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  1. 22 points
    I survived the ANZ/Spotless years and all I got was this lousy (JD) away shirt
  2. 19 points
    Orial Reira we will miss the most of the departing players. 25 goals in 49 appearances not including FFA cup and pre-season goals in a team that came 7th and 8th. Those defensive headers and tracking back, general play we will miss. He had a rough patch for much of this year I cannot deny that but lifted with the additions of Yeboah and Duke in the squad and you saw the Reira from the previous season, he turned it around for himself and that is a compliment to the kind of player he is.
  3. 19 points
    I never understood the whole Reira doesn’t try when he was running 50 metres back to make challenges on the other teams attackers yes he lost his way yes he didn’t play to his best for large parts but i don’t think his loyalty to the shirt and passion for it should be questioned Not sure you can say the same for some others players especially someone like baum who just stood there at times
  4. 18 points
    mack

    Western Sydney Stadium Open!

    I see they didn't go with the circular dressing room like Melbourne City did. ------- The devil, as always, is in the detail. Like the fact that the senior pitches at the Wanderers’ new training centre are the same size as Bankwest Stadium’s, to the centimetre. Like the fact that the floodlights on every one of the nine pitches will be, with 500lux LED power, so bright you could broadcast an FFA Cup game on TV. Like the orientation of the gym and its floor to ceiling windows that mean a player in rehab is just yards away from the training pitches and visually connected. And like the blinds on the windows in the media centre, ready to secure training sessions from prying eyes. It’s not just on game day that the new season promises so much for Western Sydney. After years of training in the midst of children’s athletics carnivals, with dressing rooms so far removed they were almost in a different suburb, the Wanderers players will return for pre-season at the $15m centre of excellence that has been years in the making. Off-field staff will be in much sooner - Monday in fact, and there was a noticeable spring in the step of staff moving their equipment across on Friday morning, even in pouring rain. As a way of drawing a line under the past two seasons it is hugely symbolic, but the facility is all about the future. Three pitches are ready now and the other six will be in use by January, housing the A-League and W-League teams right down to the youngest junior teams on one 11ha site. The complex was designed after chairman Paul Lederer and CEO John Tsatsimas toured elite clubs around the world and garnered ideas from all of them. The female teams have their own dedicated changing rooms. All of the academy coaches share an office with Markus Babbel. And at the centre of it all is the $1m gym which means for the first time the A-League players will scarcely have to leave the site during their working day. A coffee shop tender has just been awarded to provide a base for parents while their children train in the academy teams, and eventually a licensed club will follow to allow supporters to use the complex. Famously there are no registration fees charged to those players. “In this area, there are people who can afford it, but there are lots who can’t,” said Lederer. “It would be a travesty if young talented kids couldn’t play because they can’t afford to.” The whole site has been leased from Blacktown City Council, who will maintain the pitches. “Having the Wanderers based here gives hope and inspiration to local residents, there’s a pathway from local teams right up to the A-League,” said mayor Steve Bali. In every sense, the Wanderers are coming home. Now they just have to start winning again.
  5. 18 points
    Georgievski 2 year deal https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/football/a-league/western-sydney-wanderers-sign-daniel-georgievski-from-newcastle-jets/news-story/6a0bc74d939c8304e3daf31bacd21c9d Five years ago, when Daniel Georgievski signed his first A-League contract with Melbourne Victory, he took a trip home to find a bunch of relatives wearing Western Sydney jerseys. The Blacktown-born full-back had just returned from a seven-year stint playing in Europe and quietly joined Kevin Muscat’s big guns south of the border. Not that his extended family knew right away. “When I came back to Sydney to see everyone my cousins rocked up in Wanderers jerseys and told me I’d picked the wrong club,” Georgievski said. “They supported them even before I was in Australia. But my parents don’t support anyone other than wherever I’m playing.” Now he’s back in the city he left as an 18-year-old, finally wearing the red and black on a two-year move he hopes will not only calm the family football feud but also offer a compelling new chapter to his increasingly well-travelled career. In the ultimate familial sacrifice, some of Georgievski’s relatives eventually peeled themselves away from the Wanderers to follow the path of the Marconi Stallions junior and Macedonian international. First at Victory, where he won the 2014-15 A-League double and 2015 FFA Cup, and won the 2016-17 the Joe Marston Medal despite losing that grand final. Then to Newcastle where, in his first season, he was part the club’s remarkable wooden-spoon-to-grand-final run only to lose that controversial VAR-influenced decider against the club he’d just left. Indeed, every campaign since Georgievski first moved to Romania in 2012 has produced either a trophy, close brush with a title or an Asian Champions League knockout-stage run. “In that sense this year (missing the finals) was one of the hardest I’ve had to swallow in my career,” he said. And even though the vibe in the Hunter remained great, the Jets only offered him a one-year extension. So when Markus Babbel came calling with a two-year deal at the turn of the new year he snapped it up. Now, reunited with former Victory assistant Jean-Paul de Marigny, he’ll return with a clutch of zealous fans in tow - even if it is just for the blood link. “They’re now getting back to Parramatta where they had their best years,” he said. “To be a part of that is a big thing.”
  6. 18 points
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  8. 16 points
    The sad thing is I knew the guy was going to get smeared the moment it started getting traction. NSW Police are following the USA textbook, just that in the US it's usually only done after they murder someone or get someone seriously hurt or killed because of their mistakes. In Australia it's normally used for working class people who managed to upset certain politicians (eg Duncan Storrar who was destroyed by the Murdoch media for daring to ask a question on Q&A) or Aboriginal people who have no way to fight back against the system, eg the children detailed at Don Dale in the NT such as Dylan Voller or Tom Hickey whose death was the catalyst for the Redfern Riot in 2004. Immediately attack the victim, leak to friendly media, lie about the circumstances and use language that downplays the role of the Police in causing the problem. DARVO. Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim & Offender. Attacked the victim by smearing in the media. First thing is go to Ray Hadley. "He was drunk", "He only wanted different beer", "He never had access to that area previously", "He assaulted a security officer" and in the last half-hour, "was banned from ANZ 2 years ago" as if that matters in this situation. Then the Assistant Commissioner comes out lies on camera while repeatedly saying he doesn't know what actually happened, just spouting off misinformation directly from the officers/security involved without having bothered to investigate the issue. Of course, nothing will happen. Just like nothing happened after the Pepper Spray incident at Parramatta. Why would anything happen? The state just voted back in the corrupt police & nanny state loving party who approve of these "tough on crime" methods.
  9. 14 points
    There is so much wrong with this incident that happened last night. The guy is a smurf but one of the good guys who supports the game & it hurts to see someone like this treated in this manner. Where do you start? It boils down to the fact that his disabled daughter needed to go to the toilet. Led to security evicting the father & daughter before the riot squad was called because he was “acting aggressively” (see the footage for yourself). I can’t even try to break down everything wrong with what happened let alone the big picture in what it has meant to the A-League & football fans. Right now I just feel for the dad & his daughter. Nobody deserves to be treated in that way, let alone a child who already has many challenges in her life, nor a father wanting to take his child to sporting event. It is just ****ed up, in so many ways. You just hope that out of such a disgusting & distressing event that there may be a positive that may come from it all.
  10. 14 points
    FCB

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    Okazaki - 100 odd BL games and 100 odd PL games. That should fix it. MB knows him from the BL. This would put the mind of those at rest who thought of RoD as too old and too small. Ribery won't come because we get him, but because he wants to. Stadium, training facility, standard of the league - all that will mean very little. What matters most is what the priorities of the Ribery family are. The kids lived most of their lives in Munich - Qatar and UAE with their restrictions would come as a shock. MB is genuinely impressed by the lifestyle in Sydney, he loves it here. If he explains to Ribery family that there is a thing called the toaster, that you can watch the fireworks from there, that you can walk up to the Manly Ferry, and head over to the beach in 20 minutes, that should make an impression on the kids. Bayern is a family club at heart. MB has been saying in the German media that he works with "top guys" at WSW. This will matter to Ribery who is used to the club having his back (and at times he needed it too!). It seems impossible that he'd join WSW, he just seem too big. But I thought the same about Babbel. If we ever had a chance to score a really big name, then this is it. So let's just see what happens.
  11. 14 points
    mack

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    You mean our current Assistant Manager
  12. 14 points
    FCB

    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 2

    MB: The target for the next season is to reach the play offs, to play for the title We will get good players here I am pretty sure we will have a (he was about to say "much" here) better team, a stronger team next season the good thing [this season] was we could bring many young players in the team, they will start the next season at a different level, the young ones are much better now but we need the big guys around [the young players], experienced players, quality players, and especially players who want to play for this club, who want to give 100% for success we had not many self driven players, so we always had to push, to push next season we have to be physically stronger I am very excited about the new season, if we can get the players we are looking for then we'll have a good side (the smirk on his face would suggest that the players he is talking about have been signed)
  13. 13 points
    FCB

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    Signing a 35 yo La Rocca would mean going down memory lane, and going backwards. The money needs to be spent on quality players, and youth players need to be the squaddies. He is neither.
  14. 13 points
    Prydzopolis

    Off Topic Thread 4

    I just wanted to give a big shoutout to stalwart of the forum & all round one of the best guys you’ll see in our red & black brethren. @ManfredSchaefer congrats on your graduation from a masters of teaching. Proud of you brother & how far you’ve come
  15. 13 points
    mack

    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 2

    Just keeping ikonomidis, Antonis and Spira would have made a huge difference to our performance in the last two years. Instead they left and won trophies at another club. All for what? So we could pay cejudo and jumpei far too much cash.
  16. 13 points
    Erebus

    Coach and Staff Thread: The Babbel Era

    We heard about it a lot last season from various sources. Haven't heard anything at all this season about discontent amongst the group. If players sooked because MB was too hard on them, maybe they should be a professional footballer instead of just wanting to hang at the beach and play FIFA.
  17. 12 points
  18. 12 points
    Who cares we are getting Ribery
  19. 12 points
    FCB

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    Prydz, go to bed, you are clearly not well.
  20. 12 points
    beatsurrender

    Western Sydney Stadium Open!

    When they asked George Best if he preferred astro turf over grass he replied "I don't know, I've never smoked astro turf "
  21. 12 points
    mack

    Coach and Staff Thread: The Babbel Era

    Last year the players didn't believe in what Gombau plans and tactics were. It was so obvious that Gombau called in Cornthwaite to confirm it. We also had various player interviews that made it clear the players thought they were better than they were doing, that they knew more than Gombau and it was all his fault. And Gombau was sacked for these things. This year, new manager, same results. High paid Players get shitty when Duke and Yeboah show up and some of them get dropped. Owners won't give players the ability to sack two coaches in 12 months. Especially not a highly touted European coach who also happened to be a world class player. No-one but Riera was even remotely in the same level as a player. Babbel would have more appearances and goals just at Bayern than most of our squad have in their career. Could you imagine Cornthwaite, whose biggest club was a mid table K-League team that never won anything, coming back at Babbel who won the European Championship with Germany, played in the Champions League and World Cup? Babbel might not win the league next year, but he doesn't tolerate player power bullshit. We need that almost as much as we need good recruitment and tactics.
  22. 12 points
    Great effort during this season mack.... I couldn't write our games up during the season as you have done......it would be too heavily redacted to protect the guilty.....lol.....and every second word would of been a swear one....lol
  23. 11 points
    Taurus

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    Is this confirmation?
  24. 11 points
    It’s happening let the Ribery seen in north parramatta McDonalds rumours commence
  25. 11 points
    Yep Really D’apuzzo was a far better player than he was given credit for Ono is the best footballer we have had Bridge and Hersi were very good Polenz and Covic, NTS were excellent Beachamp, La Rocca and Poljak disciplined players that could execute a game plan And we had players like mooy and Haliti too
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