Newcastle Jets fans are in raptures with diminutive Argentine Pato Rodriguez (pictured), and Ernie Merrick thinks he's pretty darn good too with much more to offer than the limited amount we've seen so far. 

Asian Champions League

Sydney FC

  • Aaron Calver has played 29 games in his A-League career, 20 of them since Graham Arnold joined Sydney FC four seasons ago, but he's being thrown into the deep end tonight as a central defender against Suwon Bluewings. Calver gets his start because Jordy Buijs is not included in the squad because of the restriction on foreigners participating in the ACL. 
  • Bobo is brimming with goalscoring confidence and is itching to get going in the Asian Champions League, having scored 28 goals this season (including FFA Cup) as well as 5 in 15 games in the UEFA Champions League for Besitkas. 
  • Graham Arnold says again that Sydney FC can go all the way and win the Asian Champions League - emulating their cross-town rivals - “playing for the whole of Australia”.
  • Arnold also believes it's important that the A-League's status is restored within Asia through the performances of the A-League teams in the Champions League. 
  • Apparently, the Asian Football Confederation wants the word Allianz - a sponsor of the AFC and naming rights holder of Sydney FC's homeground Allianz Stadium - covered-up at Sydney FC's cost. Let's repeat part of that. Allianz is a sponsor of the AFC. To cover up the brand name would cost Sydney FC $50,000 on top of the $70,000 they already pay to cover other signage. Do you feel as if you're missing something here? 
  • More AFC fiasco! This time around who wears what. It's complicated - and shouldn't be! What it boils down to is Sydney FC may be wearing navy blue, and Suwon Bluewings may be wearing white. 

Melbourne Victory

  • It's been tough going, relatively, for Melbourne Victory lately but they showed their resilience in an entertaining (for the neutral) 3-3 draw against Ulsan Hyundai last night. See also our photo of the day. 
  • Matt Windley is to the point in his opening two sentences. “The fans didn't show up. But neither did the defensive lines of Melbourne Victory and Ulsan Hyundai.” Nonethless, for those who did go, it was a six-goal thriller which also showed Melbourne Victory's ability to bounce back. 

Melbourne Knights

Simon Hill settles who's the best domestic league team of all with a compelling piece setting out Melbourne Knights proud record


Should football be developing its own hybrid version of the game? Collingwood fan and Adelaide United 'keeper, Paul Izzo, says it might be a concept worth considering. He's going along to see what all the fuss is about.

An opinion piece here from John Stensholt in the Fin Review about the business strategy behind AFLX from a few days ago.

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