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Well the Rugby League season is over so we go full steam ahead into the new Football season here in Australia. This thread is for all Australian Football related topics for the upcoming 2018/19 season.


Socceroos

We start with on a bit of a sad note as news has come out tonight that one of the Socceroos greatest ever leaders, Mile Jedinak, has announced his retirement from International Football. Him and his beard were a pillar of strength for the Socceroos in the recent World Cup campaign and even longer before that. He will be damn near impossible to replace. Here's a link:
https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/mile-jedinak-retires-caltex-socceroos-international-career

Upcoming Fixtures for the Socceroos

15th October: vs Kuwait Away (Friendly) Time and venue TBC
17th November: vs South Korea Home (Friendly) Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane @ 7:50pm
20th November: vs Lebanon Home (Friendly) ANZ Stadium, Sydney @ 7:30pm

FFA Cup


We're up to the Semi finals, the definite tie of the round will be the Sydney derby being played out at Penrith. Meanwhile in the other semi, Adelaide try to avoid embarressment against Victorian side Bentleigh Greens

Semi Finals

5th October: Bentleigh Greens vs Adelaide United. Kingston Heath Sports Complex, Cheltenham, VIC @ 7:30pm.
6th October: Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC. Penrith Stadium, Sydney, NSW @ 7:30pm.



A-League

The A-League is fast approaching after its usual mammoth pre-season, it kicks off on Friday 19th October in Adelaide as the Reds host the reigning premiers, Sydney FC.
If you look at the recruitment of every team you can honestly say that every single club's roster has greatly improved, it has been one of the best recruitment periods in the leagues history. I'd say Melbourne Victory are probably the early favourites unfortunately looking at who they've brought in, they've got their recruitment spot on with some monster signings. Sydney FC, despite losing their two best players this year, have replaced them very effectively, they'll be among the favourites again. Melbourne City's roster looks top notch this year, but can they finally deliver on their potential? The most intriguing team this year is actually the Perth Glory IMO, their recruitment has been absolutely nuts. They've had big off seasons before but haven't delivered in the season. With Popovic at the helm and some top line recruits, it's shaping up as an interesting year for Perth.

In's and Out's

Sydney FC


In: Trent Buhagiar (Central Coast Mariners), Jop van der Linden (AZ Alkmaar, Holland), Adam Le Fondre (Bolton, England), Daniel De Silva (Central Coast Mariners - Loan), Siem de Jong (Ajax Amsterdam - Loan), Cameron Devlin (Youth), Joel King (Youth), Ryan Teague (Youth), Jerry Skotadis (Youth), Marco Tilio (Youth)

Out: Adrian Mierzejewski (Changchun Yatai, China), Jordy Buijs (V-Varen Nagasaki, Japan), Matt Simon (Central Coast Mariners), Bobô (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Luke Wilkshire (Wollongong Wolves), Fábio Ferreira (Perth Glory), David Carney (Retired), Anthony Kalik (Returned to HNK Hajduk Split, Croatia)

Probable best 11

GK: Redmayne
RB: Grant
LB: Zullo
CB: Wilkinson (c)
CB: Van der Linden
DM: Brillante
DM: O'Neill
LW: Ninkovic
RW: De Silva/Buhagier
AM: De Jong
ST: Le Fondre

After Buhagier's performances in the FFA Cup and pre season, I'm not so sure De Silva is a sure thing to start ahead of him. Brosque to rotate through the front 4.

Adelaide:
In: Scott Galloway (Wellington Phoenix), Ben Halloran (V-V Nagasaki, Japan), Mirko Boland (E. Braunschweig, Germany), Micheal Jakobson (Melbourne City), Ken Ilso (Penang, Malaysia), Craig Goodwin (Unattached), Pacifique Niyongabire (Youth), Paul Wilson (Youth), Louis D'Arrigo (Youth), Issac Richards (Youth)

Out: Johan Absalonsen (SönderjyskE, Denmark), Daniel Adlung (SpVgg Greuther Fürth II, Germany), Tarek Elrich (WS), Mark Ochieng (Adelaide Comets), Ben Garuccio (Hearts, Scotland), Jordan O'Doherty (WS), Ersan Gulum (End of loan, returned to Hebei China Fortune, China), Dzengis Cavusevic (released)

Brisbane:
In: Stefan Mauk (NEC, Holland), Stefan Nigro (Melbourne Victory), Dylan Wenzel-Halls (Western Pride), Adam Taggart (Perth Glory), Tobias Mikkelsen (FC Nordsjaelland, Denmark), Álex López (Unattached), Aaron Reardon (Youth), Mirza Muratovic (Youth), Bryce Bafford (Youth)

Out: Corey Gameiro (Central Coast Mariners), Massimo Maccarone (this **** is 39 and he's going to go around again LOL) (Carrarese Calcio 1908, Italy), Corey Brown (Melbourne Victory), Mitchell Oxborrow (Broadmeadow Magic FC), Ivan Franjic (Perth Glory), Jade North (released), Michael Theo (released)

Central Coast Mariners
In: Jack Clisby (WS), Matt Simon (Sydney FC), Corey Gameiro (Brisbane Roar), Mario Shabow (Newcastle Jets), Tommy Oar (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus), Michael McGlinchey (Wellington Phoenix), Joe Gauci (West Torrens Birkalla SC), Matt Millar (South Melbourne), Josh MacDonald (Wollongong Wolves), Ross McCormack (Aston Villa, England - Loan), Jordan Murray (Could be a top notch pickup this kid) (APIA Leichhardt Tigers), Jonathan Aspropotamitis (WS), Aiden O'Neill (Burnley, England - Loan), Kalifa Cissé (Unattached), Adam Pearce (Youth), Peter Kekeris (Youth), Usain Bolt (Currently on trial)

Out: Harry Ascroft (Balzan FC, Malta - Returned from loan, but rejoined Balzan permanently on a free transfer), Storm Roux (Melbourne Victory), Trent Buhagiar (Sydney FC), Lachlan Wales (Melbourne City), Liam Rose (FC Ararat-Armenia Erewan, Armenia), Alan Baró (UE Olot, Spain), Daniel De Silva (Sydney FC - Loan), Blake Powell (Ceres-Negros FC, Czech Republic), Wout Brama (FC Twente, Holland), Tom Glover (returned to Tottenham), Vukašin Ristic (retired), Josh Rose (retired), Josh Bingham (released), Peter Skapetis (released), Jacob Poscoliero (released)

Melbourne City
In: Mark Birighitti (NAC Breda, Holland), Lachlan Wales (Central Coast Mariners), Florin Bérenguer (FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, France), Ritchie De Laet (Aston Villa - Loan), Riley McGree (Club Brugge KV, Belguim - Loan), Michael O'Halloran (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Anthony Cáceres (Manchester City, England - Loan), Curtis Good (Unattached), Mitchell Graham (Youth), Gianluca Iannucci (Youth), Anthony Lesiotis (Youth), Joshua Cavallo (Youth), Lucas Portelli (Youth)

Out: Daniel Arzani (Manchester City, England), Ruon Tongyik (WS), Marcin Budzinski (Cracovia Kraków, Poland), Nicholas Fitzgerald (WS), Michael Jakobsen (Adelaide), Bruce Kamau (WS), Oliver Bozanic (Hearts, Scotland), Denis Genreau (PEC Zwolle, Holland - Loan), Dean Bouzanis (PEC Zwolle, Holland - Loan), Hernán Espíndola (Hume City FC), Stefan Mauk (NEC Nijmegen, Holland), Chris Cavallo (released)

Melbourne Victory
In: Corey Brown (Brisbane Roar), Nick Ansell (CD Tondela, Portugal - Possibly Loan, not sure), Georg Niedermeier (SC Freiburg, Germany), Keisuke Honda (CF Pachuca, Mexico), Storm Roux (Central Coast Mariners), Ola Toivonen (FC Toulouse, France), Raúl Baena (Granada CF, Spain - Loan), Nicholas Sette (Youth), Birkan Kirdar (Youth), Majak Mawith (Youth)

Out: Rhys Williams (Al Qadisiyah FC, Saudi Arabia), Cameron McGilp (Birmingham City, England), Besart Berisha (good riddance) (Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Japan), Stefan Nigro (Brisbane Roar), James Donachie (Jeonnam Dragons FC, South Korea), Leroy George (Baniyas SC, UAE), Matías Sánchez (Club Atlético San Martín (SJ), Argentina), Pierce Waring (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Christian Theoharous (Borussia Mönchengladbach II, Germany), Mitch Austin (Newcastle Jets)

Newcastle Jets
In: Mitch Austin (Melbourne Victory), Kaine Sheppard (Avondale Football Club), Matthew Ridenton (Wellington Phoenix), Lewis Italiano (Sterling Lions by way of Wellington Phoenix), Jair (Unattached), Noah James (Youth)

Out: Wayne Brown (Sutton United, England), Mario Shabow (Central Coast Mariners), Patricio Rodríguez (Moreirense FC, Portugal), Jack Duncan (Al Qadisiyah FC, Saudi Arabia) (Unfortunately this very talented kid decided to take the easy cash, at this stage of his career he would of been better off going to Europe, he'd develop a hell of a lot more there then in Saudi Arabia), Mark Moric (HNK Rijeka, Croatia), Riley McGree (Returned to Club Brugge KV, Belguim)

Perth Glory
In: Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Fábio Ferreira (Sydney FC), Tando Velaphi (Wellington Phoenix), Tomislav Mrcela (Jeonnam Dragons FC, South Korea), Brendon Santalab (WS), Christopher Ikonomidis (SS Lazio, Italy) - Free transfer, not a loan believe it or not), Juande (Spezia Calcio, Italy), Jason Davidson (HNK Rijeka, Croatia), Matthew Spiranovic (unattached)

Out: Adam Taggart (Brisbane Roar), Xavi Torres (Elche CF, Spain), Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers, England), Andreu Guerao (released, probably retired), Jeremy Walker (released), Joe Knowles (released)

Wellington Phoenix
In: Louis Fenton (Melbourne Knights), Filip Kurto (Roda JC Kerkrade, Holland), David Williams (Szombathelyi Haladás, Hungary), Steven Taylor (Peterborough United, England), Michal Kopczynski (Legia Warszawa, Poland - Loan), Mitch Nichols (Unattached) (Definite problem child, but undoubtedly talented, could be a good get for the Nix if Rudes keeps him on the straight and narrow), Liberato Cacace (Youth)

Out: Scott Galloway (Adelaide), Matthew Ridenton (Newcastle Jets), Goran Paracki (Neftchi Baku, Azerbaijan), Marco Rossi (Robur Siena, Italy), Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners), James McGarry (Willem II Tilburg, Holland), Lewis Italiano (Newcastle Jets by way of Sterling Lions), Matija Ljujic (Os Belenenses SAD, Portugal), Tando Velaphi (Perth Glory), Logan Rogerson (FC Carl Zeiss Jena, Germany), Andrija Kaludjerovic (NK Olimpija Ljubljana, Slovenia), Adam Parkhouse (released)

Western Sydney Wanderers
In: Patrick Ziegler (1.FC Kaiserslautern, Germany), Alexander Baumjohann (Esporte Clube Vitória, Brazil), Ruon Tongyik (Melbourne City), Jordan O'Doherty (Adelaide), Nicholas Fitzgerald (Melbourne City), Danijel Nizic (Morecambe FC, England), Bruce Kamau (Melbourne City), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide), Tate Russell (Youth), Tass Mourdoukoutas (Youth), Jack Greenwood (Youth)

Out: Jack Clisby (Central Coast Mariners), Brendon Santalab (Perth Glory), Álvaro Cejudo (Racing Santander, Spain), Michael Thwaite (Gold Coast United - yeah, they're still around), Steven Lustica (NK Inter Zapresic, Croatia), Christopher Ikonomidis (Returned to SS Lazio, Italy), Jonathan Aspropotamitis (Central Coast Mariners)
 
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FFA Cup results
Bentleigh Greens 0 Adelaide United 2
WS 0 Sydney FC 3

FFA Cup Final

Adelaide United vs Sydney FC Coopers Stadium, Adelaide. Tuesday 30th October.

A rematch of last years final.
 
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What’s everyone think of the Usain Bolt experiment so far.

Great publicity for the game and great for the fans but is he a realistic chance of making the Mariners squad?

He may be the fastest man on the planet but to be a pro footballer you need to have learned the skills at an early age.

Scored two goals but I gather the opposition was pretty poor. Won’t get that sort of defence even in the A League.
 

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What’s everyone think of the Usain Bolt experiment so far.

Great publicity for the game and great for the fans but is he a realistic chance of making the Mariners squad?

He may be the fastest man on the planet but to be a pro footballer you need to have learned the skills at an early age.

Scored two goals but I gather the opposition was pretty poor. Won’t get that sort of defence even in the A League.

One of the goals was an open goal tap in as well. They were playing subpar opposition. Still a double is a double. Definitely hasn’t proven enough yet though.
 

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Sydney FC’s Trent Buhagier has torn his ACL. After pretty much being the MVP of the FFA Cup so far he was set for a break out year. Such a shame.
 

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Looks like Usain Bolt is going to bail on central coast after 1 game.
Going to go to chase the big money in Europe.
 

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Looks like Usain Bolt is going to bail on central coast after 1 game.
Going to go to chase the big money in Europe.

Wow. That would be pretty funny if that happened. The league is better off without these kind of gimmicks anyway.
 

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I don't follow the A-League, but I have been following the expansion news and today they put a line through Wollongong and Ipswich.

From all reports Wollongong were pretty well placed to support a team, so them getting the arse would make you think the Southern Expansion are pretty well placed to get a team.

I don't think our stadium is any part of their bid, so if they get in they will be building a 20k stadium in the Shire.
 

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I don't follow the A-League, but I have been following the expansion news and today they put a line through Wollongong and Ipswich.

From all reports Wollongong were pretty well placed to support a team, so them getting the arse would make you think the Southern Expansion are pretty well placed to get a team.

I don't think our stadium is any part of their bid, so if they get in they will be building a 20k stadium in the Shire.

Not so fast. All the whispers going around is that Southern Expansion is a distant second to the South West Sydney bid. Apparently it’s not even close at the moment.
From what I’ve seen, if they have their heart set on a 3rd Sydney team (I don’t think we need another one, but anyway) then that bid makes a heap more sense anyway. One of the reasons being, it doesn’t eat into the territory’s of Sydney FC and WS as badly as Southern Expansion.
 

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Not so fast. All the whispers going around is that Southern Expansion is a distant second to the South West Sydney bid. Apparently it’s not even close at the moment.
From what I’ve seen, if they have their heart set on a 3rd Sydney team (I don’t think we need another one, but anyway) then that bid makes a heap more sense anyway. One of the reasons being, it doesn’t eat into the territory’s of Sydney FC and WS as badly as Southern Expansion.

Is that the Macarthur bid?

The only reason I'm thinking Southern Expansion is for the sole reason that they ruled out Wollongong, which both bids covered.

I'd only be happy for the SE to go ahead if it was beneficial to the club, like we could rent out our stadium in the off-season etc.

Apart from that, I got friends heavily involved in the CBR bid, so I'm hoping they get up
 

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My mate just put on Facebook that the CBR expansion bid has joined with the Wollongong Wolves to take at least one game to WIN Stadium
 

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My mate just put on Facebook that the CBR expansion bid has joined with the Wollongong Wolves to take at least one game to WIN Stadium

Actually hope Canberra get a licence instead of another Sydney team. Probably won’t though.
 
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