Nov 24

Melbourne City coach sees red over VAR system as Glory prevail

Ten-man City battle valiantly but go down 3-1 to Glory‘There’s got to be something a bit more instant,’ Warren Joyce saysBoth Melbourne City and the A-League’s video assistant referee are in for a week of scrutiny after Perth Glory’s 3-1 win at AAMI Pa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/25/melbourne-city-coach-sees-red-over-var-system-as-glory-prevail

Nov 21

Sydney FC’s FFA Cup triumph marred by melee after ball boy pushed over

Sydney FC claim third trophy of 2017 with 2-1 win over Adelaide UnitedExtra-time scuffle on sideline sees United’s Michael Marrone sent off There was extra-time and a late all-in brawl, but Sydney FC beat Adelaide United in the FFA Cup final 2-1 to cli…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/21/sydney-fcs-ffa-cup-triumph-marred-by-melee-after-ball-boy-pushed-over

Nov 21

FFA Cup final 2017: Sydney FC beat Adelaide United – as it happened

Sydney FC beat Adelaide United 2-1 after extra timeSky Blues complete clean sweep of domestic silverwareMichael Marrone sent off after knocking over ball boy 11.41am GMT Related: Sydney FC’s FFA Cup triumph marred by melee after ball boy pushed over …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/nov/21/ffa-cup-final-2017-sydney-fc-v-adelaide-united-live

Nov 19

Melbourne Victory find maiden A-League win as Kerr scores double

A-League: Melbourne Victory 2-0 Perth Glory at nib StadiumW-League: Perth Glory 2-0 Melbourne Victory at nib StadiumEnemy No1 Besart Berisha came back to haunt Perth Glory yet again as Melbourne Victory notched their first win of the season with a 2-0 …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/19/melbourne-victory-find-maiden-a-league-win-as-kerr-scores-double

Nov 18

‘It’s just tittle-tattle’: Melbourne City coach shuts down talk over Tim Cahill

Joyce says the speculation has not affected the team as City suffer error-ridden 3-1 defeat to Brisbane RoarMelbourne City coach Warren Joyce has declined to answer questions about his supposedly strained relationship with Tim Cahill amid speculation t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/18/its-just-tittle-tattle-melbourne-city-coach-shuts-down-talk-over-tim-cahill

Nov 08

Tony Popovic in precarious position as Super Lig club board resigns

Coach quit Western Sydney for Turkey on eve of A-League seasonKarabukspor sit in relegation zone after losing past three fixturesTony Popovic’s tenure at Turkish side Kardemir Karabukspor has been thrown into chaos with the Super Lig club’s entire boar…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/08/tony-popovic-in-precarious-position-as-super-lig-club-board-resigns

Nov 03

Socceroos dealt major blow as Tim Cahill limps out of A-League clash

Striker sustains ankle injury in Melbourne City’s defeat to Sydney FCScans will determine fitness before World Cup qualifier against Honduras Socceroos star Tim Cahill was sent to hospital and is in doubt for Australia’s win-or-bust World Cup qualifier…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/03/socceroos-dealt-major-blow-as-tim-cahill-limps-out-of-a-league-clash

Oct 31

Josep Gombau makes A-League return as Wanderers coach

Former Adelaide United coach succeeds Tony Popovic at Western SydneyGombau pledges to encourage attacking football at clubNew Western Sydney Wanderers head coach Joesp Gombnau has pledged to play attacking football and build something big at the A-Leag…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/01/josep-gombau-makes-a-league-return-as-wanderers-coach

Oct 27

‘Very ordinary’: video referee controversy mars Sydney FC win

Three penalties given as Sydney FC beat Perth Glory 2-0 at Allianz Stadium‘We’re making a mockery of a lovely game,’ says Glory coach Kenny Lowe It was another week, another video assistant referee controversy as a four-minute-long penalty decision ove…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/28/very-ordinary-video-referee-controversy-mars-sydney-fc-win

Oct 20

Early goals a worry for Adelaide coach after draw against Melbourne Victory

Marco Kurz says draw a fair result for both sides but laments Reds’ inability to secure a win after being ahead 2-1Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz has lamented his side’s inability to kill off Melbourne Victory in their bruising 2-2 A-League draw at t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/21/early-goals-a-worry-for-adelaide-coach-after-draw-against-melbourne-victory

Oct 20

MasterChef’s George Calombaris fined $1,000 for assault at A-League

Calombaris pleaded guilty to assaulting a 19-year-old man at grand final between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC MasterChef judge George Calombaris has been fined $1,000 after he assaulted a man at the A-League grand final in Sydney earlier this year.C…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/20/masterchefs-george-calombaris-fined-1000-for-assault-at-a-league

Oct 13

A-League: John Aloisi roars at Adelaide’s fitness ‘myth’

Brisbane Roar coach says it was his own team’s lack of conditioning that proved decisive in the Reds’ 2-1 winBrisbane Roar coach John Aloisi believes it is a “myth” that Adelaide United are much fitter than other A-League sides, arguing it was his own …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/14/a-league-john-aloisi-roars-at-adelaides-fitness-myth

Oct 08

Newcastle off to a flier as Central Coast preseason’s fantasies prove short-lived | Jonathan Howcroft

Led by their creative trio, the impressive Newcastle turned their new coach’s tactics board into a counterattacking clinicThere’s something life-affirming about the giddiness that precedes the opening round of the season. The “it’s got to be our year!”…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/09/newcastle-off-to-a-flier-as-central-coasts-preseason-fantasies-prove-short-lived

Oct 08

Wanderers begin post-Popovic era with A-League victory over Perth

Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 Perth GloryWellington Phoenix 1-1 Adelaide UnitedNo Tony Popovic, no problem for Western Sydney Wanderers as they opened their A-League season with a 2-1 home win over Perth Glory on Sunday. A week after it was announced co…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/08/wanderers-begin-post-popovic-era-with-a-league-victory-over-perth

Oct 06

Melbourne City 2-0 Brisbane Roar: A-League season opener – as it happened

  • Bruce Kamau brace settles first game of new campaign
  • City get their season off to decent start at AAMI Park

12.05pm BST

It might not have been the exciting season opener wanted by A-League executives, but Melbourne City fans won’t be complaining after commencing their campaign with a comfortable two goal victory over Brisbane Roar on Friday. An edge-of-the-box strike from Bruce Kamau on the stroke of half-time gave City the initial advantage, before the silky winger doubled his tally late in the second stanza.

Kamau was frustratingly inconsistent throughout the night, combining the two goals and several other chances with poor first touches and dead-end runs. But he was ultimately the difference, combining well with emergency loan signing Ross McCormack and midfielder Nick Fitzgerald to regularly trouble Brisbane. City’s Dutch signing Bart Schenkeveld was calm and collected in defence, ensuring a few half-chances from the Roar were just that.

11.49am BST

90 + 4 min: Peep! Jarred Gillett brings proceedings to a close. Not the most glamorous opener to A-League season XIII, an ultimately comfortable win for home side Melbourne City. Bruce Kamau with his first career brace.

11.47am BST

90 +2 min: The result is very much sorted, but don’t tell City’s Bruce Kamau, who is everywhere trying to complete his hat-trick.

11.44am BST

89 min: Brisbane make one last throw of the dice … with a defensive substitution, Luke De Vere on for Avraam Papadopoulos.

11.42am BST

Unless there is a dramatic turn-around in the final minutes, Melbourne City fans will be going home happy tonight.

11.39am BST

83 min: Brisbane boss John Aloisi rolls the dice, bringing on youngster Rahmat Akbari for Nicholas D’Agostino. The Afghan-born attacker is immediately in the action, forcing the first save of the night for City keeper Eugene Galekovic.

11.38am BST

82 min: Bruce Kamau with another nice run towards the Brisbane box, but the double goalscorer is brought down. Melbourne City make two substitutes: marquee Marcin Budzinski on for Ross McCormack; Nick Fitzgerald for Scott Jamieson.

11.34am BST

More insight from the twittering class.

One of the strangest individual games by Bruce Kamau, turns it over, can’t stand up, loses the ball, scores twice #MCYvBRI

Maccarone is cooked #MCYvBRI

Seagulls look fresh after the long offseason. Terrific work rate. #MCYvBRI

11.29am BST

73 min: Goal! Bruce Kamau gets a brace. Nick Fitzgerald with a slicing pass from the left finds Kamau in the box, and even a deflection can’t prevent the 22-year-old from finding his second of the night. All over for Brisbane Roar?

11.28am BST

72 min: Bruce Kamau lobs in a ball to Ross McCormack, who plays it to Stefan Mauk to blaze over.

11.27am BST

71 min: Bruce Kamau wins a corner for Melbourne. City fans – thoughts on your Kenyan-born winger? He has been single-handedly the most frustrating and most exciting player tonight. As is often the way, I guess.

11.25am BST

69 min: Another opportunity for Brisbane, before City counter quickly through Bruce Kamau. Closed down by the Roar at the top of their box, but Melbourne regather. Dangerous stuff.

11.24am BST

67 min: Brisbane’s Petros Skapetis takes the ball on the right-hand side, dances down the flank and along the byline, before hitting it straight at Melbourne custodian Eugene Galekovic.

11.23am BST

The seagulls are everywhere tonight. Perhaps one of the Melbourne teams should hire a bird trainer and put them to use as a collective 12th man. Innovative.

The seagulls are playing well….. #MCYvBRI

11.21am BST

65 min: City’s Nick Fitzgerald puts in a floating ball for Ross McCormack at the back post, but the Aston Villa loanee can’t control.

11.20am BST

Indeed.

‘Maccarone saving his legs.’ It’s R1!!! #MCYvBRI

11.18am BST

62 min: Brisbane marquee Massimo Maccarone dances through the Melbourne defensive line but ultimately comes unstuck. Maccarone has had a few dangerous moments, but generally been too anonymous for the Roar tonight.

11.15am BST

59 min: Petros Skapetis with an incisive run down the right-hand flank for Brisbane, but his cross can’t find an orange-shirted colleague.

11.13am BST

Brisbane gaffer John Aloisi, he of that famous 2005 penalty strike against Uruguay, has been touted as a possible replacement to current Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou. Will Aloisi still be with the Roar come April?

11.10am BST

55 min: Some nice build-up play from Melbourne City, with Bruce Kamau again involved. Nothing comes of it, but the pressure is increasing on Brisbane.

11.08am BST

52 min: Brisbane are struggling to find the attacking chances they need to have any hope of drawing level with the home team. I wonder whether the Roar’s Afghanistan-born wonderkid, Rahmat Akbari, might be substituted on to add some flair.

11.02am BST

47 min: Fahid Ben Khalfallah collects the match’s third yellow for a nasty tackle on Osama Malik.

11.01am BST

46 min: Referee Jarred Gillett resumes play. Can Brisbane get back in the game? Asked this very question, Fox Sports commentator Robbie Slater offers an inspired answer: “With a goal”.

10.59am BST

Some statistics courtesy of the A-League. Second half about to get underway.

MATCH STATS | @MelbourneCity led all the stats in the first half. Did they deserve their 1-0 lead? #ALeague #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/BoKqbrbG7f

10.57am BST

City’s Bruce Kamau unleashes his goal-scoring strike.

10.51am BST

Highlights from Sokkah Twitter.

When Maccarone meets Kevin Muscat in round 6 #MCYvBRI #Aleague pic.twitter.com/L7dQKBBugY

Ross McCormack really isn’t as exciting a signing as some unknown South American #MCYvBRI

When Kamau scored #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/o8T6u6dYGi

10.48am BST

While you’re waiting for the second half, here’s some thought-provoking analysis from Ante Jukic of the Socceroos’ draw with Syria last night. And do write in to let me know your views on the first 45 minutes of the A-League season, via email or Twitter.

Related: Socceroos: Postecoglou’s tactical decisions leading to risky outcomes

10.46am BST

Well, a goal right on the edge of the half to Bruce Kamau has livened up the A-League season opener. Otherwise it has been a reasonably balanced affair, neither side controlling the game. Melbourne City has had 66% of the possession, but it had not showed until Kamau’s late strike.

10.41am BST

44 min: And Bruce Kamau immediately redeems himself! The resulting corner is headed back to a waiting Kamau, who slots in a slick shot from the edge of the box. Melbourne City with the first goal of the 13th A-League season.

10.40am BST

44 min: Bruce Kamau found himself alone in the Melbourne City box, with the offside flag down, but can’t make anything of it. A wasted opportunity there.

10.39am BST

43 min: Nasty collision between Nicholas D’Agostino and Luke Brattan causes a stoppage. D’Agostino comes off second best.

10.38am BST

41 min: More great defending from Jade North puts out a dangerous Melbourne City cross for the corner. Also, I keep almost typing Manchester City…

10.36am BST

39 min: Manny Muscat finds Ross McCormack in the box, who miscontrols and fires wide. That could have been the opener for City…

10.35am BST

37 min: Bruce Kamau creates a nice opportunity on the right-hand side for Melbourne City. The ball is then switched to the left before bobbling to Brisbane custodian Michael Theo. A very mixed night so far for Kamau – flashes of brilliance and flashes of ordinariness.

10.33am BST

City’s last-minute loan signing Ross McCormack of Aston Villa has had some nice touches tonight, but failed to threaten Michael Theo in the Brisbane goal.

10.30am BST

33 min: Petros Skapetis causing more grief for Melbourne City on the right-hand side of their box. Nothing coming of it, yet…

10.29am BST

Some of the Twitterati are not inspired with the A-League’s choice of season opener.

#MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/N1JtwzHHTd

So if its a draw at full time, we award the 3 points to whomever had the most possession right? #MCYvBRI

10.27am BST

Cam Melling has been in touch via Twitter. He wants to know whether Brisbane fans are happy with Massimo Maccarone as their marquee. “Surely too old now,” he offers. Thoughts, Roar supporters?

10.27am BST

29 min: Petros Skapetis fizzes a ball across the goal mouth, but Nicholas D’Agostino cannot convert for Brisbane.

10.22am BST

24 min: 22-year-old Bruce Kamau has been active for Melbourne City, but his first-touch is looking shaky. I’m told Kamau wants to be a rapper. Who would win a rap battle among the A-League clubs?

10.20am BST

Ron Smith, a respected coach and technical analyst, doesn’t think much of the Brisbane strip.

That has to be the worst strip Brisbane Roar have ever had to wear. #MCYvBRI

10.18am BST

21 min: City’s Manny Muscat collects the first yellow card of the A-League season with a reducer on Fahid Ben Khalfallah.

10.17am BST

Brisbane’s bald-headed marquee Massimo Maccarone has had some nice early touches during his A-League debut.

10.15am BST

18 min: Luke Brattan plays a nice slicing pass to Stefan Mauk on the right-hand flank, but Brisbane’s Jade North cuts it out. Moments later some nice build-up play unleashes Nicholas D’Agostino for the Roar, who comes close to an opening goal.

10.12am BST

No prizes for guessing who Tim Cahill is cheering for, as he watches the game with his Socceroos team mates in Sydney.

Let’s go CITY ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/oGb2xQt54t

10.11am BST

14 min: Luke Brattan has been involved in plenty of the early action for Melbourne City. He’s also had a haircut.

10.09am BST

12 min: Bruce Kamau goes on a marauding run through the Brisbane Road midfield, although it comes to nothing. Moments later Iacopo La Rocca lays off for Stefan Mauk on the edge of the box, but Mauk blazes wide.

10.06am BST

9 min: Nothing too exciting to report – the ball gets bogged down on one flank and we have about five consecutive throw-ins. Meanwhile, AAMI Park’s seagulls are enjoying themselves in the City half.

10.02am BST

5 min: End-to-end football so far, with Brisbane and City both creating some nice attacking movement. The Roar’s bright orange new playing strip is causing controversy on Twitter. Thoughts, fashion critics?

9.59am BST

2 min: Brisbane’s new signing Maccarone already in the thick of the action, holding the ball up near the City box before picking out team-mate Caletti who shoots just wide.

9.56am BST

1 min: Peeep! Referee Jarred Gillett commences proceedings at AAMI Park. Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar – the 13th A-League season is underway!

9.55am BST

Can someone take the memes away from the A-League? Okay, I’ll admit I am a little excited too.

The wait is almost over!!! Kick-off to season 2017/18 is only moments away #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/R6Z53rrt9F

9.53am BST

9.46am BST

What are your predictions tonight? I’m reliably informed that there has NEVER been a goalless encounter between these two teams, so a 0-0 tip would be brave. Let me know your thoughts via email or Twitter.

9.40am BST

It will be interesting to see how many Melburnians turn out for the A-League season opener, after a sport-packed past month. Journalist Vince Rugari is in the stands:

Not too many bodies in at AAMI Park at this stage #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/ruQUxyxH9X

9.36am BST

While we’re waiting for kick-off (7.50pm AEDT), have a read of the best A-League pre-season analysis in town: Jonathan Howcroft’s three part preview. The contenders, the outside chances and the underdogs are all put under scrutiny by Jonathan. Recommended reading!

9.31am BST

Team news is in – McCormack up front for Melbourne City and Brisbane’s marquee Maccarone also starting.

Our first team is in for the new @ALeague season! #MCYvBRI Kick-off 7.50pm. pic.twitter.com/yQbHLch8cA

TEAM NEWS | The wait is over! @ALeague season 13 kicks off tonight as we take on @MelbourneCity at @AAMIPark #FEELTHEROAR #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/xTolveuOEU

9.24am BST

Lucky 13? The latest season of the A-League begins tonight with Australian football on the brink of crisis. The enigmatic Socceroos are in very real danger of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, while the brawl between Football Federation Australia and other stakeholders (A-League clubs among them) shows no sign of detente. Amid the gloom, will the domestic league emerge as a ray of hope?

Player recruitment has been sensible, if not splashy, and administrators have revamped the competition’s marketing. The likes of Xavi Torres (Perth Glory) or Tom Hiariej (Central Coast Mariners) might not improve gate receipts, but they do bring European quality to the pitch. With little to separate the top six or seven sides, fans could be in for a riveting season. As the off-field drama inevitably continues, perhaps some actual football could do everyone a world of good.

4.09am BST

Kieran will be here shortly. In the meantime, have a read of Jonathan Howcroft’s season preview.

Related: A-League: off-season recruitment augurs well for new season

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/oct/06/melbourne-city-v-brisbane-roar-a-league-season-opener-live

Oct 05

A-League: off-season recruitment augurs well for new season

Despite war between clubs and FFA and a summer full of big sporting events, A-League fans have much to look forward to

If the turmoil wasn’t so familiar it would be tempting to regard the 13th instalment of the A-League as cursed. On the eve of the new season clubs are at war with the governing body (again), the Socceroos are shredding nerves in a World Cup playoff (again), and the once clearish air of midsummer will be tested like never before with an Ashes series, an ascendant Big Bash League and the nascent AFLW competing for attention. Fortunately, the on-field product promises to be robust following one of the smartest off-seasons of player recruitment yet.

The season kicks off tonight with Melbourne City hosting Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park. City will be without Tim Cahill, who 12-months ago was almost single-handedly responsible for any hype around the competition. This time around he will be recovering from the first leg of Australia’s AFC playoff against Syria in Melaka and preparing for the vital second leg in Sydney on Tuesday.

Related: A-League 2017-18 season preview part one: the teams bubbling under

Related: A-League 2017-18 season preview part two: the outside chances | Jonathan Howcroft

Related: A-League 2017-18 season preview part three: the title contenders | Jonathan Howcroft

Related: Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/06/a-league-off-season-recruitment-augers-well-for-new-season

Oct 04

A-League 2017-18 season preview part three: the title contenders | Jonathan Howcroft

It’s the third and final instalment of our A-League season preview – AKA the if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it edition. There’s no prizes for guessing which teams we reckon should be challenging for the championship and premiership during the 2017-18 campaign, with another Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory ding-dong on the horizon.

Related: A-League 2017-18 season preview part two: the outside chances | Jonathan Howcroft

Related: Tony Popovic quits Western Sydney Wanderers on eve of A-League season

Related: A-League 2017-18 season preview part one: the teams bubbling under

Related: David Squires on … the governance crisis threatening Australian football

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/05/a-league-2017-18-season-preview-part-three-the-title-contenders

Oct 03

A-League 2017-18 season preview part two: the outside chances | Jonathan Howcroft

The second of our team-by-team guides looks at three sides with bags of talent but hamstrung by obvious frailtiesPart one: the teams bubbling underIns: Mitch Nichols (Wanderers), Scott Neville (Wanderers), Jacob Poscoliero (Mariners), Jake Brimmer (Liv…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/04/a-league-2017-18-season-preview-part-two-the-outside-chances

Oct 02

A-League 2017-18 preview part one: the teams bubbling under

Our team-by-team guide to the new season kicks off with the four sides least likely to make the finals this year

Wellington, Central Coast, Adelaide and Newcastle – if you support any of these teams you probably think what follows is a stitch-up or further evidence of some kind of bias. And the truth is, they could all equally go on to make the top four; this is Australian football we’re talking about after all, a universe about as reliable as a Trump administration spokesperson.

Yet there also happens to be some logic behind the decision to include them. This quartet occupied the bottom four spots on last year’s ladder, three of them have been hanging around there for the past two seasons, a pair of them for the last three years, and in the case of the Jets, seven seasons on the trot. So, while each can look forward to improved efforts, they still have plenty of ground to make up on sides above them.

Related: Tony Popovic quits Western Sydney Wanderers on eve of A-League season

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/03/a-league-2017-18-preview-part-one-the-teams-bubbling-under

Oct 01

Tony Popovic quits Western Sydney Wanderers on eve of A-League season

  • Coach leaves to join Turkish Süper Lig club Karabukspor
  • ‘The timing is not great,’ Popovic says

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has quit the A-League club just a week out from the start of the new season.

After five seasons at the Wanderers, Popovic confirmed his resignation on Sunday and will join Turkish club Karabukspor.

Related: David Squires on … the governance crisis threatening Australian football

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/01/tony-popovic-quits-western-sydney-wanderers-on-eve-of-a-league-season