A-League Men Season Preview 2021-22: New signings, key players, ones to watch

The football world's longest offseason is finally at an end and, with a new name in tow, the A-League Men competition is back, kicking off on Friday as defending champions Melbourne City take on Brisbane Roar. Full story, published alongside Ante Jukic, in ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australian-a-league-men/story/4521891/a-league-men-season-preview-2021-22-new-signingskey-playersones-to-watch

Beloved veteran Andrew Durante to retire at season’s end

After 20 years, an NSL title, an A-League title, 24 international appearances for New Zealand, and over 400 appearances in the Australian top-flight, Andrew Durante is ready to hang up his boots. The beloved veteran, who won the Joe Marston Medal as he helped Newcastle Jets to the 2007-08 A-League championship, made the announcement alongside … Continue reading Beloved veteran Andrew Durante to retire at season’s end

City hits Phoenix-shaped speedbump on way to maiden A-League Premiership

Melbourne City’s path to a maiden A-League title has hit a speedbump after the runaway league leaders were held to a 2-2 draw with Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park.  Storming back from a 1-0 deficit to lead 2-1 after a bevy of second-half substitutions restored them to something more properly resembling full-strength, City appeared to … Continue reading City hits Phoenix-shaped speedbump on way to maiden A-League Premiership

‘That’s his problem’ – former teammates Rudan and Talay clash over coaching styles

Full story first published for SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/that-s-his-problem-former-teammates-rudan-and-talay-clash-over-coaching-styles Thursday evening’s battle between Western United and Wellington Phoenix has extended beyond 90 minutes on the UTAS Stadium pitch, with both Mark Rudan and Ufuk Talay taking issue with the other’s sides approach and the officiating following the contest. An early strike by Ben Waine … Continue reading ‘That’s his problem’ – former teammates Rudan and Talay clash over coaching styles

Sermanni still hopeful of New Zealand W-League expansion

Full story first published in SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/sermanni-still-hopeful-of-new-zealand-w-league-expansion New Zealand women's national team coach Tom Sermanni retains hope that Wellington Phoenix will eventually be represented in the W-League and has revealed some of the challenges the Football Ferns are facing on the road to the Tokyo Olympics. Club owners had given Wellington’s entry … Continue reading Sermanni still hopeful of New Zealand W-League expansion

Report: Gestede towers over all as Victory move off the bottom of A-League table

Melbourne Victory: 2 (Rudy Gestede 45+3, 49)Wellington Phoenix: 0  Melbourne Victory has clawed their way off the bottom of the A-League table, and sent Wellington Pheonix there in their place, after downing the Kiwi side 2-0 at AAMI Park on Wednesday evening.  Making just his second start for the club, Rudy Gestede proved the hero … Continue reading Report: Gestede towers over all as Victory move off the bottom of A-League table

Central Coast Mariners paying compliments to Sydney FC; second division declared ‘when and how’

Central Coast Mariners continue chugging along in a manner that was wholly unexpected before the A-League season kicked off. Discussions about the proposed second division also continue -- but perhaps in the expected manner -- and we have a new fixture to look forward to. Good football and social media things, too. It's the wrap! Full article published … Continue reading Central Coast Mariners paying compliments to Sydney FC; second division declared ‘when and how’