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Tim Cahill rules out A-League return but could play on abroad

Socceroo great hints at move to AmericaA-League clubs snap up key import signingsRetired Socceroos great Tim Cahill is open to offers to continue playing club football, but has ruled out any prospect of an A-League return.Cahill spent a season and a ha…

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Usain Bolt set for trial in Australia’s A-League with Central Coast Mariners

Mariners chief executive insists six-week trial for sprint star is ‘not a stunt or gimmick’The eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt could be on his way to Australia’s A-League.Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported that Bolt, 31, was set for a six-w…

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A-League to borrow NRL’s bunker idea for VAR next season

FFA confirms VAR will continue to be used in AustraliaSydney FC and Adelaide to kick off new seasonFootball Federation Australia is taking a leaf from the NRL’s book for the A-League, creating a centralised bunker facility for the Video Assistant Refer…

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Fernando Torres set to snub A-League in favour of MLS move

Former Spain international wanted improved offerFFA believed they were in with a genuine shot at luring starFootball Federation Australia’s hopes of luring Fernando Torres to the A-League are set to be dashed as the Spanish striker prepares to announce…

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Sydney FC chase Spanish legend as marquees head overseas

Bobo and Adrian set to depart A-League premiersCoach Steve Corica identifies “exciting targets”Sydney FC are on the hunt for ex-Spain striker Fernando Torres after they confirmed the departures of marquee striker Bobo and Johnny Warren Medallist Adrian…

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Besart Berisha leaves Melbourne Victory as an A-League great

Kosovo international signs for Sanfrecce HiroshimaKevin Muscat ‘disappointed’ to see striker goThe A-League has lost perhaps its greatest striker after Besart Berisha secured a lucrative move to Japan. Nearly two months after hinting at a move abroad, …

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A-League expansion: Wollongong and Canberra make shortlist

Eight hopeful bids announced by FFA Final two teams to be revealed on 31 OctoberWollongong Wolves, Canberra United and South-West Sydney FC are among eight A-League hopefuls to make Football Federation Australia’s expansion shortlist.FFA formally annou…

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Mark Rudan appointed Wellington Phoenix coach

Former Sydney FC player replaces Darije KalezicPromises changes at ailing A-League clubMark Rudan has been named as Wellington Phoenix’s new head coach, charged with lifting the New Zealand club out of the doldrums after their disappointing 2017-18 A-L…

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Fifteen A-League expansion bids confirmed on deadline day

Applications to be examined before short-list named in JuneTwo news teams to join competition in 2019-20Fifteen bidders are officially in the race for two spots in an expanded A-League after aspirants submitted a formal expression of interest in time f…

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A-League: Brisbane Strikers withdraw expansion bid amid financial concerns

Strikers boss Bruce Dinsdale cited issues with FFA processBidders concerned about lack of financial dividendsThere are 15 consortium bidding to join the A-League but National Soccer League winners Brisbane Strikers won’t be one of them after pulling ou…

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Western Sydney Wanderers appoint German legend Babbel as A-League coach

Former Liverpool and Bayern Munich legend Markus Babbel announced as new WSW head coachWanderers chairman sees signing as big statement ‘internationally’ as well as domestically Western Sydney will undertake their A-League rebuild under former German i…

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Roy O’Donovan handed 10-game ban for A-League grand final assault

Newcastle striker punished for foul on Lawrence ThomasSecond biggest ban in A-League history behind Danny VukovicRoy O’Donovan has been slugged with a 10-match ban for his A-League grand-final kung-fu kick on Lawrence Thomas. Related: Women Onside: the…

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Women Onside: the group pushing for gender equity in Australian football leadership

FFA must elect a new congress, but no women have been invited onto that working groupHeather Reid was the CEO of the ACT football federation (known as Capital Football) for 12 years. She was the first woman to lead an Australian state football associat…

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Sydney FC poised to confirm Steve Corica as new coach

Graham Arnold’s assistant expected to step upClub opt to stick with existing philosophy and cultureSydney FC are expected to unveil ex-Socceroos midfielder Steve Corica as Graham Arnold’s coaching successor on Wednesday afternoon.After a seven-year app…

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Tony Popovic returns to A-League as Perth Glory coach

Former Wanderers boss to replace Kenny LowePopovic back in Australia after failed stint in TurkeyPerth Glory have made an enormous statement of intent by signing Tony Popovic as coach for next A-League season.Replacing the sacked Kenny Lowe, Popovic ha…

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David Squires on … a fitting end to the A-League season

Our resident cartoonist on the Jets’ VAR-inflicted loss and other outlandish plotlines Continue reading…

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Football law-making body deems global VAR ‘back up’ needed

‘Software crash’ blamed for A-League grand final debacleA-League to take lead from rugby league’s ‘bunker’Football’s law-making body concedes the A-League grand final has exposed a flaw in the global protocols for video reviews and underlined the glari…

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Australia’s A-League reportedly Andrés Iniesta’s ‘preferred destination’

Chinese club unable to meet Iniesta’s salary requestA-League has confirmed it will re-open super marquee fundAndrés Iniesta is reportedly eyeing off the A-League as the “preferred destination” to end his glittering career, according to Spanish media.Th…

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Lawrence Thomas’ medal reward for Victory’s superior A-League defence | Ante Jukic

Keeper’s performance allowed Muscat’s side to play their tactical game: sit deep and reactIt was the 17th minute. Melbourne Victory had already gone 1-0 up, and James Troisi suddenly hacked the ball into nothingness. Likely to the displeasure of his co…

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From jeers to cheers: A-League title brings redemption for Kevin Muscat | Jonathan Howcroft

Three months after enduring catcalls the Melbourne Victory coach is now one of Australia’s most successful coaches Redemption, thy name is Kevin. As recently as February some Melbourne Victory fans booed the image of their coach Kevin Muscat. “I reckon…