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A League: Version Four

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Well, the 2008/09 season of the A-League has landed, with the first round featuring a grand final replay and a Sydney Melbourne grudge match (or perhaps, on the basis of last season’s encounters between the two teams, drudge match is a more appropriate description).

Version 4: Hyundai A League 2008/09 season draw

It’s pleasing to see that breaks have been scheduled for international weeks this time, although given that the A-League-heavy Olyroos have now finished their qualification series, the words gate, horse and bolted spring to mind. But it’s a sensible step.

More important news, however, is the continuation of the Hyundai sponsorship (under much improved terms, I have been reliably informed). Certainly the impressive attendances in Season 3, and the exposure of the A-League “brand” in Asia through the medium of the Asian Champions League, would have put the FFA in a strong bargaining position.

A Saturday night final? Probably a wise move, although it’s hardly the startling innovation that it is being presented as.

There has been a distinct lack of news on the A-League’s complementary youth competition as yet, however. Perhaps the recruitment of players and technical staff is simply being undertaken quietly and efficiently, but one would have expected some coverage of the clubs’ efforts in this area by now. Meanwhile, the acquisition of another very youthful talent by the Queensland Roar, presumably as a member of the senior squad, rather exemplifies some of the awkward anomalies that an essentially amateur youth league may engender.

Written by Mike Salter

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Published on May 10, 2008

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