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Key Signings For The Upcoming A-League Season

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The A-League season starts at the end of October and Australia is gearing up for yet another outstanding contest from their favourite local sides. There have been a number of crucial transfers this off-season, with clubs aiming to secure their talent and plug their weak spots. Both national and international signings have brought new strengths to teams that needed it the most.

International Signings

The A-League is still in its infancy, and so it can be difficult for club managers to secure top international talent. Australian clubs tend to offer lower wages …

Usain Bolt criticised by NPL hero, despite selling seats

9391722543_e746aaa16f_zUsain Bolt’s move to A-League team, Central Coast Mariners has found itself a number of critics already, but none so far have been as vocal as NPL outfit, Avondale FC’s star striker, Liam Boland.

Speaking to FTBL about the move, Boland said he did not believe Bolt could make the cut in the NPL, let alone A-League. Harsh criticism off the back of a single performance, but then again Bolt did little to suggest otherwise, in a relatively quiet appearance that saw him fail to control the ball properly on his first …

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 …

Honda, Bolt highlight off-season A-League signings

The A-League has been given a tremendous publicity boost after the fastest man in history decided to join Central Coast Mariners.

Olympic gold-medal winning superstar Usain Bolt is one of the most famous men on the planet and a huge media circus has followed his move to the Mariners. The commotion has been so vociferous that it has overshadowed a far more intriguing signing, as Melbourne Victory have snapped up legendary Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda with a lot less fanfare. The dynamic playmaker was the architect of plenty of misery for the Socceroos during their golden period, and his signing …

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 …