In the first installment of the Goalmouth Scramble (Nearpost), Laurie, Bushy and Simon (aka the Legends of Canberra), go over all the highlights of the Socceroos win over Jordan! Ole!
Thursday, 13 June 2013
If Australia beat Iraq we qualify directly for Brazil 2014, but win or lose Wednesday is time to rebuild.
Should Australia fail to win they may go to the third qualifying play-off route - but lets leave that aside for now.
Sasaa Ognenovski, Lucas Neill, Timmy Cahill, Luke Wilkshire, Mark Bresciano, Mark Schwarzer, Archie Thompson, and Harry Kewell - he'll want back in - are all ageing...fast, very fast.
Gus Hiddink reduced the super fit Brett Emerton to wipeout in his pre-World Cup training sessions in 2006, and Hiddink knew and taught us, the World Cup is a young man's game, especially for teams outside the top four.
You need to be super fit to compete.
Australia were simply over run against Germany in 2010 and a number of those same players are telling us they can't wait to get to Brazil.
Let's get serious.
We're never going to win in Brazil, to get out of the group would be beyond our dreams with our current team, but we can get to the Asian Cup Final 2015 on home soil just six months after Brazil.
Australia needs to use the East Asia Cup in July, the pre-World Cup friendlies and the 2014 World Cup to prepare for the Asian Cup 2015.
Let's regenerate on Wednesday even if we don't achieve our goal.
Holman, Oar, Kruse, Milligan, Rogic have all shown they can play the type of game Australia needs, desires over the next four years so why not grab the chance to rebuild...NOW!
Could any of the older players mentioned above take two daily Hiddink style sessions prior to the World Cup, and if they can't do we really need or want such experience.
Ireland in USA 1990 played a very old John Aldridge and Tony Cascarino up front both 35+ from memory and it was dire. Embarassing..and yet I know we beat Italy but we scored in the 12th minute of the very first game and that was the end of our attacks..for the tournament!
Australia now has an opportunity to qualify, and let's ditch the sentiment and thank the old guard and move them on. Maybe give them a send off! We should do it right.
The World Cup is not the guys chance to get a personal farewell...it's still 12 months away and it's time to say farewell to most if not all!
And because you are outraged, you can keep two of the old guard and that's your lot..you decide but let's get Australia going forward finally!
Posted by Eamonn at 6/13/2013 10:38:00 am
Saturday, 8 June 2013
Friday, 31 May 2013
Laurie, Bushy and technical guru Simon take on the Socceroos, Harry Kewel, Crystal Palace, workplace bullying and even Muhammad Ali in this affront to all things podcast.
Posted by Laurence Plant at 5/31/2013 06:37:00 pm
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Laurie and Bushy take on the ACL, Socceroos, high speed broadband, and even the radio control board, in this comprehensive wrap up of everything A-League in Australia's most incomprehensible soccer show.
Posted by Laurence Plant at 5/23/2013 09:11:00 pm
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Laurie and Bushy take on Fergie's retirement, the ACL CCM vs Guangzhou & Kevin Sheedy vs Craig Foster
Posted by Laurence Plant at 5/15/2013 08:42:00 am
Friday, 10 May 2013
Laurie and Bushy look at the A-League All-stars game, the South Melbourne bid for A-League, and yes even attempt to solve the mystery of the magic bullet, all the sublime beats of 90s Swedish reggae - they saw the sign.
Posted by Laurence Plant at 5/10/2013 07:08:00 am
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Posted by Laurence Plant at 5/02/2013 09:13:00 pm
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Laurie, Bushy and Gilbo run through the A-League grand final Canberra style, with flagrant disregard for tactics and sponsors alike!
Posted by Laurence Plant at 4/24/2013 08:17:00 am
Friday, 19 April 2013
Laurie, Bushy and special guest Gilbo give a fun-filled wrap up of all the weeks action from the A-League finals, and preview the grand final.
Posted by Laurence Plant at 4/19/2013 07:50:00 am
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Laurie and Bushy are back on 98.3 2xx with a look at the first games of the A-League final series. They consider the controversy surrounding Melbourne's last-ditch win against the Glory, and the aftermath of Adelaide's loss to Brisbane at home - particularly the post-game outburst by Adelaide GK Galekovic.
Now it is chopped to be half an hour, so play away!
Posted by Laurence Plant at 4/11/2013 09:35:00 pm
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Laurie and Bushy analyse the Socceroos disappointing 2-2 draw with Oman, and the final round of the A-League.
**Apologies once again I haven't had time to chop the recording, so please start the show from 30.00 mins.
Posted by Laurence Plant at 4/09/2013 10:37:00 pm
Listen from 30 mins in! (because I didn't cut this one, the half hour show starts 30 minutes into this podcast, before that appears to be 30 mins of heavy metal, if you're into that kind of thing.
Laurie Bushy and Gerald preview the Socceroo's clash with Oman, and discuss the Sydney Derby (Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney United), the fan behaviour and the media reaction.
In addition they detail the rest of the matches of the round, and preview the matches in the final round:
Posted by Laurence Plant at 4/09/2013 04:25:00 pm
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
All Sydneysiders should have their team by now.
But of course you wouldn't be Sydneysiders if you all did.
Are you Red or Blue? Now that wasn't hard was it?
Do you like bumblebees of the red and black kind or bluebottles; these one's don't sting...at least not often.
If you're from Sydney and you have played football, watched football, enjoyed football or simply love sport.
Or if you are just from Sydney. It's time.
Who do you sing for?...and you can't change...ever!
Western Sydney Wanderers or Sydney FC.
And to help you here's a few reasons:
For Western Sydney Wanderers:
You're from the West.
You support the strugglers.
You support all things new.
You love a winner - so you jump ship from Manly, Sydney FC or the Eels early and based on latest reports Sydney Swans won't win this year as we all take turns in AFL apparently.
You love Shinji Ono.
You want to get on the bandwagon and become a supporter of the first Aussie team to win a league in their first season.
You admire Poppa and his style of play - (even if he nearly elbowed Australia out of that World Cup qualifier against Uruquay in 2005...shhh).
You like to sing at football.
You enjoy a good bit of theatre on the sidelines.
You never went to watch Dwight Yorke
For Sydney FC
I earn so much money.
I have been with them since Dwight scored so just have to stay.
I like mental torture.
Now Butcher has gone it's actually okay.
We haven't lost at home for like....ages.
Alessandro Del Piero is here.
It's so near the City.
It's so near the beach.
It's so near the Cricket.
We can do something else instead so that can be my team. I bought a shirt already...I've got it somewhere...I think.
Posted by Eamonn at 3/20/2013 06:41:00 pm
Western Sydney Wanderers will take the field against Sydney FC in a front of a sold out crowd on the weekend.
And every football fan around Australia should take a peak.
If you want technique look no further than Alessandro Del Piero or the young Aussie Terry Antonis or check out former Feyenoord star Shinji Ono or Aussie Aaron Mooy if they take the park.
If you want tactics: Watch Tony Popovics' men perform and wonder no more why the Western Sydney Wanderers have managed to carve out a five point lead over the outstanding Central Coast Mariners, in this the Wanderers first season.
If you want intrigue: WSW could win the Premiers Plate on Saturday in front of Sydney FC and their large travelling support.
If you like your football sold out with engaged fans: Don't miss Saturday. Aussie fans of the two teams will sing and carry on like this thing has been going for centuries.
And you know I reckon it has, just not on the football field.
Now we have two teams. The Red and Blue, the Rich and the Poor, the Old and the New.
If you love football do not miss this third and final Derby of the season. You'll love it.
And if you are from Sydney and you play football, watch football, think football....it's time.....who do you sing for?
Posted by Eamonn at 3/20/2013 06:25:00 pm
I love watching Ange throw in the youth down in Melbourne. Particularly his wide boys.
We saw Andrew Nabbout burst onto the scene this year.
Introduced in Brisbane he did a couple of things of note in a 5-0 humiliation before producing a stunning two goal performance against Sydney FC.
If he could stunned Sydney over 20 minutes surely he could do more over 90.
Meanwhile Theo Markelis has seen his rise decline rapidly as Nabbout took the right flank, and then the central position as Ange hunted for the additional forward.
Markelis had a big wrap coming in from Valencia but rarely showed the finesse or dynamism we've come to expect from one of Ange's forwards.
But in the cut throat world of football wingers, young wingers and pacy forwards come and go and usually before the age of 20!
Nabbout will be back, Markelis I suspect is gone for good.
Step forward Connor Pain.
The short-armed forward appeared from nowhere and of the three mentioned he has been the most consistent and grabbed that third forward spot.
The boy from the terrace is now a man on the pitch.
His pace and direct play is interesting to say the least and if Marcos Rojas leaves at season end Pain is ready to go a full season.
He has goals in him as well and I love his confidence and his desire to make things happen. To take players on and to simply shoot.
All clubs need to develop and critically assess the flying winger, early.
Ben Halloran, Taj Minniecon, Chris Harold, Iain Ramsay, David Carney, Michael Zullo, Tommy Oar, Mate Dugandzic, David Williams, Kofi Danning are just a few to grace the wings of the A-League.
To date, Tommy Oar is probably the pick of the bunch closely followed by Carney and Zullo.
I wonder how far Pain can go.
Posted by Eamonn at 3/20/2013 06:11:00 pm
1 Matt Ryan
2. Trent Sainsbury
3. Connor Chapman
4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley
5. Ivan Franjic
6. Billy Celeski
8. Mark Milligan
10 Alessandro Del Piero
7. Connor Pain
9. Archie Thompson
11. Thomas Broich
So why not give as much experience to young Aussies as possible, throwing in two of the best overseas stars. Manchester United will attract 80,000 plus fans and rather than giving Shinji Ono, Emile Heskey or even the delightful Kiwi import Marco Rojas the chance to show their stuff...let's give as many Aussies as possible the opportunity.
It's our league so why not reward the Aussies? After all they are better than ever these days.
Posted by Eamonn at 3/20/2013 05:57:00 pm
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Thursday, 7 March 2013
The talk is that Sydney FC has spent more than $7 million this year on their playing budget.
Is it possible for a team to spend so much in the A-League and to return so little. And are there any signs the playing group are heading in the right direction, this year or more worryingly next?
Frank Farina the latest Coach, has made major changes to the playing group already, but who can see any structure to a team wallowing outside the six, heading, surely, for a third straight loss against the Mighty Mariners this weekend.
The Mariners have a plan - think Mariners, you think of Bojic and Rose blazing forward.
Melbourne Victory the same - think twinkle toes and deft touches from the great Archie Thompson, the mercurial Marcos Rojas and the ever improving Billy Celeski. It doesn't always work, but you can see where they are heading. Western Sdyney Wanderers have a plan. It's called solid defence and great forward pressure on the ball by a very fit front six.
Do Sydney have a plan?
Have they ever?
Season 2013 has been a disaster. In fact despite winning the league under the A_Leagues most boring coach Lavicka, Sydney has never really entertained. Not since Stevie Corica and Dwight Yorke were on the park and Alvin Ceccoli and an emerging David Carney were blazing away.
There has been little excitement, little consistency and when there were signs this year, Frank booted Jason Culina, dropped Blake Powell and the outcome, two defeats. What's new!
The owners have poured money in but so far they have got little real return - bar a bunch of very old players, Del Piero aside, doing very little for their money.
The appointment of Ian Crook - didn't they know Tony Popovic was any good - started the latest disaster.
When Brett Emerton went walkabout in the first game against Wellington and Trent McClenahan was floundering you knew it was a disaster in the making. Popovic has been an assistant at Sydney FC and every man and his dog now says he was always going to be a great coach. Go figure.
Were the Sydney owners the only one's who didn't know?
Seeing Nikolai Topor-Stanley being interviewed recently about his Socceroo aspirations simply shows up the basket case Sydney FC has become. Topor-Stanley could and should have been at Sydney FC for his whole A-League career. He went to Perth for a few more dollars, starred at the Jets and now is part of a rock solid table topping defence in West Sydney.
Couldn't anyone at Sydney FC realise that this guy was worth developing, worth keeping!
Which brings me to Blake Powell. When the pacy Powell scored in the last Sydney FC victory he was promptly dropped for the ageing Joel Griffiths.
Griffiths is fast...for a 33 year old but with Del Piero, Emerton. McFlynn, Reid, A Griffith and Neil also in the team..he doesn't look so fast does he!
Powell is fast and worth developing. Joel well..is he really the guy to lead the line?
So far Sydney have won as many games when he was suspended than with him. Interesting!
Sydney expect to win and all of the above aged players expect to play.
Frank Farina got the team into some shape, won a couple of games and then resorted to age and names. Strangely he dumped the one guy who seemed to be helping. Out goes Jason Culina, in comes the painfully slow Paul Reid and of course Terry McFlynn is back. What has Tezza got that the goal scoring, two goals already, former Socceroo didn't have? Beats me!
Frank even had the opportunity to bring a whole new central defence since he arrived. And don't they look solid? 35 year old Lucas Neil, and Tiago Calvano rejected by the Jets, are Frank's men.
Interestingly the saviour Calvano was also dropped by Frank for the last game in Perth! Is their not a 16 -19 year old developing centre back in the whole of Sydney?
Jets, Mariners even Victory with Ansell all seem to be able to get developing centre backs. Why not Sydney?
And when they did in Topor-Stanley they let him go. Farina has blown his honeymoon period. In Triantis, Powell, Chianese, Antonis, Grant and Ryall he has some mobility to include for all or parts of games. And these guys can improve.
Unless you get better players, faster players isn't now the time to put some work into these guys. It's amazing what a bit of belief does and young guys will die for you.
Just ask Ange or Gary van Egmond or of course Arnie! When Frank wonders why his teams start so slow in recent away games - wonder no more. Your team is too old, or too many of them are.
Bringing in Lucas Neill, does he really add anything to a team struggling to push forward, at pace. Or does he have to drop back to avoid the risk of being exposed.
It's Michell Duke this weekend. Have you seen how fast he is? Which means the gap between Joel and co should be massive. He might not even be able to see Lucas with his ageing eyes!
Frank and Sydney remain a basket case. Frank recently bemoans the players contracted for many years but Sydney could have a current team with the current mob. No problems.
When Ange was faced with the same problem. A dodgy keeper or two. Out went Danny Allsopp, and of course have you seen Isak Cernak, Petar Franjic and other moved on and in come Francesco Stella, and Jaesse Makarounas.
Frank there are ways!
Franks task is to lay down a plan, build confidence and blend a team of pace around Del Piero.
Otherwise the little Italian will never experience finals football in Australia, not this year or next.
Joel Griffiths, Lucas Neil, Brett Emerton, Terry McFlynn, Peter Reid and Adam Griffiths can and never should start in the same team.
Not if you want to entertain, keep the ball and play exciting football.
Frank, we need a strong Sydney FC. Everyone says it, but your recent signings in Joel Griffith, Calvano, and Neil give little confidence to this viewer!
Will Sydney FC ever stabilise, layout a philosophy, develop young players, keep some local heroes and move on from the McFlynn era.
Frank needs to lead the whole club, the vision and take Sydney into a new era. Or is he just a coach with little of the extra. Ange has it. Arnie does it in his own way. Mike Mulvey is getting my vote early. Even Ali Edwards is talking a good game early in the West.
Frank is in the hotseat and it's about to get hotter.
Making the finals has nothing to do with it.
Sydney FC, if they are going to spend $5 - 7milion per year are a massive A_league club but when are they going to excite the country with their football, their culture and their youth?
Oops news just in:
Tezza just got another contract. Did you do that Frank?
Posted by Eamonn at 3/07/2013 11:56:00 am
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Nick, Gerald and Clive talk about the conclusion of the National Youth League and the Mariners' Asian Champions League exploits, as well as dissecting the last round of A-League fixtures.
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Posted by Nick Amies at 3/05/2013 10:23:00 pm
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The new NPL and excitement around the FFA Cup, or proposed cup has got Les Murray and his mates excited about embracing old soccer.
And of course down the track everyone is thinking relegation and promotion. The question remains, given the "passion" of our crowds and ability to attract a couple of head the ball "supporters" would old soccer really be embraced. I mean really?
Old soccer - riots, flag waving and burning, pitch battles between supporters and general disgraceful behaviour surrounding so called ethnic based football fans in the NSL - ain't ever coming back or being given a chance.
Does anyone seriously think the FFA would enable South Melbourne, Sydney Olympic or any other ethnically drenched team back into top tier football and risk everything we've worked towards?
Les you're dreaming!
Could such mono-ethnic owned teams, from Sydney and Melbourne, grow a supporter base in the modern era beyond the decreasing number of fans who attend these old soccer clubs. I doubt it. And who wants to see a Sydney or Melbourne team with just 5,000 supporter long term.
One flare at those games and the non-ethnic fans - would there be any - would be gone forever.
If you think the media are over reacting now what would they do if a guy in a Greek or Croatian shirt lit a single flare and ran on to the pitch.
Would the clubs themselves have ANY strategies to take their game and club to the mainstream, thus enabling us all to enjoy and be part of such a club. Not much evidence to date as they aimed.
In South Melbourne's case they even aimed to gain the second Melbourne licence.
Sir Lez, foolishly, naively even supported such a bid. Had they/he learnt nothing from the the new A-League? Blind freddy knew they had no chance, not in their current form. Not then, not now.
I love my football, my Simunic, Boban, and Modric even...hang on has there been any good Greek elite player?....but I don't want to support a team with tinges of overseas nations emanating from the stands, and sheds.
Les Murray might be excited for a return to old NSL grounds and atmosphere, but if the FFA can't allow Sydney Olympic or Marconi to be promoted then really have we really embraced old soccer?
Let's face it, it's never going to happen is it? No matter how much Sir Les thinks we have.
When Sydney Olympic has a chance of promotion then Old Soccer has been embraced and not before.
In there current form these old ethnic clubs have no chance of being promoted do they?
I wish them well but unless they can sell their club and message to the mainstream they will never be attractive to the A-League set-up.
Posted by Eamonn at 2/26/2013 03:49:00 pm
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Friday, 8 February 2013
Posted by Eamonn at 2/08/2013 08:54:00 am
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Nick Amies, Gerald Crawford and Clive MacKillop talk over the Mariners' decision to wear championship stars, as well as assessing the value of the A-League finals series. We also discuss the W-League grand final between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC whilst bringing you some news from all corners of Australian football.
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Posted by Nick Amies at 1/29/2013 08:19:00 pm
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
A long long time as a new immigrant I'd wander along to the Australia Day events, watch with bemusement at cars carrying their Australian flag, complete with Union Jack, and wonder at the sentiments being thrown from the passing windscreens of cars. Wait for the fireworks - is there any other way to celebrate in Australia other than fireworks - and then we'd all resume normal service, until ANZAC Day when we do it all again.
Most sports fans watched cricket on Australia Day (or maybe Tennis), as they had on Boxing Day it seems, and all throughout the summer. Cricket is not my thing.
Football fans had to follow the overnight scores from England, Italy or in my case Celtic Park.
It didn't feel right.
Having grown up and enjoyed the passion surrounding football in the UK I yearned for a game, a big game, a televised game with a passionate crowd right here in my new country.
There was the occasional Grand Final in Perth or Brisbane that made me wonder. There was the Socceroos' home qualifier every four years and that in terms of big games was largely it. I know we had the NSL - I watched it all but it didn't feel quite right to me. Not in terms of crowds, stadia - remember Archie at Morwell on TV, his current stage is more appropriate - and certainly not in terms of media coverage.
Now we have our own occasions. And lots of them seem to be building.
We can even get into Australia Day, and from fans with tickets the noise is this will be the highlight of the day. What a fantastic way to end the day.
And fireworks on the football field, Archie v ADP or should that be Rojas v ADP. That's my idea of an Australia Day celebration.
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC - sold out. Followed by the Wanderers v Heart. Two games sure to cause any sports fan to stop for a moment as they flick through the channels.
Heck! We're even grabbing and using some of the AFL ideas, you know where we make ANZAC legends blur with Lance Franklin or Chris Judd or is it the other way round.
The FFA have taken the immigration ceremonies which are held across Australia Day and planted them front and centre into the Melbourne Sydney game. I hate it, but it's mainstream and it's brilliant.
This is where the game needs to be.
And I'm sure many in the crowd will ponder their own, or their families passage to Australia at this moment.
Football is building some great rivalries, some passion in the stands and increasing quality in the coaching arena and in the teams on display. The tempo is up the skills are responding. In short we're moving, fast.
Buzz Rothfield wrote this week that football has more avid 15-34 male fans than cricket. Read that again and discuss!
If this statement is correct, it's a startling positive statistic in a country where football on tv has been largely hidden, and cricket well..you know the rest.
We've a long way to go in football in Australia, but Australia Day will become a traditional day for football fans and sports viewers.
Can't wait for Australia Day! I'd never thought I'd say that!
Posted by Eamonn at 1/23/2013 10:08:00 am
Saturday, 19 January 2013
Canberra's Tom Rogic has signed a four and a half year deal with Scottish Champions Celtic.
And while many have seen Tom in one of his 28 professional games to date few will know that the former ANU and Belconnen United Premier League player struggled to find a pathway from his talented potential in Canberra local teams to full-time professional.
Canberra football in the past has struggled to help our late developers. If they didn't get into the 20 man AIS national program, at 17, they were finished. All of them.
In Canberra, faced with being dumped from the local ACTAS program - Rogic didn't make the AIS national program - he simply had nowhere to go. The local Premier League, training twice a week is simply no stepping stone to professional football in it's current form.
Fortunately the visionary John Mitchell took Tom and a number of other talented ex-ACTAS players, introduced a fitness regime planned by fmr Fulham Head Conditioning Coach and Canberran Andrew Young, football intensive training guided by Fmr AIS Head Coach and Canberran Ron Smith and the team was passionately lead by John.
It took one individual to bring in this talented group of professionals to assist our local youth. (Interestingly the program was never supported by the local Football Association. Too visionary at the time it seems, the program is now dead.)
Tom of course was a tremendous prospect. Slow they said. Too gangly they said. But anyone who watched him play knew he had something special.
Futsal - he represented Australia at a very young age. Next time your coach winces at the word - check out you Coaches skills. His technical skills. Are they any good! Probably not.
Of course it's hard to go from ANU men's to the A-League.
But the Nike World Challenge helped!
Tom won it!
Competing to be one of four from Australia and NZ, Rogic made that cut.
But amazingly when competing for the Nike World title in the UK against players from Brazil, Europe etc Tom won again.
He came back to Australia due to visa requirements and was picked up by fmr Socceroo and Reading player Andrew Bernal. The Canberra born Bernal worked hard with Rogic to lift his fitness levels prior to and after the Nike challenge.
The story goes.
Bernal rang Rogic late on Christmas Eve. "Training tomorrow Tom, 6am Mount Ainslie."
Rogic was the first to turn up.
Bernal simply wanted to test the guys dedication! Bernal knew what it would take to get anywhere near a contract.
To the Mariners under the watchful eye of Graham Arnold, Rogic instantly replaced media darling and upcoming star Mustafa Amini. No easy feat..unless you were better!
He'll be marked in Scotland, unlike in the A-League where he often roamed free from Sydney and Melbourne's poor excuse for a defence.
But if he can crack a significant number of games this season and create something special, the roar from the stands in Glasgow will be like nothing he heard in Gosford.
Big club, big expectations.
A lot to learn but what an adventure.
Good luck in Paradise Tom Bhoy - every Canberra football fan wishes you well.
Posted by Eamonn at 1/19/2013 07:53:00 am
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Nick, Gerald and Clive are back again this week, taking a look at Holger's squad for the East Asian Cup qualifiers as well as discussing the week's news in Australian football.
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Posted by Nick Amies at 11/28/2012 10:10:00 pm