BY MICHAEL LYNCH
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Its another intriguing night of FFA Cup action on Tuesday with five lower league teams hoping that they can snare a place in the last eight and a likely meeting in a home tie with a big drawing A-League opponent.
Former Socceroos captain Paul Okon has been announced as the new Central Coast Mariners coach for the next two seasons.
Australia's contingent of Europe based internationals will arrive in Perth with mixed feelings about their club's early season performances.
Not many horses can win a Group One race first time up, let alone one over 1600 metres.
There are few shrewder judges around than Peter Snowden – as his stable's strike rate regularly attests – so when the Sydney based handler brings a couple of horses south for a tilt at two valuable support races on the first group 1 day of the new racing season, it's probably worth paying attention.
Winx may look to have a lock on the Cox Plate, but as great as the Chris Waller trained galloper is, record-breaking trainer Darren Weir might have the legitimate challenger in Black Heart Bart.
When Preston North End pulled off a shock last Saturday afternoon and defeated Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Loftus Road two Socceroos, Massimo Luongo and Bailey Wright, were quick to put the contest behind them when the final whistle blew on this English Championship fixture
A club-by-club look at the English Premier League, which kicks off this weekend.
After its Euro humiliation, the answer for England is obvious. Ange Postecoglou is your man. Here's why.