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A-League expansion

A-League head, Greg O'Rourke, says a second Brisbane team will help, not hinder, Brisbane Roar. This season, the club has continued to fall ibehind in almost every sense - other than their women's team which are the minor premiers again this season. O'Rourke also wonders when FFA should open up the bidding process for A-League expansion, once again using the reason - or rather excuse - that the FFA Congress talks are somehow stopping this from happening. Just don't get that logic, nor why some scribes fall for it. 

O'Rourke also said what many have been saying for a long, long time - that we need smaller stadiums for our domestic competition. 

W-League

The W-League finals series was apparently launched in Brisbane yesterday, with some lovely photos in the sunshine. Pictured here are Kyah Simon, Tameka Butt, Chloe Logarzo and Katie Stendel.

Sydney FC are aiming to add the W-League crown to the trophy cabinet at their Allianz Stadium HQ.

Melbourne City aim to lift a gear to defeat Brisbane Roar. On form, they will need to. 

A-League

News Corp's wrap of the weekend action with what went right, what went wrong and what's ahead. 

Adelaide United is tipped to sign a new forward who is European but not German or Spanish, writes Val Migliaccio. That leaves quite a lot of possibilities. Tarek Elrich is also thought to be in talks with Josep Gombau about a possible move homewards to western Sydney. 

Adelaide United youngster Jordan O'Doherty says he is tough as nails as he has grown up with the catchcry from his dad of "We are Millwall."

Western Sydney Wanderers' defensive resources are under pressure again with the news that Jonathan Aspropotamitis is out for the remainder of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Speedy recovery!

In Ray Gatt's weekly Central Coast Mariners story, he relates how the team needs a striker but coach Paul Okon says you can't sign someone who'll score goals unless you've got a chequebook handy. The Mariners do not. 

Melbourne City's win on the weekend to maintain third position on the ladder puts them in the frame for the Asian Champions League, but they face a stern test this weekend against Sydney FC at home. Lynch speculates on the financial clout that would be directed Melbourne City's way if they were to make the ACL. 

Socceroos

John Didulica, PFA chief, says that 19-year-old Daniel Arzani should be capped to avoid him being selected by, and lost to, Iran. 

Michael Lynch reports that 'nurture' might be winning out over 'nature', with Iranian-born, Australian-raised Arzani saying he would be excited to be selected for the Socceroos. 

Ray Gatt notes the issues around Arzani also, clarifying that it has to be a full competition international game for him to be tied to Australia. Gatt also says that van Marwijk can be expected to hold his thoughts close to his chest as he goes on a sightseeing mission around the A-League, as well as other Australian players. 

Anna Harrington speaks with Bert van Marwijk who says with just seven weeks to get ready, he will use a system where the players are comfortable and can trust each other. He says it's important for teams to have "a strong feeling" about winning, as self-belief can help citing the example of the Netherlands first game v Denmark at the 2010 World Cup. While we were preparing today's football media watch, an updated version of the same story appeared. 

David Davutovic says that Socceroos hopefuls have another four weeks to impress van Marwijk, and names nine possible bolters:

  • Brandon Borrello
  • Daniel Arzani
  • Sebastian Pasquali
  • Brad Jones
  • Dimi Petratos
  • Daniel De Silva
  • Brett Holman 
  • Ryan Williams
  • Kwame Yeboah

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