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Best Big Blues in the history of the A-League

Melbourne…Sydney…who is better?

It is a rivalry of cities that is so famous it has it’s own wikipedia entry, so vitriolic I have probably already offended someone by listing Melbourne first. The two biggest cities in Australia maintain a healthy competition in a number of sporting codes, and so it is no surprise that the A-League has fostered and strengthened its own version.

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Best A-League Goals of the 2013-14 season

With the regular competition of the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League now complete, it is time to dust off the ol’ youtube-vision in search of the goal highlights from this campaign. As evidence of the growing capability and skil of the Hyundai A-League, a full 12 goals have made the list, not including the many close contenders that had to be left off.

 

James Troisi – Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar (Rd 3)

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2013-14 A-League Semi-Finals Predictions – By the numbers

This weekend will see the semi-finals of the Hyundai A-League played to determine which two teams will contest for the title of A-League Champions on 4 May.

Of note is the fact that these teams are the same four that played out last year’s semi-finals, with the Wanderers vanquishing the Roar 2-0 to progress to the final, and Central Coast defeating the Victory 1-nil. The Mariners would go on to be crowned the A-League Champions for the 2012-13 season with a 2-0 victory.

Given the bi-annual symmetry, the meaningful statistics of the last two years of competition have been dug out, to bring you the telling facts and figures that will predict with 100 per cent certainty, the semi-final winners and grand-final competitors for the 2013-14 season. You’re welcome!

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Does the A-League need more teams?

Leading into the final round of competition for the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League regular season, Adelaide United’s Spanish-born manager Josep Gombau has come out with an interesting argument, suggesting that the Australian domestic league is need of a greater number of teams.

In this, his first season in the A-League, Gombau believes that while the competition’s quality is at or above the level of many European leagues, the low number of teams and high frequency of repetitive fixtures are holding back further advancement in Australian and New Zealand domestic football. He is proposing that the league need expand to 14 teams from its current number of 10.

While consciously trying to avoid the mistake of taking anything and everything a European says about football as gospel, this is still a man that has had significant experience coaching youth squads in Spain, and a head coaching role in Hong Kong, so he certainly has cause to speak on the issue.  Continue reading “Does the A-League need more teams?”

Can any side beat the Brisbane Roar?

At this point in last year’s season, we were watching the Mariners and Wanderers in a tight race for the premiership, with third-placed Melbourne Victory a comfortable 10 points further back.

Riveting to watch, there was little doubt heading into the finals campaign both deserved their first and second places, and fans were eager at the prospect of the two juggernauts of the competition meeting on the biggest stage, the A-League grand final.

This season, the last four rounds of the A-League have seen an incredible three different teams hold second position on the ladder. While this weekend will see the Western Sydney Wanderers fighting off four other teams for runners-up, we need to remind ourselves that Brisbane wrapped up the Premiership title three weeks ago and remain an incredible 13 points clear of their nearest competitor.

Is there any team that can compete with the Brisbane Roar? One that can match the exciting brand of football the Roar have produced this year, and ensure this year’s grand final is the spectacle it should be?  Continue reading “Can any side beat the Brisbane Roar?”

The curse of Alessandro del Piero

For much of the second half of the 2013-14 A-League season, the talk around Alessandro Del Piero has been of the ‘will they, won’t they’ kind, specifically if a contract extension would be offered to the Italian great.

While few can argue that Del Piero is the best player Sydney have and has dragged the Sky Blues kicking and screaming to a finals berth, argument has persisted on whether he is in fact holding the club back: would Sydney be better off parting ways with Alessandro?  Continue reading “The curse of Alessandro del Piero”

Wrap-Up of the A-League Round 26

The second-last round of the Hyundai A-League did its best to hold on to its mystery of which teams will be playing out this seasons finals series that begin in just under a fortnight’s time.

With three separate draws registered over the round giving little clarity, it was Sydney FC’s win at home against the hapless Wellington Phoenix that strengthened their chances of making the six, and the Mariner’s shock 3-1 loss away to Perth Glory that may have dented their chances of second place on the ladder and a home semi-final. Results were as follows: Continue reading “Wrap-Up of the A-League Round 26”

A-League Round 26 Preview

CC Image courtesy of Warren Major on Flickr
CC Image courtesy of Warren Major on Flickr

The second last round of the Hyundai A-League regular season is upon us this weekend, with positions 2 to 6 still undecided and a few crucial fixtures to be played out. With an impressive 2 out 5 tips proven successful last round, G’day League is here to give you all the news,facts and predictions for this week’s matches.

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Review of the A-League Round 25

With the third-last round of the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League season having just been completed, the finals qualifications story has become somewhat clearer.


Club
P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Brisbane Roar 25 16 3 6 42 22 20 51
2 Central Coast Mariners 25 11 6 8 30 33 -3 39
3 Western Sydney Wanderers 25 10 8 7 30 26 4 38
4 Adelaide United 25 10 7 8 43 32 11 37
5 Melbourne Victory 25 10 7 8 36 40 -4 37
6 Sydney FC 25 10 3 12 34 36 -2 33
7 Newcastle Jets 25 9 5 11 30 32 -2 32
8 Wellington Phoenix 25 7 7 11 34 43 -9 28
9 Melbourne Heart 25 6 7 12 32 37 -5 25
10 Perth Glory 25 6 7 12 24 34 -10 25

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