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Everything posted by blurbel

  1. Well said. Only other thing I'd add is that you could see the whole time he was perfectly calm and in control, whereas Grant et al were going full rabid. To be perfectly honest, i was actually worried he was going to talk himself into a yellow card the first 20mins or so. If it was your standard A-League ref, he would've then gotten a 2nd yellow and sent off in the second half. Faghani had a great game - now if only FFA/new A-League org can get him to train the other refs to such standards.
  2. Melbourne has been at its miserable best the whole time I've been here since Tuesday. Anyone flying down today - pack for rain and wind.
  3. Add 2. Loved Wellington so much from that away trip 2 yrs ago
  4. I remember watching him play back in my younger days and can't believe he's now going to coach MY team. Not sure about his coaching credentials and seems good on paper. Hopefully he's as great a coach as he was a player. Good on Tomi Juric to have a whisper in his ear
  5. Excited about this signing. Club management showing some serious intent with Babbel on board - now for this intent to translate into not just on-field results but also working towards repairing relationship with the fans.
  6. Probably 1 of the more positive/hopeful posts I've seen from you in awhile FCB!
  7. FFS, I booked leave dates for both Feb and March, the only set of dates I didn't book was April and now it's unavailable cos someone else in my team already has time off. Gonna be so pissed if it does end up being April 26 and can't go to Japan. Been looking forward to it for awhile! Will have to consider Korea instead, not a bad alternative
  8. Dammit, the clock is ticking. I'm pretty sure we find out on ACL draw day (dec 12) the dates we are playing, but the other half is adamant we only know teams in group on the day. Actual match dates will only be finalised 1-2 weeks after? I just want to know now so I can start booking flights. Got family to see in Singapore on the way to Japan, and fares sale is ending soon
  9. Here I thought I was the only looking up ACL matches tonight! I like that 3 of the 4 Japanese teams we could potentially play are within a stone's throw of Tokyo, train transport-wise. Makes away travel that much easier! Also did some geeky fixture analysis from last 2 years and am predicting matches in following order Away-Home-Away-Home-Home-Away. Matchday 1 to be away vs Japan 3rd club. Now I'm ready for egg to be thrown on my face come fixtures-release day An interesting bit of news: http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/2046961/hong-kongs-champions-league-debut-doubt-asian-football-confederation If Hong Kong loses their automatic spot, Australia may benefit - so Roar gets the 3rd automatic qualifying and 4th-placed Melbourne City gets the play-off spot. Mind-boggling that you could finish 4th in a 10-team league and still participate in the Asian Champions League
  10. Im a Gunners fan, but WSW have my heart & soul...Wanderers is life itself really. I'll be in WSW colours supporting our boys at this game next year
  11. I've finally calmed down enough to be able to post. What. a. frickin. night! Been under the weather all week, but there was no chance in hell I was gonna miss it. The emotion that welled up when Castelen scored evolved into full-blown tears (ops some sand got in) in my eyes when Dario scored that 5th goal. Unforgettable. This night will be up there in my memories together with the Parra live-site for ACL final.
  12. What an amazing trip it was! Will be going back next year. #besttripiveeverbeenon
  13. Flight booked for 6.45pm tomorrow, headed to airport straight from work. Into Wellington around midnight then to the hotel! Relieved to see pub sorted to watch matches on Friday and Saturday. See you all in Wellington!
  14. Been hoping against hope that FFA would do the right thing by us, the game's most important stakeholder, but today's shambolic presser by Gallop is the final nail in the coffin. This east stand member is out, will not be attending the game this week even though it's killing me inside to go!
  15. blurbel

    Golgol Mebrahtu

    how good was it to see Golgol back on the pitch & playing well! 1 of few highlights from Saturday for me
  16. I was travelling throughout Asia all of February. Unless you have internet live streams, which are very hard to find without great WiFi, you more than likely won't find live broadcasts for A League. Fox did have the ACL games X2 live every Tuesday and Wednesday night as well as all La Liga and Eredivisie Dutch League games live every week. They also had a show a few nights a week called Asia Football (or something like that) which showed all HAL highlights a few days behind. What I did find handy was most hotels with cable will have a TV Channel called Australia Plus which is produced by ABC, it has most news and highlights the following day which was great. I can confirm that ALeague is shown in Singapore, thats how my mum watches the Wanderers matches. Not all matches are live, but some are. When I was visiting her, we were able to watch a live WSW match on cable TV there (The Football Channel). Find a pub in the city or nightlife areas where the expats hang out and you'll have no issues. Good luck!
  17. I've noticed there's been a fair amount of criticism of the WSW twitter account recently and just wanted to chime in my (very long) 2 cents. While there has been some vocal opposition to the quality of WSW on social media, I actually think they're doing a good job. Yes there's some tweets that fans might feel irrelevant (al-nasr related only?) but sometimes, I think we forget that our opinion/viewpoint is not the only one that the club has to cater to. One person may think the club has to do a certain thing, another person may think doing opposite to that thing is more 'right'. Having seen a corporate social media strategy being implemented first-hand, I think things are alot more complicated than that. Social media, imo, is all about trying to engage your audience as frequently as possible, while at the same time, building your brand. Being successful in Asia means we are in a more unique position than most A-League clubs to have to think about a wider audience in Asia. For example, the Mariners, despite having played more ACL matches than most other A-League clubs (except Adelaide), doesn't appear to have socially engaged this wider Asian audience. Have they sold extra jerseys outside of Australia or gained as many followers from previous experience than WSW? I doubt they have taken such things into as much consideration as we have. I realise that as fans, we can sometimes forget or be blinded to the fact that in order to have a successful (financially and fan support) club, our operations need to be professional, even when it comes to an area some may think of as 'trivial' such as social media. This means the setting of KPIs to the social media plan, which I'm not aware of. This could be anything from 'gain X number of followers per month' to 'achieve a Twitter reach of X number per month' or 'X amount of social media reach per month must come from outside of Australia' or even the most simple 'must make at least 3-4 posts on social media daily'. Yes, it's not nice to think of the club in such 'plastic' or 'corporate' terms but it's necessary imo. All that said, I do think the criticism of lack of coverage on the Y-League is warranted. I follow a few other clubs on Twitter and sometimes am surprised to find other clubs tweeting about our Y-league matches with even play-by-play breakdowns yet when I go to the WSW account, there's nothing. Understandably resources can be limited, and I see above Christian has mentioned there's lack of interest from our members. As others rightly pointed out, how can there be interest generated among members if even the club does nothing to promote it? If there's a lack of resources, can volunteer members of the Wandercrew be roped in to help? Are any of them trained or have experience in social media that they can be used to help with social media engagement at times when our club lack paid staff to attend Y-League matches or other events? /endrant
  18. Just wanna add...that Sanfrecce match at home... HOLY ****! Just re-watching those moments you've put into the video brought some tears and the hugest grin to my face. 1 to remember for all time, that's for sure!
  19. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! The stream made me want to do bad things to myself in rage. Will download this and be sure to seed after as well. Erebus/Charonis, thank you guys for all your hard work again! Can only imagine how much time it would've taken to put everything together. Would love to eventually get all 3 in hard copy on a dvd or something
  20. Ange specifically mentioned that players will be coming into camp 'after this weekend's round of football'. I take that to mean players will play their final round this weekend,m which means we'll still have Spira and Juric for Phoenix. One can hope anyway
  21. used to work closely with an IPTV provider and data such as this was obtained directly from the boxes. The amount of data they could glean from boxes directly was substantial, I have no doubt that Foxtel would have access to such data but whether they are willing to publish that data is another matter. That said, the IPTV provider had all set-top boxes connected via the internet whereas not all Foxtel boxes might be. Still I imagine there'd be some way for the data to be gleaned off even satellite feeds.
  22. But what club in China??? If the rumours from late Nov are correct, the team is Shanghai Shenhua. News linking NTS with Shenhua first appeared in Oct, and re-surfaced in Nov. Looks like he will be their +1, replacing their current Korean CB signed only earlier this year in Jan.
  23. That talk abt NTS isn't new though. Just last month there was an article linking him to Chinese CSL team Shanghai shenhua which I think we discussed on this very thread. Will be interesting to see if the club El let him go given he has signed a 3rd contract with us
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