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Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini suspended by FIFA's ethics body

10:10 PM   FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his possible successor, European soccer chief Michel Platini, have been provisionally suspended for 90 days, the ethics committee of football's governing body said on Thursday.

Wanderers pay for defensive horrors against Roar

Moment of joy: Mitch Nichols celebrates his goal.

David Sygall 10:42 PM   It was a new-look side, but the same old result for Western Sydney Wanderers in their A-League season opener.

Tightening up defence the key to Sydney FC's title bid, says Arnold

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Sebastian Hassett 7:15 PM   Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has no doubt his side can go one step better and claim this year's A-League title but admits they'll have to remove the "untidy" elements from their game, namely in defence.

Paartalu promises higher energy, more fluent City

Happy with club's infrastructure: Erik Paartalu of Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch 8:42 PM   The sun shines down on Melbourne City's pristine pitches at the well-appointed City Football Academy, the new multimillion-dollar training ground into which the Manchester City-owned club moved midway through last A-League season.

Scary time for A-League defenders: Berisha is back, better than ever

Better than ever: Besart Berisha of Victory at training on Thursday.

Michael Lynch 8:59 PM   Besart Berisha is, by common consent, the A-League's top striker.¬†

The lowdown: Wanderers v Roar

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Sebastian Hassett   Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar - The lowdown.

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It's time to sign, David Gallop tells football players' union

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Sebastian Hassett   Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has challenged Professional Football Australia to stop stalling on a collective bargaining agreement that threatens to overshadow the new campaign.

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A-League's season 11 promises excitement despite the doomsayers

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Michael Cockerill   If you're looking for a reason to get excited about the new A-League season, check out Diego Castro.

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FFA allays concerns of stadium construction for Socceroos qualifier

Pipleine: Construction works taking place at the Amman International Stadium.

Dominic Bossi   Construction is taking place on the edge of the pitch but FFA has been assured Amman International Stadium is capable of staging World Cup qualifier.

The A-League has arrived, albeit with a softer sizzle

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Sebastian Hassett   Barely has the ink dried on the respective immortality papers for Johnathan Thurston and those three-peating Hawks, but the A-League is back.

Socceroos are Asia's most wanted scalp

Balon d'Or nominee Massimo Luongo.

Dominic Bossi   FIFA World Player of the Year nominee Massimo Luongo says Australia must be careful not to become Asia's Chelsea.

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Mourinho charged over ref accusations

Charged: Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by England's Football Association for accusing Premier League referees of being biased against his team.

Socceroos stunned by Jordan as World Cup hopes suffer a blow

A disappointed Tomi Juric.

Dominic Bossi 5:35 AM   The more things change, the more they stay the same at least that's what Australia discovered after slumping to a lacklustre defeat away to a nation emerging as their bogey team.

Wanderers destroyer a late call-up

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi

David Sygall 11:45 PM   He took full toll of Western Sydney's defensive mistakes. But he wasn't even supposed to be playing.

Blatter faces 90 day suspension from FIFA

Under investigation: Sepp Blatter.

10:27 PM   FIFA president Sepp Blatter faces an imminent 90 day suspension from football if the governing body's ethics judge backs a prosecutor's recommendation.

AAMI Park to host FFA Cup semi

Melbourne Victory beat Adelaide United on their way to the FFA Cup semis.

6:31 PM   Hume City's home FFA Cup semi-final against Melbourne Victory will be played at AAMI Park - not Etihad Stadium, as the Victorian state-league outfit had previously announced.

Sydney FC welcome new stadium but don't want to be homeless

Home patch: Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow at Allianz Stadium.

Sebastian Hassett 5:58 PM   While the largest-drawing tenant at Allianz Stadium, Sydney FC, are excited about the prospect of a new 55,000-seat stadium being built at Moore Park, they have "real concerns about the possibility of being displaced" during the venue's construction.

After success in India, Bencherifa has eyes on Malaysian national job

Family man: Moroccan coach Karim Bencherifa with his kids, Rania and Adam in Singapore.

Jason Dasey 5:51 PM   Former S.League head coach Karim Bencherifa hails from Morocco and had his greatest managerial in India, but as the second season of the India Super League gets underway, the 47-year-old has returned to Singapore for family reasons, and has been linked to high profile national jobs in South-east Asia.

Victory eye title defence and more

Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

5:25 PM   Melbourne Victory won't be afraid to reach for the stars as they prepare to kick off their A-League title defence.

How Australia became heroes of Jordan

FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.

Dominic Bossi 4:44 PM   The Socceroos were greeted by an armed personnel vehicle, they will front a frosty reception in the stadium and their fans charged 1600 per-cent of original ticket costs but Australia are the guests of honour in Jordan.

Furore after Socceroos' fans pay $100 for a $6 ticket

Tough conditions: Socceroos fans in Jordan are facing a 1600% price rise and have been warned to conceal their support for the team.

Dominic Bossi 1:13 PM   Australian fans told not to wear national colours at World Cup qualifier despite paying 16-times the price of admission.

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Aloisi has grown since Heart days: Slater

John Aloisi will oversea his first A-League match as Brisbane Roar coach against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

9:09 AM   Robbie Slater backs new mentor to shine in second senior coaching stint.

Popovic: he can build, but can he renovate?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 06:  Tony Popovic coach of the Wanderers, poses during the 2015/16 A-League season launch at the Telstra Customer Insight Centre on October 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Andrew Webster 6:38 AM   The Wanderers coach opens up on the eve of the A-League season.

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Sydney FC youngster Jacob Tratt hoping to crack spot in squad for opening week of A-League season

High hopes: Jacob Tratt is hoping to make his mark in the A-League with Sydney FC.

Andrew Parkinson   Former¬†Sutherland Sharks defender Jacob Tratt admits he is living his dream but it hasn't been an easy ride for the 21-year-old.

Socceroos eager to secure high-profile friendly in Australia

Global outlook: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou wants his side tested by the best.

Dominic Bossi   Six years since the Dutch came to Australia, Socceroos fans have been crying out for a blockbuster friendly. Could they be set for one next year?

A-League 2015-2016: A preview to season 11

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A club-by-club guide to season 11 of the A-League. Can anyone knock Melbourne Victory off top spot?

Matildas get back to work ahead of Olympic qualifiers

The Matildas have a friendly match with an ACTAS boys team at the AIS. Ashleigh Sykes (3) in action.

Lee Gaskin   The Matildas have put aside their pay dispute with Football Federation Australia and returned as a squad for the first time in four months with the goal of ending a 12-year Olympic Games drought.

Don't write us off, say Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

Lee Gaskin   Western Sydney Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley says critics can write his side off as A-League championship contenders at their own peril.

Is this the saddest selfie ever?

The moment after fading football star Ronaldinho crashed his car into a ditch.

Jamie Marcuson   Is this the saddest selfie ever? Brazil football legend Ronaldinho was found teary-eyed on a Brazilian street after crashing his car earlier this week. Yet such is the adoration his fans have for him, a passer-by couldn't help but snap a selfie with the former FIFA World Player of the Year.

No Victory compromise in pursuit of Cup, League and Champions League

Backing up: Melbourne Victory are well placed to defend their A-League title.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat and the club's management are determined that the A-League champions will not fall between two stools, as so many have done before them, when they compete in the Asian Champions League and the A-League over the next 12 months.