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  • The FFA have announced the fourth in a series of community meetings to be held regarding the new Western Sydney A-League team.

     

    The fourth meeting is to be held in Penrith, at the Joan Sutherland Centre on Tuesday 24th April

     

    Time 7:30-9:30pm.

     

    The meeting will involve discussions around the team name, colours, logo and culture.

     

    Google Maps Link

    This won't be as long as the last one. Pretty much the same ground was covered as the first supporter forum.

     

    Good news is what our community has spoken up in support was again spoken of highly. Colours, Name, Culture were all again what people in our community have voted in favour of.

     

    There was very little off-topic discussion this time around. I personally asked a question about the MSL ex-Chicago Fire CEO Peter Wilt. The Lawrie McKinna as manager rumour has been squashed, but I wouldn't be surprised if he turns up in some capacity given his knowledge with starting up the Central Coast.

     

    This time around a roll call so to speak of members from this forum was taken, and I'll list who was ticked off as attending:

     

    azza, charonis, DiscoD, Erebus, Gonzalo, julyaugustreno, myself, MarcelFC, MattyB, mltezr, Taurus, TheGoatOfDoom, TWayServiceCrew and TWG. There may be some names missing from that if so I apologise. So 14 out of our membership of approximately 220 (about 6%) attended a great turn-out and one that can only enhance our views coming across to the FFA, the other supporters and the people in charge.

     

    I got in touch with the FFA's digital people and there may be news coming on that front in the next few days. I spoke with a young journalism student whose name escapes me about the new team so I hope we can be posting up that news article in the next few weeks, and finally we should also get a mention on the Football segment on Alive90.5 FM Saturday Morning Sports Round-Up from 8am.

     

    The next meeting is in Rooty Hill on Thursday.



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Would you have earned too little at the FCL? No. We quickly agreed financially that would not have been a problem. But there were other reasons that spoke against my commitment. YB is also said to have been interested. Is that correct? I have been in contact with Wuschu (YB sports director Christoph Spycher; the editor) since our time together at Eintracht Frankfurt. But nothing has become concrete. Do you already have plans for the time after your resignation? 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That I was picked up from the airport when I arrived eight days ago and taken straight to a hotel room. Since then, I've been practically locked in the room 24 hours a day for two weeks. I am not allowed out and nobody is allowed in. The food is put on my doorstep. Not even a walk in the hotel corridor? You're kidding! No! This is a strict requirement from the Australian government. The quarantine rules are enforced rigorously. What do you do all day? Well. We would be happy to talk on the phone for another three days if you want! (laughs). I really can't do much: I sleep a lot, read and watch a movie. Gaming is not my thing. I still have five days to go. It will certainly be a challenge, but I have already mastered other challenges. And I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. There are definitely worse things.   Do you have at least one suite with a large balcony? No, where are you thinking! My room doesn't even have a balcony. I would like to have another hotel. But the government has made this hotel available to all travelers. Are you a reinforcement for your team when you come out? The first game is on July 22nd and two or three days before I can leave the room. The first two games should be at most a mental reinforcement. You played 262 Bundesliga games under your belt, for Leverkusen, Frankfurt, Hoffenheim and Hanover, you are a 14-time national player and were there at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. For a footballer like you, there would be a better career end than a balcony-free hotel room in Sidney. I see it positively. Somehow this degree suits me and my career. I was always there, never gave up, even in difficult times. I always gave everything I had and did everything that was important. I've had some fantastic years as a professional soccer player. I always had to do more than others in training. Why? Because I didn't have the best physical conditions to become a professional. I had stamina values that would not have been enough for the Bundesliga. I was prophesied that I would never play 90 minutes in the Bundesliga. So I just had to invest a lot more. I always started preparing for the season two weeks earlier. If the other players were still on vacation, I was already at the fitness coach. In the lactate test I was never at the front. You were diagnosed with blood cancer as a toddler. Could this be related to your physical disadvantage? Maybe. No doctor was able to tell me specifically whether it had anything to do with it. The fact is that I defeated blood cancer and had a great football career. The only drawback is that with your potential you should have completed a lot more than just 14 national games. Why did you announce your retirement from Nati in March 2015? For me, the dealings, the togetherness in the group was no longer right. So for me the resignation was the logical consequence. I don't want to say more about that, it was years ago. I don't want to warm up old stories or make polemics. I am proud of what I have achieved and stop with two laughing eyes.
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