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Melbourne Victory leap to top spot

Michael Lynch 10:31 PM   Melbourne Victory has leapt to the top of the A-League table with a comfortable 2-1 win over bottom of the table Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium.

Swallow bile and get some perspective

Craig Foster

Craig Foster 10:20 PM   Football doesn't stand idly by any more, we fight for what's ours and what we have built, of which everyone is proud.

Depleted Jets take heart from Roar draw

Ben Kantarovski celebrates his late equaliser.

Robert Dillon 8:57 PM   It wasn't the home-ground win they craved, but the Newcastle Jets are entitled to claim a moral victory after holding A-League leaders Brisbane to a 1-1 draw at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

Minister demands fair play

Campaign: Ex-Matilda Tal Karp is involved in the drive to improve women’s standing in sport.

Larissa Nicholson 8:18 PM   The MCG is a shrine to male sporting achievement, a state minister said, as she called for greater involvement from women in every aspect of sporting life.

Why France will be cynosure at Euro 2016

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall 8:09 PM   France will play for a lot more than just a trophy at Euro 2016.

Cahill says critics should check stats

Record speaks for itself: Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill has no plans to step down from the national team.

Daniel Lane 7:19 PM   Tim Cahill, who will spearhead Shanghai Shenhua's charge in the Chinese FA Cup final on Sunday, has challenged any critic who thinks that at 35 he ought to retire.


United back depth to cover Matildas stars

Canberra United defender Ellie Brush (left) challenges Sydney FC's Leena Khamis for the ball in last week's W-League game in Sydney.

Lee Gaskin 7:04 PM   Canberra United defender Ellie Brush says the defending W-League champions can hold down the fort and secure a valuable three points without their trio of Matildas stars.

Muscat has tough calls for Champions League

Tough decisions: Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch 7:00 PM   Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat must find a way to select three of his five foreign players for the looming Asian Champions League campaign.

Something in the air for Wanderers skipper

"The most pleasing thing is that we've seen the change ourselves since day one of the pre-season, and now we're getting results for it and tangible points": Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

Emma Kemp 5:13 PM   Nikolai Topor-Stanley will never forget the last time Western Sydney beat Central Coast in Gosford, because it was the very moment he realised just how remarkable a journey he was on.

Gameiro tears ACL again

Corey Gameiro is out for the year.

Daniel Cherny 3:19 PM   Melbourne City winger Corey Gameiro has been left "devastated" but has vowed to return "better and stronger" next season after scans confirmed that he had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, his second ACL tear in little over a year.

Van 't Schip wants consistency - and Mooy to stay

Aaron Mooy was instrumental once again for Melbourne City on Friday night.

Michael Lynch 1:25 PM   Its typical of a coach not to get too carried away even when his team has produced its best scoreline of the season and hammered its opposition 5-1.

Guardiola linked with EPL move to City

Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola talks to Franck Ribery during a training session in Munich.

Jason Burt 11:32 AM   A cancelled press conference before Bayern's match against Hertha has renewed claims that a move is all but certain.

Spurs job easier than mine, Mourinho claims

Uncertain future: Jose Mourinho.

Matt Law 11:02 AM   Jose Mourinho is at it again, niggling Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino in the lead-up to the teams' clash at White Hart Lane.

Mooy happy at City, says van 't Schip

Melbourne City's Harry Novillo greets fans after the big win over Perth Glory.

Michael Lynch 12:48 AM   Melbourne City coach John an't Schip is confident that Aaron Mooy can play football at a higher level than the A-League _ but he is optimistic that the Socceroo star will remain at Melbourne City, at least for the immediate future.

City romp to win over Perth

Connor Chapman of Melbourne City scores with a headerl past Perth Glory goalkeeper Ante Covic.

Michael Lynch   Talismanic midfielder Aaron Mooy inspires Melbourne City to morale-boosting 5-1 win over Perth Glory.

Never a good sign when the crowd walks out

Melbourne Victory fans show their support during this year's A-League grand final.

Leaping Larry   The threat of Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers supporter groups to walk out during this weekend's matches as a protest to the A-League's treatment of fans – and rather more specifically banned ones – evokes a number of major issues.

Former A-League4Canberra bid chief hesistant to deal with FFA again

A-League4Canberra bid leader Ivan Slavich writes out refund cheques for people who supported the bid.

Lee Gaskin   Former A-League4Canberra bid chief Ivan Slavich says he would be hesitant to deal with Football Federation Australia again unless it drastically changes its views on A-League expansion.

Idiotic fans don't just attend A-League games, other sports should be wary

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill   At the end of a troubled week sparked by a tabloid beat-up that had the fingerprints of vested interests all over it, one thing is clear - one of the few things that genuinely unites the tribes in football is the familiar whiff of discrimination.

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Cleaning up FIFA and giving football back to the people, Prince Ali's plan

Change in direction: Prince Ali Bin Hussein.

Dominic Bossi   The man attempting to overthrow FIFA president Sepp Blatter is about to undertake a socialist revolution, bring power back to the masses in the clean-up of the world's biggest organisation.

Fans' walk-out won't distract Wanderers

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is not concerned by a planned walk-out by Western Sydney fans.

Sebastian Hassett   The Western Sydney Wanderers' fans are planning to walk out in protest thi Sunday - but the captain and coach are confident it won't distract them.

Sydney FC to request referee be removed from their fixtures

Under siege: A-League referee Chris Beath has upset Sydney FC with his officiating.

Sebastian Hassett   The ongoing tension between Sydney FC and controversial referee Chris Beath has boiled over, with Sydney FC ready to submit a claim to Football Federation Australia asking that the official be taken off their matches for the rest of the season.

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What Prince Ali's candidacy for FIFA president means for Australia

The candidate: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

Dominic Bossi   A firmer foothold in Asia? A leader in women's football and another chance another chance at a World Cup? What would can the FFA hope for if Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein became the next FIFA President

Liverpool reach Europa League knockout stage

Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp, left, celebrates with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as Kolo Toure looks on after their team's 2-1 win against Bordeaux in the Europa League.

Chris Bascombe   Jurgen Klopp said he wants Liverpool fans to crave every second of his team's performances, but it was he who could not bear to watch the critical moment of the Europa League win over Bordeaux.

What was Liverpool's goalkeeper thinking?

All smiles: Jurgen Klopp (right) jokes with Simon Mignolet after the final whistle.

Richard Shute   There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the playing future of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet - and a bizarre brain snap on Friday morning is not going to help the case for him remaining the Reds' number one.

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United fans torn between man and style

Making all the right movies ... off the pitch: Louis van Gaal.

Oliver Brown   The most excruciatingly ponderous Manchester United team in living memory could yet sit top of the Premier League on Sunday morning.

Soccer violence claims more hysterical than historical

Soccer fan behaviour has been the subject of much debate.

Michael Lynch   I scanned the media this week vainly searching for images of the notorious hooligan Harry The Dog, leader of the fabled F-Troop, London club Millwall's hard core fan group from the 1970s.

Victory fit and firing as Valeri, Berisha return

They're baaack: Carl Valeri and Besart Berisha will return for Melbourne Victory.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has warned Adelaide United the A-League champions are fit, firing and out to prove a point on Saturday night.

Away fans banned from matches in France

Marseille players celebrate a goal in the Europa League. But in the French domestic league, a ban applies to away fans.

Away fans will be banned from top soccer matches in France until mid-December with the country in a state of emergency following the Paris attacks and because of the forthcoming Climate Summit in the capital.

Aloisi's rant a product of stress: Miller

Newcastle Jets will be looking to do better this week than last, when they drew with Adelaide United.

Newcastle Jets coach Scott Miller suspects his Brisbane Roar counterpart John Aloisi would take back his rant against "anti-football" if he had the chance.

Fans make stand but action falls flat

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26: Alex Brosque of Sydney FC reacts after an attempt at goal during the round eight A-League match between Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium on November 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Sebastian Hassett   The Cove unveiled a pointed message for those aiming to whip up mass hysteria about football fans, but the on-field product didn't have the same impact as Sydney FC and Wellington played out a goalless draw.

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