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Stajcic Thrown a Lifeline by Mariners

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Alen Stajcic will make his return to football management with the Central Coast Mariners after being given the job until the end of the season. The 45-year-old will step into the men’s game for the first time in his career, having enjoyed a successful career managing in the women’s game.

It was Stajcic’s last assignment and subsequent sacking in women’s football that, by his own admission, left his ‘career in tatters’, after he was let go from his position as head coach of the Australian women’s national soccer team.

It was an acrimonious …

Why the race to the 2018/19 A-League finals will be your best bet

glorycelebrateAs we start to close in on the A-League finals series, here are four teams who could take out the championship trophy.

Perth Glory

Simply put, the Glory are in the box seat for the 2018/19 A-League crown.

Perth have lost just one game all season, with their only defeat coming at the hands of Sydney in their final game before Christmas, meaning they’ve been undefeated so far through 2019.

The Glory have scored the most goals (45) and have conceded the least (20), which shows just how dominant they can be at both ends of …

Can anyone challenge Perth Glory for A-League success?

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Last week, Perth Glory consolidated their position at the top of the A-League table and stretched their lead to six points following their workmanlike win over second placed Sydney. With them brushing aside their closest competitors with such relative ease, it certainly appears that they already have one hand on the A-League trophy. Can anyone beat them?

Odds-on for the league

If you consider the regular season only, it is becoming increasingly difficult to see Perth being overtaken at the top of the table, despite the fact that …

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 …

Former Mariner now saving Seagulls

In terms of Australian internationals who are currently plying their trade in the English Premier League, the list is not necessarily all that exhaustive. In fact, just two players from that competition featured in the most recent Socceroos squad.

One of those is Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy, while the other is Mat Ryan of Brighton. These two players may not have any similarities in terms of on-field positions, but they certainly do when it comes to their objectives for the season.

Both of their employers earned promotion from the EFL Championship back in 2016/17 and managed to stay in the English top flight …

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

football-3471402_640Sydney 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 …