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News Corp's 'A-League Confidential' covers Mike Mulvey wanting Matt Simon back; moves afoot at Western Sydney Wanderers; some Sydney umbrage that Luke Brattan is equal with Adrian Mierzejewski in the Alex Tobin Medal; Nicky Carle also getting a medal as an important move to recognise the game's history and culture - seriously don't get that one; and Deadpool visits FOX Sports, sort of. 

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory, tonight, 7.50pm AEST

  • Tom Smithies suggests that we should all pay homage to the achievements of Sydney FC, which he dubs the 'Sky Blue Steamroller', and the "jaw-dropping" number of records they have broken. And, if you thought the talk of 'broken records' was, well, like a broken record (you might have to be over 35 to understand that cultural reference), then stop reading now - because Sydney FC still has more records in sight. The key one, according to Smithies? 100 goals in a season in all competitions. They currently sit on 90 goals from 36 games across the A-League, the FFA Cup and the Asian Champions League. He tells us to enjoy the moment tonight when they lift the Premiers Plate and, probably, increase the gap between first and second. 
  • #GoMelbourne 
  • And here's another record being chased. Simon Hill reports that having despatched Bruno Fornaroli's A-League goalscoring record, Bobo is aiming to usurp Damian Mori's record from the 1995-96 NSL season when he scored 31 goals in 33 games. Bobo sits on 26 goals and has, at most, three games to go. No doubt he'll do it on current form.
  • And another article that mentions 'record' three times quoting Arnold. If Sydney FC gets one more goal this season, they will have an A-League record, again usurping Melbourne City's 63 goals (excluding finals) from 2015-2016. The rest of the article is actually about Rhyan Grant's return tonight, after a long lay-off from injury. Good to see. 
  • Dominic Bossi goes quite lyrical about Graham Arnold's use of language, pointing out that he likes to use the words "great", "belief", "win" - and when it comes to Melbourne Victory, it's simply "Melbourne" because of an animosity between Arnold and Melbourne Victory coach, Kevin Muscat, that began in 2014. 2014?! Interestingly, Bossi fails to include "record" in his list and it is used only once in the article. 
  • Something about the game tonight - but you can't escape the 'r' word when quoting Arnold ... he uses it twice. 
  • We thought we'd run three random articles (by Gatt, Bossi and Smithies) quoting Arnold through a word-cloud generator. Check-out our feature pic. We rest our case. 
  • #GoMelbourneVictory 

Melbourne City

  • Bruno Fornaroli pays tribute to Bobo and his new goal scoring r***** (just can't type it again) saying Bobo is a "fantastic player" and "r*****s are meant to be broken." Hopefully by a team and players other than Sydney FC. 

Central Coast Mariners

  • Newly-appointed coach Mike Mulvey isn't concerned with the restriction on expenditure at Central Coast Mariners, saying that the club has previously achieved without spending big money. It is likely he will have about 90% of the salary cap available to spend on players - $2.635 million in 2017-18. 

Perth Glory

  • Not for the first time - and, indeed, the second time this week - an A-League identity, this time Kenny Lowe, calls for simultaneous kick-offs in the final round of the A-League. 

Chris Herd

As pointed to some weeks ago, Chris Herd and Western Sydney Wanderers have parted company immediately, due to family reasons for Herd. We wish him all the best. 


New FIFA rankings were released yesterday evening and see the Socceroos drop three points to 40th. Germany remains number one. Italy - who didn't make this year's World Cup - dropped six places to 20th. Reported in Fairfax too

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