Graham Arnold

Sydney FC

Record-breaking Sydney FC put all on the line in decider

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Sydney (AFP) – Sydney FC, coming off a record-breaking season with just one defeat, will put it all on the line against Melbourne Victory in Sunday’s Australian A-League grand final in Sydney.

The Sky Blues have been hailed the A-League’s greatest team after finishing the regular season with a record 66 points from 20 wins in 27 games and 17 points ahead of the nearest rivals Victory.

Western Sydney face red card for sex banner

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Sydney (AFP) – Football Federation Australia has demanded an explanation from Western Sydney Wanderers over an “offensive” banner unfurled at the weekend’s fierce derby showing a rival coach engaging in a sex act.

The FFA issued a show-cause notice on Wanderers, foreshadowing a likely hefty fine, ahead of the Sydney club’s Asian Champions League opener against Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday.

Western Sydney face red card for sex banner

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Sydney (AFP) – Football Federation Australia has demanded an explanation from Western Sydney Wanderers over an “offensive” banner unfurled at the weekend’s fierce derby showing a rival coach engaging in a sex act.

The FFA issued a show-cause notice on Wanderers, foreshadowing a likely hefty fine, ahead of the Sydney club’s Asian Champions League opener against Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday.

5pm Sunday: 2nd Leg CCM v Brisbane

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Rebel. Don't sit in the away bay.

CCM are struggling to find a buyer. They have been selling players to make the payroll. And if they don't find a billionaire soon, Graham Arnold will sign for Sydney FC. Hmm. Not a great reason to get a coach for fans.

And if only Sydney and Melbourne can afford coaches, do we have a competition?

Mariners continue to dominate

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Central Coast Mariners showed the true qualities needed from a team capable of winning the league – the ability to win ugly. An Oliver Bozanic goal in the opening 10 minutes was enough to earn the league leader a narrow 1-0 victory against a lacklustre Sydney FC – who slumped to their third straight defeat in the process.

Ozzie for Melbourne - surely it's time

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Roy Keane, Ozzie Ardiles were great players and both are supposed to be after the Melbourne Victory job.

Surely they would cost a bomb - and surely we've learnt that Ange Postecoglou and Graham Arnold can play great football, much cheaper and they're Aussie.

So give another Aussie a go - how do they learn if they don't get a gig.

Ten A-League Coaching decisions I liked in Season 6.

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1. Rini Coolen's steal of the year. Iain Ramsay is given game time and wins games creates goals. Nice one only ruined by the ending.

2. Ange Postecoglou - turns a team of good players into a passing, moving, dream machine.

3. Ange - so good I mentioned it twice.

4. Graham Arnold - for turning the Mckinna dour Kilmarnock inspired Mariners into the Magnificent Mariners - the West Ham of Aussie football.

Bedlam at Gosford

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What a game!

The Mariners are reborn.

They keep the ball, have more skilful players in their front six than ever before and if there strikers could hit the target or even score they'd be in with a shout of the title surely.

As it is they got three last night, and with Oliver Bozanic, Michael McGlinchy and Paddy Perez in the midfield how can you not want to watch this Graham Arnold lead team.

Spider Bites

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A bomb disposal squad would be required to defuse the various explosives lobbed at the A-League by Zeljko Kalac in this "exclusive".

Kalac has quite a history of, to use a polite term, frankness. Long-term followers of the Socceroos will not have forgotten his self-serving, unprofessional digs at Mark Schwarzer just prior to the 2006 World Cup, which rebounded on him spectacularly in Stuttgart.

Changing of the Coast Guard

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So the expected has happened, and Graham Arnold steps into the chair vacated, voluntarily it seems, by the man who replaced him at Northern Spirit.

For all his team's staleness over the past year, Lawrie McKinna's contribution to the nascent A-League has been considerable, and worthy of great respect.

Local Options

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It's a pity that Branko Culina's undignified, self-serving comments at Sunday's press conference have served to obscure the fact that he does have a point. He developed that point somewhat truculently in his "clarification" today, pausing for a moment to offer Vitezslav Lavicka a well-deserved apology.

Jets departure lounge still crowded

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Inspiring A-League Coach Gary Van Egmond leaves the Newcastle Jets for the sheltered workshop down in Canberra.

Maybe after three years in Newcastle working with Con everyone should be given such a job!

I'm not happy, not because I don't think teaching our Under 17's aren't important, but because Van Egmond was one of the few coaches in the A-League who could produce great football teams, good young players.

Two's company for Verbeek

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The entire A-League has been handed a weekend's recess to allow the national team to concentrate on their World Cup qualifying visit to Uzbekistan on September 10, but it turns out only one side will actually be affected by national team coach Pim Verbeek's call-ups.

After finally being convinced to elongate the regular season to allow byes over FIFA-recognised match dates, Australian football authorities must now wonder why they bothered.


Has Arnie read Soccernomics? What is Arnie up to?

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If you've ever read, or even if you haven't read Soccernomics you know that all round the World it's the Clubs in the biggest cities who succeed....eventually.

Think Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Scotland, England and the answer, despite the odd temporary hitch is the same. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Celtic, all win and if they don't win it isn't long before they do.

Egypt Calling - update

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It's a little early to be passing final judgement on Jan Versleijen's group of Young Socceroos, given that they are still in with a slim chance of progressing. But the report card is less than impressive so far.

Many have showered praise on them for how they took the game to both the Czechs and Costa Rica, but it's surely significant that Versleijen's charges only really did so when they were already chasing the game.

Baan v. Berger, Part 1

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Craig Foster's weekly piece in the Sun-Herald deals, naturally enough, with the new National Football Curriculum. But what is very surprising in the article is the vicious excoriation of Han Berger's predecessor as Technical Director, Rob Baan. When Baan was appointed, he was greeted with open arms by Foster (and the rest of the SBS crew).

The A League is not happy with Verbeek

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It never works when a national coach is so openly contemptuous of the domestic league. Even as the national team does well.

Pim Verbeek's success has the FFA and the media swooning but it has left the A-League owners fuming. They point to his Eurocentric attitude in encouraging talented young players to leave the A League and at the same time discouraging Socceroos from returning home from Europe.

Harry Kewell

FFA? When will the A-League clubs make money?

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Back in 2003 when the NSL died and we had to wait an eternity for football to be played professionally again in Australia it all seemed so grim.

And yet we true believers have been on a roller-coaster of emotion, more so, much more than any other code.

Most codes rumble on with their home and away season, great crowds in AFL land, less so in League, and Union is a nice part-time sport tacked on at the edges, domestically at least.

Is Vinny Gella the most selfish Socceroo:)

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But Luke Wilkshire does a Harry....oh the Aussie spirit!

Mike Cockerill wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald that Harry Kewell did what?

The 29-year-old scored for his new Turkish side, Galatasaray, in an opening-round win over Denizlispor last weekend, and has suggested part of his motivation for moving to Istanbul was to cut down the travelling time when he plays for his country in Asia.


Victory need an Aussie Coach

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Melbourne Victory need an Aussie Coach.

Someone who understands Australia, our football history and our football present. Ernie Merrick was a guy who understood Melbourne and Melbourne Victory he was an Aussie Coach in my book having lived here for 20 years.

Just like I'm an Aussie Blogger.

Is Jim's appointment the end of Vision Victory?

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It looks like Jim down South, sounds like Jim and according to those in the know it will be Jim.

And while Australia Coaching stocks are at an all time high the Victory are unable to set a new course or claim to be an innovative club if they take on honest, but still unproven Jim.

He dropped Broxham and Brebner from the midfield and that for me gives him a huge tick, a huge insight.

A-League - only really ever had one decent foreigh coach

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We've had lots of foreign coaches in the A-League - usually at inflated prices.

The Dutch duo are currently sitting bottom - the Kiwi is just ahead.

Of the ten current coaches five are foreign and only Vitaslav Lavicka and Scottish Coach Iain Ferguson are in the top half of the table - both probably have spent more money than their counterparts.

'Cornflake' banishes demons

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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 final four.


Glory lose to Central Coast, Vuko confident, Andre talks and Burns

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Hi everybody,

Welcome to today's blog. Did you all have a decent weekend?

FP was out on the track for the final day of the races in town. It seemed like a ridiculously indulgent day full of booze, women and more booze. Hopefully your weekend was just as fun.

So Perth Glory lost 1-0 on the weekend to Central Coast Mariners with a former Glory boy scoring the goal.

Beijing Olympics: An Aussie football success.

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Arnie speaks the truth

"I take all the responsibility," concluded Arnold of the Beijing Olympics. "I was the coach. I'll tell you honestly, and people might not believe it, but we got the maximum out of that playing group.

Speaking in FourFourTwo Graham Arnold discusses the Beijing Olympics and the disastrous Asian Cup campaign 2007.

Podcast: Gary Phillips, Paul Hansford and all the A-League wrap

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Nationally we have W-League Jets Coach and Under 17 Australian Women's Coach Gary Phillips, 442Editor Paul Hansford on why they want to talk to Graham Arnold.


Locally we go in-depth with Woden Valley and ACT Rockets star Marcin Zygmunt.

Hyundai A-League season 6

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.

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.

A-League rocks in September

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So many highlights from the A-League this weekend; here's a few for those without Fox and/or stuck in the AFL/NRL/Masterchef seasons.

Marcos Flores, Adelaide United, his wonder goal was only outdone by Aussie Matthew Leckie's header and Cassio's defensive mistakes in the same game. So much football down at Hindmarsh and the Jets must be the best football team in the World to be second bottom of their league.

A-League benefits from Youth Competition

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Quality of the A-League is up this year and here's the three main reasons for those without Fox!

1. Quality of Coaches appears to have improved. Franz Straka over Iain Ferguson, Branko Culina over Richard Money, Graham Arnold over Lozza McKinna to name a few and a heap of Coaching Licences in the mix. forgot to mention Mike.

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This is getting silly! And who better than me to contribute when things are silly!

Robbie keeps writing and talking about the Harry thing. Boring Robbie.
Harry, in between dazzling runs, keeps replying. Boring Harry but keep up the dazzling runs.
Bernie Mandic, what is he on! Does Harry really need a minder to speak for him, he seemed to speak for himself quite well on Fox the other night.

Coach Quality starting to shine in Australia.

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The NSL was, well the NSL, despite what some will tell you. And the Coaches were of variable quality to say the least. I still enjoyed it but not like the A-League.

This year we have the best Coaches in the top level of Australian football league ever!

And the League style of play and tactical awareness is starting to reflect this.

Friday night footy leads the way.

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Adelaide United at home on a Friday night has become a tradition for football fans, and it's usually a great game/occasion. Good crowd, Flores and Leckie to light the flame and the ageing Heart desperate for a performance. Don't miss it.

Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets. Beauty and the Beast, and yes the Glory are the Beast.

Craig Foster

Mr. Ten Per Cent Right - another update

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Oh dear, he's at it again.

And rarely has even Craig Foster penned such illogical, insulting drivel. The lengths to which the SBS brains trust will go to denigrate the local game, while twisting the facts to exculpate the Dutch brigade, is extraordinary.

Each time a home-based side has played an Asian Cup qualifier the performance has been concerning.

Has anyone seen this man?

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Where's Arnie? Our Olyroos supremo? Anyone heard him speak? He did an interview with Channel 7, like they'd know what to ask but nothing with our football media not even with his "very silent" media mates who have strong links to the man. Robbie Slater and the amazingly supportive SMH journo Mike Cockerill.

The Rest

Socceroos selection: Aussie options for new national boss

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Socceroos selection: Aussie options for new national boss - originally posted on

Successive 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France proved terminal for Holger Osieck's tenure in charge of the Socceroos.

Australia may have already qualified for the World Cup, but these recent results raised serious doubts in the FFA hierarchy about their prospects.

Aussie Coaches to get their chance after seven years or are we just cheaper?

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Graham Arnold and Ange Postecoglou are proven Aussie Coaches.

We are now confident that any team they put out will have a plan, a football nous to take on any team at any level.

Can they change tactics mid-game? Arnie over Ange at this stage but Ange is probably superior in his vision, just.

Tim Flowers NOT Yet Happy With QPR ...Nick Ward Getting Over his Olympic Disappointment

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BBC -Flowers not happy despite victory
QPR assistant manager Tim Flowers insists the team still have a lot to work on despite their 4-0 thrashing of Carlisle in the Carling Cup.
Flowers told BBC London 94.9: "Speaking as a defensive player I was not happy with us.


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Well the Olympics are over now and I for one loved watching them. We did not do well in the Football and there are many calling for the Head of Graham Arnold. I believe this is justified giving his poor record in charge of senior sides at a National level. He is rumored to be [...]