Fans ride roller-coaster of agony and ecstasy

Sebastian Hassett 11:40 PM   Graham Arnold implored his team during the week to play the Sydney derby as a game, not an occasion. No sooner had the game kicked off than those sentiments were out the window.

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Antonis saves Sky Blues after turnaround

Sweet brace: Marc Janko celebrates his second goal.

Dominic Bossi 12:19 AM   A late Terry Antonis goal saved Sydney FC the embarrassment of letting a seemingly unassailable lead slip from their grasp after scoring a dramatic winner in the Sydney derby.

Newcastle Jets' derby drought continues

Scott Neville of the Jets and Fabio Ferreira of the Mariners vie for possession.

James Gardiner 11:45 PM   The Newcastle Jets’ F3 derby drought stretched to eight games with a goalless draw against the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League clash at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

Van 't Schip hopes City will take strength 

Crunch: Connor Chapman and Massimo Murdocca of Melbourne City take down Adelaide United's Sergio Cirio.

Michael Lynch 12:19 AM   There are games when coaches really earn their money, and for John Van't Schip Friday night's clash between his Melbourne City team and high flying Adelaide United was certainly one of them.

Thompson a man for all Victory seasons

Through the years, Archie Thompson has been nothing if not an entertainer.

Michael Lynch 6:41 PM   Thompson was due to play his 200th game for Victory last week, but the storm that caused that game to be postponed has now enabled him to mark that milestone in front of his own fans in his own home city.

City's new academy the envy of rivals

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Craig Foster 11:09 PM   Football is ravenous for more training centres like the City Football Academy, new home of Melbourne City and standard bearer for the game’s pressing infrastructure requirements.

Why smart money is not on Premier League

Angel Di Maria, the sole EPL player to make the world top 11 this year - for exploits at Real Madrid.

Paul Hayward 6:33 PM   English clubs are misusing their wealth to buy a mass of players below super elite, causing a continental drift, writes Paul Hayward

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Ante Covic: Derby matches will live longest in my memory

Not giving up: Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic.

Ante Covic 10:57 AM   In terms of atmosphere, the Sydney derby is without question the biggest rivalry in Australian sport, writes Wanderers keeper Ante Covic.

City coach says win will boost morale

Josh Kennedy and Robert Koren of Melbourne City FC celebrate a goal.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip believes that his side's 3-1 win over high-riding Adelaide United on Friday night could ignite their push for a finals berth in the closing weeks of the A-League season.

Wanderers backyard proving hardest battle

Domestic chores: The Wanderers train at Sydney Olympic Park yesterday.

Sebastian Hassett   They say ladder position doesn't matter going into a derby, and while that's usually true, it is the defining talking point going into Saturday night's Sydney derby.

Dimitrijevic hoping to stay at Sydney FC

New deal: Sydney's Milos Dimitrijevic.

Dominic Bossi   Sydney FC are one step closer to retaining star player Milos Dimitrijevic who revealed he is hoping to win a new contract with the club once he enters negotiations in the coming weeks. 

City fight back to regain finals berth

Focal point: City’s Josh Kennedy gave his teammates a target up forward.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne City has broken its goal drought in style and leapt up to sixth position on the A-League ladder after coming from behind to see off high flying Adelaide United 3-1 at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Bresciano a credit to himself and the Socceroos

Proud history: Mark Bresciano in 2001, his debut year for the Soccceroos.

Michael Lynch   Patience, practice, commitment and dedication have been the hallmarks of Mark Bresciano's career at both club level and in the green and gold of Australia.

Lovren mocked after Liverpool bow out

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Turks Besiktas knocked Liverpool out of the Europa League on Thursday in a thrilling Istanbul clash at the scene of one of the English club's greatest triumphs, clawing back their first leg deficit and then winning on penalties.

Baharudin up for the challenge with City

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Jason Dasey   Turning an apparent negative into a positive is all part of what wide-eyed Safuwan Baharudin sees as the ultimate football education at Melbourne City FC.

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Bulut set for Wanderers debut against Sydney FC

The one that got away:  Kerem Bulut playing for the Young Socceroos in 2010.

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers striker Kerem Bulut could make his debut against his former club Sydney FC in the derby on Saturday night with the Football Federation of Australia set to accept his registration as an injury replacement player. 

Chelsea signs massive sponsorship deal

Chelsea captain John Terry in action.

Chelsea on Thursday revealed The Yokohama Rubber Company Ltd will be their shirt sponsor from next season in a five-year deal which is reported to be the second largest in Premier League history.

The five Wanderers who stayed home to prepare for derby

Home body: Wanderers stopper Ante Covic.

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers' hopes of winning the A-League derby will largley rest on the shoulders of just five players who remained in Australia for the sole purpose of being fresh to face Sydney FC. 

Arnold warns Sydney to put aside emotions

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Sebastian Hassett   While the Sydney derby is now entrenched as one of the hottest events on the Australian sporting calender, Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has warned his players not to get caught up in the emotion of the occasion.

Greece suspends top-flight matches after riot at Athens derby

There was serious crowd unrest last weekend when Athens arch-rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos played.

The Greek government has suspended all matches in the country's soccer Super League following violence between rival supporters.

Champions League just the tonic for hitherto woeful Wanderers

On their midweek trip to Japan to take on the Kashima Antlers, the Wanderers pulled off a 3-1 win.

Michael Lynch   They can't take a trick in the A-League, where they have won only one match all season, but give Western Sydney Wanderers a sniff of international competition and it seems Tony Popovic's team grow an extra leg.

Delpierre set to return for Victory

Delpierre looked very impressive in his first couple of games for the navy blues, scoring on his A-League debut.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne Victory's French centre half Matthieu Delpierre is set to return to action on Sunday _ and not a moment too soon for the championship chasing side.

Manchester's $15 million vote of confidence in their Melbourne franchise

Clash: Joshua Kennedy takes on Carl Valeri of the Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch   At the corner of the administration area in Melbourne City's swish new $15 million training and office complex at Latrobe University is a small meeting space called the Turing room.

Goal shy City strikers need to hit target

Homecoming: City has added Socceroo frontman Josh Kennedy to its roster of strikers in the past few weeks.

Michael Lynch   Goal shy Melbourne City need to start hitting the target - preferably on Friday night when they entertain Adelaide United - otherwise their finals tilt will flame out with barely a flicker.

Speedway won't affect A-League games: Etihad Stadium chief

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Ronny Lerner   Etihad Stadium CEO Paul Sergeant has insisted that the stadium’s pitch will be in a suitable condition to host an A-League match just days after staging the Australian Speedway Grand Prix in October.

Young teammates keep ageing Archie energised

Still got it: Archie Thompson of Melbourne Victory.

Ronny Lerner   As his body starts to slow down with age, Melbourne Victory veteran Archie Thompson maintains that the youthful exuberance of his teammates keeps him energised.

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