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Singh edges closer to senior Bayern debut

2019-08-12T21:38:06Z

New Zealand prodigy Sarpreet Singh is one step closer to his senior Bayern Munich debut, after making the bench during the German champions win the DFB Pokal first round.

With the Bundesliga giants winning 3-1 against second division side Energie Cottbus, Bayern coach Niko Kovac named Singh among the substitutes and selected a full strength first team that included stars such as Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer.

While Singh didn't come on to the field during the match, he will have another opportunity to be selected when Bayern begin their Bundesliga campaign against Hertha Berlin on Friday.

Bayern have been linked in the transfer market with players who can play in attacking positions - with both Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic mentioned in recent days.

Leckie's shock position change

2019-08-12T00:47:45Z

Socceroo star Mathew Leckie could be playing a new position after lining up at right wing-back for Hertha Berlin.

Leckie, who usually plays as a right winger, fulfilled the new role in Hertha's 5-1 DFB Pokal win against Eichstatt - with Vedad Ibisevic getting a brace and ex-Chelsea star Saloman Kalou also scoring.

Hertha's Bundesliga campaign begins on Saturday morning (AEST) against champions Bayern.

Trent Sainsbury free to leave PSV

2019-08-11T23:33:09Z

Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury is facing an uncertain future at PSV with coach Mark van Bommel declaring he may leave the club.

The Aussie featured sparingly last season for the Eredivisie side and van Bommel told Fox Sports NL that he along with Derrick Luckassen can depart before the transfer window closes. 

Fellow Socceroo Aziz Behich also departed PSV earlier in the off-season as he moved back to Turkey with Basaksehir and it's now unclear where Sainsbury could be playing this season. 

The 27-year-old has struggled for regular game time over the past few years after stints with Inter and Grasshoppers. 

Former Glory defender seals Qatar move

2019-08-11T21:54:34Z

Australian defender Shane Lowry has officially signed for Qatari side Al Ahli.

The 30-year-old had been with Perth Glory since 2016 and will now test himself in the Middle East. 

Al Ahli finished last season in fifth with the Qatar Stars League also now boasting former Adelaide United captain Isaias, who recently signed for Al-Wakrah. 

Glory have lost a number of players over the off-season with Lowry joining the likes of Jason Davidson and Andy Keogh in leaving the club. 

Spanish club signs young Aussie defender

2019-08-11T04:12:21Z

Haris Stamboulidis has become Extremadura UD's first ever Australian player after he put pen to paper with the Segunda Division club.

The 22-year-old left-back, who holds dual nationality with Greece, was most recently playing for Greek Super League side Aris Thessaloniki.

Stamboulidis grew up in Melbourne earning contracts with Heidelberg and Melbourne City before he moved to America where he'd make his MLS debut with Colorado Rapids. 

Extremadura were only founded in 2007 and finished 13th last season - their first in the Spanish second division. 

 
 
 
 

'I do believe in Australian players' - Rudan outlines vision for Western United

2019-08-09T00:34:04Z

Western United coach Mark Rudan has made it clear he is keen to back Australian talent as he uses the new team's inaugural season to write the first chapter in the club's history.

The fledgling franchise, who were locked in to play Rudan's former club Wellington Phoenix in the first round of A-League fixtures released on Thursday, are happy with the make up of their squad but are still keen to add a goalscorer to the list.

But when asked if the new attacking addition would be Australian or foreign, Rudan outlined his policy to support local players and said he might not even fill out the team's foreign quota of players.

Read the full story on Goal.

Optus Sport reveal massive subscription base

2019-08-08T04:46:17Z

The telco turned football broadcaster claims it has a subscription account base of over 700,000 as it further strengthens its grip on the world game Down Under.

That subscriber reveal comes in the wake of Optus Sport securing the sole and exclusive rights to show every Premier League game in Australia this season with SBS no longer showing one match each round. 

"Having the Australian rights to show every single match of the Premier League exclusively live is an enormous opportunity for Optus Sport,” Optus’ Head of TV and Content, Corin Dimopoulos, said.

"Our suite of exclusively live premium sport content, which also includes the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, notably increases with the renewal of the Premier League this season.

"We are extending our production of mini-matches and highlights, giving our customers the ability to watch Premier League action when they want and how they want so they don’t miss a minute of their team’s action."

Optus Sport also boast the rights to the Champions League and Europa League in Australia with the telco hitting a record number of viewers during last season's UCL final between Liverpool and Tottenham. 

The Covert Agent: Melbourne Victory set to sign ex-Bundesliga utility Tim Hoogland

2019-08-08T02:31:39Z

Melbourne Victory is set to begin their German revolution under Marco Kurz with the signing of veteran utility Tim Hoogland.

Read the full story on Goal.

A-League fixture blockbusters set to be gutted by international call ups

2019-08-08T02:30:38Z

The start of the A-League season is set to compromised with several of the competition's stars such as Robbie Kruse, Andrew Nabbout and Brandon O'Neil likely to be on international duty.

With the Socceroos scheduled to play World Cup qualifiers Nepal in Canberra on October 10 and Chinese Taipei away five days later, the first round of the A-League starts on Friday, October 11 with Adelaide United hosting Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium.

Read the full story on Goal.

A-League fixtures released as season looks to start with a bang

2019-08-08T02:27:35Z

Football Federation Australia has revealed the full A-League draw for the coming season with the competition set to start with a few blockbuster fixtures.

Round One will kick off in Adelaide at Coopers Stadium as the Reds host reigning A-League champions Sydney FC on Friday, October 11.

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Western United's inaugural A-League squad compares strongly to Wanderers' debut team

2019-08-05T07:02:48Z

Starting a team from scratch can seem a daunting proposition, but new A-League club Western United look to have compiled a quality squad for their debut season - and one than compares with the Western Sydney Wanderers side that won the Premiership at first attempt.

While there is certainly no guarantee Western United will be as successful as the Wanderers in season one - the red and black had master coach Tony Popovic at the helm - the club has so far recruited a list that looks capable of making the finals.

Read the full story on Goal.