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Victory tease major player announcement


After a disappointing week on the pitch, Melbourne Victory are set to make a major move off it.

The club has teased they'll be making 'a major player announcement' on Friday at 9.30am with an unnamed senior player in attendance along with coach Kevin Muscat and chairman Anthony Di Pietro. 

One possibility is clarification on Keisuke Honda's future with the club with the Japanese star's contract expiring at season's end. 

Another possibility could relate to Victory veteran Carl Valeri whose contract is also expiring and at 34 may be considering hanging up his boots. 

Melbourne City join chase for Krishna


Off-contract Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna is turning plenty of heads with Melbourne City the latest to be linked with a move.

Stuff reports that City have notified Wellington of their interest and approached both Krishna and his management about a move to Melbourne. 

Krishna recently became a Kiwi citizen but is undecided over where to play his football next season

"He'll have made his decision where he is playing by the end of the A-League season," Krishna's agent Rex Dawkins told Stuff.

"No decision has been made. But this is a huge decision for Roy because this probably the biggest decision he's made in his life because it's the end of his career basically being the age he is so he's got to make the right decision."

Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC have all also been linked with moves for Krishna, who is the current joint-top scorer in the A-League. 

Leeds looking forward to historic Wanderers clash amidst promotion push


Though their attention remains firmly on securing promotion to the Premier League this season, Leeds United are already looking forward to an off-season clash against Western Sydney Wanderers.

The game, to be played on July 20, will be the first football match held at Bankwest Stadium making the friendly fixture of increased importance for both teams. 

With Leeds currently second in the Championship and vying for automatic promotion to the Premier League, the club is focused on the task at hand but admit the Wanderers match looms as an exciting experience.

Read the full story here.

Macarthur South West lock in date for identity reveal


May 15 will be the date Macarthur South West officially become a football club as their name, colours and logo are all revealed.

After a series of community forums, the incoming A-League club are ready to reveal their identity ahead of their introduction to the competition in 2020/21.

Maclaren's midfield nightmare in Germany


Only once in Jamie Maclaren's professional career has he played as an outright midfielder, yet that was the position he was expected to occupy after signing for SV Darmstadt 98 in 2017.

The Aussie striker arrived in Germany on the back of a strong season with Brisbane Roar where he struck 20 times across 28 A-League appearances.

But despite that strong return in front of goal, Maclaren arrived in Germany and was expected to fill in further back on the pitch. 

Read the full story here.

Matildas coach linked to A-League job


Ante Milicic has become the prime coaching candidate for incoming A-League side Macarthur South West United.

The Daily Telegraph reports Milicic is the frontrunner with the club keen to make an appointment before next season - giving their first coach a full year to get the team ready before they enter the A-League in 2020.

Milicic is currently in charge of the Matildas and will lead them into the World Cup with his long-term future still unclear. 

Football Federation Australia are reportedly keen to extend his reign in charge but Milicic would stand to earn more if he accepted the role in charge of Macarthur. 

A-League Rev-Up: A killer Sydney derby


It may have become a one-sided affair of late, but the pain of a Sydney derby defeat remains as real as ever for Western Sydney Wanderers, who are out to end a two-year drought in the fixture.

Elsewhere in Round 25, Melbourne Victory must put a tough week behind them, while Perth Glory could all but wrap up the Premiers' Plate by ending Newcastle Jets' top-six hopes. 

Read Rev-Up in full here.

Valeri questions Victory's style after Guangzhou thrashing


Melbourne Victory were thorougly outclassed in a 4-0 loss to Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday night which leaves their Asian Champions League campaign hanging by a thread.

Kevin Muscat's side boasted more possession and completed more passes than their Chinese opponents but were undone in defence as Talisca bagged two goals in the first 10 minutes.

Victory have now lost their first three group games in the competition leaving Carl Valeri to question his side's approach. 

Read the full story here.

A-League grand final on election collision course


Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has officially called a May 18 election - a date that could collide with the A-League grand final.

Should Sydney FC make it to the decider, the A-League's final match of the season will be held on Saturday, May 18 to accommodate the Sky Blues, who have an Asian Champions League match against Kawasaki on May 21. 

If Sydney isn't involved, however, the grand final will instead take place on Sunday, May 19 ensuring A-League fans aren't making a trip to the polls on the same day. 

Read the full story here.

'We'll destroy them' - Corica confident after Sydney's Shanghai draw


Despite letting the lead slip three times in a 3-3 draw with Shanghai SIPG on Wednesday night, Sydney FC coach Steve Corica was left impressed by his side's performance and believes that sort of display would destroy any A-League team.

The Sky Blues were underdogs against the reigning Chinese Super League champions but held their own at Jubilee and should have secured all three points only to concede in the dying minutes. 

While the result leaves Sydney FC's ACL campaign in the balance, the performance has Corica full of confidence as the A-League enters the final stretch. 

Read the full story here.

Mariners facing relegation threat


Set to pick up consecutive wooden spoons, Central Coast Mariners' A-League future could be cast into serious doubt should they fail to bounce back next season.

As pointed out in a report by The Herald Sun, the current Club Participation Agreement (CPA) stipulates that any club which finishes last three years in a row or four out of six seasons can be relegated from the A-League.

The Mariners are therefore in the firing line should they struggle again next season, though FFA CEO David Gallop stressed the current CPA, which could be changed soon, recommends a review of a club's performance rather than automatic relegation. 

“It is far too early in the process to suggest what might be included in any CPA going forward but consideration would need to be given to the process for any club that underperforms consistently,’’ Gallop said.

“The proper management of any league requires KPIs that assist the continued good performance of the constituent clubs and contribute to the strength of the league as a whole.

“Any new operating model for the A-League will need to take on that responsibility. The current clause indicates grounds for a review rather than anything automatic."

As it stands, if the Mariners were to be relegated from the A-League, they'd be forced to play in the National Premier League, though plans on a national second division are well underway. 

Sydney FC CEO welcomes Wanderers resurgence


Sky Blues boss Danny Townsend has welcomed the prospect of his club's crosstown rivals enjoying a successful return to Parramatta next season.

The Wanderers will play out of Bankwest Stadium next season, putting three troubled years of playing out of Homebush behind them. 

That period has seen the club struggle on and off the pitch with Townsend excited to see Western Sydney potentially reach its former heights next season and in turn reinvigorate the Sydney Derby. 

"The A-League needs a strong Western Sydney Wanderers and I think it's been disappointing that our derbies have slipped in terms of their competitiveness and therefore their appeal amongst the fan groups and the crowd numbers have supported that," Townsend told The Daily Football Show

"We'd like nothing more to go back to selling out derbies and I think by moving back into the Bankwest Stadium and putting somewhat of a cap on ticket sales it's going to provide some scarcity we haven't had for a couple seasons now. 

"I'd also expect the Wanderers organisation on the field to improve. They set high standards of themselves...they'll be really focused of turning it around on the field with that new stadium."

The Wanderers will host Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, chasing their first win against the Sky Blues since February 2017. 

What's going on with Behich and Sainsbury at PSV?


When PSV coach Mark van Bommel came calling for Socceroos duo Aziz Behich and Trent Sainsbury in pre-season, it seemed like an ideal reunion for all three.

The Dutchman had gotten to know the defenders during the 2018 World Cup in Russia as Australia's assistant coach with both Behich and Sainsbury impressing despite the green and gold's lacklustre campaign. 

After strong previous seasons in Europe, the two Socceroos were due for a new challenge and a move to the Eredivisie seemed an ideal next step when van Bommel picked up the phone.

Read the full story here.

City's generous donation for fan fighting cancer


Paula Bedford is a devoted Melbourne City fan and the A-League club have shown the support goes both ways after pledging $5,000 to Paula's fight against cancer.

The mother of two was diagnosed with Duodenal cancer four years ago and after going close to beating it, was given the horrible news that the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes.

Told it can't be cured, doctors have suggested Paula go to Japan for specialised cell-based immune therapy - something that won't come cheaply and has seen her daughter open a Go Fund Me page.

Read the full story here.

'Scream from the rooftops' - Bosnich calls on Australian football to be heard


After seeing Melbourne Victory's Terry Antonis injured on a questionable SCG pitch on Saturday, Mark Bosnich very quickly began rallying calls for Australian football to make a stand.

The shocking surface, mainly the result of NRL and Super Rugby games held the week prior, spoiled the Big Blue as it left coaches, players and fans fuming.

In the aftermath, Sydney FC's next scheduled match at the SCG has been moved to Jubilee with Bosnich adamant the Australian football community has a right to demand better and must, in fact, make sure their voices are heard moving forward. 

Read the full story here.

Reds attacker handed two-match ban


Adelaide United's Apostolos Stamatelopoulos will spend two weeks on the sidelines after seeing red in his side's 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix.

The teenager attacker was guilty of a shocking challenge on Mandi with the Match Review Panel finding him guilty of serious foul play.

Stamatelopoulos will now miss games against both Melbourne sides as Adelaide look to sure up their spot in the top six.

Prior to his red card, Stamatelopoulos had scored a first-half double and appeared to be the man that could answer the Reds' goal-scoring troubles. 

Ikonomidis keen to bounce back after dislocating shoulder


Despite picking up the injury on Sunday, Perth Glory attacker Chris Ikonomidis is hopeful of a swift return to action.

Having also dislocated his shoulder two years ago, Ikonomidis believes this dislocation wasn't as bad with the winger desperate to be involved as Glory look to wrap up the Premiers' Plate.

“It’s feeling all right, my gut feeling is it’s not too serious, not as bad as last time. I’m pretty optimistic,” he said.

“I knew straight away what was going on but it went back pretty quickly, which is positive.

“I’m going for scans. We’ll tell everything off that but I’m already thinking about the next game.

“I don’t want to miss games, especially this end of the season, especially when we could take out the title."

Terry Antonis cleared of serious injury


The Melbourne Victory midfielder went down on a shocking SCG pitch on Saturday in visible pain but hasn't done his ACL.

While he hasn't travelled to China for Victory's ACL clash on Wednesday night, Antonis isn't expected to spend too long on the sidelines with finals fast approaching.

"After a comprehensive review with the club's medical team, including an MRI, there is good news as Terry has thankfully been cleared of a structural injury to the knee," said Victory's general manager of football operations, Paul Trimboli.

"Terry is still sore but his discomfort has eased dramatically and he'll now commence treatment and a rehabilitation program.

"We'll carefully manage his progress but are hopeful to see him back on the park soon."

Sky Blues move game away from SCG


Round 26's blockbuster between Sydney FC and Perth Glory has been moved from the SCG to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium following the weekend's pitch controversy.

The match will be played on Thursday April 18 at the Kogarah venue after Melbourne Victory midfielder Terry Antonis suffered a knee injury on the centre wicket area at the SCG during the match against the Sky Blues.

"We acknowledge that the playing surface was, and would be, playable and safe for Hyundai A-League football as verified by two independent expert reports," FFA Head of Leagues Greg O’Rourke said.

"The SCG’s wicket block, though, compromises the uniformity of the field for football in particular.

"Following discussions with all stakeholders, we have taken the proactive decision to move the remaining Sydney FC match at the SCG to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

"We appreciate all the work that the SCG trust has undertaken to accommodate an unprecedented amount of activity on the SCG in recent months and we will continue to work with them in regards to venue usage in the future."

Berisha backed to make A-League return


After seven years of playing in the A-League, Besart Berisha became an Australian citizen last week and it's cast fresh speculation he could be returning to a competition he's won four times.

The 33-year-old is currently contracted to J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima but hasn't played a single minute in 2019 which likely made his return Down Under last week for a citizenship ceremony possible.

Berisha has, in fact, started just one game for Sanfrecce since joining them last year and has been restricted to 170 minutes of football across all competitions with his name also missing from their Asian Champions League squad. 

Read the full story here.