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Fiddling, Rome and Burns are three words that come to mind reading David Gallop's latest interview on the state of the A-League15 February 2018 | FT Editor
It's the quote of the year so far from David Gallop. “Expansion can often have pitfalls and be a very costly venture ... we need to think carefully about that." Clearly, ten years after the former Chairman first said that the A-League should expand to 14 teams by 2014, FFA are still 'thinking carefully' about expansion.
Western Sydney Wanderers
- Alvaro Cejudo is ready to return off the bench in the match against Newcastle Jets after a seven-week lay-off due to a calf injury.
- January transfer signing, Dzengis Cavusevic has only been here ten days, and says he is nowhere near match fit yet after playing in an internal club match during the week.
- Ersan Gulum drives a Porsche to work, has a spare in the garage, a Ferrari in Melbourne, has multiple real estate investments but insists these are not a "flashy show of wealth" but "symbols of the sacrifices" he made to earn them.
- Kevin Muscat hopes the "fighting display" in the ACL match on Tuesday will help bolster Melbourne Victory's confidence and performances for the remainder of the A-League season.
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Michael Lynch says the lack of people to watch ACL matches in Australia (and elsewhere for that matter) is an issue for which the Asian Football Confederation must "bear the brunt of responsibility" because of the "failure of imagination and marketing".
- The runaway team of the last two A-League seasons is given a football lesson by the team who came fourth in the K-League, and still in pre-season. Arnold remains confident.
- Other than Aaron Calver who was in the squad for Jordy Buijs (see our photo of the day), it was Sydney FC's first XI, writes Tom Smithies, but their performance was "unconvincing".
- Sydney FC discovered that competition in Asia is "more tricky" than in the A-League, after experiencing their first home loss in 683 days. We've made Suwon Bluewings our team of the week.
- Five months ago, 'King Kenny' Athiu was plying his trade in the NPL competition for Heidelberg. On the weekend, he's off to Shanghai to play Shanghai SIPG in the second game of Melbourne Victory's ACL campaign after enjoying the first outing on Tuesday night v Ulsan Hyundai.
The Matildas will play a farewell friendly against Thailand at the new Perth Stadium on 26 March before flying out to Jordan for the Asian Cup. They face Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.
Meanwhile, coach Alen Stajcic has also named a 24-woman squad for a training camp this weekend, before selecting 22 for the Algarve Cup to be played in Portugal at the beginning of March. Australia's first game is v Norway.
Kerr (pictured with WA Women's Interests Minister, Simone McGurk) says it "means the world" to have a Matildas game in Perth and urges locals to pack the stadium. That's the least West Australians can do for their Sam, surely!
Who will be the first to win three W-League titles? Sydney FC who won in 2008-09 and 2012-13 or Melbourne City who have won the past two?
Having done her second ACL, Amy Harrison is part of an exclusive subset within the 'knee club', and is being helped by fellow players including Corey Gameiro who's also been there and done that.
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