Football in the Capital Archives for January 2010

Does AFL know any FIFA Execs?

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Idle thoughts:

Just wondering if MR AFL Andrew Demetriou has spent any of his AFL millions on bribes to the FIFA Executive........check his passport in the last two years anyone?

Aussie football media: Where are you?

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Come out come out wherever you are.

1. Australia, FFA or Government has given $5 million to the AFC, no problems from me, but it hasn't been trumpeted loud and proud by anyone from either group. Weird?

And the Aussie media, the football media, are so limited in their analysis of the game and the issues surrounding it that they haven't even asked a question.

Battle of Aussies :Did Arnie bottle it?

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The A-League is improving, even SBS says so, so it must be. In part, or mostly, it's due to the quality of our coaches.

But it's the much maligned Aussie Coaches, Ange Postecoglou, and former Socceroos Coach Graham Arnold who have been putting pride back into the local game and coaching fraternity.

Bribe Allegation: Just had to be Jack (Warner)

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You knew when FIFA Bribery was being talked of Jack Warner would be in the allegation mix.

And he is.

From the Guardian:

Jack Warner:

Who is he? He has been the president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) since 1990 and a Fifa executive committee member for 27 years, and is a Fifa vice-president.

Crowds for women's sport

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"The support has been tremendous at recent matches. 45,000 came to our game with Brazil in Frankfurt, and it was 30,000 for the USA match in Augsburg. Not so very long ago, figures like that would have been beyond our wildest dreams."


From FIFA

Wonderful crowds for women's football.

Nearpost Poddie: Will we win the Bid?

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Lucy Zelic, Paddy Bordier, and Eamonn Flanagan talk and spin all things Aussie football.

How many football poddies only cover Aussie football?

We are clearly Australia's number one football poddie, apart from all the others, We discuss all the news from Australian football. What more could you wish for from the Australian media?

Win or lose: Frank Lowy should be saluted.

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How?

A statue at every football stadium in Australia?

The Frank Lowy FFA Cup?

It really would be the most wonderful thing for Australia, sport and as a country if we got the World Cup.

Having said that should we lose Frank should be honoured in some way by the football community.

We want England tomorrow

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Tomorrow morning (5.25am AEDT) the top 16 women's football nations will turn their attentions to the Frankfurt Congress Centre as the Final Draw for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011â„¢ takes place. As well as hosts and two-time world champions Germany, the other 15 qualified teams will find out who they will be facing in the group stages of the tournament, which takes place between 26 June and 17 July 2011.

World Cup: Australia v Brazil

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Australia will play Brazil, Norway and Equitorial Guinea in the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany 2011.

Good draw for Australia - but the Asian Champions will be severely tested by Brazil and former powerhouse, but declining power Norway.

The Nearpost knows nothing about Equitorial Guinea.

Follow our man in Brazil

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http://twitter.com/#!/Craig_Foster

Craig Foster is in Brazil - his tweets are fascinating. Interested in football beyond your own game - check out Fozzie's Twitteroos.

FFA spends $5 million in Asia?

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Anyone else noticed that the "cashed-up" FFA spent $5 million last week.

FFA gave the AFC $5 million for football development programs.

I've no problem with that but since when did the FFA have $5 million to give anyone - maybe $100,000!

Or did it come from the Federal Government - if so why hasn't it been announced or indeed is it part of our World Cup Bid?

Too much football is...too much...for Gosford and Arnie.

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The Brisbane Roar came to town but no-one wanted to watch them, the so-called best team in Australia ever - against a resurgent and increasingly stylish Mariners.

Maybe all the Mariners fans had headed to watch Beckham and co; after all where else did those 23,000 Novacastrians come from?

Maybe there is, as we seem to think, a very limited market for football, match goers in Australia.

Beckham - no Heart

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I know, I know it didn't mean anything. The Jets v Beckham and Donovan Landon, Ricketts and co.

But I turned it on to see the crowd. A full stadium.

And then when Landon Donovan punched one in early and the A-League in the form of the Jets were being outclassed I found myself hoping it wouldn't be ugly and that Australian football would do okay.

Qatar - no way.

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Of course I want Australia to win the 2022 World Cup Bid, I'm such an Aussie optimist I still think we could win the 2018 as well - despite us pulling out some time ago.

For 2018 I'd be happy for Russia to get it. Spain/Portugal ho hum, but great for fans of course. And England - that would be nice for them but I feel no great excitement at an English World Cup.

FIFA showing their true humanity?

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If Australia hasn't bribed and paid the big dollars to the FIFA members are we really in within a chance of winning the World Cup 2022? Seems not.

You can guarantee Qatar has paid.

But Benny and Frank say we haven't.

So what chance us?

SonntagsZeitung reported today: (Translation)

Four days after the designation of host countries for the World 2018 and 2022, the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung reported today that new suspicions of corruption within FIFA.

FTA: I think football won?

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All the Socceroos World Cup qualifiers will be on FTA TV from 2013.

That's the outcome of the Aussie Governments latest unique anti-siphoning tv deal.

Finally Australians will get to see some Australian football on fta tv - maybe then the game can start to develop a larger, rusted on interest with our grassroots.

The Reverse Pass - Flores, Ramsey and Friday footy

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Friday football on Fox in Adelaide. You can't beat it.

And the game between United and Gold Coast didn't let us down. The quality of the football put the NSL lovers to bed once and for all - even anti-football naysayers would have been impressed withe visual splendour on and off the field.

Education and Football: For girls and boys, worth a thought

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Loads of Aussies are good at football, loads of boys and girls. But how many get a chance to play at the highest level, in Australia, across the World? Not many.

Most will need an education. I'd argue all.

So here's another pathway. Football and Education.

http://www.

Jesse Fink: Asia truly baffling - for you?

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SBS Commentator and Football Writer Jesse Fink called it at the AFC Awards last night. And of course we all get it right with hindsight. although I probably get it wrong even with hindsight, but.....

Newly minted Socceroos player Sasa Ognenovski is of main interest for parochial reasons, being shortlisted for AFC Player of the Year, with Australians featuring in seven other categories: including Kate Gill up for AFC Women's Player of the Year.

Friday night drool: Adelaide United v Gold Coast

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After watching hours of cricket it'll be time for some sport, sport with excitement, sport that gets an outcome in 90 minutes not five days.

And Friday night football at Hindmarsh - bring it on.

Adelaide United v Gold Coast United.

Two strong teams, tactically with a number of talented individuals on the park.

Mustafa Amini is 17 right?

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He's playing number 10 for the Mariners and if you haven't seen him play yet and you're into Aussie football, it's time you did.

He's got such touch, in a key key position. And while you're about it compare him to every other Aussie midfielder going around in the A-League.

He has remarkable vision for a young player, which shows vision isn't about the age, but amazingly, to me, like all top top players he has great physical strength.

Aussie young guns standing out. again and again.

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Matt Ryan 18 the Central Coast Mariners young keeper is having an amazing start to his career. Great stuff Matt.

With Oliver Bozanic on fire at the other end last night and Mustafa Amini doing his thing, (see earlier post) the Central Coast Mariners are the place for young talented footballers.

Patience with Aussie Youth

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Only Brett Holman is playing in a major European League - Ere Divisie - albeit a second tier league since the Socceroos marched out in Germany in 2006.

Add Mile Jedinak - maybe - David Carney although he rarely plays at Blackpool and that's it. Richard Garcia, Scott McDonald and Josh Kennedy have all gain Socceroos selection but they aren't playing with a top club in a top league - in my view.

My Club is the Socceroos

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David Carney must be one of the few players in the World who's club is Australia, the Socceroos.

Seems to Supa Dave he has to be released by Australia so he can join in training at Blackpool.

Isn't it supposed to be the other way around.

Nearpost Radio tonight

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Lucy Zelic, Aaron Walker and Paddy Bordier talk thru all the Aussie football issues. Catch the pod here later after the show and or on course on itunes or halftimeheroes.com.au

December 3rd approaching fast

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Football fans in Australia are starting to hone in on the above date.

The date when the World Cup 2022 is determined - I know it's the 2nd but the 3rd our time.

Of course we'd need some plan should as many expect we don't beat the USA, Qatar (is that a real bid) or Japan and Korea (again already) and here's hoping we have such a plan and here's betting we don't.

Nearpost Podcast: Socceroos bumbling along

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Paddy Bordier, Aaron Walker and Lucy Zelic talk and spin all things Aussie football.

How many football poddies only cover Aussie football?

We are clearly Australia's number one football poddie, apart from all the others, We discuss all the news from Australian football. What more could you wish for from the Australian media?

Midweek matchday; Not one but three

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Midweek football is here again.

While some Aussies wait for the five day game that could end in a draw - do we all really like cricket?

Hmmmn not so sure - or else why did we have to invent the 20/20 version.

Anyway on Wednesday Brisbane at home to Perth, even the Roar can't stumble against God and co surely, or are the Roar fading?

The centre of English Football is Burton-on-Trent

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I grew up in Burton-on-Trent. Twenty years. What a football education I had.

So it's no surprise to me that the future of English football will be based and run from this Brewery Town.

We played on the street, the neighbours knifed the ball if it ran onto his garden. Bastard!

I trained in the back garden 10m x 5m - me against my brothers.

Sydney FC : Your Coach is boring boring boring

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Yes the A-League is better this year, much better, but that doesn't mean that Sydney and Perth are any good does it?

So it was hot, it was a "new" pitch for both teams in Parramatta, but it was incredibly boring.

Sydney FC changed half their team this year and got what?

And Mike Cockerill SMH's No 1 Football Writer keeps talking up Alex Brosque, as you know says Mike, "Holger likes him.

United stumbling this year?

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With new signings and strong performances in the past two season United fans expected even more this season. Better performances if not results.

We're getting neither.

Canberra United conceded a very late goal to Melbourne Victory yesterday. Having chosen to sit near, very near, ABC Commentator Peter Wilkins during the game I felt a sense of inevitably as Wilko called the last corner of the game in the 94th minute.

Mustafa Amini

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When was the last time you saw a 17 year old playing professional football in Australia in a major attacking position?

There is a lot to like about Mustafa. Not least his first time short pass. It's sweet, shows maturity beyond..well most other Aussie A-League midfielders.

Watching Mark Bridge and Stuart Musialik in the earlier game; it was too slow, too predictable and not enjoyable too watch.

Mike got it wrong.

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Mike Cockerill is bleeding this morning in his SMH article

I can't write anything - it's too much.

But Mike joins Jesse in the ex-Socceroo team pickers!

Who should the media pick next?

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Aussie media picked Nicky Carle or tried to, they wanted Richard Porta, now Sasa Ognenovski just 31 they picked.

But who next!

How Aussie clubs make more money

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http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/majurafc/

Check out the website I mocked up from the English FA.

A great way for Aussie clubs to harness their collective consumer and community power over the coming years?

I'm talking junior clubs the ones with all our kids, mums and dads etc.

Fury show Canberra the way: We can do it

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Here's one way to get a Canberra A-League team funded - unlike other teams we are under no pressure so could build on existing revenues, get the Government money now but more importantly -

present and build a community model. Canberra has the supporter group base - many clubs alone across the region from Griffith to Snowy Mountains could become a few of the community partners.

What would Pim have done?

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Okay now we are playing sexy attacking football - if you believe the media bulldust - it's great and will get the fans pouring in.

Unless we lose 3-0 to Egypt.

Interesting Pim probably wouldn't have lost, at least not by three, - but then he wouldn't have been exciting enough for the childlike Aussie football media.

Nearpost: Pure Football

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Paddy Bordier and Eamonn Flanagan discuss all things Aussie football.

How many football poddies only cover Aussie football?

We are clearly Australia's number one football poddie, apart from all the others, We discuss all the news from Australian football.

And Quiz: Name the last three Asian Champions League Winners.

A-League review is scary

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Come on Australia, hold your breath.

FFA has but the feelers out with the Aussie media re;changes to the A-League and it's not good. In fact early signs are it's a shocker, although maybe the media are designed to suffer we the other media up!

1. Change the season: Start in October - finish in Feb with finals in March.

Andrew Barr: Football fuming, now we're political

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Nearpost will campaign to remove ACT Sports Minister Andrew Barr at the next election.

If you think Canberra's 20,000 players and families deserve more for football please forward this story to your friends, through facebook, through twitter etc.

ACT Sports Minister Andrew Barr has stunned and upset the football community of Canberra with his generous offer of $650,000 per game to bring Greater Western Sydney Giants to play three in-season games in the Capital.

Andrew Barr kick him out, kick Labor out.

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That would make a nice Nearpost sticker..... prior to the next election.

Let me know if you have a better idea.

See you tomorrow on here Andrew:)

My local club: Majura FC on the move

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My local club Majura FC had football from May - September. We couldn't run other programs, we had no grounds beyond September, our volunteers were exhausted.

We've changed the model and now have football March 1 - December 10 every year. Read on to see the changes at one club.A number of Majura FC players/parents have expressed desire for more football, locally based, outside the normal May - September season and as a result Majura FC will offer a number of new exciting football opportunities in 2011 and in 2012.

Centre of Excellence: Canberra can't ever have this

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Centre of Excellence one step closer to reality

Following last week's confirmation of $10 million in Federal Government funding, the Central Coast Mariners trust has taken another significant step in the creation of its Centre of Excellence at Tuggerah, with an agreement now in place for the construction of up to 10 multi use outdoor sports courts.

Aussie Football to cave in?

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Is this the best we can have?

A reduced A-League season from October - March is on the cards if you believe the Aussie media who attended an FFA briefing last week.

Sure clubs are bleeding money, sure it's hard to get crowds when League and AFL swamp the media but will a shorter season help anyone?

Kiwis stuff-up

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When you have no youth team, no young players particularly in the final third, wonder Coach Ricky Herbert has massively stuffed up by letting the only Kiwi in the world who can run at defenders, Costa Barbarouses, leave. (Apologies to Leo Bertos but that's it.)

Maybe he had no choice, but he should have played Costa a tad more over the previous seasons.

Canberra United are home

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Went to watch the mighty Canberra United take on a Brisbane Roar side famous for their quality but pumped by Sydney FC in their first game.

The Roar needed to lift and get something from this game and they did. It ended 1-1 with their goal coming in the seconds before half-time. Great time to score.

Heart attack!

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I turned on the game after 25 minutes with the Heart 1-0 to the good.

The Commentators proceeded to talk the Heart up until the end of the half despite any neutral seeing it was the Roar who finished the stronger, over the last twenty.

But of course the Heart had the goal, apparently had missed a couple of other chances and were "dominating," not from the 20 minutes I saw.

God: Let's not get carried away

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Nice one Robbie:

A Robbie Fowler hat-trick is so newsworthy the Guardian put it on their website.

But in Australia hands-up who knew he scored a hat-trick, maybe his last one EVER!

Roddy Vargas had another shocker didn't he.

AFL: Australia can't hear you!

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So many great Aussie sporting stars coming out to support the World Cup bid. Ian Thorpe, Steve Waugh, Mark Webber, Robbie Farah, Cathy Freeman and now Liz Ellis.

And from so many different sports.

And not an AFL player in sight.

Do you think the AFL have banned them; surely they aren't that pathetic are they?

Canberra oh Canberra: AFL smashes football

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Canberra Government has poured $23 million dollars into the Greater Western Sydney AFL team over the next four years.

Don't the AFL need $23million dollars - think one billion TV deal and all those huge crowds and just 16 or 18 clubs. Wealth!

This wonderful gift to the AFL from Canberra taxpayers will provide just four home games each year in Canberra for the new franchise and some shirt sponsorship.

Nearpost poddie talking Aussie Football

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Lucy Zelic, Paddy Bordier and Aaron Walker discuss all things Aussie football.

How many football poddies only cover Aussie football?
We are clearly Australia's number one football poddie, apart from all the others, We discuss all the news from Australian football.

Download.

Briabane Roar: Champions-elect? Overhyped?

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You'd think the season was over wouldn't you.

Like the English cricket team, the Kiwi's at a Union World Cup, Newcastle United, or an NRL promotions campaigns, despite the best of intentions, Brisbane and football often ends in tears.

Brisbane Roar playing a bit of very neat football, defeating Adelaide United who were missing two of the Leagues never mind United's best players, and this only after United had missed some quality chances early on, and the media has gone all soft as usual in Australia.

Flores is back - I like that

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Adelaide United 7pm on Fox tonight.

Perth are simply going down - again

A-League Belter (s)

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Everyone is talking about the Brisbane Roar Adelaide United game.

But Melbourne Victory v Gold Coast on Saturday won't be a bad little knockabout either.
Good test for both sides that one.

And can the Central Coast Mariners chase second spot with a win tonight over the Fury.

Stop the boats

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Can't help thinking the "Stop the Boats," cry that rings out around Australia from certain Politicians, Shock-Jocks and the like is the political equivalent of "Football will take over if we get the World Cup,"

Both work on fear and get an instant response from the rabid members of the community.

Canberra Men's Pathway.

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Belconnen United, Canberra FC, Woden Valley and Capital Football should sit down and plan how the Canberra United Mens team starts to move forward...and quick.

Entry into the NSW Premier League or even the State League, a team funded by the four groups above in equal parts, and run by some amalgamation of the above group, should be a priority with the focus on building a player base for a future A-League team.

Canberra Players rob local football

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2. If you want more money, get another job


Canberra Premier League Clubs are shooting themselves and the local game in the foot.

When Belconnen United, Canberra FC or whoever have to find tens of thousands of dollars to pay players each year to run around in the local Premier League they are ripping hard earned money out of the junior game, the development game.

Woggabirlili: Football in Oz before AFL, AFL up in arms?

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I love the photo and description on the Ausport website. Going to be few Andrew Demitriou's on the blower asap I reckon.

And for your next training session get into WOGGABIRLILI you know you want to.

Nearpost Poddie is back

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Lucy Zelic, Paddy Bordier and Eamonn Flanagan discuss all things Aussie football.

And Fox Sports get a pasting! Lucy doesn't like the new host, Paddy and Eamonn would never put Bozza and Robbie together..ever. And why doesn't Mel get a fair go? The Mariners get a leg up and Matthew Leckie; why did he have to play.

2011 just gets bigger and bigger

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2011 is shaping as a huge year for Australia's National football teams:

* January 2011: AFC Asian Cup, Qatar
* Jun-Jul 2011: FIFA Men's u17 World Cup, Mexico (Qualified last night; were 2-0 down!)
* Jun-Jul 2011: FIFA Women's World Cup, Germany
* Jul-Aug 2011: FIFA Men's u20 World Cup, Colombia

Asia Cup Bid 2015 to be announced in January

and of course Dec 2 World Cup Bid would get the party started nicely.