’s pre-season anime video

In his first outing of the new season, our cartoonist looks at what might have been for an animation that went viralTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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A-League: 10 reasons to be excited about the new season

From a new club and a new stadium to high quality coaches and players, all with a healthy pinch of spice, there is much to look forward toFootball fans in Australia can be quick to point out everything that’s wrong with the domestic scene, but on the e…

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A-League 2019-20 season preview: team-by-team guide

New players, new coaches, new animosities – our columnists run the rule over the now 11 contenders After a period of stagnation, the A-League has set rancorous in-fighting over governance behind it and welcomed a first new club to the mix since 2012-13…

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Newcastle Jets grant leave to Joe Champness so he can focus on hip-hop career

22-year-old to spend time in LA pursuing music dreamPlayer will go back to Jets if he returns to footballJoe Champness is determined to prove a football pitch is not the only place where he is on-song. The Newcastle Jets winger and aspiring hip-hop art…

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‘An epic achievement’: Robbie Fowler’s coaching debut ends in shock FFA Cup win

Inexperienced Brisbane Roar beat Sydney FC 2-0‘I’m comfortable in dug-out,’ new coach saysBrisbane Roar will tackle Central Coast Mariners for a spot in the FFA Cup quarter-finals after Robbie Fowler’s side headlined a host of upsets. An inexperienced …

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Socceroo Thomas Deng: ‘It’s our time to be a voice for Africans’ | Lucas Radbourne

The defender opens up on the challenges he has faced during his short career – although football is not his only priority nowThomas Deng doesn’t remember the year his father died. He can’t recall the feeling of leaving Kenya, where his father stayed to…

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Western Sydney Wanderers v Leeds United: friendly game – live!

Updates as Bankwest Stadium welcomes football for the first timeAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.14am BST The teams are finally out on the ground and – boy oh boy – what a scene! Bankwest Stadium looks like something out of a top-level Europ…

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Perth Glory v Manchester United preseason friendly – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from Optus StadiumAny thoughts? Get in touch on email or tweet @JPHowcroft 11.07am BST Hello and welcome to a special preseason minute-by-minute to keep an eye on the action from the opening match of Manchester United’s preseas…

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A-League clubs to take control of competition in new deal with FFA

Impasse over independently-run A-League has been brokenNew entity to manage the A-League and W-LeagueAn impasse over creating an independently-run A-League has been broken with Football Federation Australia (FFA) to soon cede control to clubs. A new en…

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A-League clubs to take control of competition in new deal with FFA

Impasse over independently-run A-League has been brokenNew entity to manage the A-League and W-LeagueAn impasse over creating an independently-run A-League has been broken with Football Federation Australia (FFA) to soon cede control to clubs. A new en…

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David Squires on … the A-League grand final, VAR and Panenkas

Our cartoonist looks at Sydney FC’s win in Perth which featured the now-customary balls-up and a shootout miss for the agesTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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New A-League club Western United confirm Mark Rudan as inaugural coach

Former Wellington boss signs three-year dealGertjan Verbeek named Adelaide’s new coach Western United have finally unveiled Mark Rudan as their inaugural manager following months of speculation that he would lead the A-League club.Rudan parted ways wit…

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Kevin Muscat stands down as Melbourne Victory coach

Wednesday’s ACL game will be coach’s last in charge‘An undisputed legend of the club,’ say VictoryMelbourne Victory have never known life without Kevin Muscat but soon will after the four-time A-League champion agreed an exit from the club. Muscat, the…

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Case for defence presents penalties to settle A-League grand final | Jonathan Howcroft

It’s common to bemoan the ending of a football match in such fashion, but not in Perth on Sunday nightSeven kicks. A championship season 140 matches long spanning seven months came down to seven kicks. Sport can be grotesquely cruel.Those seven kicks f…

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Sydney FC crowned A-League champions for fourth time after shootout win in Perth

Perth Glory 0-0 (aet) Sydney FC; Sydney win 4-1 on pensVAR controversy forgotten Andrew Redmayne starsVideo killed the radio star, according to The Buggles in 1980 and many in 2019 would have you believe that VAR has killed football. Yet after a first …

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A-League grand final: Perth Glory v Sydney FC – live!

Updates from the title decider at Optus StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 9.02am BST Pre-match entertainment. Perhaps as an nod to the formative years of Castro and Brosque in the 1990s, tonight’s show kicks off with something from the M…

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‘You can’t be what you can’t see’: Girls-only mascots for A-League grand final

Move approved by FFA to appeal to female fansPerth play Sydney FC on Sunday at Optus StadiumThe role of mascots at the A-League grand final has historically been reserved for rising male stars of the game, but when 22 young girls run out accompanying p…

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David Squires on … the silver lining of over-policing in the A-League

Our cartoonist finds one positive beneficiary of Jubilee-Oval-gate in A-League grand final weekTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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A-League grand final preview: a celebration of Perth’s rebirth or Sydney’s continuity?

It’s cruel that one football match can determine an entire season, but therein lies the drama of finalsGrand finals are torturous affairs. They funnel the blood sweat and tears of a 140 match season into a single 90 minute duel. When the final whistle …