Western United confirm Berisha signing
Besart Berisha, the A-League's all-time top scorer, has joined new side Western United for the coming season.
The 34-year-old striker returns to Australia after a stint with J-League outfit Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Prior to his move to Japan, Berisha had lined up for Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory scoring 116 goals and wining the Championship four times.
Baccus torn between Socceroos and South Africa
Former Melbourne City midfielder Kearyn Baccus admits he's conflicted about the idea of switching allegiances to South Africa.
Currently playing in the country of his birth for Kaizer Chiefs, strong performances from the 28-year-old have put him on South Africa's radar with Baccus himself torn between his Socceroos ambitions.
"I don’t mind representing South Africa but my first and main goal, for now, is to play well for Chiefs and we will see what happens after that," Baccus told reporters.
"My heart is set with Australia, to be honest, but if South Africa comes knocking I will have to consider it.
"I will sit down with my agent‚ see if it will be good for me to do that and take it from there."
Baccus has previously been called up for Australia at U17 and U20 level.
Perth Glory sign fringe Socceroos defender
Tony Popovic has bolstered his defence with the signing of left-back James Meredith.
The former Millwall defender was a free agent and has decided to link up with the reigning A-League premiers on a one-year deal.
"The boss sold it to me," Meredith said.
"I really liked the way he talked about his plans for the future of the club and when I looked at the squad list, I know it's a strong group of players."
Jedinak keen to play on in England
Former Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak is eager to continue his playing career and admits England remains his first choice of destination.
After parting ways with Aston Villa over the summer, Jedinak remains a free agent and has attracted A-League interest, but revealed remaining in Europe would be his preference.
"I’m still trying to play and still keeping fit. I still hope to get an opportunity somewhere and we will see what happens after that,” Jedinak told The Athletic.
"I still go and use Villa’s training facilities, away from the first team, when they are not there. I do my own thing and crack on. It’s not always the easiest thing but it’s necessary and you need to do it.
"It might be somewhere abroad or within England, I don’t know. It would be nice to be in England. I realise that may not be a possibility, so I can’t not be open to trying somewhere else.
"I’d like to manage. If that was the path I was going down, it would be great to manage. There’s a long road before that but it would be something to try to explore some day.”
Rogic scores in Celtic rout
Socceroo Tom Rogic scored on his first start of the season for Celtic in a 5-0 Scottish League Cup win over Partick Thistle.
The Aussie curled home his side's second goal from the top of the box in the 46th minute.
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Rogic then saw out the full game as he rebuilds fitness following a succession of injuries have seen him sidelined for much of the year.
Fellow Socceroo Daniel Arzani wasn't included in the Hoops squad, despite speculation he was closing in on a first-team return.
Berisha nears Western United move
New A-League franchise Western United are reportedly closing in on the signature of record goalscorer Besart Berisha.
According to The World Game, the 34-year-old will imminently sign with Mark Rudan's team with their interest in other strikers amounting to nothing.
Berisha is an Australian citizen and would join 36-year-old Scott McDonald and Apostolos Stamatelopoulos as Western United's strikers.
The Kosovo international's 116 A-League strikes makes his the competition's record scorer, but he has struggled to find a club since being released by J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Berisha made a name for himself at Brisbane Roar, winning two championships, before moving to Melbourne Victory and clinching the same title twice again.
Zelic apologises for Adelaide insult
SBS presenter Lucy Zelic has taken to Twitter to apologise for disparaging comments she made about the city of Adelaide.
Zelic made the controversial remarks in an interview with Central Coast Mariners recruit Ziggy Gordon on The World Game LIVE podcast on Monday.
Gordon, who hails from Scotland, was listing the Australian cities he has visited since his arrival Down Under.
When he mentioned Adelaide, Zelic interjected with a less than flattering account of her own experiences in the City of Churches.
“You won’t see much in Adelaide,” Zelic said.
“Adelaide’s a s***hole.”
The backlash was swift and Zelic on Tuesday tweeted an apology to her 72,800 followers.
Yesterday I made an off-handed comment about Adelaide on The World Game LIVE. I recognise these comments weren’t okay and I’m truly sorry for what I said.— Lucy Zelić (@LucyZelic) September 24, 2019
Jets lose Hoolahan until 2020
Newcastle Jets will be without star Irish import Wes Hoolahan until next year after the Irish playmaker underwent surgery on his ankle.
The 37-year-old suffered the injury during the Jets' 1-0 FFA Cup quarter-final loss to Adelaide United on September 17.
"Estimated return to play timeframes will be established by the club's medical staff in consultation with the surgeon," the Jets said in a statement.
Hoolahan has played extensively in the Premier League with Norwich while also scoring for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016.
Hull City's Callum Elder selected in provisional Socceroos squad
Australian defender Callum Elder is line to make his Socceroos debut in next month's World Cup qualifiers, if he can make a quick recovery from injury.
Elder's Hull City manager Grant McCann revealed the 24-year-old and team-mate Jackson Irvine had received notification from Socceroos boss Graham Arnold about their selection.
Former Victory foreigner's damning A-League assessment
The A-League is failing to make the most of its foreigners with clubs focused more on silverware than off-field progress, according to former Melbourne Victory defender Georg Niedermeier.
Niedermeier featured 19 times in the A-League and has left the competition adamant it is isn't utilising the experience and knowledge of its foreign players.
Mabil sent off as Mooy given Brighton praise
After scoring last time out, Awer Mabil ended Midtjylland's clash against Kobenhavn on Monday morning in the stands after being given his marching orders.
The Aussie attacker was shown his second yellow in the 90th minute for a bad foul as Denmark's top two sides played out a goalless draw.
While Mabil saw his minutes reduced, Aaron Mooy should be encouraged that he'll be getting more game time at Brighton.
Mooy played his first full 90 minutes on Sunday morning against Newcastle with coach Graham Potter impressed with the midfielder's attitude since arriving on loan from Huddersfield.
"He’s been working away well, he came late at the back end of the window so sometimes it’s not so easy to get into the starting XI," Potter told the Brighton & Hove Independent.
"But he’s worked perfectly with the group and works hard every day, so I’m sure his opportunity will come.
"He’s quite an experienced guy. He knows his situation. When he came in, we had done a lot of preseason and it was quite late in the window. That’s the downside with that sort of move.
"You have to keep patient, keep training and keep waiting for your opportunity and then football decides when you should play."
Socceroos set to be boosted by Boyle return
Australian winger Martin Boyle could be available for November's World Cup qualifier against Jordan as he gets closer to a return from injury.
Boyle's Scottish Premiership club Hibernian announced on Twitter that the 26-year-old would be back in action soon from the knee issue he suffered in July.
"We're pleased to report that @MartinBoyle9's rehabilitation is coming along well and, if all goes to plan, he should be back sooner than first feared," the club posted.
Scotland-born Boyle made his debut for the Socceroos against South Korea in November last year and looked set to be a key player at the green and gold's Asian Cup defence in 2019 after scoring a double in a lead-up match against Lebanon.
But a season-ending knee injury suffered in the lead-up to the tournament kept him sidelined for the rest of the season.
While the Socceroos' October World Cup qualifiers will probably come a little soon for Boyle, he is a realistic chance to be included for the crucial away match against Jordan on November 14.
Victory hero Berisha linked with stunning Melbourne City transfer
Melbourne City want to sign championship winner Besart Berisha as a back-up to first-choice striker Jamie Maclaren.
The 34-year-old striker, who won four A-League championships at Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar, is currently a free agent and looking for a new club since leaving J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
According to SMH, City are chasing the Kosovan-born centre forward, who holds Australian citizenship, but negotiations haven't started on a potential deal.
A move for Victory hero Berisha to City will make his return to Melbourne hostile and add a selling point to the three derbies that will played during the regular season.
Western United and Wellington Phoenix have also been linked with deals for the A-League's record goalscorer, who hit the back of the net 116 times in three seasons with Roar and four with Victory.
Mooy makes first start for Brighton
Socceroos playmaker Aaron Mooy earned his starting debut for Brighton in a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United on Sunday (AEST).
The result leaves Brighton in 15th place with six points from six matches while Newcastle have one point less from the same amount of games.
Juventus reveal how close they were to signing Bosnich
Former Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich was within inches of becoming a Juventus player, according to the club's former director Luciano Moggi.
Having tried to sign both Roy Keane and Alan Shearer, Moggi revealed to the Daily Mail that Bosnich was also firmly on their radar in the late 1990's.
"Then there was the story of Mark Bosnich. He seemed to be ours but then we changed our mind at the last moment after long reasoning," Moggi said.
"He would have done well in Italy too."
Wanderers sign former Bundesliga top goalscorer
German striker Alexander Meier has signed for Western Sydney Wanderers after a decorated career in his homeland.
Set to arrive in Australia on Sunday, the striker is eager to give all he can for his new side.
“I’m very excited to play in Australia and I can’t wait to go on the plane tonight,” Meier said.
“Markus told me how professional the club is and that they are very ambitious, and it is a great club to play for. I don’t like to speak about myself, about what I can deliver, all I can say that is I will always give 100 per cent on and off the field.
“The most important thing for me is that as a team we all stand for each other, in bad and in good times, and the better the environment we create, success can come from this."
Meier completes Markus Babbel's foreign contingent this season and has been classed as the Wanderers second marquee player.
The Aussie players with the best potential in FIFA 20
With the upcoming release of FIFA 20, the game not only provides all important player ratings, but also weighs in on a player's potential.
Along with an overall current assessment of their skills, players in FIFA are also given a future rating they could achieve based on form and pure talent.
Ahead of FIFA 20's global release on September 27, Goal casts an eye on the Australian players that have been backed to shine in years to come.
Arzani impresses in Celtic comeback
After 10 months on the sidelines, Daniel Arzani returned to action on Tuesday night for Celtic's reserve side against Hibernian in a 1-1 draw.
The Australian attacker came on in the 64th minute of the friendly and immediately impressed, creating a chance before later having a shot saved.
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85’ - Good effort! 😲@iamdanielarzani has another long-range pop at goal, however, it’s palmed over by the keeper.— Celtic FC Academy (@CelticFCAcademy) September 17, 2019
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Arzani injured his ACL on debut for Celtic's first team last year with new Hoops coach Neil Lennon saying earlier this week they won't be rushing him back into action.
A-League set for free-to-air TV deal
ABC has emerged as the favourites to show Saturday afternoon A-League matches this season.
A deal is reportedly close to being struck with the new campaign now less than a month away.
A-League membership: Every club's prices compared
Though the next A-League season may still be two months away, Goal has rounded up the membership prices for all eleven clubs.
With pre-season well underway for players, clubs have been quick to settle on how much it will cost fans to attend their games in the 2019-20 season.
Ahead of a big campaign for A-League clubs as they look to revitalise the competition, getting their membership pricing right will be crucial.