Heart Binge and Purge For New Season

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Heart Binge and Purge For New Season

After a dismal finish last season, Melbourne Heart will be looking to push for a finals berth this time round. Heart have made some key additions to their squad for the upcoming season with some key signings, Harry Kewell being the most high profile one. Kewell signing for Melbourne Heart could turn out to be a good deal for both parties. Heart have lacked a player with Kewell’s skills and experience and Kewell himself targeting a World Cup spot. Kewell has also been made club captain for the upcoming season after an impressive pre-season. Melbourne Heart also signed Orlando Engelaar…

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Central Coast Mariners 2013/14 Season Preview

CentralCoast will begin their 2013/14 A-League campaign in unfamiliar territory. After coming close three times previously the Mariners enter season nine as reigning champions after winning their maiden title earlier this year against the Western Sydney Wanderers. This is how season nine is shaping up for Graham Arnold’s men. Analysis: The 2013 off season has again seen a high turnover of players at the Central Coast with five key players from the club’s season eight success heading overseas or retiring. Patrick Zwaanswijk and Mat Ryan were vital to the Mariners success last year in a team that conceded only 22 goals…

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Perth Poised For New Era

With the 2013/14 A-League season kicking off in just over 2 weeks, Perth Glory will be aiming for a strong presence in this ever improving competition. With a full pre-season under the guidence of Alistair Edwards’ new coaching staff and philosophy it is an exciting time for fans in purple. Edwards who took over the reigns from Ian Ferguson with seven games to go last season, turned Glory’s season around quite remarkably. He catapulted the team from rock bottom into the top six and qualified for a finals clash between Melbourne Victory, one of now two controversial finals involving Glory. With the…

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Reds Commit to Local Talent

From the start of next season, Adelaide United FC’s on field future will have a distinct local flavour with the club delighted to announce it has secured a quartet of young home grown talent to senior contracts. Reds Youth Team goalkeeper John Hall and three South Australians based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) – Mark Ochieng, Dylan Smith and Ben Warland, have all signed two year contracts with the club for the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons. Moving to acquire the four players over six months out from the start of their contracts commencing signals the club’s…

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What’s in A-League?

The other day I was surfing the net and came along a well written article on Fox Sports News by football journalist Guy Hand. Mr Hand explored the issue of whether or not A-League players were good enough for the national team. This is a question many have asked ever since the infamous, harsh but arguably true at the time observation made by then Socceroos coach, Pim Verbeek: stating that training in Europe was better than playing in the A-League. Since the comment made by Verbeek was five seasons we once again ask if playing in the A-League in season…

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To sign or not to sign?

The build up to season 8 of the Hyundai A-League has been moving along quite well with the exception of a few minor crowd incidents in preseason games. But that “well” could be upgraded to “exceptionally well” if the proposed “out of the sky blue” signing of Juventus and Italian legend, Alessandro Del Piero, actually comes to fruition. So before Rebecca Wilson can finish googling him and go on a Ted-Bullpit rant, let’s congratulate the initiative and vision of Tony Pignata, Sydney FC and all those behind this on attempting one of the boldest moves in the short history of…

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Giving the A-League Wings

One thing that I have noticed this off-season is that there are not enough teams in the A-League to offer places not only to locally-based players but also Aussies who are open to coming home. I used to think that the clubs were not interested enough in giving young Aussies a chance. I assumed they were more interested in giving places to recycled journeymen or foreign players. Yet, this I now realise is too simplistic. After one looks more closely at the situation it is clear that the timing of the off-season with that of Europe and lack of positions…

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If the cap fits

The salary cap in sport is basically a mechanism that serves two main functions; to keep the spending of clubs down, and to preserve some level of parity between teams. Many professional sports especially the major leagues in America (NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL) have them as well as the NRL and AFL in Australia. It is worth pointing out though that these four major American competitions and two Australian ones are arguably the pinnacles of their respective sports so it makes it less likely to lose players to inferior competitions for money, unless we are talking crazy Chinese money. The…

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