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  1. Miller and Dorrans played together at Rangers in 17/18. Interview with both of them starts at 5:20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLeTBj2Xoxw
  2. Sadly, conversations about which players to sign etc are detached from the reality of a world shaped by COVID-19. The HAL is in survival mode, depending on how things how are going, up to four clubs could go over the cliff this season. We can consider ourselves lucky if a professional league can be maintained that deserves that description. Taking advantage of the youth factory is key for survival, WSW is well placed.
  3. The owners consider the youth factory the crown jewel of the club. They poured roughly 20 million dollars of their own money into the facilities at Blacktown. That’s the investment they’ve made into the future of the club. Cheapskates? Lederer out? The vision is having Westies play for the West at HAL level. A manager who ignores that vision will pay the price. Gombau did, and so has JP. Both showed no interest in youth development, did not go to youth games, did not nurture young talent. Both time the club was quick to react. JT has history with the Jets, he had his finger on the pulse with the situation in Newcastle, and what Robinson’s situation was. The club wanted Robinson, once they were confident that they could make it happen they pulled the trigger with JP. JT out? COVID-19 put the axe on HAL financials. The big/good name managers from the 19/20 season are all back in Europe, and have been “replaced” with Veart, Kisnorbo, Garcia, Moon, Brebner. No doubt there is someone similar in the pipeline for the Jets. No disrespect to any of these guys, but they have little or no coaching experience at professional level. Would we have welcomed any of them at WSW? In February, Robinson got off the plane, took over the Jets on Monday, and we played them on Saturday. To everyone’s surprise, they had us under the pump. It was astonishing what Robinson had done with that very ordinary Jets squad in such a short period of time - and he backed it up with good results for the rest of the season. Very impressive. Kudos to McKinna of getting him and Miller into the country in the first place. On paper at least, WSW are the only club who have upgraded their coaching group. On paper, Robinson/Miller/Davies look second to none in the HAL, their CVs look more accomplished than Team Popa's did back in 2012. Even in a non COVID-19 environment, that coaching group would be considered very solid and promising. In the current climate, it seems as good as it gets. Or would we have preferred Aloisi, Merrick, Okon? As for Babbel: he made it know via the German media that the refs blatantly robbed WSW of crucial points, and that he lost his job because of it. That was certainly part of it. What Babbel didn’t say: he was part of that ongoing combative relationship with the refs, and he didn't know how and when to STFU. What he also didn’t say was that the team lacked fitness, that the Alex Meier he signed arrived with a broken body (and realized in Australia that he didn’t want to be a football pro any longer...), and that the Mueller he signed took too long to come up to speed. There’s lessons to be learned in all of this. Robinson and Miller look promising. Going by the Jets' performances, WSW will be fit and physically present, something we’ve been lacking ever since Popa did a Popa four years ago. Robinson taking “responsibility for all recruitment and management of the club’s A-League program” means that he is as powerful a manager we’ve had since Popa. I’d like to think that this is a good thing. Time will tell.
  4. To suggest that the post-game discussion turned into a washer women convention would be an insult to all washer women. Top of the table, unbeaten, two clean sheets despite injury worries, best start into the season in our history, all five import and two marquee spots filled - but that is not enough. MB said in the presser that football is not a "Wunschkonzert", meaning a "request show" - that's something people don't seem to compute. Thank goodness that we don't have an ownership model where the members actually have a say. These experts would have the club sunk in now time.
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    Germany Thread

    Players not happy, it was very obvious after the midweek cup game in Bochum. Bayern didn't dare cut lose Kovac after the last season, after all he won the double, but the discontent in the squad was brewing already. Depending on how big the discontent is behind the scenes, and what meaning the club officials make of it, Kovac could be gone as early as tomorrow, or not at all. Last year he was one defeat away from being replaced by Arsene Wenger. If Bayern pull the plug then Wenger would be my man. I don't agree about reinforcements. There's three French WC winners in the squad, plus Coman, the spine of the current German NT (Suele, Kimmich, Grabny, Goretzka), a few 2014 WC winners (Mueller, Neuer, Boateng for what it's worth), and guys like Lewandowski, Coutinho, Thiago, Martinez. Alaba, Peresic. Make those guys sing again and Bayern will be a force.
  6. Well, if I remember correctly you were going to scream if we failed to win one of the first four games :-) If winning three out of four, one of them being a derby, does not do the trick then I don't know any longer what it takes to be positive. I sure know that I wouldn't want to swap places with VIC, top of the table will do me nicely, thank you very much. We are struggling with injuries, that's why the engine is stuttering. We had three players limp off in the last two games, two of them starting midfielders. That's the main challenge here.
  7. Once Schwegler was gone we played with three kids in midfield, too young and inexperienced against The All Whites. They are are compact and physical unit. There is a hole between AMFG and the CBs, that's the problem. We need to get Schwegler back, without him the trip to Gelong will be very difficult. We should have lost, and last season we would have. And could have won - which would have been a bit rich. I'll take the point. Good to see Ziegler and Mueller on the pitch, very promising. The biggest concern is that we currently have six players in sick bay. Yeboah is half the player he was in pre season.
  8. Exactly my thoughts, this going to be a stinker of a game. If I am counting correctly then Roar have seven players who are at solid League One level, and a few have played in the Championship and even PL. They are hardened pros who can give you a run for your money. We'll need to break them down, and it'll require a lot of work.
  9. On match days happy hour goes til 2pm only. That's what I was told last week. Other than that: bring back the Bavarian!
  10. It is a crime that this pub is going to be knocked down. Bavarian and Roxy gone, Royal Oak going, and at the same time the capacity of the football ground has gone up by 10k. What is needed is a pub like the one we used in Brisbane prior to the 2014 GF.
  11. Maybe a bit late for predictions three rounds in, but I've made up my mind weeks ago as it is: 1) wsw 2) vic 3-6) city, reds, smurfs, glory (too close to call) 7-8) WU, roar 9-11) ccm, jets, nix
  12. Mueller on the bench, Tarek and Kamau too early, Sullivan a big maybe, plus JoD out
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    Perth Glory

    Most likely scenarios. 1) David Beckham - a move to Perth is not part of my business plan (= why on Earth would I want to go to bloody Perth?) 2) William Gallas - man, it's hot here (= why on Earth did I go to bloody Perth?)
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    Kwame Yeboah

    He is undergoing quite a transformation. Wasn't a 90 minute per game man in his five years in Germany, but the coaching group and especially fitness coach seem to be changing that. Just came across the interview from his Gladbach days. I didn't realize how well he speaks German (very impressive), and didn't fully appreciate how big a move it can be for a GC boy to Sydney.
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    Daniel Lopar

    Lopar has no doubts that he can continue playing for "at least another three or four years. As long as I am fit and healthy and happy, yes, I will continue to play. I love my football and I believe I can still make a good contribution." As much as I am a Covic fan: his distribution left a lot to be desired. I vividly recall goal kicks ending up beyond the sideline, and even in the stands, especially in S3. Ain't happening with Lopar.
  16. New era for A-League as owners step up Paul Lederer, chairman of the Western Sydney Wanderers Picture: Britta Campion exclusive John Stensholt Editor, The List @JohnStensholt 12:00AM October 26, 2019 7 Comments Paul Lederer says it’s time for the whingeing and negativity to stop, and some optimism to return to the A-League. The billionaire chairman of the rejuvenated Western Sydney Wanderers says Saturday evening’s sold-out derby against rival Sydney FC at the new 30,000-­capacity Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta is proof the league still has a bright future. The match, Lederer tells The Weekend Australian, should also mark a turning point of sorts. It is time, he says, to stop the infighting that has plagued soccer for several years and saw the Lowy family blasted from the sport as part of governance changes that will soon see 12 clubs take ownership of the A-League, and move forward. “We’re at a brand new ground and we will have a full crowd of delirious fans, it will be fantastic. So we now have to shut up, be positive about it and not have too much negativity,” Lederer says. “The (club) owners being in control will be a game changer. But that means it is also time to invest in the league and spend more money on marketing and that sort of thing. We are in charge now, so we have to do it.” Lederer and the other club owners have lost an estimated $350m since the A-League was established in 2005, a competition born out of the wreckage of the previous pioneering but ultimately failed National Soccer League. Western Sydney Wanderers will play to a sell-out crowd against Sydney FC on Saturday night Picture: Getty Images A new league brought much-needed optimism with the first decade marked by rising crowds, star international players such as Alessandro Del Piero arriving in Australia and well-performed Socceroos and Matildas national teams. But a corporate governance battle in the past few years has taken its toll. Metrics like attendances and in particular television broadcast numbers have either fallen or plummeted, with club owners and officials doing themselves few favours by constantly talking the sport down. The owners are now in the final stages of legal and commercial agreements to wrest control of the league from governing body Football Federation Australia. And while this season’s A-League has not exactly started with a bang — crowds for the National Basketball League were higher last weekend — Lederer says the ownership change will mean the league becomes a more viable business. “There’s a lot of interest out there in investing in the league, I am absolutely sure of that. There is interest from Europe, there is definitely interest from China and the United States as well. “Previously that interest has been there, but they were not sure what they would be investing in. Now there will be some certainty in terms of what the league looks like.” Lederer, who made his fortune from the Primo food manufacturing business and has a $1.23bn estimated fortune on The List — Australia’s Richest 250, and his fellow Wanderers owners have invested about $20m building a new training and junior development academy at Blacktown, one of several projects being rolled out across A-League clubs. It means the Wanderers won’t break even, but Lederer says the strategy is part of building the club to have a permanent presence in a soccer-mad area. “We want to be more than a football club. We see this as a social responsibility, to have boys and girls come here and play in our academy for free. “We are very excited about the future, and you can see that already on the field with several of our academy players in the first team.” It is part of what A-League head Greg O’Rourke calls a much-needed change in “sentiment” around the league. “Sentiment drives a lot of things, like the markets and politics. And if you have good sentiment that hopefully means all the business drivers fall into place behind it.” O’Rourke attended the FFA Cup final on Wednesday night in Adelaide, in which the home team thrashed Melbourne City 4-0 in front of a sold-out stadium full of passionate fans. He talks about that match, featuring a spectacular goal from emerging 19-year-old sensation Al Hassan Toure, as being a chance “for people to fall back in love with the sport”. O’Rourke points to improving membership numbers across the league, new club Western United making a good start on the field including its debut home game in Geelong and Melbourne Victory attracting a 33,000 crowd for its round one game. The league already has big owners like Melbourne City, backed by the rulers of Abu Dhabi and Chinese investors and part of the global City Football Group which includes English Premier League giant Manchester City. Former EPL boss Richard Scudamore has signed on as an adviser to the A-League, while consultants from CFG have been drafted in by powerful club boss Simon Pearce, to work on a new strategy for the future, along with KPMG. O’Rourke says there is potential for private investment in the league from outside — “you see that in plenty of other sports and industries around the world, so yes it could happen here” — and that there is a 100-page blueprint for the league’s future, and that of the women’s W-League that has been drafted. “It means the owners are invested in what happens. Take sponsorship. There’s a lot of wealthy owners and they have good networks that they might tap into to have sponsors for the entire league. They would not have done that previously for the FFA.” Yet the league is not out of the woods. Love can only take a sport so far. Ratings were low for the first two games of the season telecast free-to-air on the ABC — reportedly at no cost to the public broadcaster — and it is likely just about all clubs will post financial losses this season. Ratings on Fox Sports remain stubbornly low for many games. Some sponsors have elected to stay with the FFA and not move to the independent A-League. Meanwhile, the Chinese owner of the Newcastle Jets, Martin Lee, would like to sell the team after running short of money due to his Ledman Optoelectronic Group being hit by the trade war with the US. But at the same time, new club Western United in Melbourne has plans to build a $180m stadium in Melbourne’s west with private investor money, and Macarthur FC in Sydney’s southwest, half-owned by billionaire Lang Walker and entering the league next year, is understood to already have a large number of sponsors signed. Then there is Perth Glory, which has attracted what is probably the biggest name in Australian business, mining giant BHP, as its major sponsor this season. Glory owner and mining investor Tony Sage says his team playing in the Asian Champions League last year helps — “Three of BHP’s biggest markets are China, South Korea and Japan and we will be playing there this season” — with ticket sales and commercial support. Sage is also looking for investment, having travelled to Zurich this week to talk to potential buyers of a stake in his club. While he says he lost $3m last season, Perth is still a viable club to put money into. “I don’t want to sell all of it, and I’ve had offers from teams that want to change our name or use the team for their brand to enter Australia. “But what we have now is an asset that will also own a percentage of an entire league. That is an asset that should alone make the club worth more,” Sage says.
  17. Three missing in your list: Bridgey, Lachlan Scott, Tongyik.
  18. Confirmed, plus wife and children
  19. Once beteasy pays me, I'll order some humble pie and have it delivered to foxsports, plus a bundle of straws for them to cling on to. Having possession is one thing, what you do with it is not just a minor technicality. The weaker team team fielded two players who were not fully match fit, and one who had just returned from injury. All three played 95 minutes while the stronger team looked pumped after 70 minutes. The weaker team fielded a 18 LB in his third HAL game, the stronger team a senior makeshift LB who made the single error that counted. The stronger team had maybe five chances to score but their high profile attackers didn't while the weaker team had one chance and made the most of it. Most importantly: the weaker team will be even weaker once all four import outfield players are fully fit and on the pitch.
  20. Indeed. We had one import player on the pitch with a full pre season under the belt, against their four. I doubt they will be allowed to run riot again once we have our four ex BL players all match fit.
  21. Their defence wasn't really tested, Redmayne was the most lonely person in the ground. But yes, the defensive performance by the whole team was outstanding, PS19's performance will be remembered for years, as will be Duke's goal. I didn't expect the Smurfs to play as well as they did. But we fielded three youngsters and only three imports while they had all four imports and no youth player in their starting 11, and it showed. But once Lopar saved against Kosta in the second half, they looked beaten. Massive result for the club at large.
  22. Nizic: the assumption was that someone who can score contracts and train with championship and league one sides can be a HAL backup GK. Apparently that is not the case. Snake was plagued by pelvis and shoulder issues all of last season, played with pain killer at times. We'll never know to what extent that affected his decision making. But even when fully fit, with Lopar ahead of him, at best he is an overpriced backup GK.
  23. Would the "sources" be here on the forum, by any chances? Meaning: pure speculation?
  24. WSW now officially favorite to win the league.
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