Western Sydney Wanderers 0-0 Central Coast Mariners: Wanderers debut ends in stalemate

Both the Wanderers and the Mariners put an emphasis on denying the opposition space and neither side could find the breakthrough. Tony Popovic chose to keep marquee signing Shinji Ono on the bench, which saw Mark Bridge partner Dino Kresinger up front. Aaron Mooy and Mateo Poljkak manned the midfield zone. Graham Arnold elected to [...]

Melbourne Victory 1-2 Melbourne Heart: Heart’s high pressing forces Victory errors

Dylan MacAllister scored the match winner in a pulsating opening to the new A-League season. Ange Postecoglou elected for twenty year old Lawrence Thomas in goals, with Marcos Flores making his Melbourne debut in the false nine position. John Aloisi set his side out in an attacking 4-4-2, with captain Fred behind MacAllister up front. [...]

Five observations ahead of an exciting new A-League season

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 [...]

Arnold tinkering with new solutions to keep Mariners fresh

Graham Arnold rejected the overtures of Sydney FC to remain coach of the Central Coast Mariners, much to the club's delight. After putting financial troubles and managerial rumours aside at the start of the summer, the A-League's perennial "under the radar club" has done exactly that - stayed under the radar. There has been little [...]

How can Brisbane Roar take the next step under Rado Vidosic?

Rado Vidosic steps into the Brisbane top job, with some big shoes to fill. Replacing Ange Postecoglou is no mean feat, given the obvious influence he has had in overhauling the club both stylistically and structurally. The challenge for Vidosic will be to live up to the expectations that are now clearly established at Brisbane. [...]