Football in the Capital Archives for January 2010

Happy Holiday Reading from Ben Somerford

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Get up to-date with all the Aussies overseas right here with Ben Somerford's review prior to the Asia Cup.

Happy Christmas from the Nearpost

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Wishing everyone who views this site a great few days of festivities with those important to you.

Peace.

And I'd like 20,000 at Brisbane Roar v Gold Coast for Xmas.

And the Nearpost podcast will be reviewing the year on Tuesday's show - the show must go on.

Cheers to all, especially those who have been harshly treated.

Gold Coast true believers- what makes them the people they are?

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So 10,000 people turn up to watch the rain fall for 20 odd minutes Gold Coast - 23,000 scammed a free ticket but many were turned off by the rain.

Which makes you wonder what sort of people, football fans, these Gold Coast rain revellers are.

And where are they during the season?

Nearpost Poddie awards night.

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Nearpost Awards 2010 presented by Lucy Zelic, Paddy Bordier and Eamonn Flanagan as they 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.

Let's keep the midweek games

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Now the A-League Club Owners, and on Branko Culina's case a Manager want to scrap the midweek games.

But the fans don't. The TV viewing figures are comparable to weekend Fox games and indeed the midweek games regularly come in the Fox Sports top viewed shows of the week.

And we the fans, well in my straw poll anyway, we love them.

England oh England

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Reminds me of my mate in England around 30 years ago.

Sean Parker . On completing my Business Management degree Sean said, "I was going to go University and do a degree, but my mate /Steve Atkins, Akkers, didn't pick up the form."

Now the same dynamic attitude could keep English football in the "thump long and get it right up at" era.

Gold Coast Stadium is a disgrace: Give Clive his dosh back

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Not a Rugby League game for months and a pitch full of bare patches, potholes and more...and they want to play football on that and expect people to pay to watch.

Embarrassed? I would be if I was a Queensland Government Stadium owner.

No wonder Clive let us all in for free.

And then it rained and surprise surprise there were pools of water everywhere.

Archie and Robbie make poetry

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A back heel from Robbie Kruse and a finish from Archie Thompson and a smile from this fan.

This same fan still smiling after John Aloisi scored a wonderful winner the night before for Melbourne Heart.

Still smiling because Sydney didn't play.....

but not smiling now because although 10,000 fans turned up, Robina Stadium owners, the Queensland Government I believe, couldn't organise a weed on a beach.

Brisbane V Canberra United: Called off - To be played on Tuesday 3pm

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Due to wet and dodgy pitch apparently.

Half-Time Heroes December

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December Half Time Heroes is here.

World Cup fall-out, Mariners at play, Barca v Real, Cartoons, Buckle-Up Ben it's all here.

Three Clubs to start Canberra revolution.

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It takes money to change things in life and in football. Even with 20,000 players in the Canberra region many people feel we haven't quite cracked it, not in terms of Government support, powerful commmunity clubs, or resources.

But we Canberrans are a smart lot. And even if we don't get the $26 million AFL get from the Government we'll be right.

Nearpost poddie: What do our three leading goalscorers have in common?

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Our own Costa Rican David Fuentes Solarno tells us how to pronounce the name of Juan Carlos Solazarno. 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.

The Melbourne Cup

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Watching yet another entertaining Derby on Friday night I couldn't help wondering that maybe it was time to introduce the Football equivalent of the Bledisloe Cup.

A Cup within a League.

And to the winner of the Melbourne Cup, decided over the three League Derbies, goes the spoils.

You know it's a Derby when....

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A pass is misplaced in the first two minutes, a Melbourne Heart midfielder hits the ball deep behind the Victory back line and Rutger Worm mis-reads it and the ball runs harmlessly into touch.

The fans roar with delight.

Fan culture is alive and well, make that football culture.

FFA: A review is not a Wow factor is it?

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So we lose the World Cup Bid and the FFA face the press.

Of course there is going to be some questions about the bid. You go through that.
And the focus turned to the A-League...or it should have done.

It didn't did it, not really.

Ben Buckley said we're going to complete the A-League review, and get the Socceroos to 2014 World Cup and engage the community.

Hey man we have a striker.

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Canberra United turned in one of their best performances of the season yesterday as they downed Canberra United reserves, otherwise known as Newcastle Jets, 1-0.

Great to see such loyalty in the women's game with players changing clubs every season in some cases. Talk about fan loyalty! Kara Mowbray, Sasha McDonnell and Thea Slatyer were just three Canberra turned Jets who I used to swear undying loyalty towards.

I tend to fail - Me or Ben Buckley

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Great so Australia's biggest loser Mr Nearpost who's motto, "I tend to fail," comes through once more.

One time A-League4Canberra Bid Manager Eamonn Flanagan, not to be confused with Bid Leader Ivan Slavich, is stunningly depressed, amused, mental, (you decide) this morning.

In early discussions with Transact CEO Ivan impressed with his, "I tend not to fail," attitude.

Even the FFA scared of Muscat

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Kevin Muscat delierately strikes an official from an opposing team in the stomach and gets a "slap on the wrist."

Fantastic role-modeling by Super Kev, Super FFA. So you can strike one and just get a wee monetary fine.

I say: Six weeks minimum.

What do you get in the local league for striking someone.

Friday night football fest

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Adelaide United at home on Friday night. Sit back and enjoy what should be an awesomnal game.

Yes that's a new word. Me and the big man. Bill Shakespeare, both writers both creating the new words.

And the Derby, Heart v Victory. Belter on Saturday for sure. Can't wait.

PNG love their football

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Hekari United, PNG.

No,not a Rugby League team.

The Aussie media would tell you that PNG love nothing but Rugby League. Well they might love Rugby League but it's Elsewhere, veteran Melbourne Victory defender Kevin Muscat was effectively given a "slap on the wrist" at a disciplinary hearing for his part in a post-match incident following the game against Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park last week.

Nearpost Poddie: Paddy wants Ben to stay!

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Lucy Zelic, Paddy Bordier, and Aaron Walker 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?

Fox Sport FC saves the A-League - but were the FFA watching.

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A wide ranging discussion on the state of the game, mainly the A-League, was entertaining if depressing viewing last night on PAY TV.

Although given FFA's lack of vision, planning and direction Ben Buckley may well have been scribbling notes prior to FFA's Thursday Board meeting.

While Andy Harper, Bozza, Simon Hill, Mark Rudan and Mike Cockerill all flew through the issues - and there were many - the problem is we are still no clearer about our future.

How much does an Aussie sport earn

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Check out the recent report on Aussie Sports Stars Wages


• Full-time players in Rugby League, outside the first tier roster of 25, receive incomes less than the Australian adult minimum wage; and

• Netballers, who are employed on a seven month contract, have minimum payments less than the adult minimum wage, as do most swimmers and, indeed, many women athletes in a number of sports.

Football Twitteroo

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Follow the football chatter of those who know. Twitteroos and Twitteroo wannabees.

Canberra United: Back on track?

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Canberra United thumped lowly Adelaide United 4-0 on the weekend, no surprise there, but maybe Coach Ray Junna has found a solution to the teams surprisingly low-key performances this season.

Under Coach Robbie Hooker and last season under Junna United performed well. Reaching the final four each time, playing some entertaining football in both seasons, while missing it seemed just a ruthless finisher to go one step forward.

FFA Press Conference at 3pm today.

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If ever there is a time for a positive announcement for football it would be now, today.

Certainly under John O'Neill this would have been the case.

A reclaiming, restating of ground while admittedly having to put the Bid behind them.

Frank Lowy and Ben Buckley are to front the Press.

FFA - so here's Plan B, Who's excited?

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It's all happening.

Post World Cup defeat - the plan announced by the FFA is:

Extend Ben Buckley's contract.
Reduce the A-League season
Reduce it seems the number of teams in the A-League.
Start the season later.

So no Plan B, nothing exciting but clearly a reduced season a later start (crowds haven't changed from early season to mid-season despite end of other codes season.

FIFA: A reflection of our world?

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208 countries make up FIFA.

So how come only 24 FIFA members get to vote? Democracy at work under Blatter!

Only 24 get to vote for the biggest Sporting contest, or 22 if Mohammed Bin Hammam has anything to do with it, not to mention the financial benefits that come to that country in terms of business contracts.

FIFA World Cup to die in 2022?

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Many football fans already see the EPL and European Champions League as the providers of the best football and footballers.

With players flogged thru many many games, few perform to their best level come World Cup time. Think Ronaldo, Messi and Rooney to name a few.

The World Cup - is it losing it's appeal?

Referee stuff-ups continue.

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First we had the entertaining sight, for the neutral, of Michael Theoklitos running and grabbing the ball from outside his area - then proceeded to set up a match winning punt.

That was prior to the Kevin Muscat assault on the Brisbane official - six weeks please.

And secondly we have Peter Green in NZ sending off Travis Dodd for nothing.

Aussie Football: we're alive

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12,000 in Melbourne, 14,000 in Christchurch.

Football lives!

Why Qatar will win 2022 World Cup

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They already have a team bought in from Uruguay, Brazil and elsewhere.

Watch the providers of World Peace form a team to dream for.

Money can buy a World Cup in a desert, I'm pretty sure building a team of World Superstars is next.

Let's dump the Global Greenhouse Polluters out in the first round; even if they have the next Messi and Ronaldo in their team.

Sing it loud: “One World, one game, one bid, one vote..let’s all play some fudball.”

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With thanks to SBS!

Qatar - what next? Winter Olympics

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Suppose Qatar, the saviours of the Third World, bringers of Peace to the Middle East, liberators of World drunkenness, will stop at nothing now.

Apparently they are hot favourites for:

The Commonwealth Games (I know they ain't in it) all EPL games to be played in Qatar from 2022, World Cup moved to January, AFL final moved to Qatar, State of Origin and Bledisloe Cup will be played between Qatar and Queensland, Qatar and New Zealand.

Why Asia scares Australian fans

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Have you seen Sydney FC recently?

Well the clowns pretending to be a sophisticated, move evolved football club down south are no better are they?

Australia's two most successful A-League sides domestically at least, will head into the prestigious Asian Champions League - a competition boosted by a Qatari side next year, leave it alone - heading for a disastrous campaign.

Football the winner as wankers surface.

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What a fantastic game of football at AAMI Stadium last night. Brisbane Roar 2-0 up soon to be pulled back to 2-2 only for Robbie Kruse to sneak a winner. Or so we thought.

Then Michael Theoklitos grabs the ball outside his area in the last minute - or less - and the Roar go down and score with everyone from Melbourne in disarray.

Canberra MLA speaks on Football, AFL

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All followers of Canberra Football should check out the little interaction, indeed why not add to it on Facebook.

I raised a couple of issues re-funding for football.

http://www.facebook.com/andrew.barr.mla/posts/10150104413286654

Now why can't we have some of what the AFL boys are getting?

Fozzie reflects and speaks for many in Australia

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Having heard the details and vision of the Qatar bid; peace in the Middle East, Stadiums to be rebuilt and moved to developing countries etc etc, Australian presentation now looks, as Fozzie says, less than visionary, targeted, professional and football focused.

And with the Stadium deals in place for the AFL and Rugby League had we won perhaps, perhaps the loss is no bad thing - long term.

FFA: Now let's focus on the game!

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We lost the bid. Time to move on and despite your energies been depleted Ben Buckley and co, it's time to sell the A-League, with new energy, passion and skill.

The A-League, the grassroots all need focus, urgent focus.

The game didn't die, if anything it will rebuild, albeit from a stronger base than we've ever had in the past.

Where the Bid went wrong...and what we learned.

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Next time we bid as Fozzie says we must learn from our loss.

Bid as a city, not a country.

Cooper Pedy (shades of Qatar, or Wollongong. No football, no sport, shades of well yes, Qatar.

We clearly this time went too big, too wide with that whole continent thing.

Instead of the tourist video let's get the whole Sydney Gay Pride event happening on screen, and forget Elle, get Pauline.

Come on Australia - big game tonight

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If I wake up tomorrow and we've won - I'll smile all day, in fact I'll smile until the end of the year - non-stop.

Qatar - there is just no way they can have a World Cup - no no no!

They don't deserve it, they're about money and nothing else, it's not good for the game, the human race, nothing.

World moves on: Victory v Brisbane up next

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Disappointed? Of course. But losing to Qatar makes FIFA seem more corrupt than even I thought they were.

No doubt there will be big repercussions for Australian football, it's leadership and growth. Time will tell how the FFA respond.

Tonight:

Melbourne Victory perhaps the best team to challenge the flying Brisbane Roar should keep the masses happy.

Have Qatar nicked our two favourite Aussie journos?

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Fox Sports Simon Hill and SMH Mike Cockerill haven't called a game, filed a story from anywhere for days.

Are they working for the FFA?

Have Qatar nicked them as well?

Just odd that these two should take holidays this week, of all weeks!

The Bid presentation was fine don't believe the Aussie snobs!

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A lot of Aussie media snobs have been cringeing at the World Cup Bid presentation.

The same media who love Rugby League talk, AFL cliches etc etc, but seem to think Australia without it's natural wonders and diversity has something else to sell.

They should leave our shores a little more and talk to people who want to come to this place.

Sydney young bloods!

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Sydney won, just. If Paul Ifill had finished his chance, and he should have done, just before Mark Bridge scored his first goal of the season Sydney would never have won.

"Are Sydney back on track," asked Mark Rudan Fox Sports

"We'll see," said Sydney striker Bridge.

No-one is fooled.

Good luck Australia - we dare not lose?

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Can't believe we are going to win the 2022 World Cup, but you always hope don't you.

Should we win?

Hold on to your hats. Watch the corporate dollars rushing to get a piece of the pie. Watch the reaction from across the country, the other sporting codes, the anti-football lobby etc etc.

Canberra - are we ready?

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If Australia wins the World Cup bid I wonder if the Canberra football community, Capital Football lead this, are ready to take advantage.

Sure we'll see statements from Capital Football about how the World Cup will be great, (even I could write that) but will there be a press release to show how it will benefit our community, in terms of facilities for football, community football, attracting business to football.