This is the sixth time Australia has played Japan since that famous first clash in Kaiserslautern at the 2006 World Cup, but never has there been such a disparity in their fortunes.
The 2012/13 A-League season saw a number of coaches promise to try and play “attack based, possession based football”, but two teams remain – the two that have consistently played structured, organised, counter-attacking football. Here are five key questions that will dictate the pattern of Sunday’s Grand Final.
The second Sydney derby, the weekend’s marquee fixture, will be a fascinating gauge of either side’s season to date. In the ten weeks that have passed between the two derbies, it is Sydney FC that has been through the more tumultuous period, with a change in coach and the introduction of some new personnel disrupting […]
The high profile marquee signings of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono have immensely raised the profile of the A-League, but there are also plenty of intriguing coaching appointments and tactical developments to ensure the upcoming new season will be the most exciting yet. Tactical variety The A-League has always been ripe with […]
Graham Arnold rejected the overtures of Sydney FC to remain coach of the Central Coast Mariners, much to the club’s delight.
Rado Vidosic steps into the Brisbane top job, with some big shoes to fill.
Gary van Egmond’s focus on youth could bode well for his plans to implement a positive, possession style at Newcastle Jets.
Kosmina’s second tenure at Adelaide has seen him attempt to turn the Reds into a more proactive footballing side.
Ian Crook has to find a way to make Sydney attractive again, while getting the best out of marquee signing Alessandro Del Pier.
The biggest managerial move of the A-League off-season saw Ange Postecoglou move home to Melbourne Victory, where his challenge lies in changing the fortunes of the dysfunctional side.