Glory, Wanderers game marred by fan disruption

Sebastian Hassett 8:37 PM   On paper, this was the most meaningless match of the A-League season. But it was anything but boring as Perth Glory beat Western Sydney 2-1.

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Wanderers fans pepper sprayed during match

Wanderers fans and police clashed during Saturday's game.

Matt Bungard 3:40 AM   Ugly scenes at Parramatta Stadium marred the Western Sydney Wanderers' final game of the season, with fans of the club being pepper sprayed by NSW Police.

Adelaide rout lacklustre City

Harry Novillo (right) of Melbourne City competes for the ball with Pablo Snchez Alberto of Adelaide United.

Michael Lynch 12:17 AM   Adelaide United tuned up for the finals in tremendous style when they put a poor Melbourne City side, who finished with ten players, to the sword at Hindmarsh Stadium. 

Reinvented, wily pair have stood test of time

At the helm: Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold.

Sebastian Hassett 6:20 PM   In May 2007, Graham Arnold and Ernie Merrick were on top of the coaching world in Australia. 

Melbourne victory would be a sign of the times

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Craig Foster 3:44 PM   Barring a cataclysm difficult to imagine, the title will tonight once again reside in Melbourne, thanks to a talented young coach and his impressive player and staff acquisitions.

Brisbane Roar hand Jets wooden spoon

Kofi Danning of the Roar celebrates his goal.

Vince Rugari   The Newcastle Jets have been consigned to the A-League wooden spoon after a 2-1 loss to a hugely depleted Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Out of Africa: The next wave of footballers

African king: Bernie Ibini of Sydney FC.

Dominic Bossi   African footballers are leading the way in a game built upon migration, but there is one major obstacle holding back more from playing.

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City coach hopeful of turnaround in finals

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip speaks to the media after Saturday's game.

Michael Lynch 12:38 AM   His team might have just been on the end of a 4-1 hammering by Adelaide United but Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip retains the faith that they can turn things around inside a week and progress through the finals.

If Melbourne Victory's a finalist just where will the winner's trophy be contested?

Victory's Mark Milligan celebrates a goal.

Michael Lynch 12:15 AM    There's a lot going on in the world of Australian soccer, including the usual measure of controversy. Michael Lynch lifts the lid on the latest doings in the round-ball game.

Someone will always sail as close to the salary cap wind as they can

James Troisi.

Michael Lynch 7:43 PM   Wherever there is a salary cap there will be smart negotiators and club list managers, agents and officials trying to find ways to push it to the limit to gain an edge.

Roar players deserve silverware: Thijssen

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Beth Newman 7:36 PM   Interim Brisbane Roar coach Frans Thijssen believes his players deserve some silverware after a hard-fought season.

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Muscat focused on Victory, not Premier's Plate

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Ben McKay 7:33 PM   A perfectionist to the end, Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat will ensure his players take the field on Sunday unsure of whether they've won the Premier's Plate.

Mourinho mocks Wenger

Best all season: Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho has praised his team.

Jeremy Wilson 1:45 PM   Jose Mourinho has bluntly dismissed Arsene Wenger's claim that it is "easy to defend" and asked how, if that were true, his Arsenal team were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco.

Rivals claim Victory broke salary cap rules with Socceroo signings

Canberra's Carl Valeri celebrates his wonder goal in the Melbourne Victory's win over Brisbane Roar.

Mark Hawthorne   The Football Federation of Australia has been accused of overlooking breaches of the salary cap by A-League giant Melbourne Victory.

Tinkler's tirade didn't faze me one bit

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Robert Dillon   Newcastle Herald journalist Robert Dillon got the full hairdryer treatment from the Newcastle Jets owner last week. Here's his reply

Foreign legion make all the difference

Matthieu Delpierre's calm presence at the back has stiffened Victory's defence.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne Victory, Sydney, Wellington, Adelaide. Even disgraced Perth Glory. What do they all have in common this season, apart from filling the top five places on the A-League?

Victory get their man as Ben Khalfallah signs

Fahid Ben Khalfallah has been one of the standout players in the league this season.

Michael Lynch   Exciting Tunisian winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah will be staying at Melbourne Victory's navy blue for the next two seasons after the club confirmed at a Friday morning press conference that the French-born-and-raised forward had signed a new deal with the premiers elect.

Soccer also made its sacrifice

The 1913 photograph of the Irymple Football Club.

Ian Syson 12:35 PM   The question of soccer's relation to Anzac Day has intrigued me  ever since I found a most remarkable image in the National Library's Trove collection – a 1913 photograph of the Irymple Football Club.  That Mildura's satellite settlement had a soccer team was interesting enough. But, in a mix of awe and horror, I noticed that five of the players were killed in the First World War. 

Europe MPs want new Qatar World Cup vote

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European lawmakers have called on world soccer's governing body FIFA to revisit the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Socceroo's Brugge knocked out of Europa

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan of Club Brugge can't get his hands to the shot of Dnipro's Yevhen Shakhov.

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan's Belgian side Club Brugge have been knocked out of the Europa League, losing 1-0 to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Kiev.

Brosque weighs up A-League future

Fine form: Sky Blues skipper Alex Brosque.

Dominic Bossi   Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque has another year on his marquee contract, but will retire if his performances drop below the club's standard.

WA soccer coach in hot seat over bets

FFA chief executive David Gallop said the governing body was making this incident public as a general warning to football participants.

West Australian soccer has fallen foul of the FFA again, with two players and a coach punished for placing bets on a National Premier Leagues match.

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