Melbourne Victory completed an impressive comeback against Perth Glory that culminated in an extra-time winner to advance to the second round of the A-League finals series. Melbourne were down 1-0 to Perth (it would've been 2-0 had they converted an 87th-minute penalty) until a penalty of their own during injury-time forced the match to extra time, where Archie Thompson scored the winning goal in the 95th minute.
The FA Cup will be narrowed down to two finalists this weekend at Wembley Stadium, and each of
the semifinal matches has a special twist to it. Tim Howard and Everton will look to topple
Merseyside rival Liverpool. If that result happens, and Tottenham bests Chelsea in the all-London
semifinal, then Howard and Brad Friedel could take center stage in the final.
We have another full slate of games on tap for this weekend, though there are only a few that I
would consider possible instant classics. Our Match of the Weekend features two clubs that look
like they are heading for Champions League spots in next season's tournament when Schalke 04 hosts
current Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund on Saturday morning in a match that will shown on GolTV
in the U.
Liam Miller and Jacob Burns are rated "about 90 percent" to make Sunday's Hyundai A-League
semi-final against Melbourne Heartin Western Australia, the Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson has
claimed (Live soccer betting: PerthGlory evens draw 12/5 Melbourne Heart 11/4 - bet365 90
Former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Miller has missed the last fivegames of the regular
season because of an ongoing back injury but is finallyclosing in on a welcome return.
The top 2 teams plus the winner of the Grand Final go to the ACL. Unless one of these teams is
Wellington (New Zealand is not part of AFC). So, if Wellington finish top 2, the 3rd team goes
through. This makes it most likely that CCM and Brisbane will represent Australia again next year.
Sorry Jets fans, with 4 weeks left I am calling that the top 2, bound for the ACL next year, will
come from the top four of Central Coast Mariners (CCM), Brisbane Roar, Wellington Phoenix and Perth
In which Perth Glory centre-half William Gallas (yes, that William Gallas) posts his submission for the 2014 A-League blooper reel with a textbook, laughably clumsy 'air shot' against Western Sydney which allowed Wanderers striker Tomi Juric in to score his side's second goal in a 2-0 victory.
Brisbane Roar secured their second A-League title on the bounce on Sunday evening, though the
manner in which they did so will make your mind swim as your synapses struggle to comprehend the
weapons grade 'what the f**kity' on show.
With the score level at 1-1 and the last few seconds of normal time ebbing away, Brisbane
striker Besart Berisha blustered through the Perth area to find himself clean through, swung his
leg at a bobbling ball, missed entirely and then fell on his arse to cap off the show.
In the 90th minute of their World Cup Qualifier with New Caledonia on Friday, New Zealand needed a goal to ensure three points and progress to the next stage.
With the score at 1-1, Perth Glory's alliterative striker Shane Smeltz was put through with a good chance to win the tie, but it was scuppered when a New Caledonia defender put in a high studs-up challenge to his face.
When David Beckham announced his departure from the LA Galaxy, the A-League was already a rumored destination for him. With the Australian league signing international superstars like Alessandro Del Piero and Emile "I can do things" Heskey and Beckham saying he "wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career" it seemed like a natural fit upon leaving MLS.
Goalscorer Besart Berisha (l), Matthew Smith and his daughter Ava. Unfortunately, Matt kept his
clothes on for this shot, but you can appreciate the full majesty here. Image:Â Bradley
Earlier this month we advised you of a number of reasons (well, one, but it was a really good
one) why you should be watching the A-League.
A minute's silence was held prior to Melbourne Victory's league fixture vs. Perth Glory this
weekend, after it was announced that Luca Jones, son of Socceroo's goalkeeper Brad Jones
(above), had passed away.
Luca, who was five-years-old, had been battling leukaemia for eighteen months.
No work today I'm getting my fitness back Former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler has become quite the
journeyman. After leaving British football he spent two years in Australia with North Queensland
Fury and then Perth Glory, before this season ending up at Muang Thong United in the Thai Premier
Shane Smeltz stole the headlines as Perth put a strangely negative Melbourne Heart to the
Perth aren't pretty for the neutral and with Liam Miller off his game it was dire stuff. A strange
second "goal" that clearly wasn't killed the game all hats off to Smeltz for celebrating early -
did he influence the Perth-based linesman who gave a goal.
Ian Ferguson will tell his Perth Glory players they must enda wretched run in Queensland against
basement club Gold Coast United on Sundayto be taken seriously as Grand Final contenders (Live
soccer betting: Gold Coast United 11/4 drawSoccer betting tips: 12/5 Perth Glory evens - bet365 90
Welcome to ze blog. In most parts of the world it would just be an ordinary, boring, if not
tedious, Monday morning.
But with the boys in blue and yellow getting deconstructed (you could happily substitute that with
either smashed, mauled, clawed or demolished) on Saturday, there's this concept of Mad Monday to
The season of goodwill has never extended into football and the anti-Santa has struck with predictable timing, handing out the sack no manager wanted. Andre Villas-Boas, Steve Clarke and Gianfranco Zola have all suffered various forms of defenestration in the run up to Christmas, some easier to predict than others.
William Gallas has agreed a one-year deal with Australian side Perth Glory. The A-League outfit reportedly beat a number of clubs, including Crystal Palace and at the height of their defensive injury crisis Manchester City, to Gallas' signature. Gallas will officially complete the move once he has undergone a medical.
SINGAPORE - After a five-month search, the Football Association of Singapore has finally found its new national head coach. The national body has unveiled former Belarus coach Bernd Stange as the man who will be stepping into Radojko Avramovic's shoes at a media conference today (May 15). FAS officials said he was chosen because of his familiarity with Asian football, having coached at Perth Glory, Oman and Iraq, and his track record of lifting small countries such as Belarus up the FIFA ladder into the top-30 positions.
These are Perth Glory winger Travis Dodd's new custom-designed Nike Mercurials, which he
apparently plans to wear in upcoming away fixtures and which also happen to simultaneously be both
the best and the worst football boots we've ever seen...
Reminds me of the day Pies mixed vodka with Benylin and woke up face-down in an empty skip round
the back of WH Smiths at 6:00am with no recollection of the previous 24 hours.
The days of franchises making "the Dwight Yorke-type of signing" are over, to quote A-League boss,
Robbie Fowler and Dwight Yorke were two of several high-profile exports from the English Premier
League to ply their trade Down Under, in recent years, but marquee signings could soon be consigned
to the history books, given that many clubs are tightening their belts.
Good morning folks. I know Victory fans aren't in the best mood today but here's a bit of a treat
to cheer you up this morning. From 11am Victoryblog contributor Zee Ko will be live blogging the
National Youth League game between Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory. Its been a tough season for
Good afternoon Victory fans. For someÂ weirdÂ reason it feels like forever since my last post. This
week has kind of dragged on, but never mind because live football is upon us once again. We take on
Perth Glory at home tomorrow in a match where we really need to start bringing things together.
There's been a