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Like listening to music with no bass: the experience of playing in an empty stadium | Kyah Simon

Fans are a huge part of sport and players feed off the atmosphere they create; winning the W-League title behind closed doors was surrealThe biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of was at the Rio Olympics in 2016. It was a quarter-final against Braz…

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Melbourne City win W-League grand final behind closed doors

Melbourne City 1-0 Sydney FCSteph Catley wins player of the finalOn a day in which what felt normal a fortnight ago could be thought of as another era, and what felt normal mere days ago feels like a thought experiment going seriously wrong, Melbourne …

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Time for perspective after an A-League round that was anything but routine

The ramifications of coronavirus on the A-League are worsening by the day, with games moving into lockout mode from next weekendIf this had been a routine round of A-League action this column would be all about the 69th minute of Melbourne City’s 1-1 d…

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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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Warren Joyce leaves Melbourne City after underwhelming A-League season

English coach’s two-year contract not renewedCity’s season ended by Adelaide in elimination finalMelbourne City have parted ways with coach Warren Joyce and will continue their long battle to realise their A-League ambitions without the Englishman, aft…

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Bruno Fornaroli debacle exposes Melbourne City’s soullessness

The bruising departure of cult favourite Bruno Fornaroli has laid bare Melbourne City’s challenge to captivate fansMelbourne City last week dotted the final i on its relationship with Bruno Fornaroli. How the club and its former captain each addressed …

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David Squires on … how it all came to this for Melbourne City

Our cartoonist casts his eye over the struggling A-League club following a largely insipid season Take a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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A-League: Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City – live!

Updates from the derby at Marvel StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 9.25am GMT 26 mins: This is going to be a real test of City’s character now, just as much as Victory’s. You’d expect them to put the game beyond Victory’s reach before it…

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January signings set A-League for reboot and lively finals run in

With clubs across the league strengthening in key areas the back end of the season could dramatically come to lifeDecisive activity during the mid-season transfer window has the potential to transform the remainder of the A-League season. What’s more, …

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January signings set A-League for reboot and lively finals run in

With clubs across the league strengthening in key areas the back end of the season could dramatically come to lifeDecisive activity during the mid-season transfer window has the potential to transform the remainder of the A-League season. What’s more, …

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Fornaroli exile to continue as City eye A-League return for Maclaren

A-League club’s record goalscorer expected to remain at CitySocceroo striker Jamie Maclaren believed to join club shortlyWantaway striker Bruno Fornaroli appears certain to be marooned at Melbourne City beyond Thursday’s transfer deadline with no softe…

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Early Wellington Phoenix goal sinks Melbourne City

David Williams scores against former clubWellington remain on course for playoffsStriker David Williams has returned to haunt former A-League club Melbourne City, scoring the only goal in a pulsating 1-0 win for the Phoenix in Wellington.Williams’s fir…

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A-League Derby: Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory – live!

Live updates from AAMI Park from second Melbourne derbyJoin the conversation: email or tweet to @rrjparkin 8.28am GMT With Sydney FC’s controversial win in the West on Friday, Melbourne Victory have the chance to go top of the A-League for the first ti…

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Bruno Fornaroli uproar prompts unlikely crisis at Melbourne City | Jonathan Howcroft

How Warren Joyce and the club address this latest challenge may define the coach’s tenureMelbourne City are in a pickle. “Unrest among fans [is] unlike anything we’ve seen in the Melbourne City era,” announced the club’s officially endorsed supporter g…

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Bruno Fornaroli omitted again as Warren Joyce ups ante on selection standoff

Melbourne City striker to miss second straight gameLachlan Wales set to retain place against JetsMelbourne City coach Warren Joyce has left striker Bruno Fornaroli out of his A-League squad for a second consecutive weekend. The Uruguayan was omitted fr…

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A-League: Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City – live!

Updates from the first Melbourne derby of Season 14David Squires on … the glorious return of the A-LeagueThoughts? Join the conversation via email or Twitter 10.33am BST 32 min: Honda loves a debut goal. After scoring on his debut for previous Mexica…

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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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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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Daniel Arzani completes move from Melbourne to Manchester City

Australian expected to be loaned out to CelticFollows Aaron Mooy in moving to sister clubManchester City’s global network has again borne fruit with the signature of Australia’s most promising young football talent, Daniel Arzani, who is now expected t…