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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…

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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 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

Jul 19

David Squires on … Arsenal’s pre-season trip to Sydney

Our resident cartoonist looks at the fallout from the Premier League club’s tour to Australia where they faced Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/ng-interactive/2017/jul/20/david-squires-on-arsenals-pre-season-trip-to-sydney

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 12

Red and Black Bloc threatened with closure as Wanderers run out of patience

  • Open letter issues stern warning to ‘rogue element’ of supporter group
  • Club asks true fans to step up and lead group into future

Western Sydney Wanderers have threatened to disband their active supporter group, the Red and Black Bloc, if a “rogue element” among its membership steps out of line once more. In an open letter to fans, Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the RBB was on borrowed time and called for new leaders to step up within the group amid concerns over the suitability of those currently in charge.

“As a club we are looking to bring forward a new era in active support,” Tsatsimas said in the letter. “This has come about due to the number of incidents in our short history which have compromised our club, our values and our culture.

Related: Banned Western Sydney fans are ‘juvenile idiots’, says Ange Postecoglou

Related: David Squires on … the Red and Black Bloc’s homophobic banner

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/12/red-and-black-bloc-threatened-with-closure-as-wanderers-run-out-of-patience

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 19

Wanderers not doing enough to fight homophobia, Matildas striker says

Michelle Heyman says the continued online display of the fan group’s offensive banner ‘kind of breaks my heart’

The failure of Western Sydney Wanderers to tackle online homophobic material among fans is “a joke”, Matildas striker Michelle Heyman has said, as images of an offensive banner continue to be shared from the club’s supporters’ social media accounts.

The banner’s resurgence online “kind of breaks my heart”, Heyman said.

Their action has to be swift and I don’t believe that to have been the case

Related: Western Sydney escape with $20,000 FFA fine for fans’ homophobic banner

Related: FFA condemn homophobic Wanderers fans’ banner in Sydney derby

Related: Fourteen Wanderers fans banned by club over roles in display of banner

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/19/wanderers-club-not-doing-enough-to-fight-homophobia-matildas-striker-says

May 17

A-League footballer Mitch Nichols charged over drug possession

Midfielder allegedly caught with 1.1 grams of white powder in nightclubNichols is looking for a new club after being released by WanderersMitch Nichols, who will leave Western Sydney Wanderers at the end of the month, has been charged after allegedly b…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/17/a-league-footballer-mitch-nichols-charged-over-drug-possession

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 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 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 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 08

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

  • Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC draw 1-1 at Westpac Stadium
  • First time VAR used decisively in a competitive match
  • Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory draw 0-0 at ANZ Stadium

The video assistant referee was called into action for the first time in a domestic football competition during a 1-1 draw between Wellington and A-League leaders Sydney FC on Saturday.

Wellington snatched a share of the spoils late on through Michael McGlinchey’s injury-time header, cancelling out a 70th-minute Bôbo penalty awarded in ground-breaking fashion.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/08/aleague-round-26-match-reports

Apr 02

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

Heading into the finals, the Wanderers are the only team with both the current form and the head-to-head record to suggest Sydney FC can be stopped

Only Sydney FC have picked up more A-League points than Western Sydney Wanderers since Terry Antonis first appeared on one of Tony Popovic’s teamsheets. The three points earned in Newcastle on Saturday keep the Wanderers in the hunt for an Asian Champions League qualification spot, a remarkable turnaround after winning only two of their opening 15 matches.

The Bankstown-born Antonis, on loan from Greek Superleague side PAOK, is not the only variable to factor into the Wanderers’ upturn in fortunes. The anguine Vedran Janjetović has corrected a glaring pre-season oversight in goal, while Brendon Santalab’s finishing has deserved the many headlines. But it’s Antonis’s role greasing the wheels in between that has provided the platform for the Wanderers to emerge as an unlikely championship contender.

Related: Canberra City: a blueprint for current A-League expansion hopefuls | Joe Gorman

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/03/western-sydney-emerge-as-unlikely-title-contenders-with-antonis-pulling-strings

Apr 01

In-form Wanderers cruise to victory over sorry Jets

  • Newcastle Jets 0-3 Western Sydney Wanderers

Two goals from skipper Robbie Cornthwaite have helped put Western Sydney Wanderers in sight of guaranteed finals football with a 3-0 win over Newcastle. The Jets created the better chances in the first half of Saturday’s round 25 A-League game at McDonald Jones Stadium before the Wanderers made the most of theirs in the 40th and 42nd minutes.

Related: A-League: Adelaide and Perth draw after controversial Castro penalty

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/01/wanderers-jets-sydney-a-league-city

Mar 24

A-League: Santalab sets club record as Wanderers beat Melbourne City

  • Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 Melbourne City at Spotless Stadium
  • Brendon Santalab hat-trick lifts him to record 14-goal season

Evergreen Western Sydney Wanderers striker Brendon Santalab has set a new club goalscoring record as his hat-trick helped shore up the club’s A-League finals hopes with a 3-1 home victory over Melbourne City. The 34-year-old poacher swelled his tally for the season to 14, eclipsing the previous record of 11 he had shared with Mark Bridge.

Sanatalab equalised midway through the first half at Spotless Stadium on Friday, after City took a fortuitous lead in the third minute when a Neil Kilkenny shot deflected off Wanderers’ defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis. He then added two more in four minutes in the second half.

Related: Tottenham’s Dele Alli banned for three European club games over red card

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/24/a-league-santalab-sets-club-record-as-wanderers-beat-melbourne-city

Mar 19

Tempers flare as Adelaide nick A-League win over Brisbane amid controversy

Adelaide United beat Brisbane Roar 2-1 at Coopers StadiumWestern Sydney Wanderers beat Wellington Phoenix 3-1 at Spotless StadiumTensions boiled over after Adelaide United stole a controversial last-gasp 2-1 win against Brisbane as a 98th-minute Sergio…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/19/adelaide-nick-a-league-win-over-brisbane-after-98th-minute-controversy

Mar 15

Wanderers gain confidence after rescuing ACL campaign in Korea

FC Seoul 2-3 Western Sydney WanderersAdelaide United 3-3 Jeju UnitedCoach Tony Popovic senses FC Seoul will again be there for the taking when revived Western Sydney resume their Asian Champions League campaign in four weeks.The Wanderers rescued their…

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