Robbie Striker’s A-League Round 1 Review

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Robbie Striker’s A-League Round 1 Review

Three red cards, record attendances, champions held, 15 goals and Tim Cahill hasn’t even played yet! Robbie Striker reviews round one of the 2016/17 A-League season both on the pitch and in the tipping competition. Record Attendance The Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season has started with a bang, setting a single round attendance record with 106,365 people pouring through the turnstiles across the five matches in Brisbane, Wellington, Sydney, Perth and Newcastle over the weekend. The figure overtook the previous record – Round 2 2014/15 with 106,082 people – in Adelaide, Gosford, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Also the record for the…

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FFA cup exposes deficiencies in A-League model

This week we have witnessed two games in the FFA Cup round of 32 that both the Football Federation Australia have been itching for from a marketing point of view, and some within the football community will use as leverage in a long-running argument. NPL Victoria’s Green Gully defeated A-League’s Central Coast Mariners 2-1 via a stunning long range 93rd minute goal while NPL Queensland’s Redlands United defeated current A-League champions Adelaide United 2-1 after extra time. These results have fueled the argument that has been playing out in the football community for decades, the concept of promotion and relegation…

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Cornthwaite joins Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers announce the signing of Robert Cornthwaite on a two-year deal. The 30-year-old central defender will return to the Hyundai A-League following successful stints in Korea and Malaysia with Jeonnam Dragons (Korea) and Selangor (Malaysia). Cornthwaite made over 100 appearances in the Hyundai A-League between 2005 and 2011, helping Adelaide United to the Premiership in the club’s first season as well competing in the AFC Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. Capped eight times by the Socceroos with three goals to his credit, Cornthwaite brings a wealth of experience to a Wanderers defence that has recently been…

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Corona departs Brisbane

Today Brisbane Roar announced that Miguel Corona will depart Brisbane Roar Football Club and return to Spain. Head Coach John Aloisi paid tribute saying it was a privilege to coach Miguel. “From day one, the way he conducted himself on and off the field was a credit to himself and his family,” said Aloisi “From the very beginning, we knew we had signed a player who would be a true leader at our club. “Miguel is someone who embraced our club values and we’re fortunate to have known such a great professional.” Corona bid an emotional farewell to his teammates…

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Mariners sign Powell

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the signing of exciting attacker, Blake Powell who has put pen to paper on a two-year-deal. Following his departure from Wellington Phoenix due to personal reasons that required Powell to return to NSW to be closer to his family, the 25-year-old has joined what will be his third Hyundai A-League Club that also includes Sydney FC. During his time at Wellington Phoenix, Powell found the back of the net on eight occasions from 23 Hyundai A-League appearances with the New Zealand based outfit. Australian football fans will fondly remember Powell’s four-goal haul against…

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Sydney FC sign Brillante

Sydney FC has secured the services of talented young midfielder Joshua Brillante on a three year deal. Brillante joins the Sky Blues from Serie A outfit Fiorentina whom he joined in 2014. The Bundaberg born utility had loan stints at Serie B sides Empoli and Como during his time in Italy, having earlier represented the Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League from 2012 to 2014. It was at Hunter Stadium where he made a name for himself and was voted Player of the Year for season 2013/14, earning a call up to the provisional 30-man Socceroos squad ahead of the…

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Makarounas signs with Adelaide

Adelaide United is delighted to announce the signing of midfielder, Jesse Makarounas, on a one-year deal. Makarounas has previously played for Perth Glory and, more recently, Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League, and has represented Australia at both U-17 and U-20 level. The addition of Makarounas to the Adelaide United squad will see Guillermo Amor’s midfield stocks bolstered with the 22-year-old having thorough Hyundai A-League experience despite his young age. Makarounas also featured 13 times for Melbourne Victory in the AFC Champions League between 2014 and 2016, scoring one goal in the process. Speaking on signing for the Club, Makarounas…

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Victory sign Spanish defender Alan Baro

Melbourne Victory has signed experienced Spanish defender Alan Baro for the 2016/17 season. The 31-year-old trained with his new teammates for the first time today, after landing in Australia over the weekend and completing a medical assessment. A versatile, skilful and durable player, Baro is a proven central defender who is also capable of playing as a midfielder. “We’re excited about what Alan can bring to Melbourne Victory this season,” said Victory head coach Kevin Muscat. “We identified Alan as a player who can add valuable experience and leadership to the team, having played consistently at a high level in…

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City sign Reds Youth Player of the Year

Melbourne City FC can announce 19-year-old defender Ruon Tongyik has joined the Club’s Hyundai A-League squad for the 2016/17 season. The centre back joins from Adelaide United where he was named their Youth Player of the Year and has signed on until the conclusion of the 2017/18 season. While a physical defender, Tongyik possesses promising ability on the ball, and is capable playing throughout the defensive line and in a holding midfield position. After arriving in Australia from Sudan in 2003, Tongyik played much of his junior football for Adelaide Olympic before joining Adelaide’s youth system and was a part…

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Wanderers sign Spanish defender

Western Sydney Wanderers have today announced the signing of Spanish central defender Aritz Borda for the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season. Borda joins the Wanderers from Spanish outfit Deportivo Alavés, having helped the side secure promotion to La Liga after topping the Segunda division in 2015/16. The Wanderers believe Borda will provide a wealth of experience and maturity to the squad. “From what our coaching staff have seen of Aritz they are very confident he will be a formidable presence in our backline this season,” said the club’s CEO John Tsatsimas. “He has played in Asia previously and has had good…

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