Teething issues mar A-League Men’s new dawn

On the marquee, Saturday evening was heralded as an evening of momentous A-League Men firsts: its new era celebrating opening night before a broader Australian audience it has craved for so long, with two derbies and three of the most well-supported clubs in the land on the bill. Alas, when the dust settled, both the … More Teething issues mar A-League Men’s new dawn

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

Meet Bryleeh Henry: The new 18y.o. Matilda who ‘terrorises defences’

Earning a surprise call-up to the Matildas’ squad for friendlies against Brazil, 18-year-old Bryleeh Henry’s is emblematic of the opportunities a home World Cup is providing. Now, the Penrith local has the rare chance to earn her international debut in front of family and friends in her home stadium and target bigger things to come. … More Meet Bryleeh Henry: The new 18y.o. Matilda who ‘terrorises defences’

Popovic’s plan for Melbourne Victory, Rudan’s rebuild at Western United, Robinson’s Wanderers funk

What’s the plan for Popa at Victory? How important is having one at all? What’s gone wrong with Western Sydney’s? Why does Milos Ninkovic always look like he has one? Did the European Super League even try to have one? If you want to find out, plan on reading the ESPN Australia and New Zealand Football Wrap. … More Popovic’s plan for Melbourne Victory, Rudan’s rebuild at Western United, Robinson’s Wanderers funk

Melbourne Victory stuck in an existential crisis

The axe falling at the biggest club in the land, Grant Brebner’s exit from Melbourne Victory dominates this week’s ESPN Australian Football Wrap. But beyond that there’s the APL’s plans, the Wanderers and much more. Full story published for ESPN Australia and New Zealand: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australian-a-league/story/4362836/melbourne-victory-stuck-in-an-existential-crisis

City down Wanderers 4-1 to throw down an A-League gauntlet

Melbourne City: 4 (Craig Noone ’33 & ’35 – Andrew Nabbout ’52 – Jamie Maclaren ’92)Western Sydney Wanderers: 1 (Bernie Ibini ’21) Central Coast Mariners’ boss Alen Stajcic may have bristled at suggestions that Melbourne City was the A-League’s current benchmark after they downed his side on Monday but, for the neutral observer, City’s follow-up … More City down Wanderers 4-1 to throw down an A-League gauntlet

Western United ready to “suffer” for a win against Western Sydney Wanderers

Set to be without Tomislav Uskok and Víctor Sánchez through suspension, Western United coach Mark Rudan is preparing for a stern test when his side hosts the “deepest squad in the league” in Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday afternoon. The Western gaffer, though, is confident his club has what it takes to “suffer” if needed … More Western United ready to “suffer” for a win against Western Sydney Wanderers