Brazilian Muriqui scored the winner as the Chinese giants scored two crucial away goals.
It is a testament to Robbie Kruse’s improvement this season that Bayer Leverkusen have pinpointed him as a potential replacement for the Chelsea-bound Andre Schurrle, who is undoubtedly the club’s star talent.
The Mariners won the Championship after four Grand Final appearances. They played a more complete, positive brand of football, and mixed possession with rapid counter-attacking to defeat the Wanderers 2-0.
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.
Shinji Ono’s spectacular goal was the highlight of a 2-0 win for Western Sydney, that takes them into the Grand Final.
Wellington hasn’t ever been seen as a proponent of ‘modern’, attacking football, but with two consecutive finals appearance, this didn’t seem to be a huge problem. A Ricki Herbert side was always strong defensively, physical and organised, and most importantly, produced results. That was, until recently, when the new owner Gareth Morgan recently discussed his […]
It feels like it’s been said repeatedly, but there’s no getting away from the main story: in the space of half a year, the Western Sydney Wanderers was born, Tony Popovic has built a cohesive and integrated squad with a clearly identifiable system and a realistic chance of success in the finals, meaning thousands of […]
The last few years have been nothing short of disaster for Newcastle – there has been an identity crisis both on and off the pitch, most notably with their change in jersey colour, and more importantly, there has been an attempted change in style under Gary van Egmond. While it was initially difficult for the […]
In terms of starting XI, this is one of the more difficult sides to predict, with a number of versatile players meaning spots are always up for grabs. This impacts upon the ability to define the Melbourne Heart style – in short, they’re not particularly good at any particular system, and that, in turn, has […]
Ange Postecoglou’s arrival at the Melbourne Victory – at least until the storm of marquees – was the most promising development of the off-season. Not only did he build a dual-championship winning side at the Brisbane Roar, he did so with an unprecedented (in Australia, at least) possession-based style that combined ruthless defensive qualities with […]