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Australia had a win in its opening match of the Asian under-23 championships, defeating Syria 3-1.

A-League comings and goings

Michael Zullo opts to stay with Sydney FC for another two seasons, reportedly rejecting offers from Asian clubs. Also reported here.

Melbourne City one moment, Western Sydney Wanderers the next. Marcelo Carrusca reunites with Josep Gombau for the remainder of this season. 


A tale of two teams in Melbourne. Michael Lynch looks at the two Melbourne teams - one that's lost momentum, the other that's picking-up again, perhaps. 

Tony Sage has agreement from FFA to take an A-League game to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur next year. Couldn't they just qualify for the Asian Champions League instead?

A more detailed report on Sage's idea via AAP here

Tom Smithies rates the A-League teams so far this season. Who's on top? Not Sydney FC but Newcastle Jets with 9 out of 10.

Graham Arnold

This week's A-League confidential notes that Graham Arnold is seriously considering an offer to coach the New Zealand national team (the All Whites) and Sydney FC simultaneously. 

Socceroos coaching role

Socceroo Bailey Wright (pictured) says the squad was shocked, and also disappointed, when Ange Postecoglou announced his resignation. They didn't see it coming but understand the reasons.

Robbie Slater lit-up #sokkahtwitter with an "epic rant" at FFA for not progressing the appointment of a new national coach. He makes the point that Ange left in November, we have a game in March (not to mention a World Cup in June), and the FFA office was closed for two weeks over Christmas/New Year.

He also rails against FFA's use of international consultants to find the next Socceroos coach - but Robbie, you must know by now that FFA has a love of international consultants. 

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