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Up to a point

Public opinion is a fickle thing. When Adelaide United made it past cashed-up Kashima Antlers and Bunyodkor to secure a place at the Club World Cup in December, football forums were awash with messages of congratulation (or self-congratulation), hailing the growth made by the A-League, the battler spirit of Aurelio Vidmar’s boys, the supremacy of Australia in Asia, etc.

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Tashkent thoughts

Any criticism of Pim Verbeek and his charges must be muted after Wednesday night’s performance. After all, they have started the final leg of the World Cup qualifying campaign with an away win in difficult conditions, with an injury-ridden squad. A fine achievement indeed.

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No surprises

The squad picked by Pim Verbeek for our friendly against Holland in Eindhoven and our crucial opening qualifier against Uzbekistan is a case of no surprises – in more ways than one.

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The cringe still lives

Plenty of copy has been produced since the Olyroos’ limp exit from the Beijing Olympics, most of the pundits having completely forgotten that merely qualifying for the event was a significant achievement in itself, given the arduous qualifying campaign the Olyroos endured.

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Reconstructing the Asian Champions League

In the midst of the build-up to the European Champions League final, major changes to the Asian equivalent have been announced. The significance for the Australian participants is quite considerable.

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Bruce Djite – Archie the second

If the tetchy negotiations and media blurtings surrounding Bruce Djite’s imminent overseas move appear somewhat familiar, there’s a good reason.

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The Australian FFA Cup: The Bitter Cup

I suppose it was only a matter of time before an article such as this emerged.

The idea, of course, is enormously tempting. Many fans of the old NSL like nothing better than to belittle the standard of the A-League, contemptuously dismissing even the better sides as by no means comparable with the great NSL sides of the mid-nineties.

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Socceroos v Ghana football match review

 

Ghana Football Association

The friendly against Ghana will really test the depth of the national team as basically the whole first-team will be unavailable for one reason or another. This game, even more so than the game against Singapore, will provide an opportunity for the A-League players to step up.

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Australian football creates online blog frenzy

SINCE the formation of Football Federation Australia back in January 2005, football has undergone massive changes at all levels. This has put football (soccer as it was previously called) on the map with the creation of the A League and the successful world cup campaign for the Socceroos in Germany 2006.

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Fixing the Spike – Mark Milligan Saga

The Mark Milligan saga of the last few days has certainly cast a pall of bad temper over the Olyroos’ preparations for Beijing. Although Milligan is no stranger to no-show controversies (as any Sydney FC fan could confirm), securing his club future should indeed be his first priority at the moment, and if the FFA were in fact told about his intended whereabouts this week, they don’t come out of things particularly well.

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