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Name: Australian Associated Press
Date registered: June 7, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/western-sydney-wanderers

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  1. Newcastle Jets turn to experienced Ernie Merrick to fill vacant coach post — May 8, 2017
  2. A-League grand final: all you need to know about the 2016-17 season finale — May 4, 2017
  3. Grand final pitch complaints sounds like Victory excuses, says Mark Rudan — May 4, 2017
  4. Sydney FC advance to A-League grand final after VAR controversy — April 29, 2017
  5. Wanderers can ‘take a lot out of’ latest Asian Champions League hammering — April 27, 2017

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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 sounds 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 29

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

  • Sydney FC beat Perth Glory 3-0 at Allianz Stadium
  • The VAR controversially overturned two disallowed Sydney goals

Sydney FC advanced to the A-League grand final after downing Perth 3-0 in a drama-filled semi at Allianz Stadium. The Sky Blues’ record-breaking season was on the line in front of 21,938 on Saturday night, and they didn’t disappoint against a confident Glory side that couldn’t quite match the class of the premiers.

The video assistant referee (VAR) played a prominent role, overturning two disallowed goals to help Sydney to a 3-0 lead at halftime, a scoreline that proved more than enough to set up a May 7 season-decider against either Melbourne Victory or Brisbane Roar.

Related: David Squires on … the first week of A-League finals

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/29/a-league-sydney-fc-perth-glory-semi-final

Apr 27

Wanderers can ‘take a lot out of’ latest Asian Champions League hammering

  • Western Sydney Wanderers fall to 6-1 defeat at Urawa Red Diamonds
  • ‘Now we know where we stand,’ says defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis

Twenty goals conceded from five games is pretty ugly viewing from any angle but defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis says it has only made Western Sydney more determined to scrape pride from their final Asian Champions League outing against star-studded Shanghai SIPG.

That is all the Wanderers will be playing for in Campbelltown next month, after Wednesday night’s 6-1 hammering by J-League leaders Urawa Red Diamonds mathematically ruled them out of an unlikely knockout-stage berth.

Related: FFA to close centre of excellence to provide more youth opportunities

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/27/wanderers-can-take-a-lot-out-of-latest-asian-champions-league-hammering

Apr 23

Perth Glory post rare away win to move within a game of A-League grand final

Perth Glory beat Melbourne City 2-0 at AAMI ParkGlory to play Sydney FC next Saturday for place in championship deciderDiego Castro embarrassed Melbourne City in their elimination final and sent Perth Glory into the final four of the A-League for the f…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/23/perth-glory-post-rare-away-win-to-move-within-a-game-of-a-league-grand-final

Apr 21

Brisbane Roar knock Wanderers out of A-League finals on penalties

  • Brisbane defeat Western Sydney 1-1 (6-5) in A-League elimination final
  • Roar will play Melbourne Victory for a spot in the A-League final

Brisbane Roar will battle Melbourne Victory for a spot in the A-League decider after beating Western Sydney on penalties in an epic elimination final on Friday night. The Roar won the penalty shootout 6-5 after scores had been locked at 1-1 after 120 minutes, with back-up goalkeeper Jamie Young making the winning save to deny Jumpei Kusukami’s sudden-death effort at Suncorp Stadium.

It was an easy save for Young, who was able to stay on his feet to pluck the spot-kick from the Japanese import to spark wild celebrations among the 17,530 fans in attendance. Young was only on the field because first-choice stopper Michael Theo was forced off with a knee injury after a heavy collision with Terry Antonis in the first half of extra time.

Related: David Squires on … the football season climax, A-League style

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/21/brisbane-roar-knock-wanderers-out-of-a-league-finals-on-penalties

Apr 19

Tim Cahill relishing underdog status: ‘I’ve been written off my whole life’

  • ‘I like it like this. We know what’s on the line,’ says Melbourne City star
  • City face Perth Glory in Sunday night’s A-League elimination final
  • John Aloisi blames salary cap for the departure of Thomas Broich

Tim Cahill has dared A-League opponents to write off Melbourne City for the title, but the odds are stacked against City, who face Perth on Sunday night in an elimination final for a place in the final four.

Cahill’s side has beaten top-six opposition just twice all season, the last being three months ago – a 1-0 win over Western Sydney. City also have losing form against the Glor, and the latest of two losses this season came last Sunday in a madcap 5-4 loss in Western Australia.

Related: Arturo Vidal rages at referee after Bayern Munich go out to Real Madrid

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/19/tim-cahill-relishing-underdog-status-ive-been-written-off-my-whole-life

Apr 16

A-League: 16 goals as Glory beat City and Brisbane pip Wellington

Brisbane Roar 4-3 Wellington Phoenix Perth Glory 5-4 Melbourne CityPerth Glory beat Melbourne City 5-4 to close the A-League regular season but it was not enough to earn a home final against the same opponent.Glory and City were destined to meet in an …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/16/a-league-brisbane-roar-wellington-phoenix-perth-glory-melbourne-city

Apr 16

Newcastle Jets parts ways with Mark Jones after club fails to avoid wooden spoon

Announcement made after 2-0 defeat to Sydney FCAssistant coach Clayton Zane to oversee training in the coming weeks Mark Jones has parted ways with the battling A-League club the Newcastle Jets.The club announced on Sunday that Jones, who was appointed…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/16/newcastle-jets-parts-ways-with-mark-jones-after-club-fails-to-avoid-wooden-spoon

Apr 15

Sydney FC break A-League points record to win Premier’s Plate

  • Sydney FC beat Newcastle 2-0 at Allianz Stadium
  • Adelaide FC and Western Sydney Wanderers drew 2-2 at Coopers Stadium

A-League premiers Sydney FC amassed the greatest points tally in the competition’s history after a final-round 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday. But it has come at a cost to the Sky Blues, after goal scorer and standout Milos Ninkovic limped off the Allianz Stadium pitch after a sliding tackle by Ben Kantarovski.

Ninkovic’s 56th-minute goal and skipper Alex Brosque’s 87th-minute effort took Sydney to 66 points from 27 games, one point more than the previous mark of 65 set by Ange Postecoglou’s brilliant 2010-11 Brisbane side over a 30-game season.

Related: David Squires on … the introduction of video assistant referees

Related: World first as video assistant referee called into action in Wellington and Sydney FC stalemate

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/15/a-league-round-27-saturday-match-reports

Apr 14

Berisha reaches goal-scoring century in Victory A-League win

  • Melbourne Victory 1-0 Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park
  • Besart Berisha scores his 100th A-League goal to break Victory drought

Besart Berisha has snapped Melbourne Victory’s six-hour goal drought with his landmark 100th A-League strike ending Central Coast’s season with a 1-0 loss. The Kosovo international ended a procession of near misses for Kevin Muscat’s side, stroking home Jai Ingham’s cutback in the 80th minute at AAMI Park after swinging and missing at James Troisi’s cross seconds earlier.

The three points earned are of little use to Victory, who had already locked up second spot – and a home semi-finalin week two of the finals. But the momentum that Berisha’s Good Friday goal brought could be crucial, given the alternative was entering the finals on a four-game winless and goalless streak.

Related: Premier League relegation fight: where clubs’ hopes lie and the impact if they fall

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/14/berisha-reaches-goal-scoring-century-in-victory-a-league-win

Apr 12

Adelaide United stay grounded despite ACL red-letter night in South Korea

  • Adelaide United beat Jeju United 3-1 in South Korea
  • FC Seoul beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 at Campbelltown

Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor has refused to get carried away after the Reds’ stunning 3-1 Asian Champions League win over Jeju United. Tuesday night’s victory in South Korea, coupled with Gamba Osaka’s 3-0 loss to undefeated Group H leader Jiangsu Suning, saw the Reds climb off the bottom of the table and move into second place with four points.

Related: Liverpool to visit Australia again with Sydney FC friendly confirmed for May

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/adelaide-united-stay-grounded-despite-acl-red-letter-night-in-south-korea

Apr 10

Liverpool to visit Australia again with Sydney FC friendly confirmed for May

  • Premier League club will play in Sydney for the first time
  • Capacity 80,000 crowd expected at ANZ Stadium

An exhibition match between A-League Premiers’ Plate winners Sydney FC and Premier League heavyweights Liverpool has been locked in for 24 May at ANZ Stadium.

The NSW Government on Monday confirmed last week’s reports Jürgen Klopp will bring Liverpool’s first team squad to Sydney for the first time.

Related: Video assistant referees: A-League experiment serves up food for thought | Jonathan Howcroft

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/10/liverpool-to-visit-australia-again-with-sydney-fc-friendly-confirmed-for-may

Apr 09

Jets on brink of collecting A-League wooden spoon after derby defeat to Mariners

Central Coast Mariners beat Newcastle Jets 2-0 in GosfordNick Montgomery screamer and Fabio Ferreira effort settles F3 derbyCentral Coast took the upper hand in the fight to avoid the wooden spoon, dismantling Newcastle 2-0 to consign the sorry Jets to…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/09/jets-on-brink-of-collecting-a-league-wooden-spoon-after-derby-defeat-to-mariners

Apr 07

Tim Cahill magic earns Melbourne City A-League win over Adelaide

  • Melbourne City 1-0 Adelaide United at AAMI Park
  • Tim Cahill heads home stunning winner to push side close to home final

Melbourne City are within touching distance of a home A-League final after Tim Cahill’s stunning header earned them a well-deserved 1-0 win over Adelaide United. Yet again, Cahill produced the goods for City, elevating his side above above the Reds in a fiery contest on Friday night.

The veteran Socceroo arched his back perfectly to flick Nicolas Colazo’s corner over the Reds defence and inside the back post on 36 minutes. It was a goal that very few could have scored or would have even attempted, putting City in the box seat to return to AAMI Park in a fortnight’s time for just their second home final in their history.

Related: Football transfer rumours: Koscielny, Giroud and Sissoko to Marseille?

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/07/tim-cahill-magic-earns-melbourne-city-a-league-win-over-adelaide

Apr 06

Roy Hodgson brought to A-League by Melbourne City in advisory role

Former England manager to spend month with City coaches and leadersFriendship with City executive Brian Marwood paves way for moveFormer England national team coach Roy Hodgson has been seconded to Australia in an advisory role to assist A-League club …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/06/roy-hodgson-brought-to-a-league-by-melbourne-city-in-advisory-role

Apr 04

FFA to review deliberate bookings after Sydney FC controversy

  • Graham Arnold escapes sanction after urging players to pick up cautions
  • Josh Brillante and Brandon O’Neill will be available for A-League finals

Graham Arnold will not face sanction for asking players to pick up bookings ahead of the A-League finals but an FFA review could end the controversial practice.

Arnold asked Sky Blues midfielders Josh Brillante and Brandon O’Neill to earn cautions in the late stages of Saturday night’s win over Melbourne City.

Related: A-League players to be booked if they appeal to referee for video referral

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/04/ffa-to-review-deliberate-bookings-after-sydney-fc-controversy

Apr 03

A-League players to be booked if they appeal to referee for video referral

  • New technology to be introduced to top-tier football in Australia
  • Players effectively told to ignore video reviews

A-League players will be shown a yellow card if they urge referees to video review a decision once the technology comes into play from Friday night’s Melbourne City-Adelaide match.

Australia’s elite competition will become the first top-tier league in the world to use the technology and Adelaide defender Michael Marrone says players have been warned about how they should react to it. 

Related: Western Sydney emerge as unlikely title contenders with Antonis pulling strings | Jonathan Howcroft

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/03/a-league-players-to-be-booked-if-they-appeal-to-referee-for-video-referral

Apr 02

Jamie Maclaren hits eight-minute hat-trick as Brisbane hammer Mariners

  • Brisbane Roar beat Central Coast Mariners 5-1 at Suncorp Stadium
  • Wellington Phoenix beat Melbourne Victory 3-0 at AAMI Park

A Jamie Maclaren hat-trick helped Brisbane Roar come from behind and thrash the Central Coast Mariners 5-1 in the A-League on Sunday night. Shunned by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou for last month’s World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the UAE, Maclaren continued his rich vein of form by scoring his three goals in a stunning eight-minute stretch.

Related: Sydney’s second-half blitz sinks City as Wanderers cruise past Jets

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/02/phoenix-stay-in-hunt-for-a-league-finals-berth-with-upset-of-melbourne-victory

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