Jonathan Howcroft

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From jeers to cheers: A-League title brings redemption for Kevin Muscat | Jonathan Howcroft

Three months after enduring catcalls the Melbourne Victory coach is now one of Australia’s most successful coaches Redemption, thy name is Kevin. As recently as February some Melbourne Victory fans booed the image of their coach Kevin Muscat. “I reckon…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/07/from-jeers-to-cheers-a-league-title-brings-redemption-for-kevin-muscat

Melbourne Victory beat Newcastle Jets to win A-League grand final – as it happened

Kosta Barbarouses goal secures a record fourth titleLawrence Thomas receives the Joe Marston medal 2.06pm BST There you have it, another A-League season done and dusted. Good luck figuring it all out when the team that finished fourth takes home the bi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/may/05/newcastle-jets-v-melbourne-victory-a-league-grand-final-2017-18-live

Cricket Australia opens itself to criticism as Justin Langer takes over | Jonathan Howcroft

Australia’s new coach ticks every box with an impressive CV but it is not as straightforward as thatIn ordinary circumstances Justin Langer would be the ideal candidate to coach the Australian men’s cricket team. But these are extraordinary circumstanc…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/04/cricket-australia-opens-itself-to-criticism-as-justin-langer-takes-over

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/01/finals-narratives-carry-a-league-beyond-ordinary-football

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/apr/27/a-league-semi-final-newcastle-jets-v-melbourne-city-live

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/23/melbourne-city-eye-shedding-a-league-albatross-as-pieces-come-together

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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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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AFL 2018: Richmond see off Carlton in season opener – as it happened

Richmond (17.19) 121 defeat Carlton (15.5) 95Premiership flag unfurled in front of 90,000 at the MCG 11.26am GMT A hard earned four points for Richmond on a gala night at the MCG in front of over 90,000 spectators. After the 2017 premiership flag was u…

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Jets a case study for romance of well-functioning A-League

Newcastle boast increased attendances, and connection between crowds and playersWhen Andrew Nabbout received possession on the left touchline 56 minutes into Saturday’s fixture between Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC expectation fizzed around McDonald Jon…

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The unparalleled joy of the last-minute football winner

Taggart’s 97th minute header elated Glory fans in the way only a last-minute winner canThe greatest regret of my life is narrated by Clive Tyldesley. It ends with the English commentator declaring emphatically “Solskjaer has won it!” somewhere around 9…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/25/the-unparalleled-joy-of-the-last-minute-football-winner

Fifa flexes muscles in Australian football’s governance saga | Jonathan Howcroft

The world governing body has established its authority but we wait to see if Fifa 2.0 really existsWe still don’t know how Australian football’s civil war will end, but we now know Fifa will orchestrate its conclusion. “Fifa will now decide on the term…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/23/fifa-flexes-muscles-in-australian-footballs-governance-saga

Australia beat New Zealand in T20 tri-series final – as it happened

Australia win by 19 runs on DLS method at Eden ParkVictory soured by another injury to batsman Chris Lynn 10.01am GMT Related: Australia wrap up T20 tri-series with DLS win over New Zealand 9.48am GMT An unfortunately limp end then to what has been a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/feb/21/new-zealand-v-australia-t20-tri-series-final-live

New Zealand v Australia: Twenty20 tri-series – as it happened

Australia beat New Zealand by five wickets T20 international run chase record smashedNew Zealand and England set for tri-series eliminator on Sunday 9.38am GMT Where do you even start after that? Congratulations to Australia for attacking with abandon …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/feb/16/new-zealand-v-australia-twenty20-tri-series-live

Australia cruise to seven-wicket win over England: T20 tri-series – as it happened

Australia win by seven wicketsEngland struggle to 137, Buttler top-scores with 46Australia cruise to 138 with 33 balls to spare 11.50am GMT Here’s Vithushan Ehantharajah with his verdict from the MCG: Related: Australia outgun England again to reach Tw…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/feb/10/australia-v-england-twenty20-tri-series-game-three-live

Australia v England: Twenty20 tri-series game two – as it happened

Australia win by five wicketsGlenn Maxwell takes 3/10 then hits unbeaten 103 12.37pm GMT Related: Glenn Maxwell hammers hundred to give Australia T20 win over England 12.14pm GMT Glenn Maxwell was bestowed the nickname the Big Show, but he never cour…

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