Culture Kings: How Popovic and Aloisi are looking to mould their team’s ethos

Building a winning football team, especially a sustainable one, is not something that happens overnight. On and off the field, both tangible and intangible factors must be brought together in harmony to put a club in a position to succeed and, while many hands are involved, the principal figure in this construction is the coach.  … Continue reading Culture Kings: How Popovic and Aloisi are looking to mould their team’s ethos

Aloisi turns to the grapevine to prepare for Popa’s mystery Victory

Tony Popovic's Melbourne Victory may represent a bit of an enigma heading into the 2021-22 A-League Men season, but Western United coach John Aloisi doesn't believe he's going to be caught off guard when the two sides meet on Saturday evening. Due to the chaos surrounding Australia’s internal borders, meaning the club’s FFA Cup Round … Continue reading Aloisi turns to the grapevine to prepare for Popa’s mystery Victory

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

Drama, brilliance, and calamity as Prijović helps Western United down Newcastle in FFA Cup

It wouldn’t be Australian football if it marked a historic occasion without adding in equal amounts controversy, brilliance, and downright insanity.  After Lachlan Wales opener had been cancelled out by Daniel dos Santos Penha’s sumptuous second-half free-kick, Aleksandar Prijović’s 79th-minute goal consigned Newcastle Jets to the unwanted title of the first A-League Men’s side in … Continue reading Drama, brilliance, and calamity as Prijović helps Western United down Newcastle in FFA Cup

As borders re-open, Jamie Maclaren would “love” a Socceroo return

As Australia opens its borders to the world and the Socceroos prepare to end a 763 absence from home, Melbourne City striker and reigning A-League Men Golden Boot winner Jamie Maclaren says he would “love” to get the chance to represent his nation once again. Following the successful staging of two friendlies between the Matildas … Continue reading As borders re-open, Jamie Maclaren would “love” a Socceroo return

John Aloisi making some big changes at Western United

The 2021-22 campaign is set to be a big one for Western United -- both figuratively and literally.  Highlighted by the departure of foundation head coach Marko Rudan just days after its commencement, United has have experienced a tumultuous offseason; welcoming John Aloisi as its new gaffer, moving from its original training base at City … Continue reading John Aloisi making some big changes at Western United

Fear, loathing and waiting for Western United’s stadium

Last week, A-League club Western United made two announcements that were simultaneously unrelated and intrinsically tied. The latter of the two represented a club attempting to find a "least bad" option available that, nonetheless, kicked off a firestorm. The former, in hindsight, served as a reminder that the coming controversy was entirely of United's creation. … Continue reading Fear, loathing and waiting for Western United’s stadium

A-League chaos: South Melbourne seek to block Western United from using Lakeside Stadium

The A-League's fixture list has been thrown into chaos after former NSL powers South Melbourne declared an intent to block Western United from staging fixtures at Lakeside Stadium. Full story in ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australian-a-league/story/4482125/a-league-chaos-south-melbourne-seek-to-block-western-united-from-using-lakeside-stadium