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Brisbane Roar cut 14 players as they prepare for Robbie Fowler era

2019-04-30T03:37:37Z

Brisbane Roar have begun their rebuild for next season under new coach Robbie Fowler with 14 players leaving the club including marquee star Eric Bautheac.

Frenchman Bautheac leaves after two seasons while club veterans Matt McKay and Henrique have also departed.

Foreign players Thomas Kristensen, Alex Lopez and Tobias Mikkelsen have also chosen to leave or have been moved on.

Injury-hit Australians Brett Holman and Luke DeVere are exiting the club along with Eli Babalj, Joe Caletti, Charles Lokoli-Ngoy, Stefan Nigro, Brendan White and Ruon Tongyik.

The Roar endured a tough campaign in 2018-19, finishing second last and conceding 71 goals across the season - the most in A-League history.

Liverpool legend Fowler will take over in the pre-season, armed with the task of reviving the once successful club.

Milicic set to be appointed coach of new A-League franchise South West Sydney

2019-04-30T03:15:49Z

New A-League franchise South-West Sydney is understood have to chosen Matildas coach Ante Milicic as their inaugural manager.

Read all the details.

Topor-Stanley wins Jets player of the year

2019-04-29T23:40:51Z

Newcastle Jets defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley has become the first outfield player to win the club's A-League player of the year award twice.

The 34-year-old centre-half won the gong in his first stint with the club in the 2010-11 season and earned it this time around by leading the league in all key defensive areas - interceptions (135), break-ups (134), duels won (156), and aerial contest wins (111).

Topor-Stanley also won the Ray Baartz medal - an award voted for by members of the Hunter Men of Football organisation.

Roy O'Donovan won the Golden Boot award, while Dimi Petratos won Goal of the Year for his rocket against Melbourne Victory in round 11.

Kiwi goalkeeper Glen Moss was named the Members Player of the Year.

Wanderers made Parramatta Stadium famous, not the Eels - Kosmina

2019-04-29T06:28:09Z

Western Sydney Wanderers elevated the old Parramatta Stadium to 'famous' status and they had a right to play at the new Bankwest Stadium recently, according to ex-A-League coach John Kosmina.

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New Zealand football embarrassed by New Caledonian minnows

2019-04-29T02:26:03Z

New Zealand football has hit a significant low after their two candidates to win the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League were eliminated at the semi-final stage.

Read more here.

Jets axe six players including marquee star Vargas

2019-04-28T23:56:17Z

Newcastle Jets have began their preparations for next A-League season with Venezuelan playmaker Ronald Vargas among six players chopped from the list.

After making the grand final season, the Hunter club have tumbled to a seventh-placed finish and have decided to axe Vargas, Daniel Georgievski, Jair, Nick Cowburn, Jake Adelsen and Kwabena Appiah.

The talented Vargas failed to produce for the team consistently over his two seasons at the club, scoring five goals and getting zero assists in 28 regular season appearances.

Georgievski is expected to make public his move to Western Sydney Wanderers in the near future, while Brazilian Jair has been let go after struggling to establish himself as a first-team regular.

The Covert Agent: Wellington Phoenix set to appoint Ufuk Talay as coach for next season

2019-04-28T23:39:45Z

Wellington Phoenix is close to appointing Sydney FC assistant Ufuk Talay as their new coach for next A-League season.

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The Covert Agent: Mariners continue Wanderers recruitment raid

2019-04-28T23:02:17Z

Central Coast Mariners are continuing to target Western Sydney Wanderers players as Alen Stajcic looks to strengthen his squad for next season.

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Australian group close to buying League One club

2019-04-28T19:56:34Z

Australian Football Consortium (AFC) are reportedly close to purchasing League One club Charlton Athletic.

Club representative Lieven De Turck confirmed the Aussie group were among three parties vying to buy the London side, which is currently owned by Roland Duchatelet, who has been keen to offload the club for the past 18 months.

De Turck said that the club was keen to decide on a new owner before June so it can build for next season.

AFC is headed by Gerard Murphy, who has worked with AFL clubs Port Adelaide, Geelong and Richmond.

Charlton Athletic are currently fifth in League One and will compete in the playoffs to be in the Championship next season.

The club was last relegated from the Premier League in 2007 after spending seven consecutive seasons in England's top flight.

Nix star lands starting spot in FIFA's TOTW

2019-04-28T17:46:46Z

Roy Krishna's hat-trick on Sunday has sealed his spot in FIFA 19's Team of the Week and as a starter no less.

Most A-League players usually have to settle for a spot on the bench when they're named in the 23-man squad, but not Krishna, who has been included in a four-prong attack featuring Karim Benzema, Kyliann Mbappe and Marco Reus. 

Krishna's hat-trick took his goal tally to 18 for the season and sees him leading the A-League golden boot race with one game remaining. 

The Fijian has had a stellar season with many other A-League clubs including Melbourne Victory reportedly chasing his signature.  

Former NSL, A-League winner facing drug and weapon charges

2019-04-28T16:02:45Z

Two-time National Soccer League champion Nikola Mrdja is facing 23 serious drugs, weapons and stolen property charges, according to The West Australian.

The 40-year-old, who played for Perth Glory in the NSL before winning a Premiers Plate with Central Coast Mariners in the A-League, fronted a brief court hearing on Wednesday with his lawyer revealing he intends to plead not guilty to all charges. 

Read the full story here.

Pros and cons of Fowler's Roar appointment

2019-04-28T15:45:26Z

Robbie Fowler has been the man entrusted to turn Brisbane Roar around after being named as the club's new coach on a two-year deal.

The Roar have had a disastrous A-League season that saw previous coach John Aloisi depart in December with the club set to finish second last with one game still to play.

Interim manager Darren Davies has been overlooked in favour of Fowler - a Liverpool legend set for his first real taste of coaching. 

Read the full story here. 

Foxtel to cut all Premier League ties

2019-04-28T14:55:26Z

After losing the English Premier League rights in 2016, Foxtel have now further distanced themselves from the competition after deciding to pull the plug on their EPL club channels.

Foxtel confirmed their decision to discontinue the channels from late May as they look to focus on other competitions.

"Foxtel routinely evaluates our channel line up to ensure our programming best reflects our customers viewing preferences," a Foxtel statement read.

"As such, we've made the decision to prioritise the sport codes that Australia loves most, which is why we've focused our line up on a host of great sport including NRL, AFL, A-League, cricket, F1, Rugby World Cup and more.

"Unfortunately, our new direction for sport means we'll be saying farewell to the EPL club channels and dedicated EPL club programming on Fox Sports from May 28 so we can redirect our resources to the sports Australia feels closest to."

Optus Sport currently hold the rights to broadcast the Premier League in Australia and will also show the Women's World Cup later this year. 

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