As the Hyundai A-League gets set to go for another season, there’s no doubt it’s a machine in need of a tune up.
When it rolled out of the show room in 2005 it sparkled and turned heads. It was, for a couple of summers, the best thing on wheels.
Who could forget the 50,000 strong crowd at Etihad for the Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC game? This wasn’t even a final. Yet it seemed that in the space of 12 months, football had gone from the basement to the penthouse in record time.
Of course, like all torrid affairs, the passion fades quickly enough for some. After the initial euphoria of those early seasons, what was left was a lot of hard work to consolidate the gains the game had made and build a sustainable model that would be the foundation of the game domestically for the next 25 years.
Instead, we got an ill fated World Cup …