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Which new overseas player will make the biggest impact on the 2018-19 A-League?

4530193790_e1a894ba6e_oWith the beginning of the 2018-19 A League season only three months away, the transfer market this off-season has already been very busy.

Whether this is the result of it being a World Cup year, or just a growing determination on the part of club managements to scour the world looking for the right talent, we have begun to see players move into the competition from abroad, as well as being transferred between A-League clubs.

At this stage though it’s proving difficult to become too excited about many of the foreign players who …

FFA hoping for FIFA World Cup to boost football’s and A-League’s popularity in Australia

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) is hoping for people’s interest in the A-League to witness a serious spike after the Socceroos’ campaign in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018.

Regardless of how different players get transferred from one club to the other in the A-League, the nitty-gritties of football transfers don’t hold much relevance when it comes to an international tournament like World Cup. All the countries’ players, regardless of their club loyalties, get together, hoping to bring glory to their nation.

Satisfactory campaign in the World Cup

Millions of Australians tuned into the FIFA …

Will Bigger Clubs Come Knocking for Mathew Ryan this Summer?

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Mathew Ryan has had a superb season with Brighton & Hove Albion and played a big part in helping the 2016-17 Championship runners-up towards Premier League survival for another year. Now the Australian goalkeeper has the chance to impress potential suitors further at the World Cup this summer, and may pique the interest of bigger clubs in the division.

Ryan began his professional playing career at Central Coast Mariners from 2010 to 2013. The Australian international was gifted regular action after Mariners’ first-choice keeper Jess Vanstrattan suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and …

Sydney On Course For Back-To-Back A-League Crowns

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Sydney FC appear to be on course to win their second A-League crown on the bounce, boasting a comfortable lead at the top of the table heading into the closing stages of the season. The club dominated the division in the 2016/17 season, losing just one of their 27 matches. Graham Arnold’s men used their home-field advantage to great effect to ease past Perth Glory in the semi-finals.

However, they were forced to battle back from behind in the Grand Final against the Melbourne Victory. Besart Berisha put the Victory ahead, only for …

Van Marwijk Named Socceroos Boss for World Cup, A-League Coach Touted Long-Term

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Australia finally have a successor to Ange Postecoglou in Bert van Marwijk, but the Dutchman is only in charge of the Socceroos until this summer’s World Cup in Russia ends.

There are some echoes of compatriot Guus Hiddink’s short-term appointment in 2005 about Football Federation Australia (FFA) making this choice. Like Hiddink before him, the Socceroos are Van Marwijk’s third different country in international management. Both took the plunge by coaching their native Netherlands after club jobs at home and abroad.

Hiddink and Van Marwijk later took on left-field international roles with other …

Berisha continues to shine for in-form Victory

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Besart Berisha might well be the finest player to have ever played in the A-League and the Melbourne Victory star once again showed just how good he is.

While there have been more high profile and talented players …

Cahill proves there’s life in the old dog

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When Tim Cahill made his long-awaited return to Australia, many felt the Socceroos legend had come home a year or two too late to really have an impact. Halfway …

Janjetovic joins Western Sydney

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Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic has signed an 18-month deal with cross-town rivals, Western Sydney Wanderers.

Janjetovic was granted personal leave by the club last month and has since been granted a release by the Sky …

Frank Lampard could be set for A-League move

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Frank Lampard has been linked with a move to the A-League where he could be set to join Melbourne City, the club owned by City Football Group.

Lampard has previously played for Manchester City and more recently New York City, two clubs who share the same owners at Melbourne City so a transfer to the Australian side would not be a difficult transition to make.

At the age of 38, Lampard has yet to commit on his future, however, the former England international is unlikely to be able to sign for a major club …

Can Okon revive the Mariners’ fortunes?

okonysCentral Coast Mariners appointed former Australia captain Paul Okon as their new manager this week, following a disastrous 2015/16 season.

The Mariners finished rock bottom of the A-League, accumulating just 13 points from their 27 matches, the lowest tally in the club’s history. As a result, Tony Walmsley’s tenure was ended after just one season in charge, paving the way for Okon to sign a two-year contract.

The former Socceroos skipper has a huge task ahead of him to reverse the fortunes of the team, with just five weeks before the start of the …