Liam Miller | A-League | W-League | Brett Holman | Bert van Marwijk | ‘Played’
Sydney FC were simply too good - again - for Melbourne City, extending their A-League lead to 12 points11 February 2018 | FT Editor
As we reported via social media yesterday, and as per our photo of the day, former Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City player (as well as Celtic, Manchester United, Sunderland, Hibernian and others), Liam Miller of Ireland died yesterday from pancreatic cancer, age 36. It is much too young. Our condolences to his family, friends and many team mates.
Melbourne City v Sydney FC
- "Simply the best," writes Michael Lynch of Sydney FC. For a while last night, it looked like there might be a bit of a competition between the two teams but, in the end, Sydney FC made it look too easy in their 0-4 win. Bruno Fornaroli scored a goal that was disallowed, but it wouldn't have made a difference to the outcome.
- Matt Windley says Warren Joyce is right in saying Melbourne City can match Sydney FC, but the difference is Sydney FC can absorb the pressure and still make an attacking and decisive move.
- Too late to play in last night's game, of course, but Oliver Bozanic becomes one of a select group of players to play for both Melbourne teams, by signing with Melbourne City from Japan.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix
- A win today will see the Wanderers back into the top six and in finals contention, which is where Roly Bonevacia believes they will be.
- Ever wondered what Oriel Riera's goal celebration means? He sticks out his tongue and points two fingers skywards. It's to help raise awareness for a school in Barcelona for children with ADHD.
- He may be under pressure himself, but Kevin Muscat says he is prepared to make changes to his squad after a third consecutive loss. Melbourne Victory has an Asian Champions League match on Tuesday evening.
Another win for a Sydney FC team. This time the women in their W-League semi-final against Newcastle Jets for a 1-3 win in the heat. They will meet the winners of Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City in the grand final next weekend.
Could Brett Holman make a Socceroos comeback? Could he be enticed out of international retirement? Holman (pictured) says the talk is premature, as he hasn't been approached but, yes, van Marwijk - who signed Holman for Feyenoord in 2002 - is well aware of Holman's attributes.
Bert van Marwijk
Ben McKay of AAP says this is what we know about Bert van Marwijk after his brief visit: he loves Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. He doesn't appear too keen on the A-League, or bringing his squad home for a farewell friendly in May, he isn't wedded to a particular strategy, and he wants to win. OK, we can go with the last one. It's much the same as an article also shared yesterday (also via the same writer, but in another publication). If you haven't yet read it, it's worth doing so.
Robbie Slater writes that we won't see Bert in Australia again, and that doesn't matter as he's paid to do a job and he will do it his own way. He says that "a lot has been taken away from this World Cup because of what’s happened, including the departure of Ange Postecoglou, and because of what’s still happening at a boardroom level within the game."
Mark Schwarzer says Mat Ryan's #1 position with the Socceroos could be under threat from Brad Jones, whom van Marwijk knows well from Feyenoord.
Giving the game away
An extract from Bonita Mersiades' book, Whatever It Takes - the Inside Story of the FIFA Way, related to the 'documentary' shown on the ABC in November 2015 entitled Played. Mersiades dissects the claims in the program, and says that the people 'played' were those who believed the story the program attempted to spin.
Whatever It Takes - the Inside Story of the FIFA Way can be purchased via Amazon in paperback and digital format, or via Fair Play Publishing in paperback. All author proceeds go to the Pararoos.
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