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Matildas

With the Women's World Cup draw to happen in Paris on Saturday, Chloe Logarzo says she "truly believe(s) that this is our year". She says the Matildas have played together a long time, know one another well, whereas other sides are going through a "refurbing process". Because of the age of the majority of the squad, Logarzo says the Matildas are well set-up for both the 2019 and 2023 World Cup tournaments. 

The Guardian (UK) has compiled a list of the '100 best female footballers' with numbers 41-100 being named so far. Australians in this group are: Lydia Williams (59), Elise Kellond-Knight (76), Emily van Egmond (98) and Alanna Kennedy (99). Brisbane Roar's Japanese import, Yuki Nagasoto is also on the list (96). 

Socceroos

FFA is to announce a friendly against South Korea in Korea next June - but the Socceroos staff do not want to do it. Instead, Graham Arnold wants to give his players an end-of-season break as they have had three successive northern hemisphere summer's/southern hemisphere winter's taken up with qualifying campaigns and the World Cup. The friendly is a reciprocal match from the one held in Brisbane against South Korea last month. 

Western Sydney Wanderers

Spain was in Raul Llorente's thoughts, as he "toiled up and down Melbourne Victory’s flank, sinking irrevocably to a 4-0 drubbing". He knew Western Sydney Wanderers were not running enough or fighting enough and he wondered what he was doing in Australia - himself included. (We reckon Markus Babbel must wonder that at times also). He says the squad feels "really bad" about last week's game and they must improve. 

Patrick Ziegler has been sidelined for almost two months with a knee injury, and looks set to make his debut on Friday night against Central Coast Mariners. The experienced cetnre-back is expected to bring some much-needed steel and on-field leadership to the Wanderers, with Babbel saying "we need him now". 

Sydney FC

After suffering a hamstring injury at the beginning of the season, Daniel De Silva is back and ready to play in the match against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday. He played 60 minutes of a NYL match against Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend. 

Melbourne Victory

Lawrence Thomas says he's ready to be 'keeping for Australia at the Asian Cup, but he also recognises he has to bide his time in light of the goalkeepers ahead of him - Mathew Ryan, Danny Vukovic and Mitch Langerak. By the way, the writer of this story seems to suggest that Mark Bosnich played only 17 times for Australia because others were ahead of him also; that is a re-writing of history, folks. 

Thomas also heaps praise on Keisuke Honda who not only plays hard, but trains hard and trains smart. Thomas gives an example of how Honda came to him after a game and wanted to work with him on options for playing out from the back, which the two of them worked on separately after training. 

Melbourne City

Good to be back

Curtis Good is thrilled to be back in action with his first league start tipped for this weekend when Melbourne City travel to Perth Glory. He was a late substitution in the match against Newcastle Jets, but it was hardly noticed due to the result and noise about Bruno Fornaroli. Good says it was a "momentous" moment for him, simply to be in a dressing room, and ready to play for the first time since February 2014 when he was at Dundee United. In case you missed it, Good suffered a hip injury on debut for the Socceroos and has had a series of surgeries since. The same AAP story is in News Corp. 

The rich get richer

The one club that doesn't really need the money, Melbourne City, is the one that received the most out of the World Cup on the back of the Daniel Arzani's involvement where compensation to clubs is based on the club(s) players have played at in the previous four years. Arzani earned the club USD$315,000. Of course, what that means in Arzani's specific case is that Sydney FC and Eastern Suburbs (Sydney) also received money, although this isn't mentioned. Newcastle Jets' also earned a tidy sum thanks to Andrew Nabbout and Dimi Petratos, as did Western Sydney Wanderers from Josh Risdon and Nabbout.

No surprise to learn that the club that earned the most was Manchester City (USD$6.8 million), followed by Real Madrid ($6.5 million) and Tottenham ($5.9 million). 

Politics of stadiums

With a NSW election to be held on 23 March next year, NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres is up to a fight with the NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley's regarding the Sydney stadium stoush being a point of difference between the two major parties. Western Sydney Wanderers move into the new 'Bankwest Stadium' (terrific naming rights sponsorship) at Parramatta next year, while Sydney FC's Allianz Stadium is ready to be demolished. Daley has said a NSW Labor Government would not spend $700 million rebuilding Allianz Stadium, which Ayres says puts the future of Sydney FC, Sydney Roosters (NRL), as well as Sydney Swans (AFL) and Test cricket (which are actually played next door at the SCG) at risk.

By the time of the election, one-quarter of the roof will be off and demolition will have started on the eastern side of the stands. 


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