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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…

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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

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 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

Aug 01

Giant killers Heidelberg United stun Perth Glory in FFA Cup

Victorian Premier League side beat A-League club 1-0Wins elsewhere for Melbourne City and Western Sydney WanderersHeidelberg United have become the fourth state-level side in FFA Cup history to knock off an A-League opponent, downing Perth 1-0 in the f…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/02/giant-killers-heidelberg-united-stun-perth-glory-in-ffa-cup

Jul 15

Olivier Giroud helps Arsenal breeze past Western Sydney Wanderers

Arsenal wrap up pre-season tour of Australia with 3-1 winGiroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny net for GunnersArsenal capped their pre-season tour of Australia with a comfortable 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers, thanks to goals by Olivier Girou…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/15/olivier-giroud-helps-arsenal-breeze-past-western-sydney-wanderers

Jul 10

Alexandre Lacazette poised to make Arsenal debut in Sydney

  • Club’s record signing named in Gunners’ squad for trip to Australia
  • Saed Kolašinac and Olivier Giroud also on plane for two friendlies

Arsenal’s most expensive signing is poised to debut at ANZ Stadium this week after Alexandre Lacazette was named in the 25-man squad to play Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Lacazette, who last week signed for a club record £52.7m from Lyon, has boarded a plane bound for Sydney with his new Premier League side and manager Arsène Wenger.

Related: Alexandre Lacazette: will the £52.7m signing propel Arsenal to the next level?

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/10/alexandre-lacazette-poised-to-make-arsenal-debut-in-sydney

May 31

Brisbane Roar to appeal AFC fine over lack of ‘international buffet’ for officials

  • Roar claim fine issued for not providing officials with lobster twice a day
  • AFC refutes those claims and accuses club of lacking respect for rules

Brisbane Roar will appeal a hefty fine from the Asian Football Confederation for not providing “international buffet style” meals for a group of travelling Champions League match officials.

But the AFC has refuted claims from Roar managing director Mark Kingsman that they were sanctioned because the six-man delegation, headed by match referee Wang Di, was unable to eat lobster twice a day, accusing the club of a lack of respect for the competition’s strict regulations.

Related: ABC defends Sydney FC v Liverpool coverage described by host as ‘train wreck’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/31/brisbane-roar-to-appeal-afc-fine-over-lack-of-international-buffet-for-officials

May 08

Newcastle Jets turn to experienced Ernie Merrick to fill vacant coach post

  • Merrick takes over at club following sacking of Mark Jones last month
  • Hugely experienced coach has 241 A-League games under his belt

Ernie Merrick has been confirmed as coach of the Newcastle Jets for the next two A-League seasons. The Scot had been a frontrunner for the Jets role since Mark Jones was sacked last month, one year into a two-year deal.

The 64-year-old will join the Jets as one of the A-League’s most experienced and decorated coaches. During 241 A-League games, Merrick won the 2007 and 2009 titles with A-League heavyweights Melbourne Victory.

Related: Sydney FC breathe sigh of relief as season of domination is justly rewarded | Sam Perry

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/09/newcastle-jets-turn-to-experienced-ernie-merrick-to-fill-vacant-coach-post

May 04

A-League grand final: all you need to know about the 2016-17 season finale

On Sunday, the two best teams in the country over the course of the season meet in a winner-takes-all clash at Allianz StadiumCoach: Graham Arnold Related: Grand final pitch complaints sounds like Victory excuses, says Mark Rudan Related: David Squire…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/05/a-league-grand-final-all-you-need-to-know-about-the-2016-17-season-finale

May 04

Grand final pitch complaints sound like Victory excuses, says Mark Rudan

  • Former Sydney FC captain makes claim before Sunday’s title decider
  • Allianz Stadium surface has been heavily criticised in buildup to match

Melbourne Victory’s remarks about Allianz Stadium’s poor pitch could be a sign they’re already doling out excuses for an A-League grand-final loss, former Sydney FC captain Mark Rudan suggests.

The substandard surface has stolen most of the headlines ahead of Sunday’s showpiece.

Related: David Squires on … the A-League grand final between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/04/grand-final-pitch-complaints-sounds-like-victory-excuses-says-mark-rudan

Apr 30

Besart Berisha heads Victory past Roar and into A-League grand final

  • Melbourne Victory beat Brisbane Roar 1-0 at AAMI Park
  • Victory will meet Sydney FC in next weekend’s title decider

Melbourne Victory will play Sydney FC for the A-League championship after Besart Berisha sunk his former club Brisbane Roar in their semi-final on Sunday night. On a tense evening at AAMI Park, Berisha broke the deadlock for Kevin Muscat’s men with 20 minutes remaining, heading home Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s cross.

Victory were worthy winners after playing the role of aggressors for most of the game and eventually beat determined goalkeeper Jamie Young. Their progression to the showpiece match – to be played on Sunday 7 May at Allianz Stadium – means the top two finishers will compete in the grand final for the fifth straight year.

Related: Sydney FC advance to A-League grand final after VAR controversy

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/30/besart-berisha-heads-victory-past-roar-and-into-a-league-grand-final