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ACL squads named by Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory which sees Buijs and Sanchez miss out07 February 2018 | FT Editor
Bruno's back! Well at least, he says he's fit and ready to kit-out for Melbourne City in their clash v Sydney FC. Let's see what Warren Joyce thinks.
Adelaide United has recruited Slovenian Dzengis Cavusevic to bolster their front third for the final eight rounds of the season.
Vedran Janjetovic is evidently in demand with clubs from Belgium, Italy (Serie B) and Greece in the mix, as well as Western Sydney Wanderers vying for his signature.
Leigh Broxham says recent losses have been a "reality check" for Melbourne Victory but he still says they can match-it with Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets come finals time.
Poor old Wellington Phoenix. They're copping it every which way. Now their performance against Sydney FC last weekend could supposedly prevent Sydney FC players from being selected for Socceroos duty.
Yes, yawn. Sydney FC are certainties for the Premiers Plate but it's a different matter when it comes to the champions at the end of the finals series. Maybe.
Asian Champions League
Graham Arnold says leaving Jordy Buijs (pictured) out of the ACL squad was one of the toughest decisions he's had to make as a coach. ACL squads can only include three non-Asian foreign players.
To put another spin on it, Arnold also has at his disposal his "formidable front four" in Bobo, Milos Ninkovic and Adrian Mierzejewski along with local Alex Brosque to "unleash" on the ACL competition.
Melbourne Victory has not made any new signings for their ACL campaign and will make do with the squad they've got for the remainder of the A-League season and the group stage of the ACL, with Kevin Muscat explaining they couldn't get the quality of player they want or need at a price they were willing to pay. Argentinean Matias Sanchez is the one to miss out from the ACL squad.
Bert van Marwijk is on a "crash course" to learn as much as he can about the Socceroos before the crucial day he has to choose his 23-man squad to go to Russia. He has called on an "army of scouts" to help him look at potential players and assess their suitability for limited training camps ahead of then. The scouts include three assistant coaches Ante Milici, Roul Coemans and Taco van der Velde, as well as former Real Madrid and Tottenham defender, John Metgod, and an unnamed colleague from Singapore.
Kyah Simon says the level of international interest, and the imports, in the W-League is helping the Matildas players improve their game with a significant and notable increase in quality of play since the W-League's introduction in 2008.
The Australian Government announced an additional $4 million to FFA for the 2023 Women's World Cup bid yesterday, taking the total to $5 million as per our photo of the day. We have not seen any mainstream media reporting on this, but have asked Minister Bridget McKenzie's office some questions prior to writing something ourselves.
South Australian Charity Cup
The South Australian Football Federation has cancelled the annual Charity Cup matches due to forecast very hot weather. It is the second year in a row it has been forced to do so.
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