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Category: Western Sydney Wanderers

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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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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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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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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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Marquee hits and misses highlight A-League’s evolution | Richard Parkin

Once signed primarily to sell jerseys, star players are increasingly expected to deliver on-fieldOver its first decade marquee signings were trumpeted as critical to the commercial success of the A-League – generating excitement among fans, and garneri…

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Markus Babbel’s A-League struggles continue at Western Sydney Wanderers | Richard Parkin

Wanderers bosses are faced with difficult choices as poor form and negative headlines stalk head coach Markus BabbelThe Germans have a delightful way with words. Take zweifel; in English it means “doubt”, but this nowhere near captures the deep, almost…

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David Squires on … how long can Markus babble on at Leaky Wanderers?

Our cartoonist looks at how it has gone wrong for the Western Sydney Wanderers coach this seasonTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Playing the A-League blame game: why IFAB and VAR are timeless diversions

Bad decisions are ready-made excuses for coaches, but also easy-to-hand smokescreens As the field of geology tells us, even spontaneous eruptions have long, often ancient, antecedents. Friction builds up inexorably. Pressure increases. It all happens s…

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Playing the A-League blame game: why IFAB and VAR are timeless diversions

Bad decisions are ready-made excuses for coaches, but also easy-to-hand smokescreens As the field of geology tells us, even spontaneous eruptions have long, often ancient, antecedents. Friction builds up inexorably. Pressure increases. It all happens s…

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David Squires on … Sydney derby bragging rights and a crime scene investigation

Our cartoonist looks at the controversy surrounding the game and Western Sydney’s perfect start to the A-League seasonTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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A-League’s Sydney derby a high-water mark to long keep in the memory | Richard Parkin

A pulsating atmosphere, a sold-out purpose-built football stadium – an aspirational target for the leagueA sold out stadium. A top-of-the-table clash. A cross-town rivalry. Players back against their old clubs. The league’s most vibrant supporters re-m…

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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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A-League also-rans look to rebuild after race that was done by Christmas | Jonathan Howcroft

A season to forget for the four clubs that missed the A-League finals – the rebuild starts nowLeague seasons are a marathon, not a sprint, or so the cliché goes. And if that is the case, the A-League premiership campaign that concluded on Sunday was on…

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Back him or sack him – Wanderers hierarchy must share the blame for Markus Babbel’s ‘frustration’

As another foreign coach struggles to adapt to the unique circumstances of Australian football, at what stage do clubs learn the secrets to successful integration?For the third time in 13 days, Western Sydney Wanderers butchered a lead and a golden cha…

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‘We need to talk about this’: Markus Babbel lashes ‘blind’ FFA on refereeing

Wanderers fall to late Glory winner in 4-3 thrillerControversial penalty scored by Perth’s JuandeWestern Sydney coach Markus Babbel has criticised the quality of refereeing in the A-League, saying Football Federation Australia are “blind” if they can’t…

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Markus Babbel frustrated by inconsistent Wanderers after Adelaide draw

Adelaide United 2-2 Western Sydney Wanderers10-men hosts hold on for point and threaten for threeWestern Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has lamented another inconsistent performance from his team after they failed to overrun a 10-man Adelaide Uni…

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Evolution not revolution the formula for A-League success in Sydney

The Sydney derby was a contrast in styles as one club’s commitment to long-term planning triumphedRevolution is simple in club football. Results not going to plan – sack the coach. Striker not finding the back of the net – buy a replacement. By contras…

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Sydney FC coach calls for live VAR broadcast after Bonevacia goal furore

Steve Corica ‘confused’ by decision to disallow Wanderers’ crucial goalWanderers coach Markus Babbel shown red card for his reactionThe Sydney FC coach, Steve Corica, has thrown his weight behind the live broadcast of video assistant referee decisions …

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W-League season opener: Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC – live!

Updates from the curtain-raiser at Marconi StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @rrjparkin 10.38am BST 47 min: And now it’s Sydney FC with a great chance! Logarzo finds herself open down the left, with space to pick a ball. She looks far, but Foord race…