Who can predict the A-League? Just when it looked like the die had been cast for the season, a few results have turned everything on its head.
Brisbane Roar still retain their seven point lead at the top of the table, but they just cannot seem to beat their nemesis, the Newcastle Jets. The Jets unlikely 1-0 win at Suncorp Stadium on the weekend reminded everyone that, as good as they have been, Brisbane are beatable.
"We will listen, we will learn and then we will bring to Melbourne whatever is needed." They are words that will make every other club sit up and take notice. Talk about a game changer!
With the announcement yesterday that Manchester City, which also now own the new New York City FC franchise in the MLS, has purchased an 80% stake in the struggling Melbourne Heart, the club has literally gone from rags to riches.
As the clock ticked over into 2014 it was not just a time of reflection on the year that was, but also a chance to look forward to what lay ahead and make your wishes for 2014. My wish, football wise anyway, is that 2014 is the year that Australia finally embraces Asian football.
Since joining the AFC in 2006 Australians haven't so much embraced Asian football as tolerated it.
DOHA, Qatar â€“ Socceroo striker Tim Cahill is racing the clock to be fit for Australia's Asian Cup
semi-final against Uzbekistan next Tuesday. Asked yesterday if he would play, Cahill said only: "I
hope so." Cahill was touch and go for the Iraq match, after badly bruising a thigh against Bahrain.
He managed to play [.
December 2nd is an important day for Australia. For it is the day Australia will find out if
they will be hosting the 2022 World Cup Finals, and effectively if the sport will continue to exist
in the country. Or perhaps I should be a little more precise and say its an important day for
Australian Football, since the rest of Australia probably wont care.
We're doing a World Cup history post for every team at World Cup 2010. Today it's Australia's
turn. The Socceroos have just two previous World Cup appearances in the record books, but they've
come so close to making it so many times. I'm sure every Australian football fan has their fill of
World Cup playoffs.
The move into the Asian confederation has created so many possibilities for the World Cup-bound
Socceroos, but it has unexpectedly robbed them of something - a proper climax to qualifying.
Few punters will forget that November night in 2005 when a bare-chested John Aloisi wheeled away
after scoring the decisive penalty in Australia's shootout victory over Uruguay, a goal, which
combined with Mark Schwarzer's heroics, confirming only the country's second appearance in a World
The displays in this week's AFC Champions League openers have prompted much speculation about
whether Australian clubs can reproduce Adelaide United's 2008 form and progress all the way to the
In fairness neither the Central Coast nor Newcastle convinced in their maiden continental outings.
The A-League's season-ending decider has once more been hijacked by contentious decision-making
from the men in the middle.
Melbourne Victory won this season's grand final by virtue of Tom Pondeljak's second-half strike,
but were helped immeasurably when referee Matthew Breeze decided to send off Adelaide United's
Brazilian striker Cristiano with just 10 minutes on the clock.
Australia's courageous Socceroos will wait until after their April World Cup qualifier against
Uzbekistan before undergoing the kind of self-interrogation critics of the national side suggest
might be needed right now.
Pim Verbeek's side dug deep in Yokohama against Japan on Wednesday night, exhausting even more luck
from their depleted reserves to salvage a 0-0 draw.
How the saga involving Jason Culina ends will take its natural course. But the fact an A-League
side is holding its own in negotiations with the current PSV and Socceroos midfielder is being
lauded as a milestone for the domestic game.
Culina is a first choice for national team coach Pim Verbeek and arguably plays at the highest
standard of any of Australia's overseas stars in Eindhoven after appearing for PSV in this year's
Last weekend's string of unpredictable results in the English Premier League has been mirrored in
Australia proving the A-League remains as competitive as ever.
While Hull City were shocking Arsenal and Wigan upsetting big spending Manchester City, closer to
home joint league leaders Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory both lost matches they were widely
anticipated to win.
It's been an emotional couple of weeks of Adelaide's Robbie Cornthwaite.
The club's foundation defender has not only found himself unwittingly dragged into a spitting storm
but he's also been the target of abuse from his own supporters for scoring a horror own goal in the
away leg of the AFC Champions League quarter-final against Kashima Antlers
But on Wednesday night in Adelaide, Cornthwaite banished all those demons with a tie-winning headed
goal which secured a 2-1 aggregate win over the 10-time Japanese champions and a passage into the
Kevin Muscat wants to be coach of Melbourne Victory.
Just what he is prepared to do to ensure he gets there is unclear. It is also unclear who his
powerful backers are. But they are there and as ABC Offsiders sports commentators noted last week,
they or Muscat directly are influencing the Melbourne Victory Board.
Bobby Zamora's new four-year contract at Fulham is worth Â£50,000 a week as the Cottagers moved
to fend off interest from the striker's former boss at Craven Cottage Roy Hodgson, who is now
manager of Liverpool.
Full story: Daily Mirror
Meanwhile, the Merseysiders have given winger Ryan Babel until Christmas to prove his worth,
with Hodgson prepared to offload the Netherlands international in January if he does not convince
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One of the rewards I've enjoyed since beginning Jakarta Casual has been the opportunity to run
into familiar names and faces from my time down under following St George in the now defunct
National Soccer League. Steve Darby, Abbas Saad, Darren Stewart, Scott O'Donell, Scott Ollerenshaw,
Les Murray, Francis Awartefe etc were known to me, though I wasn't to them, through the NSL.
MELBOURNE, Australia -Â Melburnians might think they live in Australia's sporting capital but the
city has missed out on hosting the Asian Cup soccer final in 2015. However, Victorian Premier Ted
Baillieu insists he is not worried that Sydney is likely to host the final after it was announced
in the early hours of Thursday that [.
I just came across this fun little interview CNN conducted a few days back with Tim Howard. Not
only do the questions touch upon soccer, but also seek to reveal a bit of Tim's personality. You'll
probably find funny what Howard misses most about America... On a side note, I was recently
interviewed by an online Australian soccer magazine to give them some perspective on the USMNT and
the World Cup.
One game, everything to play for. When tonight's World Cup playoff between Bahrain and New
Zealand (2am, FSC) kicks off, the winner claims a spot in South Africa, while the loser faces the
prospect of missing the tournament once again.
Neither side is a prominent soccer nation, yet the underlying feeling is that the winning
nation's program would receive a much-needed shot in the arm.
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This subject, I will admit at the outset, since first writing about it in September last year, has
continued to absorb me. I see material everywhere, constantly, and have taken to making sure I have
a notebook so I can at least partially document the extent of the absurdity. This material has
overwhelmed me in fact, to the extent that it has held me back writing about it at all.