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Breakdown: Nathan Burns ends seven year itch

Seven years after making his international debut, Nathan Burns returns to the Socceroos squad that will take on the continent’s best in January’s Asian Cup – but where does he fit in?

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Breakdown: FFA Cup Final tactical preview

Tuesday night’s FFA Cup Final will be contested by two teams that have enjoyed excellent upward trajectories this season, though for somewhat different reasons.

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Breakdown: are the Wanderers dealing with their pressing problems?

A look at what has gone right and wrong for the Western Sydney Wanderers in their successful and disastrous season so far, and why there is great encouragement for the future

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Breakdown: Perth exploit Wellington’s weaknesses

Right from kick-off Perth Glory made their intentions clear against the Wellington Phoenix, immediately knocking a long ball in behind for Andy Keogh and Youssouf Hersi to chase.

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Breakdown: no Victory, but Jets show signs of improvement

Newcastle Jets were the victim of some outrageous scheduling to to start the season, but at home for the first time showed some signs of improvement

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Breakdown: Zonal v man-marking in the A-League

A perennial debate in football is about marking at set-pieces, but increasingly, the same argument can also be applied in the midfield zone

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Breakdown: when all-out attack backfires

In their past two matches Melbourne City have trailed at the 70-minute mark and, in both instances against the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory, coach John Van ’t Schip has had the same response.

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Breakdown: Mariners and Wellington share tactics out of left field

Michael McGlinchey was inevitably central in the build-up to the clash between his old and new club, but also proved literally central to the game’s tactical battle.

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Breakdown: The Big Squeeze – when possession kings clash

Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar are two sides keen to hoard possession – the tactical battle was all about who can implement their style more effectively.