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Matildas trying to deal with great expectations, while Awer Mabil speaks some home truths07 November 2018 | FT Editor
The truth hurts. Awer Mabil says he doesn't consider Australia to be a racist country but it is "'normal' to be racially abused in Australia ... but it's a country that belongs to everybody" and he is proud to play for Australia. Mabil also talks of his 'Barefoot to Boots' foundation. The same AAP report appears in Fairfax.
Daniel Arzani confirmed on Instagram that he requires a full knee reconstruction as a result of the ACL injury sustained last weekend, and he will be out for the remainder of the season. For Australia, that includes the Asian Cup. The diagnosis was confirmed by a Barcelona-based orthopaedic surgeon who has treated players such as Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus. Arzani's treatment will be overseen by Manchester City.
Arzani's absence from the Australian squad is good news for Martin Boyle, whose paperwork to 'be' Australian has been cleared by FIFA. Boyle is likely to join his Hibs team mates, Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren, on a flight to Brisbane once Graham Arnold names his Socceroos squad.
Women's Council member and Matilda Elise Kellond-Knight says the Matildas are happy to be back playing at home, in front of expected large crowds. She says the squad is not "complacent" ahead of the World Cup next year and is talking down a possible title of 'favourites' for the tournament. Kellond-Knight says the USA and Germany are favourites.
The Matildas, ranked 6th in the world, are expected to deal "comfortably" with Chile, ranked 39th in the world with the two matches (on Saturday and Tuesday). Instead, Kellond-Knight says the Matildas must learn to deal with expectations when they are the better team.
At last! A 'mainstream media' journalist writes about the FFA Board election with the launch yesterday of Craig Foster's campaign website, believeinourgame.com. As Vince Rugari writes, the site "articulates his comprehensive vision for the game and what he believes he can bring to a new-look FFA board." The state federations - those who are amongst the custodians of our game - would be remiss not to take notice.
Three PFA nominees to the Women's Council are identified as Alex Wilkinson, Kellond-Knight and, as we have previously noted, Lydia Williams.
It puts a whole new meaning to Remembrance Day commemorations! A team of Adelaide United legends - spearheaded by Football Director, Aurelio Vidmar - will take on a Defence Forces combined team ahead of Sunday's A-League match against Perth Glory. The match will raise money for 'Soldier On' which offers support for ex-service personnel.
Brisbane Roar is hoping that injured Stefan Mauk will be available for this weekend's "tricky" match v Western Sydney Wanderers. Marco Monteverde writes that without Mauk "the balance of Brisbane's midfield suffered".
Perhaps inspired by Craig Foster's new campaign website #believeinourgame, current A-League boss, Greg O'Rourke, also says he "has to believe" that A-League TV ratings will improve from their current low level of 221,000 total viewers for round 3. While it is accepted that some people are also watching on live streaming apps, such as My Football App (via Telstra), Ten Play or Foxtel Go, the companies do not release the data, so this figure is not known.
Football internationals in Brisbane
Almost 1,400 days since the previous football international match in Brisbane - but hey, who's counting? - Brisbane will host two senior men's matches in three days. On 17 November, Australia will meet South Korea in a friendly at Suncorp Stadium; three days later, South Korea will play Uzbekistan at Ballymore.
South Australian news
Various short news items in a round-up from South Australia, covering Ben Warland returning to the A-League, the FFA Cup win inspiring Adelaide United Women, ex-United media chief’s plum gig, Polonia legend’s latest talent find and NPL clubs moving in on Carrusca.
The National Youth League gets underway this weekend, and Canberra United have named their squad.
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