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CONTENTS 02 GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER SHORT PASSES ASIA CUP A wombat called Nutmeg whose two great loves are football and welcoming overseas visitors has been unveiled as the official mascot for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.
Nutmeg took centre stage at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo when his appoint- ment was announced on Tuesday in the presence of Socceroos legends and Asian Cup ambassadors Mark Bosnich, Brett Emerton and Rale Rasic. “Nutmeg is a great addition to the Asian Cup team,” said Michael Brown, CEO of the Asian Cup Local Organising Committee. “Importantly he loves to welcome visitors from overseas – which is some- thing I’m sure the whole country will do when we stage Australia’s biggest ever football tournament in January.
“For football lovers and people who love a big event the Asian Cup promises to be a remark- able 23-day festival of football, culminating in the final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on January 31.
Nutmeg doesn’t talk but he does have a Twitter account @Nutmeg_2015 where he’ll share his experiences. NUTMEG THE WOMBAT NAMED AS MASCOT 04 Wanderers Reception 07 Scoreboard 08 Rd 5 Match Reports 20 Football Almanac 21 Rd 6 Match Previews 29 FFA Cup 33 V-League 37 BFTP 38 Ask The Experts 39 NYL 40 W-League 41 Overseas W-LEAGUE Brisbane Roar W-League and Westfield Matildas midfielder Katrina Gorry has nom- inated for AFC Player of the Year.
Gorry has been a key player in the Brisbane Roar set-up since join- ing the Queensland club in 2012 and the 22-year- old excelled at this year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup, scoring three goals as Australia made it to the final against Japan. A-LEAGUE Melbourne City FC can announce that Liam Miller will join the Club on a short- term contract and will be available for selection for this Sunday’s Hyun- dai A-League match against the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park. Miller, 33, will be eligi- ble for selection under Football Federation Aus- tralia’s National Team Replacement Player rule. Melbourne City FC midfielders Aaron Mooy (Socceroos) and Stefan Mauk (Olyroos) will be unavailable for this Sunday’s match through national team duties, while Robert Koren (calf), Jonatan Germano (hamstring) and Massimo Murdocca (groin) remain sidelined through injury.
MILLER SIGNS WITH CITY GORRY TOPS
www.goalweekly.com 05 GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Wanderers Kings of Asia A remarkable past fortnight or so the 2014 Asian Champions League (ACL) winners, our Western Sydney Wanderers, culminated in a wonderful open air civic reception hosted by the City of Parramatta Council in its recently refurbished Centenary Square. Thousands of adoring fans were joined by local, State and Federal politicians, Chairman and CEO of Football Federation Australia, the Chairman, owners and sponsors of the Wanderers club, and many other invited dignitaries.
Passionate high profile Wanderers’ supporter Ian “Dicko” Dickson as MC kept proceedings flowing with his entertaining and informative style. The evening kicked off so appropriately by the musical Latino influenced rhythms of “La Banda” which has been at the heart and soul of the Red and Black Bloc (RBB) since the club’s inception. All players currently on the books with the Wanderers senior squad were introduced on stage one by one. Not surprisingly, the loudest welcomes from supporters came for goal keeper Ante Covic and a beaming head coach Tony Popovic.
Frank Lowy spoke with admiration and pride of the Wanderers ACL success, as did club Chairman Paul Lederer.
Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Scott Lloyd wel- comed to squad home complementing his ceremonial chains with a Wanderers scarf! One of the biggest chants of the night came in response to mention on stage by local State MP Dr Geoff Lee of upgrading to Parramatta (Pirtek) Stadium. “Stadium, Stadium, Stadium...etc” came the sustained call, making it clear what the constituents wanted. Not a piecemeal upgrade as currently approved; rather the faster track to a 35,000 capacity ‘state of the art’ stadium with ultra modern facilities. Are you listening Ministers in Can- berra and Macquarie Street?
Things wouldn’t have been complete without the ritual “Who do we sing for?...etc” exchange between the fans and players on stage, led by Covic. Following the conclusion of formalities, all players made themselves available for any and all supporters wanting items signed or shared photos captured. Feedback and comments encouraged via Twitter @ PabloFootball Wanderers honoured by Civic Reception By Pablo Bateson
www.goalweekly.com 06 GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Just after Monday night’s civic reception for the Western Sydney Wanderers, Lord Mayor Cr Scott Lloyd spoke exclusively with Goal Weekly’s Pablo Bateson.
What are your feelings about tonight’s event and the welcome home? “It’s been a great celebration, with everyone coming out on a busy Monday evening. Here to celebrate the Wan- derers’ success, it’s a true indication of their fan base and the loyalty of fans to show support for their team”. What do the Wanderers mean for the City of Parra- matta?
“Not just what they bring on the field, it’s the commu- nity spirit they show. Whenever there is a community event or festival, the Wanderers are always one of the first ones to say we can come along and help. That’s what you want from a football team; you want one that’s part of the community. With the fans, the economic stim- ulus that it brings to Parramatta, like at the last game (ACL final first leg) it brought in an estimated $5million of business revenue for the City”.
For the proposed expansion of Parramatta Stadium to 35,000 seat capacity, which one of the politicians pub- licly spoke of a commitment to this evening, will your Council work with the State and Federal governments and the club to achieve this? “Parramatta City Council supports the sporting facility to be a ‘Tier 2’ stadium.
We have very many restaurants, cafes, clubs, and night life all around. We’ve got the light rail coming and already the main railway stations of Parramatta and Westmead close by, so all this links in to having a great stadium”.
It is possible that one day the Council could have a full-time liaison officer for football? (laughs) “For part of our economic development we need to have even better liaison with our sporting clubs like the Wanderers. Parramatta is a destination and the Wanderers give people one more reason to visit the City”. Do you think there should be maybe a bronze statue outside the Town Hall of Ante Covic and coach Tony Popovic? “When we get our new stadium, it would be great. Very similar to what has been done in Melbourne, to honour our sporting stars that bring so much hope and inspira- tion whether you watch on TV from the lounge chair or play the game yourself”.
Are you a regular to Wanderers’ home games here in Parramatta? “Yes I am. I’ve been fan of the A-League from the start (in 2005). I was originally a Mariners’ fan because we didn’t have a team here (in the western suburbs). I didn’t want to support the SMURFS, and they didn’t do any- thing to engage out here in the west, where they could really have made inroads. The Mariners were a commu- nity based club, similar to the subsequent approach of the Wanderers” Do you think the Wanderers can next year successful- ly defend their ACL title?
Yes, I think they can. If you’ve won it once, you can defend it.
It’s a case of playing one game at a time, and not thinking too many games ahead”. Does the Council have a sister city relationship with potentially an opponent of the Wanderers in the ACL, like in Korea, Japan or China? Is this an opportunity to leverage off the games? “Absolutely; we have a couple of sister city relationships. Now with Fox Sports TV, we now can watch more Asian teams. It’s not just the game of football; it’s the trade and the other benefits that we can get from sport. When a Japanese or Korean team comes out, we can show them around Parramatta and western Sydney. We are the growth centre for Australia, and what better way than to top it off by a day of touring around the western Sydney and then watching the match against the Wanderers”.
Lord Mayor re-affirms strong partnership with the Wanderers
ROUND FIVE Wellington Phoenix 1 (Burns 80’) Western Sydney Wanderers 0 Adelaide United 0 Sydney FC 0 Attendance: 16,015 Newcastle Jets 2 (Jaliens 31’, Griffiths 33’) Melbourne Victory 2 (Khalfallah 36’, Berisha 48’) Attendance: 11,884 Brisbane Roar 1 (Brandon Borrello 67’) Melbourne City 3 (David Williams 8’, Mate Du- gandzic 10’, Marc Marino 83’) Attendance: 17, 131 Central Coast Mariners 0 Perth Glory 1 (Marinkovic 43’) Attendance: 6,391 THIS WEEK TOP GOAL SCORERS SCOREBOARD Melbourne Victory 4.20 Adelaide United 5.50 Sydney FC 5.50 Perth Glory 7.50 Wanderers 10.00 Melbourne City 10.00 Wellington Phoenix 12.00 Brisbane Roar 15.00 Central Coast Mariners 18.00 Newcastle Jets 23.00 A-League Title 2014/15 AGAINST ALL ODDS Round 06 Fixture Venue Local AEDT Friday 14 Nov Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar Hunter Stadium 7:30 PM 7:30 PM Saturday 15 Nov Adelaide Utd v Phoenix Coopers Stadium 4:30 PM 5:00 PM Saturday 15 Nov Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory Allianz Stadium 7:45 PM 7:45 PM Saturday 15 Nov Perth Glory v Wanderers nib Stadium 6:45 PM 9:45 PM Sunday 16 Nov Melbourne City v Mariners AAMI Park 5:00 PM 5:00 PM NEXT WEEK Round 07 Fixture Venue Local AEDT Friday 21 Nov Melb Victory v Brisbane Roar Etihad Stadium 7:30 PM 7:30 PM Saturday 22 Nov Wanderers v Newcastle Jets Pirtek Stadium 5:00 PM 5:00 PM Saturday 22 Nov Melbourne City v Sydney FC AAMI Park 7:45 PM 7:45 PM Saturday 22 Nov Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix nib Stadium 6:45 PM 9:45 PM Sunday 23 Nov Mariners v Adelaide United Central Coast Stdm 5:00 PM 5:00 PM B.
Berisha Melb Victory 5 N. Burns Wellington 4 A. Keogh Perth Glory 4 J. MacLaren Perth Glory 3 M. McGlinchey Wellington 3 A. Thompson Melb Victory 3 F. B.Khalfallah Melb Victory 2 M. Bridge Wanderers 2 Cirio Adelaide Utd 2 B. Djité Adelaide Utd 2 C. Gameiro Sydney 2 J. Griffiths Newcastle 2 David Villa Melbourne City 2 T. Antonis Sydney FC 1 B. Borello Brisbane 1 MATCH STATS GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER P W D L F A GD Pts Last 5 matches 1. Perth Glory 5 4 0 1 8 6 +2 12 W W L W W 2. Melbourne Victory 5 3 2 0 14 6 +8 11 D W W D W 3. Sydney FC 5 3 2 0 8 3 +5 11 D W W W D 4. Adelaide United 5 3 2 0 7 3 +4 11 D W W D W 5.
Wellington Phoenix 5 3 0 2 8 6 +2 9 W L W W L 6. Melbourne City 5 1 2 2 8 10 -2 5 W L L D D 7. Central Coast 4 1 0 3 2 5 -3 3 L L L W 8. Newcastle Jets 5 0 2 3 5 10 -5 2 D L L D L 9. Brisbane Roar 4 0 0 4 4 10 -6 0 L L L L 10.Western Sydney 3 0 0 3 3 8 -5 0 L L L
www.goalweekly.com 9 Wellington Phoenix embark on a two-game road trip with not only three points in the bag but a whole heap of confidence in their possession too following Friday night’s 1-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers. In ways it was more impressive than the 4-1 win over Newcastle a fortnight ear- lier and underlined Wellington’s playoff ambitions this term. But there’s plenty to water down any overenthusiasm across the ditch. Western Sydney has done more wan- dering in recent weeks than ever before, only a handful of first-choice regulars started and the recently-crowned Asian champions might have been forgiven an off-night after handing the A-League one big reason to celebrate in Saudi Arabia a week earlier.
But they were certainly off their game on Friday, beaten by a margin which could well have been uglier. Nikita Rukavytsya and Tomi Juric were starved of the ball and forced to counter-attack due to Louis Fenton’s continued desire to get forward before being replaced due to injury. Fenton retained his spot in the starting eleven and could have rewarded Mer- rick’s faith in first-half stoppage time but incredibly Michael McGlinchey’s set piece wide with the goal at his mercy. Earlier Roly Bonevacia had shot straight at Ante Covic and Wellington’s domi- nance had gone unrewarded due to their failure to hit the killer pass in behind.
Roy Krishna partnered Nathan Burns after 70 minutes and the Fijian did not disappoint once introduced.
He would have scored within seconds but for the desperate intervention of Matthew Spiranovic, who himself had been thwarted earlier by a point-blank save by Glen Moss in one of the only truly threatening moments for the Wan- derers all night. But a match which appeared to be heading for a goalless draw swung in the Phoenix’s favour with ten minutes to play when Krishna teed up Burns’ fourth goal of the season. It was a deserved winner for the Phoenix, whose fans could then remove their shirts for the final moments, as is cus- tomary in New Zealand’s capital. McGlinchey could have doubled Wellington’s advantage but his poor penalty – which, in truth, should never have been given – was saved by Covic to ensure a nervy finale.
The Phoenix are within touching distance of the A-League summit before heading to Adelaide without their All Whites contingent, while the kings of Asia are joint-bottom with some work to do ahead of a long trip to the league-leading Perth Glory. GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER A-League Match Report Round 5 Wellington Phoenix 1 (Burns 80’) Western Sydney Wanderers 0 Wellington Phoenix 1. Glen Moss, 2. Manny Muscat, 18. Ben Sigmund, 22. Andrew Durante (C), 16. Louis Fenton (Michael Boxall 74’), 17. Vince Lia, 4. Roly Bonevacia, 8. Alex Rodriguez (Roy Krishna 70’), 10. Michael Mcglinchey, 13.
Albert Riera, 9. Nathan Burns Unused Substitutes: Lewis Italiano, Matthew Ridenton, Jeremy Brockie Yellow Cards: Rodriguez, Durante Red Cards: Nil Western Sydney Wanderers 1. Ante Covic, 33. Daniel Mullen, 4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley (C), 13. Matthew Spiranovic, 18. Iacopo La Rocca, 23. Jason Trifiro, 17. Romeo Castelen, 12. Nikita Rukavytsya (Jaushua Sotirio 75’), 9. Tomi Juric, 31. Alusine Fofanah, 22. Seyi Adeleke Unused Substitutes: Dean Bouzanis, Daniel Alessi, Yianni Perkatis, Labinot Haliti Yellow Cards: Covic, Topor-Stanley Red Cards: Nil Man Of The Match: Albert Riera (Wellington) MATCH DETAILS Report: JOE GALLAGHER Photos: ANDREW TURNER Phoenix beat Asian Champs!
WELLINGTON PHOENIX 1 Western Sydney Wanderers
www.goalweekly.com 10 Fans at Coopers Stadium salute the late Johnny Warren during the 74th minute of the match, in a weekend that marked the tenth anniversary of the former Socceroo’s passing.
www.goalweekly.com 11 Adelaide United shared a goalless draw with Sydney FC on a hot Friday night at Coopers Stadium but in no means was this a dyer fest. Hitting the woodwork, disallowed goals and some poor finishing were all part of a decent draw, but both sides may feel like they had dropped two points.
Adelaide United hit the post twice while Currusca should have tied the three points in stoppage time but instead went agonizingly wide. Sydney FC felt hard done by though with a quick thinking free kick chalked off in the second half.
Both sides were eager to maintain their great start to the campaign, with both clubs in touching distance of the top. The 16,000 that packed into Coopers Stadium mjst have felt they were in for a treat right from the off, as Sydney’s Janko fired the first shot of the game after just 13 seconds. Just after a quarter of an hour, the visitors should have had a penalty. Janko took the ball around Boogard just inside the penalty area and crossed it into the box. Goodwin was on hand, quite literaly, to see the ball out for a corner. Sydney’s appeals were not rewarded.
Injustice was almost complete though as Adelaide hit Sydney on the break after the resulting corner.
Cirio set up Currusca in what’s turning out to be a great partner- ship, but the star-man couldn’t do enough with his effort. United struck the post twice before the break. Currusca again inches away from converting while Cirio failing to slot home from an excellent Malik pass.. Mabil was lively after the break with three great chances to score, but it was Sydney who had the better chance. Twenty minutes into the second half, Ni- gel Boogard recued the reds with a superb goal saving header from a Ryall shot. But the games talking point came when Petkovic took a quick free kick which beat Galekovic, only to have the play brough back.
Replays showed though that the referee did not ask to wait for the whistle, which left the Sky Blues fuming. Then from the resulting replayed free kick, Janko struck the upright after the looping free kick caused havoc in the Adelaide back line.
Both sides pressed for a winner but the game ended in what appeared to be a deserving draw. GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER A-League Match Report Round 5 Adelaide United 0 Sydney FC 0 Attendance: 16,015 Adelaide United: Galekovic (c), Boogaard, Malik, Isaias, Cirio, Car- rusca, Djite (Marrone 45’), Goodwin, Mabil (Kamau 82’), Jeggo, Elrich Sydney FC: Ryall (Bojic 88’), Ognenovski, Petkovic (c), Gameiro (Smeltz 73’), Dimitrijevic, Ibini-Isei, Naumoff (Gersbach 62’), Antonis, Janjetovic, Janko, Abbas Scorers: Nil Red cards: Nil Yellow cards: Ognenovski (20’), Elrich (33’), Boogaard (71’), Janko (77’), Ryall (87’), Isaias (90’+1), Ibini (90’+3) Attendance: 16,015 MATCH DETAILS Reds and Sky Blues Locked in Stalemate Report: MATT MAYS Photos: ADAM BUTLER Adelaide United Sydney FC
www.goalweekly.com 12 Joel Griffiths salutes the Hunter Stadium crowd after converting from the penalty spot.
www.goalweekly.com 13 Newcastle Jets are still searching for their first win of the Hyundai A-League season after squandering a two- goal lead to draw 2-2 with Melbourne Victory at Hunter Stadium on Saturday. The home side looked on track for a drought-breaking win when goals to skip- per Kew Jaliens and Joel Griffiths had Phil Stubbins’ side 2-0 up inside 33 minutes. The deadlock was broken after David Carney’s corner to the near post was flicked on by Taylor Regan, with Jaliens getting free of his marker, slamming into the roof of the net from close range.
The score was doubled in favour of the home side when referee Strebre Delovski adjudged Ben Khalfallah had brought down Scott Neville in the box, Griffiths coolly converted from the spot with a powerful finish to Nathan Coe’s left. But the Victory showed all their class to fight back, first through Fahid Ben Khalfallah nine minutes before the break before Besart Berisha leveled things up early in the second half.
Victory pulled one back when the danger appeared to be cleared after Jets ‘keeper Mark Birighitti blocked Besart Berisha’s effort. But the rebound was volleyed back across goal by Gui Finkler, bouncing perfectly into the path of the Tunisian (pictured above) to head home. The scores were levelled after Ben Khalfal- lah’s sublime first-time pass split the Jets’ centre-backs, with Berisha sent through on goal before slotting it low past Mark Birighitti. Jets skipper Kew Jaliens couldn’t hide his frustratation, “We’re disappointed. If you’re 2-0 in front you have to take it home. It’s disappointing the way they equalized but we still have one point, we have to learn from this game and keep going.” Victory skipper Mark Milligan was reflective after the match, “We’ll take a point after the start that we had.
You can’t give teams a 2-0 lead and expect to take three points. It’s credit to the boys showed tremendous character to come back into the game, especially in tough conditions.” Victory defender Scott Galloway was forced off just after the hour mark with a knee injury, which could have his involvement with the Olyroos for their upcoming tour next week in doubt. The Jets are still searching for their first win but will take plenty of confidence out of more than matching the unbeaten league-leaders. The new-look surface at Hunter Stadium held up quite well also and should be even better for the visit of champions Brisbane Roar on Friday night.
GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER A-League Match Report Round 5 Newcastle Jets 2 (Jaliens 31’, Griffiths 33’) Melbourne Victory 2 (Khalfallah 36’, Berisha 48’) Attendance: 11,884 Newcastle Jets: Birighitti, Neville (Galloway 54’), Regan, Jaliens, Kantarovski, Caravella, Griffiths (Hoole 77’), Gallagher, Montano, Welsh (Flores 84’), Carney Melbourne Victory: Coe, Milligan, Broxham, Finkler, Berisha (Thomp- son 70’), Barbarouses, Khalfallah, Georgievski, Valeri, Leijer (Mahazi 77’), Galloway (Murnane 60’) Scorers: Jaliens (31’), Griffiths (33’), Ben Khalfallah (36’), Berisha (48’) Red cards: N/A Yellow cards: Welsh (63’), Montano (66’), Leijer (75’), Flores (90+3’) MATCH DETAILS Report: FFA Photos: BEN NEVILLE First win eludes Jets 2 Newcastler Jets Melbourne Victory 2
www.goalweekly.com 14 Melbourne City embrace as a ten game run without a win finally comes to an end.
www.goalweekly.com 15 Brisbane’s title defence suffered another blow on Saturday night as the Roar was downed 3-1 by Melbourne City. Goals from David Williams, Mate Du- gandzic and Marc Marino condemned the home side to its fourth successive defeat and added fuel to the fire that there are problems behind the scenes at the River City club. The departure of Liam Miller during the week dominated the media but was met with a collective shrug by the majority of fans as with Matt McKay returning from suspension and the unconvincing Mel- bourne City arriving at Suncorp normal order was expected to be returned.
Those expectations lasted all of eight minutes when David Williams slid a shot past Jamie Young to give City a 1-0 lead. Brisbane’s defence had been undone by a simple long ball from Patrick Kisnorbo and two minutes later a similar outlet pass would also catch the Roar out.
This time the pass came from former Brisbane star Erik Paartalu, and a lack of communication between Roar defenders Jade North and the recalled Jack Hingert let in Mate Dugandzic. Dugandzic didn’t waste his opportunity, powering a low shot underneath Young on its way into the net. Brisbane had played into City’s hands, its high defensive line combined with a lack of pace at the back was exploited perfectly by Melbourne and the home side was visibly shocked at being two goals down after enjoying the better of the play. With eighty minutes still to play there was plenty of time for Brisbane to get back into the match but it wasn’t until the 67th minute that the scoreboard read 2-1.
Brandon Borello, brought on at half-time for an ill Dmitri Petratos, was the man in the right place at the right time as he got a fortunate touch on a Matt McKay shot that guided the ball past a helpless Andrew Redmayne.
The goal was due reward for Brisbane’s efforts up to that point but Melbourne had rarely looked troubled and aside two instances, courtesy of McKay and Steven Lustica, Redmayne had little to worry about. City sealed their win in the 83rd minute through substitute Marc Marino, who scored his maiden A-League goal after getting on the end of a smart low cross from fellow sub James Brown. It was a satisfying performance from City whom now having chalked up their first win, post-David Villa no less, and having also announced the signing of Josh Kennedy are starting to look like a club on the up.
GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER A-League Match Report Round 5 Brisbane Roar 1 (Brandon Borrello 67’) Melbourne City 3 (David Williams 8’, Mate Dugandzic 10’, Marc Marino 83’) Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones Brisbane Roar: 2.
Matthew Smith (C), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 8. Steven Lustica (7. Mensur Kurtishi 80’), 10. Henrique, 13. Jade North, 17. Matt Mckay, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert (15. James Donachie 46’), 21. Jamie Young (Gk), 22. Thomas Broich, 23. Dimitri Petratos (28. Brandon Borrello 46’). Yellow Cards: Nil Red Cards: Nil Melbourne City: 1. Andrew Red- mayne (Gk), 3. Robbie Wielaert, 5. Erik Paartalu, 6. Aaron Mooy, 7. Iain Ramsay, 11. Damien Duff, 15. David Williams (26. Marc Marino 75’), 17. Jason Hoffman, 18. Paulo Retre (25. Jacob Melling, 23. Mate Dugandzic (14. James Brown 69’), 24. Patrick Kisnorbo (C).
Yellow Cards: 18. Paulo Retre (20’), 25. Jacob Melling (66’), 23. Mate Dugandzic (78’) Red Cards: Nil MATCH DETAILS Report: JARROD ELLIS Photos: KEITH EIGELAND City Make it Four for Roar 3 Melbourne City Brisbane Roar 1
Perth Glory’s Neboja Marinkovic curles in the winning goal from a splendid free-kick.
www.goalweekly.com 17 The Central Coast Mariners’ under- whelming start to Season 10 of the Hyundai A-League continued Sunday evening with a 1-0 loss to ladder-leaders Perth Glory in Gosford. A sublime Ne- bojsa Marinkovic free kick less than five minutes before half-time ultimately earnt Perth the points, stunning the Mariners faithful and giving Phil Moss fresh head- aches ahead of a trip to Melbourne City in Round 6.
The Central Coast boss remarked in the post-game press conference that his side had completely dominated the first half. Kenny Lowe conceded the Mariners played some “good stuff”, without taking their chances. They did indeed enjoy al- most two-thirds of possession throughout the game but, with Glory marquee man Andy Keogh so far this season scoring double what the Mariners have been able to put in the net, they need to find goals and fast.
The game started brightly for the Mari- ners. They were able to find space easily down the left flank, debutant left back Michael Neill and Nick Fitzgerald getting into promising positions with regularity. However, Perth also looked keen from the off, trekking forward comfortably through the middle of the park. The goal, though, was to come from a set piece – the demonstrative Marinkovic proving a different class over the dead ball, his free kick arrowing into the top right-hand corner from 30 yards. The best of the Mariners’ chances in the first period went to Mitchell Duke who latched onto a Vukovic rebound off a spilled shot by Caceres but wasn’t able to beat the Perth stopper from close range.
Perth were the dominant force as the second half commenced, putting Central Coast under pressure in midfield, stifling their creativity and continuing to look dangerous through the middle and on the left edge. There was a sense of inevitability about the result as the half wore on, the Mariners displaying a similar lethargy in attack to last week’s clash with Sydney FC. Duke again had the Mariners’ best chance of the second stanza after substitute Mal- ick Mane got into a good position from a throw-in and cut the ball back but Duke shot straight at Vukovic.
Perth were content to play on the counter after going ahead and were unfortunate not to add a second goal in the latter stages of the game as the Mariners pushed for an equaliser. But it wasn’t to be for the boys from the Coast and a much-im- proved performance will be required against a rejuvenated Melbourne City outfit on Sunday. GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER A-League Match Report Round 5 Marinkovic magic sinks Mariners Central Coast Mariners 0 Perth Glory 1 (Marinkovic 43’) Central Coast Stadium, Gosford Referee: Peter Green Attendance: 6,391 Central Coast Mariners FC: 2. Storm ROUX, 4.
Jacob POSCOLIERO, 7. John HUTCHINSON (C), 9. Mitchell DUKE, 10. Anthony CACERES, 11. Nick FITZGERALD (17. Richard VERNES 82’), 12. Liam REDDY (Gk), 18. Glen TRIFIRO (14. Malick MANÉ 78’), 21. Michael NEILL, 23. Isaka CERNAK (15. Matt SIM 61’), 25. Eddy BOSNAR Substitutes not used: 1. Matt NASH (Gk), 3. Josh ROSE Yellow cards: Hutchinson Red cards: Nil Perth Glory FC: 1. Danny VUKOVIC (Gk), 5. Rostyn GRIFFITHS (13. Diogo FERREIRA 77’), 6. Dino DJULBIC, 7. Youssouf HERSI, 9. Andrew KEOGH, 10. Nebojša MARINKOVIC (11. Richard GARCIA 74’), 15. Jamie MACLAREN (20. Daniel DE SILVA 71’), 17. Mitchell NICHOLS, 19.
Joshua RISDON, 21. Scott JAMIESON, 23. Michael THWAITE (C) Substitutes not used: 2. Jack CLISBY, 30. Jordan THURTELL (Gk) Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Nil MATCH DETAILS Report: JEREMY SLOUGH Photos: MATT WETHERILL Central Coast Mariners 1 PERTH GLORY
Compiled by Nick Amies Vedran Janjetovic Sydney FC Consecutive appear- ances in our TOTW for Janjetovic after keeping his side in the match against a tor- rent of shots from the Adelaide attack. Josh Risdon Perth Glory Rarely troubled in Gos- ford on Sunday by the Mariners, even when Michael Neill pushed forward to create a nu- merical advantage. Rob Wielaart Melbourne City Successfully shack- led the dangerous Henrique at Suncorp Stadium while his teammates scored the winning goals. Con- ceded a late goal to Brandon Borello, but by that point the game was out of reach. Kew Jaliens Newcastle Jets The Polish defender put in a real captain’s knock, finding the back of the net and acting as a calming presence at the back as the Victory pushed for three points.
Craig Goodwin Adelaide United Played in defence to start and the pushed forward late on, a versatile player and continues to show his ability in all areas of the game. Mate Dugandzic Melbourne City Played in his preferred role on the wing Dugandzic showed the league what he’s capable of, scoring one and setting up another to help his side to victory. David Williams Melbourne City Moved out of the spotlight by another David at the beginning of the season, Wil- liams returned to the starting eleven with a vengeance against the Roar with an early goal and an impres- sive performance. Roly Bonevacia Wellington Phoenix A shrewd acquisition by Ernie Merrick, Bo- nevacia has slotted in perfectly across the ditch and triggered the break that ended with Nathan Burns’ game-winning goal.
Marcelo CARRUSCA Adelaide United Regardless of his ques- tionable finishing skills on Friday, Carrusca was once again one of the best on ground with an array of fine touches. Nebo Marinkovic Perth Glory Struggled last season after arriving in January, but the journeyman is showing signs of class. Scored the winner on Sunday with a sumptu- ous free-kick from 30 yards.
Ben Khalfallah Melbourne Victory The Tunisian winger once again showed his quality on the left, this tim against Newcastle and is already proving to be somewhat of a cult hero at this early stage of the season. A-LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK ROUND 05 Jaliens Janjetovic Carrusca www.goalweekly.com 18
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www.goalweekly.com 20 14th November 1959 - Former England (43 caps), Nottingham Forest, QPR and Rangers goalkeeper Chris Woods is born in Swineshead, Lincolnshire. 14th November 1934 - Dave Mackay, former Scottish football player and manager born.
Mackay is best remembered for a highly successful playing career with Heart of Midlothian, the Double winning Tottenham Hotspur side of 1961, and winning the league with Derby County as a manager. He also represented Scotland 22 times, and was selected for their 1958 FIFA World Cup squad.
15th November 1982 - Matilda Pamela Grant born. Capped 3 times, she represented Australia at the 2003 World Cup in a 2-1 loss to Ghana. 16 November 1955 - Zarko Odzakov born in Skopje. Midfield genius who represented Australia 13 times in full international matches between 1985-87. Ralé Rašic in 2006 picked Odžakov in his greatest Socceroo team. He played for FK Vardar, Preston Makedonia, Sydney Croatia and Blacktown City. 16 November 2005 - Australia qualify for their first World Cup in 32 years after Socceroo goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made two saves, and John Aloisi scoring the winning penalty in a shootout against Uruguay.
17 November 1958 - New Zealand World Cup 1982 goalkeeper Frank van Hattum is born in New Plymouth. His international career started in 1980, and he played a total of 41 times for his country including unofficial matches. Was voted 2nd behnid Mark Bosnich as Oceania Goalkpper of the Century and more recently has served as director on the NZFA board. GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 18th November 1959 - 56th Birthday of Jimmy Quinn, Northern Irish footballer and football manager 20th November 1981 - German international striker Cacau is born in Brazil. Capped 23 times for Germany, he scored his first of six international goals for Germany in the group stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 13 June 2010, coming on as a substitute against Australia in Durban, and scoring in 1-minute 52 seconds to make it 4–0.
He later received a yellow card for diving in the match. He now plays in the J-league for Osaka. 20 November 1967 - Stuart Ripley is born. He is a former English professional footballer, who played as a winger from 1985 until 2002, notably for Blackburn Rovers where it won the English Premier League in 1995. He earned two national caps for England. His son, Connor Ripley, is a goalkeeper and plays for Middlesbrough. In 2010 Ripley became a qualified solicitor. He is a member of FA’s Judicial Panel hearing cases relating to matters such as doping, safeguarding, agent activity and discrimi- nation.
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www.goalweekly.com 21 GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Jets v Roar Fri 14 Nov Hunter Stdm 7:30PM A-League Preview Round 6 Shaun Dyas Jets and Roar in must-win Clash The Odds Head to Head Kiss of Death Jets 1-1 Roar Played 27 Jets 11 Draws 7 Roar 9 Newcastle 2.40 Draw 3.45 Brisbane 2.75 • Newcastle Jets won all three of their A-League games against Brisbane Roar last season. • Brisbane have lost all four of their A-League games so far this season – they haven’t lost five A-League games in a row since Dec 2011.
It is the team who needs to learn how to win against the team who has forgotten.
You would have received long odds on both the Jets and the Roar going into the sixth round of matches with nei- ther side winning, but that is the situ- ation that awaits us on Friday night at Hunter Stadium. Mike Mulvey’s defending champi- ons come to town as the first team in A-League history to lose their first four encounters of a new season. Luckily for them they face a Jets side who are finding it just as difficult to salute. Newcastle’s problem is completely different. They have been in the po- sition to win on numerous occasions this season.
In round one they outplayed arch nemesis Central Coast Mariners for large portions of the contest, only to succumb to a 92nd minute Mitchell Duke strike.
Against both Melbourne City and Perth Glory they lead at crucial stages of the match, only to let themselves down by conceding late, soft goals. Last week they led the star-studded Melbourne Victory 2-0 in their first home game of the season, only to again allow a couple of sloppy goals for the Victory to escape with a share of the spoils. The first goal conceded last week was poor. Scott Neville got caught behind his centre back pairing of Kew Jaliens and Taylor Regan, allowing Besart Berisha to get in behind and eventual- ly let Fahid Ben Khalfallah score. Phil Stubbins will have worked long and hard during the week in a bid to eradicate these defensive deficiencies.
As poorly as Brisbane have started the season, their outfit still boasts more than enough quality to unlock any A-League defence.
Thomas Broich still remains arguably the best import to grace the compe- tition and will have no trouble feed- ing the ball in for the likes of Mensur Kurtishi and Henrique if the Jets con- tinue to struggle defensively. It will also be interesting to see just how Mulvey reacts to his team’s fourth loss on the bounce. Whether he makes personnel or tac- tical changes will be very interesting to see. Most sides have found out how to unsettle the Roar with a high pressing game against their commitment to al- ways play the ball out from the back. If Mulvey doesn’t tinker with this soon, they Roar could leave them- selves with too much to do.
ALL KO TIMES ARE LOCAL 1. Michael Theo (Gk) 2. Matt Smith (C) 3. Shane Stefanutto 4. Adam Sarota 5. Corey Brown 6. George Lambadaridis 7. Mensur Kurtišhi 8. Steven Lustica 10. Henrique 11. Liam Miller 12. Carlos Solorzano 13. Jade North 14. Daniel Bowles 15. James Donachie 16. Devante Clut 17. Matt Mckay 18. Luke Brattan 19. Jack Hingert 20. Kofi Danning 21. Jamie Young (Gk) 22. Thomas Broich 23. Dimitri Petratos 27. Ben Litfin 28. Brandon Borrello 29. Patrick Theodore 1. Mark Birighitti (Gk) 2. Scott Neville 3. Taylor Regan 4. Kew Jaliens (C) 5. Ben Kantarovski 6. Adrian Madaschi 7. Jeronimo Neumann 8.
Zenon Caravella 9. Joel Griffiths 10. Marcos Flores 11. Andrew Hoole 12. Sam Gallagher 13. Edson Montano 14. Billy Celeski 15. Josh Barresi 16. Jacob Pepper 17. James Virgili 18. Allan Welsh 19. Mitch Cooper 20. Ben Kennedy (Gk) 21. Sam Gallaway 22. Jonny Steele 23. David Carney 25. Brandon Lundy 30. John Solari (Gk)
GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Adelaide Utd v Phoenix Sat 15 Nov Coopers 4:30PM A-League Preview Round 6 Two in-form teams meet up in a top of the table encounter this Satur- day afternoon as Wellington Phoenix land in Adelaide to take on the Reds. Adelaide will be looking to push on after reaching the FFA Cup Final midweek with a 3-2 win over the Mar- iners, while Phoenix are flying high in confidence after pushing aside the Asian champions last weekend. However, the game midweek has had cause for concern from boss Gombau, with the short preparation time for Saturdays game in comparison with the FFA Cup game midweek.
“The Cup game is not a problem because it is five days (turnaround),” Gombau said. “Five days is enough.” “The problem will be on Saturday where we will have just three days. We need to manage and see happens with Bruce, if Fabio (Ferrei- ra) and Pablo (Sanchez) are ready.” Some good and bad news there. Ad- elaide United were rueing their missed chances last round, firing blanks against a strong Sydney side, and with Bruce Djite now sidelined now for a number of weeks, they will be looking for their continental stars to step up and score some much needed goals.
But Ferriera and Sanchez both played some much needed minutes midweek which gives the boss plenty to think about.
The Wellington Phoenix though are enjoying one of the best starts to an A-League season to date, sitting in the mix at the other end of the table where they are usually are. It’s a pleasant change of scenery and after last weeks result against Western Sydney, Josep Gombau and co will be on their toes. However the Phoenix are on a tough road trip. With this trip to Adelaide followed by another long haul flight to Perth, having their New Zealand inter- nationals away on duty in China and Thailand is yet another thistle in their stem which will test their grit. But Merrick believes his side are in good stead and the mentality in the dressing room is in good shape follow- ing last weeks result.
“I think the mind set of let’s go out and win and play good football is becoming instilled in the players. “It helps to have players like Roly [Bonevacia] and Mikey [McGlinchey] who can play different positions because we now have that mobility which means we can bring on the likes of Roy [Krishna].” Adelaide have a very good record against Phoenix, especially at home. However this time around this could potentially be a banana skin for the Reds. With Phoenix high on confi- dence, and Adelaide having to play just 4 days prior, I can see a close tie ahead. • Adelaide have scored in each of their last 10 A-League meetings with Wellington Phoenix, averaging two goals a game in these matches.
• Wellington have lost five of their last six away trips in the A-League to Adelaide (W1). Matt Mays REDS WELCOME HIGH-FLYING PHOENIX The Odds Head to Head Played 21 Draws 10 Adelaide 6 Phoenix 5 Adelaide Utd 1.65 Draw 3.75 Phoenix 5.00 Kiss of Death Adelaide 1-1 Phoenix ALL KO TIMES ARE LOCAL 1. Eugene Galekovic (captain) 2. Michael Marrone 3. Nigel Boogaard 4. Dylan McGowan 5. Osama Malik 6. Cássio (vice-captain) 7. Pablo Sánchez 8. Isaías 9. Cirio 10. Marcelo Carrusca 11. Bruce Djite 12. Mark Ochieng 13. Dylan Smith 14. Cameron Watson 15. Ben Warland 16. Craig Goodwin 17. Awer Mabil 18.
James Jeggo 20. Paul Izzo 21. Tarek Elrich 22. Fábio Ferreira 23. Jordan Elsey 24. Bruce Kamau 30. John Hall 32. Nathan Konstandopoulos www.goalweekly.com 22 1. Glen Moss 2. Manny Muscat 3. Reece Caira 4. Roly Bonevacia 5. Michael Boxall 6. Josh Brindell-South 7. Kenny Cunningham 8. Alejandro Gorrin 9. Nathan Burns 10. Michael McGlinchey 11. Jeremy Brockie 12. Tyler Boyd 13. Albert Riera 14. Alex Rufer 15. Jason Hicks 16. Louis Fenton 17. Vince Lia 18. Ben Sigmund (vice-captain) 19. Tom Doyle 20. Lewis Italiano 21. Roy Krishna 22. Andrew Durante (captain) 23. Matthew Ridenton
www.goalweekly.com 23 GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Sydney FC v Melb Victory Sat 15 Nov Allianz 7:45 PM A-League Preview Round 6 Alex Porter Rivals set for The Big Blue Both Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory have experienced their respective domestic derbies already this season, but with both sides sitting equal near the top of the A-league ladder on 11 points there is every chance that this fixture, the Big Blue, could blow them out of the water for the atmosphere and intensity on the night. Despite both sides missing key personnel due to injuries and the international fixture window, of which Graham Arnold was particu- larly vocal in his disappointment regarding the timing, both the form of each team in the opening stages of this year and the often volatile history of this fixture all but guaran- tees a talking point of some kind at the final whistle.
The only question that remains is who will provide the headline? Kevin Muscat is no stranger to controversy and despite no longer lacing up the boots himself has instilled an aggression and organ- isation in the Victory that will pro- vide perhaps the sternest test of the Sky Blue’s season thus far. Sydney on the other hand have a playing roster with such creativity and depth that Nick Carle has spent the majority of his season on the bench, however with Austrian Marquee Marc Janko away on international duties and with young gun Terry Antonis only a 50/50 chance to play due to an unfortunate car accident the stage may well be set for a classic Carle renaissance.
Despite a combined total of 9 play- ers across both teams called away on international duty this shapes as the game of the round and potentially the fixture of the year, with the team that comes away victorious not only gaining ‘Big Blue’ bragging rights but pulling away from the chasing pack. With the sub plots running thick behind the scenes, from Melbourne Victory facing ownership structure changes with the recent sale of 4.5 million shares, to Sydney’s Ali Abbas being refused clearance to rep- resent his native Iraq this weekend, the fuse has seemingly been lit for game that will light up the league.
The question remains though, which side will shine brightest? 1. Nathan Coe 2. Jason Geria 4. Nick Ansell 5. Mark Milligan (captain) 6. Leigh Broxham (vice-captain) 7. Gui Finkler 8. Besart Berisha 9. Kosta Barbarouses 10. Archie Thompson 11. Connor Pain 13. Andrew Nabbout 14. Fahid Ben Khalfallah 15. Daniel Georgievski 16. Rashid Mahazi 17. Matthieu Delpierre 18. Dylan Murnane 20. Lawrence Thomas 21. Carl Valeri 22. Jesse Makarounas 23. Adrian Leijer (2nd vice-captain) 24. Scott Galloway 26. Jordan Brown The Odds Head to Head Kiss of Death Sydney FC 2-1 Victory Played 31 Sydney FC 7 Draws 14 Victory 10 Sydney FC 2.35 Draw 3.50 Melb Victory 2.80 • Melbourne Victory have won just one of their last 10 A-League games away at Sydney FC (W1 D6 L3 - inc.
• Sydney FC have scored in nine successive A-League meetings with Melbourne Victory, but they have only kept a clean sheet in two of these. 1. Ivan Necevski 2. Sebastian Ryall 3. Saša Ognenovski (vice captain) 4. Pedj Bojic 5. Matthew Jurman 6. Nikola Petkovic (vice captain) 7. Corey Gameiro 8. Miloš Dimitrijevic 9. Shane Smeltz 11. Bernie Ibini-Isei 12. Hagi Gligor 13. Alex Gersbach 14. Alex Brosque (captain) 16. Chris Naumoff 17. Terry Antonis 18. Peter Triantis 19. Nick Carle 20. Vedran Janjetovic 21. Marc Janko 22. Ali Abbas 23. Rhyan Grant 30. Anthony Bouzanis
www.goalweekly.com 24 NEWCAST Back Row: 2.
Scott Neville, 3. Taylor Regan, 6. Adrian Madaschi, 18. Allan Middle Row: 25. Brandon Lundy, 21. Sam Gallaway, 1. Mark Birighitti (Gk), 20. Ben Kennedy Front Row: 5. Ben Kantarovski, 14. Billy Celeski, 12. Sam Gallagher, 4. Kew Jaliens (C) ABSENT: 8. Zenon Caravella
www.goalweekly.com 25 STLE JETS SEASON 2014/15 , 18. Allan Welsh, 10. Marcos Flores, 22. Jonny Steele, 13. Edson Montano. n Kennedy (Gk), 30. John Solari (Gk), 16. Jacob Pepper, 11. Andrew Hoole, 19. Mitch Cooper. Jaliens (C), 9. Joel Griffiths, 23. David Carney, 7. Jeronimo Neumann, 17. James Virgili Caravella, 15. Josh Barresi.
26 www.goalweekly.com GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Perth Glory v Wanderers Sat 15 Nov nib Stdm 6:45 PM A-League Preview Round 6 Hyundai A-League leaders Perth Glory go head-to-head with Asian Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers at the nib Stadium on Saturday night, and the home side will be looking for their first ever victory against the visitors (6.30pm - WA Time) Since joining the competition the Wanderers have had the wood on the Glory winning all but two games, the others were draws.
The Glory however have made a good start to the season, but Glory coach Kenny Lowe is playing down his side’s early season run of form. “It is early days for us, we’ve got a new squad, new coaches, but one thing that’s part of the club is everyone’s hungry. Coaches are hungry, players are hungry. Everyone’s in it for each other. Hopefully we can maximise that and have half a decent year,” he said.
The Glory will be without four squad members for the game with Mitch Nichols joining the Socceroos squad for the game in Japan, while Jamie Maclaren, Riley Woodcock and keeper Jack Duncan away with the Olyroos. But there is good news for the Glory, with the return of Chris Harold from injury, and he will be pressing for a spot in the squad, along with Brandon O’Neill. The Wanderers have continued their Champions League hangover, losing their opening three games to the new season, but Tony Popovic will have a full squad to choose from after their tough travel schedule in recent weeks. The Coach rested a number of players last week in their 1-0 defeat against Wellington Phoenix, but he was happy with the performance, and he will likely go back to the tried and tested players for the trip to the West.
“We’re quite positive. If we can build on that performance we’ve got a great chance of getting something in Perth. There are no excuses in that (changing) room. We move forward. Of course you want the result but you can take the positives from a good performance,” he said.
Youssouf Hersi comes up against his former club for the first time, the Dutch midfielder, has taken time to settle in at the nib Stadium, but the Wanderers players know what he can do. On the other hand Wanderers skipper Nicola Toper-Stanley returns to his former club; the 29-Year-old had a two year spell in the West, while Nikita Rukavytsya meets his former club for the first time since the club sold him to FC Twente in 2009. The last time the two sides met in the West was in round 20 last season the Wanderers winning 2-0, with Mateo Poljak and Tomi Juric on target. • Perth have started the season with four wins from their first five A-League games of the season – it took them 13 games to achieve four wins in 2013-14.
• Perth Glory have scored only two goals in six A-League meetings with the Wanderers. Peter Simcox Glory aim to break hoodoo The Odds Head to Head Kiss of Death Perth Glory 2-2 Wanderers Played 6 Glory 0 Draws 1 Wanderers 5 Perth Glory 2.35 Draw 3.40 Wanderers 2.85 1. Danny Vukovic 2. Jack Clisby 3. Brandon O’Neill 5. Rostyn Griffiths 6. Dino Đulbic 7. Youssouf Hersi 8. Ruben Zadkovich 9. Andy Keogh 10. Nebojša Marinkovic 11. Richard Garcia 13. Diogo Ferreira 14. Chris Harold 15. Jamie Maclaren 16. Sidnei 17. Mitch Nichols 18. Jack Duncan 19. Joshua Risdon 20. Daniel De Silva 21. Scott Jamieson 22.
Cameron Edwards 23. Michael Thwaite (Captain) 24. Matthew Davies 25. Riley Woodcock 26. Harry O’Brien 30. Jordan Thurtell 1. Ante Covic 2. Shannon Cole 3. Daniel Mullen 4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Captain) 5. Brendan Hamill 6. Antony Golec 7. Labinot Haliti 8. Tomi Juric 10. Vitor Saba 11. Brendon Šantalab 12.Nikita Rukavytsya 13. Matthew Spiranovic 14. Kwabena Appiah 15. Yianni Perkatis 17. Romeo Castelen 18. Iacopo La Rocca 19. Mark Bridge 20. Dean Bouzanis 22. Seyi Adeleke 23. Jason Trifiro 31. Alusine Fofanah 32. Daniel Alessi 34. Golgol Mebrahtu
www.goalweekly.com 27 27 www.goalweekly.com GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Melb City v Mariners Sun 16 Nov AAMI Park 5:00 PM A-League Preview Round 6 What a difference a week makes. Melbourne City’s disap- pointing round 4 defeat to Adelaide United, coinciding with David Villa’s departure, looked to be a hammer blow for the newly formed enterprise. How would it possibly recover? All eyes were on Suncorp Stadium as the Melburnians travelled to the home of the reigning premiers, and won 3-1 in resounding fashion.
City coach John Van’t Schip will find his next test against the lowly Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.
Showing obvious drops in performance level following the departure of key playing talent, and the now Sydney FC coach, Graeme Arnold. Now an operation spearheaded by Arnold’s assistant during the club’s golden age, which saw the club crowned A-League champions in 2013. Fortunes are heaving contrasting now, however, and the Gosford-based side finds itself winless since its round 1 triumph in the F3 derby against fellow strugglers, Newcastle Jets.
City’s problems have been in defence, conceding a competition high 10, and may be comforted by the visit of a goal-shy Mariners outfit, managing a mere two goals in 360 minutes of A-League football to date. Aaron Mooy’s all-action presence in the heart of City’s midfield has earned the 24-year-old a call up to Ange Pos- tecoglou’s squad to face Japan and will miss Sunday’s clash, but Van’t Schip will be comforted by the well-rounded performance of fellow midfielders, Erik Paartalu and Massimo Murdocca against their former employers. Moss has a full squad to choose from, and will look to negate what looks a sprightly City forward line.
The lead- ership of captain John Hutchison in midfield will be key, while the visitors will need more than what has been given from attackers Nick Fitzgerald and Mitchell Duke. Mate Dugand- zic, David Williams and 18-year-old Marc Marino did the damage against Brisbane, and as was seen last season, City’s forward line feeds off confi- dence like few else. After registering its first win of the season against the Jets in round 15 last season, Van’t Schip’s men won five of its next six meetings: Mariners beware.
• City have won just one of their previous 12 A-League games against Mariners (W1 D3 L8). • City’s 3-1 win over Brisbane Roar on the last matchday ended a run of 10 A-League games without a win (D4 L6). Chris Hearn City on the winning bounce The Odds Head to Head Kiss of Death Melb City 2-0 Mariners Played 12 City 1 Draws 3 Mariners 8 Melb City 1.83 Draw 3.50 Mariners 4.10 1. Matthew Nash 2. Storm Roux 3. Joshua Rose 5. Zac Anderson 6. Brent Griffiths 7. John Hutchinson (C) 8. Nick Montgomery 9. Mitchell Duke 10. Anthony Caceres 11. Nick Fitzgerald 12. Liam Reddy 14. Malick Mané 15. Matthew Sim 16.
Liam Rose 17. Richárd Vernes 18. Glen Trifiro 19. Matt Simon 20. Anthony Kalik 21. Michael Neill 22. Tom Slater 23. Isaka Cernak 24. Hayden Morton 25. Eddy Bosnar 26. Kim Seung-yong 1. Andrew Redmayne 3. Robbie Wielaert 4. Connor Chapman 5. Erik Paartalu 6. Aaron Mooy 7. Iain Ramsay 8. Massimo Murdocca 9. David Villa 10. Robert Koren 11. Damien Duff 13. Jonatan Germano 14. James Brown 15 David Williams 17. Jason Hoffman 18. Paulo Retre 19. Benjamin Garuccio 20. Tando Velaphi 21. Stefan Mauk 22. Nick Kalmar 23. Mate Dugandzic 24. Patrick Kisnorbo 25. Jacob Melling 26. Marc Marino
Jets vs Roar The Jets let a 2 goal lead slip last week in their first home game of the season which would have been bitterly disappointing, the Brisbane Roar also continued their miserable start to the season crashing to the Melbourne City side leaving them pointless after four fixtures. Newcastle have always fared better then most against Brisbane so look from them to pick up a draw at $3.45 Adelaide vs Phoenix Adelaide United have made an undefeated start to the season despite not being able to find the scoresheet last weekend against Sydney FC, while Wellington con- tinues its push for a top six finish with a win over recently crowned ACL champion Western Sydney Wanders.
Neither Adelaide or Wellington have been prolific in the goal scoring talleys this season which means the under 2.5 goals market at $2 is a good double your money chance. Sydney FC vs Victory The big blue game heats up this round in what should be a fantastic crowd. Both sides have made strong starts to season however will be missing players due to injury and international selection. Keeping this in mind look for the Victory to cause an upset returning $2.80 Glory vs Wanderers In a top vs bottom clash Perth have been trying to keep their great start under wraps however another win here and they will be certainly in the calculations for the title race.
Western Sdyney have struggle domestically while the ACL has been on but now can fully focus on the Hyundai A League, However it is to be expected at home Perth can keep their good run of form going.
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www.goalweekly.com 29 Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Semi Finals Gallant Greens Cup Dream Ends Bentleigh Greens’ dream Westfield FFA Cup run has come to an end following a 3-0 semi-final defeat at the hands of Perth Glory at a sold-out Kingston Heath Soccer Complex on Tuesday night. A brace from Nebojsa Marinkovic and a late goal to substitute Chris Harold sealed the win for Perth, which become the first team to qual- ify for the inaugural FFA Cup Final. Bentleigh showed great character against the Hyundai A-League leader and matched Glory for large parts of the contest, in front of 3300 specta- tors.
Jamie De Abreu looked lively on the wing and created a glorious opportu- nity for Luke Gallo on 26 minutes, but the forward scraped his shot wide of Danny Vukovic’s goal. The miss proved costly with Marink- ovic firing Glory ahead just three minutes later. The Serbian midfielder smashed a sumptuous free-kick in off the crossbar to stun the home crowd. Bentleigh went in to the break still in the game - despite being 1-0 down - but the task became even harder just minutes into the second-half. Thwaite found Keogh who teed up Marinkovic, and the midfielder nut- megged Bentleigh defender Jamie Cumming before calmly slotting past Bray to make it 2-0.
That goal spurred the Greens to pull a goal back and get themselves back in the contest, and they came close on a number of occasions through long- range strikes. Luke O’Dea went close first before Luke Pilkington and then Wayne Wallace just missed the target in Bentleigh’s finest period of the game. Bentleigh edged closer and closer to finding a goal but as the game went on Perth looked more and more likely to wrap up the win, and it sealed it with a third goal on 84 minutes. Marinkovic was involved again find- ing Josh Risdon down the left, with the half-time substitute finding Har- old who controlled the ball and fired past Bray.
Bentleigh Greens coach John Anasta- siadis said he couldn’t be prouder of his side’s performance. “Especially second half we gave a great account of ourselves today,” An- astasiadis said. “The boys pushed Glory the whole way. Even at 2-0 down we didn’t sit back and concede that we’ve been defeated. “We had some great opportunities on goal. I couldn’t be prouder for the boys, they gave it all they’ve got.” In the 2nd semi final played on Wednesday night, Adelaide United booked their spot in the Westfield FFA Cup Final after defeating the Central Coast Mariners 3-2. After 30 matches since the start of the Round of 32 and over 600 games in the preliminary rounds that were played across the country, Perth Glo- ry and Adelaide United are the two clubs still standing for the right to be the first to have their name etched on the Westfield FFA Cup trophy.
Brandon Galgano GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Nebojsa Marinkovic makes the score 1-0 against Bentleigh Greens in the FFA Cup Semi Final at Kingston Heath. Photo: Anita Milas Tues 11 Nov Bentleigh Greens 0 Perth Glory 3 (Marinkovic 29’ 50’, Harold 84’)y Kingston Heath Crwd: 3300 Wed 12 Nov Adelaide United 3 (Cirio 40’/88’, Mabil 44’) Central Coast Mariners 2 (Simon 48’, Rose 90+2’) Crowd: 4,548 @ Coopers Stadium, Hindmarsh Westfield FFA Cup Final Adelaide United v Perth Glory Tuesday, 16 December 2014 Coopers Stadium Kick-Off 7.00pm local (7.30pm AEDT) Semi Finals
30 www.goalweekly.com * ALL TIMES ARE AEDT Couch Potato Saturday 15-Nov Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Round 5 Botswana v Tunisia 3:30 AM LIVE Sky Bet League 2 Round 17 Plymouth v Portsmouth 11:05 PM LIVE Sunday 16-Nov Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Round 5 Cameroon v DR Congo 1:00 AM LIVE Tuesday 18-Nov Sky Bet League 2 Round 17 Wycombe v Burton 6:45 AM LIVE Thursday 20-Nov Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Round 6 Nigeria v South Africa 4:00 AM LIVE Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Round 6 Tunisia v Egypt 6:00 AM LIVE Copa Sudamericana Semi Final 1st Leg TBC v TBC 12:15 PM LIVE Friday 21-Nov Copa Sudamericana Semi Final 1st Leg TBC v TBC 12:15 PM LIVE Saturday 22-Nov Sky Bet Championship Round 18 Brentford v Fulham 6:45 AM LIVE Sky Bet Championship Round 18 Huddersfield v Sheff Weds 11:15 PM LIVE on setantasportsplus.com Scottish Championship Round 14 Hearts v Rangers 11:45 PM LIVE English Premier League No matches scheduled due to international fixtures.
Sun Nov 23 Chelsea v WBA 1.50 am Fox 4 Sun Nov 23 Man City v Swansea 1.50 am Fox 5 Sun Nov 23 Everton v West Ham 1.50 am Viewers Choice Sun Nov 23 Leicester v Sun’land 1.50 am Viewers Choice Sun Nov 23 Newcastle v QPR 1.50 am Viewers Choice Sun Nov 23 Stoke v Burnley 1.50 am Viewers Choice Sun Nov 23 Arsenal v Man Utd 4.15 am Fox 4 Mon Nov 24 C Palace v Liverpool 12.20 am Fox 4 Mon Nov 24 Hull v Tottenham 2.50 am Fox 4 Tue Nov 25 A Villa v S’thampton 6.50 am Fox 4 La Liga No matches scheduled due to international fixtures. A-League Fri Nov 14 Newcastle v Brisbane 7.30 pm Sat Nov 15 Adelaide v Welling- ton 5.00 pm Sat Nov 15 Sydney FC v Mel- bourne Victory 7.30 pm Sat Nov 15 Perth v Western Sydney 9.45 pm Sun Nov 16 Melbourne City v Central Coast 5.00 pm Indian Super League Fri Nov 14 Delhi v FC Goa 12.30 am Sat Nov 15 Atletico de Kolkata v Club Chennai 12.30 am Sun Nov 16 North East United v FC Pune 12.30 am Mon Nov 17 Delhi v Kerala Blasters 12.30 am Tue Nov 18 Mumbai v FC Goa 12.30 am GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Football talent on the rise in the Isles Australia has Talent.
Football talent that is. The A-League has roared ahead like a Californian twister.
The standard of football since its inception 10 years ago has rocketed as has crowd support. A coach like Guus Hiddink has brought Australian and dare I say it, New Zealand talent to the notice of scouts worldwide. I can recall the days when I sup- ported Melbourne Victory at Albert Park. Rain and thunder did not prevent my little group of die-hards from making our way to Albert Park. The standard was pretty average when compared to Europe but the A-League had a soul. Ethnicity was gone. Football became very parochial.
Clubs became very professional in their approach and set up Devel- opment Programs.
It is paying dividends. Take Winston Reid, the West Ham United centreback. A local product. He went to Denmark in pursuit of his dream and was signed by the Hammers. They have now offered him $120k per week but he wants more international exposure and will likely join a team like Arsenal. However, Manchester United would be well advised to take a closer look at the Kiwi to solve their backline problem. As an Australian living in the shaky isles, I must mention Wellington Phoenix’s rise to fifth position on the log. In my earlier columns I stated that Phoenix would be no easy beats. So far so good.
Ernie Merrick has been doing a fabulous job. Their recent victory over WSW, the Asian League champions, was no fluke. Phoenix has adopted a youth policy. Their development team, Team Wellington participates in the ASB championships – the winner qualifies for the Oceana championships – and are doing pretty well.
Coached by Andy Hedge, Team wellington has signed eight young players from their Football School of Excellence - Justin Gulley (fullback), Joel Stevens (forward), Andrew Blake (forward) and Tamupiwa Dimairo (fullback) have been joined by goal- keeper Oliver Sail (Central United), Lower Hutt forward Nathaniel Hailemariam, Hamilton Wanderers striker Xavier Pratt and Stop Out forward Cherbel Khouchaba in the first intake. In conclusion my message to Ernie Merrick: Give Krishna more game time. He is a jewel in the making. Raisng My Opinion Andre Zwan
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33 www.goalweekly.com GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Pascoe ends Carlton’s hot run NIKE V-League Kicking off the men’s action we saw a big game in the course of the relegation battle as Asburton took on Hume. In a tough first period Ashburton just edged their opponents to lead 4-3 at the break. A more convincing second half time the green machine saw them seal the points with a 7-5 win to move a game clear of the relegation zone. Second up Vic Vipers and Balwyn locked horns looking to get their season back on track. The Vipers were in command from the start leading 4-1 at the half.
Balwyn continued to ship goals as the Vipers ran out 8-2 winners. Next up we had the game of the round with Futsal star Fernando De Moraes playing his 100th game in the league. The first half did not go to plan with Metropolitan taking a 4-3 half time lead. Metro lead the second half right up until the final minute until Fitzroy drew level and were awarded a ten meter spot kick which De Moraes cooly finished to win his 100th game off his own boot in a fairy tale finish. The final game of the round saw champions Pascoe Vale take on undefeated Carlton. In a tight first half Pascoe just edged their opponents to lead 2-1 at the break.
A more polished second half from Pascoe saw them blow Carlton away to win the game 6-1 and climb into second place all the while inflicting a first defeat on the Heart. PEPSI WV-League Our first clash in the PEPSI WV- League for the week saw table topping Richmond take on Ashburton. In a very hard fought first half which saw neither side create many chances only a strike from Penny Bakopoulos could separate the two before the break. The second half was much of the same as only a late goal from Enza Barilla sealed a hard fought 2-0 win to keep Richmond top. The second game of the night saw the two winless sides go head to head.
In a carbon copy of the Richmond game nei- ther side could crack the others defence and only a strike from Melbourne Uni’s Ili Jakab could separate the two at the break. The second half continued in the same vein with late goals to Melbourne debutant Christine Duffy and stall ward Niki Cook rounded out a tough 3-0 win to open their account for the season. The final game Brunswick take on Vic Vipers. Andre Caro (left) and Joao Da Silva (right) celebrate a goal during their crushing win over previously unde- feated Carlton. V-League By Jimmy Soufis With the Vipers looking to stay top, strikes from Tara De Melo, Ruby Burke and Stacey Papadopoulos sealed up the points with a consolation strike from former Vipers Kat Smith seeing the game finish 3-1.
34 www.goalweekly.com Young Matildas stroll towards Nanjing Young Matildas stroll towards Nanjing Last week our “Young Matildas” won all three games of their pool hosted in Vietnam to qualify for the AFC U19 Championship finals to be held next August in China. They achieved this in convincing fashion scoring 28 goals with nil conceded in wins over Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam. Top scorer was Sunny Franco with seven goals including six in one game! Squad rotation was a feature for Australia, with only the technically adept host nation providing stiff opposition. Coach Ante Juric will be very pleased with development of this new or ‘next’ generation of players, many of whom will help to form a nucleus of the senior Matildas squad in 3-5 years time.
Dilemma for Ange and Socceroos Announcement of the 23 man squad for the Socceroos’ game against Japan on 18 November has caused much debate around selections and unease about preparations for the Asian Cup. Ange Postecoglou having already used 40 different players at various times over the past 12 months seems still well short of finding his ideal starting line up or even final squad for Janu- ary’s huge tournament.
Should Australia’s football fans be worried about these apparent deficiencies? The ideal situation would have been for the core players that saw game time at the Brasil 2014 World Cup to remain the established playing group. Generally, the best teams are developed where continuity, familiarity and very considerable experience of playing together are key elements for performance and results. mAlthough there have been bold attempts to regenerate the squad through the intro- duction of fresh talent and youth, many of these players have not shown sufficient quality when under pressure against top class opponents.
Problems have been exacerbated by serious injuries to key first choice players including Robbie Kruse and Matthew Spiranovic. It seems that new partnerships in different critical areas of the park have not yet been established to produce consistent performances.
The Socceroos best test for where they truly stand with preparations will come against the “Blue Samurai” next Tuesday night. Anything less than a convincing performance and a win or draw will cast even bigger doubt on the ability to win our first major tournament by taking full advantage on home soil. Conventional thinking says that the head coach’s position will probably not be under threat within the current cycle of games including a qualification campaign for Russia 2018 to commence in only 10 months. Ange Postecoglou has a contract until completion of that World Cup, and there’s no justification currently for this to be reviewed.
However, by what level of performance and results will the coach be measured at the Asian Cup? Surely, making the final in Sydney on 31st January will be the bare minimum accept- able. That seems like a huge challenge, let alone winning the title that Frank Lowy (and all associated with our game in Australia) craves for so much. Let’s hope for everyone’s sake that things unfold positively in Osaka to get things back on track. Socceroos Squad Aziz Behich Bursaspor, Turkey 6 (2) Oliver Bozanic Luzern, Switzerland 5 (0) Mark Bresciano Al Gharafa, Qatar 80 (13) Joshua Brillante ACF Fiorentina, Italy 5 (0) Tim Cahill New York Red Bulls, USA 75 (35) Jason Davidson West Bromwich Albion F.C., England 13 (0) Ivan Franjic FK Torpedo Moskva, Russia 11 (0) Chris Herd Aston Villa, England 3 (0) James Holland FK Austria Vienna, Austria 15 (0) Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace FC, England 51 (6) Robbie Kruse TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 31 (3) Mitchell Langerak (gk) B.V.
Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 5 (0) Mathew Leckie FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany 15 (1) Massimo Luongo Swindon Town FC, England 4 (0) Matt McKay Brisbane Roar, Australia 49 (1) Mitch Nichols Perth Glory, Australia 4 (0) Aaron Mooy Melbourne City, Australia 3 (3) Mat Ryan (gk) Club Brugge KV, Belgium 12 (0) Trent Sainsbury P.E.C. Zwolle, Netherlands 3 (0) Nikolai Topor-Stanley Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia 4 (0) James Troisi S.V. Zulte Waregem, Belgium 15 (1) Alex Wilkinson Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, Korea Republic 10 (0) Japan v Australia Monday 18 November 2014 Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka Kick-Off 7.20pm (9.20pm AEDT) The Japan v Australia match will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and ABC TV.
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www.goalweekly.com 37 Just as AFL powerhouses Collingwood and Carlton briefly fielded sides in the old National Soccer League in the late ‘90s, so too did NRL giants Parramatta - the Eels’ venture, known as the Power, ultimately outlived its AFL counterparts thus becoming the only real success story out of the NSL’s whole cross- code experiment.
Debuting in the 1999-2000 season with ex-Socceroo David Mitchell as coach, the Power finished in 11th place; de- spite being competitive, finals football eluded them until 2002-03 where they made the extended ‘finals-league’ only to finish 4th. The following year - the NSL’s last, as it turned out - however saw them finish the reg- ular season in 2nd place, and stormed all the way to the NSL Grand Final vs. Perth Glory at home, Parramatta Stadium. The day’s torren- tial conditions (pictured) killed off any chance of the NSL’s swansong match being a feast of attractive play, with the Glory grinding out a 1-0 extra-time win courtesy of Nik Mrdja.
Despite the Power’s prompt dissolution, its legacy is in the number of players who contin- ued their careers in the new A-League: Ante Milicic (pictured-centre), Michael Beauchamp, Clint Bolton, Andrew Durante, Mark Bridge, Travis Dodd and Naum Sekulovski to name a few.
GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Blast From The Past Words: Alvaro Rodriguez Photo: Les Shorrock Collection, Deakin University Parramatta Power
www.goalweekly.com 38 THE VERDICT Jets 10-2 Roar Draw - 3 Adelaide 14-1 Phoenix Draw - 0 Sydney FC 8-3 Victory Draw - 4 City 12-1 Mariners Draw - 2 Perth 15-9 Wanderers Draw - 0 ASK THE EXPERTS: Rd 06 Roar Adel Draw Draw City Santo Cilauro 13 Last week: 1 Working Dog Productions Jets Adelaide Sydney FC Perth Melbourne City Andy Harper 13 Last week: 1 NSL Champ / Fox Sports Ross Alatsas 13 Last week: 1 GM Greek Media Group Jets Adelaide Victory Draw Melbourne City George Calombaris 14 Last week: 1 No.1 Victory ticket holder Jets Adelaide Draw Draw Melbourne City Eddie Krncevic 13 Last week: 1 Former Socceroo Jets Adelaide Sydney FC Perth Melbourne City John Perin 05 Last week: 1 Hall of Fame Socceroo Roar Adelaide Sydney Draw Melbourne City George Donikian 14 Last week: 2 Media Mogul Draw Adelaide Victory Glory Melbourne City Roger Sleeman 11 Last week: 1 Reigning Tipping Champ Newcastle Adelaide Draw Perth Melbourne Jimmy Campbell 15 Last week: 2 Former Socceroo Jets Adelaide Victory Wanderers Melb City George Campbell 11 Last week: 1 Sth Melb & NSL Legend Draw Pheonix Victory Wanderers Draw Jimmy Rooney 13 Last week: 2 World Cup ‘74 Socceroo Draw Adelaide Victory Glory Mariners John Doyle 11 Last week: 0 Original Captain Socceroo Jets Adelaide Sydney FC Perth Melbourne City Peter Katholos 14 Last week: 1 Former Socceroo Newcastle Adelaide Sydney Draw City Steve Blair 12 Last week: 2 Former Socceroo Jets Adelaide Sydney FC Perth Melbourne City Kiss Of Death 05 Last week: 1 GW Contributors Jets Adelaide Sydney FC Perth Melbourne City GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Regardless of the outcome to- night (@ time of writing), the Bentleigh Greens should be able to take nothing short of pride from their clash against the A-League’s Perth Glory in their FFA Cup semi-final; it is precisely the David & Goliath/underdog-tale that Australian sports fans relish, as well as which makes the romance of football’s nation- al-cup comps worldwide.
It will have underscored what a resounding success the in- augural edition here has been on all levels, already now an indelible part of the domestic footballing landscape...to which can only be said: Long may it continue! Kudos above all to the FFA and State Federations for having realised this competition for all us Oz football lovers!.
Whilst the international-fix- ture dates currently give A-League clubs the opportu- nity to blood youngsters in lieu of first-teamers called up by their national teams, one should nonetheless ask if now, 10 years into the A-League’s existence is the time to bring the league in line with the international calendar by post- poning rounds that clash with national-team fixtures?? When clubs such as Melbourne Victory are substantially-de- nuded of their starting XIs by international call-ups, it does compromise the A-League as a product - yes, internation- al-football of course comes first, but surely it’s now time for the league and its clubs to grow a bigger set where this issue is concerned.
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39 www.goalweekly.com FOXTEL NATIONAL YOUTH LEAGUE ROUND 4 City take top spot off Roar Jordan Lim GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Dean Bouzanis (SFC) gets down low to thwart an attempt by Antoni Trimboli (Adelaide United). Photo: ADAM BUTLER RESULTS Mariners 1 Perth Glory 2 FFA CoE 0 Newcastle Jets 5 Wanderers 3 Melbourne Victory 0 Adelaide United 0 Sydney FC 4 Brisbane Roar 0 Melbourne City 3 Next Round Sat 15 Nov Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City FC Lakeside Stadi- um, KO 3:00 PM Sat 15 Nov Newcastle Jets v Bris- bane Roar FC Rockwell Automation Park, KO 6:00 PM Sun 16 Nov Perth Glory v Wanderers FC Intiga Stadium KO 11:00 AM Sun 16 Nov Sydney FC v FFA Centre of Excellence Lambert Park, KO 5:00 PM Sun 16 Nov Adelaide Utd v Central Coast Mariners Adelaide Shores Football Centre KO 4:30 PM 1 Melbourne City 4 3 0 1 10 5 +5 9 2 Perth Glory 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3 9 3 Western Sydney 4 3 0 1 6 4 +2 9 4 Brisbane Roar 4 2 1 1 3 4 -1 7 5 Sydney FC 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6 6 Newcastle Jets 3 1 1 1 8 6 +2 4 7 Melbourne Victory 4 1 1 2 7 9 -2 4 8 Adelaide United 4 1 0 3 3 7 -4 3 9 Mariners 4 0 2 2 2 4 -2 2 10 FFA COE 4 0 1 3 4 11 -7 1 P W D L F A D P STANDINGS F ive, four, three, 2-1.
No, we’re not counting down to next week’s NYL action, rather, that’s how the scores panned out in a round of thrashings.
For a rampant Newcastle Jets, they grabbed their first win of the season in some style, with a 5-0 romp of FFA Centre of Excellence. Brandon Lundy scored a brace in the rout, with four of the five goals coming in the second half. Four goals separated a clinical Sydney FC from Adelaide United, with the both clubs heading on contrasting trajectories. The Sky Blues made it two wins in a row via goals from George Blackwood, James Andrew, Bai Antoniou and substitute Charles Lokolingoy, while Adelaide succumbed to their third loss straight. Much like last week, Melbourne Victory lost to the same margin in which rivals Melbourne City won.
3-0 was the damage for both, with City notching up a hat-trick of victories to go top of the ladder.
The top of the table clash against Bris- bane Roar ended up a rather one-sided affair as Andy Kejocevic opened the scoring with his second goal in as many appearances for City. Stefan Mauk – fresh off the back of his first A-League start of the season – and defender Andrew Mullet rounded off the compre- hensive result. The Wanderers also did it easy over the Victory with Steve Kuzmanovski scoring either side of the break, the first of which came from the penalty spot. Tariq Maia added the third deep into injury time to add injury to insult for a Victory outfit lacking confidence.
Only one game in Round Four proved to be a tight affair as Perth Glory nar- rowly ousted the Central Coast Mariners 2-1 at Tuggerah.
Todd Norris opened the Glory’s account with his injury time strike in the first half, which had hosts chomping at the bit at the restart. That proved enough inspiration as Sam Perre hit true to tie up proceedings, be- fore senior figure Chris Harold delivered a cruel winner 15 minutes from time, delicately chipping the keeper to grab the three points. Taking a look forward to this weekend’s action and there’s a handful of exciting fixtures that’ll have fans frothing at the mouth.
The pick of the bunch is the massive second versus third clash between Perth Glory and the Wanderers, while Adelaide host the Mariners with both sides in search of a first win of season 2014-15. Then there’s the excitement of the Melbourne Derby to look forward to on Saturday afternoon, with sparks sure to fly in the first youth edition of the season.
40 www.goalweekly.com WESTFIELD W-LEAGUE: ROUND 9 GLORY EDGE CLOSER TO TITLE Russ Gibbs GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Caitlin Friend and Melbourne Victory hope to maintain winning ways this weekend against Brisbane Roar.
Photo: JOHN PUNSHON RESULTS Perth Glory 4 (Caitlin Foord 21’, Sam Kerr 24’, 45+4’, Elisa D’Ovidio 84’) Newcastle Jets 2 (Emily van Egmond 7’, Tara Andrews 89’) Brisbane Roar 3 (Tameka Butt 25’, 74’, Emily Gielnik 30’) Adelaide United 0 Western Sydney Wander- ers 0 Melbourne Victory 3 (Stephanie Catley 4’, Racheal Quigley 38’, Lisa De Vanna 74’) Canberra United 3 (Sally Rojahn 22’, Michelle Heyman 40’, Stephanie Ochs 76’) Sydney FC 0 1 Perth Glory 9 8 0 1 28 8 +20 24 2 Canberra United 9 5 1 3 16 12 +4 16 3 Melbourne Victory 10 4 2 4 20 14 +6 14 4 Sydney FC 9 4 2 3 10 9 +1 14 5 Newcastle Jets 8 4 0 4 18 12 +6 12 6 Adelaide United 9 3 0 6 7 20 -13 9 7 Brisbane Roar 9 2 2 5 12 15 -3 8 8 Western Sydney 9 2 1 6 11 32 -21 7 P W D L F A GD Pts STANDINGS Perth Glory has moved another step closer to claiming the Westfield W-League league championship title increasing their advantage at the top of the table to eight points with only three rounds of the regular season remaining.
With only nine points left to play for, and a goal difference that is vastly superi- or to the chasing pack, it would require a titanic slip-up for the Western Aus- tralians to not claim top spot bragging rights for the first time.
Against Newcastle Jets in Round 9 a double from Samantha Kerr before the half-time break, allied to an earlier goal from Caitlin Foord, had the points sewn up for Jamie Harnwell’s troops before the interval – Glory overturning the Jets seventh minute lead given to them by the in-form Emily Van Egmond. Glory eventually triumphed 4-2 with Elisa D’Ovidio adding their fourth six min- utes from time before a late consolation struck by Tara Andrews. At McKellar Park Canberra United moved into second place on the compe- tition ladder as they brushed aside Syd- ney FC 3-0, jumping the Sky Blues on the league ladder in the process.
United was ahead midway through the half via a maiden Canberra goal for full-back Sally Rojahn. Michelle Heyman’s sixth of the season, and 36th of her WWL career, scrambled in before half-time had the hosts in control. A third, brilliantly struck by Stephanie Ochs, wrapped up the points.
Melbourne Victory warmed up for their participation in the International Women’s Club Championship with a convincing 3-0 away victory over West- ern Sydney Wanderers. Stephanie Catley gave them, a 4th minute lead before Rachael Quigley doubled the advantage before half-time. Lisa De Vanna com- pleted the scoring with the third goal sixteen minutes from full-time. Victory face a Japanese qualifier in the IWCC on 30th November and, if successful, will go on to face English powerhouse Arsenal in the semi-finals. At the bottom of the table there was a modicum of relief for Brisbane Roar who escaped the wooden spoon position with a 3-0 success over Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium.
A double to Tameka Butt, one in each half, eased the pressure on the home team with Emily Gielnik’s goal on the half-hour putting the Roar firmly in command.
Perth will be favourites to wrap up top spot in Round 10 when they welcome bottom-club Western Sydney Wanderers to Ashfield Sports Club on Saturday evening, whilst chasing Canberra United face a tricky assignment away to Newcastle Jets. The action kicks off on Friday night when Adelaide United hosts Sydney FC with the round complete on Sunday afternoon when Melbourne Victory plays Brisbane Roar in the Live ABC TV match. Round 10 Adelaide United V Sydney FC Fri 14 Nov KO 08:00PM - Adelaide Shores Football Centre Newcastle Jets V Canberra United Sat 15 Nov KO 03:00PM - Jack Mc- Laughlan Oval Perth Glory V Wanderers Sat 15 Nov KO 06:00PM - Ashfield Sports Club Melbourne Victory V Brisbane Roar Sun 16 Nov KO 03:00PM Lakeside
www.goalweekly.com 41 The Americas LAST MINUTE WINNER GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER T The Centenario stadium in Mon- tevideo was the scene of wild cel- ebrations last weekend when Nacional defeated arch enemies Peñarol in the dying seconds of its league match in the lastest edition of the Uruguayan derby. Ccoach Jorge Fossatti quit immediately after Sunday’s defeat, club president Juan Pedro Damiani telling reporters that the former Uruguay and Qatar coach had blamed “non-footballing issues” for his resignation. Peñarol announced the arrival of new coach, in former Juventus defender Paolo Montero and has been unveiled at the club.
Peñarol, who won the previous meeting 5-0 back in April, went ahead when veteran Antonio Pacheco converted a penalty in the 58th minute, ending Na- cional’s run of eight matches without conceding a goal. Former Inter Milan and Uruguay midfielder Álvaro Recoba was brought on as a substitute along with Sebastián Taborda and Sebastián Fernández in the 68th minute in what turned out to be an inspired move by coach Nacional coach Alvaro Gutiérrez. The 90 minutes had already been played and Peñarol fans had begun celebrating when Fernández scrambled home the equaliser, with replays sug- gesting the ball may have hit his hand in the process.
Peñarol had barely recovered from that shock when Recoba curled a free kick over the wall to spark wild celebrations among the Nacional players and fans alike. COPA SUDAMERICANA SEMI FINALS A rampant Boca Juniors ensured their passage through to the semi finals of the Copa Sudamericana with a con- vincing performance after Paraguay’s Cerro Porteño were brushed aside 4-1 in Asunción. A semi-final clash with arch-rivals River Plate was the prize for Boca Juniors in the Copa Sudamericana who defeated Estudiantes de La Plata 3-2 in the other semi-final tie.
The Argentines went through 5-1 on aggregate, having taken a 1-0 lead from the first leg at La Bombonera.
Knowing that an early goal would put them in the driving seat, Boca took control of the tie when Jonathan Calleri tucked away following an intelligent pass from Andrés Chávez. Cerro, however, kept their hopes alive with a close-range finish from Spaniard Daniel Güiza, taking advantage of loose defending from the visitors. The Paraguayans kept up the pressure as they sought the two goals needed for victory, but Boca held firm and, in the 66th minute, got a vital second. Chávez blasted into the net to give the Xeneize a 3-1 aggregate lead, leaving the hosts an uphill battle which caused them to abandon their posts at the back.
With the Cerro defence non-existent, Chávez added a second and Emanuel Gigliotti rounded off the triumph with his own finish to put Boca through in emphatic fashion.
River Plate meanwhile led by Marcelo Gallardo shocked their rival when Teófilo Gutierrez scored during the first minute of game. Estudiantes however, turned the match and reversed the result with two goals. River continued with their classic offensive game and hit the net twice in three minutes leaving Estudiantes without chances. In the other tie, Sao Paulo will meet Colombia’s Atlético Nacional thanks to Brazil midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso who was on target and ensured the Brazilian giants advanced to the semi-finals of with a 6-5 aggregate victory over Ecuadro’s Emelec, after having lost the first-leg 2-4.
Colombia’s Atlético Nacional of Medellín overcame Peru’s Cesar Vallejo 1-0 courtesy of Ed- win Cardona 79th minute winner and shall meet Sao Paulo in the semi-finals. The winner of the Copa Sudamericana will earn a berth in next year’s Copa Libertadores, South America’s top club competition.
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www.goalweekly.com 43 W hat a start to the season it has been. With Manchester United top of the English Premier League, Falcao and Angel Di Maria firing on all cylinders and having just defeated Manchester City in the derby convincingly, it’s been the perfect start to the career of new manager Mike Devlin at the helm of the Red Devils. If the season continues as it does, Champions League football will most certainly be on the agenda at Old Trafford again next season.
Just one small thing, this isn’t real life I am talking about but rather the latest incarnation of the world’s most popular Football simulation game, Football Manager 15, although having played the latest version of the game it is hard to tell the difference.
Having dominated the market of football simulation games over the past seven years, this year’s edition has well and truly hit the competition for six with a brand spanking new user interface as well as the usual raft of innovative new features. The first major upheaval you will come across before taking the reins at your own favourite club has been the introduc- tion of Tracksuit and Tactical managers. Before you have even accepted your first job in the game you are required to decide on the level of accreditation your manager possesses (From a National C license right up to a Continental Pro Licence) before determining what kind of manager you want to be, either the ‘Tracksuit’ type who live and breathe through getting out on the training track with their respective squads each day or rather a more reserved ‘Tactical’ manager who prefers to spend more time focusing on the next transfer window or studying opposition sides.
This is a real touch of personality which allows you to differ your managerial style each and every time you create a new manager in the game with your in game managerial ratings changing according to the type of manager you are. The most important upheaval in the new version of the game though is the major upgrade to the ‘match day expe- rience’ which in my opinion has been something which has let the game down in recent years.
The new graphics engine was created using motion capture data recorded by players of AFC Wimbledon in England with over 2,000 new and improved animations giving the game its most realistic facelift since the introduction of the 3D match engine in 2009. This comes with a variety of new and improved stadium types, crowd movements and ball physics which despite not having the flashy gloss of the latest FIFA games, are most certainly moving in the right direction. Another significant addition to the game is the introduc- tion of Job Interviews. This is a major step in making the game feel more and more like the real thing as prospective managers are required to sit down with the chairman, dis- cussing vital aspects such as playing style, past experience and future plans for the club leaving you wondering if you will actually be receiving a real life call from the president of your own favourite team telling you if you got the job or not.
In addition the new and improved user face a major upheaval to the scouting system allows manager’s to assign scouting assignments quickly and easily, with improvements to the realism of scout reports and assignments. Other impressive new features include improved Manager History and profiles, Media interactions, player roles and player training. VERDICT: The game looks and feels amazing with the upgraded in match experience of critical importance. Football Manager 14 was let down by a relatively poor match day experience with the game struggling to flow but these issues have been well and truly put to bed by the brand new graphics system and more realistic player movements.
The improvement of the user interface means the game is easier to navigate whilst loading time between matches is quicker than ever before.
All in all the new version of Football Manager is a truly fan- tastic buy and if you are into your football simulation games then you need to look no further. Final Rating: 9/10 FOOTBALL MANAGER IS BACK AND IT’S BETTER THAN EVER Review By Brandon Galgano Football Manager 2015
44 www.goalweekly.com One to watch! No EPL this weekend as Engl;and pre- pare to face Slovenia in Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier. Wayne Rooney is set to earn his 100th England cap, bringing him just 25 shy of joining Peter Shilton as the nation’s most-capped player. GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER The World Game EPL Blues in control as title rivals falter Chelsea continued their impressive run with a 2-1 victory over Liver- pool at Anfield.
The Reds took an early lead through Emre Can to spark hopes of a famous victory, but Jose Mourinho’s side was too strong once again, with goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa securing the three points on Merseyside. Title rivals Manchester City stumbled against QPR, with Sergio Aguero’s brace only enough to secure a point at Loftus Road. Rangers striker Charlie Austin was a constant threat, scoring once and triggering an own-goal from Martin Demichellis.
Arsenal also endured a tough weekend, once again conceding late goals to lose to Swansea 2-1. Alexis Sanchez struck for the Gunners before Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis found the net in the last fifteen minutes to send the Welsh side above Arsenal in the table. Southampton secured their grip on second place with a convincing 2-0 win against Leicester thanks to a brace from Shane Long, while West Ham clung onto fourth thanks to a 0-0 draw against Aston Villa. Manchester United did it tough at home to Crystal Palace, but eventually secured victory when substitute Juan Mata found the breakthrough.
The Spanish international had been on the field for just four minutes when he curled his shot past Julian Speroni. Burnley are still stuck at the bottom of the ladder but notched up their maiden win of the season against Hull. The decisive moment came just minutes into the second half when Ashley Barnes connected with Kieran Trippier’s cross to head home the game’s only goal. Newcastle continued their good form with a 2-0 win away to Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew’s side are now level on points with Manchester United thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Fabricio Coloccini.
Everton continued their stuttering start to the season after a 1-1 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. It was a game of set pieces, with Seb Larsson putting the Black Cats in front with a fine free-kick, before a late penal- ty scored by Leighton Baines rescued a point for the Toffees. Finally, Tottenham continued to strug- gle at home under Mauricio Pochettino, Nick Amies LATEST RESULTS NEXT MATCH this time falling to a 2-1 defeat to Stoke. Bojan and Jonathan Walters put the visitors in the driving seat before Nacer Chadli scored a consolation goal for Spurs. P W D L F A GD Pts L 1 Chelsea 11 9 2 0 28 11 +17 29 2 Southampton 11 8 1 2 23 5 +18 25 3 Manchester City 11 6 3 2 22 12 +10 21 4 West Ham United 11 5 3 3 19 14 +5 18 5 Swansea City 11 5 3 3 15 11 +4 18 6 Arsenal 11 4 5 2 19 13 +6 17 7 Manchester United 11 4 4 3 17 14 +3 16 8 Newcastle United 11 4 4 3 13 15 -2 16 9 Stoke City 11 4 3 4 12 13 -1 15 10 Everton 11 3 5 3 20 18 +2 14 11 Liverpool 11 4 2 5 14 15 -1 14 12 Tottenham Hotspur 11 4 2 5 14 16 -2 14 13 West Bromwich … 11 3 4 4 13 15 -2 13 14 Sunderland 11 2 6 3 12 19 -7 12 15 Hull City 11 2 5 4 13 15 -2 11 16 Aston Villa 11 3 2 6 5 16 -11 11 17 Crystal Palace 11 2 3 6 14 20 -6 9 18 Leicester City 11 2 3 6 11 18 -7 9 19 Queens Park Ra… 11 2 2 7 11 22 -11 8 20 Burnley 11 1 4 6 6 19 -13 7 STANDINGS Liverpool 1 - 2 Chelsea Burnley 1 - 0 Hull City Man Uid 1 - 0 Crystal Palace Southampton 2 - 0 Leicester City West Ham Utd 0 - 0 Aston Villa QPR 2 - 2 Manc City Sunderland 1 - 1 Everton Tottenham 1 - 2 Stoke City WBA 0 - 2 Newcastle Utd Swansea City 2 - 1 Arsenal Chelsea v WBA Everton v West Ham United Leicester City v Sunderland Man City v Swansea City Newcastle Utd v QPR Stoke City v Burnley Arsenal v Man Utd Crystal Palace v Liverpool Hull City v Tottenham Aston Villa v Southampton
GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER The World Game La Liga Real Madrid In Cruise Control La Liga Leaders Real Madrid opened up a 2 point lead at the top of La Liga last weekend as appar- ent pseudo challengers Atletico Ma- drid lost away to Real Sociedad, and Sevilla and Valencia drew at home to Levante and Athletic Bilbao respec- tively. The slump by Atleti, Sevilla and Valenica allowed Barcelona to move up in 2nd place from 4th, after overcoming a precarious 1-0 halftime defecit away to Almeria. However, Round 11 of La Liga belonged to the Madridista’s who disposed of local rivals Rayo Vallecano in impressive fashion, running out 5-1 winners, with 5 different goalscorers, Bale, Ramos, Kroos Benzema and Ronaldo.
Barcelona’s 2-1 away win at Almeria, immediately after a 0-2 away win against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League, is an emergency relief to new Barca Coach Luis Enrique who was in the midst of a shaky run of form. Former Barca player, coach and pres- ident Johan Cruyff, sensing the ship’s sudden return to the correct course of navigation has publicly defended the young Barca Coach Enrique via me- dia entity “La Gazzetta dello Sport”; “We’ve only played eleven games. We hit top form in the first seven or eight and our performances have dropped off somewhat since then. We have a new coach, new players and they logically still have to gel.
You can’t judge Luis Enrique after ten weeks in the job”.
When questioned on Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancellotti, Cruyff responded; “He’s coached in four or five different countries, speaks four or five languag- es and has adapted to lots of different places. There are others who don’t have that experience”. This weekend La Liga will take a rest, as the international weekend and Euro 2016 qualifiers resume. Spain will host Belarus in Huelva, and Spain’s Coach Vicente Del Bosque also resumes his difficulties with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. After fighting a tug of war battle for Diego Costa in the previous international window, Del Bosque has opted to leave Costa out of his squad this Pepe Lopez round.
The motivation for this could well be that Costa is currently on 2 yellow cards, and a 3rd would have seen him suspended in Spain’s next crunch match against Ukraine in March 2015.
LATEST RESULTS NEXT MATCH P W D L F A GD Pts Most rec 1 Real Madrid 11 9 0 2 42 11 +31 27 2 Barcelona 11 8 1 2 25 5 +20 25 3 Valencia 11 7 3 1 23 9 +14 24 4 Atlético Madrid 11 7 2 2 20 11 +9 23 5 Sevilla 11 7 2 2 18 11 +7 23 6 Málaga 11 6 3 2 14 9 +5 21 7 Celta de Vigo 11 5 5 1 17 11 +6 20 8 Villarreal 11 4 3 4 15 13 +2 15 9 Getafe 11 4 2 5 8 14 -6 14 10 Eibar 11 3 4 4 13 15 -2 13 11 Athletic Club 11 3 3 5 7 12 -5 12 12 Espanyol 11 2 5 4 11 13 -2 11 13 Rayo Vallecano 11 3 2 6 14 24 -10 11 14 Granada 11 2 4 5 6 17 -11 10 15 Real Sociedad 11 2 3 6 12 16 -4 9 16 Almería 11 2 3 6 9 14 -5 9 17 Deportivo La C… 11 2 3 6 12 21 -9 9 18 Elche 11 2 3 6 10 22 -12 9 19 Levante 11 2 3 6 7 25 -18 9 20 Córdoba 11 0 6 5 8 18 -10 6 STANDINGS Córdoba 0 - 0 Deportivo La C… Almería 1 - 2 Barcelona Getafe 0 - 0 Elche Real Madrid 5 - 1 Rayo Vallecano Celta de Vigo 0 - 0 Granada Málaga 2 - 1 Eibar Sevilla 1 - 1 Levante Espanyol 1 - 1 Villarreal Valencia 0 - 0 Athletic Club Real Sociedad 2 - 1 Atlético Madrid Athletic Club v Espanyol Atlético Madrid v Málaga Eibar v Real Madrid Barcelona v Sevilla Deportivo La C… v Real Sociedad Rayo Vallecano v Celta de Vigo Levante v Valencia Elche v Córdoba Villarreal v Getafe Granada v Almería One to watch! Euro 2016 Qualifer, Spain v Belarus, ESPN Australia (Foxtel) Sunday 6am.
Reigning European champions Spain sit second in Euro 2016 qualifying Group C, having taken six points from their opening three matches.
GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER The World Game Serie A Serie A breaks as Italy faces qualifier Luca Cetta One to watch! There has been criticism of Conte’s team, but his response has been that Italy have won all four matches to date and are continuing to grow. In what has historically been a tricky fixture for the Nazionale, Conte could win over his critics with a good perfor- mance and result. LATEST RESULTS NEXT MATCH P W D L F A GD Pts Most rec 1 Juventus 11 9 1 1 25 4 +21 28 2 Roma 11 8 1 2 19 6 +13 25 3 Napoli 11 6 3 2 20 12 +8 21 4 Sampdoria 11 5 5 1 14 8 +6 20 5 Lazio 11 6 1 4 21 13 +8 19 6 Genoa 11 5 4 2 15 11 +4 19 7 Milan 11 4 5 2 20 16 +4 17 8 Udinese 11 5 2 4 14 14 +0 17 9 Internazionale 11 4 4 3 17 14 +3 16 10 Hellas Verona 11 3 5 3 13 18 -5 14 11 Fiorentina 11 3 4 4 10 10 +0 13 12 Palermo 11 3 4 4 12 18 -6 13 13 Sassuolo 11 2 6 3 10 15 -5 12 14 Torino 11 3 3 5 7 12 -5 12 15 Cagliari 11 2 4 5 17 17 +0 10 16 Empoli 11 2 4 5 12 19 -7 10 17 Atalanta 11 2 4 5 4 11 -7 10 18 Chievo 11 2 2 7 8 16 -8 8 19 Cesena 11 1 4 6 8 18 -10 7 20 Parma 11 2 0 9 14 28 -14 6 STANDINGS Sassuolo 0 - 0 Atalanta Sampdoria 2 - 2 Milan Cagliari 1 - 1 Genoa Chievo 2 - 1 Cesena Empoli 2 - 1 Lazio Juventus 7 - 0 Parma Palermo 1 - 1 Udinese Fiorentina 0 - 1 Napoli Internazionale 2 - 2 Hellas Verona Roma 3 - 0 Torino Atalanta v Roma Lazio v Juventus Torino v Sassuolo Cesena v Sampdoria Hellas Verona v Fiorentina Napoli v Cagliari Parma v Empoli Udinese v Chievo Milan v Internazionale Genoa v Palermo Serie A goes on a week-long hiatus as the Italian national team takes the stage for its Euro 2016 qualifier with Croatia, and it does so leaving an evenly poised championship.
There’s little surprise at the top as after 11 rounds Juventus lead Roma, but by only three points. Juve were in the mood last Sunday, smashing Parma 7-0 – their heaviest ever Serie A defeat. But rather than be overawed, Roma responded swiftly. Their 3-0 victory over Torino signified a team to be taken seriously. The Giallorossi showed they are capable of taking the fight to Juventus every step of the way. Napoli have bounced back from a wretched start to now sit third. The Partenopei were victorious at Fiorenti- na and will be watching the Scudetto battle with interest, ready to pounce on any slip-ups.
As highlighted last week the city of Genoa is experiencing a fine start to the season with Sampdoria fourth and the Grifoni sixth. While that city is enjoying its football, the same cannot be said for Milan’s representatives. The Rossoneri claimed a draw at Samp, but there’s a long way to go for Filippo Inzaghi’s men. But perhaps not as far as Inter. Verona’s late equal- iser made it five winless games from seven and increased the pressure on beleaguered Nerazzurri Coach Walter Mazzarri.
At the other end of the table it’s hard to see exactly how it will go. Parma – currently bottom – will need vast improvement, while Chievo picked up an important win over fellow strugglers Cesena.
Empoli’s young charges showed against in-form Lazio they can fight with the big boys in the top flight. They’ll all have a rest as Antonio Conte’s Italy takes over. It’s a big game for the Azzurri in the top of the table clash against Croatia in Milan. Both sides have three wins from three, but Italy will go in knowing they have never defeated their neighbours in six previous meetings.
Mario Balotelli was a surprise inclu- sion in the squad, just weeks after the Coach stated he would have to earn his place. Conte says it’s about evaluating Super Mario and defended his club form, which has come in for criticism in England. It won’t be Italy’s only game of the week. They will also face Albania in a friendly two days later in Genoa, a match dedicated to the victims of the recent flooding in the city.