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Tony Popovic returns to A-League as Perth Glory coach

Former Wanderers boss to replace Kenny LowePopovic back in Australia after failed stint in TurkeyPerth Glory have made an enormous statement of intent by signing Tony Popovic as coach for next A-League season.Replacing the sacked Kenny Lowe, Popovic ha…

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David Squires on … a fitting end to the A-League season

Our resident cartoonist on the Jets’ VAR-inflicted loss and other outlandish plotlines Continue reading…

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Football law-making body deems global VAR ‘back up’ needed

‘Software crash’ blamed for A-League grand final debacleA-League to take lead from rugby league’s ‘bunker’Football’s law-making body concedes the A-League grand final has exposed a flaw in the global protocols for video reviews and underlined the glari…

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FFA to pursue Andrés Iniesta after reports Australia is his ‘preferred destination’

FFA say they will contact star’s management to confirm interestFour clubs intend to use $3m fund to attract big-name playersFootball Federation Australia is set to make contact with Andrés Iniesta’s management to see if the Spanish legend’s interest in…

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Lawrence Thomas’ medal reward for Victory’s superior A-League defence | Ante Jukic

Keeper’s performance allowed Muscat’s side to play their tactical game: sit deep and reactIt was the 17th minute. Melbourne Victory had already gone 1-0 up, and James Troisi suddenly hacked the ball into nothingness. Likely to the displeasure of his co…

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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…

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FFA review finds VAR technology failed during A-League grand final

VAR did not have access to angles required to adjudge goal offsideBarbarouses’s strike was the decisive blow in Victory’s winA “technical failure” with the video assistant referee (VAR) stopped the controversial technology from disallowing the goal tha…

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‘It’s a bit throbby’: grand final hero Lawrence Thomas shrugs off head injuries

‘I tried to do what I do best – get in the way,’ says Victory keeperMarston medal winner heavily bandaged after knocksAs Lawrence Thomas answered questions beneath Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium, deflecting praise as he had goal-bound shots, he had…

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Ernie Merrick hits out at Melbourne Victory’s grand final tactics

‘I would hope not to coach a team that plays like that’Newcastle 0-1 Melbourne Victory – in picturesFrustrated Newcastle coach Ernie Merrick has accused newly crowned A-League champions Melbourne Victory of using negative football to win the grand fina…

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Ernie Merrick hits out at Melbourne Victory’s grand final tactics

‘I would hope not to coach a team that plays like that’Newcastle 0-1 Melbourne Victory – in picturesFrustrated Newcastle coach Ernie Merrick has accused newly crowned A-League champions Melbourne Victory of using negative football to win the grand fina…

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A-League grand final: Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory – in pictures

Melbourne Victory secured to a record fourth championship thanks to Kosta Barbarouses’ only goal of the game in Newcastle Continue reading…

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A-League grand final: Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory – in pictures

Melbourne Victory secured to a record fourth championship thanks to Kosta Barbarouses’ only goal of the game in Newcastle Continue reading…

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Melbourne Victory claim record fourth A-League title with win over Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets 0-1 Melbourne VictoryLawrence Thomas wins Joe Marston medalThe sense of ambush came early, before Melbourne Victory ground through the gears of a steely performance to beat Newcastle 1-0 in the city’s first home A-League grand final.Vict…

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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…

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From Tinkler turbulence to triumph: Newcastle jets into a new era | John Davidson

After almost sinking into oblivion three years ago, the club has managed one of Australian sport’s most remarkable revivalsHistory will be made at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night when the first grand final of any national sporting code is held…

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How the A-League grand final shapes up tactically in the absence of Arnieball | Ante Jukic

In Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory, two inherently reactive teams will come up against each otherSign up to receive the latest Australian sports storiesDespite the increased sense of tactical ambiguity that Sydney FC’s absence provides, it still s…

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