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Post by Ferreira86 on Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:06 am




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Team Name: Adelaide United Football Club
Colours: Red - with blue and yellow
Coach/s: John Kosmina, Assistant Aurelio Vidmar
Stadium: Hindmarsh Stadium (Adelaide) - capacity 16,000


Team Name: Central Coast Mariners Football Club
Colours: Yellow and navy blue
Coach/s: Lawrie McKinna (Manager) and Ian Ferguson (Coach), with Alex Tobin (Development Coach)
Stadium: Central Coast Express Advocate Stadium, Gosford - capacity nearly 20,000


Team Name: Melbourne Victory Football Club
Colours: Navy blue and white
Coach/s: Ernie Merrick
Stadium: Telstra Dome - capacity 55,000.




Team Name: Newcastle United Jets Football Club
Colours: Light Gold with dark blue
Coach/s: Richard Money, with Jean Paul Marigney assistant.
Stadium: Energy Australia Stadium, Broadmeadow - capacity changed in rebuild - about 20,000


Team Name: Perth Glory Football Club
Colours: Purple with orange and white
Coach/s: Head Coach: Steve McMahon; Assistant: Alan Vest; Football Director - Mich d'Avray
Stadium: Members Equity Stadium - capacity 16,000


Team Name: Queensland Roar Football Club
Colours: Orange and blue
Coach/s: Miron Bleiberg
Stadium: Suncorp Stadium


Team Name: Sydney Football Club
Colours: Sky Blue and Navy blue, with red, orange and white trim.
Coach/s: Pierre Littbarski. Ian Crook is the Assistant Coach.
Stadium: Aussie Stadium (SFS) - capacity 42,000


Team Name: Wellington Pheonix Football Club
Colours: Black/White
Coach: Ricki Herbert
Stadium: Westpac stadium - Capacity: 35,500


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Macallister shines for Mariners




Central Coast Mariners have completed their two-match visit to central Queensland with a 5-0 victory over Queensland State League side Whitsunday Miners at Harrup Park.

Dylan Macallister netted a second-half hat-trick for the Mariners, who led 1-0 at the break thanks to Sasho Petrovski. John Hutchinson made it 2-0 four minutes after the restart, with Macallister then taking centre stage with goals on 60, 76 and 83 minutes.

The Mariners had defeated Capricorn Cougars 3-0 at Jardine Park on Friday thanks to a Matt Simon hat-trick, and Mariners boss Lawrie McKinna said after Sunday’s clash against the Miners that he thought his side had handled two games in three days well.

"Especially after the game on Friday, we expected heavy legs, but the tempo was good," said McKinna.

"It was a high-tempo performance from us, our boys played very well.”

"The only thing disappointing about the first half was the lack of concentration sometimes because it was a wee bit easier, we just need to get into that mode that when we play, no matter who we play against, we play at full intensity.”

"But overall, it was a good weekend with two good games, we made a few new friends and it was great to see a few people in the crowd with their Mariners scarves and jerseys."

The Mariners take on the Newcastle Jets at Budgewoi on June 21 and McKinna said his side will soon be in full training.

"We get back to the Central Coast tomorrow (Monday) and start training again on Tuesday, we have a light week this week and then our next game is against the Jets at Budgewoi - a week from Monday we’ll be in really high-intensity training.”

"We’ve got a few games coming up, which is good, because we’ll have a few more boys coming back from injury in the next few weeks."






Gold Coast has real bling


Enter Gold Coast United – the A-League outfit with its own private jet and a billionaire boss on board – to provide a genuine frosting of glitz for Season Five of the national competition in 2009-2010.

The club won’t kick a ball in anger for a year or so – but with colourful billionaire talisman Clive Palmer at the helm, they were officially born Friday when Palmer touched down outside Skilled Stadium in a silver chopper brandishing an offer from FFA CEO Ben Buckley to join the A-League party.

His first target? – to bring the A-League crown to the Glitter Strip in the Gold Coast United’s debut season.

From there, according to the edicts of the $2.5billion man, it will be an upward trajectory towards the Asian Champions League.

It’s an obvious destination for an entrepreneur who spends much of the year in China peddling his iron ore wares to an economy with an unquenchable hunger for Australian minerals.

The former real estate spruiker turned minerals overlord from Surfers Paradise, signed the communiqué from the FFA in front of a throng of media, then declared: ‘’We have a licence to participate in the competition. We accept the invitation and we aim to make a huge impact."

‘’People who know me and know what I do, will tell you I don’t get involved in many things that aren’t successful. The Gold Coast is the best place to live in Australia – and we aim to have the best club in Australia.’’

In a scene reminiscent of Caesar's colosseum, Palmer was ferried by motorised chariot from his green landing strip to the staged signing of the FFA document.

And so was born the club destined to become one of the most extravagantly backed enterprises in Australian sport.

Official ratification will come at a meeting of the other eight A-League clubs on June 17 after a relationship which began just eight days ago saw Queensland’s richest man make the FFA swoon.

Of the invitation to be part of a 10-team format in season five of the national competition, Palmer, 54, added: ‘’When you have people of the stature of Frank Lowy endorsing your visions, it’s a great complement."

‘’I’m here for the long haul. I’ve been on the Coast for 41 of my 45 years and I want to win the A-League in year one and then the Asian Champions League."

‘’I don’t say those things lightly. Our structure and funding will be set up to achieve those objectives.’’

Palmer’s ambitions will be hampered only by the A-League’s $2.65 million salary ceiling and the confines of his own imagination – but he can pay a marquee player and/or guest players anything he wants outside those constraints.

Discussions are already under way with several potential marquee signings: the likes of Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Josh Kennedy are on the shopping list.

‘’We’re talking to four of five, and we’ll see where that takes us,’’ added Palmer.

His head coach, Miron Bleiberg, also flagged the possibility of, bringing in guest stars for four game stints – and paying them $1 million as an inducement.

At least two of the team's four visa spots will be filled by Chinese imports - Palmer’s has massive business interests there - with South Americans earmarked for the other spots by former Queensland Roar coach Bleiberg.

‘’We think we’ll be a team players all over the country will want to join – and players from overseas too,’’ added Palmer. ‘’It’s said people come to the Gold Coast to retire - I say to players why come here to retire, come here to live and prosper.’’

Though his players will travel with the trappings of royalty and have the best support staff money can buy - already five backroom staff have jumped ship from the Queensland Roar – Palmer said it’s not all about the money.

‘’I want to give this club every opportunity I can,’’ he added. ‘’But money isn’t a substitute for strength of character, discipline and hunger – and that’s what I’ll be looking for from our players."

‘’It’s not a question of getting a lot of prima-donnas on the field. We want a club that has grit.’’

A one-time park-soccer flop, who excelled as a rugby league winger for the Southport Tigers, Palmer explained his ardour for football like this: ‘’It’s important we have sports that don’t concentrate on full violence and body contact and don’t promote a tougher world to live in. Soccer provides skill, agility and ability.’’

Palmer said of his move to fly his team to games in one of his three private jets: ‘’We want to make sure our players have the best and are well prepared. We’ll try and give them every advantage we can.’’

Palmer, with his money-no-object aspirations, makes Sydney FC look more like a fake Cartier than 24-carot bling.

It’s time to fasten the seat belts and get set for a high altitude ride with Chairman Clive.


Jamieson signs with Adelaide United



Former Bolton Wanderers defender Scott Jamieson has signed with Adelaide United.
The 19-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Adelaide after spending the past three years with the English Premier League club.

Jamieson made four appearances for Bolton's first team during the club's pre-season campaigns in 2006/07 and 2007/08, but most of his time was spent in Bolton's reserves and academy sides.

"For 19 years of age, Scott has played a lot of games, and after not getting a lot of first team football in England he decided to come back to Australia and we think he will fit in well at Adelaide United," Reds coach Aurelio Vidmar said.
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Patafta heads north to Jets





As first revealed on TWG almost two months ago, former Joeys skipper Kaz Patafta will be playing for A-League champions Newcastle Jets in the 2008/09 season.

Patafta had a frustrating year on loan at Melbourne Victory making just 14 appearances in version three of the A-League - with almost all of them off the bench.

The 19-year-old played in four of Melbourne's six AFC Champions League group matches and will be hoping to make a bigger impact at the Jets.

“It’s been a great season in Melbourne and I’ve really enjoyed my time here,” Patafta said.

“I’ve learnt a lot both on and off the field from everyone at Victory and I’ve been happy living in this great city for the past 12 months."

Patafta, who was released from his contract with Benfica and joins Newcastle as a free agent, should suit Gary van Egmond's style of play at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

“At this point in time it’s important for me to aim to be playing regularly, which I believe is the only way to improve at senior level," Patafta added.

“I’m really looking forward to a new challenge and trying to prove and cement myself as a regular first-team player.”

Melbourne currently have five under 20 players in their squad and caoch Ernie Merrick says the club will continue to sign more 'exciting youngsters'.

“Kaz is a promising young player and we don’t want to stand in his way of trying to secure a regular first-team position,” Merrick explained.

“Kaz sees more opportunitieswith Newcastle and we wish him all the best for the future."
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Post by Ferreira86 on Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:37 pm

Only top-four Will Do





Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell believes the addition of Ivory Coast striker Eugene Dadi will give the club enough firepower to blast their way towards a maiden A-League finals berth.
Dadi, 34, impressed during a brief trial with the Glory last November but was denied a move to Perth when his Israeli club blocked his transfer.

But Mitchell persisted and got his man for the upcoming season.

And with Olyroo Nikita Rukavytsya, swingman Jamie Harnwell and Englishman James Robinson also at his disposal, Mitchell is confident he has a strike force capable of propelling the club into the top four.

"I think it's very important all over the park to have competition for places and that's what we've certainly got up front," Mitchell said.

"We've got four to five players who can play two roles."

"It's a position we haven't been in before and it's good for the club."

Mitchell hoped Dadi, whose career has included stints at Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen and English outfits Nottingham Forest and Tranmere Rovers, would add a touch of class to the Glory.

"Eugene's technically very good," Mitchell said.

"He can score goals, he reads the game well, brings other people into the game and creates chances for other people. And he's a big threat in the air as well.

"He's experienced and he will work well with Nikita."

Mitchell said the club was on the verge of signing at least two more players, including one from overseas, within the next week.

"They've agreed but they haven't signed, so it's a situation where that will be happening over the next week," he said.

The Glory have struggled both on and off the field since the A-League's inception, finishing fifth, seventh and seventh in three seasons.

Mitchell, who took over from predecessor Ron Smith midway through last season, conceded anything short of a finals finish this season would be a failure.

"We want top four and hopefully we can get into the top two," Mitchell said.

"But the bare minimum is top four because you can challenge from there."

Meanwhile, QBE Insurance has extended its sponsorship of the club for a further two seasons.
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Post by nobby on Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:36 pm

Looks like Patafta wasn't all that great then, as we let him go.

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Post by Ferreira86 on Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:51 pm

nah he is. played awesome when he was on espically against juventus. its just stupid ernie played other ahead of him. he will blossem at newcastle as i think they have the best coach in the league who can get the best out of players.
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Adelaide sign Brazilian Alemao



Adelaide United have signed Brazilian defender Alemão for the upcoming A-League season.

The versatile backman has been brought into the Reds’ squad on a two-year deal as a replacement for Richie Alagich, who retired after United’s final Group Stage match of the AFC Champions League against Changchun Yatai on May 21.

Alemão’s versatility sees him also able to play in midfield or as a stopper, however he is set to fit into the right back role vacated by Alagich.

Adelaide United Coach Aurelio Vidmar said Alemão was an exciting prospect for the club and would be an excellent addition to United’s defensive stocks.

“We are extremely excited about Alemao joining us, Richie was always going to be a hard player to replace which we always knew, but with the signing of Alemao we have found a player which will fill the void left by Richie” Vidmar said.

Alemão was in United’s sights last season but the club chose to sign Cassio, as a left back was more urgently required. Cassio has played against Alemão a number of times in Brazil, and comes with impressive wraps from United’s 2007/08 Club Champion, who is currently in Brazil for his knee reconstruction.

Beginning his career as a 16-year-old in the junior ranks at Brazilian club Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Everson Arantes de Oliveira ( full name) has played at four other Brazilian clubs, the most recent being CA Juventus.

The 25-year-old is capable on both his left and right foot and is known for his ability to deliver high quality crosses into the penalty area, a trait Alagich has been renowned for during his Adelaide United career.

Alemao joins fellow defender Sasa Ognenovski as United’s other new signing to date for the new campaign, while Angelo Costanzo, Michael Valkanis, Daniel Beltrame, Kristian Sarkies and Fabian Barbiero have all extended their contracts during the A-League off season and are confirmed for next season.




Burns joins AEK Athens




Nathan Burns, one of Australia’s most gifted young players, has signed a four year contract with AEK Athens.
Burns, who was in the Greek capital to put his signature to the deal Tuesday, will team up with former FIFA World Player of the Year, Rivaldo, at one of Greece’s biggest clubs.

The 20-year-old leaves his A-League club Adelaide United on a transfer fee of $500,000 plus on-sale benefits, and will start his time with the Greek giants on July 1.

The Olyroos and Socceroos attacker - who had also been wooed by a host of European clubs, including those in England, Norway, Denmark and Turkey, as well as others in Greece - chose AEK because he was guaranteed first team football and because he was impressed by the club’s stability, youthful management and ambition.

It is believed Burns had turned down far better financial offers in order to accept the AEK deal.

Burns’ decision comes at the end of an agonising eight month process during which European clubs dangled tempting offers for his services.

“The club has agreed on terms to release Nathan to AEK Athens,“ Adelaide United CEO Sam Ciccarello said.

“Nathan has been keen for sometime to look at overseas opportunities and whilst we made every effort to hold onto him with a very strong offer through the recently introduced Under 23 marquee player scheme, we respect and support Nathan’s desire to compete in a European league and he most certainly goes with our very best wishes.

“It has been wonderful for the club to have brought Nathan to Adelaide and to have been a key to his professional personal development over the past couple of years.

“We know that Nathan is a great talent and feel that he has a big future in front of him.”

AEK Athens finished second in the Greek Super League last season, two points behind champions Olympiacos but missed out on a UEFA Champions League - losing to Panathinaikos in a play-off.

Burns made a total of 54 appearances and scored 11 goals for Adelaide - 35 appearances and 9 goals in the A-League.

He was the club’s equal leading scorer in the 2006/07 season, scored the first ever hat-trick for the club and won his first Socceroos cap, having made his debut in 2007 against Singapore after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Burns’ departure to play in Europe follows former United team mate Bruce Djite’s move to Turkish side Genclerbirligi.

Former Socceroo Jimmy Patikas was the last Australian to leave his mark at AEK - scoring 27 goals in 142 appearances between 1986 and 1992.
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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:57 am

shattered to hear nathan burns has left the a-league. we have just lost our most talented youngster.
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Vukovic hits out at FIFA over ban


Central Coast goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has slammed FIFA for "getting my hopes up" before finally ruling his suspension would include the Beijing Olympics.

Vukovic's dream of playing at the Games in August suffered another blow on Tuesday when football's world governing body ruled his tailor-made ban for hitting a referee would not apply internationally.

FIFA said Vukovic would not be eligible to play in Beijing, overturning an Australian ruling that he could serve his suspension in two parts bookending the Games.

"It seems logical now. If FIFA would have come to the party three months ago when this all started, rather than getting my hopes up and the Mariners spending so much money on legal costs and things like that, it seems the smart thing," said Vukovic.

"But obviously it has happened this way and it has happened for a reason. I can't really complain now. What's done is done and I need to sort of move on."

However the Mariners are still considering an appeal.

Vukovic's ban ends on October 6 and he can return for the Mariners on October 19 against Wellington for round eight of the A-League season. He opted to train with the club rather than staying at home where he would have "moped about".

"How am I feeling? Yeah pretty upset," said the 23-year-old `keeper.

"I don't think it has hit me quite fully yet."

"When the boys are over there playing the games, that's when I'll probably feel it the most. Yeah, very disappointed."

"At the end of the day I made a massive mistake and I got punished the way I did. If I didn't do what I did, I'd be going to the Olympic Games."

"That's the way it is now and I just need to learn from it. I'm looking forward to putting this all behind me. I thought it was behind me but it sort of popped up again."

"But just get on with life now and football and just move on."

Mariners executive chairman Lyall Gorman said he had left the appeal decision with Vukovic.

"I've taken advice from our lawyers this morning and they believe we have a very strong appeal case," Gorman told AAP.

"I'm now waiting to hear from Danny to discuss with him whether he has got the mental and emotional strength to go through such a process or whether he'd rather accept the umpire's decision and move on."

Vukovic was suspended after being sent off for striking referee Mark Shield on the arm at the end of the A-League grand final against Newcastle in February.

He successfully appealed his original nine-month suspension which ruled him out of the Games, with an independent appeals committee instead imposing a split ban which was to be served before and after the Olympics.

FIFA said interrupting the suspension at international level would be "contrary to the spirit of FIFA regulations".

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Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:31 pm

That is a very stupid reaction but tbh a ban that long for something small like that...

If he hit the ref in the leg or somthing but he basically just gave him a high-5 Laughing

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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:38 pm

yeah i feel sorry for danny. his a very good young keeper prob the best in the league and has done well in in the qualifiers. he would be shattered that a heat of the moment incident has cost him a chance to play at the olympics. also shield should be banned for missing the clear handball in a grandfinal. along with the linesman that admitted he saw a handball but yet did nothing.
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Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:56 pm

What a stupid linesman. Was it a clear handball?

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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:17 pm

watch the youtube video on the first post under current champions. thats the highlights from this yrs grand final. the handball was in the 93rd min so as u can understand things got very heated. so yeah see for urself.
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Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:25 pm

Could that handball be any clearer!!

If that had been given the keeper would not have been red carded. Poor decision.

How many people normally turn up for the A-League games?

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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:30 pm

well the melbourne sydney game draw the biggest crowds of normally 30-50,000.

melbourne's avg is over 30,000 people while the other clubs are between 12-20,000
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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:31 pm

although lately attendences have been on the up and finals crowds are always big.
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Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:41 pm

That's good though. I would of thought football ain't a particularly big sport and wouldn't have that much a of crowd but that's good. Better crowd's than in the Bwin Liga ay...Wink

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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:47 pm

yeah it is. soccer has taken a massive step after the 06 world cup. alot more people have started to follow the game since and the a-league intering it's 4th yr just gets better and better. also normally there is cricket on at the same time and alot of people also spend there money on afl or rugby memberships and what not so the crowds were getting are good. expect them to continue to increase as the quality gets better and better.
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Do you ever go watch match's?

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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:56 pm

im at every melbourne victory home game. to hard to get to away matches lol. its like flying to another country.
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Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:02 pm

Awesome...When does the season start and end?

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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:08 pm

normally starts in september and ends in feb. only 21 games and then finals. 4 more teams should be in by 2011 and then hopefully a promotion/ relegation league a little after that.


heres goals of the season from this season. at 4:30 the goal scorer is marcinho who use to play for naval. pacos marico just signed for them aswell for the upcoming season lol.

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Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:16 pm

Seems like soccer is really getting along in Australia good to see. Maybe you might get the new Cahill coming out of those teams some time...

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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:17 pm




thats the best goal i reckon to date in the a-league. what makes that goal even better is that about 2 mins before that the newcastle defender deleibratly handballed the ball to stop a certain goal so his side wouldn't go a goal down and he got sent off and had a penalty given. well the penalty was saved and then just under a min after nicky carle scored that goal to win the game. most bizzare and amazing thing iv'e seen.
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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:18 pm

DeJesus5 wrote:Seems like soccer is really getting along in Australia good to see. Maybe you might get the new Cahill coming out of those teams some time...

another cahill will be brilliant although some good young talent has left the league already. young burns just signed for athens and last season vidosic (who i called the ronaldo of the league) left for nurnburg. also adrian leijer signed with fulham and david carney signed for sheff united but is now being chased by prem league teams.
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