Finals narratives carry A-League beyond ordinary football | Jonathan Howcroft

A pair of gripping contests over the weekend provided a timely reminder why it is we all botherStorytelling is at the heart of how we understand the world. Our brains have evolved to mould complex information into convenient narratives, creating and re…

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Melbourne Victory to consider additional sanctions for coaches

Four-game bans for Jean-Paul de Marigny and Dean AnastasiadisPair will miss grand final after altercation with David CarneyMelbourne Victory will consider an additional club sanction for coaches Jean-Paul de Marigny and Dean Anastasiadis but will shiel…

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A-League semi-final: Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory – as it happened

Sydney FC 2-3 Melbourne VictoryTerry Antonis’ horror 90+4 minute own goal sparks epic extra-time and late last-ditch winner 2.01pm BST Well, where do you start with that.Five goals, seven yellow cards, two red cards – for staff, entering the field of p…

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Riley McGree wonder-goal: is this the greatest ever A-League strike?

Newcastle Jets mid-season signing lights up semi-final with incredible scorpion kickPundits debate, was it intentional, is it the best A-League goal of all time?With a spot in the A-League grand final on the line and redemption for a club that has badl…

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Sydney FC’s failure in Asia is instructive for A-League finals opponents

Sydney FC swept all aside to win consecutive A-League premierships, but for championship rivals Asia shows clues to their shortcomings“We’ve recovered now,” Graham Arnold insisted before his team hosted Kashima Antlers in the AFC Champions League. “I k…

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Stunning backheel volley lights up A-league semi-final – video

Riley McGree scored an incredible backheel from the edge of the box to bring Newcastle Jets level against Melbourne City. The Jets went on to win the tie and progress to their first final since 2008. After some intricate play in midfield McGree’s stunn…

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Newcastle Jets reach A-League grand final – as it happened

Riley McGree equalised with one of the great A-League goals as the Newcastle Jets reached their first grand final since 2008Stunning backheel volley lights up semi-final 1.02pm BST A night full of incident turned into a night full of celebration for N…

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Newcastle rising: soaring Jets restore football pride to a changing city

Newcastle footy fans haven’t enjoyed too much cheer in recent years but as the city changes so too could the fate of its beleaguered sports teamsA typical Newcastle morning starts with a coffee on Merewether beach: out beyond the national surfing reser…

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Melbourne City eye shedding A-League albatross as pieces come together

With Asian Champions League action on the horizon and perhaps a first grand final, Melbourne City are finally ready to deliver on their potentialMelbourne City began the A-League season beating Brisbane Roar 2-0 at AAMI Park and in an act of neat symme…

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Perth Glory sack Kenny Lowe as A-League axe swings again

Glory finished eighth and missed out on the finalsCoach will move into position with club’s academyPerth’s longest-serving A-League coach Kenny Lowe has been sacked, and it appears unlikely owner Tony Sage will fork out the big dollars needed to lure T…

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Western Sydney Wanderers sack A-League coach Josep Gombau after tumultous season

Spaniard Josep Gombau sacked following two-line statement from A-League clubWanderers endured miserable season following Tony Popovic’s shock exit Josep Gombau has been sacked as coach of Western Sydney Wanderers less than six months into his three-yea…

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Sydney FC condemn Allianz pitch after Asian Champions League exit

Sydney FC 0-0 Shanghai ShenhuaA-League Premiers crash out of ACL at group stage for third timeSydney FC players have denounced the standard of Allianz Stadium’s pitch and expressed relief it will be re-turfed in time for their A-League semi-final.Comme…

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A-League end of season awards: our team of the year

In a season dominated by back-to-back premiers Sydney FC it’s no surprise to see the Sky Blues dominatingWe’re at the end of the A-League season – well, the end before the end – so before the tussle for the toilet seat begins it’s time to discuss somet…

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Wanderers’ dramatic defeat to Adelaide allows Brisbane into A-League finals

Western Sydney Wanderers 2-3 Adelaide UnitedWanderers miss out as Roar cling on to sixth placeBrisbane Roar claimed the sixth and last A-League finals spot after Western Sydney Wanderers suffered a dramatic 3-2 home loss to Adelaide United. Needing a w…

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After predictable season, the A-League finals offer potential surprises

The sudden resurgence by a handful of clubs as we head towards the campaign’s conclusion is creating a buzz that’s been lackingAs the A-League drifts wraithlike towards the final round of the home-and-away season, excitement is not at fever pitch. Sydn…

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A-League: Western Sydney Wanderers 2-2 Brisbane Roar – as it happened

Oriel Riera brace catapults Wanderers back into top sixRoar loss sets up three-way race for last A-League finals spot 10.43am BST A denouement in the end as Wanderers proved far too strong during that opening stanza. The in-form Roar huffed and puffed,…

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David Squires on … Sydney FC’s premiership triumph

This week our cartoonist salutes the A-League premiers and acknowledges a conspiracy that runs deeper than first thoughtTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoons Continue reading…

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Consecutive A-League premierships complete Graham Arnold’s rebuild | Jonathan Howcroft

In 2014 Sydney FC were a fixer-upper; Arnold has turned them into the most desirable property on the blockEarly in his tenure at Sydney FC Graham Arnold described the culture he inherited at the Sky Blues as toxic.“When players walked in the training f…

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A-League: Newcastle Jets trounced at home by Melbourne City – as it happened

Newcastle Jets 0-3 Melbourne City at McDonald Jones StadiumJets’ slump continues 10.19am BST There were three goals, but it was not an exciting game. There were four yellow cards, but it was not a dirty game. I said at the start that a win was more imp…

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Sportwatch: wins for Waratahs, GWS, Melbourne United, Brisbane Roar and Warriors

Brumbies 17-24 WaratahsCollingwood 12.7 (79)-15.5 (95) GWS GiantsMelbourne United win NBL championshipBrisbane Roar 1-0 Central Coast MarinersCarlton 9.13 (67) – 15.11 (101) Gold CoastRoosters 6-30 Warriors 12.06pm BST Final score: Brisbane Lions 74-10…

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