Wanderers sign Spanish defender

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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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A-League to trial Video Assistant Referees

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has welcomed the confirmation today by The IFAB and FIFA that the Hyundai A-League is among the first competitions world-wide to be accepted into the Video Assistant Referees (VARs) trial. The Hyundai A-League now has permission to begin preparations for initial “offline” trials ahead of eventual “live” tests of VARs. The VARs system will use video replays to check game-changing incidents, such as penalty kick decisions, red card explusions and goals scored from line-ball offside calls. Competitions in Brazil, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and the United States will also join the first wave of trials. Subject…

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Here we go again

Here we go again. It wouldn’t be the off-season in recent times without some sort of ownership drama surrounding the Roar. For those unaware, here’s a little bit of a breakdown of what’s happened over the last few days. Last week the FFA were expecting to hear from Brisbane director Demis Djamaoeddin about the owners plans to take the Roar forward last week, but he returned to Jakarta without doing so. Amongst the reported concerns of the FFA are the lack of replacement for departed CEO David Pourre who left last month, the ongoing re-capitalisation of the Roar and the…

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Something’s rotten in the state of football

Last week, Football Federation Australia chairman Stephen Lowy, the son of the previous chairman Frank Lowy, made some comments pertaining to promotion/relegation that grabbed some media and public attention. This system which is synonymous with football the world over including Australia, is something which the A-League has been reticent to become a part of. Mentions of the open system by the powers that be seem to be like a ritualistic sacrifice to appease the masses. The issue is one of the most divisive in our game with people being strongly for and against and even arguments of how and when…

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Disciplinary record- April

Over the course of the season we’ll keep tabs on the yellow and red cards handed out each week across the A-League. It all adds up to the ‘Fair play Award’ on the A-League’s annual awards night, an award which was won last season by Wellington Phoenix. Brisbane Roar have been the most successful side in winning this award of the first decade, winning the award on five occasions including four straight from 2010-11 through 2013-14. Other winners include Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC. The full list of winners is below. 2005-06: Melbourne Victory 2006-07:  Perth…

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All to play for entering the final round

Going into the final round of the season, the league table is as close as it’s been in many years with four sides in with a chance to win the Premiers Plate. The last time something like this happened was in 2007-08 season when Central Coast Mariners won their first Premiership ahead of Newcastle Jets, Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar. This time around Brisbane are involved again and are joined by Adelaide United, Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City in the chase for the Premiership. It’s not just at the top however where there’s still things to play for entering…

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A Fair Play Update

We’ve been keeping track of the disciplinary records of the teams this season and as we get to the business end of the let’s take amother look at how team’s are fairing in the race for an award that is often overlooked, the ‘Fair play Award’. It is handed out at the A-League’s annual awards night – won last season by Wellington Phoenix – and is calculated by how many yellow and reds have been handed out to a team. Brisbane Roar have been the most successful “disciplined” side of the first decade, winning the award on five occasions including four straight from 2010-11…

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Brisbane announce new training and administration base

Brisbane Roar and the Logan City Council have today announced a deal which will see the Roar move their training and administrative base to a site at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre. Since departing Ballymore 18 months ago, the Roar have based themselves in the offices at Perry Park, while the team has trained at the Griffith University Nathan Campus this season. Amongst the facilities at the training base will be a field with the same dimensions as Suncorp Stadium, two additional pitches, brand new dressing rooms, function and meeting rooms, a new administration building and the potential room…

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Hyundai A-League 2015/16 Round 21 – Ins and Outs

Friday, 26 February 2016 Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne City FC Westpac Stadium, Wellington Kick-Off: 7:30 PM (Local) (5:30 PM (AEDT)) Referee: Matthew Conger Assistant Referee 1: Mark Rule Assistant Referee 2: Glen Lochrie Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 5.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand) Radio Broadcast: Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #WELvMCY To purchase tickets visit www.aleague.com.au/tickets Wellington Phoenix squad: 1. Glen MOSS (GK), 2. Manny MUSCAT, 4. Roly BONEVACIA, 5. Troy DANASKOS, 6….

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Round 19 Preview- Brisbane Roar vs. Newcastle Jets

Round 19 of the A-League begins with Brisbane’s clash at home to Newcastle in a battle of two sides which start the round as last start winners. Brisbane Roar were convincing at home in a 4-0 win over bottom placed Central Coast last Saturday, with the sides attacking movements beginning to pay dividends. The form of Olyroos trio James Donachie, Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren has played no small part the recent form since their return and is a big reason why Brisbane sit equal top of the table with just 9 games remaining in the regular season. Newcastle meanwhile…

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