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Wellington Phoenix player sorry for golf buggy joy ride while in quarantine

FFA investigating alcohol-related incident in SydneyAll Whites’ Tim Payne ‘incredibly embarrassed’Wellington player Tim Payne has issued a tearful apology for a joyriding incident during the team’s A-League quarantine period in Sydney which will have l…

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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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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…

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David Squires on … the A-League according to Louis Fenton’s foul mouth

Our cartoonist on the Wellington defender’s expletive-laden tirade that lit up last weekend’s actionTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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What’s more important in football: modern tactics or old school physicality? | Jonathan Howcroft

It is possible to enjoy a match on one plane alone but it can be enhanced by combining both – as Victory and Phoenix did“I’m fed up listening to people talk bull about tactics and formations and too much football science,” remonstrated Graeme Souness l…

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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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Wellington stun Sydney FC in A-League upset

Sydney FC 1-3 Wellington PhoenixSydney’s first successive home loss since April 2016Sydney coach Steve Corica has promised changes while ruing lapses of concentration, with Wellington’s perfectly executed game plan carrying them to a 3-1 A-League boilo…

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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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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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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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A-League team-by-team report card: two out of 10 for quality

At the midpoint of the season, Sydney’s dominance puts them in a rosy light, but suggests almost every other team is coming up short At the midway point of the A-League season, despite some positive sub-plots, only two sides have performed at an enco…

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Late strike seals Melbourne derby win for Victory, Sydney smash Phoenix

Melbourne City 0-1 Melbourne Victory – as it happenedWellington Phoenix 1-4 Sydney FCDean Bouzanis’ moment of madness allowed Melbourne Victory to snatch a last-gasp 1-0 win in the A-League’s annual Christmas derby. Melbourne City were second-best at A…

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A-League 2017-18 preview part one: the teams bubbling under

Our team-by-team guide to the new season kicks off with the four sides least likely to make the finals this year

Wellington, Central Coast, Adelaide and Newcastle – if you support any of these teams you probably think what follows is a stitch-up or further evidence of some kind of bias. And the truth is, they could all equally go on to make the top four; this is Australian football we’re talking about after all, a universe about as reliable as a Trump administration spokesperson.

Yet there also happens to be some logic behind the decision to include them. This quartet occupied the bottom four spots on last year’s ladder, three of them have been hanging around there for the past two seasons, a pair of them for the last three years, and in the case of the Jets, seven seasons on the trot. So, while each can look forward to improved efforts, they still have plenty of ground to make up on sides above them.

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A-League: 16 goals as Glory beat City and Brisbane pip Wellington

Brisbane Roar 4-3 Wellington Phoenix Perth Glory 5-4 Melbourne CityPerth Glory beat Melbourne City 5-4 to close the A-League regular season but it was not enough to earn a home final against the same opponent.Glory and City were destined to meet in an …

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Video assistant referee awards controversial penalty in A-League game – video

The new video assistant referee is used for the first time in a competitive football match during the A-League meeting between Wellington and Sydney FC on Saturday. With 20 minutes remaining, Sydney FC players surround referee Shaun Evans arguing that …

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Video assistant referee awards controversial penalty in A-League game – video

The new video assistant referee is used for the first time in a competitive football match during the A-League meeting between Wellington and Sydney FC on Saturday. With 20 minutes remaining, Sydney FC players surround referee Shaun Evans arguing that …

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Phoenix stay in hunt for A-League finals berth with upset of Melbourne Victory

Wellington Phoenix beat Melbourne Victory 3-0 at AAMI Park Phoenix four points off Perth in sixth with two matches remainingRoly Bonevacia fired Wellington Phoenix to a 3-0 A-League win over 10-man Melbourne Victory on Sunday evening. The Dutch-born li…

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A-League: Sydney FC celebrate Premiers’ Plate with win over Perth

  • Sydney FC 3-0 Perth Glory at nib Stadium
  • Wellington Phoenix 5-0 Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium

Sydney FC have celebrated winning the A-League Premiers’ Plate in style with a decisive 3-0 victory over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday. An own goal on 38 minutes from Glory debutant Lucian Goian, Brandon O’Neill’s sweet strike three minutes later and a Bobo goal in the 63rd minute sealed an 18th win of the campaign for Sydney.

Having secured the first-past-the-post title after Brisbane Roar defeated Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, the Sky Blues are now an astonishing 14 points clear at the top of the table. Their total of 59 points is a record for a 27-round A-League season. With three rounds remaining before the finals, Sydney could break Roar’s record for a 30-round campaign of 65 points.

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A-League: Sydney FC celebrate Premiers’ Plate with win over Perth

  • Sydney FC 3-0 Perth Glory at nib Stadium
  • Wellington Phoenix 5-0 Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium

Sydney FC have celebrated winning the A-League Premiers’ Plate in style with a decisive 3-0 victory over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday. An own goal on 38 minutes from Glory debutant Lucian Goian, Brandon O’Neill’s sweet strike three minutes later and a Bobo goal in the 63rd minute sealed an 18th win of the campaign for Sydney.

Having secured the first-past-the-post title after Brisbane Roar defeated Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, the Sky Blues are now an astonishing 14 points clear at the top of the table. Their total of 59 points is a record for a 27-round A-League season. With three rounds remaining before the finals, Sydney could break Roar’s record for a 30-round campaign of 65 points.

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Tempers flare as Adelaide nick A-League win over Brisbane amid controversy

Adelaide United beat Brisbane Roar 2-1 at Coopers StadiumWestern Sydney Wanderers beat Wellington Phoenix 3-1 at Spotless StadiumTensions boiled over after Adelaide United stole a controversial last-gasp 2-1 win against Brisbane as a 98th-minute Sergio…