Football in the Capital Archives for January 2008

Fischer-Massa supports Canberra A-League bid

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Canberra A-League Bid on the front foot!

31st October 2008

Fischer-Massa supports Canberra A-League bid

Successful businesswoman and football fan Mrs Millissa Fischer-Massa has thrown her support behind the Canberra A-League bid.

"We can work together and I look forward to seeing a winning team in Canberra.

Canberra United: Where to watch the game on TV

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To be seen in GREEN, there is a gathering to watch the Canberra United historic live game against Queensland Roar in Brisbane on ABC 4pm LIVE this Saturday.

Event Info Host: Dickson Tradies
Time and Place Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Dickson Tradies

Canberra United are playing Qld Roar live on ABC at 4pm, come support the team at the Dickson Tradies on Sat 1st Nov.

Ned Zelic our Number One Ambassador.

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Former Socceroo Ned Zelic will be on ABC 666AM Canberra at 10.30am Wednesday or shortly after the news around that time talking Canberra A-League and his whole football journey from Canberra to Germany, Japan Georgia and the rest!

Quite a journey Ned!

And Ivan Slavich met Ned today and announced Ned is to become the Number One Ambassador for the Canberra A-League bid.

Nearpost podcasts: Sasha McDonnell

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Local Football podcast featuring Canberra United star Sasha McDonnell

National Show including interview with Queensland Roar Captain Kate McShea.

Nearpost has termites!

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Well not exactly but as you may or not know I've been retired from work some years ago and turned my time to blogging to fill the endless void.

But my health is (still) not so good, hence the reduction in posts. And I'm expecting to reduce blog postings significantly in coming days/weeks, I have already as you may have noticed.

Matildas win..just

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And now everyone flies back and gets ready to travel to their various W-League openers and then many will head for the Under 20 World Cup Qualifiers in Malaysia in a couple of weeks...never stops does it!

FFA Release below

The Westfield Matildas have triumphed in a tense Final of the ASEAN Football Federation Women's Championships held in Ho Chi Minh City, with a 0-1 defeat over host nation, Vietnam.

W-League is launched

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100,000 plus women and girls play football, now we have the W-League...hooray.

Canberra United to win the league, Melbourne to play at the Dome before Sydney Melbourne game this week, W-League on the telly every week it's all too much and Russ Gibbs and 2XX to call all United home games...

Enjoy the 2010 World could be our last

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I spent years telling everyone I knew that Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell were good enough to get this country to a World Cup.

With other players in Serie A, EPL, SPL and Eredivision it wasn't hard to see the potential.

After all even good old Ireland had made it with many lesser known stars and no-one with the individual talent of Kewell or Viduka.

Ned Zelic: Canberra should have an A-League team

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Ned Zelic: Canberra needs an A-League team,
I would love to have stayed and played in Canberra.

Ned joined us on the Nearpost last night. We had a ball talking football with one of Canberra's finest footballer. And a great listen for any football fan.

National Show: DownloadNed Zelic talks Current Socceroos, Asia 4th Visa Rule and impact on Aussies, Adelaide United, Coach Vidmar, Best A-League ground and more.

Lydia Williams to start in ASEAN final

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Lydia Williams will start in goals against Vietnam tomorrow in the ASEAN final.
Matildas Coach Tom Sermanni said, "We decided before we even left for the tournament the goal-keeping roster and if they made the final, then Lydia would start."

The Matildas probably only have 12 field players available with Amy Chapman and Clare Polkinghorne suspended, Renee Rollason also in doubt and Elise Kellond-Knight probably won't play.

Coaches improve the A-League...well some!

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Wellington and Perth, I've bagged them both here, particularly Ricky Herbert's men.

They both won, but I notice Wellington did it by removing Karl Dodd and Richard Johnson from the midfield and played Lei Lei Gao from the start.

Not hard is it Ricky, i mean to read the blog and get free advice, and suddenly you look like a football team at least.

Matildas into Final

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Canberra United Amy Chapman opened the scoring for the Matildas as they romped into the ASEAN final yesterday.

The Westfield Matildas advanced to the final of the ASEAN Football Federation Women's Championships tonight with a thrilling 5-1 win over Myanmar (Burma) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - although it is a victory that comes at a cost with two players suspended for the Final against Vietnam on Monday.

ACT Football wins the election.

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Jon Stanhope (Foundation Member) Zed Seselja (FM) Shane Rattenbury (FM) Alistair Coe (FM) Steve Doszpot (FM and former President of Soccer Canberra) Brendan Smyth (FM) Andrew Barr (FM) all got elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly. Football now has seven A-League Foundation Members in Canberra and a few more over the border in Queanbeyan.

FFA extends deadline for (ahem) Western Sydney

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A Wollongong bid, called South Coast FC, continues to lead a tight race that includes Canberra, western Sydney and, somewhat surprisingly, Tasmania. While the FFA had flagged the possibility of making a decision before Christmas, the board has now given the interested parties another four months to shore up their bids.

FFA 0 Canberra Times 2

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National team the Matildas, in a final you know. Today. Not a dicky bird on the "We love the women as well honest FFA site," but the Canberra Times is on the money, although no article on line.

Frank Farina: You owe me $25,000.

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Queensland Roar keep losing at home. And Frank Farina can't solve the problem. Not last year, not this year.

A team that can cruise past league leaders Melbourne Victory 2-0 at the Dome a few weeks ago lost to Adelaide United 1-0 last night.....and what is Frankie ever going to do?

Time to tinker Frank.

Fozzie not happy with Joeys Coach

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Jan Versliejan the Young Socceroos Coach will move to Coach the Australian Under 17 side after the completes his duties with the Under 19's in Saudi Arabia this year.....and the current Under 17 Coach South Australian Martyn Crook will presumabl get the flick.

Makes sense as the intake for the AIS is falling this year and most of the Young Socceroos are off to A-League clubs.

Football and ACT Politics

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I received this email this morning, thought I'd reprint it in full:) As a football fan, blogger, and Canberran I couldn't agree with it more.

Lets get political

For far too long Football (soccer) has been the poor cousin in Canberra. Football is the biggest code in the ACT yet governments of all creeds have ignored us.

A-League is back: Top 4 v Bottom 4

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Can the FFA do no wrong?

Adelaide United fly off to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, after tonights game against the Roar in Brisbane and where better to fly out from.

A home game in Adelaide or away in NZ would have added further hours to the trek.

And tonight's game will be one of the rounds best although I'm expecting The Roar to walk it.


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Canberra FC have applied for the NSWPL 12th and remaining spot. Let's hope it's lucky 12th for them in NSW and for the Canberra A-League side in the A-League.

Then we'd have a marvellous pathway for our juniors. Full release below.

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> > An army of supporters ranging from Socceroos past and present, politicians,
> > football officials and media personalities have gotten behind a push, to
> > encourage Football NSW to include Canberra FC as the 12th team in the 2009
> > NSW Premier League.

NSW Premier League

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One place up for grabs, five applications, and a decision to be made on Wednesday next week.

One application from Canberra I'm informed, so here's hoping we have another pathway to the A-League, and beyond, for our Canberra footballers.

Aussie media: oh no we're going again!

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Now football doesn't always get the coverage it deserves, certainly on FTA national channels it hardly gets the coverage crowds and the national team of the World Game deserves.

Even with so many people interested in the last World Cup campaign and numbers involved in the game.

So I guess there must be a number of media, a few at the elite of the AFL, Rugby League and Rugby Union who woke up this morning and said,

"Oh no they're off to the World Cup again.

Oh yes Australia

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Book your flights Australia are off to the 2010 World Cup.

A thumping 4-0 win over group leaders Qatar and with Uzbekistan drawing with Japan in Saitama the Socceroos move into pole position.

With Marco Bresciano, Harry Kewell and Nicky Carle :) out Pim's men have sent a huge message to the rest of the group with a 4-0 flogging of an insipid Qatari side.

Socceroos 4 Qatar 0

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It was easy.

The rains poured down, the game was delayed and Australia continued the torrent.

Aussie superstar Tim Cahill was the hero. Finishing superbly in typical fashion in the ninth minute and Qatar knew it was game over.

Remember Qatar were top of the group going into this one, but the psychological hold Australia has over many teams in Asia was apparent, will be strengthened after this effort.

Look who's in Brisbane

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I met them in Bangkok for the Asia Cup now they are in Brisbane for tonights game. Tuggeranong United's Jeremy Butler, Gordo and co are up for the game

Great to see Canberrans making the trip. Great to see the passion for our National team. And no I'm not in Brisbane I knicked the photo from the FourFourTwo website which has great coverage of pre-match with the fans.

Canberra signs for Adelaide United

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ACTAS player Steph Tokich has signe for Adelaide United, presumably Steph is guaranteed a start. Interesting none the less and good to see another Canberran in the league.

Socceroos: I'm confident

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Crucial game, every World Cup game is, and more midweek crucial footy on TV. Love it!

And Pim is sounding unusually upbeat. Which must be good. ...

We've beaten Qatar twice and psychologically we'll have an edge, even without "our Harry, our Marco, our Carl and our mini-Carl...Vince Grella.

Canberra A-League: Is this it?

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Yesterday I was at a meeting at the Hermitage in Canberra. Nice restaurant, nice meeting.

And I believe it was the day when the Canberra A-League bid was sealed. I think we are now unstoppable.

Of course I can't reveal more at this stage but within two weeks, maybe less, I expect to hear the news spread widely.

Nearpost Radio Tuesday: Test our stream!

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We're bagged Football-hater Peter FitzSimons SMH journo (it felt great) for his latest Saturday sports page.
Canberra United Coach Robbie Hooker talks player signings. apologies re sound quality
We talk Adelaide United and Socceroos. Yeah Pete you see there is some football going on.

Canberra United Website

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The new Canberra United website was launched today.

Joeys disaster in Tashkent

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Ok so it's no big deal Australia lost to the UAE in the Quarter Final of the Under 16Asian Cup in Tashkent. Everythings in Tashkent these days!

But what is a big deal is it means the Joeys won't go to the World Cup Under 17 next year. The FFA don't say so in their release but I'm pretty sure that's the deal.

A night for Foundation Members.

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in case you missed the SBS piece on Canberra A-League last week.

And coming soon "A night with Ned Zelic" November 6th. This is a gala event for Foundation Members and Corporate supporters.

Invitations will go out this week to all Foundation Members. Numbers are restricted so get in early and, of course, if you'd like to come but haven't signed up as a Foundation Member, sign-up today at www.

Young Socceroos win ASEAN tournament

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The team will now head to Saudi Arabia in November for the Asian Cup which acts as qualifiers for the Under 20 World Cup.

James Holland sealed the win in a penalty shoot-out. Take a look at the list of names and see who is already making an impact in the A-League..or not yet.

FFA report below.

Money for Game Development

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Buckley said that, as part of the agreement, Optus will provide football equipment for thousands of young football players in regional and urban areas around Australia.

Football has had the highest participation rates of any sport for boys aged 5-14 years for more than a decade and is also the fastest growing team sport for girls with an average annual growth rate of more than 6% over the past five years.

World Cup this Wednesday

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The Socceroos take on Qatar in Brisbane on Wednesday. The game is live on FOX.

A win is crucial and would slot the Aussies into second spot after just two games. Most teams will have played three.

And with the Aussies in second place and two to qualify I'm predicting with this group of players and an increasingly confident Pim Verbeek we will NEVER be out of the top two again.

Canberra United further signings

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ActewAGL have signed up as front of shirt Canberra United sponsor. Good news.

And United Coach Robbie Hooker announced further signings this morning.

Local players Rebecca Kiting, Ellie Brush, Bronwyn Studman, Chrissy Walters, and Dubbo Matilda Ashleigh Sykes have all joined the club.

Warwick Hadfield: You've caved in

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Warwick Hadfield on Nearpost Radio on Tuesday.

Despite what you read here, I'm very highbrow and enjoy listening every morning to Radio National's Breakfast programme with Fran Kelly. Love ya Fran, you are the best.

And at 7.35am every morning Australia's best all-round sports journo Warwick Hadfield fills us in, as only he can, on the days news in sport.

Joeys and Young Socceroos reports

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The Joeys are on track for a World Cup berth. They beat China 2-1 a couple of days ago, see report below, and beat Turkmenistan 6-0 overnight.

One game to go. The Joeys must beat, probably, Yemen to book their place at the World Cup.

Also Young Socceroos beat Thailand 2-1. Notice the improving Thai football sides.

Dubbo girl on debut for Matildas

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Matildas beat Thailand 2-0 with two goals from Victoria Balomenos. And that caps a great week for Balomenos who is good friends I'm told with Fabian Barbiero the goal-scoring Asian Champions League semi-finalist with Adelaide United.

And Ashleigh Sykes the fastest player in the Matildas, it's official now as she made her debut yesterday.

NSW Premier spot open

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NSW Premier League has a spot for another team!

Remember Belconnen Blue Devils or Canberra Deakin taking the league by storm only to be given the boot.

Well on the NSW website they are calling for another team to replace the Penrith and Macarthur Rams sides.

So would Belconnen United or Canberra FC be ready to go round again?

Mike Cockerill: A football legend moves on.

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The latest list of voluntary redundancy seekers will decimate the paper's sports coverage. The list includes irreplaceable sports columnist Roy Masters, sports managing editor Rod Allen, award-winning sports writer Jacqueline Magnay, top notch soccer writer Michael Cockerill and two award-winning photographers Craig Golding and Tim Clayton who have decided to follow picture editor Mike Bowers who left two weeks ago.

Adelaide beware

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I remember watching Celtic defeat Real Madrid 2-0 in the home leg in 1984 in the old European Cup. Despite Laurie Cunningham's dazzling bending corners and a Scottish team nearly all home grown Celtic not only managed to beat the Mighty Madrid but beat them by 2-0.

There was bedlam in Glasgow that night!

Canberra United Squad named today!

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(Summary is not available.)

Another Canberran to represent Australia?

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Many Canberrans will know Steve Hogg and the wonderful player he was...well this isn't about him!

Rather Kahlia Hogg, Steve's daughter, has made the Australian Under 17 Squad. Well done Kahlia.

Like famous Canberran footballing names, Milovanovic, Giampaolo, Valeri, Lustica and others it has to be in the genes.

Fox Sport TV Deal to be re-negotiated

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This is a blog, full of the blarney and here's the latest.

FFA are to renegotiate the Fox TV deal at Christmas. That's it no more no less. That's what I heard from those who know or think they do.

A new deal, including FTA, maybe with the league expanding a new deal is possible.

Adelaide Utd 3 Bunyodkor 0..honest:)

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Adelaide off to Japan via Tashkent?

Football is a funny game, none more so than in Adelaide tonight. A Rivaldo led Bunyodkor side silenced the pack crowd with a fluent and flowing performance at Hindmarsh Stadium last night.

At half-time United hadn't had a shot, not one.

Sydney FC: We're the best...on paper.

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Great to see the confidence coming out of Sydney FC's W-League side.

Matildas star Sarah Walsh says, "We're probably the best on paper," and of course every other team will have something to say about that.

Full Sydney squad below. How strong? Verdict..on paper..very just like their menside:)

Sydney FC's women count down to the W-League

Boasting a potent mix of experienced internationals, talented youth and the guiding hand of Young Matilda's coach Alen Stajcic, Sydney FC's inaugural Westfield W-League team is looking to shine on the National stage as the start of the Westfield W-League draws near.

Adelaide United trailblazers

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Tonight in Adelaide, new football, takes another step. Appropriately, to me, it is a team from the old NSL playing in a stadium used in the old NSL, that will take us to a place this game, in this country, has never ever been.

Semi-Final time. Of the Asian Champions League.

Whatever your sporting passion, when there is a prize on the line, the crowd swells, and the intensity lifts.

Caitlin Munoz plays in UAE

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Nearpost Radio heard from Caitlin Munoz last night and her recent football journey to play in a seven-a-side tournament in the United Arab Emirates. How times are female footballers.

Unfortunately our local show failed to podcast this week.

Michella, Fitsum and myself talk Adelaide United, Socceroos and A-League and dedicate the show to Raiders CEO David Furner.

Adelaide's greatest footballer?

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Rivaldo: Is he the best footballer ever to play a competitive game in Adelaide?
Romario...way past his best, anyone else?
Mark Viduka?

Don't miss tomorrows's historic Asian Cup Semi-Final. Adelaide v Punyodkor..Rivaldo v Dodd...not Agostino:)

Is Mark Viduka finished? I hope not.

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It's October and the English season in full flight but "The Duke," Australia's greatest ever forward is back in Australia.

Why? To get treatment on his ongoing injury problem so we are told. Viduka would be the first to acknowledge he is no longer able to run beyond the defence.

And with an achilles injury and with Viduka being a notorious slow returnee to best playing fitness, Viduka could be looking at a very long lay off.

Socceroos: Guess who's out!!

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Got it in one did you?

Yes, Harry Kewell's got a club now, and he's injured so he's not coming. Heard it all before haven't you.
More worryingly Marco Bresciano, Vinny Grella are also injured with Carl Valeri suspended our centre midfield looks a tad weak.

Jason Culina is back but will Jacob Burns or even Stuey Musialik/Mile Jedinak provide the super 2 manscreen that we always seem to need in front of a Pim led team.

Canberrans shine in Tashkent.

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Chris Bush (Goulburn) Danai Gapare and Stephen Domenici (2 goals) all played a part in the Australian Under 16 first game in their attempt to qualify for the Under 17 World Cup.

Australia 3 Saudi Arabia 1: Details below

Monday 6 October 2008

The Qantas Joeys have begun their AFC U16 Championships campaign with a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in Uzbekistan overnight.

W-League draw announced

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Canberra United start their campaign with two away games before their first home game against the Central Coast Mariners on Sunday Nov 9th at MacKellar.

Canberra play Melbourne, Queensland, and Central Coast all twice and Sydney, Newcastle and Perth and Adelaide once.

Canberra's ABC TV live games are expected to be Queensland (away) 2nd Round and Adelaide (HOME) round 5

Full fixtures below.

Canberra bid on SBS

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David Basheer ran a great story on the Canberra A-League bid yesterday.

Ivan Slavich, Walter Valeri and Anthony Hatton put the Canberra/SNSW bid forward on SBS yesterday.

Watch the video here

Aloisi the new Zdrillic?

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Sydney drew with Queensland Roar last night 1-1. A good game and with the Roar leading 1-0, Australia's fattest import Charlie Miller heading towards goal with a minute to play....there could be only one winner.

Charlie, okay I'm a Celtic fan, and the wee Ger is scoring goals galore despite his girth, was sure to score to make it 2-0 at the death.

Mariners Magic

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Were you watching Perth and Wellington?

Canberra Ref Ben Williams sent-off Carlos Hernandez last week.....for what I'm still unsure, but last night it got worse...that said the Mariners proved why they are the biggest little team in the league....once more.

Ben Williams gifted Adelaide a penalty in the 6th minute.

Sun Herald talk Canberra A-League

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Matthew Hall from Sun Herald

All media is good, so some say, particularly for Canberra at this stage. 442, SBS on Sunday at 5pm, radio stations showing interest so the message that Canberra is serious is slowly building.

We could argue that there's little to do in Canberra except leave so there should be no problem in drumming up support.

Canberra A-League not $3 mill to Sydney AFL

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Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner said,

'It could be going to local sporting teams, it could be going to the new A-League team.''

The ACT Government are considering paying $3 million dollars per year to sponsor the Sydney Swans. Now the Canberra A-League team don't need more handouts but this is clearly ridiculous.

A-League weekend: Sydney to lose again?

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Sydney to lose at home, Mariners to do wha Japanese Champs Kashima couldn't..and defeat Adelaide, Melbourne to give Perth a hiding and the Jets to draw with the Wellington mob.

In Canberra news, will Kaz Patafta start this weekend, and what's wrong with Socceroo..make that former Socceroo Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

Perth Glory to get the boot?

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4,500 people at the recent Perth Glory/Wellington Phoenix has sent the FFA into realism mood.

Lift the game Perth or you are OUT!

Can the Perth Glory franchise stay in the league? They have the franchise until 2010 but if the crowds don't improve, to 8 or 9,000 (yes just 8 or 9,000)the Glory could be given the boot.

Aussie Football: SOLD OUT!

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I like my football, with a passionate crowd, something on the line, plenty of skill and the stadium sold out.

They said we didn't care about Asia, and it's football. Who's they? Well all those Aussie enlightened sports journo's; you know who they are...the ones that give football a fair go.

Chrissy Walters: Our latest Matildas

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And the "Dubbo Dasher" Ashleigh Sykes is called up too, well that's nearly a short dash.

Great to see a player from Regional New South Wales make the breakthrough and good to see another Canberran in the full squad.

Amy Chapman and Lydia Williams are the other Canberra United players in the squad.

FFA: Go call those games 98.3FM!

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Football Federation Australia announced today can call all the Canberra W-League games live.

Canberra football's Number One Commentator Russ Gibbs will be calling live, with the help of other "experts" (not me I am disappointed to share:) all the Canberra United Women's games.

And with the W-League Websites expected to go live Monday, TV deal to be announced and further signings to be announced.

15,000 to Canberra A-League games

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Interesting response from fans of football on FourfourTwo website. In fact there are pages of responses!

A NEW A-League club in Canberra would draw in 15,000 to home games, according to a new study by the backers of the capital's bid.

Transact CEO Ivan Slavich today released the results of Orima Market Research recently undertaken for the Canberra A-League Bid Committee.

Zed Seselja signs on, Canberra united in sport and politics.

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Andrew Barr signed up early, as did Kate Lundy and Jon Stanhope. Shane Rattenbury paid up and Gary Humphries, Steve Dozspot, football legend, and Opposition Leader Zed Seselja became a Foundation Member, along with some other local sports identities Phil Lynch, Adam Friend, and Andrew Fagan.