Sydney weigh overseas replacements

Dominic Bossi 6:19 PM   Sydney FC are "gutted" after promising striker Corey Gameiro suffered a season-ending knee injury while away on international duties.

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Berisha to face old side Roar for first time

Besart Berisha at Victory training.

Jim Morton 3:12 PM   Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey is treading carefully ahead of the A-League champions' reunion with former spearhead Besart Berisha on Friday night.

Wanderers face record-breaking ask

Last cab in the rank: The Wanderers have some catching up to do.

Dominic Bossi 8:15 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers must defy another longstanding Australian football record just to reach the finals as no team in nine years prior has reached the top bracket with just one point after five games.

Wanderers weighed down by workload: Popa

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says the team has had to do it tough.

Sebastian Hassett 6:58 PM   The run of matches that has taken the Western Sydney Wanderers all over the country is a challenge the players are slowly coming to terms with, coach Tony Popovic says.

Squanderers: Popa's men still chasing a win

Wanderers

Sebastian Hassett   There are times when football fans defend scoreless draws as an integral part of the game's charm. This was not one of those occasions.

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Closure of NSL a factor in Socceroos' current struggles

Michael Lynch 12:44 PM   Australia's performance on Tuesday night, when the Socceroos were more than competitive for a half before finally succumbing to Japan 2-1, shows the national team still has ground to make up if it is to see off the continent's best when Australia stages the Asian Cup in January.

FIFA to review World Cup report

Michael Garcia (left) and Joachim Eckert in 2012.

11:25 AM   FIFA will freshly review an investigation into bidding for soccer's 2018 and 2022 World Cups, widening access to a corruption report by a former US prosecutor.

Sheffield United cut ties with Ched Evans

Ched Evans

9:19 AM   Sheffield United have withdrawn their controversial offer to let convicted rapist Ched Evans train with the League One football club.

Shuffling the key for Victory

Mark Milligan controls the ball during Melbourne Victory training this week.

Ronny Lerner and Ben McKay 12:26 AM   Melbourne Victory's hopes of returning to the summit of the A-League on Friday night depend on how well they can shuffle their pack of players. And the club was thrown an extra challenge on Thursday with Matthieu Delpierre confirmed as battling a foot complaint.

Wanderers won't be taken lightly: Covic

Worth having: The Wanderers’ Golgol Mebrahtu and the Club World Cup trophy on Thursday.

Michael Chammas 11:50 PM   Western Sydney goalkeeper Ante Covic believes Cruz Azul won't make the mistake of underestimating the Wanderers at next month's FIFA Club World Cup.

Guinea qualify for Africa Cup

Guinea players celebrates their qualification for the  2015 African Cup of Nations.

10:19 PM   Ebola-ravaged Guinea joined Ivory Coast, Mali, Ghana and Democratic Republic of Congo in qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations while defending champions Nigeria were sent packing.

TV cuts would be devastating, says Capitals' Graf

ABC

Lee Gaskin and Chris Wilson 6:17 PM   Canberra United and Canberra Capitals players on possible cuts to coverage of women's sport with the budget cuts at the ABC.

A-League: Perth Glory bracing for free-flowing Wellington Phoenix

Kenny Lowe says the Perth Glory players deserve all the credit for a hot start to the season.

5:34 PM   Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has predicted there'll be goals galore in Friday night's A-League clash with Wellington at nib Stadium, but he hopes his side's hot form will be enough to get them over the line.

City receive Mooy boost

Aaron Mooy is back for Melbourne City.

Ronny Lerner 4:52 PM   Melbourne City have bolstered their squad with Aaron Mooy for their clash with Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

The nuclear option: England may yet boycott World Cup

Ben Rumsby 4:19 PM   To boycott or not to boycott? That is the question facing the Football Association since its former chairman called for England to withdraw from the next World Cup.

Victory return for Delpierre muddy as he fights foot injury

Adrian Leijer

Ronny Lerner 3:14 PM   A return date for Matthieu Delpierre became less clear on Thursday after Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat confirmed the defender was now battling a foot complaint.

71 passes and no defenders: Ivory Coast qualify for African Nations Cup after farcical draw

Police chase invading fans on the pitch after Ivory Coast qualified for the African Nations Cup.

The Ivory Coast have qualified for next year's African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea after playing out a farcical draw in their final qualifying game with Cameroon in Abidjan.

Sydney FC's Corey Gameiro may be gone for season after knee injury

May be gone for season: Corey Gameiro suffered an injury to his ACL.

Dominic Bossi   Sydney FC have been dealt a cruel blow to their title aspirations with striker Corey Gameiro suffering a suspected season-ending knee injury while on international duty.

Socceroos show their pedigree – for an hour

Ange Postecoglou is determined that his team should reflect what might be deemed the traditional Australian virtues of toughness.

Michael Lynch   Ange Postecoglou wanted a tough test for the Socceroos in his final pre-Asian Cup hit out, and that's exactly what he got as his blend of youngsters, players trying to consolidate their place in the squad and seasoned veterans took on an in form Japan in front of a capacity crowd in Osaka.

FIFA whistleblower says she is 'living in fear'

A guard stands at the entrance of the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

FIFA whistleblower Phaedra Al-Majid, who accused Qatar of corruption in its successful bid to win the right to host the 2022 soccer World Cup, said on Wednesday she was living in fear after receiving threats against her family.

Blatter rejects bid report going public

FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected demands to publish the potentially explosive report into long-standing allegations of corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Liverpool's Sturridge suffers fresh injury

Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge may not return until the new year after it was announced the England forward had suffered a fresh thigh injury.

Tim Cahill and other great sporting lone hands

Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring a consolation goal late in the game.

Daniel Cherny   The adulation was coming in thick and fast on Twitter. "Japan 2 Cahill 1," one tweeter mused.

Pele's son arrested as court appeal fails

Pele.

The 44-year-old son of football legend Pele has been arrested in Brazil after losing an appeal in a money laundering case involving a drugs gang.

Sky Blues lock up Antonis in two-season deal

Terry Antonis

Dominic Bossi   Sydney FC have secured the services of one of the hottest properties in Australian domestic football for a further two years after Terry Antonis signed a contract extension

Japan too strong for plucky Socceroos

Japan

Michael Lynch   Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou is determined that his team should reflect what might be deemed the traditional Australian virtues of toughness, commitment, hard work, energy and pride in the shirt, allied to as much flair and technical quality as they can muster.

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FIFA files criminal complaint over inquiry

Michael J Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, and Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Sam Borden   FIFA announced Tuesday that it was turning over the report from the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bidding process inquiry to Swiss authorities because it suspected that its investigators had uncovered criminal activity.

Davidson may seek loan deal to assure Socceroos spot

Jason Davidson has failed to hold a regular spot for West Bromwich Albion.

Michael Lynch   Socceroos defender Jason Davidson may leave his Premier League club on a loan deal in a bid to secure his place in the national team for the Asian Cup in January.

Slipshod set piece defending undermines Australia and leaves Postecoglou fuming

Japan's Makoto Hasebe  takes advantage Australia's  sloppy set-piece defending.

Michael Lynch   Ange Postecoglou looked livid as he trooped into the post match press conference following the Socceroos 2-1 loss to Japan on Tuesday night, and it was hard not to sympathise with his dark mood.

Brisbane to see the other side of Berisha

Former Brisbane striker Besart Berisha.

Jesse Hogan   Besart Berisha knows his long-time teammates, and now opponents, at Brisbane know virtually every aspect of the way he plays, "but they didn't really experience playing against me". Come Friday, for their visit to Melbourne Victory, they will.

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