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Up In The Air – the performance of the Wanderers in 2013/14

AWThe 2013/14 season for Western Sydney Wanderers fell slightly short of their impressive first season in the A-League. Having finished runners up to Brisbane Roar in the league, they were denied again by Brisbane with an extra time defeat in the Championship game.  In addition to their domestic campaign, Western Sydney started their first Asian Champions League (ACL) campaign.  Being so close, but yet so far away, from repeating their success, an analysis of their season may allude to where things went slightly awry.

One difference between the two seasons was the amount …

State-based teams ready for the FFA Cup

ffa_cup_articleThis Tuesday heralds the beginning of the FFA Cup.

Already being dubbed ‘Super Tuesday’, the first four games of the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup competition take place that day.  The birth of Australia’s domestic cup competition will allow teams from outside of the Hyundai A-League, for the first time, to participate against the ‘big ten’ in competitive matches.  Clearly modelled on the English Football Association’s FA Cup, this competition will be hoping for the same drama and ‘giant killing’ aspect its British counterpart is known for.

Starting with 621 teams, the competition is down …

Phoenix, Greenacre primed for exciting pre-season schedule

Chris+Greenacre+League+Rd+26+Wellington+v+K0oJKQilcI7lNext week, Wellington Phoenix are to play West Ham United and Newcastle United as part of the Football United Tour. Sydney FC are also playing against the English Premier League opposition as New Zealand hosts games in Dunedin (22nd July), Auckland (23rd July) and a double-header in Wellington (26th July).

It is a great opportunity for the Phoenix to prepare for the upcoming A-League season by playing against teams who finished the last Premier League season in 13th and 10th place respectively.

Taking time away from preparing for next week, Wellington Phoenix’s assistant coach Chris Greenacre gave me …

Dressing Brisbane Roar for Success

BR_Kit-02Every team has one but what does a kit manager do? This was the question that I wanted answering so I spoke to Steven Farrell at Brisbane Roar. Steven is the Hyundai A-League / NYL Team Kit Manager and has been for two seasons.  I was interested in the kit manager’s role in the team and why people like Steven do the job they do.  Steven was very accommodating and explained his role during the week as well as on match days.  In addition, I wanted to explore the challenges anticipated in …

Western Sydney Wanderers will dance to the Saba beat

saba1Western Sydney Wanderers will have a distinctly Brazilian influence next season.

New signing Vitor Saba was signed from Italian Serie B team Brescia Calcio but is Brazilian by nationality.  Saba started his professional career at Brazilian team Flamengo, making one first team appearance.  After three loan moves to Brazilian state teams, he finally left for Europe in 2012 and played 33 games for Brescia over two seasons.

Since inception, Wanderers coach Tony Popovic highlighted Saba has a key acquisition and the club finally got their man recently.  Saba will be the man to drive …

Melbourne have lost the Heart to show their true colours

Melbourne Heart AdvertThe announcement of 5th June to change the name and team colours of Melbourne Heart was not a surprise to A-League fans. As well as news of the changes, the announcement was made that Spanish international David Villa would make ten ‘guest’ appearances for the newly named Melbourne City FC.

The homogenisation of the team, into the Manchester City brand, has happened quickly as does most business done by the City Football Group (CFG) who has majority ownership of the club.

What effect will this have on the fans?

Why would Football Federation …