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May 2014

World Cup 2014: Why Chile might be Australia’s toughest match

In just under a month’s time, Australia’s own Socceroos will begin its 2014 Brazil World Cup campaign with a match against South American qualifiers Chile, before taking on the might of the Netherlands and Spain in the three guaranteed games of the group stage.

Until now, the focus of the Australian media and wider public has been on the impending battle with current title holders and world’s number one ranked team Spain, as well of course as 2010 World Cup runners up Netherlands. Each are giants of world football and boast an embarrassment of riches in terms of the talented footballers at their disposal. We are talking about David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Robin Van Persie, Robben Huntelaar, etc, etc.

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Why Ognenovski is wrong to criticise the Socceroos selection strategy

Recent news on the selection of the Australian football squad for the Brazil World Cup has been focusing on the preemptive retirement of many of Australia’s “Golden Generation” players.

Australia’s coach Ange Postecoglou has made the step of contacting a number of players considered the regulars of the last fews Socceroos campaigns to let them know personally that their services will no longer be required. The recent addition of Lucas Neill to this list of unwanted and his subsequent retirement appears to be the precursor for Ognenovski to have let fly at the new Australian manager, going as far as to suggest it disrespectful.

Now with all due respect of my own to Sasa, that is crap.

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Why Yaya Toure is the best midfielder in the world right now

Manchester City overcame some first half jitters in their penultimate Premier League match to secure a 4-0 victory against 17th place Aston Villa this morning. While a brace from Edin Dzeko and an 89th minute goal from Steven Jovetic were crucial in securing the win, it was Yaya Toure’s surging run and collected finish for their fourth that would stamp the exclamation mark on the match, City’s Premiership chances and the perception on the man himself as the best midfielder in the world at the moment.

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Alessandro Del Piero is really leaving Sydney FC – You can’t leave without saying goodbye

Having written a blog piece a few weeks ago about the bittersweet relationship Sydney FC was enjoying with its Italian marquee signing, A-League coverage over the past week appears to suggest that my sinister wish for the two to part ways has come true. Indeed I should have heeded the advice, ‘be careful what you wish for’ a little better.

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What is next for the Western Sydney Wanderers?

Last night’s 2-1 loss in extra time of the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League Grand Final will have left Western Sydney Wanderers fans with a desperately hollow feeling, as the club has now suffered losses at this stage of the tournament for the last two seasons.

As an (almost) impartial viewer yesterday, it was hard not to feel bad for them as well. Despite finishing 10 points behind their grand final opponents, the Brisbane Roar in the 2013-14 regular season, there was a real sense of optimism amongst Wanderers supporters, who most likely saw their failure the previous year as the last piece of the puzzle needed in attaining this season’s A-League Championship. The old adage of needing to lose one before you win one.

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West Ham should part ways with Sam Allardyce: A fan’s perspective

Although having established this blog for the purpose of discussing the Hyundai A-League, I awoke this morning with the unrelenting desire to discuss a matter on the team I support in the English Premier League, West Ham United – more specifically, the need for them to part ways with current manager Sam Allardyce and to find a new direction with their football.

West Ham currently sit 14th on the EPL ladder, and barring a calamity of the last few rounds of the competition, will remain in top flight football next season. Job done right?

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