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Wanderers out to conquer Asia's highest peak

Western Sydney Wanderers will attempt to capture its biggest scalp when it faces Chinese giant Guangzhou Evergrande in the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.
Tony Popovic's Wanderers take on Marcello Lippi's Evergrande in the first leg at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday night before the two teams meet again at Tianhe Stadium a week later.This is all new territory for the intrepid Wanderers and their band...

A-League grows up

The A-League is coming of age on and off the field and I can't wait for the start of the season on 10 October.
It has been a good couple of months for the A-League. Three things come to mind.At the World Cup in Brazil Australia performed more than creditably with a good smattering of players from the A-League on the field and, with better luck, may have...
There are plenty of motives to be disillusioned with contemporary club football. But as memories of the 2014 FIFA World Cup recede, I have found two reasons to be cheerful.
I confess that it has not been easy to put the 2014 World Cup behind me and focus once more on club football.Part of that, of course, is that the party happened on my (adopted) doorstep, and I had a grandstand view. But there is something else...

Arnold to bring a different type of bling

Under Graham Arnold Sydney FC will continue to be bling, but it may not be bling as we know it.
Sydney FC striker Corey Gameiro is racking up a very impressive list of pre-season scalps and making a compelling argument that ditching the bling could be the best thing for the much-maligned A-League club.The kid who burst onto the scene with a...

The A-League and its stars where they belong

David Villa deserves to be on SBS ONE. Thomas Broich deserves to be on SBS ONE. Season 10 deserves to be on SBS ONE.
Congratulations, firstly, to the football community and fans for your advocation of the A-League moving to SBS ONE for the 10th anniversary of the competition, your passion, respect for the game and intention to see it reach new levels makes a...

Market forces leading football's charge

Football's capacity to entice international stars to Australia and create a truly world class experience for local fans, is slowly shifting the balance of power in our sporting landscape.
A day after the A-League All Stars pushed Juventus to the very last minute of their match at ANZ Stadium, Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop hinted at the arrival of another football superpower next year. [sbsondemand video=...

That's more like it

Some people take the game of football a bit too seriously sometimes.
The concept of the All Stars has been dismissed as an American-style gimmick and a blatant money-grabbing exercise that has as much chance of boosting football's development in this country as an administration led by Clive Palmer.Amid claims and...

The All Stars game is not all it's cracked up to be

Italian champion Juventus has landed in Sydney for the second leg of its Asia/Australia pre-season tour and while tens of thousands of tickets have been sold for Sunday's meeting with the A-League All Stars I'm yet to be convinced of the concept's...
[sbsondemand video="316280899705"]Does anyone seriously believe that a One Direction tour is the way to cure the ills of the Australian music industry?How many people are getting along to The Factory or the Corner Hotel or Ric's Bar in Brisbane to...

Touring is big business

The photo of more than 109,000 people packed into Michigan Stadium for the clash between football giants Manchester United and Real Madrid would have brought a massive smile to the marketing strategists at both these clubs.
Just in case any further evidence was needed that the game is growing rapidly in the United States, the turnout of 109,318  was a new record for a football game in the country.[sbsondemand video="315125315736"]Growth is the key to the future...

The lessons of Brazil 2014

In the aftermath of the World Cup in Brazil, lingering in that country on a holiday, I took a visit to the city of Santos, the home of Pelé and marvelled at its prolonged love affair with football.
Santos, where Pelé still lives, is a seaside satellite of the gargantuan city of Sao Paulo, Brazil's centre of industry and commerce, population 12 million, an ant-hill of people chasing their tails in quest of a living, a metropolis of thousands...