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Burns among six players to depart the Phoenix

2019-05-20T03:21:34Z

Wellington Phoenix have confirmed the departure of six players including former Johnny Warren medallist Nathan Burns.

The ex-Socceroos will leave the club when his contract expires next week along with Antony Golec, Justin Gulley, Michal Kopczyński, Ryan Lowry and Cillian Sheridan.

Burns only played one match for the club in 2019 after managing one assist his first nine matches - resulting in him being left out of the squad for the majority of the season.

"We want to thank all these players for their time here in Wellington,” Football Operations manager Shaun Gill said.

"It’s been a special season with these players involved and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours."
 

'It was a disaster' - Bautheac blasts Roar's horror season

2019-05-20T01:49:17Z

Departed Brisbane Roar star Eric Bautheac has labelled his second season with the club a 'disaster' with fellow A-League clubs now chasing his signature.

Bautheac scored seven goals and picked up six assists in an otherwise poor season for the Roar, who finished ninth and conceded a competition record number of goals.

The 31-year-old admitting his side's defensive troubles spoiled what was an individually solid campaign. 

Read the full story here.

Muscat steps down as Melbourne Victory coach

2019-05-20T00:37:29Z

After over a decade being involved with the club as a player and coach, Kevin Muscat has resigned from Melbourne Victory.

The 45-year-old, who was Victory's inaugural club captain, has decided to step down from his position as coach after a difficult season.

Read the full story here.

Why Grant stepped up in shootout

2019-05-19T23:19:05Z

Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant has revealed constant booing in the A-League grand final led to him taking a spotkick.

The right-back copped the brunt of a vocal Perth crowd on Sunday and couldn't resist the chance to silence them in the shootout.

"During the game I was obviously getting booed every time I touched the ball and it was very noticeable. I probably wouldn't put my hand up to take a pen otherwise," Grant said post-match.

"Other than the fact that I wanted to get one over them and bury one and have the last laugh. Fortunately enough for me it went in.

"If it wasn't for the booing I probably wouldn't have taken one."

Corica dubs Ninkovic the A-League's best

2019-05-19T22:24:33Z

After picking up the Joe Marston Medal as Sydney FC pipped Perth Glory on penalties in the A-League grand final, Steve Corica has lauded Milos Ninkovic as the best marquee in Australia.

The Serbian was impressive for the Sky Blues in a tight affair with Corica adamant Ninkovic and not Diego Castro is the A-League's best import. 

Read the full story here.

NSL legend Cervinski passes away

2019-05-17T01:32:58Z

Four-time NSL champion David Cervinski has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 48.

Cervinski, who is the brother of Adrian, was diagnosed with stage four skin cancer in 2016.

The defender, who was nicknamed 'Shovel', played in the NSL for Melbourne Knights and Carlton, and extensively in the lower leagues for North Geelong Warriors.

Vukovic wins Belgian league title

2019-05-17T00:27:59Z

Socceroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has helped Genk win the Belgian league title after a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht on Friday secured the honour.

Genk's result created an unassailable four-point lead over Club Brugge, with the round to be completed on Sunday.

It's their first domestic championship since 2011 and their first trophy since winning the Belgian Cup in 2013.

Vukovic played 28 matches, conceding only 27 goals with 11 clean sheets.

Burgess leaves NIx

2019-05-16T03:45:08Z

Wellington Phoenix midfielder Max Burgess has departed the club after a breakout season under Mark Rudan.

According to reports, he's now set to reunite with Rudan and new A-League side Western United.

The 24-year-old became a starter for the Nix towards the end of the season and he's grateful for the opportunity he got to shine in Wellington.

"I've had the opportunity of playing with a great group of footballers and it's been an absolute privilege wearing the Wellington Phoenix shirt and living in this fantastic city," Burgess said.

"I'm very grateful to the club and the fans for their incredible support throughout the year, so thank you to everyone."

Muscat linked with Middle East move

2019-05-16T02:42:04Z

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is reportedly on the radar of cashed-up clubs in the Middle East.

According to FTBL, the 45-year-old is viewed positively in the region with a move to the Qatar Stars League a possibility.

Muscat's had a difficult season with Victory after seeing his side thumped 6-1 by Sydney FC in the A-League semi-finals. 

He's also managed to pick up just one point from five Asian Champions League games with some Victory fans feeling it's time for him to move on.

Muscat has been in charge of Victory since 2013 - picking up two Championships during that time. 

Sydney FC's historical edge ahead of A-League grand final

2019-05-16T01:23:38Z

They may be the away team, but Sydney FC will fancy their chances of upsetting Perth Glory in the A-League grand final on Sunday.

The Sky Blues have won 10 of their last 11 A-League clashes against Glory and claimed a 3-0 victory in their only previous finals' encounter. 

Sydney FC are also just the second team in the competition's history to win a grand final outside of their state, making the trip to Perth a bit less intimidating. 

Read the full story here.

A-League grand final entertainment revealed

2019-05-16T00:44:02Z

The A-League decider will have pre-match entertainment in the form of dance music band the Ministry of Sound.

The Australian anthem meanwhile will be sung by Ilan Kidron, who is the lead singer of The Potbelleez.

Tickets for Sunday's grand final at Optus Stadium have been selling strongly with a crowd of around 60,000 expected. 

“The Hyundai A-League Grand Final is the biggest day in the competition’s calendar and we have worked hard to give the fans an event that will be entertaining and memorable,” Head of the A-League Greg O’Rourke said.

“Last year’s performance by the Stickmen was really well received by fans and we believe that the pre-match show featuring the Ministry of Sound will be even better for both the fans in the venue and those watching from home."

'I don't have any options' - Honda still without a club for next season

2019-05-16T00:32:37Z

Departing Melbourne Victory marquee Keisuke Honda has admitted he still isn't sure where he will be playing his football next season.

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