Janko hits wonder-goal as Sky Blues humble Roar

Michael Carayannis 12:00 AM   Sydney FC's marquee man scored one of the A-League's greatest goals with a 40 metre wonder-strike in the Sky Blues' 2-0 win against Brisbane Roar.

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We targeted Roar's goalkeeper, says Arnold

"When I came to this club it wasn't a team, it was a group of individuals": Arnold.

Michael Carayannis 12:01 AM   Sydney FC planned to target the Roar's goalkeeper Jamie Young which led to two wonder goals by the Sky Blues.

Why it's time ACL had an Australian winner

Moment of truth: Nikolai Topor-Stanley sits behind the ACL trophy on Friday.

Sebastian Hassett 8:46 PM   Saturday’s match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Al-Hilal is a very big deal indeed.

Wanderers ready for final, says Popovic

All smiles: Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

Dominic Bossi 9:22 PM   Don't judge us on two games, judge us on two seasons. That was the defiant message from Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

WS Wanderers v Al-Hilal: The lowdown

Cleared of injury: Brendon Santalab.

Sebastian Hassett 11:33 PM   ACL Final - Western Sydney Wanderers v Al-Hilal: All you need to know

Perseverance pays off for champion bloke

Done it the hard way: Labinot Haliti.

Michael Cockerill 10:00 PM   If all good things come to those who wait, then the final of the Asian Champions League marks the coronation of Labinot Haliti.

Van't Schip looks at Socceroos stars for City

Melbourne City coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch 7:21 PM   In their new, cashed-up ambitious guise, no-one can accuse the Manchester City-owned Melbourne City of not thinking big.

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Live blog: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC

Thomas Broich will need to fire if the roar are to enter the winning circle.

Phil Lutton 10:01 PM   The Roar are still seeking their first points of the campaign when they face an unbeaten Sydney FC buoyed by their heroic derby win last weekend.


Topor-Stanley shapes as ACL match winner

Topor-Stanley has developed into one of Australia's best defenders, forcing his way back into the Socceroos squad in the process, and two games highlight just how important he's become.

David Polkinghorne 9:39 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley is the rock in his team's defence that could be the difference between the Wanderers winning or losing their Asian Champions League final against Al-Hilal, according to  striker Mark Bridge and former teammate Adam D'Apuzzo.

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Should referees be seen but not heard?

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David Polkinghorne 8:19 PM   Does the  Football Federation Australia think referees are like children and should be seen, but not heard?

Muscat talks tough ahead of derby

Kevin Muscat.

Timna Jacks 5:36 PM   It is predictable perhaps, that a coach would talk down a rival team ahead of a much-awaited derby. And more so, when the coach is bullish Kevin Muscat.

Balotelli fighting for Liverpool future

Under pressure: Struggling Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

Chris Bascombe 2:43 PM   Mario Balotelli is fighting for his Liverpool future, with a January exit possible unless he dramatically improves his form, as his problems increased on and off the pitch.

John Aloisi reflects on Melbourne rivalry in the derby

John Aloisi in 2013, when he was head coach of Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch 2:23 PM   There are plenty of players with deep and abiding memories of the Melbourne A-League derby. But there are few, save Melbourne Victory's current coach, Kevin Muscat, with the experience of John Aloisi, the man who was his counterpart for much of the past four years.

Balotelli under further fire as police investigate threat claim

11:52 AM   LONDON, Oct 23 AFP - Under-fire Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is being investigated by Greater Manchester Police over a claim he threatened a woman who was taking pictures of his Ferrari.

Coach Dunga lays down the rules for Brazil team

New rules: Brazilian players Neymar (second left) and Robinho (right) at a training session earlier this month.

11:35 AM   Following their disastrous World Cup campaign, Brazil's soccer players have been handed down the good behaviour rule book.

Cavani banned for rifle gesture

Edinson Cavani

11:40 AM   Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani was handed a one-match ban after being sent off for celebrating a goal with a rifle-shooting gesture.

Erik Lamela wonder goal sparks Spurs in Europa

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Erik Lamela  during the UEFA Europa League group C football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Asteras Tripolis.

9:08 AM   Argentina star Erik Lamela scored a memorable wonder goal while Harry Kane grabbed a hat-trick as Tottenham beat Asteras Tripolis 5-1 in Europa League.

Kick in the Balkans makes Georgievski a tough nut

New challenge: Daniel Georgievski in action for Melbourne Victory against Adelaide

Michael Lynch   An international, playing for his country and taking on the likes of Chelsea in the European Champions League. You've got it made, right? Wrong. Just ask Melbourne Victory's new signing, Macedonian international Daniel Georgievski.

Arnold tells FFA to dump review panel

"We've been punished twice for it and I think it's time we looked at who is on the match review panel board:" Arnold.

Sebastian Hassett   Fresh from being denied Nikola Petkovic's services for Friday night's FFA Cup match against Brisbane Roar, Graham Arnold had a message for the match review panel: you've had your time, now get out.

Parramatta unlikely venue for more ACL matches

Spiritual home: Labinot Haliti salutes the crowd at Pirtek Stadium in March this year.

Michael Cockerill   The biggest match of any code ever hosted by Pirtek Stadium might also be the last Asian Champions League match played at Parramatta.

Liverpool FC likely to snub Sydney for Brisbane

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Andrew Webster   You'll never walk alone, the Liverpool faithful sing. Or in Sydney next July it seems.

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Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC: The low-down

Fan favourite: Corey Gameiro.

Sebastian Hassett   Graham Arnold needs to get his players fresh and focused against a Brisbane side desperate to get its first win of the season.

Juric returns in time for clash with Al-Hilal

Tomi Juric

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers striker Tomi Juric is set to make his first appearance in the red and black hoops in two months.

Villa deal: Caveat emptor, Valeri tells City

Carl Valeri reckons Victory has an advantage over Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch   Anything Sydney can do, Melbourne can do too. Sydney FC and West Sydney Wanderers set the bar high for attendance with their blockbuster derby at Allianz Stadium last Saturday night, but Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City will see the NSW teams' 41,000 and raise them a few for their clash at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Suarez prepares for Barca baptism

Luis Suarez was lambasted and ridiculed in equal measure by commentators around the world.

Much has changed since Luis Suarez sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup back in June.

Balotelli to be punished for half-time shirt swap

Mario Balotelli

Fuming Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will take action against Mario Balotelli after he swapped shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at halftime of Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League defeat against the holders at Anfield.

Ronaldo's stunning strike against Liverpool


Real Madrid earned their first-ever win over Liverpool with a wondrous Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheading a 3-0 Champions League victory at Anfield on Wednesday which appeared as classy as it was dominant.

Williams the man to fill the striking void for City

David Williams (left) should now be at the peak of his powers.

Michael Lynch   Whenever any media make the trip to Melbourne City's Latrobe University campus training area, striker David Williams is always one of the first out of the changing rooms to greet them.

Real too strong for Liverpool

Real Madrid players celebrating.

Cristiano Ronaldo's 70th Champions League goal and a double from Karim Benzema guided Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Liverpool as the reigning champions notched a third straight victory in Group B.

Arsenal strike late to break Anderlecht hearts

Arsenal players celebrating.

Arsenal struck twice in the last two minutes for a smash and grab 2-1 away victory at Anderlecht in Champions League Group D on Wednesday to earn three vital points.


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