A-League teams won a club versus country battle with the FFA, but it could come at a significant cost to the Olyroos who are falling behind the pacesetters in Asia.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat has flagged a number of changes – some forced, some by choice – for the road trip to Perth following the team's surprise 3-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand on Tuesday night.
Michael Lynch Melbourne City interim coach Michael Valkanis can be pleased enough with his results so far: two wins out of three and the latter an unlucky defeat in Adelaide when the champions scored a last gasp winner against the run of play.
Michael Lynch It was the win they had to have - only their second in seven weeks - but Melbourne City lacked the killer touch in a 2-1 victory over a Central Coast Mariners side that played for well over an hour with ten men following the sending off of striker Roy O'Donovan.
Dominic Bossi More A-League marquees are on the horizon with tripling of the player fund though clubs aren't holding out for a bigger cheque from the TV rights as Fox Sports and Channel 10 edge closer to a partnership.
Cameron Mee Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has vowed his team will not overlook Friday night's match with Adelaide before next Thursday's blockbuster clash with Melbourne Victory.
Michael Lynch Nothing short of a win for Melbourne City over Central Coast Mariners on Thursday night at AAMI Park will be acceptable for a club with huge ambitions.
Dominic Bossi The A-League can't offer as much as other leagues, but it can promise it will deliver and Jordy Buijs' signing for Sydney FC shows how much of an advantage that is in a competitive market place.
Dominic Bossi Seb Ryall is set to return for Sydney FC before the end of the season after being cleared of a serious injury and is closing in on a new deal.
Dominic Bossi 120 years of history were washed away with two strokes from a graphic designer as one of the world's biggest clubs Juventus unveiled a controversial new logo.