TV rights deals pose problems for FFA

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TV rights deals pose problems for FFA

Football Federation Australia is heading for a crossroads with the A-League television rights due to expire in 2017. The game’s governing body can remain on the path they know with Fox Sports as the A-League’s primary broadcaster and continue to have restricted exposure of their product. Or they can choose a road that has previously been travelled by former administrations with disastrous results, but also presents an upside that simply cannot be matched by subscription television – potentially huge viewing figures. This second option involves selling television broadcast rights to a commercial network, something that stirs up strong emotions for…

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Jurić’s proud message sparks unwarranted response

Stretching his long legs to latch onto a swerving pinpoint cross from teammate Mathew Leckie, Tomi Jurić half volleyed past Omani goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi as Australia extended their already commanding lead in their Asian Cup group stage clash. Jurić, a proud Australian of Croatian heritage, then lifted up his shirt to reveal a touching and heartfelt slogan underneath: “Mum, Dad, Brother”. It was just his second goal in the green and gold of the Socceroos, and his first in a match of such magnitude. Jurić’s gesture acknowledged the crucial part his family have played in his development professionally and personally,…

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What we learnt – Australia 4 -1 Kuwait

Australia came from a goal behind against Kuwait to claim an opening 4-1 win of the Asian Cup at AAMI Park. Socceroos slow start but strong finish The Socceroos began the opener sluggish conceding within the first eight minutes. Kuwait found some joy on the counter-attack after a turnover that lead to a corner for the Kuwaitis. A defensive error early on in the eighth minute led to Kuwaiti defender Ali Hussein Fadhel scoring the first goal in the 2015 Asian Cup. Fadhel found the breakthrough when a corner was flicked in his path, heading into the back of the net….

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Postecoglou excited by home advantage

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has declared his team’s morale is high in the lead-up to the opening match of the Asian Cup against Kuwait. Postecoglou praised his charges for their attitude in the build up to the tournament, despite of a poor run of results and the country’s FIFA ranking dropping to a lowly 100. “The spirit’s very good at the moment. Our performances and results have been fairly patchy over the last couple of months. Coming here on the first day of camp I could see they were comfortable, coming in comfortable with the environment and there was a…

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Wilkinson’s whirlwind year

To say it’s been a whirlwind year for Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson would be an understatement. At the start of 2014, the former Mariners’ captain was looking to consolidate his spot in the starting line-up at cashed-up Korean side Jeonbuk Motors. Not even the most optimistic of people could have predicted what would happen over the course of the next 12 months. In March, Wilkinson made his national team debut against Ecuador at the relatively late age of 30. He then proceeded to win 10 more caps and establish himself as one of Ange Postecoglou’s first choice defenders, starting all…

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How Australia can win the Asian Cup

With the Asian Cup kicking off in less than 50 days Australia still has some work to do before their first match of the tournament, against Kuwait in Melbourne, on January 9. Prior to Ange Postecoglou’s appointment as coach the national team had been dismantled 6-0 in consecutive matches against Brazil and France. With the ageing golden generation dominating the team sheet and the dressing room, Postecoglou’s mission of regenerating the national team was always going to be a challenging task, something he acknowledged at the time of his appointment. Prior to travelling to the World Cup, I asked Postecoglou…

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Socceroos’ Asian Cup campaign starts now

Australia’s Asian Cup campaign begins in 319 days with a game at AAMI Park in Melbourne, but in reality it begins the moment coach Ange Postecoglou selects his squad for the friendly with Ecuador on March 5th. This friendly will be the last chance for fringe players to impress Postecoglou and put forward their case for a ticket to the World Cup in Brazil later this year. The majority of the squad we take to the World Cup will also participate in the Asian Cup in January next year, with less than seven months between the opening fixtures of each…

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Player safety – is it really a priority?

Sunday’s clash between the Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory was the hottest game in the A-League’s history. The match went ahead despite temperatures reaching extremes of 40.8°C during play. The match was played at Lavington Sports Ground in Albury, just inside New South Wales’ border with Victoria. Football NSW’s official hot weather policy states that officials should “cancel or postpone events involving Adults at a temperature of 37°C”. While this policy may be NSW specific it is generally adhered to nationally, as the information and recommendations within the guidelines are supported by Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), who are Australia’s “peak…

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Twenty-Seven More Cities Keen to Join Asian Cup Party

Twenty-seven cities in every state and territory have been short-listed as potential pre-competition training camps for Australia’s biggest ever football tournament, AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015. The enthusiasm generated around the nation means Asia’s top 16 teams will have a wealth of locations to choose from when they prepare for Asia’s biggest sporting event. Venues putting their hands up to be part of Australia’s Asian Cup party include nine in NSW, eight in Victoria, three in both Queensland and South Australia and one each in WA, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory. They now become candidates to host visiting…

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Five More Qualify for Australia 2015

Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Uzbekistan have all stormed into Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup finals, but China faces one final hurdle before joining them. Three-time champion Iran emphatically beat Lebanon 4-1 in Beirut to qualify from Group B alongside Kuwait, 3-1 winner over Thailand. Oman progressed from Group A after recording an injury time winner over Syria, while Qatar and 2011 semi-finalist Uzbekistan posted decisive away wins over Malaysia and Hong Kong. That leaves China fighting for one of the final three places when the qualifiers wind up with a final round next March, after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab…

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